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Introducing our newest members from the Membership Event

We recently completed a successful Membership Event, during which 200 volunteers invited their contacts to become members of the Chamber. In less than 72 hours, 226 new members were added to the Chamber! You can now see a list of those new members ...

Gearhart appointed to Chamber Board of Directors

Pat GearhartPat Gearhart, President of Bank SNB, has been appointed to the Chamber's Board of Directors by Chairman Jon Rosell. Classified as a Chairman’s Appointment, Gearhart will serve on the Board for one year.“We’re delighted ...

Latest Wichita magazine, annual summary in your mailbox

Chamber members should have recently received a copy of our 2014 annual summary in the mail. The annual summary highlights our 2014 activities and the results of our membership survey. An electronic version can be seen here.Also included in the ...

Todd accepts permanent position with Chamber

Cindy ToddCindy Todd, who has temporarily staffed the Chamber’s reception desk since last August, recently accepted a full-time position at our organization as the Director of First Impressions. She’s enjoyed using her knowledge about ...

2015 Honors Night recipients announced

Each year, we recognize individual, corporate, and architectural achievement at our Honors Night celebration. The 2015 event will be held on Tuesday, April 21.“Honors Night celebrates an outstanding individual, exemplary corporate citizens, ...

Wayne Chambers: Champion of collaboration and alignment

By Jon Rosell, 2015 Chamber Chair Jon Rosell and Wayne Chambers at the 2014 Annual Meeting2014 Chamber Chair Wayne Chambers closed our December Board meeting with some eloquent remarks. He defined his 12-month term as a “privilege to ...

Suzie Ahlstrand departs Chamber after 27 years

Suzie Ahlstrand, Executive Vice President of Community Advancement, is leaving the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce at the end of this calendar year. The information about her scheduled departure was shared with the Chamber's Board of Directors at ...

Fire Back – A recap of the Sunrise Scrambler with Jared Estes

In 2005, Jared Estes, his wife Paige, and two friends were hit by a drunk driver on Kellogg. Jared sustained burns to more than 50% of his body, and Paige sadly did not survive the crash.Jared shared his story with a sold-out Sunrise Scrambler crowd ...

Chamber adopts 2015 Legislative Agenda

The Chamber board of directors recently adopted the 2015 Chamber Legislative Agenda based on issues identified by Chamber members and staff that could impact business in the upcoming year. The agenda is designed to support the Chamber’s ...

Chamber President, Chairman be to featured on Lite Is Local broadcast

Chamber President Gary Plummer and 2015 Board Chairman Jon Rosell will be the featured guests on Sunday morning’s Lite Is Local broadcast on 99.7 LITE FM. During the interview with host Gayla Crouse, the two share their favorite takeaways from ...

Dr. Condoleezza Rice inspires Wichita crowd at Chamber Annual Meeting

Last week’s Annual Meeting kicked off with 2014 Board Chairman Wayne Chambers passing the gavel to 2015 Chairman Jon Rosell and ended with Dr. Condoleezza Rice answering questions submitted by the public. A crowd of 3,000 people were in ...

Now accepting nominations for our 2015 Small Business Awards

The Wichita Metro Chamber is accepting nominations for the 2015 Small Business Awards now through Friday, Dec. 12. The program, presented by Balco, Inc. and Icon Structures Inc., offers well-deserved recognition to small businesses for their ...

Chamber and partners to work on community issues

There’s no getting around the fact that we’re disappointed with the results of the sales tax election on November 4 in Wichita. I believe we missed an opportunity to move Wichita forward.But the sun did come up on November 5 and there ...

Is Wichita open for business?

Wayne ChambersBy Wayne Chambers2014 Chamber Board ChairmanPresident, High Touch TechnologiesFifty community leaders recently participated in the Chamber’s city-to-city visit to Austin, Texas, and some very familiar themes emerged from our ...

Are local nonprofits supporting the sales tax?

Michael Monteferrante is a the President and CEO of Envision, Inc. and a member of the 2014 Board of Directors for the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce.The Chamber’s Board of Directors recently announced their support of the 1 percent sales ...

Wichita and its travel partners need your feedback

Believable Brands, on behalf of the Go Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Chamber, and other community partners, is conducting research to gain insight into visitors' and residents' views of Wichita and area. Your input will let us know ...

Exposure boasts new features, Google Hangout

The Chamber will host our tenth annual Exposure, the area’s premiere business networking event, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Thursday, Sept. 25 at Century II. This year, there are more than 220 registered exhibitors from every industry in ...

Are more organizations supporting the proposed sales tax?

The Chamber’s Board of Directors recently announced their support of the 1 percent sales tax referendum. Wichitans will vote on this issue on November 4. During the next few months Chamber members will utilize the blog to provide commentary ...

Do the young professionals in Wichita support the sales tax initiative?

The Chamber’s Board of Directors recently announced their support of the 1 percent sales tax referendum. Wichitans will vote on this issue on November 4. During the next few months Chamber members will utilize the blog to provide commentary ...

Have other organizations taken a position on the sales tax vote?

On August 18, the Chamber’s Board of Directors announced their support of the 1 percent sales tax referendum. Wichitans will have the opportunity to vote on this issue on November 4. During the next few months Chamber members will utilize the ...

#ICT2Austin

Tami Bradley of Bothner & Bradley visits with Bill Roy of the Wichita Business Journal during an orientation session for the city-to-city visitThe Chamber’s 2014 City-to-City trip takes place this week and 50 participants are visiting one ...

YPW sales tax forum

The Young Professionals of Wichita (YPW) are hosting a Sales Tax Forum with representatives from both sides of the issue. The Forum will be held Tuesday, September 9, from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at the Wichita Marriott (9100 E. Corporate Hills ...

2014 Leadership Wichita class begins

Thirty Wichita-area citizens are participating in the Chamber’s 2014 Leadership Wichita class, which began this week and runs through November 20. Participants in the leadership training program are identified through a nomination process, ...

Chamber supports the Yes Wichita campaign

It’s September 4 today, which means we are only about 60 days away from the opportunity to vote YES for Wichita. As we announced on August 18, the Board of Directors for the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce voted to support the 1 percent ...

Stephanie Warren joins the Chamber as VP of Membership & Business Services

Stephanie WarrenStephanie Warren joins the Chamber today, Tuesday, September 2, as the Chamber’s Vice President of Membership & Business Services.Warren holds a Master’s Degree in Communications and has spent the majority of her ...

Updating the Chamber’s Mission and Vision

Wayne Chambers, 2014 Board ChairmanBy Wayne ChambersThe end of June marked the halfway point in my term as your 2014 Chairman of the Board of Directors. The last six months have been busy and productive. One of our Board’s latest ...

YPW hires Program & Marketing Manager

Meg ForemanMeg Foreman has joined Young Professionals of Wichita (YPW) as the Program & Marketing Manager within the Wichita Metro Chamber. Her responsibilities will include overseeing YPW’s social media channels, working with volunteers, ...

Frequently Asked Questions about Chamber Membership

We will be answering some frequently asked questions about the Chamber through a series of posts over the next few weeks. Today’s questions and answers deal with Chamber membership.1. Where do I get more info on how to join the Chamber?Visit ...

Should Wichita support startup companies?

By Phyllis RobertsonThe answer is an absolute and unequivocal yes! Entrepreneurism is a critical catalyst for the economy. Studies show that startups account for about 70% of job creation globally, and in some markets, that figure grows as high as ...
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