Chamber Connection
May 20th, 2016

SCHOOLS OUT FOR SUMMER!  All the kiddos are happy and getting to sleep late.  Too bad we don't get to do that!

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Chamber News!


Did you know the Chamber has an area job listings section on our website?  Chamber members are able to list their available positions on there for FREE!

The Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that Shirkey Health Services along with the The Medical Center will be hosting the Annual Chamber After Hours Hawaiian Luau Hog Roast at the 19th Hole on Friday May 20th from 5:30-7:30pm.  This is the biggest after hours of the year and one you sure don't want to miss!

Richmond Rotary 

  The Richmond Rotary will hold their weekly meeting today, May 20th at the 19th Hole at noon. 

 Reverse Raffle Funding Request Applications are available.  Contact
your favorite Rotarian today! 
Ray County Memorial Hospital 
Gift Shop Sale!

Today~ May 20th, 2016 the RCMH Gift Shop is holding their 20% off Sale!  Don't forget~there is no sales tax either!

Richmond Farmer's Market
The Richmond Farmer's Market willbe open this Saturday, May 21st from 7am to noon on the West side of the Richmond Square.  This event is sponsored by the Richmond Downtown District.

Farris Theatre

Joseph Hall's ELVIS Rock 'N' Remember Tribute Show is Saturday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the Farris Theatre. 

Grace Church

Every Sunday from 6:30pm to 8pm at their location 606 South Camden St. in Richmond.

Richmond Red Cross Pharmacy
will open at their new location on Monday May 23rd at 9am at 320 East Lexington Street.  
Congratulations on your beautiful new location!

Ray County Library
Family Storytime
Ray County Library
Mondays at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Join us for our weekly storytime as we sing, read and make crafts! The planned activities will help develop early literacy skills and are targeted for ages 0-5. Children 2 years old and under must have an adult with them throughout the program. 

Richmond Kiwanis Club

Will host their weekly meeting on Tuesday May 24th at noon at the 19th Hole in Richmond.  

      Griffith-Skiles American Legion Post  #237    


On Tuesday May 24th,  The American Legion will be hosting
Bingo Night
at the Ray County Memorial Veteran's Building.  
The doors will open at 4pm for the meal and games will start at 6pm.  It only costs $20 to play all evening.  

Attention Richmond Area Businesses : SHOW YOUR COLORS !! Griffith-Skiles American Legion Post #237 will be launching a new program on Sunday, May 1, 2016 and the first Sunday of every month there after. Beginning in May, staff members of the American Legion will drive around the businesses to see who is flying the American Flag. Each month we will award a certificate and recognition to the business. The only rules are, you must be a Richmond area business and have your flag flying or properly displayed outside for the public to view. If you need to purchase a flag or have questions on how to properly fly or display your flag, call the post at (816)-776-8056 between 8 - 10 am M-F or leave a message. We are hoping to encourage all local businesses to get onboard and SHOW YOUR COLORS by flying our flag in and around our community. We will also watch for flags that nee to be replaced because they are worn, faded or torn. The American Legion will be glad to properly dispose of any unserviceable flags as a service to the community. Share this for everyone to see. Thank you.
Mark Foley, Commander

    4th Tuesday Grief Support Group

will host their Annual Memorial balloon release on Tuesday May 24th at 7pm at the United Christian Presbyterian Church. For more information please call 816-217-3596

Learning Hour
May 24, 2016
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
City Hall - Council Chambers
Richmond, MO
If you have a business or thinking of starting a business - you want to be here.
Pat Brown-Dixon
Patricia Brown-Dixon was appointed Region VII Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration in 2011 by President Barack Obama.  She administers the delivery of SBA's small business programs and services throughout Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa and promotes the agency, which focuses on access to capital, contracting and counseling and training services for small businesses.
Oversees SBA grants and funding for special initiatives that include Business entrepreneurial training.
What SBA Offers to Help Small Businesses Grow
What does SBA offer to small business owners? The programs are many and varied, and the qualifications for each are specific. SBA can help facilitate a loan for you with a third party lender, guarantee a bond, or help you find venture capital. Understanding how SBA works is the first step towards receiving assistance.
SBA's Role
SBA provides a number of financial assistance programs for small businesses that have been specifically designed to meet key financing needs, including debt financing, surety bonds, and equity financing

Learning Hour
June 8, 2016
12 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
City Hall - Council Chambers
Richmond, MO
Mark Werthmann - Economic Development Representative for Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Denver (CO) Regional Office, - Economic Development Administration [EDA], United States Department of Commerce [DOC]
EDA meeting = meeting with this organization might be insightful and can focus on community economic development efforts.
About the Agency:  As the only federal government agency focused exclusively on economic development, the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) plays a critical role in fostering regional economic development efforts in communities across the nation. Through strategic investments that foster job creation and attract private investment, EDA supports development in economically distressed areas of the United States.

     Oak Pointe Assisted Living Facility

will have blood pressure checks available Wednesday May 25th from 1-3pm at their facility in Richmond.  

    Ray County Library
Adult Book Club

will hold their monthly meeting at 9:30 am at the Library.  Please call the library to get more book information at 816-776-5102
The Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce is working hard to ensure that every decision made is supporting our effort to... 
"Be Relevant!"


Natalie Lamar
Executive Director
Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce
phone 816-776-6916
fax 816-776-6917