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Celebrating Wichita's 150th Birthday

Those attending the Chamber's Sunrise Scrambler last week were the first Wichitans to see a presentation about the Keeper 150 public art project to commemorate Wichita's sesquicentennial. As a member of Together Wichita, the Chamber and other local ...

Amplification of Intentional Inclusion Efforts. It’s Critical. #AMPITUP

Our February 2020 Chair’s Lunch seems like it took place eons ago, but the message from Karen Carter, our keynote speaker, about intentional inclusion couldn’t have been more powerful or more critical for the year 2020. I challenged ...

Disruption Driven Innovation - Wichita businesses respond to the impact of COVID-19

True leaders and innovators emerge during challenging times. We heard from four area business leaders during our June 17 Sunrise Scrambler who inspired us with their ability to respond to disruption by piloting new social media platforms, updating ...

Advocacy Critical During COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic the Chamber has led the charge in advocating with local elected officials for reigniting the economy of the Wichita region. We supported a phased approach to reopening the economy, requested that COVID-19 data used to ...

Chamber Team Excels During COVID-19 Pandemic

One of the greatest rewards of my Chamber career has been the chance to work alongside outstanding volunteers and staff. We’re so fortunate to have Board leadership like Junetta Everett (Delta Dental) right now. As lucky as I am to work with a ...

Enabling Your Business To Operate Remotely Using Technology

Tara Clary is the Senior Director of Marketing for High Touch Technologies. As a guest blogger for the Chamber, she's provided a wrap up of the virtual Sunrise Scrambler that was held on Wednesday, May 20. The topic for that presentation was ...

An HR Tool Now Available For Chamber Members

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented employers with a myriad of challenges and opportunities. As businesses reopen, we are hearing a variety of questions from Chamber members about how to protect employees, customers and their organizations as they ...

Reopening Readiness

Some of our members have reopened or are in the process of expanding their services. Others are still working on their reopening plans. All are concerned about taking the necessary precautions to stay open once they have reopened. The Chamber's ...

Chamber Launches Small Business Awards Video Series

May has traditionally been designated as Small Business Month and it's also the time of year we typically announce and celebrate our annual Small Business Award winners. Due to the impact of COVID-19, some of the national Small Business Month and ...

Manufacturing Industry Call Highlights Innovation Among Crisis

Last week the Chamber hosted an Industry Call with area leaders representing the manufacturing industry on how they're adapting their businesses in response to the economic impact of COVID-19 and what they're experiencing. The session was moderated ...

Chamber Supports Reigniting the Local Economy

The Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce has forwarded a letter of support to the Sedgwick County Commission for reopening and reigniting the regional economy. Encouraged by recent discussions held with County leadership and Kansas Governor Laura ...

Governor Kelly seeks input from business leaders

Discussions have been taking place during the last several weeks among Chamber Board members and government officials at the county, state and federal level about how to facilitate the next step in recovery from the pandemic crisis. Prioritizing ...

Digital Marketing During COVID-19: Three critical platforms you need to update

Making it easier for clients and customers to find your business and familiarize themselves with the changes in your hours, services and products is vital in the current climate. Digital marketing guru Brie E. Anderson joined us this week to share ...

Planning Creates Opportunity – Chamber’s First Virtual Sunrise Scrambler

The monthly tradition of a Sunrise Scrambler was disrupted in March but we weren’t going to let that stop us from figuring out how to provide educational resources to our members through one of our favorite programs. Yesterday morning we ...

Funding Tool Videos Added to Wichita Resource Center

Last week we added two video interviews to our Wichita Resource Center on COVID-19 to inform our members about several of the local financial resources that are available for area nonprofits and individuals impacted by the current circumstances. ...

Chamber Industry Call Yields Reflections on Changes to the Finance Industry

The Chamber's series of Industry Calls continued with a second installment on April 9. The roundtable discussion centered on the Finance industry and was moderated by Tracee Adams of Hawthorn Capital and included Matt List with BKD and Brandon ...

Our Member Business Exchange Goes Virtual

Hosting a monthly opportunity for our members to learn more about each other's products and services is a long-time tradition at the Chamber. It often results in new business for our members and a better understanding of how they can collaborate and ...

Wichita Regional Chamber Celebrates Creation of Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program

The Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce commends state leaders for the creation of the Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program. Governor Kelly today announced the signing of Senate Bill 173, passed by the Kansas Legislature last month, which ...

A Critical Time for Leadership

This morning the Chamber hosted an Industry Call with area leaders representing the construction field on how they're adapting their businesses in response to the stay-at-home orders and the economic impact of COVID-19 that they're experiencing. The ...

Update: Unemployment Insurance Benefits Extension Bill Signed by Governor Kelly

As discussed in our blog post on Tuesday, the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce supported legislation extending unemployment insurance (UI) weekly benefits to 26 weeks (from the current formula-determined 16 weeks) until next year. This talent ...

Customer Communication Tips in Time of Crisis

Recent developments with the coronavirus (COVID-19) are impacting small businesses around the globe. Businesses are trying to keep up to date with the latest news and restrictions, which means now more than ever, businesses must utilize ...

A Message From Your Chamber President and CEO

Dear Member: Your Chamber has have been closely monitoring the virus outbreak and its impact on our members and communities. We are committed to serving you, our community and our region during this unprecedented time. I wanted to provide you with ...

Unemployment Insurance Bill Heads to Governor Kelly's Desk

The Wichita Regional Chamber decided last month to support legislation extending unemployment insurance (UI) weekly benefits to 26 weeks (from the current formula-determined 16 weeks) until April 2021. This decision was made as a talent retention ...

Chamber Response to COVID-19

We value our ability to bring people together for advocacy, networking, education and celebrations. Chambers are conveners and connectors. But our first priority is the safety and security of our members, partners, staff and community. Today ...

Wichita's Historical Wurlitzer Wows Audiences

David Bernstorf, President Wichita Wurlitzer, Inc. Member since October 2019 2475 N Greenleaf St Wichita KS 67226-1535 wichitawurlitzer.org Please tell us about the Wichita Wurlitzer. Wichita Wurlitzer, Inc, is a non-profit performing arts ...

Leann Sanchez Joins Chamber

Leann Sanchez has been named a Director of Finance for the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce. Her first day in her full-time position was Monday, March 2. A graduate of Wichita State University, Sanchez earned a BBA in Accounting. She also ...

Chamber announces staffing updates in Government Relations and Membership

Lauren Poorman has been named the Government Relations Coordinator for the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce. Her first day in her full time position was February 3. Poorman had been working in a temporary part-time capacity for the department ...

Your Chair's Lunch Action Items

Our February 6 blog post was a recap of our 2020 Chair’s Lunch that focused on intentional inclusion and diversity. We mentioned that attendees were provided with an action item checklist to enhance their engagement in these areas. The list ...

Thrasher Continues to Grow in Wichita Community

Gary Mackey, General Manager Thrasher 8853 E. 37th St. N. Facebook | Website Member since April 2018 1-800-827-0702 Please tell us a little bit about your company. Founded in 1975, Thrasher helps homeowners preserve and improve the value of ...

2020 Honors Night Award Recipients Announced

Following a tradition started in 1963, the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its annual Honors Night event on Thursday, April 23. Honors Night recognizes an outstanding individual, an exceptional young professional, exemplary ...
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