Networking Events

Kansas City Job Search/Networking Events for Week of August 20-26

Below are the networking events for the week of August 20-26 in the Kansas City area. As always, if you know about other career fairs, meetings or events that would benefit job seekers, please send a note to markvanbaale@gmail.comThank you.

It is my hope that the information provided on this blog will help you to find a new job or make connections with people at the various networking events. Remember, there is also a Job Leads page where new jobs are posted every day or every other day. 

You can also follow @kcjobseekers or @markvanbaale to get the latest updates.

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Any Day of the Week

Watch or Listen to New Landings Job Chat Interviews brought to you each week by Hector Silva and the rest of the New Landings Job Chat Team. Recent podcasts added are “Utilization Of Your New Portfolio,” “Collect, Select and Design Your Portfolio,” “How a Portfolio Can Benefit Me, ” “Get Real With Your Business,” “Get Real With Your People,” and “Get Real With Yourself.”

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Monday, August 20

KC Entrepreneur Roundtable 

Location:
Mimi’s Cafe
11885 W. 95th St.
Overland Park, KS
Google Map

Time: 9:00am – 10:00am 

Investing time, talent, and your hard earned dollars in your community, is one way to get the word out that you are in business. 

Let’s start with introductions to our businesses, and bring our acheivements and challenges to share. Be prepared to share your community involvement stories or ideas.

Guests to our group are always welcome, as are your discussion topics.

Register for Event

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KC Online Community Networking Event

Location:
The Coffee Girls Cafe
7440 Washington Street
Kansas City, MO
Google Map

Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

No speaker, no agenda, no distractions… just networking! Join us for Monday Coffee at The Coffee Girls Cafe, in Waldo.

Only space for 30 so reserve your spot now. 

More Information and to Register

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Feet Up Network – FUN Monday Meeting

Location:
Minsky’s Pizza
427 Main Street
Kansas City, MO
Google Map

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Feet-Up Network is a group of business professionals who like to get together, kick their feet-up and have a drink together.

We usually have around 15-25 people at these meetings. Members say that it helps them build relationships. Come on out and have a drink, meet some new friends and forge some great partnerships.

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#JobHuntChat on Twitter

Time: 9:00pm CDT

Job Hunt Chat is a community where job seekers, recruiters, human resource professionals, career coaches, and hiring managers can connect. Discussion/questions shared on Twitter.com using the hashtag #JobHuntChat.

Here is how you can participate in this chat:
1. Search for hashtag #JobHuntChat on Twitter when the chat starts at 9pm CST.
2. Introduce yourself when the chat begins.
3. Read, ask questions, comment, re-tweet. Participate!

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Tuesday, August 21

OMNI Employment Job Seeker Roundtable Meeting

Location:
OMNI Employment Management Services
7201 W. 110th St. (Suite 225)
Overland Park, KS 66210
Google Map

Time: 8:00am – 9:00am

Free to attend.

This is a very informal meeting and offers a great chance to network with other professionals and meet with Mike Tracy, Principal of OMNI Employment Management Services, LLC. This group is ideally geared to middle to upper management level candidates. Mike has been involved in the recruitment field for a number of years and has a multitude of helpful tips and suggestions to offer.

Please call us at 913.341.2119 or email Sheena Niermeier to register. 

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We’re Talkin’ Tuesday” Networking Group Meeting

Location:
Mainstreet Credit Union
6025 Lamar Ave. 
Mission, KS
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Time: 8:00am – 9:30am

Free to attend.

Bring lots of business cards and meet business owners from the Johnson County and Kansas City metro area. 

Contact Sara Kentzler at skentzler@nejcchamber.com or 913-262-2141 for more information. 

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Market Immersion Meeting

Tuesday Morning Meeting Info:

Location:
Granfalloon Bar & Grill
608 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, MO
Google Map

Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm

Register for Tuesday Morning Meeting

Tuesday Afternoon Meeting Info:

Location:
Granite City Food & Brewery
8461 NW Prairie View Rd
Kansas City, MO 64153
Google Map

Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Networking group consisting of business professionals who share their ideas and expertise in regard to Internet marketing, social media, and their businesses. Job seekers can attend to network.

Register for Tuesday Afternoon Meeting

More Information about the Group

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The Best Interview Strategy for Results Webinar

Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm CDT

There is excitement when people say, “I have an interview!” Everything it takes to get to this important point in the job search, all of the work and effort of finding your target, planning, knowing your unique value, networking, writing your resume, finding the ideal positions, sending your resume, following up….and now…. you have an interview! 

Preparation takes time. You have to know what kind of research to do about the company and the role, and it takes practice so you are clear about what you want to cover in the interview. Bottom line, you must be mentally and physically ready if you want to do well in the interview. 

Here is a sneak peek of this webinar’s agenda:

  • Create an effective Interview Strategy 
  • Be a Master of Building Rapport 
  • “Best of You” Summary Statement 
  • Strengths you should Share about Yourself 
  • The Most Powerful Questions to Ask in the Interview

Register for FREE

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KC Express Network Luncheon with American Business Women’s Association

Location:
St. Andrew’s Golf Club
11099 West 135th St.
Overland Park, KS
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Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm
Please arrive by 11:20 am.

Cost: $20 Payment the day of the event, cash, check (to KCEN) or credit card.

The American Business Women’s Association’s mission is to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others, grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking, support and national recognition. 

Meet Kansas City professionals representing a wide range of occupations and entrepreneurial endeavors in this small business networking group.

Our speaker this month is Alana Muller, President, Kauffman FastTrac, the nation’s leading provider of training to aspiring and existing entrepreneurs.

Email kcexpressnet@gmail.com to let us know you will be attending.

More Information about KC American Business Women’s Association Group

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Overland Park Young Professionals Happy Hour Event

Location:
Overland Park Marriott
10800 Metcalf Avenue
Overland Park, Kansas
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Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Cost: $10.00 for non-members

Join other young professionals for networking, food and drinks and the chance to win door prizes in the beautiful Marriott Overland Park.

Register for Event

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CPI-KC (Career Partners International) Third Tuesday Connections

Location:
Barley’s Brewhaus
11924 W. 119th Street,
Overland Park, KS
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Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Free to attend. CPI-KC will provide the appetizers. Drink specials (cash bar).

  • Make new connections to expand your network
  • Talk about ways of growing your existing business
  • Learn more about dynamic enterprises in metro Kansas City
  • Practice your networking skills in a safe and informal environment
  • Discuss the latest in cutting-edge management techniques
  • Find advocates who are willing to open doors and make introductions to key decision makers

More Information and How to Register

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Tech Night Hosted by Google Fiber

Location:
Google Fiber Space
1814 Westport Road 
Kansas City, MO
Google Map

Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Program begins promptly at 5:25.

There is no cost to attend.

Join the Google Fiber team and KCnext for a night of technology, networking and discussion about future innovation from Google’s new, ultra high-speed network.

Attendees have the opportunity to connect with the Google Fiber team and learn how they can leverage Google Fiber to innovate in the Kansas City region. Following the brief program, attendees can enjoy complimentary food and drinks while touring the interactive facility to test Google’s newest products launched on the fiber network.

Email Mary Noulles your RSVP.

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Missouri Feet Up Network Meeting

Location:
J. Bean’s
3365 SW Fascination Dr.
Lee’s Summit, MO
Google Map

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Feet-Up Network is a group of business professionals who like to get together, kick their feet-up and have a drink together.

There usually is around 15-25 people at these meetings. Members say that it helps them build relationships. Come on out and have a drink, meet some new friends and forge some great partnerships.

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Wednesday, August 22

Power Chics Power Coffee Meeting

Location:
Latteland Briarcliff Village
4115 N. Mulberry Dr.
Kansas City, MO
Google Map

Time: 8:00am – 9:00am

The Power Chics Power Coffee is a new venue for the person who prefers to meet in the morning. We will meet at 8 AM and get to know each other with introductions and  a discussion topic.

Power Chics is a personal growth organization, developed by women and for women. Power Chics is dedicated to helping “chics” from all professional arenas grow and develop, both personally and professionally. Come see what we are about. 

Please do register for this event so we have an idea of how many to expect.

Register for Event

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1 Million Cups Program for Entrepreneurs

Location:
Kauffman Labs
4801 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO
Google Map

Time: 9:00am – 10:00am

Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation created 1 Million Cups (1MC) as a simple way to engage entrepreneurs in the Kansas City community. Each week, the 1MC program offers two local upstarts an opportunity to present their companies to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs.

The program takes place every Wednesday morning from 9:00-10:00am in Kauffman Labs. So if you’re interested in being involved with the 1 Million Cups program sign up, show up, help someone startup by offering your thoughts, questions, and advice.

More Information on August 22 Program

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Market Immersion Meetings

This incredible group of business owners/entrepreneurs come together weekly to discuss everything social.

Wednesday Morning Meeting Info:

Location:
The Egg and I‎
8180 W. 135th St.
Overland Park, KS 66223
Google Map

Time: 9:30am – 11:00am

Register for Wednesday Morning Meeting

Wednesday Afternoon Meeting Info:

Location:
J. Beans
3365 SW Fascination Drive
Lee’s Summit, MO 64064
Google Map

Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Register for Wednesday Afternoon Meeting

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LinkedIn for the Job Seeker Webinar

Time: 11:00am – Noon CDT

Learn strategies and best practices to leverage LinkedIn at every stage of your job search.

Lindsey Pollak, bestselling career advice author and LinkedIn spokesperson, will show you how to:

  • Increase your visibility with recruiters in your industry
  • Reach out to hiring managers directly
  • Overcome common job search challenges
  • Leverage the secrets of successful job seekers

Register for FREE

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Kansas City Job Fair

Location:
Kansas City Marriott Downtown
200 West 12th St.
Kansas City, MO
Google Map

Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm

Free to attend for job seekers. Free resume reviews will be available at the event from our two local career experts

Register for Job Fair

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LinkedIn Boot Camp Webinar

Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm CDT

LinkedIn guru Kathy Bernard will quickly and painlessly help you learn how to network like a pro, job search effectively and establish a powerful presence on LinkedIn … all in one fun and fast-paced hour. 

In this fast paced FREE 60 minute webinar, you will discover: 

  • How to establish a basic and advance LinkedIn profile that will get results
  • Networking tips and strategies that really work
  • LinkedIn job search and small business promotion tools
  • How to secure exceptional LinkedIn recommendations.

Register for FREE

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Linking Professionals Networking/Happy Hour Event

Location:
Martin City Brewing Company
500 East 135th St.
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Cost: $15.00 (Must Register at link below)

All industries welcome! Door prizes, appetizers and great business connections.

More Information and to Register

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Greater KC Public Relations Society of America August Education & Networking Event

Location:
T2 Studios
1906 Wyandotte St.
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Cost:
$5.00 PRSA or PRSSA Member
$5.00 Non-Member/Guest

Mix & mingle with other new PR pros and take a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most successful design and digital media companies in KC. Teri Rogers, owner and CEO of T2 Studios, will offer insight into how she created and built this nationally recognized digital design and production company.

New Pros will have the opportunity to take a private tour of T2, and get the scoop into what it’s like to be a driving force in digital media. Join us following the presentation for a networking happy hour at Snow & Company (1815 Wyandotte).

Please arrive promptly at 5:30 p.m. for the tour; complimentary appetizers will be provided at the networking portion of the event.

More Information and To Register

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Kansas City Web Professionals Meeting – speaker is Dave Templeman, IT recruiter with RiverPoint

Location:
Centriq Training Center
8700 State Line Rd.
(West side of State Line Rd, directly across from Ward Parkway Mall)

Leawood, KS
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Time: 6:30pm

Topic: Interview/Resume/Job Hunting Tips and Pointers

  • Differences between recruiting / headhunter companies 
  • What sets RiverPoint apart from the rest 
  • Interview Attire 
  • Interview Pointers, Do’s, Dont’s 
  • Resume Pointers, Do’s, Dont’s 
  • Job Attitude/Performance 
  • How to not shoot yourself in the foot on the contract/permanent transition and salary demands 
  • Transitioning between contracts 
  • Technology strengths/weaknesses 
  • What technology is hot/not 
  • Additional technology education

Food and door prizes will be provided by RiverPoint.

In order to ensure that we have enough food, please send an email to Ray Harris at kcwebpro1@kcwebpros.com to indicate if you will be attending.

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Thursday, August 23

Kansas City Small Business Breakfast Club

Location:
The Corner Cafe
8301 N Flintlock Rd.
Kansas City, MO
Google Map

Time: 7:30am – 8:30am 

Come and network with other small business owners, professionals, and entrepreneurs and learn how to grow and protect your business! Hot breakfast is $8 per person including tax and tip. Bring business cards and literature to hand out. Get leads and referrals for your business! Invite another business owner to come with you to this great event.

For more information, contact Dan LeMunyon at 913-526-4551.

Register for Event

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Overland Park Chamber of Commerce Stories of Success Event

Speaker is Clifton Alexander, REACTOR Design Studio

Location:
Overland Park Chamber of Commerce
9001 West 110th Street, Suite 150
Overland Park, Kansas
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Time: 8:30am – 10:00am

Cost: $20.00 for non-members

Come meet the founder of REACTOR Design Studio and hear his inspiring story of entrepreneurial success. Originally from southern California, Clifton Alexander came to the Midwest to attend the esteemed Kansas City Art Institute. Today he is owner and creative Chuck Norris of REACTOR Design Studio, in its 10th year of business specializing in branding, marketing and print design. Clifton has appeared on CBS Sunday Morning and Extreme Makeover Home Edition, been published many times and won more than 100 design awards. His philosophy that there’s no point designing something unless it’s awesome, permeates the soul of his small and fast-growing design studio.

$15 per person for members; $20 per person for non-members. Includes light refreshments.

RSVP by noon on August 21.

More Information and How to Register

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Olathe Chamber Coffee meeting

Location this week:
Hilton Garden Inn 
12080 South Strang Line Road 
Olathe, KS 66062
Google Map

Time: 9:00 am – 11:00am

Open to job seekers to attend free of charge. 

Opportunity to mingle with Olathe area business owners and network to your next job. Expect to meet 150-250 people. There is a special sign-up area so job hunters and employers can meet.

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JobNewsKC Career Fair

Location:
Holiday Inn Kansas City CoCo Key Water Resort
9103 E. 39th St.
Kansas City, MO
Google Map

Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Free to attend for job seekers. 

Register for Career Fair

See List of Employers at Fair

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Internet Job Search Workshop

Location:
New Landings HQ
11320 West 79th St.
Lenexa, KS
Google Map

Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Free to attend.

Learn successful techniques to manage all aspects of your Internet job search campaign from a multi-certified resume writer, career and personal branding coach.

The following topics will be covered:

  • LinkedIn and Twitter and optimizing their usage in your networking
  • Social networking and specific strategies for your job search
  • Job searching online (including online classifieds)
  • Keywords and their usage
  • The reason you need an electronic resume
  • Performing company research and what you need to know

Attendees will need an ability to navigate Internet sites effectively and have an understanding of Microsoft Word.

Register for Workshop

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Christian Business Connections Network Meeting

Location:
Panera Bread
20120 West 153rd St.
Olathe, KS
Google Map

Time: 1:30pm

Join us! It is an all-inclusive and non-denominational group and our focus is networking/friendship/outreach.

More Information

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Friday, August 24

#HFChat (#HireFriday Chat) on Twitter

Time: 11:00 am – Noon CDT

#HireFriday is the only stream on twitter that focuses solely on job seekers strengths, knowledge and abilities. Discussion/questions shared on Twitter.com using the hashtag #HFChat

Here is how you can participate in this chat:

1. Sign up for Twitter if you are not already on Twitter.
2. Search for hashtag #HFChat when the chat starts at 11am CST.
3. Introduce yourself when the chat begins.
4. Read, ask questions, comment, re-tweet. Participate!

More information on #HFChat and Hire Friday

If you are in the KC area and are searching for a job, send a note to Mark Van Baale at markvanbaale@gmail.com to be listed on the Featured Job Seekers pageEveryone listed on this page has a #HireFriday tweet sent out on Fridays about what they are looking for.

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Saturday, August 25

Catholic Career Panel Roundtable Meeting

Location:
Good Shepherd Parish
12800 W 75th St.
Shawnee, KS
Google Map

Time: 8:30am – 10:00am

Dress is Business Casual.

CCR holds a ’Panel Roundtable’ the last Saturday of each month. Panel Roundtables are a refreshing venue for business owners and hiring managers to share company culture and employment opportunities for 2012 with qualified and professional job seekers with no fees or cost to the job seeker or the business owner as well.

Our panel this month will include representatives from Harte Hanks, UPS, City of Kansas City MO, Perceptive Software, KCPL, and Farmers Insurance (Corporate).

More Information about CCR

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