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Introducing Kirby, the Chamber dog

Kirby is being trained to become a certified assistance dog.If you have visited the Chamber building in the last month, you may have noticed the pitter patter of little paws or been greeted by requests for belly rubs by Kirby, a 15-week old female ...

Web marketing expert Marcus Sheridan coming to Wichita

Author and web marketing expert Marcus Sheridan will be speaking in Wichita on Oct. 27. His speech is titled “The Digital Consumer: How Today’s Buyer Has Changed and What Your Business Must Do About It” and is specifically designed ...

Arts and Culture Grow Wichita’s Economy

Gary Plummer is the President and CEO of the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce.The numbers tell an impressive story. The non-profit arts and culture sector in Wichita is a significant contributor to the local economy, generating $94.7 million in ...

How Are you Celebrating Wichita’s Birthday? (Part 3)

We have four more ideas to share with you for celebrating Wichita’s 147th birthday bash on Friday, July 21. Increased social media activity during the @wichitaflag's 80th birthday celebration put Wichita on the map.Share what you love about ...

How Are you Celebrating Wichita’s Birthday?  (Part 2)

Wichita’s 147th birthday bash is Friday, July 21. How are you celebrating? We shared some ideas in yesterday's post and have five more listed below. Hyde Elementary School proudly displays a Wichita flag.Wave your #WichitaflagGone are the days ...

How Are you Celebrating Wichita’s Birthday? (Part 1)

Wichita’s 147th birthday bash is Friday, July 21. How are you celebrating? We have some ideas to share with you in this week's blog posts.Attend a Birthday Celebration Several Chamber members are hosting special events. The Workroom is ...

Rachel Douglass promoted to Director of Engagement

Rachel DouglassGary Plummer, Chamber President & CEO, announced today that Rachel Douglass has been promoted from Manager of Engagement to Director of Engagement effective July 1. She joined the Chamber in September 2015, and her ...

Leadership Wichita Nominations Increase 68% in 2017

Claudio J. Ferraro is the President of Via Christi Hospital Wichita St. Teresa, Inc. His guest blog post appeared on May 16.The nominations and completed applications for our 2017 Leadership Wichita class are in. And for the second year in a row ...

Winning with Instagram

Chamber Communications Manager Courtney Sendall will share her social media expertise at a June 30 event.When Alaska Airlines announced they were starting service in Wichita, we naturally began following their social media accounts. And their ...

Chamber Celebrates Wichita Flag Day and Abilene Trophy

This morning’s Sunrise Scrambler celebrated the awarding of the Abilene Trophy to the Friends of McConnell as well as the premiere of a new video for the 80th anniversary of the adoption of the city’s official flag. Elected officials and ...

Tram Ngo joins Chamber Government Relations team

Tram Ngo has joined the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce as the Government Relations Project Manager. In her new position, Tram will coordinate the logistics of Government Relations events and sub-committees, in addition to assisting with ...

The Monarch, Mahaney Roofing Company named Small Businesses of the Year

Please join us in congratulating The Monarch and Mahaney Roofing Company, Inc. on being named the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Small Businesses of the Year! Award finalists were divided into two tiers based upon number of ...

Samia Joins Chamber Team

Gabri Samia joined the Chamber's Community Advancement team this month.Gabri Samia recently joined the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce as the Manager of Community Advancement. In her new position Samia will plan and execute several of the ...

Leadership Wichita Graduates are Community Game Changers

Clark Bastian is the Chairman and CEO of Fidelity Bank.Nominations for the Chamber's 2017 Leadership Wichita program are underway. We've asked some area decision makers to weigh in on the benefits of the Leadership Wichita program. This blog post is ...

Leadership Wichita - A Powerful Community Investment

Claudio J. Ferraro is the President of Via Christi Hospital Wichita St. Teresa, Inc.Nominations for the Chamber's 2017 Leadership Wichita program are underway. We've asked some area decision makers to weigh in on the benefits of the Leadership ...

Conference topics help your small business achieve big success

Interested in leading-edge ideas and enlightening discussions about the fundamentals of running a small business? Then you’ll want to attend the Chamber’s 2nd annual Engage & Ignite Small Business Conference on Wednesday, May 24.The ...

Friends of McConnell receives national award

The Friends of McConnell, an affiliate of the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce, was announced as the recipient of the 2016 Abilene Trophy on April 28 at the Phoenix Rally at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. Since 1998, the award has been ...

Managing Underperforming Employees

By Rachel DouglassMembership & Engagement ManagerLast week’s Small Business Owner Roundtable with Newman University Business Dean Brett Andrews was insightful – to say the least. It had attendees reflecting on not only how keyed into ...

Chamber and Plummer recognized for diversity and inclusion

By Suzy FinnDirector of Community Advancement Chamber President Gary Plummer accepted an award from the Heartland Wichita Black Chamber for efforts to promote the importance of inclusion and diversity in the Wichita business community.The Heartland ...

Welcome to our 245 new members!

And thank you to our volunteers! Because of their efforts, the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce set a statewide record of most members recruited during a 56-hour time frame when we welcomed 245 new members (listed below) during a recent ...

Love of people, community unite #SmBizAwards finalists

Our 2017 Small Business Awards finalists truly couldn’t be more different when it comes to the industries they span (think from roofing to retail). But what they all do have in common is a love of people and a love for their community. The ...

Top 3 Moments from Honors Night 2017

By Courtney SendallMarketing & Communications ManagerEach year when Honors Night concludes, I think, “This year was the best yet.” And while I have only attended 5 of the 54 Honors Night celebrations, this one was no exception ...

It's a Great Day to be a Shocker!

Gary Plummer is the President and CEO of the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce.I was fortunate to attend the American Athletic Conference (AAC) announcement today at Wichita State University (WSU). The University's move from the Missouri Valley ...

Local Awards to Celebrate Local Honorees

By Rachel DouglassManager of Membership & EngagementThe Chamber’s annual Honors Night celebrates an outstanding individual, exemplary corporate citizens, exceptional commitments to the community, and striking architectural achievements. ...

Chamber’s Inclusion Strategy Featured in Wichita Eagle Insert

2017 Chamber Chairman Scott Schwindaman provides an update on this year's strategic priorities in our six-page quarterly insert that published today in The Wichita Eagle.Our six-page newsletter is published quarterly in The Wichita Eagle to update ...

Eight-time World Cup Medalist Will Inspire YPs

Eight-time World Cup Medalist and Paralympic Snowboarder Nicole Roundy is the keynote speaker for the Kansas YP Summit.The inspirational theme of the 2017 Kansas Young Professionals (YP) Summit is Ad Astra – a Latin phrase meaning “to ...

Wichita Regional Chamber Opposes Two PEAK Senate Bills

The Chamber's lobbyist, Jason Watkins, testified today in Topeka.Jason Watkins, a lobbyist representing the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce, testified in opposition of S.B. 222 and S.B. 223 in Topeka, today. Watkins submitted written remarks ...

Government Relations Staff Changes Announced

Toni Porter will begin leading the Chamber's Government Relations team on May 1 .Gary Plummer, President & CEO of the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce, announced today that Toni Porter has been promoted to Director of Government Relations ...

Building a Better Wichita

The 2014 City-to-City Leadership visit to Austin resulted in the creation of a local entrepreneurship accelerator and launching the e2e in 2016.ICYMI - Chamber staffers Suzy Finn and Stefanie Flores just returned from a trip to Raleigh, N.C. as part ...

Wichita Regional Chamber Supports WSU/WATC Affiliation

Today I testified in Topeka before legislators in support of S.B. 174 concerning higher education. The bill authorizes the affiliation of Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) with Wichita State University (WSU). Gary Plummer is the President & ...
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