As thousands of visitors arrive in Kansas City for Major League Baseball's mid-summer classic, Kansas City officials are putting the finishing touches on their preparations.
And local businesswomen are playing key roles in the efforts.
Stacy Mayer's company, LTD Signs and Graphics, recently worked on getting welcome signs up at the Intercontinental Hotel on the Country Club Plaza.
"We feel proud of ourselves that our company is only four years old," Mayer said. "We've been able to establish an awesome relationship with the Royals, the Chiefs and a lot of other big venues in town."
Her history with the teams landed her a chance to bid on work with the MLB organization.
Preparing for the July 8 first pitch has been months in the making
"In the fall we met with a bunch of people from Major League Baseball, New York and the Royals," she said. "It has been a great team of people from across Kansas City, not just our company coming together for Major League Baseball."
PrintSurfaces, which is based in Fairway, put the finishing touches on a sign inside the bridge that connects Union Station with the Westin Crown Center. The sign measures 97 feet long and is more than 8 feet tall.
The sign was produced by Kathy Hamilton-Dix, whose business was also selected to assist with All-Star week preparations.
"It has been exciting for one thing to be a part of it. I was hoping way back in last December that I'd be able to have the opportunity," Hamilton-Dix said.
It was an opportunity to showcase her work and work with others in the community - something she won't soon forget.
"We've had together been able to do all of the street banners for Plaza, Bartle Hall, Crown Center, Grand Street and the Power and Light District," Hamilton-Dix said.
The women said they have been working around the clock, but wouldn't trade the experience for anything because their work is being seen across the metro. They also said that is the best advertising a business owner could ask for.
Mayer said businesses involved have to be patient and flexible, but the rewards outweigh any frustrations.
"There is also pride in the fact that we're a pretty new company and we were able to handle it," Mayer said.
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