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Little Lyons Childcare Hires Administrator

April 5, 2024

The Board of Directors of Little Lyons Childcare are excited to announce Serena Jeffery as the first Administrator hired to manage Little Lyons Childcare. Serena comes to Little Lyons from the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland. Serena has lived in Emporia for almost 15 years and has dedicated her career to organizations who all serve … Read more

Little Lyons Childcare Seeking Center Administrator

January 29, 2024

Little Lyons Childcare is set to open in spring of 2024 with 3 initial classrooms and eventually licensed for over 100 children and be open 24/7. We are seeking a Center Administrator to oversee start-up, continuing daily operations, staff development, licensing compliance, and curriculum development. KAR 28-4-429 requirements preferred or applicable experience. Experience in leadership, … Read more

Emporia Area Chamber Foundation Receives Capital Projects Fund Accelerator Award

October 24, 2023

The Emporia Area Chamber Foundation is pleased to announce they are recipients of the Capital Projects Fund Accelerator Award in the amount of $1,756,759.00. This grant opportunity was made possible by the U.S. Treasury received by the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund. Factors influencing funding recommendations of this grant include alignment with the requirement … Read more

Ignite Emporia

Michelle Margeson Named Director of Ignite Emporia

August 9, 2023

The Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce and Visit Emporia is pleased to announce that Michelle Margeson has been selected as the Director of Ignite Emporia. Michelle will continue the work of implementing a five-year Ignite Emporia plan and its strategies of workforce development; housing development and revitalization; business retention; community development and marketing, and childcare. … Read more

Emporia Area Chamber Government Matters Committee and League of Women Voters Release Candidate Responses for August 6 Primary Ballot

July 9, 2024

The Emporia Area Chamber Government Matters Committee and League of Women Voters are pleased to announce the release of candidate responses for the upcoming August 6 Primary ballot. These responses provide invaluable insights into the motivations and priorities of the individuals vying for public office in our community. In a concerted effort to foster informed … Read more

37th Leadership Emporia Academy Applications Are Now Being Accepted

June 13, 2024

Plans are being made for the 37th Class of Leadership Emporia Academy.  Applications are now available online at https://emporiakschamber.org/leadership-emporia-3/ and at the Trusler Business Center, 719 Commercial.  If you would like to nominate a candidate for the class, call the Chamber office with their name and address and request that an application be sent to … Read more

Chamber & League of Women Voters to Host 2nd Legislative Dialogue March 16

March 12, 2024

The Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce Government Matters Committee along with the League of Women Voters will host their second Legislative Dialogue for this session on Saturday, March 16, in the conference rooms at Flint Hills Technical College, 3301 W. 18th Ave.  Coffee will be available at 8 a.m. with the Dialogue beginning at 8:30 … Read more

Let’s Talk Business for March 1, 2024

March 1, 2024

One great idea can change the trajectory of your company. Did you know that the idea for the frappuccino — one of Starbucks’ most popular drinks — came from an employee? Amazing things can happen when you encourage employees to innovate and share their ideas about how the company can be improved. Here are ways … Read more

Let’s Talk Business for February 23, 2024

February 23, 2024

The start of the year is a good time to take stock and plan your next business moves. Whether you’re starting a new venture, reaching the next stage of growth, or simply looking for an investment opportunity, you can make 2024 your best year yet. If you’re looking to start a new business in 2024, … Read more