FX July Happy Hour

 

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Join FX for our Happy Hour at Red Door Grill in Brookside, Wednesday, July 12th, from 5:30-7 p.m.

Discounted wells, drafts, house wines and specialty cocktails until 7:00 PM. Come, relax and make great connections! As always, members and nonmembers are welcome. Free to attend.

Wednesday, July 12th, 5:30-7:00 PM
Red Door Grill in Brookside
6324 Brookside Plaza, Kansas City, MO 64113

For more info on Red Door Grill, visit: reddoorgrill.com

FX June 30 Luncheon – Tools of the Trade: A Roundtable Discussion

What (Other) Skills You Need to Pay the Bills

If you are an independent business owner, you’d better be prepared to wear many hats. Sure, you have the skills that pay the bills as a writer, photographer, graphic designer, web designer/developer, etc., but do you know what tools are best to take your business to the next level?

Join us for a roundtable discussion to share and learn best tools of the trade that help independents like us better manage our businesses. One great benefit of The Freelance Exchange is that whether you’re a new or seasoned business owner, you can always find value in learning from one another.

Our discussion will include these topics:

  • Tracking time
  • Tracking mileage
  • Invoicing & estimating
  • Alternate phone services
  • PR distribution/news release
  • Transcription services
  • And more

Join us:

Friday, June 30th
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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

Coach’s Bar & Grill
414 W. 103rd St.
Kansas City, MO 64114

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

RSVP by 10 p.m., Wednesday, June 28th, 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:

  • Burger and sandwiches served with fries.
  • Bacon Cheddar Burger: Crispy bacon tops fresh sharp cheddar cheese to classify this burger as a favorite.
  • Southwest Chicken Wrap: Cajun-grilled chicken rolled in a flour tortilla with lettuce, tomato, spicy cheese, and guacamole. Served with homemade Santa Fe ranch.
  • Clubhouse: A true classic on sourdough bread with ham, turkey, Swiss, American, lettuce, tomato and bacon. Mayo on the side.
  • Cobb Salad: Mixed greens, avocado, egg, bacon, tomato, cucumber, fried chicken breast and croutons. Served with dressing and homemade muffin. With or without chicken.

To ensure your spot at this FX luncheon, RSVP by 10 p.m., Wednesday, June 28th, 2017.

FX June 2 Luncheon – Exploring Publishing in the Digital Age

 

What the Changing Landscape Means for Creatives

If you have read comics like Peanuts, Marmaduke or Doonesbury or feature columns like Miss Manners, you are enjoying content provided by Andrews McMeel Universal.

For more than 40 years, Andrews McMeel Universal has provided content across a wide range of communications mediums: newspapers, comic strips, books, calendars, puzzles and more. The company is home to some of the most vibrant and creative storytellers of our age.

Our June luncheon guest speaker, Susan Johnson, chief marketing officer at Andrews McMeel Universal, will discuss the current climate in publishing, syndication and entertainment, and what creatives who want to break into the industry can expect.

Mark your calendar now and plan to join us on Friday, June 2nd. Don’t miss this enlightening program. See you there.

Join us:

Friday, June 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 includes presentation, meal, beverage, tax and tip.

NOTE: Beginning with The Freelance Exchange June luncheon, member and nonmember registrants will notice an additional fee to cover Eventbrite expenses. We appreciate your understanding as we seek to maintain an attendee-friendly cost structure, which can be impacted by venues’ room fees or food and drink minimums.

RSVP by 10 p.m., Wednesday, May 31, 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:

Sandwiches come with choice of house-cut fries or side salad.

  • Plaza Club Sandwich: Mesquite Turkey, sliced ham, peppered bacon, avocado, smoked gouda, lettuce, tomato, roasted chili sauce.
  • Margherita Pizza: Vine tomatoes, fresh basil, crushed tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, olive oil drizzle.
  • Falloon Burger: Angus Beef, smoked cheddar, peppered bacon, lettuce, tomato, Dijon Aioli.
  • Tequila Chicken Avocado Salad: Grilled Chicken, avocado, cherry tomatoes, black beans, roasted corn, white cheddar, tortilla strips, roasted red pepper and vinaigrette.

To ensure your spot at this FX luncheon, RSVP by 10 p.m., Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

FX May Happy Hour

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Join FX for our Happy Hour at the J Bar, Thursday, May 18th, from 4-7 p.m. We’ll be on the gorgeous patio if the weather is nice – otherwise, we’ll gather inside. Come, relax and make great connections! As always, members and non-members are welcome. Free to attend.

Select martinis and appetizers discounted 4-10 p.m. at $5. FX treats with some initial appetizers. Live music begins at 7 p.m.

Thursday, May 18th, 4:00–7:00 p.m.
J Bar (located in the Embassy Suites)
10401 S Ridgeview Rd, Olathe, KS 66061

For more info on the J Bar, visit: http://www.thejbar.com/

FX April 28th Luncheon – Protect What You Have Worked to Build

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You purchase insurance to protect your home, health, life and vehicles, but what about your business? What is business insurance and how does it protect your business interests?

Our April luncheon speaker, Chad King has written small business and personal insurance policies for the last 10 years. He focuses on helping small-business owners understand their insurance needs. King is also a former small-business owner who has a history of working with independent and entrepreneurial creatives.

His remarks will include the purpose of business insurance, along with the liability gaps and types of losses that business insurance covers.

Mark your calendars now and plan to join us on Friday, April 28th, as King, of Midwest Professional Insurance, will offer business insurance tips and answer questions following his presentation.

You won’t want to miss this educational and enlightening program!

RSVP by 11 p.m., Wednesday, April 26th, 2017.

Join us:

Friday, April 28th
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Check-in & networking begin at 11:30 a.m.
Presentation begins at Noon.
Lunch served at Noon.

Johnny’s
8719 W. 95th St. (Southwest corner of 95th & Antioch)
Overland Park, KS 66212
913-948-9500

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

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:

JOHNNY WILSON Burger – In honor of Johnny’s founder, Mr. John Wilson. Swiss, cheddar & bacon. Choice of fries or steamed vegetables.

BUFFALO N’ BLUE WRAP – Buffalo chicken strips, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and Johnny’s blue cheese dressing in a jalapeño cheddar tortilla. Choose grilled or crispy. Comes with fries. Please note type of choice when registering.

JOHNNY’S COBB – Mixed greens, eggs, tomatoes, bacon, black bean salsa and blue cheese crumbles. Served with tarragon vinaigrette and topped with grilled or crispy chicken. Please note type of chicken when registering.

FISH ‘N’ CHIPS – Premium Northern Atlantic Cod breaded with a Cajun twist. Served with “chips” from across the pond, hush puppies, coleslaw & Johnny’s southern tartar sauce.

TERIYAKI STIR FRY – Stir fried vegetables with your choice of chicken or steak served over rice pilaf. Please note type of choice (if any) when registering.

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)