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  • 05/21/2017 8:31 AM | Phyllis Cronbaugh

    FREE Business Workshop
    Unstoppable Referral Kit

    On June 9th, 7:30-8:30 am, KC Networking Group (KCNG) will host their 2nd quarter Business Workshop with a discussion of Steve Gordon’s Unstoppable Referral Kit and how to create one, and then how to use one to begin your quest for unstoppable referrals.

    The source for the workshop comes from Unstoppable Referrals: 10X Referrals – Half the Effort and is a great book by Steve Gordon, editor of The Unstoppable CEO – The Leadership Journal for Growing Firms. 

    Phyllis Cronbaugh, Realtor® with Keller Williams Diamond Partners, will lead the workshop and demonstrate a referral kit that she created in a recent writing class and show how it is different from other marketing techniques. 

    KCNG meets at Pegah’s Restaurant in their private room at 12122 W 87th St, Lenexa, KS 66215 (just a couple blocks west of I-35 on 87th St). Join the workshop as my guest on June 9th. If you would like breakfast, come between 7:00-7:15. The workshop will start at 7:30 and end by 8:30 am. RSVP if you are attending and not a member of KCNG so we have handouts for everyone.

    Phyllis Cronbaugh, 816-820-5196, pcronbaugh@kw.com 

  • 05/11/2017 10:53 AM | Martin Hess (Administrator)

    The Power of a Grateful Nation to Honor and Celebrate its Fallen Warriors

    Kansas City, Kansas (May 10, 2017) – Kansas City, get ready on Memorial Day 2017 to make a Red, White, and Blue statement that will resonate across the Midwest and have many Americans beaming with patriotic pride.

    On Thursday, May 25th, American Fallen Warrior Memorial Foundation President Jack Barnes is teaming up with The Home Depot Foundation, Team Depot volunteers, and other service-based helpers to begin placement of 8,000 American flags in several grassy areas on State Avenue near the parking-lot entrance of Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, KS.

    This emotional presentation, available for viewing from Friday, May 26th – Sunday, June 4th, will honor and celebrate our nation’s Fallen Warriors from the start of the Gulf War through the ongoing War on Terror.

    Parking is free. Admission is free. (See attached street map for flag-planting sites).

    KCK is the proposed site of the AFWMF’s National War on Terror National Memorial & Museum that will commemorate the lives of these brave servicemen and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country in the Armed Forces. The mission is straightforward – make this sea of flags a memorable milestone and KCK community-supported salvo towards getting the Memorial & Museum funded, built, and opened to a global audience.

    Retired Navy Chief Petty Officer Barnes: “8,000 American Flags in the ground will be a meaningful visual display and public reminder of those who served to defend our flag, our country, and our freedom. As a Veteran, it is my duty and privilege to lead the public and encourage its support of this very important Memorial Day holiday. Memorial Day is every day for the families of the fallen, as it should be for every American citizen.”

    While the American flags are in the ground for public viewing, Schlitterbahn Waterpark will be hosting its American Heroes Week from Memorial Day Monday, May 29th through Sunday, June 4th. Members of the Military, Police, Firefighters, and EMTs are admitted FREE during this special week as a salute to our troops and public-safety officers. Tickets for spouses and dependent children are available for 50% off the regular General Admission gate price.

    Home Depot Olathe provided AFWMF with grants to purchase 8,000 American flags.

    Since 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has invested more than $160 million to improving the lives and homes of U.S military veterans and their families, and along with the help of Team Depot associate-led volunteer forces, has impacted more than 26,700 homes for veterans.

    About the American Fallen Warrior Memorial Foundation:

    The AFWMF was founded in 2011 and is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit with the altruistic goal of building a National War on Terror Memorial & Museum to celebrate and honor our Fallen Warriors from the Gulf War to present date. A secondary mission is to educate America’s youth about the heroic sacrifices being made for our liberties and freedom. The AFWMF’s goals will be accomplished with the help of patriotic Americans from all walks of life joining forces to make sure this National Memorial & Museum is funded and built and our Fallen Warriors have a suitable and sacred place of remembrance and honor. 

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    AFWMF Contacts:

    Jack Barnes



    Jim Potoski



    Carl Little

    Director of Business Development

    Datamax KC

    913-752-2256 (direct)

    913-333-7180 (cell)


  • 05/10/2017 11:00 AM | Martin Hess (Administrator)

    With a heavy heart I wanted to inform you that Sean Callahan’s 19-year old son, Sean Callahan Jr., passed away over the weekend. Many of you know Sean who is a fellow Business Club member, an executive with Aureon, and most importantly makes a positive impact on everyone he meets. Thank you for keeping Sean and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

    Visitation will be this Friday from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. with a memorial service at 7:30 p.m. It will be held at New Life Community Church in Gardner (17935 S. Moonlight Rd. Gardner, KS  66030)

    In lieu of flowers, they will be accepting donations to The Sean Callahan Memorial Football Scholarship Fund.  An account has been set up at Patriots Bank in Gardner - 104 E Main St, Gardner, KS 66030. Please make checks payable to: The Sean Callahan Memorial Football Scholarship Fund.

    Thank you,


  • 05/08/2017 10:29 PM | Matt Maciel

    Coaching at Coach’s Happy Hour

    Kirsten Schroeder Larsen, Schroeder Larsen Law, PA, & Matt Maciel, Matt Maciel Financial

    Date: Tuesday, June 6th, Time: 4-6 p.m.

    Location: Coach’s (upper deck) 9089 W. 135th Street, Overland Park, KS 66221

    Reserve your spot and drink tickets: http://www.evite.me/5Bpmg3QA4r

    Learn how your Retirement and Estate plans fall within your overall Financial Plan within a happy hour environment.  Have a cocktail and discover strategies on building, protecting and distributing your wealth in a tax efficient manner while creating a lasting legacy. As your coaches we can help educate you on which strategies will help you obtain your goals based on tax laws, economic trends and risks.  Don't miss on learning how to reduce your taxes and making sure you withdraw the right assets in retirement.




  • 03/13/2017 2:51 PM | Martin Hess (Administrator)
    You're invited to 

    UDP March Mayhem in Lenexa 

    March 16th & 17th • Technology Open House • 

    10A - 4P


    Basketball tournament on the big screens • Pop a Shot Challenge •

    KC's Best BBQ on us!

    Thursday March 16 & Friday March 17 

    Open  House from 10a to 3p 



    You may also RSVP to show@udpcorp.com 

    Unisource Document Products 

    8058 Flint St 
    Lenexa, KS 66214 




    Protect yourself from mayhem with a business continuity plan. 

    Did you know that ransomware attacks against small businesses are being more frequent?  Without a business continuity plan, you risk the chance of never recovering your data (or paying heavily for it.).   We will have industry experts here to teach you how to protect yourself from the epidemic sweeping through organizations in Kansas City. 

     Test drive the industry's premier office equipment

    See the newest from Konica Minolta, Canon, Kyocera, KIP Wide Format and more.

    Document Management Sessions 

    Learn about Document Management in one of our 2 sessions, or join a executive briefing on data backup and business continuity 

    RSVP now 

    We hope to see you there!


    Come and check out our new office space. Directions to UDP -  8058 Flint St, Lenexa KS 66214






    Register Now

  • 03/11/2017 8:38 AM | Matt Maciel

    Contact me if you are interested in joining me for the Olathe YMCA's 4th Annual Breakfast.  I serve on the board and this is a good opportunity for me to introduce you to business owners and key people in the Olathe community. Funds raised stay in Olathe to support individuals and families. Our guest speaker will be Bill Sevrns, author of Keeper of the Sandlot.


    Date: 29 March 2017

    Time: 7:30 a.m. for breakfast & networking.  Program begins at 8:00 a.m.

    Location:  Ball Conference Center, 21350 W 153rd Street, Olathe, KS 66061

    Matt Maciel  


  • 03/07/2017 12:44 PM | Anonymous

    Ever since completing his time in the military, Liberty Candle founder James Dressler kept hearing the same statement over and over from friends, family, contacts and customers: "I want to do more, I'm just not sure WHAT to do that would help the most."

    "Start with being prayerful and mindful," James would reply. "You would be surprised how much you will start to see needs you can help meet if you're aware of what is going on in our backyards."

    Today, Liberty Candle Company is helping our community to not only have an extremely high quality candle to enjoy in their home, but it is one that will help them in their effort to remember our Warriors, their Families, and our Leaders that send them into harm's way. We are also helping connect our community members that indeed what to help our Veterans with the organizations that NEED their support.

    If you truly want to do more for our Military, Veterans, and their Families, here is what you can do TODAY:

    1. Support Veteran-Owned Businesses, and please consider one of our candles for your or your loved ones' homes

    2. Understand the Veteran Support Organizations that are serving right where you are, and their needs

    3. If you know a family who has a loved one away on duty, check in on them and ASK what you can do

    4. Vote and support legislation that will help our nation better honor and support those who have served

    We would be happy to help you identify business and organization you would like to support, just contact James@liberty-candle.com or call us at (913)712-0234 and WE WILL HELP.

  • 03/04/2017 8:54 AM | Martin Hess (Administrator)

  • 02/12/2017 2:42 PM | Emma Toops

    KCAUSA's next event is coming up on Wed, February 22! It will be a Happy Hour and Networking Social with a special emphasis on recognizing various non-profits that are doing great work in the military support community. 

    Our short program will feature Mike Kenny, Executive Director of Warrior's Ascent. Other attending warrior-support non-profit organizations will get a shout-out so guests know who else is at the event. 

    WHENWednesday, February 22, 4:30 - 6:00 PM 

    WHERECoaches Bar and Grill, 414 W. 103rd St, Kansas City, MO

    HOW: Registration is $8 / person. This will pay for soda / coffee and light appetizers. Parking is FREE.  

    PLEASE RSVP AND PAY ON-LINE AT OUR EVENT PAGE at www.kcausa.org/feb2017_happy_hour to help us with  meal planning.

    Join us for networking, appetizers, learn about some great organizations in the military-support community, and meet some great people!

    RSVP on or before February 20 at the above link or to our chapter secretary, Treka Henry at treka.henry@gmail.com.

    Please feel free to share this event announcement to others who may be interested in the program or KCAUSA. 

    Anyone with questions about American Warriors or KCAUSA, please contact Emma Toops at emmatoops@gmail.com.

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