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Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 Update
Due to ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19, the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce has made the decision that all remaining 2020 events will be held virtually. While bringing people together is our business, safety and security are our first priority. Some meetings may still be held in person and we have implemented a list of protocols for all meetings linked here. All in-person attendees for Chamber meetings will be required to complete this waiver prior to attending.

What is the role of the Chamber?

For more than 100 years, the Chamber’s role has been to drive economic growth and community advancement in the Wichita region. We accomplish this by protecting and improving the business environment and quality of life in our community through programming and initiatives. We strive for success for our members, leadership for our community and prosperity for our region.

Who can tell me more about the benefits of Chamber membership?
Contact Kresta Dundas, Vice President of Membership Development at the Chamber. She can also be reached at 316-268-1115.

How can I find out if an area business or organization is a member of the Chamber?
Many of our members display a plaque or window cling with the Chamber membership logo. We also maintain an online membership directory that is searchable by business category, keywords and company name.

If my company is a member, does that mean I am a member too?
Yes! When a company becomes a Chamber member, all individuals employed at that company's address are considered Chamber members and receive privileges of membership.

Can I renew my membership online?
Yes, it is easy to renew online by visiting the “Member Login” link at the top of this page. Once logged in, you’ll not only be able to pay open invoices, but take advantage of member-only benefits like viewing and adding Member 2 Member discounts, submitting events to the community calendar, viewing programs in the Chamber Video Library, updating your information and more. If you need your log in information, please contact the Chamber at 316-265-7771.

How can I post my events on the Chamber's Community Calendar?
You can view video instructions here: https://youtu.be/NKGwysY83K8

  1. Click on the “Member Login” tab located in the top menu of this page.
  2. Input your username and password. (To retrieve your login information, please select "Forgot my password" or contact Rebecca Saxton for assistance.)
  3. Once logged in, choose “Add a Community Event" from the list of options under "Utilize a Benefit."
  4. Complete the boxes as directed, then click Submit.
  5. Your request will be approved and should be on the Community Calendar the following business day.

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (middle) speaks with Mark Tucker of Cox Business and Melissa Liby of Bombardier before a Federal Issue Forum where he highlighted the importance of opportunities existing for all to preserve our democracy.What differentiates the Chamber from other business organizations?
Our advocacy work is the cornerstone of what we do. Most of our members are so busy operating their companies and organizations that they rely on us to be their voice on issues that impact them. Whether we’re providing input into a long-range water plan for the city or supporting changes in state unemployment insurance, we’re always working to create the best possible, diverse business environment so that our members will thrive in this region.

As the largest business membership organization in the state, involvement in the Chamber gives you access to our more than 1,500 business members, representing 150,000 employees and 350 business categories in the region. Our strength comes from our diversity of members. Get plugged in to the network to help your business thrive.

How are Chamber programs and services financed?
All of our revenue is derived from annual membership dues, special events, sponsorships and management agreements. We’re a membership-based not-for-profit 501(c)(6) organization.

Does the Chamber receive any tax dollars?
No. We don’t seek or receive any local, state or federal tax dollars. We are not subsidized by any government entities.

Are the majority of your members small businesses?
Yes. Small businesses are the backbone of the Chamber, our community and the U.S. economy. Nearly 90% of our members employ 100 or fewer people. Through their Chamber membership they have the opportunity to network, meet with their elected officials and learn from their peers.

The Chamber hosts an annual Washington Fly-In event, during which members have the opportunity to interact with the lawmakers who represent them. Does the Chamber develop an annual Legislative Agenda?
Yes. We start that process with an electronic membership survey in late summer. Our Government Relations Committee develops the annual agenda based on those survey results and presents it to our Executive Committee. The Executive Committee provides input and the agenda is then presented to and reviewed by the Chamber Board. Once it has been approved, it is published on our website. All 165 legislators in Topeka receive a printed palm card with the agenda. We also work with our regional partners to develop a broader regional agenda.

Pat Gallagher (left) oversees Military Affairs for the Chamber and supports Friends of McConnell, a Chamber affiliate. McConnell Air Force Base has a $750 million annual impact on the local economy. Do Chamber membership dues support your affiliates?
No. We have five affiliate organizations that support our mission and vision: the Chamber Political Action Committee, Friends of McConnell, Wichita Educational Foundation, Wichita Manufacturer’s Association and W (formerly known as the Young Professionals of Wichita). They each have their own governing structure and funding mechanisms. In some cases, we provide them with office space and some administrative staff time.

Learn more about our affiliates here.

Are Chamber meeting spaces available for public use?
No. It is the Chamber’s policy to treat requests for room usage for non-Chamber purposes as an opportunity to provide a referral to a Chamber member. A list of Chamber members who are event venues or have space available is maintained by the Membership & Engagement department and is available upon request.

How is the Chamber governed?
Our 64-person Board of Directors is comprised of leaders from diverse industries. They are elected by our membership and meet bi-monthly to help us chart our course. We also have a 20-member Executive Committee that includes six officers. The policies adopted by the Board of Directors are implemented by the Chamber’s paid staff.

Find a listing of our Board members here and a staff directory here.

This design was selected from more than 100 entries that were submitted for a city flag design contest in 1937. Where can I find more information about the Wichita flag?
Wichita’s official city flag was officially adopted in 1937. Designed by Wichita artist Cecil McAlister, it represents freedom, happiness, contentment and home. The blue sun in the center represents happiness and contentment. The Native American symbol for ‘home’ is stitched on the blue sun. The three red and white rays that alternate from the off-center blue sun represent the path of freedom to come and go as one pleases. For more information, including a list of local retailers who sell flag swag, visit ILoveWichita.org.

How do I post job openings on NationJob?
Posting job openings on NationJob is a FREE benefit to Chamber members with 30 or less employees, and discounts are available to Members with more than 30 FTE. Access this site for more information http://www.nationjob.com/wichita or contact Barb Avery directly at NationJob at 888-256-0920.

How can I get more information on joining a committee or leads group?
Learn more on our Committee Opportunities page.

Where do I get more information on advertising opportunities with the Chamber?
Visit our Sponsorships and Advertising page, then contact Monica Poe.

Do I have to be a Chamber member to join W?
No, Chamber membership is not a requirement of W membership. However, employees of Chamber member businesses receive a discount on W membership fees. Contact Alejo Cabral for more information.

I’m either new to the area or considering relocating to Wichita. Do you provide relocation information?
Welcome to Wichita! Please review our Welcome to Wichita section for information about our community. You may also contact us at 265-7771 for a relocation or newcomer package for a small fee.

Can Chamber members offer discounts on their products and services for other members to utilize?
Yes! Members can post discounts/coupons for other members to use in the Member Login portal. Companies that are offering discounts will display on this page, and details will be accessible behind the Member Login portal. You'll find a short video with instructions here - https://youtu.be/WfjjnxvU--0.
Or you can follow these instructions for posting your discount:

  1. Click on the “Member Login” tab located in the top menu of this page.
  2. Input your username and password. (To retrieve your login information, please select "Forgot my password" or contact Rebecca Saxton for assistance.)
  3. Once logged in, choose “Add a Member-2-Member Discount" from the list of options under "Utilize a Benefit."
  4. Complete the boxes as directed, then click Submit.
  5. Your request will be approved and should be available for viewing by the following business day.

How can I access the Chamber Video Library?
Some recordings are available for Chamber members to view at no charge following scheduled programs and events. Please follow these instructions to view videos on a variety of topics that might interest you.

  1. Click on the “Member Login” tab located in the top menu of this page.
  2. Input your username and password. (To retrieve your login information, please select "Forgot my password" or contact Rebecca Saxton for assistance.)
  3. Once logged in, select "View Chamber Video Library" under the "Utilize a Benefit" section.
  4. Videos are sorted by category. Click a category name to access it or scroll through the page to view all available videos.
  5. Click the play button on any video to start playback. Once you start playback you can use the full screen icon in the bottom right corner of the player to enter full screen viewing mode.

Does the Chamber sell the email addresses or mailing list of the organization's members?
No. Chamber Members may request to purchase a one-time-use mailing list for promotional purposes. This membership benefit is not available to non-members. For additional information or to inquire about purchasing a one-time-use mailing list, please contact the Membership & Engagement Department at 316-268-1129.

 

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