Networking Events

Kansas City Job Search/Networking Events for Week of Sept. 17-23

Below are the networking events for the week of September 17-23 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 “Employment Courtship,” “5 Tips to Getting Six Figure Jobs,” “Functional Resumes – Advantages,” and “Utilization Of Your New Portfolio.”

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Monday, September 17

KC Online Community Networking Event

Location:
The Coffee Girls Cafe
7440 Washington Street
Kansas City, MO
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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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H&R Block Career Fair

Location:
H&R Block
One H&R Block Way (13th St. and Main St.)
Kansas City, MO 64105
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Visitor parking is available in our underground parking garage which is accessible from 13th Street between Grand and Walnut. As you enter the garage, please take a parking ticket and look for an open parking space. Look for the green balloons at the southwest elevator banks. Bring your parking ticket with you for validation. 

Time: 3:00pm – 7:00pm

H&R Block will be hiring for seasonal customer service representatives and IT support specialists in our call center.

Open jobs:
Support Specialist – Tech

Customer Service

Digital Support Specialist

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Monday Geek Night

Location:
Grunauer
101 West 22nd St.
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm

What is Monday Geek Night? It is a weekly Monday night gathering of geeks who enjoy topics including, but not limited to, application and web development (code of all kinds), entrepreneurship, gaming, marketing, design, movies, the current state of all things tech, and usually beer and other cocktails. This Meetup is very much unstructured – feel free to come and geek out on just about ANYTHING. Laptops more than welcome.

Register for Event

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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, September 18

OMNI Employment Job Seeker Roundtable Meeting

Location:
OMNI Employment Management Services
7201 W. 110th St. (Suite 225)
Overland Park, KS 66210
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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 913.653.8078 or email Casey Jones 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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Opportunities 2012 Career Fair and Job Resource Expo

Location:
Jack Reardon Convention Center (lower level)
520 Minnesota Ave,
Kansas City, KS
Google Map

Time: 
9:00am – 10:00am: Exclusive to Veterans
10:00am – 1:00pm: General admission 

Workshops:
9:00am: How to apply on USAJOBS.GOV – For veterans & the general public
10:15 am: Veterans Preference & how it works – Veterans only
11:30 am: How to apply on USAJOBS.GOV – For veterans & the general public

Cost: Your resume is your ticket in.

Dress for success & bring plenty of resumes.

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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: Guest: $20.00

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 Jane Chu – President, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Register for Event

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Coping with Change and Powerfully Dealing with Your Emotions So You can Get Back to Work Faster Webinar

Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm CDT

We are going to be dealing with the angst you may be feeling about your job search, lay-off, the economy, the news, the people in your life and anything else that you may be thinking about in a way that limits what is possible. 

In this results-oriented presentation, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn how to use your own challenges to decide and commit to what you want. 
  • Shift from focusing on “what is wrong” to focusing on “what works”. 
  • Your thoughts influence your job search. Discover how to rise above the circumstances in the news and take powerful action. 
  • Begin to reach out, connect, empower and support one another in order to move through these waves of change with ease and grace. 
  • Learn how to powerfully use your time and energy starting today.

Register for FREE

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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

Cost: $10.00 for visitors

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

Cost: $10.00 for visitors

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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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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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, September 19

Power Chics Power Coffee Meeting

Location:
Latteland Briarcliff Village
4115 N. Mulberry Dr.
Kansas City, MO
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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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Shawnee Chamber a.m. Connect Networking Event

Location:
Little Monkey Bizness
12219 Shawnee Mission Parkway
Shawnee, KS
Google Map

Time: 8:00 am – 9:00am

A great opportunity to network and enjoy a cup of coffee.

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1 Million Cups Program for Entrepreneurs

Location:
Kauffman Labs
4801 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO
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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.

This week: Trellie and SwimZip present. 

More Information on September 19 Program

Watch September 19 Program Live starting at 8:50am CDT on Wed. Sept. 19.

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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

Cost: $10.00 for visitors

Rob Walch, Vice President of Podcaster Relations, Wizzard Media / Libsyn, will present Podcasting.

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

Cost: $10.00 for visitors

Register for Wednesday Afternoon Meeting

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Transforming Your Resume to Get Real Results Webinar

Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm CDT

Ever wonder why your resume isn’t working for you? In this powerful new webinar, you will learn exactly what’s wrong in your resume and how to fix it so you can start getting real results when you apply for jobs.

In just 60 minutes, you will learn:  

  • What might be wrong in your resume that’s keeping you from the jobs you want. 
  • Specifically how to fix weaknesses in your resume. 
  • How to create a resume that can easily be pasted into online forms. 
  • What kind of resumes recruiters strongly prefer. 
  • How to handle having the wrong or no degree.
  • Ways to impress recipients with your list of references. 
  • How to show that you are uniquely qualified for the jobs you want.
  • Multiple ways to “de-age” your resume.

Join Kathy Bernard of Getajobtips.com for this informative webinar and take active steps to transform your resume to get real results.

Register for FREE

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Christian Business Connections Network Meeting

Location:
Gusto! Coffee
3390 SW Fascination Drive
Lee’s Summit, MO
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Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

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

More Information

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Leawood Chamber After Hours Networking Event

Location:
Martin, Pringle, Oliver, Wallace & Bauer, L.L.P. 
6900 College Blvd., Suite 700 
Overland Park, KS
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Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm

No cost to attend.

Leawood Chamber members, their guests, and ‘future’ Chamber members are invited to join us at our After Hours event.

Registration deadline was Monday, September 17th, by 5:00 pm. Registration is now closed.

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Under30CEO September Meetup

Location:
Snow & Company
1815 Wyandotte St.
Kansas City, MO
Google Map

Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

No cost to attend.

Guest speaker: Alyson Raltez from the Kansas City Business Journal.

She will share best practices for how start-ups can tell their story to the media and cultivate relationships with reporters. She’ll also discuss recent hot button topics for entrepreneurs like startup capital and the effect of Google Fiber.

Agenda: 
5:30 p.m. Arrive
6:00 p.m. Introductions, Speaker and Questions
7:00 p.m. Connect and network. Formal(ish) gathering is complete, now order another drink and chill with the Under30CEO KC Crew.

RSVP on Facebook

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Crossroads Career Network Meeting

Location:
Woods Chapel United Methodist
4725 Northeast Lakewood Way
Lee’s Summit, MO
Google Map

Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

No cost to attend.

The first meeting this fall will revolve around networking via social media. We’ll be covering topics like:

  • Why you should be doing it.
  • How to do it well.
  • Where to find the people you need to know.
  • WHY you should contribute.
  • WHAT you should contribute.

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Thursday, September 20

KC Roundtable Breakfast Meeting

Location:
First Watch
1022 Westport Rd.
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 7:30am – 9:00am 

KC Roundtable is in existence to provide 20 and 30-something Kansas City entrepreneurs with a group of peers to support and collaborate on each others’ businesses.

Our mission is to:

  • Focus on relationship building; not lead generating.
  • Facilitate collaboration, openness, transparency, learning and teaching. 
  • Establish an entrepreneurial network.
  • Fill the void of not having the water cooler.

We meet on the 1st & 3rd Thursday of every month at our favorite location at First Watch in Westport. In addition to our morning meetings, KC Roundtable provides other opportunities to network with young entrepreneurs such as events like Just For Starters & After Hour events. Prospective members are self-motivated, curious, and open to learning and teaching. 

Register for Breakfast

More Information about KC Roundtable

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Olathe Chamber Coffee meeting

Location this week:
Bank of Blue Valley 
1235 East Santa Fe Street 
Olathe, KS 66061
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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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KC Business Journal Workshop presented by New Landings

Location:
New Landings HQ
11320 W. 79th St.
Lenexa, KS 66214
Google Map

Free to attend.

Time: 9:00am – 11:00am

Don’t miss this workshop on how to use the Kansas City Business Journal to find your next career opportunity!  The workshop will focus on the following:

  • Looking beyond the headline of a story to identify opportunities.
  • Discovering networking events using the paper’s calendar section.
  • Utilizing advertisements in the paper as a source of information.
  • Learning how to obtain “free” news stories through the Business Journal’s daily E-mail update.
  • How to use the Top 25 Lists to research opportunities.

Registration for the Workshop

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Johnson County Library’s Career Tour presented by New Landings

Location:
Central Resource Library
Carmack Community Room
9875 W. 87th St.
Overland Park, KS 66212 
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Free to attend.

Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

Looking for a job? Exploring career options? Johnson County Library has a wealth of resources to help you assess your skills, improve your resume, find job openings, research potential employers, locate job clubs and more. Learn about the resources on the Career and Job Resources webpage which include several career-related databases and tour the Central Resource Library.

Registration for Career Tour

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KC/IABC (Kansas City International Association of Business Communicators) Luncheon 

Location:
Brio Tuscan Grille on the Plaza
502 Nichols Road
Kansas City, MO
Google Map

Time:
11:15 to 11:45 a.m. – Registration and networking
11:45 a.m. – Announcements and introductions
noon to 1 p.m. – Luncheon program

Cost: $35.00 for guests

Sporting Kansas City, one of the most dynamic and engaging brands in Kansas City is just coming up on its second anniversary. How did this organization connect with soccer and other sports fans so quickly? How did they build such a strong and loyal fan base?

Join us at KC/IABC’s monthly luncheon 11:30 a.m. Thursday, September 20, at Brio Tuscan Grille on the Country Club Plaza to hear from Andy Tretiak, Vice President of Marketing, Sporting Kansas City, and Sasha Victorine, Director of Business Development, Sporting Innovations.

You’ll hear about Sporting Kansas City’s use of nearly every tool in the kit – traditional media, social media, mobile applications, word-of-mouth marketing, email, and more – to build awareness, community engagement and loyalty. 

Register for Event

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Power Guys Power Lunch Meeting

Location:
Kansas City Cafe
1532 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 11:30am-1:00pm

Cost: $35 for prospective members.

More than a networking group…Power Guys is about getting better at what you do and how you do it!

Guest speaker: Ernesto Peralta ~ Owner ~ Blanc Burgers & Bottles.

Ernesto Peralta has always been a foodie, a lover of the restaurant industry and his passion fueled the creation of Blanc Burgers & Bottles. Ernesto is a true restaurant entrepreneur creating the gourmet burger concept from scratch and turning it into one of Kansas City’s most popular and unique restaurants. Come hear Ernesto share is Power Guy story on how Blanc Burgers came to be and what’s next on his exciting journey!

Power Guys is a personal and professional development organization for men. It is dedicated to helping “guys” from all professional arenas grow and succeed; exchange thoughts and ideas with other businessmen; while providing information, tips, tools and techniques to assist each of us in attaining our dreams, goals and desires.

Register for Lunch

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Northeast Johnson County Chamber September Lunch and Learn

Location:
Homestead Country Club
6510 Mission Rd.
Prairie Village, KS
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Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm

Cost: $40 for non members

The NEJC Chamber of Commerce September Lunch and Learn will feature Will Shields, former Kansas City Chief and owner of 68 Inside Sports as our speaker.

Contact Lauren Vaughan at lvaughan@nejcchamber.com or 913-262-2141 for more information. 

Register for Lunch and Learn

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KCK Chamber Business After Hours Networking Event

Location:
KCK Athletic Zone
1017 N. 9th St.
Kansas City, KS
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Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Join the KCK Chamber and The Athletic Zone for an evening of food, drinks, and great networking opportunities and check out their new indoor soccer facility. This event is free and open to the public.

More Information

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Social Media Club of Kansas City September Happy Hour

Location: 
Sprint Executive Briefing Center
6220 Sprint Parkway
Overland Park, KS
Google Map

Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Join us for a September Happy Hour at Sprint! We’ll convene in the company’s Executive Briefing Center to try Sprint gadgets and hear about Sprint’s initiative to introduce an all-new network.

Refreshments will be provided and admission is free. Please RSVP, so we can plan accordingly.

SOLD OUT

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Exclusive “Weeks Not Months” Executive Job Search Workshop

Sign up today as seats are filling up fast!

Times: 
Thursday, September 20: 5:30pm – 9:30pm or Saturday, September 22: 9:00am – 1:00pm

Cost: $495.00

Taught by Tammy Kabell, founder and CEO of Career Resume Consulting, an executive career firm that is nationally known for helping six figure clients land jobs fast and shave months off their searches. 

This in-person, half day workshop will give you the resources, tools and skills to consistently attract more employers and win your next position in a matter of weeks, and not the 10-14 month national average. This is information that, until now, Tammy has only shared with her one-on-one executive search clients. We don’t talk philosophy or theory in this workshop; this is all hands-on step-by-step instruction you can begin to use immediately to completely change your search results.

This workshop is for you ifyou’ve just started looking for a new position because you’ve been laid off, or you’ve seen the writing on the wall at your current company, or have decided to make a move up in your career to find a job that you’ll love and that will pay you what you’re worth. This workshop is also great for professionals who are qualified for a six-figure position and have been looking for months, but are not satisfied with the results they have been getting.

In this workshop you’ll get an email containing preparation material first. You’ll think through several things key to conducting an effective search for a six-figure position; how you introduce yourself, what are your core strengths, identifying your liabilities, how you network, and a few other things. You’ll actually write some personal marketing materials before the workshop and take action on an initial job search checklist. Then, in the workshop, we’ll spend the whole time working individually with you on the material you’ve prepared beforehand.

You will also get:

  • One evening or one morning/early afternoon of interactive instruction.
  • All workshop materials.
  • Actual critique and feedback on your elevator pitch, answers to interview questions and strategic networking plans.
  • Dinner or breakfast and refreshments on breaks.

More Info and How to Register

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Friday, September 21

biz2biz Networking Meeting

Location:
City Union Mission (Executive Offices Chamber Room)
1100 E. 11th St.
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 8:30am – 10:00am

No cost to attend if you are a job seeker or from a non-profit. Otherwise, first-time guests are free and beyond that, there is a $5 attendance fee. 

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#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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Venture Friday Happy Hour

Location: 
Sprint Winter Garden
6220 Sprint Parkway
Overland Park, KS
Google Map

Park in Garage P and follow the signs to Winter Garden.

Time: 5:00pm

Venture Fridays is a simple but fun concept: The startup culture of Kansas City and surrounding areas to discuss what we’re all thinking about, working on, needing help with, and might do for each other. Existing or aspiring entrepreneurs of all types and ages are invited. 

This time we’re working with Sprint to help introduce their growing support of the KC entrepreneurial community. At this special Startup Roundup, a dozen specially-selected entrepreneurs are going to spout their 60-pitches, then hang out at their own tables to casually chat and show off work-in-progress. You won’t want to miss this one. It’s going to be a great opportunity for one-on-ones with area entrepreneurs who are “making it happen.”

Registration and More Details

More Info about Venture Friday on Silicon Prairie News

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genKC Plaza Art Fair Happy Hour

Location:
Lockton Companies (main lobby)
444 W. 47th St.
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Free to attend.

Before the Plaza Art Fair, join genKC and a host of young professionals in a *free* networking happy hour. Everyone is invited! Free beer and light appetizers will be provided.

Register for Event

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, September 25

Kansas City: Tech, Mobile and Social Innovation Event hosted by SocialIRL

Location:
Chamber Board Room at Union Station

30 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO
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Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm; reception and networking to follow.

Free to attend.

A special event focused on showcasing Kansas City social, mobile and tech innovation that has both a regional and national impact.

Features presentations from a series of local thought leaders, innovators and entrepeneurs, representing a diverse cross-section of businesses and organizations.

Engaging discussion, valuable networking – empowering attendees to become advocates.

Register for Event

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