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2016 SBA Emerging Leaders program kicks off this Friday

By Lyndsey EdwardsAre you a small business owner looking to grow your company in Kansas? The Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Emerging Leaders program can help you take your business to the next level.The Emerging Leaders Program is a ...

Honors Night award recipients announced

The Wichita Metro Chamber will recognize an outstanding individual, exemplary corporate citizens, exceptional commitments to the community, and striking architectural achievements at the 2016 Honors Night event on April 7. In addition to the ...

Marilyn Pauly: 2016 Uncommon Citizen

Marilyn Pauly, Vice Chairman of Commerce Bank, will be recognized as our 2016 Uncommon Citizen at the annual Honors Night celebration on Thursday, April 7.Established in 1974, the Uncommon Citizen is the Chamber’s most prestigious individual ...

81 Reasons to Celebrate

Celebrating important milestone events with our members is one of our favorite things to do, and we were able to do that 81 times last year. Each Member Milestone celebration was the result of a great deal of dedication and work as organizations ...

Opportunity to Lead

As a young professional myself, I am encouraged about the recent increase in awareness and conversation about the importance of identifying and supporting young leaders in Wichita. If you picked up a copy of Sunday’s Wichita Eagle, you ...

Five panelists announced for Feb 11 Chairman's Lunch

2016 Chamber Chairman Barry Schwan will host the annual Chairman's Lunch on February 11.The annual Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Chairman’s Lunch will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11 at INTRUST Bank ...

Millennials Matter

The Wichita Community Foundation’s Focus Forward initiative has triggered a number of important discussions about Wichita’s future. The first step in this multi-year project for advancing the region's economic growth was a community ...

Elliott named Chamber Vice President

Angie Elliott has been named Vice President of Business Services for the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce. Her promotion was effective January 1, 2016. Angie Elliott has been named Vice President of Business Services for the Chamber.Elliott has ...

Chamber's 2016 Legislative Agenda shared this week

The Chamber's 2016 Legislative Agenda is available as a palm card and on the Chamber's website.Legislators have returned to Topeka for the 2016 session this week. All 165 legislators will receive a palm card familiarizing them with the Wichita Metro ...

Building a better business environment in 2016

Jon Rosell (pictured left) received a plaque commemorating his tenure as the 2015 Chamber Chairman from 2016 Chairman Barry Schwan.by Barry Schwan2016 Chamber ChairmanJon Rosell, the Chamber’s 2015 Chairman, is a well-respected leader ...

Introducing Our 2016 Board Officers & New Members

Barry SchwanThe new year brings new Board leadership for the Chamber, and Barry Schwan (owner of House of Schwan) will serve as the 2016 Board Chairman. Scott Schwindaman (president and CEO of Lubrication Engineers) will serve as the ...

Final letter from our 2015 Chairman Jon Rosell

Dear Chamber members, Jon RosellI’ve shared with many of my colleagues that serving as your 2015 Chairman of the Board has been one of the highlights of my career. I’ve been actively involved with the Chamber for many years, but my role ...

2015 Aviation Highlights from the Air Capital

We’ve seen a lot of creativity in this year's Christmas and New Year’s cards and we’re appreciative that we’ve receive holiday greetings from so many of our members. A card from Klenda Austerman especially caught our ...

Chamber members spread joy this season

Each year, the Chamber staff adopts a family through Big Bothers Big Sisters holiday giving program. Every family has different needs and sometimes the need is greater than others. Instead of toys and luxury items, the children in our family were ...

Announcing the 2016 class of YPW's Leadership Academy

Twenty-five area young professionals have been selected to participate in the 2016 Young Professionals of Wichita (YPW) Leadership Academy, a leadership development program for young professionals who are interested in growing their leadership ...

‘Tis the Season to be Joyful

A recap of the December Sunrise ScramblerMy favorite Sunrise Scrambler each year is always in December, when all of our nonprofit members are invited to take part in a mini social services fair. This year was no different and 29 nonprofits were ...

Video of Annual Meeting with Charles Koch Now Available

More than 3,500 area business leaders and residents attended the Chamber’s Annual Meeting last month at Century II. Those in the audience had the opportunity to hear Wichita native Charles Koch discuss his thoughts on his upbringing, the ...

Three reasons to #ShopSmall on Small Business Saturday

With the holidays being only a month away, the shopping season will kick into full gear this coming weekend. We encourage you to keep the small, local retailers in mind as you make your shopping lists this year, but we also know the request is more ...

‘Tis the Season for Managing Stress Levels

Year-end budget deadlines are looming, your company’s 2016 goals still need to be finalized, and the holiday frenzy is on the horizon. It’s that time of the year when everyone can benefit from reminders about how to manage stress levels ...

Dolezal named CFO for Chamber, Greater Wichita Partnership

Marlo Dolezal has accepted the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Chamber and the Greater Wichita Partnership. She begins her duties on December 14.Marlo earned her Accounting degree from Kansas State University and holds an MBA from ...

Stefanie Flores: Community Advancement & YPW Program Coordinator

Stefanie Flores has joined our staff as the Community Advancement & Young Professionals of Wichita (YPW ) Program Coordinator, working with Director of Community Advancement Suzy Finn. Stefanie moved to Wichita earlier this year from Denver ...

CEO Roundtable presentation focused on 5 Marketing Truths

Mike Snyder, from RSA Marketing Services, shared his five marketing truths for connecting marketing to sales during the Chamber's Small Business CEO Roundtable at Wichita Country Club, yesterday. Snyder illustrated his marketing truths with examples ...

Nominate Your Favorite Biz for Our Small Business of the Year Awards

We are currently accepting nominations for our 2016 Small Business Awards through Friday, Dec. 4. The program, now in its 12th year, is presented by Cornerstone Design and Development. Inc. and Zernco, Inc. It offers well-deserved recognition to ...

2015 NBAA business delegation includes 19 organizations

The Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition (GWEDC) is promoting Wichita’s exceptional workforce and world-class aviation supply chain November 17-19 during the 2015 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Business Convention in ...

Wichita Hispanic Chamber now housed in Chamber building

Chamber staff held a welcome reception for the Wichita Hispanic Chamber last week. Chairwoman Adrienne Foster is pictured on the right.The Wichita Hispanic Chamber has relocated from 1010 N. Main St. to the first floor of the Wichita Metro Chamber ...

Morning Joe program headed to WSU campus Nov. 3

In what has been a year of firsts for the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting event, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski will co-host their daily Morning Joe program from Wichita on Tuesday, November 3 from 5 to 8 a.m. (CST). ...

Equipping Young Leaders

Each year, the Young Professionals of Wichita (YPW) accepts 25 talented and dynamic young professionals into their Leadership Academy class. The participants engage in six weekly sessions with interactive exercises, issue exploration, ...

Transforming Wichita: Vision vs. Vernacular

By Guest Blogger Jonathan LongJonathan Long is the Resource Manager at the Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas, as well as the President of the Wichita Urban Professionals. He participated in the Chamber's 2015 City-to-City Leadership Visit ...

Sell out Annual Meeting Dinner – CHECK!

Annual Meeting To-Do List Select a speaker from our own backyard - Check Invite two nationally known moderators to join keynote speaker on stage - Check Sell out dinner and loge program seating - CHECKWe decided to change things up a bit for this ...

Show us your mug and you could win one of ours

Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC’s Morning Joe show are coming to Wichita on Nov. 2 to interview Koch Industries Chairman and CEO Charles Koch as part of our 2015 Annual Meeting, and you can win some Morning Joe swag!Between now ...
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