Exposure 2014 makes history

By Angie Elliott

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Eric Fisher addresses the sold-out Sunrise Scrambler crowd.

Another fun and record-setting Exposure is in the books! The full day started out with Eric Fisher, Founder and President of Eric Fisher Salon and Eric Fisher Academy, addressing a sold-out Sunrise Scrambler crowd about the business lessons he has learned over years. Eric had many quotable tidbits of wisdom, and here are a few of the highlights:

  • Business owners have to wear many hats, including entrepreneur, manager, & producer. All three are equally important.
  • Defining quality in your products and services is a differentiator.
  • Passion for your work, not money, should be the driving force.
  • Money isn’t the goal. Money is simply a validation of the commitment you have for what you love to do.
  • Company culture should be the most important thing in a company. Be obsessed with hiring the right, like-minded people.
  • Business should not be about staleness and stagnation. It should about movement and change. Never stop learning.

Eric posted this message on the Eric Fisher Academy and Eric Fisher Salon Facebook pages: “I absolutely love Wichita. The Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce does an excellent job of reaching out to our local businesses so they can thrive. I’ve always believed that small businesses are the backbone of America. Today I had the honor of speaking to the people of Wichita at the Sunrise Scrambler! Afterwards, my team and I had a fantastic time at Exposure Wichita. This is such a great town we live in!”

After the Sunrise Scrambler, we headed down to the Expo show floor where 220 exhibitors were showcasing their products and services for more than 1,700 attendees. A huge thank you goes out to all our wonderful exhibitors for your creativity, hard work and enthusiasm. You are what make the show a success, and we look forward to seeing you again next year.

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Cox Business Booth

Thank you to Cox Business for being our 2014 presenting sponsor, and congratulations to the following businesses for their excellent exhibits!

  • Best Biz Bite – Molino’s Mexican Cuisine
  • Rookie of the Year – Riddle’s Jewelry
  • Most Spirited Booth – Hotel at WaterWalk, Waterwalk Apartments, Hotel at Old Town
  • Best Tabletop – VernonCompany
  • Best Branded Booth – Cox Business
  • Best Technology Booth – Cybertron International
  • Best In Show – Kent Audio Visual

If you were unable to attend Exposure 2014, take some time to visit our YouTube channel and check out our Google Hangout On Air produced by Armstrong Chamberlin. During the Hangout, we spoke with exhibitors and attendees to give viewers a better sense of what makes Exposure the area’s premiere business-to-business networking event.

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Armstrong Chamberlin Google Hangout Team

See photos from the event on our Facebook page, and be sure to tag yourself and people you know. Then mark your calendars for Exposure 2015 – September 24, 2015!

Wichita Eagle Article

Why did the Chamber take 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 blog to a provide commentary and answer questions about this issue. Today’s question is answered by Chamber Board member Junetta Everett.

Junetta Everett

Junetta Everett is the Vice President of Professional Relations for Delta Dental of Kansas and a member of the 2014 Board of Directors for the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce

The Board of Directors for the largest member-based business organization in the region has a responsibility to take a clear position on issues that impact Wichita’s business environment. We represent organizations, attractions, and businesses who have entrusted us with a unique leadership role in this community. They elected us to thoroughly study these issues and then support initiatives that strengthen Wichita.

Our Board members had several opportunities to ask questions and provide input before we voted on whether we should support the sales tax. Our vote on August 18 showed overwhelming support for the sales tax.

The primary reason we voted to support the tax is that our vision and mission are all about growing our community. These plans do just that, from growing jobs to ensuring water for the next generation and during a drought. An organization can’t exist without a plan and with uncertainty – neither can a community.

As we neared our decision on this issue, our Board Chairman Wayne Chambers reminded us that, “Ultimately we must soon choose to either venture boldly with a confident step forward, or to remain standing still.” This Board has opted to Venture Boldly and we encourage our members to support this initiative because it aligns with our mission and vision.

Please visit the City of Wichita website to learn more about the proposed sales tax and to read the plans for water, roads, transportation and jobs. Visit the Yes Wichita website to see who is supporting the sales tax and to learn about upcoming events.

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Simply click on the link below, or cut and paste the entire URL into your browser to access the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/wichitabrandsurveyem 

Please respond on or before Sept. 30, 2014. Depending on your responses, the survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete and your responses will be kept strictly confidential. Thank you in advance; your feedback is very valuable to us.

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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 and answer questions about the sales tax. Today’s question is answered by Roger King, a member of the Chamber’s Leadership Council.

Yes. Six local organizations have formally announced their support of the sales tax initiative:

  • IBEW L.U. 271 Electrical Workers
  • Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, Local 441
  • Young Professionals of Wichita
  • Wichita Downtown Development Corporation
  • Go Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce

The leadership of the IBEW L.U. 271 Electrical Workers announced their support of the 1 percent sales tax referendum today.  Roger King, the Business Manager for the Union, says his organization is backing the effort to diversify the jobs base in Wichita and create more employment opportunities for their members.

King said, “Growing our own local businesses and attracting new companies requires wise investments in Wichita’s infrastructure. We support the long-term water plan, road maintenance, more transit options and the jobs plan.”

Exposure boasts new features, Google Hangout

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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 Wichita, and more than 1,500 attendees are expected.

Several new features have been added to Exposure this year.

  • Wichita’s largest Google Hangout On Air, broadcast live from the show floor (more info below)
  • Interactive sessions in the Networking Zone – See the schedule at www.WichitaBusinessExposure.com.
  • Yellow Brick Road – Exhibitors in this area are Kansas based or feature Kansas-made products.

Armstrong Chamberlin is producing Exposure’s Google Hangout On Air, which will run from noon to 4 p.m. The Hangout will entail four cameras on the show floor providing live interviews with sponsors, exhibitors and attendees. Those who are unable to attend Exposure or who cannot stay for the duration of the event are invited to join the Hangout on Google+ at bit.ly/ExposureHangout or on YouTube at bit.ly/Exposure2014.

There is no cost to attend the show, but a ticket is required. The ticket, along with the day’s schedule of events and full list of exhibitors, can be found at www.WichitaBusinessExposure.com.

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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 and answer questions about the sales tax. Today’s question is answered by Richard Taylor, a member of the Chamber’s Leadership Council.

Yes. The leadership of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, Local 441, is now supporting the 1 percent sales tax referendum on the Nov. 4 ballot. The Union joins the Young Professionals of Wichita, Wichita Downtown Development Corporation, Go Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce in supporting the sales tax.

Richard Taylor is a member of the Chamber's Leadership Council and the Business Manager for the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, Local 441.

Richard Taylor is a member of the Chamber’s Leadership Council and the Business Manager for the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, Local 441.

Richard Taylor is a member of the Chamber’s Leadership Council and serves as the Business Manager for the organization. Taylor says the union believes every aspect of the initiative is important to Wichita. “We back these efforts to bring jobs to this community and create employment opportunities for the building trades. We’ve reviewed the jobs plan and we are very supportive of the workforce training component. The Wichita economy benefits from a skilled and experienced workforce. We also believe that stable and predictable water rates, improved bus service, and road maintenance are solid investments in our community’s growth.”

Please visit the City of Wichita website for more specific information about the sales tax referendum.

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 and answer questions about the sales tax. Today’s question is answered by Suzy Finn, the Executive Director of the Young Professionals of Wichita (YPW). 

Suzy Finn is the Executive Director of the Young Professionals of Wichita.

Suzy Finn is the Executive Director of the Young Professionals of Wichita.

Yes. The Young Professionals of Wichita Board of Trustees voted this week to support the proposed 1 percent sales tax referendum that City of Wichita residents will vote on during the November 4 general election.

The Board supports this referendum because it believes this sales tax will be a tool to help the organization accomplish its mission to attract, engage, and retain diverse young talent to effect positive change for a brighter future. In particular, the needs for more, diverse job options and a strong public transit system have previously been identified as keys to accomplishing the YPW mission.

“Our Board feels that maintaining the status quo in Wichita is not enough to encourage economic growth and attract the Millennial generation,” said YPW Executive Director Suzy Finn. “Wichita continues to lose young professionals while other vibrant cities in the region are gaining them. The first step in changing that trend is to ensure that we have plentiful and diverse jobs available for a highly educated workforce. A yes vote on this referendum represents a plan to kick-start growth in that area.”

Prior to voting, YPW hosted a Pro/Con Forum about the sales tax referendum that featured speakers from the supporting and opposing sides of the issue to inform the general membership and allow all Board members the opportunity to become educated about the issues prior to taking a vote.

“This is the first time our organization has taken an official position on an issue before the community for a vote,” said Finn. “It was reiterated during our city-to-city trip to Austin that you have to have a strong economic base to fund quality of life issues. We believe that if we support development of the basics needed for economic growth now, continued improvements in the quality of life areas that are important to young professionals will follow.”

Prior to voting on the issue, the YPW Board hosted a Pro/Con Forum about the sales tax referendum that featured speakers from the supporting and opposing sides of the issue.  A recording from this event is available on the YPW website at this link.

What other organizations are supporting the proposed sales tax?

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Jeff Fluhr is the President of Wichita Downtown Development Corporation and a member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors.

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 blog to provide commentary and answer questions about this issue. Today’s question is answered by Chamber Board member Jeff Fluhr.   

Yes. The WDDC Board of Directors has joined the Boards of Go Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce in voting to support the 1 percent sales tax referendum. WDDC President Jeff Fluhr says, “the sales tax will advance the development of our community by providing a reliable water source, improving our transit system, enhancing our roads and expanding our business base.”

The mission of the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation (WDDC) is to strengthen Downtown Wichita as “the heart of the region.”  Fluhr said the sales tax initiative is aligned with the organization’s mission of creating a vibrant city center and community. “We work closely with the WDDC Board of Directors, private sector partners and local government to stimulate new investment and interest in Downtown Wichita. We also partner with organizations like the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce, Go Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau, Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition (GWEDC), and the Wichita Community Foundation to drive economic growth in the area.”

Fluhr added, “We know that a critical resource for any community is securing a reliable water source. Beyond that fundamental need, job creation is vital for the growth of Downtown and the region. Our Board knows that we must have jobs in order to continue and increase the private sector investment we’ve seen through Project Downtown. This is an opportunity to advance our community and increase our competitiveness as a city.”

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 blog to a provide commentary and answer questions about this issue. 

This question answered by Susie Santo,  Go Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau President and CEO,  2014 Board of Directors for the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Susie Santo
CEO and President of Go Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau,
2014 Board of Directors for the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce.

The Board of Directors for Go Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau has joined the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and voted to support the 1 percent sales tax referendum.

Susie Santo, Go Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau President and CEO, said, “Our board is energized by the momentum that we see in this community and believe that a YES vote on this issue provides needed infrastructure and innovation to ensure our community has the right economic foundation to move into the future. We know that every community needs a diversified, solid and growing tax base to fund quality of life projects that are vital for our tourism and visitors. A community must have water and jobs.”

Santo added that a YES vote aligns with her organization’s mission: To market the Greater Wichita area as a major convention and tourism destination, thereby enhancing the economic development of the city, county, region and state.

She said, “Our board values our partnership with the community and the organizations working to learn more about what other communities are doing for the future. We believe that our community can accomplish much more when we are aligned and working together on creating a better place to work, live, and visit.”

What’s new at 2014 Exposure? Find out on 99.7 Lite FM

Bill Ramsey and Angie Elliott discuss the Chamber's business-to-business trade show on the weekly Lite is Local radio program.

Bill Ramsey and Angie Elliott discuss the Chamber’s business-to-business trade show on the weekly Lite is Local radio program.

The Chamber’s annual business-to-business trade show, Exposure, will be held on September 25. Tune into 99.7 Lite FM on Sunday, September 14 at 8 a.m., to learn more about the new features at this year’s show. Exposure volunteer Bill Ramsey joins the Chamber’s Manager of Business Services, Angie Elliott, on the weekly half-hour program, Lite is Local.

Networking events and a Google hangout demonstration are among some of the show’s new features. Check this link to learn more about scheduled opportunities throughout the day to network with your peers on topics ranging from best practices in crisis management to workplace wellness.

Check the Chamber website to download your ticket to the event and to see the list of exhibitors.

Find podcasts from our weekly Lite Wichita Chamber Update on the 99.7 Lite FM website.