The Olathe Chamber of Commerce Friday e-Flash, connecting members and keeping you informed

“The Chamber is the voice of business that advances the economic
well-being and quality of life in Olathe.”

NOTE: Due to the holiday schedule, the Olathe Chamber of Commerce office will be closed Nov. 26-27. We will not be distributing e-flash Nov. 27, but please monitor Twitter & Facebook feeds, plus our website. The next eflash will be Dec. 4.

November 20, 2015

Chamber marketing campaign a success

Going, Going, Almost Gone…

The Olathe Chamber staff and several dozen volunteers this week wrapped up a new marketing campaign that sought new members and provides additional opportunities for members to grow their business and market their products and services. "We're pleased with the dollars generated that we will invest in programs and services for members," Olathe Chamber CEO Tim McKee says. "But the highlight for me is that it validated the value of a Chamber membership. We attracted 60 new members through the campaign and had nearly 75 volunteers who gave freely of their time for the good of our business community."

Key metrics from the campaign include:

  • Sold out three events -- including the Golf Classic
  • Added nearly 60 new Chamber members and 10 new EDC members
  • Almost 75 volunteers participate
  • 61 percent of the companies sponsoring events in 2016 are new sponsors
  • Created sponsorship inventory for the entire year for our members
  • Have more than $50,000 in pledges for sponsorships and new memberships

Small Business Saturday is Nov. 28

Small Business Saturday is Nov. 28

Olathe Mayor Michael Copeland has proclaimed Saturday, Nov. 28 as "Small Business Saturday." His message and that of the Chamber is to make you're certain shopping plans this holiday season include a stop at small businesses in Olathe. Small businesses are vital to Olathe's economy and the owners and their staffs are among the most active Olathe Chamber volunteers. In this photo Mayor Copeland presents the City's proclamation to Olathe Chamber CEO Tim McKee (left) and owner of Custom Storefronts, Jon Roberts (center).

Business After Hours at Chamber office, Dec. 2

Business After Hours at Chamber office, Dec. 2

Do you have the Olathe Chamber Holiday Business After Hours on your calendar? This year's event is set for 4-6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 2 at the Chamber office, 18001 West 106th, Suite 160. It is sponsored by Google Fiber, Olathe Ford Lincoln, Farmers Insurance Group and Pepsi Beverages Company. We look forward to seeing you.

WinterFest activities set for Dec. 4

The highly anticipated WinterFest activities begin at 5:15 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4, at the Olathe Community Center, 1205 E. Kansas City Road. The schedule includes:

  • 5:15 p.m. - Visit with Santa, view Olathe Public School choir performances, enjoy free activities, face painting, and booths featuring the Mayor's Christmas Tree Fund recipients.
  • 6:45 p.m. - Join Mayor Michael Copeland and special guest, Fox 4 Meteorologist Joe Lauria to light the Olathe Mayor's Christmas Tree.
  • 7:15 p.m. - Watch "Elf" in the Olathe Community Center gym. Bring blankets only please.

Olathe Historical Society House Tour, Dec. 5

Olathe Historical Society House Tour, Dec. 5

The Olathe Historical Society will host its holiday house tour, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5.  Five vintage homes decorated for the holidays will be open for the tour. Tickets are $10 and available at each home or online here where the photos of the homes are also provided. Contact Bob Courtney 913-764-2494 (or the day of the tour at 913-558-6682) for more information. The tour will feature:

  • 213 S. Pine – A Victorian Four Square style home built in 1906 for James Pellett who was Olathe's mayor from 1913 to 1919, has been beautifully restored inside and features many outdoor points of interest.
  • 209 S. Pine – Built in 1890 and originally owned by S.D. Scott, a Kansas Supreme Court lawyer.  The house was purchased by current owner in 2010 and is filled with many unique items from the artist-owner's travels.
  • 318 W. Cedar – A lovely turn-of-the –century home is located in Olathe's Original Town.  The innovative young couple who currently own the house have done delightful remodeling and decorating to create an up to date feel in an older home.
  • 108 W. Cedar – Unwind Bistro & Boutique is a very recently opened enterprise in one of Olathe's restored older homes.  Formerly a tearoom, it now features a bistro on the main floor and boutique upstairs.
  • 1200 Kansas City Road –Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm.  One of Olathe's jewels, the Mahaffie House, located on the grounds of the living history farm, is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.

Business is booming!

Greenwood  Reserve Apartments

Inclusion Connection

It's been a busy fourth quarter for business openings in Olathe. Congrats to Greenwood Reserve Apartments, 13825 College Boulevard; and Inclusion Connection 2083 East Santa Fe. Welcome to the community and the Chamber.

New Digs!

Mission Southside

Congratulations to Mission Southside, a great organization serving our community and helping those in need. It hosted the Chamber earlier this week for a weekly coffee netwowrking event and celebrated a move to a new location at 18335 West 168th Terrace.

Business briefs & economic development updates...

  • Costco, located at 9350 Marshall Drive is offering a special night of shopping, networking, and appetizers. Be sure to bring your business card for door prize drawings. This is a one-time event for you to shop at this location without a current membership. Come to the main entrance, Tuesday, Dec. 1. The session lasts from 5 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Shafer, Kline & Warren (SKW) announced the promotion of Brian Johanning to Vice President of Infrastructure and Development. Johanning joined SKW in January 2015 as the director of strategic growth and has been working to help refine the company's go-to-market strategies across all lines of business. In his new leadership position, Johanning will oversee the day-to-day management of SKW's second largest operating group with offices in mid-Missouri, Tulsa and the Kansas City metro.

Quick hits....

  • A new farmers' market will open at the Olathe Community Center, 1205 E. Kansas City Rd., on Saturday, Dec. 5. Each date will feature eight vendors selling a variety of items including farm fresh eggs, honey, homemade goods and more. The 2015/16 market dates will be: Dec. 5 and 19; Jan. 9 and 23; Feb. 6 and 20; March 12 and 26.
  • Just a reminder to save the date for the Olathe Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Luncheon presented by Olathe Medical Center. It is set for Jan. 29, 2016 at the new Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center. Activities begin at 11:30 a.m.
  • Anita Cyrier will conduct the Johnson County Chorus and Choraliers in "Melodies of Earth and Sky," a winter choral concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, in Yardley Hall of the Carlsen Center at Johnson County Community College. The concert features "Vox Populi" by Svilainis, a world premiere of "Safe" by Eugene Butler, and many more holiday favorites. The concert is free and open to the public.
  • For the second time in two years and for the fourth time overall, Johnson County Community College has been given a prestigious award from a national association for kitchen and bath designers. Read more here.
  • Save the date for the Olathe's 16th Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, Sunday, January 17, 2016, 3-5 p.m. at the Olathe Conference Center at Embassy Suites. It has grown to become one of our City's most acclaimed events, celebrating and embracing diversity in our community and schools at the 6-12 academic level. It will feature a mass choir, increased scholarship awards and national guest speakers.

A sampling of upcoming events

NOTE: You can reach the Olathe community and beyond through the Chamber's online calendar of events. Members can complete the online form and then submit their events online for approval by staff. Listings must meet the established criteria.

A sampling of upcoming events

Nov. 26-27 – Chamber office closed for Thanksgiving Holiday Break

Dec. 2 – Chamber Business After Hours, 4-6 p.m., 18001 W. 106th, Suite 160

Dec. 3 – Chamber Coffee at Bank of the Prairie, 9-11 a.m., 23600 College Boulevard


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