Business West to co-sponsor Candidates’ Forum

Business West, along with Kansas City, Kansas, Community College, will co-sponsor a Candidates’ Forum starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 18 in Upper Jewell at the Community College. Democratic Candidates for District Judge who plan to attend are Mike Nichols, Tony Martinez and Jane Sieve Wilson. Panelists who will ask the candidates unrehearsed questions will be Mary Rupert of the Wyandotte Daily Online, Jim Echols of Renaissance Management and Edgar Galicia of the Central Avenue Betterment Association. Murrel Bland of Business West, will be the moderator.

Bank of Labor officer to speak

Sandra Olivas, a Bank of Labor vice president, will be the featured speaker when the Shepherd’s Center of Kansas City, Kansas, meets at 10 a.m. Friday, July 20 at Grace Lutheran Church, 3333 Wood Ave. She will speak on fraud prevention as it applies to older adults.

Kansas City BPU wins national award

The American Business Awards organization recently recognized the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities as the “Company of the Year” in the large utility category. The BPU was cited based on results in several areas including environmental stewardship, customer service, communication and transparency and community giving. The New York Post newspaper has described “Stevie” awards as the “business world’s Oscars.”

“BPU is especially pleased with this honor as it recognizes the success of our entire organization, the services we provide, the management of this publicly owned utility and the positive impact we are making throughout the community,” Don Gray said. He is General Manager of the BPU.

Wizard of Oz to come to Providence Amphitheater

A live presentation of the musical “The Wizard of Oz” will be offered at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1 through Sunday, Aug. 5 at Providence Medical Center Amphitheater, 633 N. 130th St., Bonner Springs. The presentation will be a culmination of “The Summer of Oz” promotion conducted by the Kansas City, Kansas, Convention and Visitors Bureau. For more information about the show, visit or telephone 913-825-3400.

Members always welcome

All Business West members are welcome to attend the monthly meetings of the organization’s Board of Directors. The Board meets at 12:30 p.m. the third Wednesday in the Board Room of The Dotte Spot Bar and Grill, 8123 Parallel Pkwy., in the Arrowhead Center.

For questions or comments, telephone 913-766-4300 or 913-406-6266 (cell) or email