Enter to win Professional Bull Riding tickets at INTRUST Bank Arena

We are partnering with INTRUST Bank Arena to celebrate the wonderful events and attractions they bring to our community in honor of their five year anniversary! The Professional Bull Riding tour is coming to Wichita on April 25, and we have tickets to give away. If you would like to be entered for a chance to win, just follow our blog by clicking on the orange “Follow” button in the right corner of this page and entering your email address. Good luck and congratulations to INTRUST Bank Arena for five great years!



Professional Bull Riding Tickets

  1. To Enter: NO PURCHASE OR OBLIGATION NECESSARY to enter or win this contest. Void in Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Alaska, Rhode Island, and where prohibited. Contest begins March 27, 2015, at 4 p.m. C.T. and ends at noon C.S.T. April 17, 2015. To enter without purchase or obligation, please FOLLOW the Chamber’s blog at http://blog.wichitachamber.org/. Incomplete subscriptions are not eligible. Completed subscriptions must be received by noon C.S.T., April 17, 2015.
  2. Drawing: A random drawing from all eligible entries received will be conducted between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on April 17, 2015. Entrants need not be present to win. Prize is guaranteed to be awarded. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prize of equal or greater value. Odds of winning will depend on the total number of eligible subscriptions/entries received.
  3. Prize: Two (2) prizes to consist of two Professional Bull Riding tickets issued by INTRUST Bank Arena. Tickets will not be redeemable for cash or credit at any time, nor will tickets be replaced if lost or stolen. Tickets are subject to conditions imposed by the arena. Certain restrictions may apply. Prize is not transferable (and must be accepted as awarded). Winner is solely responsible for payment of all federal, state, and local taxes that may apply. Approximate Retail Value of Prize: $50.
  4. Eligibility: Sweepstakes is open to all legal U.S. residents of the 48 contiguous United States and District of Columbia, excluding Rhode Island. Subscribers must be 21 years and older as of January 1, 2015. Employees of INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce, their advertising and promotions agencies, any subsidiaries or affiliates and their immediate families (spouse and parents, children and siblings and their spouses) and individuals living in the same households of such employees are ineligible. This sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. By participating, entrants agree to these official rules and accept decisions of the Sponsor as final. Void in Puerto Rico and where prohibited or restricted by law. This promotion is offered in the United States only and shall only be construed and evaluated according to United States law. All federal, state, and local laws apply.
  5. To Claim Prize: Potential winner will be notified by email and will be required to complete and sign an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability Release and a Publicity Release. If prize is undeliverable or if potential winner is ineligible, the prize will be awarded to an alternate winner in a random drawing. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission (except where prohibited) to use winner’s and winner’s guests name, voice, biography, hometown and likeness for purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity in any media without additional compensation.
  6. Limitation of Liability: Neither the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce nor its affiliated entities, is responsible for printing or typographical errors in any contest-related materials; or transactions that are processed late or incorrectly or are lost due to computer or electronic malfunction. Winner is solely responsible for payment of all federal, state, and local taxes on prize and for any travel or other expenses not specifically mentioned in prize description. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or modify Contest if fraud or technical failure compromises the integrity of the Contest as determined by Sponsor in their sole discretion.This Contest offer is being made exclusively by the Sponsor. Sponsor is not responsible for technical, hardware, software, or telephone failures of any kind; lost or unavailable network connections or fraud; incomplete, garbled, or delayed computer transmission whether caused by Sponsor, user, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the promotion or by any technical or human error which may occur in the process of submissions which may limit a participant’s ability to participate in this promotion.

    Winner and guest assume all liability for any injury or damage caused, or claimed to be caused by participation in this sweepstakes or use or redemption of any prize/offer.

    By entering, entrant agrees to hold harmless and indemnify the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, governors, employees, and agents against any and all liability, damages, or causes of action (however named or described), with respect to or arising out of (i) entrant’s participation in the sweepstakes, (ii) the receipt or use of the prizes/offers awarded herein.

  1. Winners List: Official printed rules are available at the reception desk of the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce. The rules are also displayed on the Chamber blog at blog.wichitachamber.org. Winner list can be obtained on or after April 17, 2015, by sending a self-addressed envelope and request to Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce, 350 West Douglas, Wichita, KS 67202-2970.
  2. Sponsor: Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce, 350 West Douglas, Wichita, KS 67202-2970.

GWEDC to market WSU’s Innovation Campus in Germany next month

Wichita State University (WSU) announced this week that Airbus has signed a letter of intent to locate a major engineering center on WSU’s new Innovation Campus. Around 400 Airbus employees will move from their current location in downtown Wichita to a new two-story building on the Wichita State University campus in January 2017. The development firm MWCB LLC, led by David Murfin, Nestor Weigand Jr., Ivan Crossland Jr. and Steven Barrett, will finance and manage the project, known as Partnership 1.

David Murfin of MWCB LLC and Dr. John Bardo, President of Wichita State University, both serve as Members At-Large on the Greater Wichita Economic Development (GWEDC) Steering Council. GWEDC President Tim Chase said that his team will be using the announcement to market Wichita at upcoming trade shows and other events.

Chase said, “We have an opportunity next month at the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology in Hannover, Germany, to target executives that represent robotics, energy storage devices and advanced materials. They’ll be extremely interested in the fact that WSU has aligned itself with such an influential global company. Airbus is known for its innovative culture and this news will further demonstrate to our targets that Wichita should receive full consideration for their future expansions and partnerships.”

WSU will make an announcement on Tuesday, March 31 at 10 a.m. regarding the plans for the building in downtown Wichita that Airbus will no longer occupy after January 2017.

Follow these links to learn more about the WSU Innovation Campus:

Dr. Bardo shared his appreciation for the four local developers who are helping the University align with business needs. Pictured from left to right at the WSU news conference are:  Nestor Weigand, Steve Barrett, David Murfin and Ivan Crossland, Jr.  The four investors are  developing the project as MWCB LLC.

Dr. Bardo shared his appreciation for the four local developers who are helping the University align with business needs. Pictured from left to right at the WSU news conference are: Nestor Weigand, Steve Barrett, David Murfin and Ivan Crossland, Jr. The four investors are developing the project as MWCB LLC.

Stop making plans & thrive in the chaos

A recap of the March Sunrise Scrambler

Many would be hard pressed to find a leadership model that exceeds that of the United States Marine Corps. And many of the USMC leadership principles can also be applied in business and in life. Richard Rierson, ten-year USMC vet and founder of Dose of Leadership, spoke about this concept at our March Sunrise Scrambler when he presented “Closing the Gap Between Strategic Development & Strategic Execution.” We have outlined some of his main points below.

Richard Rierson

           Richard Rierson

  • USMC Philosophies – train everyone to act as a leader, make decisions from the bottom up, ask for forgiveness instead of permission, and learn to thrive within chaos. These are also good philosophies for business leaders to adopt.
  • There is no such thing as a perfect plan. Focusing on detail and control is not the answer. Instead, we should focus on aligning our teams on working toward clear outcomes. It is not about working on a plan; it is working toward the desired outcome.
  • Focusing on clarity and alignment leads to an intelligent organization with engaged and high-performing teams.
  • You cannot over communicate your organization’s desired outcomes.
  • Give your people the tools, time and support they need to succeed. Define boundaries then get out of the way.
  • You can have a decent strategy and a great culture and succeed every time. But if you have a great strategy and a negative culture, failure is inevitable. “Culture eats strategy for lunch every single day.”

You can follow Richard on Twitter @DoseofLeader, and you view his full presentation here.

See photos from the Sunrise Scrambler on our Facebook page, and see conversation from the event on Twitter using #chamberict.

Special thanks to our Sunrise Scrambler sponsors: Legacy Bank, Holiday Inn Wichita East, and Davis-Moore Autogroup.

Registration is now open for our next Sunrise Scrambler on April 16, when a panelist of our 2015 Small Business Awards finalists will share what has made their organizations unique and successful. Please join us to support small business!

Young Professionals of Wichita Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Formed in 2005, Young Professionals of Wichita (YPW) is celebrating their tenth year of providing innovative ways for young professionals in the Wichita area to socialize, expand their professional horizons, and immerse themselves in the Wichita community. A vital part of attracting and retaining young intellectual capital for Wichita, YPW has grown their membership to a new all-time high of 2,500 individuals. “Record-breaking attendance at events during the first quarter of the year has been a great way to kick off our ten-year celebration,” said YPW Executive Director Suzy Finn.

Earlier this year the YPW Board approved a high-level priority for each of the Board’s four organizational goals. You can read more about their 2015 plans by following this link to the blog posting titled Starting on the next 10 years.

You can help YPW celebrate their accomplishments over the last decade by attending or sponsoring their annual Founders’ Day event at Venue 332 at Wichita Scottish Rite Center on July 31. Contact Meg at 268-1171 for sponsorship and ticket information.

YPW members at the 2014 Founders' Day celebration

                             YPW members at the 2014 Founders’ Day celebration

Learn about the Export Plan for South Central Kansas

Almost twenty-eight percent of the Wichita-area economy is export dependent. And many businesses in the South Central Kansas region would like to increase the number of products and services they export.

The long-awaited Wichita-South Central Kansas Regional Export Plan will be unveiled on Thursday, March 26 at the Meridian Center (1420 East Broadway Court) in Newton at 3:30 p.m. Participants will hear recommendations for growing exports in the ten-county region by one billion dollars over the next five years.

More than 100 people in our 10 county region have participated in the completion of the first-of-its-kind Export Plan for South Central Kansas.

More than 100 people in our 10-county region participated in the completion of the first-of-its-kind Export Plan for South Central Kansas.

Considered one of the boldest retention-expansion efforts ever undertaken in South Central Kansas, the plan is a joint effort of the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition, Kansas Global Trade Services, WSU’s Center for Economic Development and Business Research, Regional Economic Area Partnership, Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas, the City of Wichita and Sedgwick County.

Businesses that currently export their products and services or wish  to begin exporting should attend the meeting on March 26 to hear more about the plan that was orchestrated by the Brookings Institution in collaboration with JP Morgan Chase.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • issues exporters face
  • global opportunities
  • benefits of the export plan
  • anticipated economic impact

Please RSVP to Ella Reusser at reusser@kansasglobal.org.

2015 Small Business of the Year finalists announced

The 2015 Small Business of the Year finalists were announced last night at a Metro Mingle event. This is the eleventh year for the program, which is presented by the 2014 award recipients: Balco, Inc. and Icon Structures Inc.

In addition to offering well-deserved recognition to small businesses for their achievements and contributions to our community, the Small Business Award program provides owners and their employees the opportunity to showcase their company, share their story, and be rewarded for their efforts.

“Our focus in 2015 is on growing jobs in our region,” Chamber President Gary Plummer said. “Small businesses are at the heart of job growth, both here and across the nation. It’s a wonderful time to be recognizing the outstanding small businesses that are creating jobs and making Wichita a stronger community. Congratulations to each of these finalists.”

2015 Finalists
Advanced Mobile Healthcare
After Hours Auto Repair
Building Controls and Services Inc.
Chance Rides Manufacturing, Inc.
Cornerstone Design and Development, Inc.
Crave Beauty Academy
Legacy Bank
McClelland Sound Inc.
Zernco, Inc.

Ninety-four small businesses were nominated for the award, and twenty completed the application process. The finalists will be featured at a Sunrise Scrambler event on April 16, and an Awards Luncheon will be held on May 13 to announce this year’s winners.

See photos from the Metro Mingle event here.

More information and a complete list of past winners can be found at wichitachamber.org/awards

2015 Finalists with Chamber President Gary Plummer

2015 Finalists with Chamber President Gary Plummer


Gearhart appointed to Chamber Board of Directors

Pat Gearhart

Pat Gearhart

Pat Gearhart, President of Bank SNB, has been appointed to the Chamber’s Board of Directors by Chairman Jon Rosell. Classified as a Chairman’s Appointment, Gearhart will serve on the Board for one year.

“We’re delighted to add Pat to the Chamber Board of Directors,” Rosell said. “Pat is active in the community and will be a strong supporter of the mission and vision of the Chamber. I personally look forward to learning from and working with Pat to help further the work of the Chamber in our community and region.”

A complete listed of the Chamber Board of Directors is always available at wichitachamber.org.

Chamber plans unconventional membership event

More than 200 volunteers will race against the clock to sign up new Chamber members during our 2015 Membership Event on April 7-9. This will be the second time we have worked with Your Chamber Connection, a group that specializes in high energy and out-of-the-box membership campaigns.

Eleven local business leaders are currently recruiting teams of volunteers to call on their peers and colleagues and invite them to join the Chamber during the event, which is sponsored by Westar Energy.

  • Wayne Chambers – High Touch Technologies
  • Brandon Converse – Keating & Associates
  • Marty Cornejo – Cornejo & Sons Inc.
  • Tom Dondlinger – Dondlinger & Sons Construction Company Inc.
  • Moji Fanimokun – Kansas Secured Title
  • Jeff Fluhr – Downtown Development Corporation
  • Don Harris – Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.
  • Greg Klenda – Klenda Austerman LLC, Attorneys at Law
  • Martha Linsner – TCK – The Trust Company of Kansas
  • Michael Monteferrante – Envision, Inc.
  • Sean Weaver – Allen, Gibbs & Houlik, L.C.

Membership Drive Chairs

We currently have more than 1,700 members, representing over 150,000 employees in the Wichita metro area. As the voice of the business community, we need input from more local companies on important issues that affect the business climate—like job creation, workforce training and quality-of-life improvements.

For more information about how to become a Chamber member, please call Manager of Membership Development Kresta Dundas at 268-1115.

Jim Fly joins Chamber as Education & Workforce Development Consultant

Jim Fly

Jim Fly

Jim Fly has joined our staff as an Education & Workforce Development Consultant. This newly created part-time position advances our education and workforce development strategic priorities by working with our Business & Education Alliance, its associated work groups, and public/private partners.

Chamber President Gary Plummer said the new part-time position was created to support our growing involvement in strengthening the community’s workforce.  “Jim Fly has a history of working with local companies and colleges on training, coaching and career service issues so we’re confident that he will provide the needed support for the Chamber’s Business & Education Alliance (BEA), Achieve Kansas, and Young Professionals of Wichita (YPW). His work will continue to enhance our economic development efforts by improving our workforce development solutions for new and expanding Chamber businesses.”

Fly holds a Masters of Science in Human Relations in Business and a Master of Arts in Professional Development. Both degrees are from Amberton University in Dallas, TX. His Bachelor of Arts in Psychology is from Harding University in Searcy, AR. He has resided in Wichita since 2011. Fly will continue to provide professional development assistance to employers, educational institutions, and individuals through his company, Alamo Dynamics.