The KCK Chamber prides ourselves on being a connector and convener of businesses to community resources, elected officials and key stakeholders that drive prosperity and economic vitality in our region.
LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT & CEO
First and foremost, I would like to thank each and every one of you – OUR MEMBERS for your tremendous resiliency and perseverance these last two years. We entered 2021 with great uncertainty, roughly a year into a pandemic and without a clear end in sight.
Despite these challenges, the business community and community at-large pushed on, pushed through. We are cognizant that not all business survived the economic downturn and it was our small businesses that were hardest hit. These have not been easy times and we are not quite in the clear yet. I would like to commend the Unified Government for listening to the needs of the business community and to the business community for complying with health and safety protocols. The KCK Chamber has been a strong advocate of keeping the economy open in a safe and responsible way. It is a difficult scenario trying to balance the public health and the economy and I want to thank you all for doing your best.
The KCK Chamber has proudly served the community for over 120 years and I am proud of the fact that the KCK Chamber, your Chamber, continues to be proactive in delivery of quality programs, events, and initiatives for our 500+ members.
In 2021, the KCK Chamber coordinated and convened over 110 events and meetings virtually, in-person or hybrid, and had 3,700 attendees participate. Due to health protocols the Chamber was not able to host in-person events until the third quarter. I am so proud of our tremendous KCK Chamber team for planning and executing our three signature events – Golf Tournament, Business Expo, and Annual Gala – in six months while also planning and executing monthly programs and events. No small feat! Typically, the Chamber’s signature events are spread throughout the year, but much like we’ve done over the course of the pandemic, we adjusted and created opportunities to
provide return on investment for our members. As an ambitious organization and team, we always look to have our next event to be bigger and better than the last. The pandemic has changed the bigger part, for now, but we look forward to the time when we can convene in full force. In the meantime, we will continue to offer high quality programming and services virtually and in-person.
I want to personally thank the KCK Chamber Board of Directors for their commitment and guidance. The KCK Chamber Board is a true working, volunteer board that cares deeply about the growth of our business community and the success of this great organization. To the 2020 and 2021 KCK Chamber Board Chair, Joab Ortiz, I would like to thank you for your leadership and steady hand, always pushing the organization to be better, because our members deserve it. Thank you for dedicating two years of your time to serving as Chairman of the Board. Your leadership along with the Board of Directors provided much appreciated guidance and support to ensure the Chamber effectively navigated unsteady times. To Ga’brielle Doran, Katelyn Kaminski, George Turner, and Katie Vivas, I would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you for trusting in me, trusting the process, and for showing up day in and day out, rolling up your sleeves and getting the important work of serving our members, done. You are the backbone of this organization.
We look forward to a better and stronger 2022. Be on the lookout for tailormade programming for Small Businesses, KCK Forward Young Professionals, Women’s Chamber Network, Public Policy, Signature Events, Community Engagement and more this coming year. I am honored to have served in this role for six years and I am reminded daily of what a great, vibrant, and tough community we
are. That’s why we will succeed, because Wyandotte County/KCK doesn’t quit. The KCK Chamber is here for you. We stand with our members and community to take on challenges and wins together because we are indeed #StrongerTogether. Cheers to a GREAT 2022!
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KCK Chamber Members
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