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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

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Lyon County Housing Study

August 20, 2020

Chamber & League to Host Legislative Dialogue February 17, 2024

January 29, 2024

The Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce Government Matters Committee along with the League of Women Voters will host their first Legislative Dialogue for this session on Saturday, February 17, 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 – August 25, 2023

August 29, 2023

As college-aged employees head back to school, businesses face the challenge of filling gaps in their teams, especially for seasonal positions and internships. Here are some effective strategies for businesses to address staffing needs during this transition period. To figure out how many people you need on your team, assess what your business needs to … Read more

Let’s Talk Business – August 11, 2023

August 29, 2023

Small to medium-sized businesses can make their operations more efficient by using AI tools for tasks they might not have the time or the resources for otherwise. AI can help small businesses do more in less time at a lower cost or for free — from automating expense management to producing a sales pitch to … Read more

Welcome the 36th Class of Leadership Emporia Academy

August 22, 2023

The Leadership Emporia Academy committee has reviewed all the applications for this year’s program and is pleased to announce the 36th Class of Leadership Emporia. This year’s class participants and their places of business are listed below.  Please congratulate these new class members and thank their employers when you see them at events, meetings, or … Read more

Emporia Chamber & League of Women Voters to Host Candidate Forum

August 22, 2023

The Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce Government Matters Committee and the League of Women Voters will host a candidate forum for the upcoming election on Tuesday, October 10, at 6 p.m., at the Flint Hills Technical College, 3301 W. 18th Ave., Emporia. The Candidate Forum will be for Emporia Public School Board of Education candidates:  … Read more