Chamber receives award for Diversity & Inclusion work

In 2017, Diversity and Inclusion became one of the Chamber’s Strategic Priorities. Since then, the organization’s volunteer and staff leadership has led the way in championing the competitive advantage of having a diverse and inclusive business climate.

This work was recently recognized by the Wichita Business Journal, when Chamber President & CEO Gary Plummer was named a 2018 Leader in Diversity. He was presented with the award at a luncheon event on Sept. 17.

When asked what advice he would give an individual or an organization that seeks to be more supportive of diversity, he said, “Be intentional about discussing inclusion and working to make sure your organization reflects your community.”

“Failing to embrace diversity and inclusion limits the breadth of perspectives that are considered and ultimately limits the organization’s impact,” Gary said.

Read more of Gary’s thoughts on the importance of diversity and inclusion in this profile by the Wichita Business Journal.

Chamber President and CEO Gary Plummer (center) was named a 2018 Leader in Diversity by the Wichita Business Journal. He accepted the award with others who have been instrumental in the Chamber’s Diversity and Inclusion work. From left to right: Junetta Everett, Delta Dental of Kansas; Gary Plummer; Suzy Finn, USD 259; and Jonathan Long, Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce.

New Connections, Great Prizes & Good Eats at Exposure on Sept. 27

If you’re looking for more reasons to attend Exposure on Thursday, Sept. 27, then look no further. In addition to making connections to grow your network, trade show attendees can enter to win the incredible prizes listed below. And don’t forget to visit the BizBite vendors that are offering samples of their signature eats and drinks throughout the floor (scroll down to see the list).

More than 220 businesses from the Wichita region will be showcasing their products and services at Exposure, the region’s premiere business trade show and networking event. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27 at Century II Expo. Admission is free for business professionals, and we encourage everyone to register here in advance to expedite the check-in process at the event. See the floor map and find more information about the event here.

Prizes
(Listed in Alphabetical Order and Includes the Prize Value and Vendor’s Booth Number)

Account Recovery Specialists Inc (#822)
Coleman cooler with beer in Wichita Flag Swag theme, $150

Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball, Chtd. (#732)
Game Night Basket, $400

Chick-fil-A (#836)
Catered Meal delivered to one business, $100

Crossland Construction Co., Inc. (#610)
Yeti Roadie Cooler Surprise, $250

Davis-Moore Auto Group (#724)
One complete automotive detail, $150

DoubleTree by Hilton Wichita Airport (#402)
A weekend stay with breakfast for two, $250

Futurity First Insurance Group (#Table 1L)
QuikTrip gift cards, $100

Genesis Health Clubs (#702)
3 Month free membership and 2 FREE personal training sessions, $300

Heartland Credit Union (#114)
Gift basket from Augustino Brewery ($100), cash prizes ($200) and Sonospher Speaker ($105), $405

Homewood Suites by Hilton @ the Waterfront (#416)
One complimentary weekend night (Fri., Sat., or Sun.) stay in a Luxury King Studio Suite – Includes complimentary Suite Start Hot Breakfast Buffet, $140

Hyatt Regency Wichita (#730)
Complimentary one night stay in our Presidential Suite, $950 

INTRUST Bank Arena (#913)
Two tickets to Cirque du Soleil Crystal at INTRUST Bank Arena on Friday October, 26 at 7:30, $174

Kansas Star Casino & Event Center (#501)
Dinner for two to the Woodfire Grille, $100

QueenBee Marketing (#906)
Apple HomePod, $350

Signs & Design (#211)
4’ x 8’ Custom Full Color Banner, $192

Starkey Inc (#826)
Amazon gift card, $100

Succentrix Business Advisors – Wichita (3G)
Amazon Echo, $130

SumnerOne (#703)
Lorell Sit-to-Stand Electric Desk Riser, $535

Superior Signs & Engraving, Inc. (#116)
Printed Wichita Flag tote bag stuffed full of Wichita swag: beach towel, hat, t-shirt, coffee mug, tumbler, golf balls, bottle opener, key chain, license plate, and more, $250

Sunflower Bank (#820)
Shockers Men’s Basketball home tickets and parking pass in a decorative basket, $250

The Alley Indoor Entertainment (#506)
Free Escape Room Package. Valid for up to 6 people, 1 escape room adventure, $193

The Alley Indoor Entertainment (#506)
2 hours Unlimited Bowling, & Karts; good for up to 10 guests. Shoes included, $200

The Lodge at Old Kinderhook (#815)
1 Night Stay, 2 round of golf and 4 ICE passes + skate Rentals, $400+

Watermark Books & Cafe (#303)
Gift certificate, $100

Wichita Sports Forum (#1037)
A 6-month family membership (up to 4 people) to Aviate Extreme Air Sports, inside Wichita Sports Forum, $420

Wichita Thunder (#213)
Four VIP Tickets good for any game, $116

World Impact Wichita (#518)
Flying Stove gift card, $100

World Impact Wichita (#518)
Espresso to Go-Go gift card, $100

Xclusive Events (#1030)
2 Tickets to Bloktoberfest Beer Tasting ($80) and 2 Bloktoberfest shirts ($30), $110

Xtreme Racing & Entertainment (#Table 1D)
6 Person Grand Prix Event, $310

Zinta Inspired Language LLC (#Tabletop 2J)
One Adult 8-week Language Class (Spanish or French) With textbook, $298

Biz Bites
(Listed in Alphabetical Order and Includes the Vendor’s Booth Number)

American Fun Food Inc. • 401
Augustino Brewing Company • 114
Chick-fil-A • 836
Costco Wholesale • 101
Cowboy Chicken • 212
Eat Fit Go • 507
Fredo’s • 902
Hall’s Culligan Water Conditioning • 827
Hopping Gnome Brewing Company • 920A
J Rae’s Bakery • 932
Jason’s Deli • 1201
LongHorn Steakhouse • 500
PrairieFire Coffee Roasters • 828
Reverie Coffee Roasters • 200
Rib Crib • 733
River City • 514
Sweetly Scrumptious • 514
Texas Roadhouse • 927
The Farris Wheel • 721
The Kitchen • 920B
The Monarch • 1030

Admission is free for business professionals, and we encourage everyone to register in advance at wichitachamber.org/exposure to expedite the check-in process at the event.

Open Streets ICT: A Dunkin’ Good Time

By Tram Ngo

Ever wanted to dunk the Mayor, Police Chief or a City Council Member or two? Well we’ve lined up your opportunity at Open Streets ICT on Sunday, Sept. 23.

“What is Open Streets ICT?” you might be asking. Open Streets ICT is a FREE (we all love free) community-building event that closes a usually busy street to traffic and opens it for biking, walking, running, dancing, yoga and more. All Wichitans (that means you!) are invited to join the fun and to stop at local Douglas Avenue businesses, restaurants, street vendors and activity hubs. The goal of Open Streets ICT is to promote the interaction of local businesses and organizations with the community to help strengthen the connections in Wichita. You can check out the website here for more information.

You might also be asking, “Why is the Chamber participating?” Well because why not?! The Chamber’s mission is to drive economic growth and community advancement in the Wichita region, so the mission of Open Streets ICT falls right in line with what we want to accomplish for our community. This is the second year the Chamber has participated in the event and you can see photos from last year’s activities on our Facebook album.

This year, we’re ready for a dunking-good time. $5 will get you three shots at sending one of the individuals listed below into a dunk tank. All proceeds will go to United Way of the Plains, so be sure to come see us in front of our building at 350 W. Douglas. Let us know you’re coming by RSVPing to the Facebook event!

Dunk Tank Schedule
1:30 p.m. – Jeff Longwell, Mayor of the City of Wichita
2:00 p.m. – Gordon Ramsay – Chief of Wichita Police Department
2:30 p.m. – Pete Meitzner – City Council member of District 2
3:00 p.m. – Jeff Blubaugh – City Council member of District 4

Interested in checking out the Wichita Flag murals along Douglas that day? Download the free izi.TRAVEL app (search for Wichita Flag Murals –Downtown Wichita, Kansas) to access an audio guide and digital map.

Fun on the Exposure Show Floor

Stacy Ward Lattin (owner of Hopping Gnome Brewing) and Natasha Gandhi (owner of The Kitchen) are teaming up to offer a Bite & Sip experience at Exposure.

Three weeks from today, Century II’s Expo Hall will become the place to be in the Wichita business community when our Exposure trade show and networking event comes to life. On Sept. 27, more than 220 businesses from all industries will exhibit their products and services, and more than 1,800 attendees will walk away with connections and leads to grow their networks.

But aside from that, there will be a whole lot of FUN on the show floor. One of our favorite new partnerships is between Hopping Gnome Brewing Company and The Kitchen. The Hopping Gnome is a small microbrewery and taproom known for their exceptional customer service and passion for craft beer, and The Kitchen is locally and family-owned restaurant known for serving delicious food that is good for the body and makes the heart happy. These woman-led companies are teaming up to offer attendees a Bite & Sip Pairing, which will feature a Hopping Gnome Beer that pairs well with The Kitchen’s Southwest Quinoa Salad. Pay them a visit at booth #920 — your taste buds will thank you. (Pro Tip: Look for balloons throughout the show floor to find the BizBite booths, which are food vendors serving samples of their delicious offerings).

Paint the Towne Owner Jessie Sterling (left) says her exhibit will showcase options for team building activities.

Another new addition to Exposure this year is the creative team at Paint the Towne, a company that offers fun step-by-step paint parties for all ages and group sizes. Owner Jessie Sterling has promised an interactive experience when you visit them at booth #1010. “We will have art installations that guest can actually help create — some for the nice and clean, and some that are a little bit more for the adventurous.”

Many vendors use Exposure as a venue to launch new products and services. The team at Superior Signs & Engraving will be showcasing their new direct-to-garment printing services, and attendees will be able to see the process live, as they will be printing shirts throughout the show. Stop by and check them out in booth #116.

For those who have attended Exposure in the last few years, you undoubtedly remember your visit to the Expo Block Party. The party is returning in 2018 and the following businesses are participating: Auto Craft Collision Repair, Heartland Play & Stay/Hairy Sofa Pet Grooming, Metro Appliances, River City Brewing Co., Specs and Sweetly Scrumptious. Come party with them on the main Red Carpet Aisle.

The Expo Block Party is always a show favorite.

One of our staff’s favorite parts of Exposure is getting to see so many Chamber members and member of the community in one place. You will find Chamber staff through the show floor and in our booth (#614). We will be celebrating a Salute to the Military, so stop by to sign a welcome banner for the KC-46 Tanker and U.S.S. Wichita Naval Combat Ship crews.

We hope this has piqued your interest and that you will join us on Sept. 27. The show floor will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and you can experience all of this Exposure fun at no cost! Admission to the show is free for business professionals, but we do recommend registering in advance to expedite the check-in process at the event. Register here and be sure to check out the complete list of registered exhibitors. We will see you at Exposure!