For those of you not familiar with the organization, YEP (Young Emporia Professionals) was created to foster community awareness and networking, targeting those between the ages of 21 to 45. The goal is to get the younger portion of the working population in Emporia educated and involved in the community. Our mission is to promote and offer innovative ways for young professionals to expand their professional horizons by addressing the unique challenges that younger individuals face in forming career and social connections in the Emporia Area. As a long-term goal, we want employers and the community in general to utilize the group as a way to introduce prospective, new, and current employees and residents to Emporia.  The objectives of YEP are to create and cultivate our future leaders, provide education and professional development opportunities, providing understanding of the community while working to keep our young professionals in Emporia, creating networking opportunities, providing an outlet for volunteer information and opportunities and building awareness of governmental processes and issues.

YEP Educational and Social events are held each month. For dates, times and locations watch your email for an Evite if you are already a YEP member and for non YEP members look for the YEP article with event listings in the monthly Chamber newsletter, or check out YEP’s Facebook page. A listing of YEP events is also at the bottom of this page.

Membership is open to any employee age 21 to 45 and is open to both Chamber members and non members. Annual dues are $35 for Chamber members and $55 for non chamber members. Corporate memberships are also available at $120 for Chamber member businesses and $200 for non Chamber member businesses. A corporate membership is a flat rate that covers membership dues for all employees/members of your business/organization.

We encourage you to come to one of the educational or social events to see if you would like to join the Young Emporia Professionals.

If you would like more information on YEP please contact Jessica Crumb with the Emporia Area Chamber & Visitors Bureau at or call 342-1600.



Young Emporia Professionals 2013 Events:

July 16 – at noon, tour of Navrat’s Office Products, 728 Mechanic. Navrat’s will be grilling lunch to enjoy after the tour.

August 28 – at noon, tour of Longbine Autoplaza, 3012 W. US Hwy 50.

September – TBA

October 10 – at noon, Behind the scenes tour of ESU Theatre’s 2013 Homecoming Production “All Shook Up”, 1200 Commercial St., King Hall.

November – TBA

If your business would like to sponsor or host a YEP event please contact Jessica Crumb at or 620-342-1600.


2013 YEP Executive Board:

Chair – Justin Ogleby, The Emporia Gazette

Chair Elect – Victoria Partridge, Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland

Past Chair – Kathleen Centlivre,  Agler & Gaeddert, Chtd.

Secretary/Treasure – Justin Ogleby, The Emporia Gazette

Chamber of Commerce Rep – Jessica Crumb

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