New Business Contacts
We provide many opportunities for you to get yourself – and your business – in front of more people in our community.
• Ribbon Cuttings
• Business After Hours and Business Before Hours Events
• Quarterly Business Boosts
• Spring Expo
• Annual Christmas Parade
• Chamber Annual Meeting
• Frequent email reminders about opportunities to network
Every day, our office receives many requests for referrals for all types of area businesses and services. In 2014 we filled over 325 relocation inquiries.
We are your Chamber, and we work on your behalf on Legislative issues important you your community.
• Dialogues are a series of community political forums organized each year by the Chamber’s Government Matters Committee and the League of Women Voters. All Dialogues are free to attend. This series of forums provide a great opportunity for the public to voice their concerns and ideas to their elected officials.
Publicity and Exposure
We have many avenues to assist you in getting the recognition you need for your business.
• Chamber Vision Newsletter
• Recognition when your business sponsors a Chamber event
• Printed Membership Directory advertising
• Press releases
• Social Media
The Chamber works closely with the Regional Development Association of East Central Kansas, the lead economic development organization on the Emporia Area. The chamber provides community tours to businesses who are recruiting new employees. We promote shopping locally through various programs such as the Shop Emporia Gift Certificate program.
Small Business Development
The Chamber offers assistance and training to help small business in the area grow.
• Connections with Kansas Small Business Development Center, ESU and FHTC
• ValuNet Smart Room rental for professional meetings, with all-fiber internet and cutting edge technology
• Use of the Chamber’s bulk mail permit (as allowed by postmaster) and on-staff notary
As a chamber member, your business in included in the Member Directory on our web site.
Business and Management Assistance
The Chamber can help member businesses of all sizes in developing leaders within their companies.
• Leadership Emporia Training
• Personalized training to fit your business needs
• Facilitation Services
Shop Emporia Gift Certificate Program
This Chamber program aims to assist participation businesses by keeping the shopping dollars in this area. Over $70,000 of Shop Emporia Gift Certificates were sold in 2014, an increase over 2013.
The Chamber can be a presence for your grand openings, groundbreakings, new locations, and/or new management.