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Marisa GrayMarisa Gray
I want to extend a personal invitation to all area business owners and managers to attend the 28th annual dinner meeting of Business West at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the home at Dr. Tim and Allison Dewitt, 4200 N. 123rd Ter. in the Piper community.
There will be no charge for the meal or the meeting; however, reservations are strongly encouraged. For more information, telephone 913-766-4300 or 913-406-6266 (cell) or email email@example.com
Joe and Katie Maderak founded Business West in 1985 because they saw a need for a collective voice that would be an advocate for business. The basic goals of the organization have not changed over the years—to be a problem-solver and to promote quality commercial and residential development.
The annual meeting will be an opportunity to review the accomplishments of the past year and look ahead to the coming 12 months. Business West continues to secure names for a petition that would create a community improvement district along the State Avenue Corridor.
Four years ago, Business West contracted with Rick Segel, a retail consultant who suggested what the area along State Avenue just east of Village West needs. He had two basic recommendations—establish an identity and create more rooftops.
Business West recently established a marketing committee that will be charged with establishing this identity and also developing effective promotional campaigns. Nancy Winkler of Winkler’s Diamonds will head this committee.
Besides marketing, the community improvement district will have two other basic aims—appearance and security. A “clean team” would pick up debris from the right-of-way. Security personnel would complement West Patrol and Community College police officers.
The State Avenue Corridor Planning Committee meets at 8 a.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Bank Midwest, 7804 State Ave. All interested persons are always welcome.
Business West has always had an excellent relationship with Kansas City Kansas Community College. The college, along with the Chamber of Commerce, recently helped Business West sponsor a social media workshop. It was very successful. Participants received very practical advice and also benefited from hands-on training in the college’s computer lab.
Advocacy is another very important service that Business West provides. Many times cutting through the red tape at city hall can be a serious challenge. Business West often helps with such issues.
All of these services are possible because Business West has dues-paying members. To learn how you can benefit from being a Business West member, plan to attend our annual meeting.
Marisa Gray is president of Business West.