Job Alert: Product Sales Manager, Girl Scouts of NE KS & NW MO

Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri serves 23,000 girls and 9,000 adult volunteers in a bi-state 47 county area. The Council is dedicated to the 105 year-old Girl Scout mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. This well-established organization is currently seeking a Manager, Product Sales to join their team.

Responsibilities:
The Manager, Product Sales is responsible for all aspects of the annual Candy, Nut & Magazine Program and assigned areas of the annual Cookie Program. Key accountabilities include:

  • Appoint, in partnership with the Membership Manager, all Service Unit Product Sales Managers (SU PSMs) for the Candy, Nut & Magazine (CNM) Program.
  • Oversee product and recognition choices for the CNM program.
  • Edit and present training and support for all CNM SU PSMs.
  • Develop content for CNM materials (handbooks, flyers).
  • Manage data, process orders and reconcile sales/payments using vendor-provided software.
  • Coordinate delivery of products and serve as a point of contact for the agent.

Manage all aspects of Booth Sales for the Cookie Program, including:

  • Coordinating volunteer team to secure council-sponsored booths
  • Coordinating Wal-Mart/Sam’s agreements
  • Partnering with baker to upload and maintain booth locations using vendor-provided software
  • Executing booth lottery

Assist Director, Product Sales with the annual Cookie Program as needed, including:

  • Providing support and training to all volunteers and staff
  • Preparing for, attending all, and presenting at SU PSM and Troop Cookie Manager trainings
  • Attending and participating in weekly team meetings
  • Coordinating, overseeing and documenting council-sponsored cupboards, including inventory
  • Attending special cookie-related events and meetings on nights/weekends

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated 3-4 years’ experience in customer service or a similar role with excellent public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated experience with volunteer recruitment, management, training, and supervision.
  • Basic knowledge of accounting, budgeting, and finance.
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to present information to groups (10-500 people).
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with a friendly and professional demeanor.
  • Highly organized with strong multi-tasking abilities.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including nights and weekends, as needed.
  • Valid driver’s license required.

To apply for or share this position, visit OMNI Human Resource Management.


Job Alert: Opportunity Coordinator, Girl Scouts of NE KS & NW MO

Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri serves 23,000 girls and 9,000 adult volunteers in a bi-state 47 county area. The Council is dedicated to the 105 year-old Girl Scout mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. This well-established organization is currently seeking an Opportunity Coordinator (Inside Sales) to join their team. This role supports the East Region and is based in Kansas City, MO Council office.

Responsibilities:
The Opportunity Coordinator is responsible for successfully culminating recruitment efforts by initiating and pursuing communications strategies and protocols needed to convert prospective members (leads) to registered members. This individual assists in achieving the council’s goals for girl and adult membership through implementing membership strategies in assigned areas. Key accountabilities include:

  • Convert leads into registered members by: identifying gap areas of opportunity vs interest, ensuring successful placement in opportunities, upselling volunteer roles and girl opportunities, and communicating volunteer eligibility criteria.
  • Provide high-quality customer service to both internal and external customers via phone, email and in-person.
  • Support the Girl Scout brand by using tools and resources as designed to provide a smooth customer experience for both new and renewing volunteers and caregivers.
  • Collaborate with membership team/partners to develop and implement membership growth strategies which are unique to the areas served.
  • Ensure the integrity of data that supports the conversion and placement of girls and adults in the appropriate volunteer project and volunteer job campaigns as listed in the opportunity catalog.
  • Work proficiently in Salesforce reports and Microsoft Excel to accurately track, address and report out on data quality throughout the membership year.
  • Create and maintain an accurate and thorough Opportunity Catalogue with input from membership team partners (Troop Operations, Recruiters, Regional Directors, etc.).
  • Support implementation of membership recruiting marketing strategies outlined in the council’s strategic plan, annual business plan and/or other council goals primarily through phone and written follow-up contacts with prospective members and community partners.
  • Prepare a variety of status reports, including activity, follow-up, and adherence to goals.
  • Ensure Girl Scouting is open to all girls and adults by delivering the Girl Scouts message of pluralism and diversity to members of the council.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum one year demonstrated experience in marketing, sales or customer service.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office, CRM systems (Salesforce is a plus) and social networking.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with a friendly and professional demeanor.
  • Highly organized with strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ideal candidate is goal-oriented, driven, proactive, energetic, and excellent at problem solving.
  • Associate’s Degree or equivalent work experience required.
  • Bilingual skills (oral and written) a plus.
  • Must be available for evening and weekend hours.

To apply for or share this position, visit OMNI Human Resource Management.


BPU Announces Kids Coloring Contest

The Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU) is inviting children ages 12 and under residing in Wyandotte County, Kansas, to participate in the BPU Kids Coloring Contest. Those who enter have a chance to win a Walmart gift card just for showing off their artistic abilities. Children are encouraged to have fun expressing their talents while using their choice of coloring supplies. Crayons, markers, colored pencils or paint — There are no limitations when it comes to color.

A $25.00 gift certificate will be awarded to one winner in each of the following age categories: 5 and under, 6-9, and 10-12. The winning entries will be featured on the BPU website, community newsletter, and social media pages. Download and color one of the coloring sheets and deliver the completed artwork to BPU by mail, electronic upload, or in person. Once entries are submitted, they cannot be returned. Please make copies of the original artwork to keep before entering the contest.

All entries for the contest must be received or postmarked by June 30, 2017. Coloring sheets, entry forms and additional details about the coloring contest can be found at www.bpu.com/kidzone/kidscoloringcontest.

About BPU
BPU’s water department was originally created in 1909, and its electric utility was operational in 1912. The purpose of the utility, then and to this day, is to provide the highest quality electric and water services at the lowest possible cost. Today the publicly owned utility serves approximately 63,000 electric and 50,000 water customers, primarily in Wyandotte County, Kansas. The mission of the utility and its employees is “to focus on the needs of our customers, to improve the quality of life in our community while promoting safe, reliable and sustainable utilities.” BPU’s Web site is www.bpu.com.


National Small Business Week (NSBW) is Now!

NSBW (April 30th – May 6th) is an annual event hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration to recognize the nation’s top small businesses, entrepreneurs, small business advocates, and champions. Join the conversation by following #SmallBusinessWeek on Twitter and by taking part in these free webinars:

The U.S. Economic Outlook and Its Impact on Small Businesses
Presented by Visa
May 2, 2017 | 2:00-3:00 PMET
Description: Join Visa Economist, Jay Hawkins, as he shares the near-term outlook for the U.S. economy including the health of small businesses, consumer spending, housing prices and more.
Click here to register

5 Fabulous Habits of Local Business Champions
Presented by YP
May 3, 2017 | 2:00-3:00 PM ET
Description: Learn how to go from being a local business owner to a local business CHAMPION.
Click here to register

Grow Your Business Online
Presented by Google
May 3, 2017 | 4:00-5:00 PM ET
Description: People no longer “go” online, they live online. More than ever, it’s important for businesses to show up in the critical moments when potential customers search for answers, products, and services they need. In this session, we’ll introduce the basics of connecting with customers online, including reaching local customers with a free business listing, search engine optimization tips to help your website be found, and an introduction to online advertising.
Click here to register

The Future of Small Business Innovation
Presented by Salesforce
May 4, 2017 | 2:30-3:30 PM ET
Description: Salesforce LIVE webcast “The Future of Small Business Innovation” — find out how some of the world’s most successful companies are using innovation to propel business growth.
Click here to register

How to Write Your Email Content in 15 Minutes or Less
Presented by Constant Contact
May 4, 2017 | 3:30-4:30 pm ET
Description: Struggling to find the words, images, and the right calls-to-action that make the biggest impact with your email marketing? With just about 15 minutes and an easy-to-follow formula, you can kick writer’s block to the curb and be confident that you’ll know exactly what to say to create an effective email marketing message.
Click here to register

Find the Hidden Money in America
Presented by Chase
May 4, 2017 | 5:00-6:00 PM ET
Description: There are so many hidden opportunities available to entrepreneurs, but many don’t know where to look for them. If you don’t take advantage of these opportunities, in the form of grants, contracts, government programs, and private sector resources, you are leaving money on the table. In this webinar, best-selling author, Nely Galán, gives advice on how and where to pursue the hidden money in America.
Click here to register


2017 Small Business Week Webinars Bring Business Learning to Everyone

From Wayne Bell, Acting Region 7 Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration:

Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.

As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st-century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness. Many small business owners, however, do not know that there are learning opportunities throughout the week which they can access remotely on their computers or phones.

This year SBA will offer free webinars sponsored by SBA corporate partners on a variety of subjects beginning May 2. On that date, Visa will present “The U.S. Economic Outlook and Its Impact on Small Businesses.” YP present “5 Fabulous Habits of Local Business Champions” on May 3. On May 4, Constant Contact will teach you “How to Write Your Email Content in 15 Minutes or Less” and Chase will give tips on how to “Find the Hidden Money in America.”

Registration for the SBA Small Business Week webinars is now open and can be accessed at https://www.sba.gov/nsbw/webinars. We at SBA hope you will find time to treat yourself to some business learning during Small Business Week 2017.


LISC & Arvest Team Up to Fuel KC Economic Opportunity

Greater Kansas City LISCKansas City is set for an infusion of economic development capital as the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) moves forward with new funding to make impact investments that benefit often-overlooked parts of the metro area.  Arvest Bank recently provided a $5 million loan to LISC that will provide seed capital for redevelopment efforts that boost the economic infrastructure of low-income neighborhoods to eliminate blight, improve safety, expand affordable housing and attract businesses and jobs.

“Kansas City is fortunate to have the community development expertise of LISC available,” said Mark Larrabee, president & CEO for Arvest in Greater Kansas City. “We are confident that the additional resources our loan provides to LISC will enable a powerful economic impact throughout the region.”

It’s a unique relationship developed locally, but with implications for LISC’s national community development work, offering a model for regional lenders looking to deploy grants, loans and investments that improve the quality of life in struggling areas within their business footprint. “The value in this kind of investment is not just in the loans themselves but in the millions of dollars in additional development activity that this capital can leverage,” said Stephen Samuels, executive director of LISC’s Kansas City program.

For instance, LISC has invested more than $150 million in grants,loans and equity in Kansas City since 1981, and leveraged those investments to support $676 million in total development activity. The relationship with Arvest strengthens LISC’s public-private-philanthropic (P3) initiatives, such as the Catalytic Urban Predevelopment Fund, a $4 million resource that provides low-interest, patient capital for projects in the city’s urban core. It will also support an emerging $25-$40 million capital fund for the Kansas City Catalytic Urban Redevelopment (KC-CUR) initiative focused on the city’s east side. “These loans are critical resources to help us energize neighborhood economies,” Samuels stressed. “We’re especially pleased to have a local lender focused on our own local growth. It speaks to the incredible level of business and civic leadership we enjoy in Kansas City and the strong commitment of companies like Arvest to our future.”

About LISC
LISC equips struggling communities with the capital, program strategy and know-how to become places where people can thrive. It combines corporate, government and philanthropic resources. Since 1980, LISC has invested $17.3 billion to build or rehab 366,000 affordable homes and apartments and develop 61 million square feet of retail, community and educational space. For more, visit www.lisc.org.

About Arvest Bank
Arvest Bank operates more than 260 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 16 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 120 communities, with extended weekday banking hours at many locations. Arvest also provides a wide range of retail and commercial banking services including loans, deposits, treasury management, credit cards, mortgage loans and mortgage servicing. Arvest is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC.

For media inquiries or for more information contact Lisa Heishman


BPU Charity Golf Committee Awards Proceeds to Area Organizations

The BPU Charity Golf Tournament Committee distributed checks totaling $21,000 to the KCK Library Foundation, Wyandotte County Sports Association and the BPU Employee Foundation. Proceeds were raised in the corporate sponsored 2016 BPU Charity Golf Tournament event.

As part of its on-going commitment to the community, BPU employees sponsor and host an annual golf tournament. Since it began in 1992, the annual event has raised over a half a million dollars for area children’s charities and nonprofit organizations that benefit children and youth in Wyandotte County.

This year’s tournament is slated for Saturday, September 9th at Dub’s Dread.

Very soon the golf committee will be looking for organizations in need of funding from proceeds raised at this year’s event. Be looking for registration information and sponsorship information which will be distributed soon.

2017 Golf Committee

David Mehlhaff, Chair

Jerin Purtee, Vice Chair

Jeremy Ash, Treasurer

Misha Cobbins, Secretary

Jason Moe

Steve Wolf

Tony Coleman

Sam DeLeon

About BPU
BPU’s water department was originally created in 1909, and its electric utility was operational in 1912. The purpose of the utility, then and to this day, is to provide the highest quality electric and water services at the lowest possible cost. Today the publicly owned utility serves approximately 63,000 electric and 50,000 water customers, primarily in Wyandotte County, Kansas. The mission of the utility and its employees is “to focus on the needs of our customers, to improve the quality of life in our community while promoting safe, reliable and sustainable utilities.” BPU’s Web site is www.bpu.com.


Job Alert: Healthy Communities Coordinator VISTA, HNMA & KC Healthy Kids

Our friends at the Historic Northeast-Midtown Association, in collaboration with KC Healthy Kids, seek applicants for a new AmeriCorps VISTA position.  The application period is 4/1/2017– 5/15/2017. This is a full-time position, requiring some college education. The position will support HNMA programming and administration.

Member Duties: Develop and execute a standardized, plug-in newsletter format and quarterly schedule for e-mail and online dissemination. Procure stories from neighborhoods, government departments, local churches, and area businesses that are of value to Historic Northeast Midtown Association (HNMA) constituents. Recruit a volunteer to maintain the newsletter processes. Facilitate resident participation in healthy eating and active living (HEAL) initiatives. Update the HNMA website and develop an active social media platform. Support HNMA programming and align programs with HEAL. Participate in fund development activities, including grant writing and annual giving appeals.

Program Benefits: Relocation Allowance, Childcare assistance if eligible, Stipend, Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend, Living Allowance, Education award upon successful completion of service, Training, Health Coverage. For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare.

Terms: Car recommended.

Service Areas: Environment, Health, Community Outreach, Neighborhood Revitalization, Education, Children/Youth, Technology, Hunger, Community and Economic Development, Entrepreneur/Business.

Skills: General Skills, Education, Non-Profit Management, Youth Development, Teaching/Tutoring, Computers/Technology, Fundraising/Grant Writing, Community Organization, Communications, Public Speaking, Writing/Editing.

To learn more or apply, click here.


Newsletter Feature from Chuck – April 18, 2017

Good day. We hope you had a peaceful weekend and were able to enjoy it with loved ones and friends.

This edition of our newsletter highlights business in general, young women in Wyandotte County in particular, and people who make a difference.

What a difference a couple of weeks make! We then highlighted debris being flung along Minnesota. Happy to announce that, due to your efforts and those of the KCKPD, it has not occurred again. Thank you. Thank you for caring about Downtown, working to improve it, and making a difference. Downtown is full of great, hard-working folks who care about their family, business or organization, and their environment. You have made it through some very tough times and now are positioned to enjoy the fruit of your labor. We celebrate with you! We celebrate you.

Teresa Mata & Dave RenoWhile debris made the news last time, this time we highlight a touch of beauty in Downtown. The Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District, SSMID, purchased flowers for planters along Minnesota Ave. They were planted last Friday. Pictured are Teresa Mata of McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips, P.A. and our own Dave Reno, also of BHC RHODES. The flowers were purchased with a grant from Livable Neighborhoods, a Unified Government division of the Neighborhood Resource Center.

Many thanks to all the volunteers who were able to participate including those from WYEDC, Greg Kindle, Danica Rome, and Cari Lynn; United Way, Cindy Cash; Rental City, Lynn Kuluva; Simmons Security, Abraham Santana; retiree and DTSKCK Board member Jim Schraeder; Ashley Adorante, University of Kansas Cancer Center; Savanna Gaumer, Washburn University Student and University of Kansas Cancer Center Intern; inSITE Planning principal Daniel Serda; and DTSKCK’s Dave Reno.

People making a difference! Another great reason to be Downtown. Come make a difference! Come celebrate with us. Come see why we call Downtown KCK everyone’s Downtown!

Chuck Schlittler, Director
Downtown Shareholders of Kansas City, Kansas
Cell/Text: (913) 620-7480
726 Armstrong, Ste 201
Kansas City, KS 66101
Office: (913) 371-0705
www.DowntownKCK.org


BPU Announces Photo Contest Opportunity

The Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU) is accepting entries for the BPU Photo Contest. Whether you are an amateur or professional, the purpose of this contest is to showcase the best photographs that highlight Wyandotte County, Kansas. Photo entries should celebrate the beauty and uniqueness that the Wyandotte County community has to offer. From historic areas to entertainment attractions, Wyandotte County is bursting with endless opportunities to capture memorable and creative moments.  Photographers can submit an unlimited amount of photos; however, no more than two photos per person can be selected. All entries will be reviewed and judged by a committee of BPU employees.

The winning photographs will be featured on the BPU website, social media pages, and Customer Connection newsletter.  The official entry form with complete details is available online at www.bpu.com/about/ourcommunity/photocontest. Submissions for this contest must be received no later than 11:59 PM CST, on Thursday, August 31, 2017.

About BPU
BPU’s water department was originally created in 1909, and its electric utility was operational in 1912. The purpose of the utility, then and to this day, is to provide the highest quality electric and water services at the lowest possible cost. Today the publicly owned utility serves approximately 63,000 electric and 50,000 water customers, primarily in Wyandotte County, Kansas. The mission of the utility and its employees is “to focus on the needs of our customers, to improve the quality of life in our community while promoting safe, reliable and sustainable utilities.” BPU’s Web site is www.bpu.com.