Networking Events

Kansas City Job Search/Networking Events for Week of Oct. 1-7

Below are the networking events for the week of October 1-7 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 Dating And Beyond,” “Employment Dating,” “Employment Courtship,” and “5 Tips to Getting Six Figure Jobs.”

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Monday, October 1

Monday Geek Night

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, October 2

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 913.653.8078 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
Google Map

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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Biz2Biz Connect Networking Meetings

First Tuesday Morning Meeting Info:

Location:
Edward Jones Office
5725 Nieman Rd., Suite D
Shawnee, KS
Google Map

North of Johnson Drive on the East side of the street. If using the North parking lot, park on the East side of the lot only. More parking available across the street to the West and to the North.

Time: 8:00am – 9:00am

$5.00 entry. Job seekers and Non-profit staff can come for free. Coffee and hot tea is provided.

Second Tuesday Morning Meeting Info:

Location:
Scooter’s Coffeehouse
11106 Antioch Road
Overland Park, KS
Google Map

Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm

$5.00 entry. Job seekers and Non-profit staff can come for free. 

More Information about the Group

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Building Your Self Confidence for a Successful Job Search Webinar

Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm CDT

Self-confidence impacts your job search as well as your happiness in life. Join us for this Free Webinar and learn how the feeling of “not being enough” is an illusion that impacts millions of people. 

You will have the opportunity to: 

  • Learn the keys to building your self-confidence for success in your Job Search.
  • The tools to make lasting changes in your pattern of thinking. 
  • Shift from “not enough” to truly having self-worth! 
  • Stop the pattern of comparing yourself to others! 
  • Start living from who you already are, not from who want to be! 
  • Discover how easy you can go from invisible to VISIBLE. 
  • Build and strengthen your attitude – Be a Yes to YOU! 
  • Adopt a self-concept that grows your potential every single day.

Register for FREE

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Women’s Employment Network Kansas City Job Fair

Location:
Sheraton Crown Center
2345 McGee St.
Kansas City, MO
Google Map

Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Free to attend for job seekers. All job seekers (men and women) welcome. Parking will be validated up to 3 hours. 

No registration is required. 

See list of participating employers

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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, October 3

Power Chics Power Coffee Meeting

Location:
ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings
1150 Century Drive
Lee’s Summit, 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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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
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.

This week: Lucky Orange and Vena and Wound Care Centers of America present

More Information on October 3 Program

Watch October 3 Program Live starting at 8:50am CDT on Wed. Oct. 3.

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Market Immersion Meeting

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

Register for Wednesday Morning Meeting

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Biz2Biz Connect Networking Meeting

Wednesday Morning Meeting Info:

Location:
Scooter’s Coffeehouse
11106 Antioch Road
Overland Park, KS
Google Map

Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm

$5.00 entry. Job seekers and Non-profit staff can come for free. 

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Salary Negotiation to Land the Job at the Pay You Want Webinar

Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm CDT

  • How to negotiate for the highest salary possible.
  • Planning for the salary negotiation conversation.
  • How to ask for enhanced benefits and other perks.
  • How to complete mandatory salary request boxes on online application forms.
  • How to conduct research about salary ranges for the positions you want.
  • How to negotiate raises and severance packages and much more.

The webinar will also include exercise sheets so you can plan your salary negotiation responses.

You CAN learn to negotiate for what you want! Learn how in this informative free webinar led by Kathy Bernard. 

Register for FREE

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Linking Professionals VIP Event: Live Marketing/Roundtable

Location: 
Jess & Jim’s Steak House
517 East 135th St.
Kansas City, MO
Google Map

Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Cost: $50.00 which includes appetizers (Must Register at link below)

The Linking Professionals Roundtable concept brings serious business minded professionals together; combining networking, mentoring and public awareness of your brand and services. Leads and future clients are a natural result of the work we do together at the event through group discussion, problem solving and relationship building. This group is kept small for effectiveness. Payment reserves your seat.

Agenda:
5:00 Check In/Network/Appetizers Served
5:15  Individual Introductions
5:40 Individual Q & A
6:15 Group Discussion: Peer Suggestions For Overcoming Obstacles Shared in Q&A Session
6:30 Close

More Information and to Register

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Kansas City Young Professionals October Happy Hour Event

Location: 
Bar Louie
101 East 14th St.
Kansas City, MO
Google Map

Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Free to attend.

Join other Kansas City Young Professionals for our monthly happy hour. We will be at Bar Louie next to Power and Light. Happy hour specials have been extended until 7:30pm for our group.

RSVP on Facebook

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Rotaract KC Launch 2.0 Party 

Location:
John’s Big Deck – 3rd floor
928 Wyandotte St.
Kansas City, MO

Google Map

Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

We hope to see you and your friends there to learn more about Rotaract KC, vote on upcoming opportunities, and how you can get involved. Please invite everyone you know who would be interested in service, leadership and networking. We want to keep the momentum from the first launch party going.

Who is Rotaract KC? 21-30 year old professionals who are community oriented, leaders looking to develop their career and enjoy doing service with other like-minded people.

Agenda:
5:30-6 Networking and Beers
6-6:45 Intro, Discussion & Next Steps
6:45-7:30 Networking

RSVP on Facebook

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Thursday, October 4

KC Roundtable Breakfast Meeting

Location:
First Watch
1022 Westport Rd.
Kansas City, MO
Google Map

Time: 7:30am – 9:00am 

This breakfast we have Joe – Anne Gabert sharing her experience with us. Joe – Anne is president of Bicknell Family Holding Co. LLC, which acquired her company. She runs all the companies in the $400 million portfolio, including Adams-Gabbert (her acquired company).

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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Biz2Biz Connect Networking Meeting

Thursday Morning Meeting Info:

Location:
Fig Tree Cafe
817 NE Rice Rd.
Lee’s Summit, MO
Google Map

(East outer Rd of 291 Hwy between 50 Hwy & I-470 across from Office Max & next to the BP gas station) 

Time: 8:30am – 9:30am

$5.00 entry. Job seekers and Non-profit staff can come for free. 

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Olathe Chamber Coffee meeting

Location this week:
The Salvation Army 
420 East Santa Fe St.
Olathe, KS
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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Kansas City Employment and Education Job and Education Fair

Location:
Overland Park Convention Center
6000 College Blvd.
Overland Park, KS
Google Map

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Free to attend for job seekers. Bring plenty of resumes and dress for success.

See list of participating companies

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Lawrence Young Professionals Network Event

Location: 
Freestate Brewery Bottling Plant
1927 Moodie Road
Lawrence, KS
Google Map

Time: 6:00pm

Free to attend.

Tour the Freestate Brewery Bottling Plant followed by drinks and dinner at Freestate Brewery. 

Lawrence Young Professionals Network is designed to focus on young professionals in the Lawrence area who are seeking to network with other talented, community minded individuals through professional development, civic involvement and social opportunities.

Check out Lawrence Young Professionals Network on Facebook

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“Create the Web” Tour Stop in KC with Kevin Hoyt and Terry Ryan from Adobe

Location:
Screenland Crossroads
1656 Washington St.
Kansas City, MO
Google Map

Time: 7:00pm

Free to attend.

Find out how Adobe is helping move the web forward and get a sneak peek at new tools, technologies and services for web designers and developers. They’re hosting a series of free events around the world to help designers and developers learn about the latest tools and techniques for creating content for the modern web.

Topics covered include HTML, CSS, motion graphics, web development and more. Adobe is helping move the web forward and gives web designers and developers the best tools and services in the world. Find out about PhoneGap Build, Edge Animate and Edge Services, TypeKit, CSS FilterLab and more.

Several Kansas City designer and developer groups will be at this special event.

Register for Event

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Friday, October 5

Social Media Club of Kansas City Monthly Meeting

Location:
Kansas City Cafe

1532 Grand Blvd
Kansas City, MO
Google Map

Time: 7:30am – 9:00am

Join us for a chance to see behind the scenes at OneLouder that competes on a Silicon Valley level.

Payment will be accepted at the door. Breakfast admission is $5. Those who wish to eat breakfast will be charged a flat fee of $15 that includes admission, breakfast buffet, beverage and tip. Attendees are limited to 100.

Register for SMCKC Breakfast

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Biz2Biz Connect Networking Meeting

Location:
City Union Mission (Executive Offices Chamber Room)
1100 E. 11th St.
Kansas City, MO
Google Map

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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Celebration of Meat with AgLocal

Location:
American Royal BBQ, Tent #436
1701 American Royal Court
Kansas City, MO
Google Map

Time: 7:00pm – Midnight

Free to attend.

Join us for the launch of #EatClear, AgLocal’s national campaign to help restaurants source more sustainable menu items. Enjoy BBQ, music, and an open bar. 

Register for Event (Sold Out, but there is a waitlist)

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Monday, October 8

Reddit “Internet 2012” Bus Tour

Location:
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
4801 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO
Google Map

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Free to attend. 

Register for Event (Must RSVP by Wed. Oct. 3)

The reddit “Internet 2012” bus tour will make a stop in Kansas City on Monday, Oct. 8 at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

The bus tour is crossing the Midwest to rally communities to share stories about how startups, local governments, small businesses and individuals are using the platform of the Open Internet to start new companies, learn new skills, earn extra income, and improve quality of life.

Following a complimentary dinner, reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian will lead a panel discussion featuring founders of some of Kansas City’s most innovative Internet-based startups, including AgLocal, Neighbor.ly andLeap2. Also on the panel will be Jay Rogers, founder and CEO of Arizona-based Local Motors, the world’s first open-source automobile company. 

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