From Your Chamber President

Fourth quarter to bring a new, don't-miss event
by Tracey Osborne, CCE
Overland Park Chamber President

It’s hard to believe we’ve already begun the 4th Quarter. If the calendar wasn’t there as a reminder, the Halloween and Christmas decorations competing for retail shelf space would serve as a great indication. Your Chamber’s calendar provides a full menu of opportunities throughout the remainder of 2014, whether you are looking for professional development through our Executive Leadership Series, Stories of Success or Young Professional Learning@Lunch programs or to build new business connections through Working Lunches or Wednesday Wake-Ups.
By now you’ve probably seen promotions for our new event on November 18 - Nowcast: Exploring Today’s Business Climate. For those not previously familiar with the term “Nowcast,” it’s a contraction of “now” and “forecasting,” often used for either economics of meteorology. For our new event, we’re expanding the term to provide you a forum and conference with a real-time report on our economic, political and entrepreneurial landscape from both local and national speakers. Thanks to our presenting sponsor, Bank of Blue Valley, Nowcast ’14 will offer a stellar line-up of experts to discuss the topics that impact business success and our economy.
We’ll begin the day with breakfast and a diverse panel of entrepreneurs including Dave Goebel, Pie Five Pizza Company; Clifton Alexander, REACTOR Design Studio; and Courtney Kunkel, Centric Projects. Next you’ll have your choice of two tracks: The National Economy with Ernie Goss from Creighton University, or a rousing post-election landscape discussion moderated by Greg Musil, Polsinelli, with panelists John Peterson, Capitol Strategies; Dave Helling, Kansas City Star; and Mike O’Neal, Kansas Chamber. The next two breakouts concentrate on either the regional/local economy with Frank Lenk from Mid-America Regional Council, or the national/local economic development forecast with Jon Lenio, CBRE Group Inc., Chris Wally, Wally & Co.; and Mike Berenbom, Lane4 Property Group.
The keynote luncheon speaker is Barnett Helzberg, former Chairman of the Board, Helzberg Diamonds and current Chairman of the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program. If you haven’t had the opportunity to hear Mr. Helzberg speak, this luncheon will be worth the price of registration alone. I had the opportunity to hear him at Overland Park Rotary several years ago and have wanted to bring his message to our Chamber since. He is a great mentor to many in our region.
In addition to the information to be gleaned from our speakers, Nowcast will provide excellent networking opportunities for you and your team. Because the mid-section of the day is organized into tracks, we encourage you to bring more than one person from your team to maximize your learning and networking.
We created Nowcast in response to requests for more events with more meat in them, and more opportunities for high-level networking. You also may have noticed we’re not holding the B2B Expo this year. That decision was made in response to declining participation and feedback from exhibitors and participants.
As with all new events, we welcome your feedback about Nowcast to improve upon it. If you have questions about the programming before registering, please let us know. Limited sponsorships are still available. If you are interested, please give me a call at (913) 491-3600.
These speakers are top in their fields, and will provide the outlook now and into the future. We will provide time in the agenda for questions and also for you to meet the speakers and other attendees.
Register today - click here - and I’ll see you there!   /  @traceylosborne

Past columns by Chamber President Tracey Osborne, CCE:
October 2014 - Fourth quarter to bring a new, don't-miss event
September 2014 - New friends and old - globally
August 2014 - What's in that list?
July 2014 - A broken record
June 2014 - How's our Talio?
May 2014 - The Three Rs for Johnson County
April 2014 - A winning combination
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