Emporia Chamber Updates


Emporia Chamber Update 

Friday, July 30, 2021

Friday Shout Out!

Thank you to our sponsor, VekTek LLC

Timely information for Members of the Emporia Area Chamber & Visitors Bureau



Welcome to our Friday Shout Out! Our goal is to update you on what’s happening in our community and with our members. Let us know if you have something you would like us to share. Just email:  chamber@emporiakschamber.org.


A Shout Out To:

The Men of SOS Strong, for a successful campaign, raising over $62,000!

Roxy Van Gundy at Lyon County Emergency Communications Center, recipient of the Outstanding 911der Woman Award!

The Emporia Gazette Readers’ Choice Award Chamber member winners:

Granada Coffee Company (Best Coffee)

Thomas Felts Photography (Best Photographer)

Kari’s Diamonds and Bridal (Best Bridal Shop and Jewelry Store)

Jessie Boyce at Holiday Resort (Best Nurse)

Holiday Resort (Best Adult Care Facility)

Sommers Auto Plaza (Best Independent Car Dealership)

ValuNet FIBER (Best Internet Provider & Best Television Provider)

L&L Pets (Best Pet Supply Store)

Gambino’s Pizza (Best Pizza)

Jack’s Lawn & Pool (Best Pool/Hot Tub Store)

Mark II Lumber and Building Supplies (Best Lumber Supply Store)

Clark Carpet & Tile (Best Carpet and Floor Store)

Plumbing By Spellman Inc. (Best Plumbing Company)

Jesse Shaver at Cliff’s Super Service (Best Auto Mechanic)

Michelle Malone at Malone Dental (Best Dentist)

Modern Air Conditioning (Best Heating and Air Company)

Emporia Floral Company (Best Florist)

ESB Insurance & Financial Services (Best Investment Company AND Best Financial Advisor)

Mel’s Tire (Best Tire Store)

Flint Hills Towing (Best Towing Provider)

Ek Real Estate (Best Real Estate Firm)

Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home (Best Funeral Home)

ESB Financial (Best Bank AND Best Overall Customer Service AND Best Day Trip)

Bluestem Farm and Ranch Supply (Best Hardware Store)

Pizza Ranch (Best Buffet)

Haag Pharmacy (Best Pharmacy)

McKinzie Pest Control (Best Pest Control Service)

Mark Kraft at Hair Krafters (Best Barber)

Mr. G’s (Best Car Wash)

KVOE (Best Radio Station AND Best Radio Personality)

Gerald Schumann Electric (Best Electrical Contractor)

Jon Pool at Pool & Associate Chartered (Best Accountant)

Sweet Granada (Best Store Front AND Best Bakery/Desserts)

Bobby D’s Merchant St. BBQ (Best Barbecue)

Maurices (Best Clothing Apparel Shop)

Leanne Burris at Malone Dental (Best Dental Hygienist)

Ryann Brooks at The Emporia Gazette (Best Writer/Columnist)

Emporia Senior Center (Best Bingo)

—Stay tuned for the rest of the list next Friday!—

ESU Foundation & Alumni Association, for 34 years of Chamber membership on 8/1!

Ed Rathke, for 33 years of Chamber membership on 8/1!

Emporia Senior Center, for 3 years of Chamber membership on 8/1!

Send us your shout outs:
We would love to tell everyone the wonderful things that are happening in our community!



We have masks available if you need them. Stop by the Trusler Business Center, 719 Commercial St., Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Upcoming Chamber Events

See our Events Calendar for more.

Aug. 4 — Group Lunch, noon. Group lunch takes place the first Wednesday of every month. Each month get matched with a different group and enjoy a delicious lunch at a local Chamber member restaurant. Lunch is on your own. RSVP to Amy Little or register online by Aug. 2.

Aug. 5 — Coffee & ConversationChat with Flint Hills Technical College President Dr. Caron Daugherty. Trusler Business Center, 719 Commercial. 9:00 a.m.

Aug. 13 — Leadership Emporia Academy application deadline. Find the application online here.

Aug. 18 — Ribbon Cutting for Shull Construction, 11:30 a.m.

Aug. 19 — Business After Hours. Sponsored by United Way of the Flint Hills, Inc. The Kress Center Atrium, 702 Commercial St., 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Aug. 25 — “Nacho Average Annual Meeting”, 11:30 a.m. We are thrilled to announce that the 124th Emporia Area Chamber Annual Meeting is SOLD OUT! If you would like to be placed on a waiting list in the event that we have reservations come available, please contact Amy Little at 620-342-1600 or alittle@emporiakschamber.org.
Thank you for your support!

For a listing of community events, see the Visit Emporia calendar.

July 31 — Dance-A-Thon for Denim & Diamonds at Bourbon Cowboy, 605 Commercial St., starts at 8:00 p.m.

Aug. 2 — World Breastfeeding Week eventsFlint Hills Community Health Center. 3:00 p.m.

Aug. 2 — A Case of the Mondays Group RideGravel City Adventure & Supply. 6:00 p.m.

Aug. 4 — Financing Your Future event for young adults. Hosted by SEKansasWorks. 5:00 p.m.

Aug. 4 — Evening Readers Book Club. Emporia Public Library. 6:30 p.m.

Aug. 5-14 — Lyon County Fair Carnival. Wristbands $25.00 each. 6:00-10:00 p.m.

Aug. 6 — Denim & DiamondsNewman Regional Health‘s largest fundraising event. 6:00 p.m.

Aug. 6 — First Friday Artwalk. Downtown. 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Aug. 7 — Lyon County Fair Ranch Rodeo. 7:00 p.m.

Aug. 7 — Bob Jovi & The Cars Tribute. Emporia Granada Theatre. 7:00 p.m.

Happy Birthday to Chamber members:

 Robert Symmonds (8/1)

Linda Markham (8/1)

Kelly Wade (8/4)

Bob Burenheide (8/5)

Please join us in welcoming new Chamber members!

Altissimo Music Productions
Professional audio, lights, and staging available for small- to mid-sized events. Of course, we also produce concerts!

Cooper’s Carts
Comprehensive service and repairs for your golf carts.

Kansas Free For Art
Thriving through creativity and collaboration. Home of the Halfway To Everywhere Music and Arts Festival, Sept. 4., 2021.

Let us help promote your activities and events every Friday. 
Email your information to:

Previous Chamber Updates

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Tuesday Talk

Thank you to our sponsor, Edward Jones

Timely information for Members of the Emporia Area Chamber & Visit Emporia


~~Rob GilliganIgnite Emporia Director

Ignite Emporia is a $1.6 million, five-year strategic plan designed to focus on workforce development, housing development and revitalization, business retention and community development.

Our goal is to move forward with a housing project within the next couple of months, using the results of the 2020 housing survey as a guideline. Additionally, Ignite Emporia continues–in spite of the setbacks created by the pandemic–to address child care needs and work toward the original goals.

One of those original goals has developed into a major problem: having more job openings in our community than available workforce to fill those jobs. For long-term growth, we have to establish a stable and available workforce.

The Ignite Emporia goals are lofty–and inter-related. Raising community awareness of growth opportunities and building consensus are vital to the plan’s success.

Read more about Ignite Emporia in today’s Emporia Gazette article


Upcoming Chamber Events

See our Events Calendar for more Chamber events and information.

Aug. 4 — Group Lunch. Takes place the first Wednesday of each month at noon. Get matched with a different group of fellow Chamber members and enjoy a delicious lunch at a local Chamber member restaurant!

Aug. 5 — Coffee & Conversation. Join us here at the Trusler Business Center for coffee and conversation with Flint Hills Technical College President Dr. Caron Daugherty. 9:00 a.m. ValuNet FIBER Smart Room.

Aug. 13 — Leadership Emporia Academy Application Deadline. Apply online or contact Jeanine McKenna at 620-342-1600.

Aug. 19 — 
Business After Hours. Sponsored by United Way of the Flint Hills. 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Kress Building Atrium, 702 Commercial St.

Aug. 25 — “Nacho Average Annual Meeting”. Have you made your reservations? 11:30 a.m. Luncheon, Webb Hall, ESU Memorial Union.

For a list of community events, check out the Visit Emporia calendar.

July 27 & July 29 — American Red Cross Blood Drives. Tuesday, 7/27, at Emporia Fitness. Thursday, 7/29, at Northern Heights High School. Call 800-RED-CROSS to schedule an appointment.

July 31 — Denim & Diamonds Dance-A-Thon at Bourbon Cowboy. Find your dance partner and get signed up! Help us raise some dollars for our local health care community. Fundraising shenanigans all night for dancers and spectators!

Aug. 5 through 14 — Lyon County Fair. Events happening every day for this longstanding tradition!

Aug. 6 — Denim & Diamonds. Reserve your seats for this well-loved annual event by calling 620-341-7781.



Thanks to Jarrod FellLyon County Emergency Manager, we have masks available for distribution. Please stop by the Trusler Business Center, 719 Commercial St., Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The disposable masks are packaged in bundles of twenty.

Leadership Emporia Academy: Apply Now!

Leadership Emporia Academy is one of the premier leadership programs in the State of Kansas, bringing together a diverse group of individuals from across the region once a year, for seven full days, spread out over three months. The program starts with a two-day opening retreat (September 23-24) followed by five sessions.

Leadership Emporia Academy teaches an adaptive leadership learning approach, helping participants think more clearly and execute better in a constantly shifting environment.

Our sincere thanks go out to Tyson Fresh Meats for underwriting the 2021 Leadership Emporia Academy. Their generous support enables us to continue offering quality programming.

The application deadline is August 13. To learn more about Leadership Emporia Academy, visit our website or contact our office at 620-342-1600.


Lyon County WILL NOT have a primary election on August 3, 2021. All names will go onto the November general election ballot.
For more information, check with the Lyon County Election Office.


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