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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 ...

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 ...

Weigh in on Wichita's future

During yesterday's joint meeting of the Chamber's Board of Directors and Board of Advisors, attendees answered a brief survey about Wichita's future and the main issues that keep them up at night. We'd like input from readers our as well. Please ...

Ten Things You Need To Do This Week to Get Ready for Exposure

We hope you are planning to join us next Thursday, Sept. 24 at Exposure for Wichita's largest business-to-business trade show and networking event. Here are some helpful tips to prepare to make the most of the day. Sign up for the Sunrise Scrambler ...

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 ...

Waving the Flag of Wichita

With Flag Day approaching this Sunday, June 14, we wanted to share the message behind Wichita's (often unknown) flag. Our Manager of Business Services Angie Elliott has prepared the post below about what the flag means to her. Angie ...

Enter to win Professional Bull Riding tickets at INTRUST Bank Arena

We are partnering with INTRUST Bank Arena to celebrate the wonderful events and attractions they bring to our community in honor of their five year anniversary! The Professional Bull Riding tour is coming to Wichita on April 25, and we have tickets ...

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 ...

Tell us why you love Wichita to be entered to win a ticket on Southwest Airlines

We already know that everyone loves free airfare, so we want to know all of the reasons why you love Wichita! If you would like to be entered to win a ticket on Southwest Airlines, follow us on Twitter (@ventureboldly) and tweet the reasons that you ...

Steve Clark to be honored as 2015 Uncommon Citizen

Steve ClarkSteve Clark of Clark Investment Group is the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Uncommon Citizen and will be recognized at the Honors Night celebration on Tuesday, April 21.Established in 1974, the Uncommon Citizen is the ...

2015 SBA Emerging Leaders Program to start in April – apply today

By Aless GarveyWichita’s future gets a little brighter with every small business leader that graduates from the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Emerging Leaders Program.The Emerging Leaders Program is provided to only 27 cities ...

Top 5 Events of 2014

Tis the season to make lists, so we have made a list of the Chamber’s top five 2014 events.5. Golf Classic - Held at the Wichita Country Club, 250 people took part in a day of networking on the green. Be sure to save the date of June 1 for ...

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 ...

APEX Engineering International, GWEDC announce 108 new jobs with County approval now added to City

Wichita-based APEX Engineering International LLC (AEI), a fully integrated producer of aircraft parts and assemblies for both new and existing aircraft, has selected Wichita for a new project to build large aircraft sub-assemblies for Tier 1s and ...

Start the New Year with a vacation on us

We can't think of a better way to start 2015 than by planning a vacation with FREE airfare! So we are giving away a Southwest Airlines ticket to one lucky blog follower. Entries will be accepted now through January 9.Here's how to enter: Click the ...

Countdown to Condoleezza Rice

With less than one month remaining until our Annual Meeting with Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Board Chairman Wayne Chambers and Business Services Manager Angie Elliott will be guests on 99.7 Lite FM’s Lite is Local show this Sunday at 8 a.m. to talk ...

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 ...

Have more organizations pledged sales tax support?

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 ...

Phyllis Robertson – Wichita’s newest entrepreneur

Phyllis RobertsonAfter five and a half years of service, Phyllis Robertson will leave her position as Vice President of Business Services at the Chamber. She has filled the role since 2009 when the position was created to evaluate how the Chamber ...

Tune into 99.7 Lite FM on Mondays for Chamber News

By Courtney Sendall, Communications CoordinatorChamber Member 99.7 LITE FM is now broadcasting a Lite Wichita Chamber Update every Monday at 6:50 and 8:25 a.m. and 4:20 p.m. We’re using this air time to promote Chamber events and programming. ...

Community Organizations Announce Fuel the Fire Speaker Series

The Wichita Community Foundation (WCF), Wichita Downtown Development Corporation (WDDC), and the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Council have partnered to host the Fuel the Fire Speaker Series this fall. All three keynotes are ...

Call for Support of City Council Action on Sales Tax

The City Council has been studying a comprehensive Sales Tax Initiative & Strategic Plan funded by a one-cent city sales tax that includes a jobs initiative plan. Tomorrow the Council will be making important decisions about how to proceed with ...

Fulfilling our Mission and Vision

Wayne ChambersBy Wayne Chambers2014 Chamber Board ChairmanEarlier this month we shared the Chamber’s updated Mission and Vision with you. This week I’d like to expand a little more on how we are working to fulfill that Mission and ...

Building a Social Media Community One Person at a Time

Recap of July Sunrise Scrambler"How to Befriend the Lonely Social Media Manger" by Aaron Wirtz“Social media is about telling the story of your organization.” That was the message delivered at yesterday’s Sunrise Scrambler by Aaron ...

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 ...

Do Your Active Listening Techniques Need Perfecting?

Dan OblingerEveryone could use some practice in each of the seven techniques identified by Dan Oblinger, Director of Training with the National Screening Bureau, during his presentation at the Chamber’s Sunrise Scrambler. Based on his ...

Walk/run in June for the puppies, the hearts, and the arts!

Saturday, June 7 – Fido 5K and Puppy ParadeCome run with your dog! This is a RunWichita race to benefit the City of Wichita Dog Parks. There will be a 5k followed by a 1/2 mile fun run/walk with prizes for biggest, smallest, best dressed, etc. ...
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