Networking Events

Job Search/Networking Events Week of February 21

It is our hope that the information we provide on this blog will help you to find a new job or make connections with people at the various networking events. Remember, we also have a Job Leads page where we will post hot jobs as they are sent to us.

Below are the events/meetings for the week of February 21. As always, if you know about other career fairs, meetings or events that would benefit job seekers, please send a note to Thank you.

Tuesday, February 22

Forward Bound Job Club Meeting

Time: 6:30 – 8:00pm

Lees Summit United Methodist Church

114 SE Douglas St.
Lee’s Summit, MO
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Please Note: Session will be in room 118 of The Worship Center building.

Presented by Shawn Kinkade – owner of Aspire Business Development

Topic: “10 Steps to Explosive Networking”

Whether you’re in business or looking for your next opportunity, you probably know that Networking is an essential strategy for success. Unfortunately Networking doesn’t actually work for most people because they’re approaching it the wrong way. It’s not about spending time at events and handing out lots of business cards – if that’s what you’re doing, there’s a good chance you’re wasting your time.

The good news is that anyone can be successful at networking and done the right way it can be a game changer. Learn the 10 Steps you need to follow to be successful in this workshop from Shawn Kinkade – owner of Aspire Business Development. Shawn is a business coach who helps his clients figure out what they need to be doing to grow their business and has built his own business largely on networking.

Contact Info: Bob Carpenter at or call 816-807-0599.


Wednesday, February 23

Internet Marketing and Social Media Meetup Group

Nick’s Pizzeria and Ice Cream
12030 Blue Valley Parkway

Overland Park, KS 66213

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Time: 9:00am – 11:00 am

Networking group consisting of business professionals who share their ideas and expertise in regard to marketing products or services over the Internet using social media marketing strategies.

Free to attend.

RSVP and More Information


Linking South Overland Park Professionals Networking Event

Nick’s Pizzeria and Ice Cream
12030 Blue Valley Parkway

Overland Park, KS 66213

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Time: 4:30pm – 7:30pm

Please register in advance. Free beverage of your choice with registration.

More Information and Registration


New Landings Weekly Meeting

Who We Are: New Landings is a non-profit organziation dedicated to the economic recovery of America’s middle class. New Landings empowers individuals to create and engage in meaningful work by providing resources and new avenues to showcase their skills. We provide a holistic approach to job recovery by stabilizing, energizing and mobilizing our members to condense the transition time to economic growth.

Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church
9300 Nall Avenue
Overland Park, KS
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Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Dress Attire: Business Casual

Speaker: Marquita Miller

Topic: “Tax Tip Update

We are in the middle of tax season!  Before you file your taxes, learn more about . . .

  • Tax Updates
  • Successful Tax Filing
  • How Job Seeking can IMPACT Tax Return

Speaker Bio:

Marquita is the founder of Five Star Tax & Business Solutions, LLC.   Her business was started as a part-time home based business September 7, 2000: by 2010, the business had evolved into a full service accounting firm that processes thousands of tax returns, consults with numerous entrepreneurs to establish business formation, and serves as Accountant to many organization.  In 2011 the organization expanded and opened it’s OPKS Branch Office.   Marquita is a certified First Step Fund Instructor/Coach.   In 2005, her company was selected to participate in the POWER program operated by the Greater Kansas City Chamber.  In 2006, she was honored by the Kansas Black Chamber of Commerce for her involvement and commitment to entrepreneurship development. In 2007, she was nominated for the Top 25 small business by Small Business Monthly and Top 100 Small Business by Greater Kansas City Chamber. In 2010 she was selected by KC Business Magazine as one of Kansas City’s Rising Stars.   The latest achievement for 2011 was being selected by the Kansas City Business Magazine as one of KCMO’s 2011 Influential Women.


Crossroads Career Network Meeting

Woods Chapel United Methodist Church
4725 NE Lakewood Way
Lees Summit, MO
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Time: 6:30-7:30 pm in Room 301

Speaker: Karen Silins, owner of A+ Career & Resume

Learn tips and techniques for writing successful resumes and cover letters from an award winning, multi-certified resume writer and career coach. Topics covered include: Defining Your Employment Objective, Resume Format and Structure, Writing Copy, Resume Keywords, Common Errors and Proofreading Methods, Composing Cover Letters, Honesty Is Everything, and Electronic Resumes: Why You Need Them.

Speaker Bio:

Karen Silins is on the cutting edge of Career Coaching techniques and Resume Development trends, and committed to individual, personalized service, providing a realistic approach to the clients’ goals through a variety of career coaching competencies or in career document preparation.

Karen is the current President of Association of Online Resume and Career Professionals and holds many professional certifications in resume writing and career management.

Karen’s desire for continuing education, and active status in resume and career industry organizations are well represented by her multiple certifications, memberships, and variety of professional credits.

Her website can be found at


Thursday, February 24

Olathe Chamber Coffee meeting (open to job seekers to attend for free)

Location this week:
My Big Fat Greek Restaurant
14805 West 119th Street
Olathe, KS 66062
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Time: 9:00 am – 11:00am

Opportunity to mingle with Olathe area business owners and network to your next job.

The Olathe Chamber of Commerce is taking steps to help connect job seekers and employers who are hiring. To that end, the Chamber is doing the following in a program initiated by the Chairman´s Liaison Committee:

  • Providing networking opportunities at Chamber coffees at a special sign-up area so job hunters and employers can meet.
  • Inviting employers to advertise employment offerings on the Chamber´s Web site. Contact Laura Baldwin,
    764-1050 or, for details.
  • Engaging job seekers in volunteer and other events and opportunities to provide opportunities to network.


Friday, February 25

Sacred Heart’s Job Club Meeting

Sacred Heart Catholic Church
5501 Monticello Rd
Shawnee, KS
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Go to Meeting Room #2 located on upper level of church building.

Time: 8:30 – 9:30am

Contact: Maureen Reintjes at or call 913-422-5700, ext. 250

More Information

Check out Kansas City Metro Networking Job Club Ning Community


Career Connection Friday

Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Room #301
1600 North 291 Highway (I-35 & 291)
Liberty, MO 64068 US
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Time: 7:00 – 8:30pm

Topic: “Getting past the Gatekeeper”



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