Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some commonly-asked questions about the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce:
How big is the Overland Park Chamber?
800 member businesses, 11 staff professionals, a budget of $1.3 million and many active volunteers.
What does the Chamber do?
The Overland Park Chamber of Commerce exists to support our members in ways they couldn't accomplish on their own. Through the support of our members, we work with the mission to strengthen the economy and quality of life in Overland Park through economic development, creation of a positive business climate, business assistance and leadership.
Where is the Chamber located?
9001 West 110th Street
Building 29 of Corporate Woods
Overland Park, Kansas 66210
What does a membership cost?
For information on annual membership dues, contact Stacey Cowan, Membership Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When are meetings held?
We offer numerous opportunities for our members to interact. Some of these include the following:
Wednesday Wake-up: This networking event brings members together to meet, mingle and make new business connections in a casual setting; 2nd Wednesday each month from 8-9 a.m.
Working Lunch: Maximize the time in your busy work day by combining lunch with the opportunity to cultivate new business relationships and networking opportunities during these quarterly lunches.
OP After Hours: Once a quarter, after a busy day at the office, join your business colleagues to mingle and make new connections in a relaxed and casual atmosphere.
Breakfast and lunch events featuring guest speakers are held throughout the year and include the Mayor’s State of the City Address; Leadership Overland Park Graduation; Good Morning, Overland Park! and the Annual Meeting.
Executive Leadership Series: This quarterly series features local executives sharing career insights with fellow executives and those who aspire to top leadership positions.
Stories of Success: You will hear from entrepreneurs and other successful individuals as they share their inspirational stories and tips for success on a quarterly basis.
What’s the best way to get the most out of my membership?
This depends on the primary needs of your business. Many members find great value through participation in meetings and activities. The Chamber is the perfect place to make contacts with potential new customers. Please share with us your goals for involvement.
What if I am too busy to attend events?
As a business organization, we understand how busy your schedule can be. Your employees are welcome to attend, either in your place or with you. We strive to offer a variety of benefits in addition to events.
How can the young professionals from my company become involved in the Chamber?
The Overland Park Chamber Young Professionals program is designed to provide professional, social and mentoring opportunities to those in their 20s and 30s who work or live in the Overland Park area. We welcome the young professionals at your company to become involved in any of these activities.
How can I market through the Chamber?
- Advertise in annual Membership Directory, monthly newsletter and electronic newsletter
- Online directory enhancement listings and banner ads
- Member announcements in the e-newsletter
- Ribbon cuttings and grand openings
- Host Chamber events and sponsors programs
- Participate on a committee
- Attend networking and member events
- Donate door prizes for Chamber events
Does the Chamber have any task forces or committees?
The Chamber has two permanent task forces:
- Chamber Diplomats - volunteers who help members become engaged
- Public Policy & Advocacy Committee - business representatives who monitor business legislative issues and advocate on behalf of the Overland Park business community
What is the Chamber’s relationship with the City of Overland Park?
The Chamber and City of Overland Park are separate organizations; but the Chamber and its Economic Development Council work closely with City Councilmembers and staff in a number of ways. The Chamber has a contract with the City to provide economic development programs. Collaborating with our members, we also provide advice and opinions on a range of issues including transportation, taxation, land use, redevelopment and public safety.
Does the Chamber endorse candidates?
No. Our policy is to study and take action on nearly every issue that affects your business and/or community. We leave the election of candidates to the citizens. However, we provide information and forums for you and strongly encourage business people to support pro-business candidates.