Newsletter Spotlight from Chuck – November 22, 2017

Good day. This edition we celebrate with Central Avenue Betterment Association, people who make a difference in Downtown, and introduce the application process for the Pop-Up KCK effort. Additionally, Mary, Daniel, Dave and I, along with the DTSKCK and SSMID Boards, all hope that you and yours enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving.

I recently had the privilege of being a judge for the Day of the Dead observance which occurred on Central Avenue. Organized by CABA, the day celebrates those who have made a difference in the lives of their families, neighborhoods, and towns. Day of the Dead has the potential to become an annual KCK event. Many thanks to Edgar Galicia, CABA director, for his great work and vision in bringing the event to life. Take a look at festivities of the day here.

Speaking of making a difference, check out the new Downtown banners. Most of them should be in place by the time you read this. The banners depict individuals who have positively impacted Downtown KCK and Wyandotte County; many of those good people continue to do so. The banners will fly for the next couple of years and are part of a Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District (SSMID) program. I am grateful to SSMID Board Chair, Lynn Kuluva, who has worked tirelessly on this project and others to improve Downtown. I want to also say a big THANKS to Eric Smith and Don Grey of BPU for their help in getting the initial round of banners in place.

December 1 is the 2017 Mayor’s Holiday Lighting Festival. We are particularly proud to share that students from Catherine Bowers’ Marketing Applications Class at Wyandotte High School are involved. Her students put their graphic design and marketing skills to work on the Shareholders’ promotional material for the Festival. Her students have produced some wonderful designs for use across multiple platforms. Our Dave Reno and Catherine have worked for some time to figure out how her students could (1) test their marketing skills, and (2) obtain real-world marketing experience in the process. We think you will enjoy the results.  To see them, keep an eye on our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram pages.

Finally, do you have a business idea but need to know if it is feasible? Is it associated with the arts? Consider applying for the Pop-Up KCK business program. The program includes completing Business Basics in a Day offered by one of our partners, America’s SBDC Kansas. Classes are available January 10th and 16th from 8:30-4:00 in Downtown KCK. The class description follows.

Business Basics in a Day
This day-long seminar will cover the basics of starting a small business, including determining whether your idea is feasible, creating a business plan, choosing a legal entity, forming financial projections, marketing, developing a web presence, and bookkeeping. This active learning module includes hands-on computer lab time.

Access the Pop-Up application here. Email for more information.

Celebrations, opportunities, partners, and family. Come, celebrate with us and others who are making a difference in Downtown KCK. Come see why we say Downtown KCK is 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

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