FX March Luncheon – A Voice for Artists and the Arts

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A Voice for Artists and the Arts

With many creatives having roots in the arts, The Freelance Exchange of Kansas City is pleased to welcome Alice Thorson, editor of KC Studio magazine, as guest speaker for the March 31st luncheon. Alice will speak to the editorial and design strategies behind the city’s foremost arts publication, and how both drive audience development.

Alice was appointed editor of KC Studio in March 2015 following 23 years as an art critic at The Kansas City Star. She works to bring depth, focus and a heightened level of expertise to its editorial coverage of Kansas City’s cultural organizations and the talented artists they present.

Alice earned a master’s degree in art history at Northern Illinois University, and she continued her graduate studies at the University of Chicago. She has participated in the arts scene as an instructor, contributing writer and columnist at several institutions and publications.

RSVP by 11 p.m., Wednesday, March 29th, 2017.

Join us:

Friday, March 31st
11:30 a.m. -1 p.m.
Check-in & networking begin at 11:30 a.m.
Presentation and lunch begin at noon.

District Pour House + Kitchen
Lower Level
7122 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO 64114
816-333-0799

Cost: $20 Members and Associate Members, $35 Nonmembers

RSVP by 11 p.m., Wednesday, March 29th, 2017.

Anyone is welcome to attend at the appropriate rate. Non-members who register at the member rate will be asked to pay the remainder/difference upon arrival.

Space is limited. To ensure your spot, RSVP NO LATER than the deadline. Due to venue requirements and advance ordering, we regret to inform you that cancellations made with less than 24 hours’ notice cannot be refunded.

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Please select one meal choice with your reservation:

Menu:

  • Sedona Salad: Corn-black bean salsa, mango, marinated chicken, queso fresco, avocado, pickled red onion, crisp tortilla, chipotle lime vinaigrette
  • Quinoa Salad: Kale, quinoa, feta, sun-dried tomato, pumpkin seed, dried cranberry, sweet red onion vinaigrette
  • Burger: Half-pound patty on bun, includes fries. Cheese: none or American
  • Club Sandwich: Ham, turkey, bacon, gruyere, avocado, pesto aioli, tomato, greens, fries
  • Reuben: Corned beef, pickled cabbage, gruyere, stoneground mustard aioli, marbled rye, fries

All meals include a beverage (coffee, tea or soda), tax and tip.

FX March Happy Hour

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Get some practice in for St. Patrick’s Day – join FX for our March Happy Hour at the Dubliner in the Power & Light District wear your Irish Green! Those wearing obvious green for the occasion will be eligible for a prize drawing! (Micro flecks of green in your clothing doesn’t count. And we’re not checking your undies, either!)

$ 3 Drafts, Wells & House Wine

Join Us:
Wednesday, March 15th, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Dubliner – Irish Ale House & Pub
Power & Light District
170 East 14th Street
Kansas City, MO 64106

Parking tips:

  • Closest parking garage is accessible from 13th Street, between Grand and Walnut with expected cost of $3. (Maybe carpool and save some bucks.)
  • Or better yet, take the street car to 14th & Main and walk two blocks east to 14th & Grand.

For more info on the Dubliner, visit their website: http://thedublinerkc.com

FX February 24th Luncheon – What You Need to Know to Make it Through Tax Season

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Knowing that it’s tax season can make any freelancer or small business owner shudder. It’s the very thing many creatives and savvy business owners dread. But it doesn’t have to be so difficult, if you know what you’re doing.

The Freelance Exchange is proud to invite our favorite accountant, Jeff Green of Green & Company back for a lively and informative discussion on best practices for preparing your taxes, and he will share what’s changed in the last year.

About the Speaker:

With more than 16 years of public accounting experience – including the last six years committed to his own business – Jeff Green provides comprehensive accounting, audit, and tax services for businesses and individuals in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Jeff is a native of Memphis, Tennessee, has an MS in Taxation from the University of Memphis and a BS in Business Administration/Accounting from the University of Tennessee at Martin. He is a CPA, certified in Kansas and Missouri, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Join us:
Friday, February 24th

11:30 a.m. -1 p.m.
Check-in & networking begin at 11:30 a.m.
Presentation and lunch begin at noon.

Brio Tuscan Grill
Country Club Plaza
502 Nichols Road
Kansas City, MO 64112
(816) 561-5888

Cost: $20 Members, $35 Nonmembers
RSVP by 11 p.m., Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017.

Space is limited. To ensure your spot, RSVP NO LATER than the deadline. Due to venue requirements and advance ordering, we regret to inform you that cancellations made with less than 24 hours’ notice cannot be refunded.

Please select one meal choice with your reservation:

  • Mezza Grilled Chicken Under The Brick — Lunch size, mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, mushroom Marsala sauce
  • Pasta Pesto — Angel hair, grilled chicken, caramelized onions, spinach, tomatoes, red peppers, Feta, basil, light pesto sauce
  • Pasta Toscano — Spaghettini, classic Bolognese meat sauce, Parmesan
  • Ravioli Di Bello — Portobello ravioli, crimini mushrooms, grape tomatoes, Parmesan, thyme, champagne brown butter sauce
  • Crispy Chicken Salad — Romano crusted chicken, tricolore lettuce, marinated kale, farro, tomatoes, Feta, cucumbers, orzo, croutons, Tuscan Italian dressingAll meals include a beverage (coffee, tea or soda), tax and tip.

FX January 27th Luncheon Postponed. More Details Coming Soon.

 

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Our guest speaker, Mike Swanson of the Kansas City Royals cannot present this week due to an unexpected change of schedule. We are hoping to reschedule with Mike for Friday, February 3rd, and are awaiting confirmation from him. Alternatively, we’d have a different speaker for February 3rd.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience, and will provide an update as quickly as possible.

Thank you for your patience, and for supporting The Freelance Exchange of Kansas City.

FX January Happy Hour

 

Join us for our FX January Happy Hour at The Drop Bistro, on Wednesday, Jan. 18th, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.!

Let’s get 2017 started with great drink specials and yummy food in an upscale, laid-back bar space.

$5 House Wine | $2 Beer Du Jour | BOGO Wells & Specialty Cocktails

And if that’s not enough … it’s Restaurant Week! So, you might want to stay after our Happy Hour and Dine for Good to benefit some great KC Charities!

The Drop Bistro
Martini Corner
409 E. 31st St.
Kansas City, MO 64108
(Parking lot east of bar, plus on street parking)

FX January Luncheon – Rescheduled to February 3rd

 

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A Conversation with the KC Royals Top Communicator

Mike Swanson’s been around baseball for much of his life. As a kid, his mom took him to her jobs working for the Royals and Chiefs. That early exposure to sports cultivated a passion for baseball, and his career path reflects that.

The course of Swanson’s 38-year career in sports communications has brought him full circle – back home to KC. For the last 11 years, he’s been the lead communicator for the Royals. As VP of Communications & Broadcasting, he’s guided the communications and media relations team through the ball club’s highs and lows.

It’s certainly a great time to be a Royals fan. But, from a communications standpoint, what does it take to run such a high-profile communications operation with so many stakeholders? How does one keep fans interested, engaged and excited in the offseason? Swanson will be answering these questions and more at our next FX luncheon.

Be sure to mark your calendar and join us on Friday, February 3rd, when Swanson will be our featured guest. Please note that tickets purchased for the original January 27th program will be honored. 

We guarantee you will not want to miss this program!

About the speaker

Affectionately known as “Swanee,” Mike has worked for World Series Champions in both the American League (2015 Kansas City Royals) and National League (2001 Arizona Diamondbacks). He returned to Kansas City in 2007 to work for his hometown team, and has also worked for the Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres.

In 2002, Mike won the prestigious Robert O. Fishel Award for Public Relations Excellence. He has been the PR liaison to Major League Baseball’s All-Star Squad in Japan and for the last four years has spoken to MLB’s Rookie Career Development League, the first club PR representative in the 25-year history of the program. He will also serve as the PR liaison for the Dominican Republic during the year’s WBC, his second straight with the defending WBC champs.

As a statistician, Mike worked for years with Keith Jackson on ABC’s College Football and Monday Night Football. His experience includes more than a dozen college bowl games, six NCAA Final Fours, six Super Bowls, four NFC Championship Games and 20+ NCAA Maui Invitational basketball tournaments.

Join us:
Friday, February 3rd
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Check-in & networking begin at 11:30 a.m.
Presentation begins at Noon. Lunch served at Noon.

Ruins Pub (meeting room in back)
1715 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
816-599-6667

Cost: $20 Members & Associate Members, $35 Nonmembers
Cost includes presentation, meal, beverage, tax and tip.

RSVP by 10 p.m., Wednesday, February 1st, 2017.

Anyone is welcome to attend at the appropriate rate. Non-members who register at the member rate will be asked to pay the remainder/difference upon arrival.

Space is limited. To ensure your spot, RSVP NO LATER than the deadline. Due to venue requirements and advance ordering, we regret to inform you that cancellations made with less than 24 hours’ notice cannot be refunded.

Please select one meal choice with your reservation:

  • Stroganoff: Guinness-braised beef short rib + smoked crimini mushrooms + white onions + short rib jus + house crema + egg noodles.
  • The Classic Burger with House Fries: American cheese + shredded lettuce + chopped onions + tomatoes + house pickles + mayo.
  • Hearts of Romaine Salad with or without Chicken (please specify): Grated goat cheese + pickled shallots + semi hard egg + roasted sweet peppers + lardons and green goddess dressing.
  • Fish & Chips: Beer battered cod + malt vinegar tartar sauce + burnt lemon + jalapeño hush puppies.
  • Chicken Salad Sandwich with House Fries: Pulled chicken + roasted asparagus + crushed pistachio + sliced avocado + sourdough.

To ensure your spot at this FX luncheon, RSVP by 10 p.m., Wednesday, February 1st, 2017.

2016 K.C. Clubs United Holiday Party

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The end of 2016 is almost upon us and what better way to celebrate our accomplishments and ring in another year than our annual Kansas City Clubs United Holiday Party! We’ll feature raffle prizes, networking bingo, appetizers, open bar and a special after party. But best of all, 11 clubs featuring the best communications, marketing, advertising, and design pros in Kansas City will be there, offering the perfect opportunity to network with the best in the business.

December 7th, 2016
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Berg Event Space
1525 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City, MO

The Kansas City Clubs United Holiday Party is always a big hit. Don’t miss out.

Register today by clicking here.

FX December Luncheon – Get Your (Legal) Business in Order for 2017!

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Sound – and accessible legal counsel is a must.

As freelancers, and small business owners, we may find it challenging to work with traditional law firms. According to small business owner and attorney (and our luncheon speaker), Chris Brown, “their out-of-date technology, practice methods, and hourly billing often don’t align with our working styles or how we run our businesses.”

After all, time is literally money for us. The more time we can spend working on our craft, the better. We also know that without access to sound legal counsel, we don’t know what we don’t know. That’s not good business.

Chris Brown, owner of Venture Legal KC will touch on the importance, ease and economy of getting established legally, along with some of the most basic documents and agreements to have on-hand. This presentation couldn’t be more timely as we start to focus on and fine-tune our business plans and objectives for 2017.

Mark your calendar now and plan to join us on Friday, December 2nd. Don’t miss one of our most enlightening programs this year – our final one for 2016. See you there.

About the speaker:
Attorney Chris Brown is the owner of Venture Legal and Legal Marketing – two companies he created three years ago. Venture Legal is the modern law practice and Legal Marketing is a website development and hosting platform for small law firms.

He is a staunch advocate and voice through his vigorous support of and involvement in the Kansas City area startup community. Brown, graduate of UMKC School of Law (JD, magna cum laude), is a member of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, as well as the Missouri and Kansas state bar associations.

Join us
Friday, December 2nd
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Check-in & networking begin at 11:30 a.m.
Presentation begins at Noon.
Lunch served at Noon.

The Granfalloon
608 Ward Parkway (Country Club Plaza)
Kansas City, MO 64112
816-753-7850

Cost: $20 Members & Associate Members, $35 Nonmembers
Cost includes presentation, meal, beverage, tax and tip.

RSVP by 10 p.m., Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

Anyone is welcome to attend at the appropriate rate. Non-members who register at the member rate will be asked to pay the remainder/difference upon arrival.

Space is limited. To ensure your spot, RSVP NO LATER than the deadline. Due to venue requirements and advance ordering, we regret to inform you that cancellations made with less than 24 hours’ notice cannot be refunded.

 

FX November Happy Hour

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We might get lucky and get one more outside Happy Hour in, given the current beautiful weather! So, patio if it’s nice – otherwise, we’ll gather inside. What a great opportunity to make connections with others in our very talented group… AND get to meet some of our new members!

FX buys appetizers! | 52 tap beers at 1/2 price! | #3 Well Drinks | $4 House Wine | Specialty cocktails $2 off!

Join us:
Thursday, Nov 17th
Rock & Brews
5701 W 135th St, Overland Park KS 66223
5:00-7:00 P.M.

FX October 28th Luncheon – Suits vs. Creatives

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Suits vs. Creatives: Battleground to Higher Ground

Things don’t always go as planned – especially in advertising. It’s just the nature of the business. We all know conflicts can arise between clients and creatives when a deadline is looming, and the work was due “yesterday.”

Help is on the way, though! Our October program speaker and fellow FX member, Cami Travis-Groves has developed fail-proof, step-by-step ways to help diffuse conflicts and move forward with solutions that both suits and creatives can live with.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Diffuse emotions that run high during conflicts
  • Remain in control with objectives clearly defined for all involved
  • Find solutions that everyone can agree on

We all need better tools to resolve conflicts and keep our clients satisfied and coming back for more. Be sure to bring your questions, as there will be time for Q&A after the presentation.

Mark your calendar now and plan to join us on Friday, October 28th.

You don’t want to miss this program!

About the Speaker:

cami-travis-groves_headshot-jan2016-198x198Cami Travis-Groves is a graphic designer, speaker and author. She is also a design strategist (think high-level, problem-solving for the good of the project and the bottom line) and a good-juju spreader in the Kansas City area. Travis-Groves has spent 25+ years designing in all forms and working for all types of clients, from a multi-million-dollar investment firm and one-person startups to independent publishers and international recording artists. She has worked on national brands such as Travelhost, Pepsi and Frito Lay (through TLP/DDB Needham), and the Wishbone book series. Travis-Groves is the author of the book, Get Out of Your Rut!

Join us:
Friday, October 28th
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Check-in & networking begin at 11:30 a.m.
Presentation begins at Noon.
Buffet lunch at Noon.

The Burg & Barrel
7042 W. 76th St. (just east of Metcalf)
Overland Park, KS
913-649-2525

Cost: $20 Members, $35 Nonmembers
Cost includes presentation, meal, beverage, tax and tip.

Anyone is welcome to attend at the appropriate rate. Nonmembers who register at the member rate will be asked to pay the remainder/difference upon arrival.

Space is limited. To ensure your spot, RSVP NO LATER than the deadline. Due to venue requirements and advance ordering, we regret to inform you that cancellations made with less than 24 hours’ notice cannot be refunded.

Attendees can enjoy any combination of the following Burg & Barrel favorites:

  • Caprese Chicken Sandwich
  • Chopped House Salad with Fried or Grilled Chicken
  • Hamburger with American or Swiss Cheese
  • Mean Bean Sandwich

Buffet starters, side dishes, soft drinks and iced tea are included. One price, many options. Price includes tax and tip.

To ensure your spot at this FX luncheon, RSVP by 10 p.m., Wednesday, October 26, 2016.