What is the Hats Club? And Why Should You Care?

By Jason Terry, talking about an entrepreneurial group of people that meet once a month to learn something, meet fellow business owners and decision makers and hear their stories. The Hats Club. It’s not your typical networking group.

A couple of years ago, I was asked to join the board of The Hats Club. It’s a local, business-focused group of entrepreneurial minded people that meet once a month.

Before I talk more about the Hats Club, I want to make sure and mention that the next event is going to be held at the Leawood Blade & Timber. So if you want to throw axes while drinking adult beverages, be sure to come and be prepared to sign a waiver. Seriously though, it would be a great way to see what all the hype is about if you haven’t been to Blade & Timber before.

Register here for the Hats Club event on July 11th at the Leawood Blade & Timber

What is The Hats Club… really?

The Hats Club LogoI will start by telling you it’s not just another networking group. Many of the members own their own businesses. They’ve been through the ups and downs of starting a business, employing people, selling to make sure the doors stay open, HR issues and best practices and more. There are also quite a few key decision makers that work for great companies all over KC.

The goal for the monthly Hats Club meeting is to provide a way for business owners and decision makers to gather to learn something and get to know each other.

Focus on Local Businesses

Often, Hats Club meetings are held at local businesses. It’s a great way to showcase a local business and hear directly from the owner about the excitement and challenges of starting and running a business. That’s exactly what will be happening at Blade & Timber on July 11th.

The August Hats Club meeting will be at Brew Lab in downtown Overland Park. We’re working on getting the head brewer to present to the group (it’s been promised but not confirmed yet!) about their journey so far. That event will be on August 8th at 4pm if you want to block your calendar.

You can always see details and register for the upcoming Hats Club event by visiting thehatsclub.com.

Companies and presenters that we’ve enjoyed in the past include:

  • A Cyber Crime presentation by Truss (who hosted), Chubb and The Hunter Group
  • Core Bank
  • The Grid co-working space
  • Tim Cowden of KCADC sharing detailed plans of the upcoming KCI Airport Project
  • ELUX Smart Homes startup presented lots of info about their project
  • Economist Chris Keuhl presented at the Martin City Event Space
  • Healthcare update with Connie Jabara
  • DroneKC in downtown KC
  • Stonegate Motor Plaza

Socials

We also have social meetings about once a quarter as well as a members only holiday event in December on the Plaza. Some of the locations we’ve gone to for socials in the past include Lifted Spirits, Louie’s Wine Dive, KC Wineworks, Ruins Pub, Coach’s and Top Golf. Often, we get to hear from the owners of these businesses as well.

So if you’re looking for a good way to connect with entrepreneurial people in Kansas City, be sure to check out the Hats Club. Let me know if you would like to come as my guest sometime! If it’s the kind of group you would like to be a part of, I can walk you through the membership application process as well.

I’ve enjoyed being part of the Hats Club over the past couple of years. And putting together the list of all the places we’ve been to, and people we’ve learned from, was a great reminder of the value I’ve gotten from being part of the group. Let me know if you have any questions!

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