Downtown KCK Holiday Lighting on Nov. 20

downtown kck holiday lightingOne of our favorite downtown KCK traditions is almost here! Join us for the Downtown Holiday Lighting, which kicks off at 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, at City Hall (7th & Barnett, KCK). Activities include:

  • Visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus
  • Goody bags for the first 1,000 children
  • Holiday movies, crafts, games and popcorn
  • Performances from local choirs, bands and dance groups
  • Neighborhood tree contest
  • Local food vendors
  • Hot air balloon night glow

At 7 p.m., please join Mayor Mark Holland and Deputy Sheriff Scott Wood for the lighting ceremony. From Mayor Holland: “Deputy Wood, who has served with the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office since 2007, had just gotten off his shift last March when he was shot and critically wounded in an armed robbery at a local convenience store. Deputy Wood is on the road to recovery, and we hope you’ll join us Friday to show him the support he deserves for his commitment to our community.”

A big thanks to all of the sponsors who are making this event possible: Wyandot, Inc/PACES, Callender Printing, KCK CVB, The CORK House, Bill Hutton Law Firm, BPU, 7th Street Casino, Donnelly College, Mark One, Interstate Federal Savings, El Centro, Rental City, Brotherhood Bank, Glenn’s Pre-Owned Appliances, MM Properties, BHC Rhodes, Downtown Shareholders, Have Guns Will Rent, KCK Public Library, United Way of Wyandotte County, Chas Ball Sunfresh, B&J Equipment, The Unified Government, Livable Neighborhoods and Mark One Electric.

Wyandotte County Enrollment Fair on Nov. 14

Do you need help enrolling in the Health Insurance Marketplace? Make plans to attend the Wyandotte County Enrollment Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 14 at Memorial Hall (600 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan.). A group of organizations led by the Community Health Council will host sign-ups in an effort to assist the thousands of residents in Wyandotte County who qualify for financial assistance in the Marketplace but haven’t yet signed up.

The event will also include other free health services, and 50 people will win a free Thanksgiving turkey.

If you plan on attending to sign up for Marketplace coverage, here’s what to bring:

  • Birth dates of everyone in your household
  • Social security numbers and immigration documents of those applying
  • Income information for everyone in your home
  • Employer phone numbers for everyone in your home

If you have questions about the Enrollment Fair, please contact Molly Moffett, Enroll Wyandotte Coordinator at the Community Health Council of Wyandotte County, at mmoffett at wycohealth dot com or (913) 927.3045.


KCKPD Robbery Prevention Seminar on Nov. 19

KCK citizens, business owners, managers and employees are invited to join the Kansas City Kansas Police Department at 1 p.m. or 6 p.m. on November 19 for a Robbery Prevention Seminar, presented by the KCKPD Community Policing Unit. Seminars will be held at The Neighborhood Resource Center, 4953 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan.

RSVPs are suggested. Please contact Sergeant John Birkett at jbirkett at kckpd dot org.

Want to Fund Your Small Business? Learn More About Kiva Zip on Nov. 13

kiva zip When you’re starting (or running) a small business, funding is critical–yet it’s not always easy to secure. Enter Kiva Zip, an online loan crowdfunding platform that enables entrepreneurs to access interest-free microloans up to $5,000 initially. Borrowers repay the loans over a two-year period. And unlike banks and other traditional lenders, Kiva Zip uses a borrower’s character and trust network to evaluate creditworthiness, providing an avenue for underserved entrepreneurs to access capital. Before loans are posted publically to Kiva’s crowd of more than 60,000 lenders, borrowers must first demonstrate they have the support of approximately 20 friends, family members and customers willing to vouch for their business in the form of a $25 loan. This initial group of lenders forms the first layer of social underwriting; the second layer comes from individuals and organizations serving as trustees, including Downtown Shareholders and Paul Tyler with Arts KC.

Interested in learning more about Kiva Zip and how it works? Join us for our next “In the Know” luncheon, to be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at the Hilton Garden Inn (520 Minnesota Ave., KCK). We’ve assembled a panel of speakers including Chuck Schlittler with Downtown Shareholders; Ed Linnebur with Greater Kansas City LISC; and Jay Matlack with Wyandotte Economic Development Council to share more details about Kiva Zip, how Downtown Shareholders is involved and why small businesses are so critical to the economic development of downtown KCK.

Lunch is $20 and is payable via cash or check at the door. Please RSVP to Chuck Schlittler at director at downtownkck dot org by Wednesday, Nov. 11, to secure your spot. We hope you can join us!

Image via Greater Kansas City LISC