Emporia Chamber Updates

 

Emporia Chamber Update 

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Tuesday Talk

Thank you to our sponsors:

Pizza Ranch and Longbine Auto Plaza

 

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


CHAMBER HAPPENINGS
~~Jeanine McKenna, President/CEO

Last month I talked about supporting our local businesses. Purchasing gift cards from local businesses, purchasing Shop Emporia Gift Certificates, posting a positive review on their social media pages, and so much more. Have you done this? The holidays are coming up and so I encourage you to continue to shop local!

We are excited that Leadership Emporia Academy will be kicking off its 34th year on September 23 and 24 with our opening retreat. We have seventeen wonderful participants representing business, education, government, and the non-profit sector. Leadership Emporia Academy isn’t your traditional leadership training. We focus on attacking challenges that you face every day at work, home, and your everyday life. We work through processes on how to make progress on adaptive challenges.

Research has shown that leadership development is important for businesses to provide to their employees. It helps with employees moving into new positions, retention of employee, and overall moral of the business. If you are looking at in-house training, we hope that you will reach out to us and see how our office can help in providing a customized plan to help you achieve your professional development goals. We have assisted with cultural change, strategic planning, coaching, and general leadership development. All it takes is a phone call to me, and we can arrange a time to discuss the direction you would like to take.

Our Government Matters committee is entering their busy time, with our Day in Topeka this Thursday, and starting to work with our community partners in developing our 2022 Joint Legislative Statement. Elections are also around the corner and short videos introducing the candidates for Emporia City Commission and local and area school boards will be developed for you to learn more about who is on the ballot and why they have decided to run for an elected position.

Finally, I would just like to let you know that our office is passionate about serving you, our members. It is important for us to hear from you. What are your needs and concerns? How can we help you work through the process? Do not hesitate to reach out to any of us. We are here to work for you, and we take our jobs seriously. We know that when the business community is thriving, the rest of our community also thrives.

It’s a Great Day in Emporia!  Please tell someone!


Upcoming Chamber Events

See our Events Calendar for more
Chamber events and information.


Sept. 9 — Day in Topeka. Join fellow Chamber members for this annual event. Maximum 12 attendees; masks required. Meetings begin at 9:00 a.m. Contact Jeanine McKenna to reserve your spot.

Sept. 24 — Ribbon Cutting for BeYoutiful Esthetics, 1110 W. Sixth Ave. 11:30 a.m.

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


PHOTO CONTEST!

Spread the word! It’s our first annual LIVE, WORK, PLAY Photo Contest! The winning photo will be featured on the cover of the 2022 Emporia Chamber Relocation Guide!

Open to everyone–submit your photos now! Photos must be taken in the Emporia area.

Get all the details here. Contest deadline is October 8, 2021.


FACE MASKS

We have face masks available to Chamber members at no charge. Stop by the Trusler Business Center, 719 Commercial St., between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday to pick up.


Have news to share with our members? Email us at:
chamber@emporiakschamber.org


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Previous Chamber Updates

Friday, September 3, 2021

Friday Shout Out!

Thank you to our sponsor, PT Associates of Emporia

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


Welcome!

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:

Emporia Construction & Remodelingcelebrating 36 years of Chamber membership on Sept. 5!

Sutherlands, celebrating 19 years of Chamber membership on Sept. 6!

Central Care Cancer Center, celebrating 18 years of Chamber membership on Sept. 8!

Thurston’s Plus Auto Body & Automotive, celebrating 17 years of Chamber membership on Sept. 8!


No Chamber Member birthdays this week


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


Upcoming Chamber Events

See our Events Calendar for more.

Sept. 6 — The Trusler Business Center will be CLOSED in honor of the Labor Day holiday on Monday, Sept. 6. We will re-open for regular business hours on Tuesday, Sept. 7.

Sept. 9 — Day in Topeka. Join fellow Chamber members for this annual event. Maximum 12 attendees; masks required. Meetings begin at 9:00 a.m. Contact Jeanine McKenna to reserve your spot.

RESCHEDULED TO OCT. 8 — Ribbon Cutting: McDonald’s on Sixth. 1202 W. Sixth Ave. 11:30 a.m.

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


Sept. 3 — Emporia First Friday Artwalk, Downtown, 5 — 9 p.m.

Sept. 4 — Halfway to Everywhere Music Festival, Downtown Emporia.

Sept. 8 — Vaccines and Masks and Accommodations–Oh MY! hybrid presentation sponsored by HRPAGE. $10.00 for non-members. Noon to 1:00 p.m. Register here.

Sept. 9 — Business and Technology Fair (IN-PERSON) at ESU. 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Webb Hall (2nd floor of Memorial Union).

Sept. 9 — Ride the Bull, Bourbon Cowboy, 605 Commercial. FREE event, 9:00 p.m.


CHAMBER DAY IN TOPEKA

We are excited to have our Day in Topeka, next Thursday, Sep. 9. This day provides a great opportunity to meet with leaders from various state departments and agencies.

This year we will meet at the Greater Topeka Partnership, located at 719 Kansas Ave. According to their policies, masks will be required and the number of people will be limited to 12.

We will begin our day at 9:00 a.m. with Blake Flanders, President of the Kansas Board of Regents; followed by Department of Agriculture Secretary Mike Beam, Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary, Julie Lorenz, and Lt. Governor and Secretary for the Kansas Department of Commerce, David Toland. I am also trying to get representatives from the other METL communities to meet us over lunch. The day will finish around 2:30.

If you would like to attend, please call or email Jeanine McKenna.

As I mentioned, we are limited to 12 attendees. I hope to see you next Thursday!


2021 PHOTO CONTEST

Spread the word! It’s our first annual LIVE, WORK, PLAY Photo Contest! The winning photo will be featured on the cover of the 2022 Emporia Chamber Relocation Guide!

Open to everyone–submit your photos now! Photos must be taken in the Emporia area.

Get all the details here. Contest deadline is October 8, 2021.


We would like your input about COVID-19 booster doses.

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We at Lyon County Public Health are in the process of planning future vaccination clinics. As you might have heard, a third booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine may be approved later this month. This would boost people’s immune response against the virus that might have declined over time.

The following survey has one question to gauge how likely you are to get a 3rd dose. Even if you don’t plan on getting the dose, your response to the following survey will help us plan for future vaccination clinics. Thank you.

Take the survey here.


DRIVE-THRU FOOD DRIVE

United Way of the Flint Hills will be holding a Drive-Thru Food Drive on Tuesday, Sept. 14, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at the northwest corner of the Lyon County Fairgrounds.

Let’s all get out and support those in need and the United Way!


9/11 MEMORIAL EXHIBITION

“September 11, 2001: The Day That Changed the World” is an educational exhibition presenting the history of 9/11, told across 14 posters, currently on view at the Emporia Public Library.

Twenty years after the attacks, this 9/11 Memorial & Museum curated exhibition reflects the inspiration that even in the darkest of times, we can come together, support one another, and find the strength to renew and rebuild.

The Emporia Public Library has installed the poster exhibition on the second floor of the library. It will remain available for public viewing through September 30.


MASKS

We have masks available if you need them at no charge for Chamber members.

Stop by the Trusler Business Center, 719 Commercial St., Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Let us help promote your activities and events every Friday. 
Email your information to:
chamber@emporiakschamber.org


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