Newsletter Spotlight from Chuck - January 16, 2018

Good day to you. Can you believe it is already the third week of a new year? Hope you were able to spend time during the holidays with family and friends. Downtown Shareholders wishes for yours, you, and your endeavors a successful year.

Speaking of time, it is time to take advantage of some unique opportunities.  Entrepreneurs, it’s time to learn how to develop financials, do market research, and develop a business plan. Many businesses fail in the first year because proper planning did not take place and/or skills to start a business were underdeveloped or non-existent. Those skills and the resulting documents necessary to be successful can be learned right here in Downtown Kansas City, KS. Our partners, Workforce Partnership, America’s Small Business Development Center, KS, and the Heartland Black Chamber of Commerce invite you to this FREE training. Yes, FREE. The opportunity is open to anyone in Wyandotte County with a business idea that would create sales tax and at least one FTE. Depending on demand, the one-day, eight-hour training will be held on February 16 and/or 22. Contact me here or call (913) 371-0705 for an application and more information.  

Friday, January 26, our In the Know Luncheon series continues with Kathy K. Briney, RMA, our County Appraiser. Have questions regarding how property taxes are calculated or simply how that office works? Kathy will present an overview of the ongoing work and can address your questions. We meet from 11:30 am to 1 pm in the BPU board room. Luncheon cost is $20. Please RSVP by clicking here.

Even though my time with DTSKCK as Executive Director is growing short, I am grateful to continue to be included in important projects. A big thanks to Jon Stephens, UG Economic Development Director, for the invitation to meet recently with other community leaders and a potential Downtown grocery store operator. Several from the community gathered to listen, ask questions, and answer questions. Thanks, also, and welcome to, newly elected Mayor David Alvey who has publicly stated support for and need of a grocery store. Watch this space for further news regarding this project. 

Finally, our search committee has been busy, investing a lot of time since the holidays receiving resumes and conducting interviews to hire a new Executive Director. We appreciate that over 30 individuals demonstrated interest. An announcement about a new hire will occur soon.
New Year, new opportunities, new leadership, and new beginnings. Not bad for just the third week of January. Come be a part of what promises to be a great year for Downtown Kansas City, KS. Come learn, grow, and develop with us. Come see why we call Downtown Kansas City, KS everyone’s Downtown.    


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