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2019 Leadership Wichita Class Announced

Thirty citizens from the Wichita region have been selected to participate in the 2019 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 ...

Chamber Staffers Receive Recognition

I'm pleased to report to our Board of Directors this month that five members of our staff have been recognized over the last several months for their dedication to their professions. Kresta Dundas (Director of Membership Development) and Jonathan ...

Chamber PAC Endorses Wichita Mayoral Candidate

The Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee (PAC) has voted to endorse Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell in this year's mayoral election. Chamber PAC Chairman Frank Suellentrop (Chairman of Legacy Bank) said, "The trajectory of our ...

Get To Know the Candidates for Wichita's Mayor

UPDATED August 23, 2019 The General Election will take place on Tuesday, November, 5. In order to help our members make the most informed decisions at the polls, we asked the two candidates for Wichita's Mayor a few questions. The answers below ...

Celebrate Wichita's Birthday on July 21

Wichita will turn 149 years old on Sunday, July 21, and we've gathered a few ideas for how Wichitans can celebrate. Participate in a Birthday Celebration Wicked Stitch is offering free Wichita flag wine glasses or Wichita- themed canvas totes ...

Monica Poe Named Chamber’s Marketing & Communications Manager

Monica Poe has accepted the position of Marketing & Communications Manager at the Chamber. She will replace Courtney Sendall who has been with the Chamber’s Marketing & Communications department since 2013. Sendall is departing the Chamber on July 26 for a new role with WSU Tech (formerly Wichita Area Technical College). Poe begins her new position at the Chamber on July 24.

Chevis Rebstock Hired as Chamber’s Manager of Member Relations

The Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce has named Chevis Rebstock as the new Manager of Member Relations.

Straight Talk: Trade Rocks #USMCAnow

Disclaimer: No, I’m not encouraging you to swap minerals with your fellow business leaders. Your friendly neighborhood Government Relations (GR) team at the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce continues to advocate for a pro-business ...

Impacting Your Bottom Line: Why the D.C. Fly-In is Time Well Spent

Advocacy efforts at the local, state and federal levels are what differentiates the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce as the voice of business in the Wichita region. This truth was quite evident during the annual Washington Fly-In on May 7-9. Armed with an agenda focused on workforce development, transportation and infrastructure, and trade, representatives from eighteen companies and organizations made the trip to the Capital City for three action-packed days.

Tram Ngo Tapped for Community Advancement Position

Tram Ngo has accepted a position as the Community Advancement Manager at the Chamber. She will replace Gabri Samia who has served in the Community Advancement role since May 2017. Gabri is departing the Chamber July 24 to pursue an opportunity to further her education. Tram will begin her new role on July 29.

Member Minute with Transworld Business Advisors of Wichita

Oftentimes there is a lot of emphasis placed on the nuances of starting a business, and rightfully so. But what about when an entrepreneur is ready to make an exit and pass the company to the next leader? That's where Todd Bailey and Transworld Business Advisors come in. They bring Wichita business buyers and sellers together for harmonious, smoothly transitions -- something they have done 16 times in the last 17 months. Learn more in this Member Minute profile.

Introducing the 2019 Small Businesses of the Year

Affinity Automotive Services, Headshots Bar & Grill and McCurdy Auction are the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Small Businesses of the Year. The Chamber made the announcement earlier today at a luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Wichita.

Member Minute with Coonrod & Associates Construction

Keeping your business doors open for 35 years is no easy feat, but it's one that the team at Coonrod & Associates Construction Co. is celebrating this year. They've reached this milestone by always staying true to their core principles of Teamwork, Honesty and Integrity and by ensuring that their client relationships are the priority above all else. 

Member Minute with Sweeney Bookkeeping

Three years ago, Brittany Sweeney saw a need for affordable bookkeeping services for small businesses, so she launched her own small business: Sweeney Bookkeeping. I met up with Brittany at a local coffee shop a few weeks ago for this interview, and ...

Riverfront Legacy Master Plan Announced

Riverfront Legacy Master Plan to create comprehensive vision and plan and connect projects for both banks of Arkansas River In response to recent recommendations from Project Wichita and the Century II Citizens Advisory Committee, community ...

Transportation Infrastructure: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

The Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce is diligently working to advocate for a business-friendly environment with our local, state and federal elected officials. Particularly with the 2019 Kansas Legislative Session in full-swing, the Chamber’s Government Relations (GR) team has been busy these past few months promoting our legislative agenda on issues like workforce, taxation and economic development.

270 Businesses Join Chamber During Three-Day Event

We're pleased to share that a three-day membership event has brought 270 new members to your Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce! Chamber Chairman Michael Monteferrante of Envision and Chamber Vice Chair of Membership Greg Klenda of Klenda ...

Membership Drives the Chamber

A first quarter report of activities and initiatives from your 2019 Chairman of the Board, Michael Monteferrante.

Member Minute with Lola's Bistro

Many people would say that Wichita is nothing if not a "foodie city" with seemingly endless dining options. One relatively new option is Lola's Bistro, tucked inside The Collective retail development at 21st and K-96. The restaurant, which was included in Dining with Denise Neil's recent "List of 10 Hidden Wichita Restaurants That are Worth Searching Out," serves what owner Michael Abay describes as New American cuisine. The menu includes items like crispy lumpia, seared duck breast, and banana leaf halibut, and our visit left our mouths watering for more.

Member Minute with Profile by Sanford

With summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to introduce you to the team of lifestyle and fitness coaches at Profile by Sanford, one of whom is Certified Coach Betsy Schmidt (right). Her team creates custom plans to help their clients make true lifestyle changes to lose weight and keep it off. The proof is in the success of their 100,000+ members and in their recent ranking of #164 on Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise 500 list. Learn more about how Profile by Sanford can help take the guesswork out of a healthy lifestyle change in this Member Minute.

Introducing Our 2019 Small Business Awards Finalists

Twenty-five area businesses applied for the Chamber’s 15th annual Small Business Awards program after being nominated this year. Applicants were invited to showcase their products and services at a Metro Mingle event on March 5, where finalists in each of the three categories were also announced.

Member Minute with Wicked Stitch

What started out as a solopeneur venture in Angela Hull's basement has steadily grown over the last few years, now employing six people in two locations (and plans for more to come). In addition to becoming a go-to source for custom embroidery and screen printing, Wicked Stitch has also quickly evolved into a carrier of fabulous gifts and unique Wichita flag items. Learn more about this locally grown small business in this Member Minute profile.

Harnessing the Power of the Multiplier Effect

Ideas flow and problems are solved when multipliers (rather than diminishers) lead meetings, companies and organizations. But what’s the difference between those two leadership styles? Through a partnership with the Kansas Health Foundation, 550 attendees heard from Multipliers Practitioner and Leadership Coach Elise Foster at yesterday's Chairman's Lunch event. Click the link below to see a recap and photos from the event, plus a challenge from Chamber Chairman Michael Monteferrante.

Our Valentine Gift to You

Wichita is where our heart is, so our Valentine gift to the community is an audio tour of local flag-themed art in downtown Wichita. We've developed an audio tour of 28 Wichita flag-themed murals near Douglas using the free izi.TRAVEL app. And through some unique partnerships with Friends University and the Wichita Hispanic Chamber it's now available in English, Vietnamese and Spanish!

Member Minute with Hutton

2018 was a big year for Hutton, as the Wichita-grown company underwent a name change to more accurately reflect their service offerings and expanded their footprint by acquiring a Salina-based construction firm. And 2019 looks like it will be equally as exciting as they are on track to complete $2 billion in projects since their inception in 1992. Some of their notable projects include Doc's Hangar, the Koch Industries Campus Expansion, multiple school bond projects, and renovations of Union Station, Spaghetti Works, and Naftzger Park. But what truly makes a company like Hutton impressive is how they operate with an employee-first mindset. CEO Ben Hutton shares his thoughts about this intentional method of leadership in this Member Minute. 

Multipliers vs. Diminishers: Local Leaders Weigh In

Most of us know a bad boss when we see one, but surprisingly few of us have ever worked with or truly experienced a great boss. The book Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter asserts that there are two types of leaders: those who ...

Announcing the 2019 Honors Night Award Recipients

Following a tradition started in 1963, the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its annual Honors Night event on Thursday, April 25. Honors Night recognizes an outstanding individual, an exceptional young professional, exemplary corporate citizens, exceptional commitment to the community, and a striking architectural achievement.

Member Minute with Board & Brush

Board & Brush is one of Wichita's newest entertainment options that is already growing in popularity. Whether you're looking for a new option for Girls Night Out, a birthday party, Valentine's Day plans, or just time with friends, their team promises to deliver a rewarding DIY experience that results in a decorative piece you'll be proud to display in your home. Co-owners Tami McCue and Ginger Wilson are long-time friends and business partners, who also operate a mobile healthcare practice and a cupcake truck. Learn more about this female entrepreneurial duo and their latest, and most creative, venture.

Chelsea Dyer Joins Chamber Team as Manager of Engagement

We are pleased to announce that Chelsea Dyer has joined the Chamber team as Manager of Engagement, effective Jan. 28. Please help us welcome Chelsea to the team!

Sheryl Wohlford, Janelle King to be Recognized at 56th Annual Honors Night

Sheryl Wohlford, president and co-owner of Automation-Plus, Inc., has been announced as the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Uncommon Citizen.Janelle King, owner of The Workroom, is the Chamber’s 2019 Exceptional Young Leader. They will be recognized at the 56th annual Honors Night celebration on Thursday, April 25.

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