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Leawood Chamber Member Memo — April 17, 2014

Upcoming events and news from around the Leawood area.

Leawood Chamber Events

A Taste of Leawood

Jun. 14, 2014, 07:00pm at Leawood City Hall, 4800 Town Center Drive, Leawood, 66211
Cost: $70 plus tax prior to the event. $75.00 plus tax - night of event

A Taste of Leawood
Tempt your palate with delectable food and beverage samplings from the area's top establishments at one location!

Participating Restaurants:
801 Chophouse
blanc burgers + bottles
Bravo! Cucina Italiana
California Pizza Kitchen
Drunken Fish
Foo's Fabulous Frozen Custard
Gaslight Grill
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restraurant
Hereford House Restaurant
Hy-Vee Leawood
La Bodega
Mestizo Leawood
Mio - an Italian trattoria
North Italia
On The Border
O'Neill's Restaurant and Bar
Red Door Woodfire Kitchen & Bar
Room 39 at Mission Farms
Sullivan's Steakhouse
Sushi House
Talk of the Town Leawood
Tavern at Mission Farms
Ya Ya's Euro Bistro

*Participating restaurants are subject to change

Back by popular demand, the band Souled Out will be performing at this year's event.

To see photos from last years event. PHOTO GALLERY .

Interested in sponsoring the event? CLICK HERE for fantastic opportunities to contribute to the economic growth and success of Leawood!

Extend the fun all summer long by taking home your souvenir wine glass and gift bag full of treats, including valuable vouchers with savings of over $150! Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to make new connections and friends within the Leawood community all while enjoying Leawood's finest! Make sure you invite your friends, neighbors, business associates, and colleagues!

Pre-purchase ticket price is $70 plus tax, you can register online, or call the Chamber office at 913-498-1514 for tickets! The ticket price is $75 plus tax at the door evening of the event. The ticket price includes:
Enjoying extraordinary cuisine all evening long
5 drink tickets
The Souled Out Band
Complimentary soda and water
Souvenir gift bag
Souvenir wine glass

Attendees MUST BE 21 to ATTEND. This is a rain or shine event and tickets are non-refundable.

Use the link below to register today!

Tickets will be mailed to you. Any tickets purchased after May 30th can be picked up at Will Call the night of the event.

All tickets purchased May 31st - June 13th can be picked up at WILL CALL the evening of Saturday, June 14th. If you would like these tickets before the event, you may pick them up at the Chamber office, located at 13451 Briar, Suite 201, Leawood, KS 66209, before 5:00 p.m., Friday, June 13th.

Tickets can be purchased night of the event, if available.

By purchasing tickets online, you agree to the chamber's refund policy as noted at www.leawoodchamber.org/refund_policy.cfm.

AMC Theatres
Burns & McDonnell
Country Club Bank
Menorah Medical Center
St. Joseph Medical Center
Shawnee Mission Medical Center
Town Center Plaza

Town & Country Disposal

Shawnee Mission Medical Center

Menorah Medical Center

See you at A Taste of Leawood 2014!

Register Online

2014 Legislative Breakfast Series

Apr. 19, 2014, 07:30am at DoubleTree by Hilton Kansas City-Overland Park, 10100 College Blvd, Overland Park, 66210
Cost: $21 for members, $95 for discount package (includes all 5 events), and $26 for non-members. Prepayment is required.

By clicking on the "Register Online" link, you agree to the chamber's refund policy as noted at www.leawoodchamber.org/refund_policy.cfm.

Online registration for this event has closed. Please call 913-498-1514 if you wish to register.

The Leawood Chamber of Commerce and the Johnson County Public Policy Council will sponsor the Legislative Breakfast Series to enhance the communication and exchange of information between the business community and the Johnson County State legislative delegation. Legislators will be on hand to discuss issues and offer the most current legislative updates.

Speaking: Senators Rob Olson and Greg Smith; Representatives Stephanie Clayton*, Nancy Lusk and Scott Schwab

All meetings will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 10100 College Blvd., and casual attire is requested. Breakfast will be served promptly at 7:30 a.m.

Breakfast Dates:
Saturday, January 18, 2014, 7:30 a.m.
Saturday, February 15, 2014, 7:30 a.m.
Saturday, March 8, 2014, 7:30 a.m.
Saturday, March 22, 2014, 7:30 a.m.
Saturday, April 19, 2014, 7:30 a.m.

$21-Single breakfast for Chamber members
$26-Single breakfast for non-members
$95- Chamber member discount package price for all five breakfasts, when paid by noon on Tuesday, January 15.

*Indicates a Leawood representative.

By registering online, you agree to the chamber's refund policy as noted at www.leawoodchamber.org/refund_policy.cfm.

Paid reservations are required in advance.The reservation deadline for this event was Wednesday, April 16th by 12:00 p.m. Sorry, we are unable to offer refunds for cancellations received after the reservation deadline

Young Professionals Lunch and Learn

Apr. 24, 2014, 11:30am at Country Club Bank, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 13451 Briar, Leawood, 66209 — Register Online
Cost: Members & Non Members use the link below to register:

Young Professionals are invited for lunch and an educational program in continuing our mission to bring you the best programs! This event is exclusively for our Leawood Young Professionals Group, members ages 21-39.

Topic: Persuading Difficult People

Understanding how to best persuade difficult people can benefit you in professional relationships. Here are three key points from Kerry Benson's presentation you'll be able to use immediately:

-Understand what drives difficult people

-Learn how to approach difficult people in different ways to accomplish at least part of what you want

-Identify which buttons to push in a positive, persuasive way

Presenter: Kerry Benson, professor of journalism and mass communications at the University of Kansas

After more than 20 years as a nurse, journalist, advertising strategist and copywriter, Kerry Benson added educator to her résumé when she started teaching at the University of Kansas in 1999. Benson’s knowledge of human and marketing behaviors keeps her connected to the classroom and keeps national companies requesting her coaching and consulting skills. When she’s not teaching graduate and undergraduate students the principles of good writing, advertising and public relations, Benson can be found reading and hitting tennis balls - hard.

Use the Register Online link below and sign up today!

This event is sponsored by Southwestern College Professional Studies. Southwestern College Professional Studies offers both online and on ground six-week classes and accepts transfer credits from other accredited schools. They offer an education that cultivates service to others and lifetime learning. To visit their website and learn more about Southwestern College Professionals Studies CLICK HERE.

Since available seats for this event are limited, please make plans to attend for the entire time. If you are not able to attend for the duration of the event, we ask that notify us at least 2 business days in advance so that we can make your spot available to another member of our Leawood Young Professionals group.

If you have trouble registering for this event, please email us at Event Registration Assistance.

By registering online, you agree to the chamber's refund policy as noted at www.leawoodchamber.org/refund_policy.cfm.

The reservation deadline for this event is Tuesday, April 22nd by 5:00 pm!

Leawood Community Events

SelectQuote Open House

Apr. 17, 2014, 6:00pm at SelectQuote Insurance Services, 2020 W 89th St, 2nd Floor, Leawood, 66206

SelectQuote Senior is currently hiring ambitious individuals to join their growing team as Healthcare Product Advisors! Plan on attending their OPEN HOUSE to learn more about the many career opportunities SelectQuote Senior has to offer!

•Learn about career opportunities – top agents  make $180,000 + annually!

•Talk to current employees

•Tour the building

•Interview on site – Bring a resume!

•Enjoy refreshments!

For more information go to:



South Creek Easter Egg 5K and Lil' Bunny Fun Run

Apr. 19, 2014, 8:00am at South Creek Office Park, 7200 West 132nd Street, Overland Park,
Weblink: https://www.marillac.org/Easter-Egg-Run

Don't miss the Easter Egg 5K!

This family fun event features a beautiful course that you are sure to enjoy.  Face painters for the kids, a visit from the Easter Bunny, great event shirts, post race food and drink, unique finisher medals for all participants, and various age group awards.

A Lil' Bunny Fun Run will be on hand for all youth under the age of 8.  A portion of the event proceeds will benefit Marillac.

Ritz Charles Easter Brunch

Apr. 20, 2014, 10:00am at Ritz Charles, 9000 West 137th street, Overland Park, 66221

The Ritz Charles invites you to their

2014 Easter Brunch!

Reservations are open from 10 am - 2 pm.  

Call for details and to reserve your spot today!

Careful Contracts Avoid Business Risks

Apr. 23, 2014, 9:00am at Bukaty Companies, 11221 Roe Ave., Ste 200, Leawood, 66211
Weblink: http://bukaty.com/better-your-business

Businesses work with outside services every day: lawn workers, cleaning crews, handy workers, and technology services.

In addition, these contractors may work with third parties, and if something goes wrong, you could be held liable for everyone above — unless you take proper precautions. 

Learn things to consider when contracting with outside services, such as:


There is no cost to attend. RSVP online: http://bukaty.com/better-your-business

Sherman Botts is an attorney at Lathrop and Gage. He often lectures on risk management issues and helps clients minimize the risk of litigation or arbitration. Mr. Botts also serves as an arbitrator or mediator to resolve complex disputes.


Aspire Business Book Review - Drive

Apr. 24, 2014, 8:00am at Axcet HR Solutions Offices (4th Floor), 8325 Lenexa Dr #410, Lenexa, 66214
Weblink: https://bizbookreview-drive.eventbrite.com

Conventional wisdom says that if I want to get more out of an employee - I can incent them with money or stuff...or I can threaten to fire them.  The good old fashioned Carrot and Stick model is the only sure way to get people to do things.

It turns out conventional wisdom is mostly wrong - at least when it comes to motivating people today. External motivators (positive and negative) are nowhere near as effective as internal motivators - and that's what Daniel Pink's book Drive is all about.

The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us

Based on decades of research and scientific studies, there's an obvious mis-match between what the science and research tells us and what businesses actually do when it comes to motivating employees.

The science tells us there are 3 primary motivators for people: