Small Business Week – Day 1

May 4 – 8, 2015

Small business creates 2 out of every 3 net new jobs. The Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce salutes our members who own and operate small businesses this week as part of National Small Business Week. Why do they operate in Wichita and what makes our business community so special?  We’ve done short 30-second video profiles of five different Chamber members who shared their thoughts with us.

Bill shares why he loves doing business in Wichita in a 30-second video on the Chamber's YouTube channel.

Bill Ramsey shares why he loves doing business in Wichita in a 30-second video on the Chamber’s YouTube channel posted during National Small Business Week.

First up, Bill Ramsey, with uBreakiFix Wichita. Follow this link to our YouTube channel so you can preview his video. Then share it with others. Use these hashtags #SBW2015 and #DreamSmallBiz to recognize and thank small businesses that you interact with every day.

Thinking of starting a business? National Small Business Week is May 4-8, and there’s no time like the present! Ask yourself these 20 questions to ensure you’re focusing on key business decisions:

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!

Exposure 2014 makes history

By Angie Elliott

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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

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.

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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!

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Two Opportunities to Enjoy Live Music for FREE in Wichita

We have two great opportunities for you to win a free pair of tickets to upcoming music events in Wichita!

The Tontons as part of The Orpheum Theatre’s Emerging Artist Series

on Thursday, April 3

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on Friday, June 20

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The winners will be randomly selected from all blog followers on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, April 2 at 3 p.m. for The Tontons
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