Groene Joins Chamber and Elliott Assumes New Title and Role

This week the Chamber welcomes Rachel Groene (pronounced Gree’nee) as the Manager of Business Services. A graduate of Wichita State University, Groene brings more than five years of marketing and brand experience to her new role.

Rachel Groene is the Chamber's newest team member.

Rachel Groene is the Chamber’s newest team member.

Chamber Director of Business Services, Angie Elliott, hired Rachel after an intensive search for someone with relationship management and special event experience. Elliott said, “We had many qualified candidates who were interested in being part of the Chamber team. We were impressed with Rachel’s accomplishments, experience and professionalism. We’re confident that our members will enjoy working with her and that she’ll help us continue to provide value-added programming and services for our members.”

Angie Elliott was recently promoted from the Manager of Business Services to the Director of Business Services by Chamber President and CEO, Gary Plummer. Elliott started her Chamber career in 2008, and is a graduate of the Institute for Organizational Management (IOM), a professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Elliott holds a BA in Business/Marketing from Friends University and an MEd in Sports Administration from Wichita State University.

Angie Elliott

Angie Elliott has been promoted to Director of Business Services.

Plummer commented on the recent staff changes. “We’ve already been congratulated on Rachel’s hire by some of our members who have worked with her during her career. And I’m very pleased that Angie will now be able to take on more responsibilities in her Director role. She’s a team player, strategic thinker, and an excellent resource manager. She’s well respected by our Board, staff and volunteers for her vision, leadership abilities and management skills.”

Please help us congratulate Angie on her promotion and welcome Rachel to our Chamber team.

Eight tips for making the most of Exposure

Exposure is this Thursday! We shared some Expo prep tips last week, and here are a few for the big day.

  1. Bring plenty of business cards for exchanging with new contacts and to enter drawings.
  2. Wear comfortable shoes so you can easily cover the showroom floor.
  3. Bring your social media game, pick up a Wichita Flag pin, and win prizes for sharing what you love about Wichita.
  4. Warm up your vocal chords and bring you’re A-game to the Squid Ink & Kent Audio Visual booth for a Karaoke Showdown
  5. Bring your appetite so you can taste test some Biz Bites from local restaurants.
  6. Say a special hello to the 65 exhibitors who are NEW to Exposure this year.
  7. Practice your right to vote for the new “People’s Choice” award for your favorite booth or table display.
  8. Stick around for the end of the day when the exhibitor award winners are announced and the buffet table is set.

Download the complimentary ticket at

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Weigh in on Wichita’s future

During yesterday’s joint meeting of the Chamber’s Board of Directors and Board of Advisors, attendees answered a brief survey about Wichita’s future and the main issues that keep them up at night. We’d like input from readers our as well. Please follow the link below and weigh in by answering three questions. The survey closes at 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 21.

Take the Survey


Chamber welcomes MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski

Joe Scarborough

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The Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce has secured Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski from MSNBC’s Morning Joe program to interview Koch Industries Chairman and CEO Charles Koch on stage as part of the November 2nd Annual Meeting program. An added feature of the event includes the broadcast of the Morning Joe program live from Wichita the following day.

2015 Chamber Chairman Jon Rosell said that the evening with Koch will be enhanced by two nationally known and experienced interviewers. Rosell said, “All three of the people on stage that evening are thought leaders and authors who will have a lot to share with our community.”

Mika Brzezinski

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Gary Plummer, President and CEO of the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce, is especially pleased about the opportunity to showcase Wichita the next day and to tell Wichita’s remarkable story.

Community partners for the next day’s broadcast in Wichita are Wichita State University, Visit Wichita, and the Greater Wichita Partnership.

Learn more about the event, speaker and the moderators:
Bios – Koch, Scarborough & Brzezinski
Annual Meeting reservation information

Follow the Morning Joe co hosts on social media:
Mika Brzezinski
@morningmika on Twitter, mikabrzezinski on Instagram, and Mika Brzezinski on Facebook
Joe Scarborough
@JoeNBC on Twitter, joescarborough on Instagram, and Joe Scarborough on Facebook

Ten Things You Need To Do This Week to Get Ready for Exposure

We hope you are planning to join us next Thursday, Sept. 24 at Exposure for Wichita’s largest business-to-business trade show and networking event. Here are some helpful tips to prepare to make the most of the day.2015_EXPOsure_stackedcolor_withsponsor

  1. Sign up for the Sunrise Scrambler and kick off your day with a motivational presentation by Darcee Datteri with Allen Gibbs & Houlik who will highlight the importance of businesses being visible leaders in the community.
  2. Amp up your marketing and communications game by registering for the Digital Wichita luncheon with social media expert Jeff Sieh.
  3. Get a haircut and spiff up your wardrobe for your new business photo courtesy of the Wichita Eagle (Booth #415).
  4. Download your free Exposure ticket and then invite a colleague or a new contact to attend with you.
  5. Check the Wichita Eagle’s business section on Thursday, Sept 17 and Sept. 24 for the exhibit floor map and the list of exhibitor prizes.
  6. Check your business card inventory to ensure you have enough to meet with the 220 exhibitors and 1,700 show attendees.
  7. Search #ICTexpo on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to see what the exhibitors have in store for Sept. 24.
  8. Hit up your favorite shoes store to purchase and break in some comfy shoes for a full day of networking.
  9. Feeling left out of the exhibit fun? There are still a few exhibit spaces left, starting at only $150. Contact Rita at 268-1123 for more info.
  10. Think about what you would do with all the great prizes up for grabs at the show, like:
  • iPad Minis (High Touch Technologies)
  • Restaurant gift cards from some of Wichita’s best (The File Depot, Kansas Star Event Center, and ICS Autoworks)
  • WSU men’s basketball tickets (Stinson Leonard Street, LLP)
  • Visa gift cards (Spangenberg Phillips Tice Architecture and Great Plains Communications)

See you on Thursday!

Expo Floor

Answering your #WichitaFlag questions

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 buttons

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.