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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. ...

Kansas YP Summit coming to Wichita

Early-bird registration deadline extended to March 24What is there to like about the month of April? The blooming trees? Fresh flowers and sunny days? Famous Kansas thunderstorms?How about it being the month the Kansas YP Summit is held? This is the ...

Recap: Change Your Perspective. Change Your Performance.

Aaron BushellAaron Bushell of Equity Bank kicked off our Wednesday morning by reminding Sunrise Scrambler attendees that anything is possible. Oftentimes the only thing standing in our way of accomplishing the “impossible” is us. He ...

Introducing our 2016 Small Business of the Year finalists

We are pleased to announce the ten finalists for our 2016 Small Business of the Year award. This is the twelfth year for the Small Business Awards program, which is presented by the 2015 award recipients: Cornerstone Design and Development, Inc. and ...

Sitting on the sidelines isn’t optional

by Damon YoungVice President of Mahaney Roofing Company, Inc.Member of the Government Relations Committee for the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Chamber's Political Action CommitteeThe political process shares some ...

Taking Pride in Wichita

In case you missed it, Dan Powers, Office Managing Partner for Grant Thornton LLP, contributed this letter to the editor that ran in the Wichita Eagle last Sunday.There’s a great deal that makes me proud to be a Wichitan. ...

Videos from Chairman’s Lunch now available

Thank you to all who attended our Chairman's Lunch last week where representatives from the City, County and Chamber discussed how to move the needle on the four drivers of economic success that James Chung presented during the Wichita Community ...

Apps & tools to save time & money

A recap of the February 2016 Sunrise Scrambler Everyone knows that time is money, and saving more of both is a high priority. Our February Sunrise Scrambler featured a panel of members who shared their favorite apps and tools that make doing ...

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 ...
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