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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 ...

APEX Engineering International, GWEDC announce 108 new jobs with County approval now added to City

Wichita-based APEX Engineering International LLC (AEI), a fully integrated producer of aircraft parts and assemblies for both new and existing aircraft, has selected Wichita for a new project to build large aircraft sub-assemblies for Tier 1s and ...

Start the New Year with a vacation on us

We can't think of a better way to start 2015 than by planning a vacation with FREE airfare! So we are giving away a Southwest Airlines ticket to one lucky blog follower. Entries will be accepted now through January 9.Here's how to enter: Click the ...

Dr. Condoleezza Rice inspires Wichita crowd at Chamber Annual Meeting

Last week’s Annual Meeting kicked off with 2014 Board Chairman Wayne Chambers passing the gavel to 2015 Chairman Jon Rosell and ended with Dr. Condoleezza Rice answering questions submitted by the public. A crowd of 3,000 people were in ...

Now accepting nominations for our 2015 Small Business Awards

The Wichita Metro Chamber is accepting nominations for the 2015 Small Business Awards now through Friday, Dec. 12. The program, presented by Balco, Inc. and Icon Structures Inc., offers well-deserved recognition to small businesses for their ...

Happy Thanksgiving, From Your Chamber

As Thanksgiving draws near and we count our blessings (and not calories), we are mindful of how thankful we are for each and every member. It is the businesses and people of Wichita that make our jobs fulfilling, and we hope everyone enjoys the ...

Leadership quotes that motivate WSU Shockers

Holly Landon of the Chamber and Sheryl Wohlford of Automation Plus greeted Sunrise Scrambler presenter Steve Dickie before this month's event.The members of Wichita State University's (WSU) men's basketball team have gained national attention for ...

Good, better, best. Never let it rest.

Steve Dickie is the Character Coach for Wichita State University's men's basketball team.Every Wichita State University (WSU) men's basketball player knows how to finish the rhyme that serves as the headline for today's blog post. It's the Shocker ...
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