The Chamber Outlook Newsletter - Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber of Commerce
Features                                  In This Issue
December 5, 2007
Volume 04, Issue 12

Chamber Events
Business Directory
Community Event Calendar
Dec. 12 Membership Breakfast
Sponsor: City of Hutchinson
Dec. 14 Legislative Forum
Sponsor: SBC
Feb. 11 Chamber Annual Meeting

The following businesses have recently become members of the Chamber. Welcome! Link for full contact information.

Vac-U-Strip, Inc.
  - Ed Dwyer

Midwest Single Source, Inc.
   - Bob Reyes

A CamLaRe' Salon & Boutique
  - Laura Borth, Cammie Elliott, Rene' Holdren, Stacy Lowen, Raegan Tatro

Crossroads Christian Church
   - Lee Keele

Demelia's Quilt Co.
  - Cindy Mastro

The Edge Salon & Day Spa
   - Kathy McGillivray

Cottonwood Quilts
  -Bobette Siemens

Financial Planning & Consulting Service
   - Michael A. Armour

Ivey & Company
  - Glenn Ivey

Hutchinson Inn
   - A.D. Patel

Eastwood Church of Christ
  - Jimme-Wray Mead


2008 Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities with the Chamber

Have you made an appointment with Holly Schmidt to discuss your plans for the 2008 sponsorship and advertising opportunities? With the success of last year's packaging sales, we're looking to you this year for your continued support.

Holly Schmidt, Director of Communications/Special Events, will be contacting you to discuss sponsorship and advertising opportunities for 2008. To set your appointment, get more information or sign up contact Holly at 662-3391, or via e-mail.

Visitor Watch

Join the Greater Hutchinson Convention/ Visitors Bureau in welcoming these visitors making an economic impact on our community!

December 7 - 9

Kansas Beef Expo


Impact: $331,600


Promote Your Business in the Chamber

Action Pak

Get your Business in front of Chamber Members!

For only $125, the Chamber will mail your promotional flyer to 
over 1,300 Chamber members. planning ahead for 2008, you can save by pre-ordering for future mailings!

January - $125

January & July - $240

($10 savings)
January, July & October - $345

($30 savings)

Interested? Payment and materials for the mailing are due Monday, Jan. 10th. For more information contact

Holly Schmidt at 662-3391 or via e-mail.



To notify the membership of location and/or name changes, contact Tom Dooley at 662-3391 or to make changes to your account.

Art Studio Signs & American Media Systems has moved to 3010 N. Plum

Jackson Hewitt Tax Service has moved to 319 N. Main, and named Abbie Wisdom the new Area Manager. The phone number has changed to 620.669.8299


Community Calendar

December 5-9, 2007

Gingerbread House Extravaganza

December 6-8, 2007

Old Mill Theater

December 6, 2007

Steak -n- Stake

December 6-7, 2007

"Holiday Nights" at the Hutchinson Zoo

December 7-9, 2007

Prairie Nutcracker

December 7-8, 2007

Michael Neufeld Presentation & Book Signing

December 7, 2007

Hutchinson Community College Basketball

December 7-9, 2007

Kansas Beef Expo

December 8, 2007

Antique District Holiday Walk Through

December 8, 2007

Turon Grand Ole Uproar

December 8, 2007

"The Emerald City Chorus Christmas Show"

December 8, 2007

What a Winter Wonder

December 8, 2007

TECH Breakfast With Santa

December 8, 2007

Downtown Holiday Events

December 8, 2007

Gingerbread House Decorating

December 8, 2007

Pets with Santa Pictures

December 8, 2007

Reno County Museum Old Fashioned Christmas

December 8, 2007

Sundance Farms Carriage Rides

December 8, 2007

Hutchinson Community College Basketball

December 8, 2007

A Polar Express Christmas

December 8, 2007

"Christmas on Poplar Street"

Member Services:

sqrCity of Hutchinson Sponsors

December Chamber Breakfast
sqrOrder Your Tickets for the 2008 Chamber Annual Meeting
sqrHieb & Associates, L.L.C. Receive Small Business Spotlight Award
sqr2008 Chamber Membership Photo

sqrOrder Your 2008 Flash Pass


sqr8 Wonders of Reno County Nominations In - Finalists to be Announced Soon

sqrCVB Restructures Advisory Board

sqrSponsor the Improved NJCAA Hall of Fame/Players Banquet

Left Bar:

  • Visitor Watch
  • Member Updates
  • New Members
  • Community Calendar
  • 2008 Sponsorship & Advertising Opportunities
  • Action Pak - January 2008

Sponsorships for Outlook Newsletter are available, if interested, please contact Holly Schmidt at 662.3391 or via e-mail.

City of Hutchinson Sponsors December Chamber Membership Breakfast

The December Chamber Membership Breakfast, sponsored by the City of

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Hutchinson, will be at the Grand Prairie Hotel and Convention Center, December 12, at 7:15 a.m. The featured speaker is Valerie Wise, with the Wichita Airport Authority.


Wise is the Air Service and Business Development Manager for the Wichita Airport Authority. Wise began her career at Mid-Continent Airport in 1994 and played an integral part in the development of the Fair Fares campaign in 2001-2002, which drew national attention. Wise played an integral part in the development of the Fair Fares campaign in 2001-2002, and continues to introduce new opportunities at Mid-Continent, including the newest low-cost carrier, Frontier Airlines.

Holiday Music featuring the Hutchinson High School String Ensemble, directed by Bruce Boyd, will be provided. The ensemble will play from 7:15 a.m. until the program starts.

If you are interested in attending contact Belinda McClanahan at 662-3391, or register on-line. Cost is $10 per person or use your 2007 Flash Pass!


Greater Hutchinson CVB Restructures 2008 Advisory Board

The Greater Hutchinson CVB Advisory Board will look completely different in 2008!



Throughout much of this year, the current advisory board and CVB staff worked to create a new board structure that streamlines the efforts of the board.  Today, the advisory board consists of 23 positions including four ex-officio.  But beginning January 1st, 2008 the advisory board will trim down to 15 positions. It was felt that a leaner board comprised of tourism-related entities directly linked to the CVB’s mission and willing to participate would be more productive for everyone involved.


The CVB is contracted to operate through an agreement with the Chamber of Commerce, and both Cities of Hutchinson and South Hutchinson.  After statewide research was done on comparable sized communities, the revised advisory board structure was presented to both cities and was met with an overwhelmingly positive response.  Mary Hemmings, Chairman of the CVB Advisory Board said “Our hope is that the restructuring of the advisory board will help both staff and board members with a more effective and participatory relationship beginning in 2008”.

Hieb & Associates, L.L.C. Honored With Small Business Spotlight Award

Congratulations, to Hieb & Associates, L.L.C. for being selected as the 2007 4th quarter Small Business Spotlight Award Recipient.


Hieb & Associates, L.L.C., a general contractor, has been in Hutchinson since 1977. The company owned by a group of local investors, has 21 full-time staff members. Hieb & Associates, LLC offers design-build, negotiated, cost plus, construction management and other services. “We have built this business by providing exceptional service and excellent performance,” said Curtis Mitchell, General Manager, Hieb & Associates, L.L.C. “We are proud to be one of Hutchinson’s most respected and capable contractors.”

In addition to the Hutchinson area, Hieb & Associates, L.L.C. has completed numerous projects in the surrounding areas such as McPherson, Buhler, Lyons, Newton, Nickerson, and Haven. “We really prefer to keep our clients within a 60 mile radius of Hutchinson,” said Mitchell. “This allows us the ability to develop long term relationships with our customers.”


A key ingredient of Hieb & Associates’ success is attributed to their employees and their clients. “We are very fortunate to have built a reliable customer base in Hutchinson and the surrounding area,” said Mitchell. “Our philosophy in business is to provide a high quality product, while maintaining personal relationships.”

Hieb & Associates, L.L.C. are currently working on numerous projects in the community, such as; Hutchinson Hospital’s Wound Care Center and Vascular Lab, Dillon Living Center, DCI, Inc. and Horizon’s Mental Health Facility – just to name a few.

When asked why being a Chamber member is important to them, Mitchell stated, “We really believe in being an advocate for local businesses and the Chamber allows us the opportunity to network and get to know other businesses in our community.”

The Small Business Council selected Hieb & Associates, L.L.C. from nominations made by Chamber members. The award is given quarterly to a Chamber business that exemplifies community spirit and superior business practices. Nominees must be a Chamber member in good standing, been in business for at least three years, and employ fewer than 25 people.

The Small Business Spotlight Award is proudly sponsored by First National Bank of Hutchinson, Hutchinson Credit Union and Diesel Control Technicians.


Make Your Reservations for the Chamber Annual Meeting

Join us for an exciting evening of celebration and entertainment at the Chamber's 2008 Annual Meeting, Monday, February 11 at the Grand Prairie Hotel & Convention Center.

This event will feature Erik Wahl, a recognized artist and speaker who challenges organizations to transcend mediocrity through creativity. 


His program is designed to channel innovative strategies to create extraordinary results. The Art of Vision is an entertaining and highly practical program that uncovers new ways to make your organization more creative and ultimately more profitable. By breaking apart the traditional rules, he challenges and inspires organizations to re-define their commonly held assumptions and misconceptions about vision, goals, success and creativity.

Tickets for the event are on sale now. Tickets are priced at $28.00 each, or $34.00 (which includes 2 drink tickets) if purchased prior to January 31st, or you may purchase tables of 10 for $300.00. If tickets are purchased after January 31st, the meal ticket is $33.00 or $39.00 (inclusive with 2 drink tickets). You may purchase tickets online or by contacting our office at 662-3391.

Invitations will be mailed in early-January. Sponsorships are still available - contact Holly Schmidt at 662-3391 or if you are interested.


8 Wonders of Reno County Finalists to be Announced Soon

Now that the ‘8 Wonders of Reno County’ promotion has concluded it’s nomination phase, the Greater Hutchinson CVB is tabulating the results and will soon announce the 18 finalists!



Not to be confused with the Kansas Sampler Foundation’s ‘8 Wonders of Kansas’, the local promotion will establish a committee of judges to evaluate all of the hundreds of nominations to determine the final 18 wonders.  “There were 63 unique entities nominated which reinforces the amount of diverse features we have in Reno County” said LeAnn Cox, CVB Director.  The project is meant to celebrate the unique and remarkable attractions that visitors can experience here.


Voting for the finalists will commence on February 10th and will continue through April 30th, 2008.  Votes will be accepted by mail or online at, and you do not need to be a Reno County resident to vote.  The winners will be announced during National Tourism Week on Monday, May 12th.  Afterwards, the CVB will partner with the Reno County Growth Coalition to host a Familiarization Tour that features stops at all 8 Wonders’ winning locations!


The Cosmosphere and salt museum were top-of-mind for some people, but we also received some very interesting nominations like the red bluffs at Cheney Lake and Indian Creek Bison northeast of Haven” Cox said.


For more information on this project, contact the CVB at 662-3391 or email


8 Wonders of Reno County is a project of the Greater Hutchinson CVB, the Tourism Task Force of the Reno County Growth Coalition and the Hutchinson News.



Sponsorships Needed for Updates NJCAA Hall of Fame/Players Banquet

The Greater Hutchinson Convention/Visitors Bureau is already making plans for the 2008 NJCAA Basketball Tournament, which will be played March 18-22.

And it’s not too early for you to start thinking about how you can participate in next year’s championship!



One major change already planned is relocating the Hall of Fame/Players Banquet to the Convention Center.  This annual event will take place on Monday night, March 21st and the NJCAA is working to bring in a national sports figure as guest speaker.  If a speaker is secured, this event will be open to the public and tickets sold on a limited basis. 


Currently, the NJCAA is accepting sponsors for this event at varying price levels.  For more information, contact the CVB at 662-3391 or email  The CVB will continue to communicate information about this and many other NJCAA events as they become available.


Order Your 2008 Flash Pass Today

The Event Flash Pass is back for it's fourth year! This wallet-sized pass will make attending Chamber events in 2008 convenient for you. Pay once for ALL monthly


Membership Breakfasts and Business After registration, no check-ins, no invoices. 

Just FLASH your pass and by-pass the check in lines! Each pass is transferable so that you may rotate who attends from your office. Each pass is good for one admittance to all 9 membership breakfasts and at least 4 Business After Hours. 

for only $110 for each pass. You may order your 2008 Event Flash Pass online or contact Holly Schmidt.

** The 2008 Event Flash Pass will not be available for purchase after January 31, 2008, except to New Chamber Members**


2008 Chamber Membership Photo


Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber of Commerce
117 N Walnut
PO Box 519
Hutchinson, KS 67504-0519
Phone: (620) 662-2168
Fax: (620) 662-2168
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