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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. ...

Annual Meeting one month from today

Daymond JohnOur Annual Meeting is one month from today, and official invitations are in your mailbox. We hope you are planning to join us on Dec. 1 when Daymond John, star of ABC’s Shark Tank, visits Wichita as our event keynote speaker.An ...

Who is Wichita?

A Call to Action for Intentional InclusionBy Courtney Hough Young Professionals of Wichita members Courtney Hough, Ellen Decker and Ebony Clemons on the 2016 City-to-City trip.I moved to Wichita from Detroit fifteen months ago and in that short ...

Recap of Exposure 2016

When the Exposure show floor closed at 5 p.m. on Sept. 29, nearly 1,800 people had visited booths of 200+ Wichita-area companies. Connection were made. Deals were done. Fun was had. Our thanks to everyone who helped make Exposure 2016 a success, ...

Pompeo Updates Chamber Membership

The Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce hosted U.S. Congressman Mike Pompeo at a Federal Issues Forum luncheon today. Pompeo shared his thoughts on the upcoming U.S. Presidential election, the current regulatory environment for businesses, the state ...

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 ...

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 ...

All they do is win! #ICTexpo hosts best of the best

We like to say that everyone who participates in Exposure is a winner, but there are some who really stood out from the crowd. Those exhibitors were crowned with this year’s coveted Exposure Awards. Most Spirited - Hotel at ...

Eight tips for making the most of Exposure

Exposure is this Thursday! We shared some Expo prep tips last week, and here are a few for the big day. Bring plenty of business cards for exchanging with new contacts and to enter drawings. Wear comfortable shoes so you can easily cover the ...

Bossing, Managing and Leading: is there a difference?

Wichita-native Aaron Bushell dropped some leadership insight at this morning’s Sunrise Scrambler when he presented “Are You a Boss, a Manager, or a Leader?” While many may quickly think, “Is there really a difference in those ...

A Quick History of 145 Years of Wichita

Now recognized as one of the major mid-sized cities in the nation, Wichita has come a long way since its infant years as a trading post and cowtown. The road from "then" to "now" has been filled with people, events and businesses that have been the ...

Get out and explore Wichita this weekend

Visit Wichita has launched a regional advertising campaign inviting viewers to spend their weekend in Wichita. You can see the 30-second commercials via the links below. Visit Wichita Leisure Video #1 Visit Wichita Leisure Video #2 Visit Wichita ...

The Measurement of Success

A recap of the May 2015 Sunrise Scrambler Todd RamseyIt seems like more often than not, the world of social media is changing , thus requiring businesses to change their social media practices to keep up. And with the plethora of tools and tactics ...

Small Business Week - Day Four

The Squid Ink Creative team at the 2014 Exposure eventOn the fourth day of National Small Business Week, Brad Painchaud of Squid Ink Creative shares why he is encouraged by the positive energy in Wichita and how that translates to better business. ...

Small Business Week - Day Two

Nancy WilsonAs National Small Business Week continues, Nancy Wilson with WorkSafe Physical Therapy tells us why she loves living and working in Wichita in today's video. Follow this link to our YouTube channel, then share it will others using ...

Small Business Week - Day 1

May 4 - 8, 2015Small business creates 2 out of every 3 net new jobs. The Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce salutes our members who own and operate small businesses this week as part of National Small Business Week. Why do they operate in Wichita and ...

Stop making plans & thrive in the chaos

A recap of the March Sunrise ScramblerMany would be hard pressed to find a leadership model that exceeds that of the United States Marine Corps. And many of the USMC leadership principles can also be applied in business and in life. Richard Rierson, ...

Learn about the Export Plan for South Central Kansas

Almost twenty-eight percent of the Wichita-area economy is export dependent. And many businesses in the South Central Kansas region would like to increase the number of products and services they export.The long-awaited Wichita-South Central Kansas ...

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 ...

Chamber plans unconventional membership event

More than 200 volunteers will race against the clock to sign up new Chamber members during our 2015 Membership Event on April 7-9. This will be the second time we have worked with Your Chamber Connection, a group that specializes in high energy and ...

Chamber hits the airwaves

By Aless GarveyWichita Metro Chamber reps or radio stars? How about both? President and CEO Gary Plummer and Manager of Business Services Holly Landon were guests on two different radio shows last Sunday.The Chamber in 2015 Gary Plummer at ...

Videos from Chairman’s Lunch available on YouTube

Last week at our Chairman’s Lunch, a panel of community leaders responded to questions raised during last fall’s Fuel the Fire Speaker Series. Almost 500 people were in attendance and heard that by 2020, millennials (those currently ...

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 ...
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