The Chamber Outlook Newsletter - Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber of Commerce
Features                                  In This Issue
May 10 , 2006
Volume 03, Issue 9

Chamber Events
Business Directory
Community Event Calendar

May 17

Membership Breakfast

Sponsor: Mennonite Manor



Business After Hours Showcase

Sponsor:Hutchinson Clinic


With the ever changing business world we work in  today, it is often easy to miss important updates on management and ownership changes of local businesses. Therefore, The Chamber is beginning a new feature in Outlook to welcome new management and ownership in the community, and to notify the membership of location and/or name changes. Contact Tom Dooley at 662-3391 or to make changes to your account.

Cellular One

New Retail Sales Manager:  Veanne Depperschmidt

Infinia of Hutchinson

New Administrator:  Holly Schwein

Love Box-Factory Outlet has changed names to: Joy’s Packing & Shipping, LLC

Tractor Supply Company

New General Manager:  Mike Lynn

Did you know?


Sectional qualifying will be conducted from June 7-19.  The closest site to Hutchinson is Willowbend Golf Course in Wichita on June 14th.

If not the Chamber, then who?



"The Reno County Chamber of Commerce has been a valuable member services organization for MegaFab (Mega Manufacturing) and Marlen Research over the past decade.

The Chamber has supported our IRB issue, suggested re-training sources and funds, offered valuable council on economic development negotiations in other communities.

I highly encourage all chamber members to take time to invite the Chamber staff to your place of business to educate them on what makes your company successful and brainstorm on ways the Chamber can help you grow."


Rob Green, CEO

Mega Manufacturing, Inc.

Chamber at

work for you!

2006 Chamber Report (Jan-April)

Web Visitors


Business Directory Listings Viewed


Member Web sites Linked


Telephone Calls


Office Visits


Operation Thank You

Volunteers Needed!

Interested in making contact with other Chamber members? Then volunteering for Operation Thank You is for you. On Friday, May 19, Operation Thank You team members will personally call on every local Chamber member business.

What is Operation Thank You? It's an effort by over 50 Chamber members (including you?) to deliver the 2006 Membership Directory and to thank ALL Chamber members for their support of the Chamber and community.

Interested in being part of the team? Contact Holly Schmidt or Tom Dooley.

Each participant is asked to visit 10 to 12 businesses sometime during the day. Territories will be organized so that minimal travel is required.


National Tourism Week - May 15-19

Membership Services:
May Membership Breakfast

sqrSmall Business Spotlight Award  Recipient - Interfaith Housing

sqr.Agri-Business Committee Volunteer at Youth Livestock Show

Economic Development:

sqr Kansas’ Large Site Evaluation


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  • Chamber Events
  • Chamber Member Updates
  • 2006 Senior Open - Did you know?
  • Chamber at work for you - Chamber Web Report
  • Operation Thank You - Volunteers Needed

This issue sponsored by:
Your company's name, logo and link could be HERE! Contact Holly Schmidt at 662-3391 for more information.


Interfaith Housing Services, Inc. receives 2nd Quarter Small Business Spotlight Award


Congratulations to Interfaith Housing Services, Inc. recipients of the 2006 second quarter Small Business Spotlight Award. Presentation of the award will be made at the May Chamber Membership Breakfast on May 17th.

Interfaith Housing Services, Inc. (IHS) was brought into existence on January 22, 1989, in 1991, IHS was incorporated and became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 

Interfaith Housing Services, Inc. has assisted over 400 home-owners in Reno County, to keep their homes livable.


Pictured left to right: John Scott, Janell Mendenhall, Megan Miller, and Judy Dickinson.

IHS operates three programs; Homeowner Housing Repair and Rehabilitation, First Opportunity for Home ownership and Special Needs Rental Program.

Through the Homeowner Housing Repair and Rehabilitation program, IHS utilizes volunteers and funding from private donors, churches, special events and the Reno County Department of Aging to make repairs to homes owned and occupied by low-income residents of Reno County. "In 2006 alone, IHS will organize and supervise over 20,000 hours of volunteer time on these projects," stated John Scott, President.

IHS acquires and rehabilitates, or builds new, single family homes for sale to qualifying, low-income, first-time home buyers, in their First Opportunity for Home ownership Program. "Although there are other low-income housing opportunities available in the community," says Scott, "we help make housing more affordable for those wanting to own their own home."

The third program IHS has developed is the Special Needs Rental program. This program helps people with physical disabilities who need accessible housing, those who are transitioning from homelessness and other low-income families, especially single parents.

IHS currently employs 8 full time staff. John Scott, Megan Miller, Janell Mendenhall, Judy Dickinson, Steve Winkler, Lupe Barrera, Clint Wilson, and Bob Ritter. In addition to the staff, IHS also has two full-time volunteers, Timm Blickensdorfer, a volunteer from Germany and Jo Lynn Rodman, a volunteer from Indiana.

The Small Business Council selected Interfaith Housing 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, and the Hutchinson Credit Union.


May Membership Breakfast



The May Membership Breakfast is scheduled for May 17, 2006 at Grand Prairie Hotel and Convention Center, 7:15 a.m. The breakfast is sponsored by Mennonite Manor. The featured speaker is Katy O'Connor, National Consultant for the Green House Project.

A graduate of the University of Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado, Katy earned her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy. She has worked as a Physical Therapist in long-term care facilities throughout the Denver area. For the past two years she has worked as a Regional Manager, working in long term care facilities throughout the Southwest. 

Katy joined the national Green House Project in January. The Green House Project was developed with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which intends to create fifty Green Houses around the country by 2010. Katy provides leadership training, which assists organizational leaders in transitioning from the traditional styles to the servant leadership model. She also prepares CNA's and the clinical team members for their respective transitions to the self-directed work team and universal worker.  She is currently overseeing the development and implementation of ten Green House Projects throughout the country, including three in the state Kansas.  She will guide these projects from groundbreaking through the post occupancy stage. Katy most recently presented the Green House Model at the 2006 Mennonite Health Assembly in Sunset Beach, North Carolina.

To make your reservations for the April Membership Breakfast please call Belinda at 662-3391 or on-line. The cost is $10.00 per person and reservations must be made by Noon, Tuesday, May 16th. We look forward to seeing you at the breakfast!



CVB to Celebrate National Tourism Week



In an effort to call attention to the impact that tourism has on the economy, the Greater Hutchinson Convention/Visitors Bureau (CVB) is celebrating National Tourism Week May 15th through the 21st.

In anticipation of the exciting tourism events coming in 2006, the CVB will host a V.I.P. Seminar on Wednesday, May 17, at Noon in the Chamber Conference Room, 117 N. Walnut.

The seminar will help prepare your business for the visitors/spectators that will be coming to our community in 2006 and beyond. The VIP program is for front-line employees of businesses that are interested in providing outstanding visitor information to serve the needs of people visiting Hutchinson/Reno County. This one-hour seminar will outline the VIP Program and the steps that are needed to become a designated VIP Center and it will also update already designated VIP Centers with new and exciting information.


Please RSVP to Valerie Harper at 662-3391 or at by Noon, Tuesday May 16th, as lunch will be provided.

In addition to the VIP seminar, the CVB is also hosting the 2006 Hospitality Award Luncheon. The luncheon is an opportunity to visit with those in the tourism sector and to recognize the person who has contributed to the positive impact of tourism in Reno County. Please look for a summary of the event and the award recipient in the next issue of Outlook.

Hutchinson/Reno County is home to numerous events and attractions every year. However, at times we become accustomed to the events that go on in our community, and forget about the great impact it has on our economy. Here are a few examples:

  • 2006 Cushman Club of America – Economic Impact of $1.2 million
  • NJCAA – Economic Impact of $1.5 million
  • Fun Valley 
    • USSSA Boy’s Baseball World Series - Economic Impact $500,000
    • USSSA Girls Fastpitch World Series - Economic Impact $650,000
  • U.S. Senior Open – Approximate Economic Impact to Kansas $28 million

Please join the CVB in recognizing the impact tourism has on our economy and celebrate National Tourism Week!

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Agri-Business Committee Participate at Sunflower Classic Youth Livestock Show


Pictured left to right: R.C. Schlatter, Bill Collins, Calvin Singleton, Bob Ratzlaff

Members of the Chamber’s Agri-Business Committee served a BBQ for participants in the annual Sunflower Classic Youth Livestock Show.

According to Bill Disberger, show manager and Hutchinson Community College’s Livestock Coach & Ag Instructor, there were around 100 sheep exhibitors and 125 beef cattle exhibitors.

Exhibitors were from across the state participated in conjunction with the Kansas Junior Shorthorn Assn, Kansas Junior Limousin Assn, Kansas Junior Chianina Assn. and the Kansas Junior Maine-Anjou Assn. as they hosted their junior field days. Disberger was assisted by 25 of his Hutchinson Community College students.







Agri-Business Committee Members serving BBQ.


Kansas’ Large Site Evaluation


Many of the business recruitment leads Spirit of Success receives come through the Kansas Department of Commerce (KDOC)

representatives working in four regions of the country. However, many times Kansas communities are eliminated from large projects

because of a lack of large, shovel-ready industrial sites.

So, KDOC has contracted McCallum Sweeney Consulting, a well-known South Carolina-based site selection and consulting firm,

to complete an evaluation of Kansas' available large sites.

Hutchinson is fortunate to have a shovel-ready site in Salt City Business Park that meets and exceeds the criteria for the evaluation.

The large site inventory process works in three steps. First, each participating community completes an in-depth 22-page questionnaire about the site, which

we submitted on Thursday, May 4 for the Friday deadline.

The next step in the inventory will be a site visit to be scheduled in June. And finally, McCallum Sweeney Consulting will provide a

report toward the end of July. Included in the report will be strengths and weaknesses, opportunities for improvement, and recommended uses

and target industries.

Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber of Commerce
117 N Walnut
PO Box 519
Hutchinson, KS 67504-0519
Phone: (620) 662-3391
Fax: (620) 662-2168
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