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GWEDC to market WSU's Innovation Campus in Germany next month

Wichita State University (WSU) announced this week that Airbus has signed a letter of intent to locate a major engineering center on WSU's new Innovation Campus. Around 400 Airbus employees will move from their current location in downtown Wichita ...

Stop making plans & thrive in the chaos

A recap of the March Sunrise ScramblerMany would be hard pressed to find a leadership model that exceeds that of the United States Marine Corps. And many of the USMC leadership principles can also be applied in business and in life. Richard Rierson, ...

Young Professionals of Wichita Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Formed in 2005, Young Professionals of Wichita (YPW) is celebrating their tenth year of providing innovative ways for young professionals in the Wichita area to socialize, expand their professional horizons, and immerse themselves in the Wichita ...

Learn about the Export Plan for South Central Kansas

Almost twenty-eight percent of the Wichita-area economy is export dependent. And many businesses in the South Central Kansas region would like to increase the number of products and services they export.The long-awaited Wichita-South Central Kansas ...

2015 Small Business of the Year finalists announced

The 2015 Small Business of the Year finalists were announced last night at a Metro Mingle event. This is the eleventh year for the program, which is presented by the 2014 award recipients: Balco, Inc. and Icon Structures Inc.In addition to offering ...

Gearhart appointed to Chamber Board of Directors

Pat GearhartPat Gearhart, President of Bank SNB, has been appointed to the Chamber's Board of Directors by Chairman Jon Rosell. Classified as a Chairman’s Appointment, Gearhart will serve on the Board for one year.“We’re delighted ...

Chamber plans unconventional membership event

More than 200 volunteers will race against the clock to sign up new Chamber members during our 2015 Membership Event on April 7-9. This will be the second time we have worked with Your Chamber Connection, a group that specializes in high energy and ...

Jim Fly joins Chamber as Education & Workforce Development Consultant

Jim FlyJim Fly has joined our staff as an Education & Workforce Development Consultant. This newly created part-time position advances our education and workforce development strategic priorities by working with our Business & Education ...

Chamber hits the airwaves

By Aless GarveyWichita Metro Chamber reps or radio stars? How about both? President and CEO Gary Plummer and Manager of Business Services Holly Landon were guests on two different radio shows last Sunday.The Chamber in 2015 Gary Plummer at ...

25 graduate from YPW’s Leadership Academy

We are pleased to congratulate the 25 young professionals who graduated from Young Professionals of Wichita’s Leadership Academy yesterday evening. Over the course of six weeks, they participated in interactive exercises, issue exploration, ...

Latest Wichita magazine, annual summary in your mailbox

Chamber members should have recently received a copy of our 2014 annual summary in the mail. The annual summary highlights our 2014 activities and the results of our membership survey. An electronic version can be seen here.Also included in the ...

Solving the Mystery of Employee Engagement

Employee Engagement: what does that really mean? This month’s Sunrise Scrambler tackled this important topic when Carrie Wiegand of AGH Employer Solutions presented “Destroying Employee Engagement Myths: What Really Matters in Engaging ...

Tell us why you love Wichita to be entered to win a ticket on Southwest Airlines

We already know that everyone loves free airfare, so we want to know all of the reasons why you love Wichita! If you would like to be entered to win a ticket on Southwest Airlines, follow us on Twitter (@ventureboldly) and tweet the reasons that you ...

Videos from Chairman’s Lunch available on YouTube

Last week at our Chairman’s Lunch, a panel of community leaders responded to questions raised during last fall’s Fuel the Fire Speaker Series. Almost 500 people were in attendance and heard that by 2020, millennials (those currently ...

Todd accepts permanent position with Chamber

Cindy ToddCindy Todd, who has temporarily staffed the Chamber’s reception desk since last August, recently accepted a full-time position at our organization as the Director of First Impressions. She’s enjoyed using her knowledge about ...

Steve Clark to be honored as 2015 Uncommon Citizen

Steve ClarkSteve Clark of Clark Investment Group is the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Uncommon Citizen and will be recognized at the Honors Night celebration on Tuesday, April 21.Established in 1974, the Uncommon Citizen is the ...

Chairman's Lunch panelists announced

Our 2015 Chairman’s Lunch will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5 at INTRUST Bank Arena. A panel of community leaders and elected officials will answer questions raised during the Fuel the Fire Speaker Series and what ...

2015 SBA Emerging Leaders Program to start in April – apply today

By Aless GarveyWichita’s future gets a little brighter with every small business leader that graduates from the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Emerging Leaders Program.The Emerging Leaders Program is provided to only 27 cities ...

A Community Conversation about Jobs

Jon Rosell and Holly Landon discuss the February 5 Chairman's Lunch on 99.7 LITE FM's Lite is Local program that airs at 8 a.m. on Sunday, January 18.Join us for the annual Chairman’s Lunch at INTRUST Bank Arena on Thursday, February 5, as ...

Self-Care Stress Management

Shelley Smith and Don Cantwell from Commercial Mechanical Inc. learned more about coping with stress during the Chamber's January Sunrise Scrambler.How do you avoid burnout at work and in your personal life? Suzie DeVaughn, LMSW, provided members ...

2015 Honors Night recipients announced

Each year, we recognize individual, corporate, and architectural achievement at our Honors Night celebration. The 2015 event will be held on Tuesday, April 21.“Honors Night celebrates an outstanding individual, exemplary corporate citizens, ...

Sendall promoted to Communications Manager

Courtney Sendall has been promoted to Communications Manager.Courtney Sendall joined the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce in February 2013 as our Communication Coordinator. Over the last several years she’s expanded and updated the ...

Wayne Chambers: Champion of collaboration and alignment

By Jon Rosell, 2015 Chamber Chair Jon Rosell and Wayne Chambers at the 2014 Annual Meeting2014 Chamber Chair Wayne Chambers closed our December Board meeting with some eloquent remarks. He defined his 12-month term as a “privilege to ...

Introducing our 2015 board officers

Jon RosellOur 2015 Board Chairman and Chair-Elect were officially introduced at a recent board meeting. Jon Rosell, Executive Director of the Medical Society of Sedgwick County, will serve as the 2015 Board Chairman. Barry Schwan, Owner of House of ...

Top 5 Events of 2014

Tis the season to make lists, so we have made a list of the Chamber’s top five 2014 events.5. Golf Classic - Held at the Wichita Country Club, 250 people took part in a day of networking on the green. Be sure to save the date of June 1 for ...

Janelle Bogart to depart Chamber

Account Executive Janelle Bogart will depart the Chamber after 1.5 years of service. During that time, she brought joy to our workplace and very effectively showcased the Chamber to many prospects and new members.Beginning Dec. 29, Janelle will ...

Suzie Ahlstrand departs Chamber after 27 years

Suzie Ahlstrand, Executive Vice President of Community Advancement, is leaving the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce at the end of this calendar year. The information about her scheduled departure was shared with the Chamber's Board of Directors at ...

Fire Back – A recap of the Sunrise Scrambler with Jared Estes

In 2005, Jared Estes, his wife Paige, and two friends were hit by a drunk driver on Kellogg. Jared sustained burns to more than 50% of his body, and Paige sadly did not survive the crash.Jared shared his story with a sold-out Sunrise Scrambler crowd ...

Chamber adopts 2015 Legislative Agenda

The Chamber board of directors recently adopted the 2015 Chamber Legislative Agenda based on issues identified by Chamber members and staff that could impact business in the upcoming year. The agenda is designed to support the Chamber’s ...

Chamber President, Chairman be to featured on Lite Is Local broadcast

Chamber President Gary Plummer and 2015 Board Chairman Jon Rosell will be the featured guests on Sunday morning’s Lite Is Local broadcast on 99.7 LITE FM. During the interview with host Gayla Crouse, the two share their favorite takeaways from ...
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