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“The Chamber is the voice of business that advances the economic
well-being and quality of life in Olathe.”

November 4, 2011
Chamber Membership campaign halfway there...
and reasons you should renew now!

Thanks to the efforts of membership staff and volunteers, the Chamber is half way to its goal to raise $35,000 in new member revenue during
the In it for the Long Run campaign. Volunteer recruiters have until Dec. 2 to recruit new and renewing members to have them count toward campaign prizes.

Join or renew your membership now to receive:

  • 250 free business cards from Something Different Video
  • Personal training session from Prairie Life Fitness
  • Membership goodies from Lanmarx Graphixs
  • Listing in 2012 Membership Directory/Relocation Guide

Bonito Michoacan Mexican market
and restaurant to open on Santa Fe

Extensive remodeling is underway at 1229 E. Santa Fe, the former location of Side Pockets sports bar. Armando and Mayra Romero will open a popular Mexican grocery and restaurant, Bonito Michoacan Mexican market and the Kmacho Mexican Grill, in early 2012. Specializing in Latino imports, the grocery will feature a meat department, a bakery, and a deli with fast food Mexican dishes made fresh daily. The Romeros own a number of other Bonito Michoacan markets, including one in Kansas City, Kan., but most are located in Texas.

The Kmacho Mexican Grill will be the first one for the Romeros, says Lupita Sanchez, a manager at the KCK grocery. The restaurant will offer catering, banquets, and private parties. Watch for $1 tacos on Tuesdays and Fridays!

The website is bonitomichoacankck.com.

Dodge City Distillery and Restaurant celebrated its official grand opening with a series of events, including a Chamber ribbon cutting last Thursday. The restaurant is located at 11935 S. Black Bob.

Lifeline Counseling Center has opened at 405 S. Clairborne Rd., Suite 1. Among their grand opening activities was a Chamber ribbon cutting earlier this week.

Business Briefs

  • The Lone Elm Antique Mall has opened in Southwest Plaza Shopping Center at 901 S. Parker St., Olathe, with 92 vendor booths. Booth offerings are as diverse as jewelry, repurposed furniture, home decor, vintage records and equipment, and collectables.
  • Great Southern Bank will move to the old Bob Evans Restaurant location on 135th in spring 2012.

Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Nov. 18

The 2011 Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast, featuring Dr. Jeff DeGraffenreid, Olathe fire chief, will be held Friday, Nov. 18, from 6:30 to 8 a.m. at the American Legion Post, 410 E. Dennis Ave. DeGraffenreid, who is both fire chief and director of the City’s Emergency Management, has traveled the world, helping with disaster relief.

Tickets to the event are $10 each; $100 for reserved seating for eight. Click here for a flyer and registration form. Apologies for publishing incorrect information in last week’s E-Flash.

Kansas Department of Revenue offers employers Shared Work Program in place of layoffs

The KDOR encourages employers and business owners to looking consider the state’s Employment Security (Unemployment Insurance) Shared Work Program in lieu of a temporary, total layoff of employees. The program allows for a partial work week and partial unemployment benefits for employees. It is not available for seasonal layoffs. As an alternative for employers faced with a reduction in workforce, it allows an employer to divide the available work or hours of work among a specified group of affected employees in lieu of a layoff. Shared Work allows the employees to receive a portion of their unemployment insurance benefits while working reduced hours.

Interested employers may obtain a Shared Work Plan application by contacting KDOL at (785) 291-6132. For more information visit .

Last-chance opportunity to market to visitors

The Chamber’s 2012 Olathe Visitors Guide is going to print, and if you act now, you can still place an ad to attract visitors to your business. More than 30,000 copies are distributed to visitors, groups, meeting planners, and others, and the directory can also be viewed and downloaded on www.olathe.org/cvb. Contact Laura Baldwin, lbaldwin@olathe.org or (913) 764-1050, for rates and more information.


Dana Ketterling, who was vice president of membership services for the Olathe Chamber for 20 years, has joined the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) as its resource development officer. Working from her office in Olathe, Dana will focus on membership sales and marketing and provide client support for sponsors, exhibitors, and advertisers.

At a recent Chamber coffee, organizers of the Patriots Run presented the Salvation Army with a check for $5,000, bringing the total amount raised by the Run over the past four years to more than $20,000.


To the families and friends of two well-known local businessmen and civic leaders who have each had an important impact on Olathe:

  • Attorney George Lowe, age 86, passed away Oct. 26.
  • Fred Ball, chairman of Balls Food Stores, died at the age of 77 on Oct. 28.

Sampling of upcoming events
(See calendar for a comprehensive listing)

Nov. 3 through Dec. 11
“A Tribute to the Big Band,” featuring holiday songs, at Chestnut Fine Arts, 234 N. Chestnut St. Features Harold Steinhart, band leader, and vocalists Leah Berry, Jon Daugharthy, and Julie Shaw. Visit www.chesnutfinearts.com for performance times and tickets or call (913) 764-2121.

The Kansas City Cancer Center has announced a lineup of 11 wellness events in November. Read more.

Nov. 5
Johnson County Sheriff’s Office 150th anniversary celebration and open house, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fred Allenbrand Criminal Justice Complex, 27745 W. 159th St., New Century, KS 66031.  Displays of historic memorabilia, modern equipment.

Nov. 16
Dining Out for Kids, a benefit for the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund, from 5 to 9 p.m. at participating restaurants. Restaurants will donate at least 10 percent of the proceeds from dinners sold during that time. See a list of restaurants.

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Don’t forget these upcoming events!

  • 11/8/2011 11 a.m.
    “Achieving Corporate Balance in a Climate of Change”

  • 11/10/2011 9 a.m.
    Chamber Coffee hosted by LaQuinta Inn & Suites co-hosted by Taco John’s AT LaQuinta Inn & Suites

  • 11/10/2011 11:15 a.m.
    Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Kansas 4D Ultrasound / Peeps Babies & Bears

  • 11/15/2011 11:30 a.m.
    HR Roundtable - TOPIC: “OPEN DISCUSSION”

  • 11/17/2011 9 a.m.
    Chamber Coffee hosted by the Great Mall of the Great Plains

  • 11/17/2011 10:30 a.m.
    Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Technopole

  • 11/17/2011 11 a.m.
    Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Treasure Hunt

  • 11/17/2011 11:30 a.m.
    Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Shoes for Less

  • 11/24/2011
    Chamber Coffee - NO COFFEE - Happy Thanksgiving!

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