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City-to-City Destination: Nashville, TN

By Stef FloresCommunity Advancement Program CoordinatorLast month, Suzy Finn and I went to Nashville in preparation for this year’s City-to-City Leadership Visit, scheduled for September 19-21. Besides eating our way through the city’s ...

Exposure early-bird pricing ends Friday

Exposure, Wichita’s largest business-to-business trade show, will take place this fall at Century II Expo Hall. To take advantage of early-bird booth pricing, businesses must register to exhibit by this Friday, July 29. Register here. Tammy ...

Four reasons to exhibit at Exposure

Exposure, Wichita's largest business-to-business trade show, will take place this fall at Century II Expo Hall. To take advantage of early-bird booth pricing, businesses must register to exhibit by this Friday, July 29. Register here. Brad ...

Chief Ramsay’s leadership noticed nationally

Gary Plummer is the President & CEO of the Wichita Metro Chamber of CommerceI don’t know anyone who hasn’t been impacted by the recent coverage around the country about racial justice, violence in our streets and the risks taken each ...

A Different Kind of Contest for Wichita’s Birthday

By Kali BabichWith Wichita’s 146th birthday quickly approaching on Thursday (July 21), we want to give you presents to celebrate. We will be holding scavenger hunts around Wichita, and clues to the prize locations will be posted on our ...

Employers should be aware of GOALS

Gary Plummer is the President & CEO of the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce.I had the opportunity recently to meet an individual who is working diligently to break down barriers and change lives. He’s also helping employers find valuable ...

USS Wichita crest celebrates city's roots

By Lyndsey Edwards Photo by Derek PruettThe new USS Wichita under construction in a Wisconsin shipyard is actually the third ship to bear Wichita’s name. This version of the USS Wichita (LCS-13) will be nearly 400 feet long and sprint at top ...

Williams hits hole-in-one, wins car at Chamber Golf Classic

By Josh WallentineSam Williams, retired managing partner of Sullivan Higdon & Sink, is now in the history books of the Chamber Golf Classic as the first person to take home the hole-in-one prize, which just so happened to be a 2016 Jeep Grand ...

Expose Your Biz, Grow Your Network

By Lyndsey EdwardsAre you looking for a good way to expose your business? The 2016 Exposure Business-to-Business Trade Show will be held Thursday, September 29 at Century II Expo Hall. Exposure is the largest trade show of its kind in the area with ...

Real dialogue. Real leadership.

Gary Plummer is the President & CEO of the Wichita Metro Chamber of CommerceThe letter below was published in today's Wichita Eagle.A constitutional crisis is upon us. The Kansas Supreme Court has threatened to close schools on July 1 if the ...

Communication interns make most of experience

By Josh WallentineKali Babich and I started our internships at Google earlier…oh wait. I always get the movie with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson mixed up with our internship at the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce that started earlier this ...

Wichita’s new program may serve as a model for other communities

Gary Plummer is the President & CEO of the Wichita Metro Chamber of CommerceCongratulations to the Wichita City Council for approving a new Voluntary Off-site Storm Water Quality Best Management Practice (BMP) Program at their June 10th meeting. ...

‘Check In’ to the political process

Zac Necci with the Wichita Thunder (pictured left) visits with Damon Young from Mahaney Roofing (pictured right) following Young's presentation at today's Sunrise Scrambler.It’s easy to become disillusioned and ‘check out’ of the ...

Active political engagement encouraged at Board of Advisors meeting

Damon Young, the 2016 Chairman of the Wichita Metro Chamber PAC, reminded attendees that their input and involvement are critical to the political process.Involvement is imperative for creating and maintaining a business friendly environment. ...

No Cure for Flag Fever

The Wichita Flag made a number of appearances in this year's River Festival parade, including this float by Professional Engineering Consultants.It was 79 years ago tomorrow (National Flag Day) that our city's flag was officially adopted. Elements ...

Taking #ILoveWichita to another ‘level’

By Joshua WallentineFeeling inspired by the Post-It Wars on Canal Street, we decided to add some Wichita flare to the idea. Passerbyers can now see a large #ILoveWichita sign in the second-floor windows of the Chamber building. I cannot confirm nor ...

Advocating for Wichita Business

A recap of the Chamber’s recent Government Relations activitiesOne of the Chamber’s four focus areas is advocating for responsible regulations and policies. Providing opportunities for the Wichita business community to connect and form ...

Chamber welcomes Senator Moran to Wichita

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran made a in stop in Wichita yesterday to address 115 Chamber members and Wichita business leaders at a luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Wichita. After warming up the crowd with a few jokes (“For those of you who I have ...

Interns Choose Wichita

by Barry SchwanOwner, House of Schwan, Inc.2016 Chairman of the Board for the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce Barry Schwan 2016 Chamber ChairmanLyndsey Edwards has opted to stay in Wichita after completing her Bachelor of Arts in Communication at ...

Finding a ‘forever home’ in Wichita

Madison Harris interned in our Communications Department during the spring 2016 semester. She graduated from Valley Center High School last month and plans to attend Butler Community College for Mass Communications in the fall. She will then attend ...

Chambers cohost Kansas Commerce Secretary

Kansas Secretary of Commerce Antonio Soavo met Wichita City Council member Lavonta Williams during the Chamber reception held yesterday.Yesterday the Chamber cohosted an after-work reception with the Wichita Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for Kansas ...

Cargill Strengthens Their Community Commitment

Cargill Vice President Brian Sikes announced at a news conference today that Cargill will remain in Wichita.The Chamber was honored to host today's news conference about Cargill's decision to continue to be a vital part of our business community. ...

Tyler Heffron covers the Leadership Wichita selection process

Nominations for the Chamber’s 2016 Leadership Wichita class are underway. This is the third post in a three-part series with answers to questions about the program. See Monday's blog post for answers to questions 1-3 by 1999 Leadership Wichita ...

Denise Sherman on the value of investing and participating in Leadership Wichita

Denise Sherman- MSOD, PHR is the Director of Organizational Partnerships with Southwestern College and a 2003 Leadership Wichita graduateNominations for the Chamber’s 2016 Leadership Wichita class are underway. This is the second post in a ...

Tammy Allen on what differentiates Leadership Wichita from other programs

Nominations for the Chamber’s 2016 Leadership Wichita class opened today. Three Leadership Wichita graduates are answering questions about the program this week on the Chamber’s blog. Tammy Allen, a 1999 Leadership Wichita graduate, is ...

Join the #ILoveWichita Movement

Promoting the community is one of the Chamber’s four focus areas, directly aligning with the #ILoveWichita movement. The campaign was inspired by our Young Professionals of Wichita (YPW) leadership and has been gaining momentum over the last ...

New Engage & Ignite Small Business Conference Scheduled for May 11

Leading-edge ideas and enlightening discussions about the fundamentals of running a small business are the topics of a new conference that has been added to our annual Small Business Awards event. The Engage & Ignite Small Business Conference ...

Broadening the Chamber’s reach in 2016

By Barry Schwan2016 Chamber ChairmanOwner, House of SchwanOne of the Chamber’s 2016 strategic priorities is to enhance our regional profile. Our new partnership with The Wichita Eagle is one way we are increasing our regional reach as we ...

Clark Bastian on the benefits of Leadership Wichita

Leadership Wichita is a Chamber program designed to inform and inspire highly active leaders in our community. It offers an immersive experience that identifies 30 local achievers and then provides them with the tools and connections they need to ...

Strengthening and Diversifying Our Membership

A group of volunteers gathered at 7:30 a.m. this morning to discuss the importance of Chamber membership. Over the next two weeks these dedicated Chamber members will be asking their colleagues at other organizations to consider joining the Chamber. ...
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