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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 & ...

Inclusion: Experience Rather than Appearance

Dan Powers addressing the crowd of 500+ at Chairman's Lunch on Feb. 7.Following the Chairman’s Lunch centered on diversity and inclusion, Dan Powers (Managing Partner at Grant Thornton LLP) recapped his thoughts on the topic. The original ...

Chris Callen to be honored as Chamber’s first Exceptional Young Leader

Chris Callen, CEO of Builders Plus Construction and Grit Virtual, is the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce’s first Exceptional Young Leader. He will be recognized at the annual Honors Night celebration on Tuesday, April 11.In honor of the ...

Wichita Regional Chamber Supports KanCare Expansion

The Chamber provided testimony yesterday in Topeka in support of expanding KanCare (Medicaid). Leadership from fourteen organizations joined the Chamber in support of H.B. 2064, an act establishing the KanCare bridge to a healthy Kansas program. ...

Chamber surpasses Centennial capital campaign goal

At today's Chairman's Lunch event, Chamber President & CEO Gary Plummer announced the completion of our Centennial Celebration capital campaign. Originally launched with a goal of $650,000 on Dec. 1 of last year, it concluded today with a total ...

Young Professionals of Wichita announces new hires

The Young Professionals of Wichita (YPW) added two members to their team last month. Alejo Cabral has been named the full-time Program Coordinator, and Meghan Madsen has been named the Marketing & Communications Intern for the spring 2017 ...

Dawson Grimsley to be honored as 2017 Uncommon Citizen

Dawson GrimsleyDawson Grimsley, retired President and Owner of Davis-Moore Auto Group, is the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Uncommon Citizen. He will be recognized at the annual Honors Night celebration on Tuesday, April ...

Our new website is live!

Chamber Marketing and Communications Manager Courtney Sendall welcomed the team from Howerton + White to the January 26 event to announce the launching of the Chamber's new website and the unveiling of the rebranded signage at the south entrance to ...

Schwindaman Takes the Reins in 2017

Scott Schwindaman has a family-run operation that breeds, raises, and shows rare black Clydesdale horses. Photo credit: Brett Schauf with tjstudios.comScott Schwindaman, President & CEO of Lubrication Engineers, Inc. is the 2017 Chairman of the ...

Diversity & Inclusion to be main focus of Chairman's Lunch

We have announced our program agenda for our 2017 Chairman's Lunch, coming up on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at INTRUST Bank Arena.In keeping with the event's tradition of presenting perspectives from the City, County and Chamber, the event will begin with each ...

Announcing the recipients of 54th annual Honors Night awards

The Chamber will recognize an outstanding individual, exemplary corporate citizens, exceptional commitments to the community, and a striking architectural achievement at the 2017 Honors Night event on April 11. In addition to the tradition awards of ...

Leadership is Key to a Strong Education System

Gary Plummer is the President & CEO of the Wichita Metro Chamber of CommerceWe applaud the Board of Education of Wichita Public Schools for inviting public input as they begin their search for a new superintendent. Replacing an administrator as ...

YPW announces 2017 Leadership Academy class

Please join us in congratulating the 25 area young professionals who have been selected to participate in the 2017 Young Professionals of Wichita (YPW) Leadership Academy, a leadership development program for young professionals who are interested ...

Explaining Our New Brand

With our 100th anniversary approaching in 2017, the Chamber unveiled updated branding at last week's Annual Meeting. Our new look visibly demonstrates our focus on the future. While our Mission and Vision remain unchanged, you'll see our new name, ...

Entrepreneurship changes lives

"Team Wichita" prepares to take to the stage for the evening's event. From left to right: Scott Schwindaman, Christina Long, Barry Schwan, Gary Plummer, Angie Elliott, Rachel Douglass, Trevor Crotts and Miguel Johns.Enthusiastic entrepreneurs from ...

Wichita is UnpredICTably Amazing

Chamber Board members Dr. Noreen Carrocci from Newman University and Dr. Cindy Claycomb from Wichita State University stopped to take a closer look at the infographic local young creatives developed to promote Wichita. The infographic was turned ...

Two Entrepreneurs Pitching to Daymond John and Local Experts at Annual Meeting

Trevor CrottsThe Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce has invited two local entrepreneurs to present investor pitches as part of this year’s Annual Meeting program on Thursday, December 1 at Century II Convention Center. Trevor Crotts and Miguel ...

Chamber Doubles Down on Education Policy

A new policy group at the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce will give business a stronger voice on future education issues, particularly at the state level. Barry Schwan 2016 Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Wichita Metro Chamber of ...

Have a favorite small business? Nominate them!

The Wichita Chamber is accepting nominations for the 2017 Small Business Awards now through Friday, Dec. 9. The program, now in its 13th year, is presented by ComfortCare Homes, Inc. and Occidental Management, Inc. It offers well-deserved ...

5 Reasons to #ShopSmall on Nov. 26

Think about your favorite coffee shop, boutique or restaurant. Now imagine Wichita without all of our local businesses that make our city unique. Small Business Saturday, a day when holiday shoppers are encouraged to support local brick-and-mortar ...

Chamber announces staff promotions

Gary Plummer, President and CEO of the Wichita Metro Chamber, has announced two staff promotions that are effective immediately. Kresta Dundas Kresta Dundas has been promoted from Manager of Membership Development to Director of Membership ...
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