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, especially our presenting sponsor, Cox Business.
If you weren’t able to attend the show, you can check out photos of the event on our Facebook page. Then be sure to save the date of Thursday, September 28 for Exposure 2017. If you would like to receive information about exhibiting in 2017, let us know now and we’ll begin contacting exhibitors in April.
Although many of the exhibits topped our favorites lists, the panel of judges chose the following companies to be recognized. Congrats to all!
Exposure, Wichita’s largest business-to-business trade show, will take place this fall at Century II Expo Hall. To take advantage of early-bird booth pricing, businesses must register to exhibit by this Friday, July 29. Register here.
If you’re still on the fence about showcasing your products and services at Exposure Tammy Taylor-Lindholm of Meritrust Credit Union has answered a few FAQs about the show. Click here to see yesterday’s FAQ post from Brad Painchaud of Squid Ink Creative.
Is exhibiting at the show only for Chamber members?
No, all Wichita area businesses are invited to participate but there is a price break for members of the Wichita Metro Chamber. Of course I recommend becoming a member but if you’re still on the fence, this event is a great way to see some of what the Chamber has to offer.
What type of businesses should participate?
Many think it’s strictly a business-to-bustiness event, but the networking and brand awareness EXPO offers is great for all kinds of businesses.
I’ve never exhibited before. Is there any assistance to get me on the right track?
Definitely – this year there are four free exhibitor prep sessions prior to the show. Not only that, but Chamber staff and members of the Exposure planning committee are available and more than willing to offer firsthand advice from their own exhibiting experience.
What has your business gained from exhibiting at Exposure? By participating in Exposure, Meritrust Credit Union has gained opportunities to grow current business relationships and build relationships with new, local businesses. The event also provides an excellent setting for promoting our products and services.
So what are you waiting for? Exhibit prices go up at the end of this week. To find more information about Exposure, including a floor map and a link to register your business to exhibit, visit WichitaBusinessExposure.com.
If you missed out (or just want to relive day), visit our Facebook page to see event photos or search #ICTexpo on Twitter and Instagram. Thank you to all who exhibited, attended and sponsored Exposure 2015, especially to our presenting sponsor, Cox Business.
There’s been a noticeable resurgence in the interest in our city’s flag during the last few months. We’ve had a number of inquiries at the Chamber since “flag fever” started taking hold. We’re asked most often about the meaning behind the flag and where flags can be purchased. So here are some resources for you to share.
Wichita Flag pins
Wichita artist Cecil McAllister, put a lot of thought into his flag design that was adopted by the city almost eighty years ago. Angie Elliott, Director of Business Services for the Chamber, explains the history and symbolism behind the flag in this short video (1 minute and 21 seconds) that can easily be shared via the Chamber’s YouTube channel.
Purchasing a flag
Two Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce members carry Wichita flags that you can purchase for your business or home. Contact Henry Helgerson at 316-943-1851 or The Workroom at 316-295-4520. Follow the The Workroom on social media for images of other flag items they carry as well as discounts on Second Saturday and flash sales. Check @thewokroomICT on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Finding flag pins
Two Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce members carry Wichita flag buttons. Check with Watermark Books or The Workroom for flag buttons, t-shirts, mugs, patches and other flag swag. You can also stop by the Chamber’s booth (#614) at our business-to-business trade show event, Exposure on September 24. We’ve partnered with Tangible Advertising to provide flag pins for exhibitors and attendees on that day. (Plan to participate in our #WichitaFlag social media contest for prizes.)
Following the flag
The Wichita flag has its own social media accounts so that you can see where the flag has been travelling, who is proudly wearing flag swag, and how local artists are incorporating elements of the flag in their work. Check @WichitaFlag on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Post your pictures and comments using #WichitaFlag.
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.
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.
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!
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)
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.
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.
Thank you to everyone who had a part in making EXPOsure Wichita 2013 a success. Whether you were one of the 187 who exhibited or the 1,500 who attended, we were glad to see you there. (Click here for the complete list of exhibitors.)
Below is the list of winners who received awards from the Chamber’s EXPO Planning Committee. Congratulations to each of these organizations and we look forward to seeing what you think up next year!
Thank you to Southwest Airlines for their generous donation of airline tickets and gift certificates. We are so glad you are in Wichita!
Did you have your photo taken with one of our cardboard cutouts promoting nonstop destinations from Wichita Mid-Continent Airport on Southwest Airlines? Here’s the link to find your picture if you selected the “Upload” button after sending it to your email, phone, or other social media tools.
A special thank you to our EXPOsure Planning Committee members. Check the list here and share your ideas for improving next year’s event when you see them.