Downtown Shareholders Small Business Grant Program

DTSKCK promotes economic development, housing, wellness, cultural, and social opportunities in downtown Kansas City, KS. This grant provides the small business owner or entrepreneur the possibility of partial “gap filling” which our research indicates is greatly needed. One qualification: you are in, or plan to locate in, our service area: 4th to 18th; Washington to Sandusky.

We encourage your questions. Contact us at (913) 371-0705 or Director@nullDowntownKCK.org. Thank you for your interest.

Sincerely,

Chuck Schlittler, Executive Director
Downtown Shareholders of Kansas City, Kansas Inc.
726 Armstrong Avenue, Suite 201
Kansas City, KS 66101

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Application Package

    1. Application Form
    2. Business Plan
      1. (A business plan is a document, often developed with the assistance of a lender or business development agency (i.e. an SBA organization), that outlines a description of the business, its history, goals, and size, how its owners plan to meet those goals, plans for the future, and challenges it must meet.) DTSKCK can assist with the development of this document.
    3. Supporting Documents
      1. For each grant category used, supply documentation for anticipated expenses
        1. Predevelopment work: architectural drawings, permit fees, professional fees
        2. Rent Assistance: Copy of Lease/Rental Agreement (six-month limit)
        3. Renovation: Contractor Estimates, or Cost Estimates for supplies
        4. Façade Repair: Contractor Estimates, or Cost Estimates for supplies
        5. Inventory Costs: Budget plan with details
        6. Other Costs: Estimates and/or receipts
      1. Financing information (loans) and/or other grants promised or received.
      2. DTSKCK reserves the right to request additional information

DTSKCK has a written, non-discriminatory policy. A copy may be requested.
To download a copy of this information and the Small Business Grant Application, click here.


This Weekend in KCK: September 23-25

If you thought last weekend in KCK was exciting, you’re right.  It was exciting!  The fun isn’t over just yet – this weekend is packed full of great family-friendly events too:

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Fall Festival, Bethel Neighborhood Center

September 24 | 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Bethel Neighborhood Center
14 South 7th Street
Kansas City, KS 66101

Join our friends at the Bethel Center for carnival games, bounce houses, a cake walk, and an ethnic lunch featuring dishes from around the world!

For more information, click here.

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Lawson Roberts Butterfly Festival

September 24 | 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Schlagle Library
Wyandotte County Lake Park
4501 West Drive
Kansas City, KS 66109

Join our friends from the Schlagle Library in their 11th year of wonderful family programming. Grab a net a hunt for butterflies! This year, you can help tag Monarch butterflies before they’re sent off on their journey to Mexico. Get your face painted like a butterfly, try your luck in the Monarch Migration Challenge game, and explore your creative side with several fun crafts. The first 100 guests at the event will be able to take home a Common Milkweed seed ball to help start your own butterfly garden.

For more information, click here.

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Grinter Place Car Show

September 24 | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Grinter Place
1420 South 78th Street
Kansas City, KS 66111

Shine up that ride and head out to the Grinter Place Car Show! Come check out these automotive works of art while enjoying some yard game and BBQ! Also, the Grinter House will be open for tours!

For more information, click here.

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Slovenfest 2016

September 24 | 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Holy Family Catholic Church
274 Orchard Street
Kansas City, KS 66101

Holy Mass begins at 4:00 PM. Festivities will commence at 5:00PM. Featuring a traditional Slovenian dinner, silent auction, mega money raffle, children & adult games, cultural booth, and souvenirs. Special musical performances by The Brian McCarty Band & Hrvatski Obicaj.

For more information, click here.


Rep. Yoder to Host Free Medicare Open Enrollment Assistance Event for Seniors

Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-KSRepresentative Kevin Yoder will host two Medicare Open Enrollment Assistance Events to provide help to seniors during the Medicare Open Enrollment Period. These events will be held next Monday, October 17 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Kansas City Kansas Community College Technical Center and Tuesday, October 25 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Shawnee Town Hall.

Trained volunteers from the Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) program will be on hand at the event to provide one-on-one assistance to seniors who have questions, or who wish to make changes to their plans.

The Medicare Open Enrollment Period extends from October 15 through December 7. Medicare beneficiaries who wish to make changes or enroll for the first time need to bring their Medicare card, any current prescriptions (including dosage and frequency), and a list of preferred pharmacies. The event is free and open to everyone.

For additional information, or if you are unable to attend, please contact Congressman Yoder’s District Office in Overland Park at (913) 621-0832.

Medicare Open Enrollment Assistance Event
Monday, October 17 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Kansas City Kansas Community College
Dr. Thomas R. Burke Technical Education Center
6565 State Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66102

Medicare Open Enrollment Assistance Event
Tuesday, October 25 | 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Shawnee Town Hall
11501 West 57th Street
Shawnee, KS 66203


Dine to Donate, KCK BPU and Granite City Team Up

Board of Public UtilitiesThe folks at Granite City Food & Brewery, Legends have been very gracious to include the BPU Employees Charity Golf Corp in its “Dine to Donate” program. This event is scheduled all day from 11:00 a.m. – Midnight on Wednesday, September 28th.

Granite City will donate 10% from the TOTAL sales of people presenting this flyer. This includes any meals, beverages, to-go sales, and caterings! They indicated they will even deliver any large to-go’s to businesses who support this great cause, with a 24-hour notice. They simply have to remind the manager it is for Dine to Donate.

They will gladly accept any flyers, people showing a Facebook/social media invite or post of the flyers on their phones, a newsletter with the flyer, or an email!

The 10% of all sales from this Dine to Donate event will go towards the two community charities chosen this year by the BPU Employees Golf Corp: The KCK Public Library Foundation, which supports a Summer reading program for kids, and the Wyandotte County Sports Association, which provides the opportunity for Wyandotte County youth to play baseball and softball.

Granite City will also have a donation jar at the entrance the day of this event should customers wish to donate to these worthy organizations as well.

Help us spread the word by sharing this with your friends and neighbors!  To share our post via Facebook, click here.

About the BPU Employee Charity Golf Tournament
Since 1992, this annual BPU Employee Charity Golf Tournament has contributed almost half a million dollars to local children’s charities and non-profit organizations that benefit youth and children in Wyandotte County area.


Job Alert: Delivery Driver, Rental City, Inc.

Rental City, Inc IndependenceImmediate openings for delivery specialists
Rental City, a locally-owned rent-to-own company is looking for full and part-time delivery specialists. Applicants should have the desire to learn, be energetic, and have great customer service abilities. Applicants should be bi-lingual in English and Spanish. Good pay with excellent benefits. Experience in the rent-to-own industry preferred, but not necessary. Must be 18 years of age or over, have clean driving record and able to pass drug screening test.

Full Time:
Approx. 40 hours a week
Saturday and 4 weekdays
Hours: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Earn between $23,500 and $25,000 / year
Health insurance available for about $5.00 a week

Part Time:
15 – 20 hours / week
Saturday and one or two weekdays
Hours will vary between 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Earn between $9.00 – $10.00 / hour

To apply, contact Doug at (816) 836-2930 or apply in person at Rental City, 1010 West 24 Highway, Independence, MO 64050.  For more information, check out Rental City’s website and Facebook.


Job Alert: Delivery Driver, Rental City, Inc.

Rental City, Inc. Kansas City, KansasImmediate openings for delivery specialists
Rental City, a locally-owned rent-to-own company is looking for full and part-time delivery specialists. Applicants should have the desire to learn, be energetic, and have great customer service abilities. Applicants should be bi-lingual in English and Spanish. Good pay with excellent benefits. Experience in the rent-to-own industry preferred, but not necessary. Must be 18 years of age or over, have clean driving record and able to pass drug screening test.

Full Time:
Approx. 40 hours a week
Saturday and 4 weekdays
Hours: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Earn between $23,500 and $25,000 / year
Health insurance available for about $5.00 a week

Part Time:
15 – 20 hours / week
Saturday and one or two weekdays
Hours will vary between 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Earn between $9.00 – $10.00 / hour

Applicants in the Kansas City area are invited to contact Mark at (913) 371-2400 or apply in person at Rental City, 833 Minnesota Ave, Kansas City, KS 66101.

For additional information, or to learn more about Rental City, Inc. Check out their website and Facebook.


Mothers Offered Free Diapers to Quit Smoking

Baby and Me Tobacco Free SessionsThe Unified Government Public Health Department has launched an exciting new program designed to support pregnant mothers and their families as they attempt to stop smoking. A hallmark of the new program: Mothers who participate will get free diapers! Called “Baby & Me Tobacco Free,” this evidenced-based program began Sept. 1.

Smoking is still the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States and Kansas. Unfortunately, Wyandotte County’s smoking rate is higher than national and state averages: 25.6% of our adults smoke, including 10.7% of pregnant women.

Smoking carries serious health risks not only for pregnant women but for their babies. It increases the chance of premature labor, birth defects, and even fetal death. Our Wyandotte County Fetal Infant Mortality Review Team (FIMR) has seen these repercussions locally, which has prompted it to join forces with our Tobacco Free Wyandotte Action Team (TFW) to better serve the mothers of Wyandotte County with this new program.

Baby & Me Tobacco Free offers pregnant mothers and their families a series of education sessions related to smoking, the tobacco industry, and support for quitting. Beginning Sept. 1, these sessions will be offered at the Health Department at 3 p.m. every Thursday. For more information, call Michelle Smith: (913) 573-6734.


This Weekend in KCK – September, 16 – 18

Whoa, KCK!!  This has to be the single most exciting weekend we’ve had all year, and we’ve had some great weekends so far!  If you’re looking for something fun to do with the family, check out these great events:

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DashKCK 5K Run/Walk

September 17 | 8:15 – 10:30 AM
JFK Community Center at BIG Eleven Lake
1310 North 10th Street.
Kansas City, KS 66101

DashKCK, the Metro’s Premier 5K Run/Walk returns this year on September 17, 2016! Although there is still time to warm-up your running (or walking) feet, DashKCK will be here in just a few days!

On-site registration begins at 8:15 AM on race day, but we encourage you to register in advance online. As experienced 5K runners will tell you, registration for this great event is seriously inexpensive:

• Individuals – $10/per person
• Groups of up to 4 people – $25/group
• Students in Kansas City, Kansas – No Charge for first 100

All skill levels are welcome, so don’t let this opportunity for fun pass you by! If you’re not convinced this is the Metro’s best 5K? Let this video by Donnelly College close the deal. Did we mention this is a chipped, event? It is!

Library in the Park

2nd Annual Library in the Park

September 17 | 10:00- 2:00 PM
JFK Community Center at BIG Eleven Lake
1310 North 10th Street.
Kansas City, KS 66101

Just in case your still not 140% convinced DashKCK will be a good bit of fun, after the awards ceremony at 10:30 AM, stick around Big Eleven Lake for the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library’s 2nd Annual Library in the Park for food, music, and fun! They’ll have reigning Newbery Medal winner Matt de la Peña talk about his book Last Stop on Market Street, a taco contest with KCK taquerias (including our personal favorite, Indios Carbonsitos), great local bands, and fun activities for kids and adults. You can even check out books from the Mobile Library!

All food and activities are totally free (yes, even the Tacos!)! For more information, check out KCKPL’s Facebook page.

Mercy & Truth Medical Missions

FREE Flu Shots, Mercy & Truth Medical Missions

September 17 | 10:00 – 2:00 PM
Mercy & Truth Medical Missions, KCK Clinic
721 North 31st Street
Kansas City, KS 66102

Between 10 Am and 2 PM, our friends with Mercy and Truth Medical Missions will be administering FREE Flu shots to the first 100 patients, courtesy of Walgreens, Inc. If you haven’t had your shot yet this year, we strongly encourage using this opportunity to keep yourself healthy! Check their Facebook page for additional details.

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Leavenworth Road Association Annual Parade

September 18 | 2:00 – 5:00 PM
Washington High School
7340 Leavenworth Road
Kansas City, KS 66109

Whew! As though your weekend wasn’t already a blast! If you’re still in the mood for a having a great time, definitely check out the Leavenworth Road Association’s 85th Annual Parade! The Parade march begins at Washington Highschool and concludes at 51st and Lv. Road. The Knights of Columbus will serve a BIG Breakfast at Christ the King. For more information, check their Facebook page.

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Okay, okay  . . . so we get that you’re probably going to be too worn out for work on Monday after all of that fun, but just in case you’d still like something awesome to do in Kansas City this weekend, check out this calendar of events from our friends at Visit Kansas City, Kansas.


Youth Tobacco Prevention Advocate, Healthy Communities Wyandotte

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*** This position is funded through AmeriCorps VISTA, a national anti-poverty service program. There is no traditional pay, but participants receive a living allowance and limited benefits (see details below). The successful applicant will serve a one-year term in Wyandotte County, KS working to increase knowledge of healthy lifestyle behaviors. ***

DESCRIPTION
Despite the success of tobacco policy nationally and locally, tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the nation. Unfortunately, Wyandotte County experiences a disproportionately high adult smoking rate, 25%, compared to Kansas at 18%. This high smoking rate, in part due to predatory targeting of poor and minority communities by the tobacco industry, is a leading contributor to the county’s low health rankings. This position will work on tobacco prevention advocacy as outlined below, in conjunction with the Tobacco Free Wyandotte Action Team and a newly created youth tobacco advocacy coalition. It is a one-year commitment through the AmeriCorps VISTA program.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Research youth tobacco coalition structures and programming
  • Assist in writing grant application to support youth tobacco coalition activities
  • Establish and facilitate youth tobacco prevention advocacy coalition, including recruitment and supporting
    youth in tobacco policy advocacy. Possible advocacy issues include tobacco-free parks, Tobacco 21 implementation, and more.
  • Work with housings stakeholders to increase smoke-free apartment policies to protect families from secondhand smoke.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Ability to work well as a team and with diverse partners and communities
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Commitment to improving community health throughout Wyandotte County
  • Passion for fostering youth leadership and activism

PREFERRED

  • Demonstrated understanding of tobacco policy and health inequity
  • Knowledge of public health and/or community health
  • Experience working with groups of middle or high school aged youth

HOURS
Full time. Some evenings and weekends may be required.

PAY & BENEFITS
VISTA members do not get paid, but receive a modest, monthly living allowance to help cover basic necessities (roughly $900/month). VISTA members who successfully complete a term of service are also eligible to receive either a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,550 to pay for college or to pay off student loans, or an end-of-service cash stipend of $1,500. Additional benefits include training, limited health care benefits, relocation expenses, student loan forbearance or deferment and non-competitive eligibility for a federal government position. You may also be eligible for childcare assistance should you need it.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
Application deadline is September 30, 2016.
Please send a resume and cover letter to Healthy Communities Wyandotte,ATTN: Alyssa Carodine, 619 Ann Ave., Kansas City, KS 66101 or by e-mail.


Safe Communities Advocate, Healthy Communities Wyandotte

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*** This position is funded through AmeriCorps VISTA, a national anti-poverty service program. There is no traditional pay, but participants receive a living allowance and limited benefits (see details below). The successful applicant will serve a one-year term in Wyandotte County, KS working to increase knowledge of healthy lifestyle behaviors. ***

DESCRIPTION
Assist the Safe Communities department with increasing injury prevention programming. Wyandotte suffers from being highest in crashes resulting in injury or death, crashes & associated injuries linked to impaired driving, & injuries or death caused by crashes involving unrestrained passengers & averages 202 impairment-related crashes & 914 occupant restraint related crashes each year. Using the 5 E’s model, our efforts include The Drive Wisely Wyandotte traffic safety coalition, the Public Health department Car Seat program, & the Safe Routes to School program. Safe Routes to School uses pedestrian safety education & improving the built environment. We then supplement that with the traffic safety education & resources within the network of the Drive Wisely Wyandotte coalition.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Active participation with the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program. SRTS is a national model that encourages & enables children to walk and bicycle to school. The Unified Government has a well-funded & active SRTS programs with 12 participating schools & counting.
    • Attend meetings; develop action steps to deliver a non-infrastructure education program that will assist schools, parents, & students, with increasing the number of students who walk/bike to school.
  • Assist in capacity building within the Drive Wisely Wyandotte coalition for traffic safety.
    • Create coalition building strategies; facilitate meetings, create a social media presence & newsletter for dispensing information to coalition/action team members, and taking notes at meetings.
  • Assist the Public Health Department’s car seat program by improving the appointment & inventory processes via quality improvement, thus increasing the number of clients served & expanding community awareness.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Ability to work well as a team and with diverse partners and communities
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Excellent public speaking skills
  • Commitment to improving community health throughout Wyandotte County

PREFERRED

  • Knowledge of public health
  • Knowledge of fundraising/grant writing

HOURS
Full time. Some evenings and weekends required.

PAY & BENEFITS
VISTA members do not get paid, but receive a modest, monthly living allowance to help cover basic necessities (roughly $900/month). VISTA members who successfully complete a term of service are also eligible to receive either a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,550 to pay for college or to pay off student loans, or an end-of-service cash stipend of $1,500. Additional benefits include training, limited health care benefits, relocation expenses, student loan forbearance or deferment and non-competitive eligibility for a federal government position. You may also be eligible for childcare assistance should you need it.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
Application deadline is September 30, 2016.
Please send a resume and cover letter to Healthy Communities Wyandotte,ATTN: Alyssa Carodine, 619 Ann Ave., Kansas City, KS 66101 or by e-mail.