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Andrew Wiens will join the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce as Vice President of Government Relations on January 2. He will direct the Chamber's advocacy efforts at the local, state and federal levels.
Wiens has been the Chief Policy Office for Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer since 2017. He has also held other policy positions in the Governor's office and the Department for Children and Families since 2011. A Kansas native, he is a graduate of Tabor College and Washburn University. He and his family are in the process of relocating to Wichita from Topeka.
Wiens said, "I'm thrilled to join the Chamber to represent the interests of the business community at all levels of government. I look forward to working together with the excellent leadership and staff to spur economic growth and community advancement in the area. I can't wait to get started."
Chamber President and CEO Gary Plummer said he is confident that the experience and skills Wiens brings to the Chamber will prove beneficial to members. "Andrew has the key relationships and expertise required for this vital role of advocating for the best possible business environment," Plummer said. "He is experienced at developing policy that advances free enterprise for Kansas companies and will help advance the interests of our members and region."
Plummer also announced that Tram Ngo, who has been Interim Director for the department during the search process, has been promoted to Director on a permanent basis. "Tram's management of the government relations department has earned her the respect of our members and partners," said Plummer. "She's a valuable member of our team and we look forward to her continued leadership at the Chamber."
Ngo joined the Chamber after graduating from Wichita State University in 2017. She served previously as both a Project Manager and Manager of Government Relations.
As part of our Annual Meeting on Nov. 29, our 2019 Board of Directors was officially announced. Michael Monteferrante, President, CEO and Director of Envision, Inc., will serve as the 2019 Board Chairman. Junetta Everett, Vice President of Professional Relations at Delta Dental of Kansas, Inc., will serve as the Chair-Elect. Ben Hutton of Hutton will serve as the First Vice Chair.
Michael Monteferrante outlined his goals for next year in this recent Wichita Business Journal article. We’re poised to grow in 2019!
The complete list of 2019 officers and Executive Committee members is as follows:
- Michael Monteferrante, Chairman, Envision, Inc.
- Bill Wood, Immediate Past Chair, Foulston Siefkin LLP
- Junetta Everett, Chair-Elect, Delta Dental of Kansas, Inc.
- Ben Hutton, First Vice Chair, Hutton
- David Hodge, Treasurer, Leisure Hotels and Resorts
- Karma Mason, Vice Chair of Advocacy, iSi Environmental Services
- Gary Schmitt, Vice Chair of Economic Development, INTRUST Bank
- Junetta Everett, Vice Chair of Inclusion, Delta Dental of Kansas, Inc.
- Jason Cox, Vice Chair of Leadership, Cox Machine
- Greg Klenda, Vice Chair of Membership, Klenda Austerman LLC, Attorneys at Law
- Ben Hutton, Vice Chair of Quality of Place, Hutton
- Joy Eakins, Vice Chair of Small Business, Cornerstone Data
- Marty Cornejo, Vice Chair at Large, Allmetal Recycling, LLC
- Lai-L Daugherty, Vice Chair at Large, Butler Community College
- Claudio Ferraro, Vice Chair at Large, Via Christi Ascension
- Stephanie Harder, Vice Chair at Large, Textron Aviation Inc.
- Vic McMullen, Vice Chair at Large, Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.
- Mark Nichols, Vice Chair at Large, Koch Industries, Inc.
- Andrea Scarpelli, Vice Chair at Large, Emprise Bank
- Mark Tucker, Vice Chair at Large, Cox Business
- Pat Gearhart, Ex Officio, Bank SNB
Earlier this year, election ballots were mailed to more than 1,600 chamber members in accordance with the organization’s bylaws. As a result, the following individuals were recently elected or appointed to the Chamber’s 2019 Board of Directors:
- Kelly Bauer, Fidelity Bank
- J. Boleski, INTRUST Bank Arena
- Mario Bonilla, Grant Thornton LLP
- Monte Cook, Commerce Bank
- Chris Dennis, Oxford Senior Living
- Pat Do, Mid-America Orthopedics
- John Ek, Wichita Business Journal
- Greg Klenda, Klenda Austerman LLC, Attorneys at Law
- Melissa Liby, Bombardier Learjet
- Ed O’Malley, Kansas Leadership Center
- Jadd Munn, RCB Bank
- Jennifer Ray, The Monarch
The new board terms begin Jan. 1, 2019. A complete list of the current Chamber Board of Directors is available at wichitachamber.org.
The Wichita Thunder is an ‘AA’ affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers and a member of the ECHL (formerly the East Coast Hockey League). We are currently in our 27th season, which makes us the 5th oldest minor league franchise in North America! We strive to provide the best and most affordable family entertainment in all of minor league sports.
Why did you join the Chamber and what do you find most valuable about Chamber membership?
The Thunder has been a member of the Chamber for nearly 20 years. We love all of the B2B networking opportunities available monthly through the Chamber and have met many of our current partners through these events!
Describe a recent success/win.
Last season we launched our first ever #ILOVEWICHITA Night on Saturday, January 20, 2018. It was one of our most successful games in franchise history, not only from an attendance standpoint but from an overall WOW factor. Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell unveiled the Wichita Flag jersey to generate excitement about the event and then dropped the puck to start the game. The overall sense of community pride was tremendous. We received more compliments on our Wichita Flag jersey than any other jersey in almost 20 years! Join us for our 2nd Annual #ILOVEWICHITA Night on Saturday, January 26! Chamber members can receive a ticket discount by using the promotional code CHAMBER19. (A $21 Goal Zone ticket is discounted to $10 with the special Chamber code.)
To what do you attribute your success?
Our success is due to not only having a great staff but also offering the most entertaining yet affordable product in the city. It’s always our goal to send everyone home happy regardless of the scoreboard at the end of the game.
What is your favorite Chamber event, program, or service and why?
The Exposure trade show is our favorite event. We love the opportunity to not only network with over 1,700 attendees at this popular trade show, but also to connect with the other 200 business vendors that are trying to accomplish the same goals that we are. We have had TREMENDOUS results from Exposure and the Thunder will always be involved with this annual event.
On a scale of 1 to 10, how strongly would you recommend Chamber membership to a colleague? Why?
An absolute 10! We are constantly recommending the Chamber to other businesses that are not involved. We always let them know that it’s a great way to spread their message to other members through networking and other opportunities that the Chamber offers.
Follow the Wichita Thunder and plan to attend #ILOVEWICHITA night on Saturday, January 26, 2019.
U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Salvatore "Sal" Giunta was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 2010.On Thursday, November 29, the community will have an opportunity to hear from former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta when he’s the featured speaker at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting. Giunta is the first living person to receive the Medal of Honor since the conclusion of the Vietnam War. His memoir, titled Living With Honor, covers his journey from being a teenage "sandwich artist at Subway" to his heroic actions during combat in Afghanistan in October 2007 that earned him the U.S. military’s highest honor in 2010. Most of us won’t ever be tested like Giunta or his fellow soldiers, but his story offers a number of life and leadership lessons that we can incorporate in our daily lives. He shares some of them in his book.
- Training is essential. You need the right tools and the confidence to use them.
- Teamwork and communication are vital. Your success depends on everyone understanding their role and embracing the mission.
- Leadership is critical. You’ll move mountains for leaders you respect.
- Heroes are all around us. Every courageous deed isn’t documented, captured on film or publicly celebrated. There are lots of quiet heroes among us that we can and should recognize for their sacrifices and heroism.
Living With Honor is a memoir by Salvatore A. Giunta.Giunta is a true U.S. patriot, but his book doesn’t sugarcoat the hardships and heartbreak that soldiers endure during wartime. His humility is endearing and his endurance is inspiring. We hope that you’ll join us on November 29 to thank him for his heroic actions and learn more about his determination to serve his country and his fellow soldiers. Please plan to bring members of your team, your clients and other business associates who will benefit from his leadership lessons.
- Register for the event.
- Watch Videos about Salvatore Giunta -Moment of Valor (2-minute clip) -Staff Sgt. Giunta's Medal of Honor (60 Minutes story)
Our thanks to our many sponsors who have made it possible to bring Giunta to Wichita. Presenting Sponsor: INTRUST Bank Premier Sponsors: Cox Business, Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. and Westar Energy Platinum Sponsors: Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Black Hills Energy, Cargill Protein Group, Grant Thornton LLP, High Touch Technologies, Hyatt Regency Wichita, Meritrust Credit Union, RCB Bank, and Berry Companies Print Sponsor: Envision, Inc. Gold Sponsors: GLMV Architecture, Inc., Hutton, Lubrication Engineers, Inc., Occidental Management, Inc., and Professional Engineering Consultants, P.A. Chairman's Circle: Spirit AeroSystems, Inc., Koch Industries, Inc., and Cox Presidential Partners: Textron Aviation, Inc., INTRUST Bank, and Fidelity Bank
By Jonathan Long Director of Community Advancement Earlier this month, 59 Wichita leaders and influencers ventured to Boise, Idaho to find out what has made the City of the Trees the country’s new “IT” place to live, work and play. In the last two years, Boise has appeared in articles from Thrillist to Forbes, highlighting its dynamic community. And from what we learned during the trip, all the praise is well-deserved. Firstly, let’s get this out of the way: Yes, Boise has mountains – foothills, actually – and Wichita will never have those. However, while that landmark provides a wonderfully aesthetic background to the city, the mountains are not the leading cause of Boise’s growth and excitement. That credit goes to the leaders and influencers in the area. The citizens of Boise, in partnership with those who hold positions of authority, really seem to consider the perspective that they deserve greatness, which is defined differently by the various people who spoke to our group. However, that greatness was summed up with a common vision that their mayor, Dave Bieter, spelled out for us on our first day – the vision of making Boise the most livable city in America. In presentations, whether the topic ranged from how the Boise State Computer Science Department has moved downtown to create partnerships with businesses, how the expansion of the city’s convention center led to increased tourism revenues and the construction of multiple hotels downtown, to descriptions of how the police and arts departments worked together, everyone felt Boise’s unified call to bring them closer to the city’s vision of livability. As Project Wichita enters its final stages, I hope that we as citizens, influencers, and those in positions of authority rally together behind a shared vision and create progress to advance our community in order for Wichita to become a place where everyone lives their best life. View the daily, one-minute video recaps here: Day 1, Day 2, & Day 3. The City-to-City delegation toured the Boise State campus, including "The Blue" football field.
More than 220 businesses and organizations shared their products and services with 1,759 attendees at the Chamber’s annual trade show, Exposure, that was held on Sept. 27 at Century II. The numbers were up for both attendees (1,759) and exhibitors (220), and the event included booths with information about Wichita’s favorite aircraft programs and even a Zumba demonstration at the end of the day led by Genesis Health Clubs. Organizers Rachel Douglass (Membership and Engagement Director) and Alison Percy (Member Engagement Coordinator) reported that booth traffic was steady and that many exhibitors engaged attendees with interactive activities at their booths. The Chamber’s exhibit was centered on the red carpet and drew traffic all day as attendees signed two different Wichita flag-themed banners. The first banner will be used to welcome the KC-46 crews to McConnell Air Force Base this fall and the second one will be sent to the crew of the U.S.S. Wichita when it’s commissioned in early 2019. Some exhibitors, like Tim Fruits of Malibu Creative, posted a wrap-up of their experience on social media. Fruits shared a two-minute video about how the event reinforced his enthusiasm for building a business in Wichita. Like other exhibitors, Fruits made some valuable connections during Exposure with potential new clients and other business owners who are passionate about their industries and services. Check out more photos from Exposure on the Chamber’s Facebook page. Our thanks to the Exposure Committee for volunteering their time and expertise as well as our sponsors who made the event possible:
- Presenting Sponsor – Cox Business
- Gold Sponsors – Davis-Moore and The Wichita Eagle
- Silver Sponsor – P1 Group, Inc.
- Print Sponsor– Midwest Single Source
- Networking Zone Sponsors – Office Plus of Kansas and Scott Rice Interiors
- Audio Visual Sponsor – Kent Audio Visual
- Tote Bag Sponsors – Heartland Credit Union, High Touch Technologies & Metro Courier
Mark your calendars for Thursday, September 19, when next year’s Exposure event will take place.
If you’re looking for more reasons to attend Exposure on Thursday, Sept. 27, then look no further. In addition to making connections to grow your network, trade show attendees can enter to win the incredible prizes listed below. And don’t forget to visit the BizBite vendors that are offering samples of their signature eats and drinks throughout the floor (scroll down to see the list). More than 220 businesses from the Wichita region will be showcasing their products and services at Exposure, the region’s premiere business trade show and networking event. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27 at Century II Expo. Admission is free for business professionals, and we encourage everyone to register here in advance to expedite the check-in process at the event. See the floor map and find more information about the event here. Prizes (Listed in Alphabetical Order and Includes the Prize Value and Vendor’s Booth Number) Account Recovery Specialists Inc (#822) Coleman cooler with beer in Wichita Flag Swag theme, $150 Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball, Chtd. (#732) Game Night Basket, $400 Chick-fil-A (#836) Catered Meal delivered to one business, $100 Crossland Construction Co., Inc. (#610) Yeti Roadie Cooler Surprise, $250 Davis-Moore Auto Group (#724) One complete automotive detail, $150 DoubleTree by Hilton Wichita Airport (#402) A weekend stay with breakfast for two, $250 Futurity First Insurance Group (#Table 1L) QuikTrip gift cards, $100 Genesis Health Clubs (#702) 3 Month free membership and 2 FREE personal training sessions, $300 Heartland Credit Union (#114) Gift basket from Augustino Brewery ($100), cash prizes ($200) and Sonospher Speaker ($105), $405 Homewood Suites by Hilton @ the Waterfront (#416) One complimentary weekend night (Fri., Sat., or Sun.) stay in a Luxury King Studio Suite - Includes complimentary Suite Start Hot Breakfast Buffet, $140 Hyatt Regency Wichita (#730) Complimentary one night stay in our Presidential Suite, $950 INTRUST Bank Arena (#913) Two tickets to Cirque du Soleil Crystal at INTRUST Bank Arena on Friday October, 26 at 7:30, $174 Kansas Star Casino & Event Center (#501) Dinner for two to the Woodfire Grille, $100 QueenBee Marketing (#906) Apple HomePod, $350 Signs & Design (#211) 4’ x 8’ Custom Full Color Banner, $192 Starkey Inc (#826) Amazon gift card, $100 Succentrix Business Advisors – Wichita (3G) Amazon Echo, $130 SumnerOne (#703) Lorell Sit-to-Stand Electric Desk Riser, $535 Superior Signs & Engraving, Inc. (#116) Printed Wichita Flag tote bag stuffed full of Wichita swag: beach towel, hat, t-shirt, coffee mug, tumbler, golf balls, bottle opener, key chain, license plate, and more, $250 Sunflower Bank (#820) Shockers Men’s Basketball home tickets and parking pass in a decorative basket, $250 The Alley Indoor Entertainment (#506) Free Escape Room Package. Valid for up to 6 people, 1 escape room adventure, $193 The Alley Indoor Entertainment (#506) 2 hours Unlimited Bowling, & Karts; good for up to 10 guests. Shoes included, $200 The Lodge at Old Kinderhook (#815) 1 Night Stay, 2 round of golf and 4 ICE passes + skate Rentals, $400+ Watermark Books & Cafe (#303) Gift certificate, $100 Wichita Sports Forum (#1037) A 6-month family membership (up to 4 people) to Aviate Extreme Air Sports, inside Wichita Sports Forum, $420 Wichita Thunder (#213) Four VIP Tickets good for any game, $116 World Impact Wichita (#518) Flying Stove gift card, $100 World Impact Wichita (#518) Espresso to Go-Go gift card, $100 Xclusive Events (#1030) 2 Tickets to Bloktoberfest Beer Tasting ($80) and 2 Bloktoberfest shirts ($30), $110 Xtreme Racing & Entertainment (#Table 1D) 6 Person Grand Prix Event, $310 Zinta Inspired Language LLC (#Tabletop 2J) One Adult 8-week Language Class (Spanish or French) With textbook, $298 Biz Bites (Listed in Alphabetical Order and Includes the Vendor’s Booth Number) American Fun Food Inc. • 401 Augustino Brewing Company • 114 Chick-fil-A • 836 Costco Wholesale • 101 Cowboy Chicken • 212 Eat Fit Go • 507 Fredo’s • 902 Hall’s Culligan Water Conditioning • 827 Hopping Gnome Brewing Company • 920A J Rae’s Bakery • 932 Jason’s Deli • 1201 LongHorn Steakhouse • 500 PrairieFire Coffee Roasters • 828 Reverie Coffee Roasters • 200 Rib Crib • 733 River City • 514 Sweetly Scrumptious • 514 Texas Roadhouse • 927 The Farris Wheel • 721 The Kitchen • 920B The Monarch • 1030
Register for three free sessions today! People in Wichita are looking for your company's products and services. Participating in our Exposure trade show event is one way to boost your brand awareness. But your potential customers are also looking online. That's why we're teaming up with Google to host three free workshops at Exposure on Thursday, Sept. 27 to help your business get online and grow! Please join us for one (or all three) of the sessions outlined below, and invite anyone else you think would benefit. >> Be sure to check out the intro video from Google Small Business Trainer Pamela Starr at the bottom of this post. << Make Your Website Work For You (11 to 11:45 a.m.) If you’re launching a new business website (or sprucing up an existing site), this workshop is for you. Learn how to create a search-friendly website that’s useful for customers and supports your business goals. In this workshop we’ll offer tips for:
- Building a goal-oriented website
- Creating useful content for your audience
- Ensuring your site is useful for visitors, on any and every device
- Increasing visibility with search engine optimization (SEO)
Tips for Measuring Online Success (11:55 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.) You invest time, effort, and resources into being online, but do you know how much it’s worth to your bottom line? This workshop introduces ways to track and measure progress, so you can find out. In this workshop we’ll discuss best practices for:
- Measuring the success of your website
- Evaluating actions on your Google My Business listing
- Optimizing your online ad campaigns
Using Data to Drive Growth (12:50 to 1:45 p.m.) Learn about tools that can help you understand customer behavior with your online presence. We’ll show you how you can use this info to make informed decisions about your ongoing online marketing strategy. In this session we’ll talk about:
- Identifying business goals (and how you plan to use your online presence to achieve them)
- Incorporating data into your plan
- Selecting tools to help you find the answers you need
RSVP Now (Please register to attend Exposure and select which session(s) you plan to attend on the final check-out screen.) Being online can have a big impact: Small businesses are nearly 3x as likely to reach more customers and new markets when they fully adopt digital tools. Yet, less than 1 in 5 small businesses in Kansas have a listing on a search engine. RSVP today for any of the workshops outlined above, and together we can help grow your business. Exposure will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27 at Century II Expo Hall. It is the region's premiere business-to-business trade show and networking event. Exhibit your products and services for as little as $150, or attend the show for free (advance registration is recommended). [embed]https://www.facebook.com/ChamberWichita/videos/2137028726552739/embed]
Thirty-one citizens from the Wichita region have been selected to participate in the 2018 Leadership Wichita class, an immersive leadership experience presented by the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce. This class will join the more than 1,000 other individuals who have committed to become stronger leaders for the community since the program was launched in 1983. “Leadership Wichita provides professionals insight into community processes in order to use their talents and skills to tackle local needs, such as education and economic development,” said Ryan Bond, Chair of Leadership Wichita Board of Trustees. “Past participants of Leadership Wichita have made significant contributions in our community, and this year’s class will graduate equipped with the knowledge to build upon their professional successes, contributing to make Wichita the premier place to grow companies, careers and communities.” Participants are identified through a nomination process, followed by submission of a formal application to the program’s Board of Trustees for selection. The 2018 class will participate in nine sessions that cover issues such as the future vision for Wichita, economic development, the impact of ensuring a highly-educated population, the importance of consensus within government, and executing their leadership skills through real-life examples, group discussions and collaboration. The first session of the 2018 Leadership Wichita class will begin Thursday, Aug. 23 and the program will conclude Wednesday, Nov. 14 with a celebratory reception. 2018 Leadership Wichita Class:
- Claudia Yaujar-Amaro, AB&C Bilingual Resources, LLC
- Francis Baalmann, Foulston Siefkin LLP
- Rachel Banning, Special Products, LLC
- Courtney Bengtson, Wichita Community Foundation
- Rachel Biggs, K·Coe Isom LLP
- Brian Blackerby, INTRUST Bank
- Todd Carter, Pathway Church
- Angie Elliott, Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Sherii Farmer, Westar Energy
- Levi Fitzmier, RSM Marketing
- Dioane Gates, World Impact, Inc.
- Christyn Gunter, The Kansas African American Museum
- Anna Hatter, City of Wichita
- Michele Ingenthron, USD 259 Wichita Public Schools
- Donita Jarrell, Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office
- Venus Lee, GraceMed Health Clinic, Inc.
- Rusty Leeds, Sedgwick County
- Erik Lopez, Airbus Americas, Inc.
- Jeff Lucas, High Touch Technologies, Inc.
- Tevin Manuel, United States Air Force
- Thea Pajunen, Fidelity Bank
- Laura Roddy, Mark Arts
- Dan Shurtz, Oxford Senior Living
- Chris Snyder, Kansas Air National Guard
- Kevin Steckley, Syndeo HRO Rachel Thomas-Murphy, Thomas Grey Interiors
- Brian Truskett, Eby Construction Company
- Fe Vorderlandwehr, Alzheimer’s Association of Central & Western Kansas
- Katie Wesbrooks, Spirit Aerosystems
- Zach Wiggins, Martin Pringle Law Firm
- Lora Winchell, Hunter Health Clinic
Please join us in congratulating this year's class!
- The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum is providing free admission on Saturday if you bring a Birthday card for Wichita.
- Known as LevelUP, several community groups are transforming a not-so-typical parking garage into a vibrant, curated showcase of Wichita at 215 S. Market.
- The Wichita Art Museum is hosting a Birthday Bash to celebrate the city’s anniversary as well as the Museum’s 83rd birthday.
- Host your own birthday bash by offering a discount or service for people wearing flag swag and promote it via social media.
- Downtown Area (Downtown development and innovation, Old Town, Delano and entertainment districts, retail shopping, etc.)
- Riverfront (Create destination place for entertainment, leverage river as community destination, performing arts venue and conference/convention center)
- Strong Neighborhoods and Communities (Affordable housing options, support unique and diverse neighborhood cultures, safety and infrastructure issues)
- Cultural Arts and Attractions (Cultural investment in museums, art, entertainment and restaurants, natural attractions, festivals, diverse entertainment options)
- Economic Opportunity (Industry diversity and balance, emphasis on technology, promote education hub, workforce development)
- Transportation (Completion of Kellogg and regional expressways, enhanced/improved public transit, air serves and connections, passenger trains and bike/walking paths)
- Education (K-12 improvement and investment, all levels of higher education and pathways, increased emphasis on STEM, establish goals for graduation and global preparedness)
- Community Wellness (Mental health care, access to quality health care, care for aging populations and homelessness)
Describe your organization’s most recent success. We recently hosted our inaugural Memory Gala. This first-time event brought together over 340 civic and community leaders. It allowed us to not only expand our reach and share our message with many for the first time, but it also raised over $384,000 to help fund local care, support and research programs.
Also, on June 1, Governor Jeff Coyler signed the Executive Order to authorize the development of an Alzheimer’s Kansas State Plan. With the Order, all 50 states now have a state plan.
To what do you attribute your success? We have a great Board of Directors and passionate committee volunteers representing many different industries and interests. But we all are working together to achieve our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s.What is something people may not know about you or your organization? We provide respite grants for caregivers. While care giving can be rewarding, it can also create tension and exhaustion. Without some time off, the mental and physical health of the caregiver becomes affected. This could reduce the quality of care for the loved one. The purpose of the Respite Assistance Program is to provide family caregivers time to do necessary or desired activities. The program helps pay for care for the loved one while the caregiver gets a short break, respite. The program can allow the caregiver to do things such as: go to the beauty shop, have lunch with a friend, maintain the garden, visit the physician, take a nap, and more. With this program, we hope to ease the burden on families by helping with some of the costs.
What differentiates your organization from your others in similar spaces? We are the largest Alzheimer's-related nonprofit that provides care and support programs AND research.As the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's research, the Association is committed to accelerating the global progress of new treatments, preventions and ultimately, a cure. Our peer-reviewed research grant program has invested over $385 million in more than 2,500 scientific investigations since 1982.
Where do you see your organization in five years? It is important that while we look toward funding research we continue to provide care and support. The Association will contribute to research breakthroughs that are life-changing for people with Alzheimer's disease by driving the international research agenda.
The Association will contribute to a dramatic increase (e.g., to 90 percent) in the accurate and timely diagnosis of people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias and a significant increase in the number of people with dementia and their caregivers who receive affordable, high-quality care and support (e.g., to 80 percent of people with the disease).
Is your company involved in any community/civic activities? Participating in community activities is something that we enjoy. We have been a part of the Wichita WagonMaster’s Chili Cook-Off, ICT Open Streets, Wichita Women’s Fair, Wichita Pride, and Final Fridays in the Douglas Design District.What about your organization are you most passionate? Finding a cure! And the path toward a cure is research. The Alzheimer’s Association is one of the largest funders for Alzheimer’s research, behind only the American and Chinese governments. THE CHAMBER What do you find most valuable about Chamber membership? Being part of the Chamber not only helps us with community outreach and awareness but with community engagement as well. Outreach and engagement are two separate things. The Chamber allows us to reach more businesses as well as engage not only them but ourselves with the community.
What is your favorite Chamber event, program, or service and why? The Sunrise Scramblers are a wonderful way to start the day. Getting to network and know members from the community, as well as hear from great speakers on relevant topics are reasons why we are part of the Scrambler Club and we reserve a seat at breakfast for the entire year!What has Chamber membership brought to you and your organization? It has given us access to business and community leaders and allowed us to explore partnerships that can be mutually beneficial. On a scale of 1 to 10, how strongly would you recommend Chamber membership to a colleague? 10 - Really the question isn’t ‘why to join’ but ‘why not join’. The Chamber offers so many different ways to get involved and meet fellow business colleagues and leaders. You can choose how to be involved and what areas interest you. NONPROFIT What is the greatest challenge in operating a nonprofit? Outreach. We have a small staff of 8 individuals and cover 68 counties in Kansas. We just can’t physically be everywhere, however, we have great volunteers and ambassadors that help us with education classes, programs and fundraisers. We are always looking for more passionate volunteers to help us reach and engage our community members in central and western Kansas.
How can people get involved with your organization? We have many volunteer opportunities that range from fundraising, marketing, education, office help, special events, etc. If you are looking for a way to get involved, please give us a call. Whatever your interest or skills, I know there is a volunteer opportunity. For example, we have some volunteers that help sew “busy blankets” for those with Alzheimer’s, some help download iPods with music for our Roth Project, some help with data entry, some help plan events, and so much more.
What is the best thing about doing business in the Wichita area? I’ve always described Wichita as the “largest” small town. Even though there is close to 400,000 residents in Wichita (and over 640,000 total for the metro area), there is still a strong sense of community and of helping your neighbors and fellow citizens. I feel we get the best of both worlds.OTHER Favorite app? Walk to End Alzheimer’s App. Staying up to date with your Walk to End Alzheimer's fundraising progress is easy! Just click on the My Fundraising Progress button to get real-time goal and raised amounts. Take advantage of all your potential donors with email addresses by sending them an email donation ask. Schedule posts on Facebook, too! You can choose from a list of weekly messages or other timely messages to automatically post on your Facebook Timeline and your friends’ News Feeds just like any posts shared from the Facebook app. Favorite business book? Monday Morning Leadership by David Cottrell. It is a short read but a great read – a great guide to being a better leader and mentor. Is there anything else you would like to include?
- Our professionally staffed 24/7 Helpline (1.800.272.3900) offers information and advice to more than 300,000 callers each year and provides translation services in more than 200 languages.
- We host face-to-face support groups and educational sessions in communities throughout central & western Kansas.
- We connect people across the globe through our online message boards, ALZConnected®. Our online community is ready to answer your questions and give you support.
- We provide caregivers and families with comprehensive online resources and information through our Alzheimer's and Dementia Caregiver Center, which features sections on early-stage, middle-stage and late-stage caregiving.
- Our free online tool, Alzheimer's Navigator®, helps those facing the disease to determine their needs and develop an action plan, and our online Community Resource Finder is a comprehensive database of programs and service, housing and care services, and legal experts.
- Our safety service, MedicAlert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return®, is a 24-hour nationwide emergency response service for individuals with Alzheimer's or a related dementia who wander or have a medical emergency.
2018 Small Business Awards Finalists
Tier One (1 – 25 full-time employees)
Tier Two (26 – 100 full-time employees)Facebook page to see photos of the event. Videos highlighting each of the finalists will be posted to the Chamber’s YouTube channel.
THE CHAMBER Why did you join the Chamber and what do you think will be most valuable about Chamber membership? I joined the Chamber to be more involved and to stay in touch with our decision makers. I’ve developed connections throughout the community and especially like serving on the Government Relations Committee.What is your favorite Chamber event, program, or service and why? I enjoy the government relations events the most because of the opportunity to talk with and hear directly from decision makers. I also enjoy the opportunity to meet other business leaders at various awards and roundtable events. On a scale of 1 to 10, how strongly would you recommend Chamber membership to a colleague? Why? 10. The connections are invaluable no matter what stage of life or business you are in. SMALL BUSINESS What is your biggest challenge as a small business? There are many challenging factors in running a small business. The labor force is one of those factors. Recruiting the talent needed to succeed can be a challenge as a small business. What's the best thing about being a small business? Being your own boss is both stressful and rewarding. It allows you to grow something for your family and the people working for you. What's your best piece of advice for new small business owners? Don’t be afraid to try and fail. This is how you gain experience in your industry. If one thing isn’t working, change it. Keep trying until you get to where you want to be. Something you wish you'd known before you started your business? I wish I’d had a better understanding of the market’s up and down trends. It’s important to understand this, so you can prepare and protect your business. Also, keeping your debt service at a minimal to not overextend yourself or your business is important to know. WICHITA BUSINESS COMMUNITY Why do you like doing business in the Wichita area? There is no better place to live or do business than Wichita. I grew up here. I enjoy the people, the community, and the ease of getting around.
Facebook and Instagram @dandelionwinedesign – 316-308-0803Jan Sattler is the creative talent behind many of the Chamber’s most popular graphic design projects. She's developed numerous invitations as well as the Chamber’s award-winning annual summaries. And she just finished producing a unique intern passport for the Chamber’s affiliate, the Young Professionals of Wichita (YPW). In this interview, you'll learn more about what inspires her to find creative solutions to the challenges faced by her clients. What products and services do you provide? The name of my business might lead you to believe that I specialize in the fermentation of dandelion blossoms into wine. Not so. I love a good challenge and I find great satisfaction in transforming what some people may view as a problem into a positive opportunity. My objective with this business is to find creative solutions. That’s reflected in the name and motto for my business: “When life gives you dandelions, make dandelion wine. Turn your nemesis into something divine.” I specialize in logo & branding design, business cards, stationery, brochures, flyers, postcards, ads, banners, forms, catalogs, newsletters, direct mail, posters, billboards, signs, infographics, trade show materials, murals and apparel design. In addition to graphic design services for businesses and organizations, I also design invitations, announcements, signage and room decor for events celebrating the special occasions of life: birth, birthday, graduation, wedding, anniversary, retirement, and memorials to name a few. Another category of my design work involves various Wichita Flag swag items, including a 2018 calendar and unique seasonal items. My objective with this business is to find creative solutions – to surpass the typical way of thinking by creating an end product that is truly unique and unforeseen. I strive to exceed the expectations of the client while meeting the specific needs of their company, organization or special event. About my company I’ve been a graphic artist for 20 years, but only recently under the name Dandelion Wine Design. Past clients include the Diocese of Wichita, Wichita Clinic and Via Christi Health. I’m the Principal & Creative Director, Project Manager, Business Manager and Graphic Designer for my business. What differentiates your business from your competitors? Initially I prefer to meet face-to-face with new clients. I want to get to know them and learn their story. I’m interested in their style and their preferences. I want to create specifically for each client and satisfy THEIR unique graphic needs rather than MY wants, without any templates or preconceived idea.
What about your business are you most passionate? The creative part. My favorite projects are the ones where I can be “extra” creative. Perhaps a special fold will take the project to the next level as was the case with the 2015 & 2016 Chamber Annual Summaries. My 2018 Wichita Flag calendar design took “special fold” to a whole new level. Another fun project was the interactive Wichita Flag mural I designed for the Chamber. Now I have been challenged to create a fun mural for one of my Chamber member clients, SpinICT.Describe your business’ most recent success. Together with the Chamber, three awards were received for the 2015 Annual Summary “folded Wichita flag” document: 2016 Silver Award from the Wichita American Marketing Association Annual Report category, 2016 First Place from the Kansas Professional Communicators Annual Report category and 2016 Honorable Mention from the National Federation of Press Women Nonprofit Brochures category. We also won the 2016 Gold Award from the Wichita American Marketing Association for the #ILoveWichita Wichita Flag cityscape design and initiative. To what do you attribute your success? I was drawing and painting from a very early age and always had a sense of the elements of design before I learned their technical definitions. Certainly, many useful traits have been passed down through my family, like the courage and determination necessary for growth and new ventures as well as a strong work ethic. What is most valuable about Chamber membership? Since I work alone at my home office, what is most valuable to me is networking and socializing with other Chamber members. Many of my clientele are Chamber members, whose design work was secured as a result of my Chamber membership and their recognition of my graphic projects produced specifically for the Chamber. On a scale of 1-10, I rate Chamber membership at a 10 for anyone who wants to build a successful business in this vibrant, pride-filled community. What is your favorite Chamber event? The Annual Meeting of course, since I have been given the opportunity to create the printed materials for the event: the folded flag brochure in 2015, the new logo reveal with special fold in 2016 and the Sports Celebrated magazine in 2017. What's your best piece of advice for new small business owners? If you have some talent and you are willing to work hard, you can become very successful at your trade. But excellence, peak performance, and being the best you can be at something can really be enhanced with coaching. Don’t be afraid to seek appropriate counsel, mentoring and advice. Fortunately, Chamber membership provides many of these coaching opportunities to build your business. What’s the most effective social media tool for your own business? So far, I have not taken full advantage of the positive impact that social media could have on my business. I have an Instagram account, a Facebook page and a website that I am currently updating. However, I have dedicated time to create graphics for social media use for my clients. Where do you see your business in the next five years? I plan to nurture the seed that has already been established, to strive to make Dandelion Wine Design more efficient and profitable. We all know that it’s difficult to keep a good dandelion down. To be resilient and deeply rooted are key.