From Airplanes to Zumba, Exposure 2018 Had it All!

More than 220 businesses and organizations shared their products and services with 1,759 attendees at the Chamber’s annual trade show, Exposure, that was held on Sept. 27 at Century II. The numbers were up for both attendees (1,759) and exhibitors (220), and the event included booths with information about Wichita’s favorite aircraft programs and even a Zumba demonstration at the end of the day led by Genesis Health Clubs.

One of the highlights at the Chamber exhibit was a visit from Connie Palacioz who stopped by to sign the U.S.S. Wichita banner. Palacioz riveted the original nose section of Wichita’s restored B-29 Superfortress, Doc, when she worked at Boeing from 1942-45. Her brother, Jay Cuellar, was a crew member of the U.S.S. Wichita (1939-47).

Organizers Rachel Douglass (Membership and Engagement Director) and Alison Percy (Member Engagement Coordinator) reported that booth traffic was steady and that many exhibitors engaged attendees with interactive activities at their booths. The Chamber’s exhibit was centered on the red carpet and drew traffic all day as attendees signed two different Wichita flag-themed banners. The first banner will be used to welcome the KC-46 crews to McConnell Air Force Base this fall and the second one will be sent to the crew of the U.S.S. Wichita when it’s commissioned in early 2019.

Some exhibitors, like Tim Fruits of Malibu Creative, posted a wrap-up of their experience on social media. Fruits shared a two-minute video about how the event reinforced his enthusiasm for building a business in Wichita. Like other exhibitors, Fruits made some valuable connections during Exposure with potential new clients and other business owners who are passionate about their industries and services.

Tim Fruits with Malibu Creative posted a short video about his team’s experience at 2018 Exposure.

Check out more photos from Exposure on the Chamber’s Facebook page. Our thanks to the Exposure Committee for volunteering their time and expertise as well as our sponsors who made the event possible:

Mark your calendars for Thursday, September 19, when next year’s Exposure event will take place.

Small Business Week – Day Four

The Squid Ink Creative team at the 2014 Exposure event

The Squid Ink Creative team at the 2014 Exposure event

On the fourth day of National Small Business Week, Brad Painchaud of Squid Ink Creative shares why he is encouraged by the positive energy in Wichita and how that translates to better business. Follow this link to our YouTube channel to view his video, then share it will others using #NSBW2015.

Small Business Tip: Did you know that 95% of consumers live outside of the U.S.? Learn how you can take your small business to new markets through exporting.  www.sba.gov/blogs/interested-exporting-these-four-resources-can-help

Small Business Week – Day Three

CBD SBA Luncheon

The team at Cassandra Bryan Design specializes in professional logo and custom website design. The team is pictured here attending the 2014 Chamber Small Business Awards Luncheon.

On the third day of National Small Business Week, Cassandra Bryan with
cb {d} Cassandra Bryan Design shares why she is inspired by the innovators and entrepreneurs who are doing business in Wichita. Follow this link to our YouTube channel to view her 55-second video, then share it will others using #NSBW2015.

If you have big dreams for your small business, check SBA resource partners like SCORE, Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) and Women’s Business Centers (WBC) for assistance. Follow this link to locate partners near you.

NOTE:  Our special thanks to Chamber member Bill Ramsey of uBreakiFix for his assistance with some technical difficulties we experienced earlier today when trying to export and post today’s video. We are indebted to him for his expertise and his willingness to lend us a hand when we needed it most.

Small Business Week – Day Two

Nancy Wilson_WorkSafe

Nancy Wilson

As National Small Business Week continues, Nancy Wilson with WorkSafe Physical Therapy tells us why she loves living and working in Wichita in today’s video. Follow this link to our YouTube channel, then share it will others using #NSBW2015.

And if you missed yesterday video featuring Bill Ramsey with uBreakiFix Wichita, you can see it here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business?  ww.sba.gov/nsbw