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Local Economy Benefits From 3i Show
www.greatbend.org
A Monthly Publication of the Great Bend Chamber
of Commerce and Economic Development
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Local Economy Benefits From 3i Show
T
he 3i Show as we know it today is an
enormous gathering of private exhibitors
in three areas: Industry, Implements, and
Irrigation. With dozens of free consumer
education classes, giveaways from vendors
and the Kansas lottery, and demonstrations
provided by exhibitors from all over the
state, the WKMA 3i Show is a unique event
with a huge following. However, it hasn't
always been the notorious exposition that it is today.
In 1950, the Western Kansas Karavan traveled around the state making
one-night stands in various Kansas towns to sell their products. Over the last
half a century, this caravan has evolved into the largest free exposition in the
state of Kansas. Be sure to come out to the 2010 3i Show May 5, 6 or 7 at
the Great Bend Expo Complex and see why this one-of-a-kind show has
received nationwide recognition. For more information, visit www.3ishow.
com.
Visitors to the always-popular 3i Show will have their fun cut out for them
as they try to take it all in. With more than 500 companies exhibiting at the
humongous three-day event, they will have plenty to keep them informed
and entertained.
The 56th Annual 3i is set for Wednesday through Friday, May 5-7 at the
Great Bend Expo Complex, 2 and 1/2 miles west of town. "Every year, this
exposition takes a lot of work and a lot of volunteers to put on," 3i Show
Chairperson Jan Westfall says. "But the 3i show is good for our community,
it's good for the Chamber, and it's good for local businesses."
Cris Collier, Executive Director of the Great Bend Convention & Visitors
Bureau understands the importance of ag-related tourism like the large convention-style 3i Show. "The difference between a regular convention and the
3i Show is that a convention may only fill one or two hotels, whereas this
show fills every hotel in town," Collier says. "Because our organization is
solely supported through a bed tax, we rely on events like the 3i Show to
help fund the programs we have in place to help promote the Great Bend
community outside of the region."
The economic impact that the 3i Show has locally would be pretty hard to
measure, but between the exhibitors, their employees, and the thousands of
people who travel from all over the Central United States to attend the show,
there are thousands upon thousands of dollars being poured into hotels, restaurants, gas stations and other local businesses during this biannual event.
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In addition to the hundreds of exhibitors showcasing their products and
services, the 3i Show is also a great way for area consumers to get to know
themselves a little better, inside and out. Free health care screenings and
consumer programs on a variety of subjects offer fun facts and little known
knowledge from area experts. Food and craft vendors also help make the
event fun for the whole family.
For more information
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about the 2010 3i SHOW,
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Outlook Business Journal
A monthly publication of the
1125 Williams,
Great Bend, KS 67530
Phone: 620-792-2401
Fax: 620-792-2404
E-mail: [email protected]
Web address: www.greatbend.org
Rachel Mawhirter, Editor
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Chairman
Gene Dikeman, Farmers Bank & Trust NA
Vice Chairman
Ron Straub, Straub International
2nd Vice Chairman
Chad Somers, Benefit Management Inc.
Immediate Past Chairman
Dan Brungardt, USD 428
Treasurer
Jason Mayers, Adams Brown Beran & Ball Chtd.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Erika Brining
CPI Qualified Plan Consultants
Mary Foley
JC Penney
Jeff Fry
Southard Corporation
Mike Gordy
Doonan Specialized Trailer
Tammy Hammond
Rosewood Services
Matt Hoisington
C&V Home Improvement
John Jackson
Agricultural Management Group
Jeff Keller
Keller Real Estate & Insurance Agency
Julie Kramp
Barton Community College
Curt Mauler
L&M Contractors
Dr. Russ McCaulley
10th Street Eyecare Center
Steve Pringle
Central Power Systems
Kyle Roberts
Schendel Pest Control
Chris Shepard
Watkins Calcara Chtd.
Kim Vink
Coldwell Banker Sell Real Estate
Lance Walters
McDonald Tank
EX-OFFICIO
Lynda Jamison, Ambassadors Chairman
Cris Collier, Great Bend CVB
Dr. Carl Heilman, Barton Community College
Ken Roberts, City of Great Bend
Dr. Tom Vernon, USD #428
Jennifer Schartz, Barton County Commission
Sen. Ruth Teichman
Rep. Bill Wolf
CHAMBER STAFF
Jan Peters, President/CEO
[email protected]
Lacey Oetken, Office/Business Manager
[email protected]
Lori Waters, Membership Services Director
[email protected]
Rachel Mawhirter, Marketing Coordinator
[email protected]
Kristy Rupe, Economic Development Projects Assistant
[email protected]
The “Outlook Business Journal” is printed by the
Great Bend Tribune, Great Bend, KS
Local Economy Benefits From 3i Show
Free Health Screenings
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cancer. Skin cancer screenings will also be held on Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. as well as on Friday from 1
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Free Consumer Programs
Wednesday, May 5th:
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Northview Nursery
Thursday, May 6th:
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1:30 p.m. - "Spring Fling Fashions from MyTown" by Tina Mingenback
WELCOME to these NEW Chamber Members
Silpada Designs
C & V Home Improvements
Kathy Davis
5404 Apache Rd
Great Bend, KS 67530
(620) 793-5734
Category: Jewelry
Matt Hoisington
411 E Santa Fe Blvd
Ellinwood, KS 67526
(800) 848-2086
Category: Building Materials
Simply Healthy Massage
Stutzman’s Greenhouse
Dorian Frances
1006 Roosevelt
Great Bend, KS 67530
(620) 617-8077
Category: Massage – Therapeutic
Ben Miller
6709 W Hwy 61
Hutchinson, KS 67501
(800) 279-4505
Category: Nurseries/Landscaping
Service Master of Barton County
Verizon Retailor T2 Wireless
Michael Holdsworth
PO Box 1601
Garden City, KS 67801
(620) 792-2522
Category: Carpet Cleaning
Jeremy Ashby
3720 10th St. Suite 100
Great Bend, KS 67530
(620) 792-5914
Category: Cellular Service
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Lasting Memories
Marlene Lange
173 S Main
Hoisington, KS 67544
(620) 653-4098
Category: Event Planning
Union Bilingual Service
Maria Vazquez
2021 10th St. Suite B
Great Bend, KS 67530
(620) 796-2165
Category: Translation
Great Bend Floral & Gifts, LLC
Jana & John Wilt
3414 Broadway Ave
Great Bend, KS 67530
(620) 793-5870
Category: Florists
Northstar Concierge Services
Patricia Smith
5824 16th St. Terr. A-29
Great Bend, KS 67530
(620) 603-6338
Category: Delivery Service
Rosewood Announces Launch of New
Thearapeutic Greenhouse Program
Rosewood Services has started another program for clients. The Rosewood
Therapeutic Greenhouse is located near the Day Retirement Building north of Great
Bend and will provide new job opportunities for clients interested in horticulture. Sturdy
little hot-house tomato plants are already growing in the large facility, tended lovingly by
more than 30 clients. Sherri Nickelson, Assistant to the Director of Vocational Services,
is leading the project. Plans include selling the tomatoes at farmers’ markets.
Tammy Hammond, Executive Director of Rosewood, wanted to give clients additional
work opportunities and community inclusion activities and established the therapeutic
greenhouse. Gardening has long been known as a benefit for the emotional, cognitive
and social benefits of those with various disabilities. Plants as Therapy author Elvin
McDonald noted “the earth has great healing power. Plants… hold so many secrets that
they present a challenge and a hope for… many people… Knowing and understanding
plants can give … reassurance.”
Gardening provides an activity to stimulate both the mind and body, as it is actionoriented. Clients also assume greater responsibility as they learn to nurture their plants.
The skills learned have a positive impact on their physical, personal, social and recreational lives as new abilities are developed.
Nickelson stated she’s already seen clients apply the new skills they’ve learned in the
past month. She noted the gardeners show joy in watching their plants grow and can’t
wait to get over to the greenhouse each day to check the progress of each plant. "They
want to learn everything—why there are different varieties of tomatoes, what makes the
varieties different, how to water and plant… I’ve seen their skills develop incredibly fast,
and they’ve retained every bit of information we’ve talked about. They’ve learned exactly how to set the fans and windows for the best airflow for optimum conditions each
day, without any assistance from me.”
Gardening gives people with developmental disabilities numerous physical benefits,
including improvement in visual and fine and large motor skills as they plant, dig, reach
and maintain their balance. All senses are positively impacted: seeing, smelling, feeling,
tasting and hearing. Cognitive benefits include an increase in spatial orientation, attention span, memory, logic and the understanding of abstract concepts such as time,
growth, change and even death.
Social benefits of gardening include sharing a common interest, increased selfesteem, confidence and independence. Leadership skills are gained as clients teach
each other to explore horticulture and work in a new business venture. Psychological
benefits include a decrease in frustration, providing interest and enthusiasm for the
future, as well as the use of creativity and self-expression to build confidence. It also satisfies the need to be caring and nurturing.
Nickelson stated she’s observed a solid sense of teamwork with everyone involved
with the project. “There’s been no fussing, no arguing and everyone’s focused on their
plants. It’s a quiet and calming environment and everyone seems to love it.”
When asked how long
she has been gardening,
Nickelson said she has
fond memories of gardening with her grandmother
and has been a serious
gardener for 30 years.
When Nickelson grabs her
tools and starts to head to
the greenhouse, she has a
large entourage of clients
following to check on
their plants. She could be
the first “piped piper of
gardening!"
Left to right: Coffee Chandler,
Jeremy Cale, Jesse Maes and
Sherri Nickelson.
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Two New Staff Members Join Heartland
Center for Spirituality
Marcia Berchek comes to the Heartland team upon completion of the three
year SpiritLife Spiritual Director Formation Program sponsored by the
Dominican Sisters of the Heartland Center for Spirituality in Great Bend,
Kansas. She brings assistance and teaching to the on-going SpiritLife program,
offers retreats, and meets with people seeking spiritual direction. Her background includes teaching in the public schools for twenty-six years, participating in many Heartland classes and retreats, and meeting with a spiritual director for over a decade. Marcia says, “I am excited to be working with the staff at
the Heartland Center and listening to the life stories of the men and women
who seek our services.”
Ann Axman started at the Heartland Center for Spirituality in Great Bend
after completing the Spiritual Director Formation program. Ann will be available for spiritual direction, directed retreats, and will present retreats for
groups, including retreats for the youth of the area. Along with her husband
Ryan they are working on retreats for marriage enrichment for couples. She
has been involved in teaching PSR, mostly confirmation classes in her home
church, St. John the Evangelist in Hoisington Kansas. Ann Axman invites you
to explore the daily moments as sacred and gifts from God by attending a
retreat or seeking her for your own spiritual direction. She enjoys laughing,
crying and praising God with others on their Spiritual Journey.
Last Chance to Reserve Booth
Space for Job Fest, May 20th
JobFest 2010 will be Great Bend’s fourth annual concerted job fair effort as employers
gather to provide information about jobs available at their businesses. This year’s event is
set from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, May 20th, at the Best Western Angus Inn Courtyard. By having a large contingent of employers signed up for JobFest, organizers expect to attract a
large number of diverse job seekers for the three-hour event.
"This year, our committee agreed that it would be a good idea to move the event
indoors," Job Fest committee chairperson Amanda Brack says. "By having it at the Best
Western, won't have to worry about weather interfering with the jobseekers' ability to
mingle with potential employers."
In addition to a change in venue, event organizers are hoping that moving it to a more
enclosed space will help job seekers recognize it as a professional, networking event
instead of just a place to get free food and giveaways.
“A big focus this year is on training and re-training employees, encouraging them to stay
in this area,” said Kala Steffen, Workforce Development Training coordinator at Barton
Community College. “JobFest will showcase short-term training opportunities for careers
that are in high demand in the area. In addition, it will provide information on funds and
sources of funding available to help individuals pay for short-term job training.”
Organizers will serve free food, and give away large prizes, including a
laptop computer donated by CPI Qualified
Plan Consultants.
Booths are being offered to employers for
$100 each. Booth spaces are 10 by 10 feet,
but additional space can be requested.
Electricity and wireless Internet will beprovided. Registration forms and checks can be
made out to Barton Community College and
mailed to the attention of Amanda Brack,
Director of Testing, Advisement and Career
Services, Barton Community College, 245
NE 30 Road, Great Bend, KS, 67530.
For more information or to register, contact Amanda Brack, 620-792-9349, at
Barton Community College.
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Barton Workforce Highlights
Nursing Difference
Make a difference; become a nurse.
Barton Community College can help
you reach that worthwhile goal
through its Registered Nurse and Practical Nurse programs. Barton offers well-rounded coursework that prepares students for the nursing skills needed to start their
careers. In the RN program, students earn an associate of applied science degree.
The PN program requires certificate completion of 40 credit hours.
None Better than Barton
No nursing program is better than Barton. It’s associate degree nursing program is
accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission Inc. Clinical
partnerships in Barton’s program allow students to gain real nursing experiences in
various settings, including obstetrics, pediatrics, mental health, intensive care and
medical-surgical units. Joined with those experiences, students are taught by knowledgeable faculty members who stay up-to-date with nursing-skill education and
teaching techniques. Barton has excellent new facilities that house two simulation
labs where the simulator education environment provides guaranteed scenarios,
allowing nursing students to train in specialized areas and experience more handson training.
Job Outlook
Employment of nurses is expected to grow by 22 percent from 2008 to 2018, much
faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will be driven by technological
advances in patient care, which permit a greater number of health problems to be
treated, and by an increasing emphasis on preventive care. In addition, the number
of older people, who are much more likely than younger people to need nursing
care, is projected to grow rapidly.
Occupational Earnings
Practical Nurses (PNs): Average earnings range between $31,080 to $43,640
Registered Nurses (RNs): Average earnings range between $47,710 to $69,850
Source: 2008-2009 Occupational Outlook Handbook
For more information, contact:
Linda Gobin, Director of Nursing
(620) 792-9355, [email protected]
www.nursing.bartonccc.edu
Rural Energy for America Program Provides
Grants & Subsidized Loans for Agriculture
The USDA Rural Energy for America Program is a unique program that
gives agriculturally influenced businesses the opportunity to apply for government grants or subsidized loans for the purchase and installation of
energy efficient equipment, such as geothermal heat pumps, solar or wind
energy systems, or irrigation equipment, among other possibilities. With
amounts from $2,000 to $500,000 being awarded, agriculturally based businesses considering the move to more energy efficient equipment can save a
lot of money by applying for these grant or loan programs.
Applications are being accepted now through June 30, 2010 for these
Rural Development grants/loans. Applicants have to submit with their
application a completed list of tasks and documentation to be eligible for
consideration. For more information about these grant/loan programs, contact Barton County Administrator Richard Boeckman by phone, 620-7931800, or by email, [email protected] Additional information
can also be found by visiting www.rurdev.usda.gov/ks.
REC Check
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Rec Check is a column offered by Great Bend Recreation
Commission and presented by GBRC director, Diann
Henderson to showcase the quality-of-life benefits GBRC
provides to the area.
It seems as if winter has lasted to long and everyone is
fondly thinking of the warm sunny days of summer. This
thought also means that GBRC is getting ready for the
onslaught of outdoor and indoor recreation activities.
School age programming will be offered at local school sites which compliments the
school district’s summer school schedule. Children have the opportunity to be
enriched academically, be creative, and just plain have “FUN” this summer! A complete guide of youth activities can be found in the GBRC Summer Activity Guide.
This summer’s youth theatre production of “Beauty and the Beast” will be directed
by Paul Martin. Area youth of all ages are invited to participate and can sign up at
the Recreation Commission office. The production will be held at the Crest Theatre
on July 16th at 7:00 p.m.
GBRC has partnered with the zoo director-Scott Gregory to provide educational
and informative programs this summer. A family event of “Zoo Safari”, will provide a
family night out to learn about the zoo “after hours” from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on June
24th. Also children will have the opportunity to create animal enrichment toys for
the zoo animals and to prepare “zoo food” in two educational classes of, “Great Bend
Zoo Enrichment” and “Zoo Nutrition” scheduled for June 17th and July 8th at the
Great Bend Zoo. Enroll for these activities at the GBRC office.
Summer is not without its Day Camps. This summer, youth ages 6-12 years can
spend a full day at Aquatic Camp located at the Wetlands Educational Center;
Fishing Fun Day at Veterans Lake, Geo-Caching Day Camp at various sites in Great
Bend, Zoo Day Out, Naturalist Camp at Wetlands Educational Center, a Pirate
Treasure Hunt at Veterans, and C.S.I Day Camp. C.S. I. Day camp will be coordinated by Randy Smith, BCC Criminal Justice Instructor and the Great Bend Police
Department. Enrollment for these camps begins May 3rd at the GBRC office.
Summer also brings a variety of tournaments to Great Bend. GBRC is hosting a
Hap Dumont Baseball Tournament on June 5th and 6th utilizing five ball fields, also
sponsoring the 11 years and under NBC State Baseball Tournament scheduled for July
10th-11th in Great Bend. On April 24th-25th, GBRC just completed a Hap Dumont
tournament which had 30 teams participating and spending the weekend in Great
Bend. Along with baseball tournaments, GBRC is hosting the USTA Tennis
Tournaments for adults and youth which are coordinated by tennis experts: Shannon
Schartz and Randy Moyers. Entry forms can be picked up at the recreation center.
GBRC is partnering with the Optimist Club on May 8th for the Pepsi Major
League Pitch, Hit and Run Competition. This is a free national program that gives
boys and girls ages 7 to 14 a chance to showcase their baseball and softball skills.
Children can register the day of the event. Optimist Club members will coordinate
the event along with Chris Umphres, GBRC Sports Supervisor. Parents can call the
GBRC office for more information on this event.
Swimming Lessons offerings are scheduled in the mornings and evenings for the
parent’s convenience at the Wetlands Aquatic Park. Lessons are held at 10:30 a.m.
and 6:00 p.m. for three sessions beginning June 14th. Lessons are available for children ages: 6 months through adult. Registration for swimming lessons begins on May
3rd at the GBRC office.
The GBRC Summer Program Guide has been mailed. Enrollment for GBRC summer programs will begin Monday, 3rd at the Recreation Commission office located at
1214 Stone Street. If a program guide is not delivered to your residence, call the
GBRC office at 793-3755 and we will gladly mail you one. Programs guides are also
located at the Front Door, Public Library, Senior Center and Chamber of Commerce.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission is announcing it’s summer hours: City
Auditorium: Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. ; GBRC Office/Recreation
Center: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday; Cavanaugh Wellenss Center:
Monday & Wednesday. 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., Tuesday & Thursday 6:30 a.m.-8:00
p.m., Friday 6:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Saturdays 8:00 a.m.- 12noon.
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Clara Barton Foundation Hosts 17th
Annual Benefit Golf Tournament
The 17th Annual Clara Barton Hospital Foundation Benefit Golf Tournament will
be held Friday, June 18th at Lake Barton Golf Course with tees time beginning at 8
a.m. Organize your 4 person team and participate in a fun-filled golf scramble. The
cost to enter the tournment is $90.00 per player, or $360.00 per team. The registration fee covers: green fees, cart rental (sponsored by AlternCare Home Medical
Equipment, lunch (cook out) on the course (sponsored by Claflin Pump and Supply)
and a ticket to the Dinner and Auction in the evening. Mulligans are available for
$5, paid the day of the tournament. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams
in two flights: First Place: $200 cash and monogrammed polo shirt from “In Stitches
Custom Embroidery”; 2nd Place: $100.00 cash and 1 dz. Titlist Pro V Golf Balls
sponsored by Wilson Bank; and 3rd Place: 1 dz. Titlist DT Golf Balls sponsored by
Wilson State Bank. In addition, Manweiler Chevrolet, Inc is giving away a brand new
vehicle to anyone who can score a hole-in-one on the 5th hole. There will also be a
5-hole putting contest sponsored by First Kansas Bank with 50% of all money
received being paid back to top two contestants (60% to 1st Place and 40% to 2nd
place). There’s a $5 per entry fee to participate in the putting contest. Door prizes
will be given away during the tournament.
The dinner and auction will be held at the Knights of Columbus in Hoisington
starting a 6 p.m. Dinner and auction tickets may be purchased for $15.00 each from
the Foundation and Hospital. Nex-tech is once again sponsoring the Auction dinner.
This year’s Dinner and Auction theme is Mardi Gras. Proceeds raised from this
years’ event will purchase seven new hospital beds for Clara Barton Hospital. For
more information call Michelle Moshier, Executive Director at 620-653-5012 or
e-mail: [email protected] Look for the insert in this month’s
newsletter! Registration forms to enter the tournament are available at the Great
Bend and Hoisington Chamber of Commerce offices and Clara Barton Hospital.
Deadline to register a team is June 14th.
Children's Librarian Retires After 25 Years
After twenty-five years of serving the children of Great
Bend, Sandy Dayton is hanging up her many hats at the
Great Bend Public Library. The public is invited to a
retirement reception from 2pm to 4pm on Sunday, May 2,
at the library.
Sandy began her library journey on May 6, 1985, after
spending eight-years at the Great Bend Daycare Center.
Dayton commented, "I was sorry to leave the 89 children
who I had grown to love but was happy when I found that
many of the children attended programs at the library."
Enrollment for the 1985 Summer Library Program, for
children preschool through 6th grade, was 400. Preparing
for the 1986 program Sandy put her imagination and artistic talents to work to create a jungle in the children's department with a big T-Rex
skeleton. The children were thrilled and enrollment for the program went up to
700.
"I have always tried to create a fantasy world for the kids during the reading programs so they would love coming to the library and let their imaginations go wild."
She continued, "To my amazement by 1989 we had an enrollment of 1300 children."
Sandy was named Children's Librarian in 1988. Since then she has served the
Kansas library community by serving on many committees, presenting workshops
and serving as secretary, vice-president and president of the Children's and School
division of the Kansas Library Association. She received a Literacy Award from the
Central Plains Council of the International Reading Association and was selected
to serve on the William Allen White Award Committee.
"I am proud to say I have received the highest honor a children's librarian can
receive when in a store a child called out to me "Hi, Miss Sandy, you are my library
teacher".
Sandy continued, "After 25 years I still enjoy coming to work. It is a job of many
hats to wear and I've loved the variety. But I am anxiously waiting to turn the page
for the next chapter in my life and where God leads me."
Get on the Map!
How to Get Listed on a GPS Unit
More and more travelers wouldn't dream of leaving
home without their GPS. Will they be able to find
you?
There are two ways to ensure you will be found:
1. Register with Dun & Bradstreet to obtain a Data
Universal Numbering System (D-U-N-S®) number.
This number identifies businesses based on location. Information about your
business, including what category (tourist attraction, restaurant, etc.), is passed
along to NavTeq who scouts and maps data for Garmin and many other GPS
manufacturers. You can register online at www.dnb.com or by phone at (866)
785-0428
2. List with InfoUSA. This database is shared with Tele Atlas who provides the
mapping data for Tom Tom GPS units.
To register go to www.InfoUSA.com and select "How can I add my business to
your database?" under Database Questions and then follow the directions.
There is no charge for these services, so sign up today and start sending traffic
your way.
Great Lakes Airlines Returns to Denver
As of April 19, 2010 Great Lakes Airlines will no longer
be using Kansas City as a connecting city for flights. The
market in Denver offers over 800 connecting flights a
day compared to slightly over 100 flights a day from
Kansas City. This will enable passengers the ability to
make only one connection in Denver compared to two
connections in Kansas City. Passenger who are screened
thru security in Great Bend will no longer need to have
the additional screening in Denver.
Great Lakes still has the codeshare with United Airlines and with the return
back to Denver, the codeshare with Frontier Airlines will give passengers and
extra airline to check fares and schedules. Great Lakes will offer two daily
flights Sunday through Friday and 1 flight on Saturday. Schedules can be seen
on the website flygreatlakes.com and United.com along with Frontier.com.
Great Lakes reservation number is 800-554-5111 or you can contact Great
Lakes locally at 620 792-4900.
Opportunities for Local Businesses
through Wind Energy Supply Chain
Attention all businesses! State officials on the wind energy supply chain, an
industry that will be experiencing a boom in the next five to ten years, have
offered to come to Central Kansas to make a presentation on the availability of
new business opportunities involving wind energy. These types of presentations
have been going on in Wichita and Topeka, but local manufacturers cannot
always travel east for these conferences. Machine shops and other manufacturers
in the area have a tremendous opportunity to take advantage of energy production needs that will be arising in the near future, and this presentation will give
you the information your business needs to get involved.
Scott Case, with Advanced Manufacturing Institute at K-State, would like to
arrange for at least ten businesses to gather for such a presentation before coming to town. If your business would be interested in hearing what Case has to
say about the Wind Energy Supply Chain and how this growing industry could
be a part of your future, contact regional coordinator Dan Hartman by calling
620-397-5553 or by sending an email message to [email protected]
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CPI Qualified Plan Consultants
“We were confident about our ability to grow
and make money,” Dema said. “We just had to
constantly be focused on cash and meeting
payrolls, while still investing in expansion and
systems so that we could improve.
“We did, however, completely change our
business model twice - once in the late 1970s
and again in the ‘80s. We killed off services and
added new ones as the law continually changed.”
For example, CPI was one of the largest
ESOP administration firms in the country but
decided that area of the business wouldn’t
grow. It was sold.
Another example was payroll processing. “We
got into that service business about 15 years
ago but decided the technology wasn’t as
advanced as it needed to be,” Dema said. “So
we sold off that work but have since gotten
back into it. And now payroll processing is one
of our fastest growing areas.”
Dema was born in Fort Devins, Mass. His
father was in the U.S. Army, which meant a lot
of moving around. But from his sophomore year
in high school on, he lived in Lawrence. He
earned a bachelor’s degree in business with a
major in accounting at the University of Kansas
and became a certified public accountant. After
working in Kansas City, he came to what is now
Adams Brown Beran and Ball.
Citizen Change Agent – CPI founder and President Bob Dema is pictured accepting the Chamber's Citizen of the Year Award for
After Lane Kerns opened CPI, Dema was the
his outstanding efforts in economic development and community revitalization. In addition to founding the company that is now
fourth
employee in the firm at what was the
Great Bend's largest private employer, Dema has also worn several hats in the Great Bend community over the last forty years. Bob
Colonial Savings and Loan Building on
and his wife, Carol, were founding donors for the Golden Belt Community Foundation and continue to support the non-profit organiBroadway. Now there are 500 employees and
zation today. Most recently, he has served on the board of directors for Central Kansas Medical Center, as chairman for the United
the company is headquartered at 1809 24th.
Way of Barton County board of directors, and as a member of the Amber Meadows housing development committee.
Dema bought into the firm in 1976; he and
others bought 100 percent of it a couple years later.
few years after CPI Qualified Plan Consultants opened in 1972,
There are 16 field offices, with three more to be added this year and
it became obvious it was doing something special.
another three next year. Of the 500 employees, only 37 work in other
The East Coast and West Coast came calling and suggested the firm
locations, and the 40 new positions this year will be in Great Bend.
pack up and move to where the big boys and girls live and work.
CPI’s new parent company is CUNA Mutual Group, which has been
“We had retirement plan specialists from both coasts visiting our
designing retirement plans for small and mid-sized employers for
office,” recalled Bob Dema, CPI president and chief executive officer.
almost five decades. During the last 10 years, industry surveys have
“They all said we could do well if we would relocate.
consistently given CUNA Mutual top rankings; it provides fund
“They confirmed what we already knew,” Dema continued. “What
services to more than 4,500 retirement plan clients.
we had to offer could be sold nationally. So we started opening field
CPI and CUNA Mutual serve more than 8,200 retirement plan
offices in various states in the late 1970s.”
clients with over 400,000 participants who have in excess of $10.5
Now, nearly four decades later, CPI is a leading provider of recordbillion in retirement savings.
keeping and administrative services for retirement plans that receive
“Our growth has been steady and gradual,” Dema commented. “And
high marks in industry surveys. It serves more than 3,700 retirement
since CUNA Mutual wants us to aggressively expand, we are looking
plan clients and their financial advisors.
at a fair amount of growth in the next five years. Our clients are any
legal entity that can maintain a retirement plan,
including partnerships, corporations, non-profit
organizations, public schools and colleges.”
In building a successful business, Dema noted,
complete focus is required. Company leaders need
to know where they want to go and have a longterm commitment to get there.
“Frankly,” Dema explained, “focus is the most
effective tool anyone has for excelling. In addition,
most employees want to feel part of something
bigger than themselves and this can be achieved
through a daily focus on getting better.
“This focus not only motivates but it allows you
to outlast the competition. Even if they can
temporarily compete with you, over the long haul
they tend not to
have the staying
power,” he
continued. “The
nature of
business is that
your competition
will lose its way
and allow you to
gain on them or
take the lead.
“This is what
CPI has done
over the years,
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Smiling Supervisors – All of CPI's operations supervisors gather in
one of the company's large conference rooms for a meeting, headed
by Chief Operating Officer Dana Miller. "Operations supervisors make
up the majority of the company's supervisors," Human Resources
Director Erika Brining says. "We have a lot of employees, so it takes
a lot of supervisors to keep all the departments running smoothly."
Chat and Chew – Executives from CUNA Mutual, the company that
purchased CPI Qualified Plan Consultants in 2009, visit with Great
Bend representatives during a luncheon in mid-April. "This is the first
time I've been out to Great Bend," CUNA President Jeff Post said
during the luncheon. "Great Bend is a long way from our office in
Madison, Wisconsin, but it was a trip worth making." Pictured
are CPI founder and president Bob Dema, Great Bend Mayor
Mike Allison, Great Bend City Administrator Howard
Partington, Great Bend Chamber & Economic Development
President/CEO Jan Peters, and long-time Great Bend
business man Dave Marmie, as well as CUNA executives
Kevin Thompson, Jeff Post, and Jerry Pavelich.
Behind the Scenes – A huge part of what CPI is known for
is its pension administration. It would be very difficult,
however, for CPI employees to administer those pension
plans if it weren't for the high-tech equipment maintained by
the company's IT department. IT employees are also
responsible for maintaining the several hundred computers,
copiers, and printers at both CPI locations.
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by growing a foundation of people who are the best at what they do. We
have a culture of relentlessly improving our company day by day. We don’t
worry about short-term failures but rather look at the long term and ask
what we can change today to be better in the future.”
CPI’s philosophy about its employees is described in its vision statement that is
part of the firm’s backbone. The statement mentions that CPI wants to give employees the freedom to grow, innovate and achieve, and to take pride
in themselves, CPI and their community.
Other vision highlights
include: the importance of
family; the understanding
that everyone is in this
together; an environment of
respect and acceptance
where everyone is treated
ethically and with fairness;
encouragement for everyone to excel; and to be a
company that attracts people who want more than
just a job.
The brochure for new
employees backs up this
vision. In addition to a comprehensive list of traditional
benefits such as insurance
and retirement, there is a
list that is not so traditional.
It includes complimentary
beverages and popcorn on
the job; casual dress code;
concierge services; and onsite massage therapy. (Yes,
Break Time – Two CPI employees help themselves to
it’s in black and white.)
some of the free soda offered in one of the two break
“CPI is employee-friendly
rooms in CPI's expansive building. Besides free soda
because you cannot properly and popcorn, CPI employees can also browse the interserve clients without
net or check personal email on a shared break room
employees who are happy,
computer or even sign up to receive a 15-minute masengaged and fully committed sage in the massage room pictured above. "We feel like
to our mission,” Dema said. making our employees comfortable at work is very
“I know of no business that important," Human Resources Director Erika Brining
says. "Little things like free soda and popcorn, as well as
provides a superior level of
our complimentary concierge service help the employservice if their employees
ees feel appreciated for the work they do."
are not happy.”
Branch Business – CPI launched the Common Remitter Services division in
2007, in response to changes in the national laws governing school district benefits. The CRS team currently has 48 employees, and is located in a separate office
on West 10th Street.
Community Change Catalyst
Anyone who knows Bob Dema will understand that his industry and community activities comprise
a lengthy list. So, only a few items can be mentioned here.
• Dema is a Certified Pension Consultant with the American Society of Pension
Actuaries; a member of the American Institute and Kansas Society of CPAs; technical editor for AICPA self-study courses; was on the Editorial Advisory Committee
for the Journal of Accountancy and editorial advisor for its Compensation and
Benefits Section; has conducted many professional seminars; and was on the
ASPA board and its treasurer.
• Locally, Dema is a leader in the MyTown project, United Way and Chamber of
Commerce, and is a Central Kansas Medical Center board member. He and his
wife, Carol, are founding donors of the Golden Belt Community Foundation. For
his service to the Great Bend community, Dema was awarded the 2009 Citizen
of the Year Award from the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce & Economic
Development.
Educational Partnership with Barton Community College
When new employees start working at CPI Qualified Plan Consultants Inc., they oftentimes don’t
have a frame of reference for the company’s products and services. After all, not many of us are
well versed in the complexities of pension administration.
• For the layman: CPI takes care of pension plans for other companies; it handles
their recordkeeping.
• Since management understands that special training is required, CPI has built a
solid relationship with Barton Community College.
• “Typically, a new employee waits a few months before enrolling in the training,”
said Erika Brining, CPI director of human resources. “The classes will have more
value if you get a feel for the work we do first – kind of a taste of what we do.”
• The ASPPA provides the curriculum for the technical training. The acronym stands
for American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries.
• “The college appointed Jane Howard to help us with this,” Brining said. “She has been
designated as a 401(k) administrator and teaches two levels of the curriculum.”
• Laura Harrington, a CPI employee, teaches the more advanced levels. The classes
are offered on-site at CPI and students earn college credits.
• “This has been in progress for many years,” Brining said. “The college has played
a big role in our growth.”
• And that growth continues. CPI currently has 500 employees and wants to add 30
administrators and 10 other positions this year.
• “We are back in hiring mode,” Brining said. “We don’t see any end to that. We
also have a good retention rate of the people that go through the training program
because they have so much invested. It takes two years to earn the Qualified
401(k) Administrator designation. Then there is more training, if you want.”
• CPI collaborates with the college’s Workforce Training and Community Education
Division on this and other projects, including custom computer training and internships. CPI, in turn, offers some assistance in information technology and providing
classroom speakers.
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1911 Lakin
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News from the Hoisington Chamber of Commerce
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Welcome to May! I hope that Spring brings you some hope
and resilience as we face these economic challenges - from which we are
learning much, and through which we will come out stronger and more creative.
Wetlanders Festival
On April 17, Hoisington celebrated its Fifth Annual Cheyenne Bottoms
Wetlanders Festival. The day started at 7:30 a.m. with the Wetlanders 5K Run
and concluded with an evening dance. Many other events were held throughout
the day, to include a tour of the Kansas Wetlands Education Center and
Cheyenne Bottoms, archery, kids storytelling, youth and adult duck calling clinics, kids fishing contest and programs presented by Pam Martin and Sternburg
Museum. A big thanks to everyone who attended the Wetlander's Festival. We
look forward to seeing you next year. Thanks to Hoisington Main Street for a job
well done.
114th Annual Labor Day Celebration
The Hoisington Chamber of Commerce Labor Day Committee is gearing up for
its 114th Annual Celebration. Currently nominations for this year’s Labor Day
Grand Marshal are being accepted. Please turn in your nomination by May 11 by
calling the chamber office at 620-653-4311 or email [email protected] Furthermore we have mailed out the sponsor pledge form. As you
may know it takes a great deal of monetary support to put on an event of this
magnitude. The Labor Day Celebration brings thousands of visitors to Barton
County and our community, so please consider sponsoring this grand tradition
so that it can continue for many more years.
Ribbon Cutting
On April 8, the Ambassador Club sponsored a ribbon cutting for the First Class
Auto Design expansion. A family owned business; First Class Auto Design services include window tinting for cars, businesses and RV’s. They also provide vinyl
lettering, custom vehicle wraps, banners, signs (large & small), removable wall
graphics, shirts, hoodies and other great products to benefit your special event.
Stop by 165 W Broadway and visit with Mike or Shawna or visit their website at
www.firstclassautodesign.com.
I would also like to welcome our newest chamber members: CC Shirts/Jennifer
Steinert, Cardinal Pharmacy/Gene & Marla Mooney & Rich & Carol Bieber and
also Mason Plumbing/Jeramy Mason.
Welcome to Hoisington’s newest business; Prairie House located in our historic downtown. Prairie House is a full-service floral and gift shop. Watch for their
Grand Opening announcement in the near future.
Inaugural Mud Run - May 22, 2010
The Hoisington Chamber of Commerce along with the City of Hoisington and
the Hoisington Ministerial Association will host our Inaugural Mud Run on May
22 beginning at 1 p.m. The Mud Run will be located south of the railroad tracks,
eastside on Hwy 281; the entrance will be marked. Gate fees are $8, children
twelve and under are free. No coolers are allowed, as there will be concessions
on site. Rules are posted on our web site www.hoisingtonkansas.com. We are
looking forward to bringing this fun-filled action packed event to Hoisington.
Pharmacy Project
The past few months have been busy on the City and economic development
front. The pharmacy project continues to move toward completion and a ribbon
cutting is planned for May 20th at 9:30 a.m. Gene and Marla Mooney are working hard to have the Cardinal Pharmacy open by early June.
Cheyenne Bottoms Inn
& Suites Project
The Cheyenne Bottoms
Inn & Suites project is also
moving forward. The
Planning Commission and
City Council recently considered and approved a
rezoning request for the
hotel site and financing should be in place by late-April. A ceremonial groundbreaking is planned for Noon on April 30th at the hotel site across from Dollar
General on Highway 4. We expect construction to commence in early May,
which would allow for an open date in early 2011.
Another exciting project is taking place at the property formerly known as the
Women’s Recovery Center. The former recovery center site is undergoing a
transformation into a rental property. Doug Warren is working hard to prepare
two and three-bedroom apartments for rent. He hopes to have five units available by May 1 and five more available by June 1, 2010. If you have an interest in
learning more about this project, contact Mr. Warren at (620)617-7827.
Other News
Some other exciting prospects appear to be on the horizon for Hoisington. In
April, City leaders met with Wade Babcock, Kris Tarlton and a development
group to discuss a project to renovate and expand the property formerly known
as Cheyenne Meadows. If this project were successful, it would provide a state
of the art skilled nursing facility to Hoisington and would create more than 50
jobs. We are also working on some leads into a community daycare facility and
restaurant. If you have any ideas for economic development or have an interest
in learning more about these projects, feel free to contact Jonathan Mitchell at
the City of Hoisington, (620)653-4125.
Moving on to City projects, there are several forthcoming infrastructure
enhancement projects. The City is working with the Kansas Department of
Transportation and Klaver Construction to advance the Main Street resurfacing
project which will be funded by the City and the Kansas Department of
Transportation’s funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
This project should begin on April 26th and should be completed prior to Labor
Day. The proposed project involves removing the existing brick driving lanes and
replacing two 13-foot driving lanes with 10-inch concrete surface. The initial
plan was to tear out and replace the brick with concrete in two phases. After
talking with the contractor, it’s apparent that time and doing the tear-out in a
single phase can save money. By completing the tear-out in a single phase,
Klaver Construction hopes to streamline the project and see it completed in
advance of its 55-working day schedule.
The City is also beginning a series of significant water system enhancements in
April with the assistance of the Kansas Department of Commerce, the United
State Department of Agriculture and funding from the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act. By the end of 2010, the City’s water infrastructure will undergo a major overhaul that will improve treatment capabilities as well as system
efficiencies. Please contact the City of Hoisington at (620)653-4125 if you have
any questions on these projects or other City-related issues.
For all you golfers Kans for Kids is hosting their 2nd Annual Spring Golf
Tournament Friday, May 14, 2010 at The Club at Stone Ridge. This fundraiser is a
4-person scramble with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Cost is $360 per team and
includes meal and cart. All proceeds stay in Barton County. If you have any questions, please call Alan & Gail Moeder at (620) 786-4055 or Kenny Alefs at
(620)793-0425.
“The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard
work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.” - Thomas A. Edison
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United Cerebral Palsy
May 2010 • p15
United Way Agency Profile
The 19 United Way agencies serve
a wide range of individuals, all of
which are living right here in the
Barton County community. To really
get to know your community you
must know your community on all
leve ls. In 2010 United Way of Barton County will profile each one of
the 19 partnering agencies over the
course of 2010 in the Chamber Outlook Newsletter. Please remember,
the statistics about the agencies are
number from right here in the Barton County community. In sharing
these stories and statistics, United
Way hopes to bring awareness and
provide knowledge to the community
about the individuals and the need
in the Barton County Community.
The Family Crisis Center
Ourselves and Our Families
(Coalition for the
Prevention of Child Abuse)
Salvation Army
United Way
Goal Update
Ellinwood Heritage Center
Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Teen Court
"Easy, Convenient Option" for
everyone to give back to their
community through United Way
of Barton County. Simply sign
up to have as little as $1 per
month withdrawn directly from
your checking account
and donated to United Way of
Barton County. Forms can be
picked up from the United Way
office at 1125 Williams, Great
Bend, or by calling 620-7922403 and having a form mailed
to your home or business. The
true measure of a community's
success is by how those in need
are helped. Sign up today and
make a difference.
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make
the world a better place. Girl-led activities involve learning by doing and
cooperative learning, girls achieve the desired and expected short-term leadership outcomes, ultimately resulting in Girl Scouting achieving its mission.
Girls meet in safe environments with positive role models on a consistent
basis. There is no other organization in Barton County that can provide this
unique girl-led leadership and development experience.
2009 Stats
• 336 registered Girl Scout in Barton County
• 44% report receiving mostly A’s or B’s
• 67% report that they decline to consume alcohol
• 91% report they are likely to refrain from engaging in sexual conduct
• 76% report building friendships with other adults.
Agency Profile
Boy Scouts of America – Quivira Council
District Executive, Ryan Duncan
(620) 770-9182
Meals on Wheels
Have you signed up
for the new "ECO"
Program?
Agency Profile
Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland
Community Development Manager:
Sara Nettleingham
(785) 827-3679 ext. 14
85%
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to
make ethical choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the
Scout Oath and Law. The BSA is the nations foremost youth program of character development and value-based leadership training. In the future Scouting
will continue to offer young people responsible fun and adventure, instill in
young people lifetime values and develop in them ethical characters as
expressed in the Scout Oath and Law, train young people in citizenship, service and leadership. The BSA serves communities and families with quality,
value-based programs.
2009 Stats
• 405 registered Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, 159 registered Adult Leaders
• Over 261 young men from Kanza District participated in BSA Camps
United Way of Barton County partners with Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland
and Boy Scouts of America Quivira Council to provide the After School Scouting Program at Riley Elementary School in Great Bend. The Fall 2009 semester is the first semester this program has been in the school system for USD
428. United Way and the Scout’s vision for the future is to expand the program
to each elementary school in Great Bend and Barton County. If you are interested in signing your child up or would like to be an adult volunteer, please
contact Girl Scout Representative Sarah Nettleingham at (785) 827-3679 ext.
14, Kanza Boy Scout District Executive Ryan Duncan at (620) 770-9182 or
United Way Executive Director Heather Lockhart at (620) 792-2403.
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May Calendar of Events
Economic Outlook
1-2... Bird Lovers Overnight, Heartland Center for Spirituality
1... "Peeps & Pastries" Spring Birding Tour, Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, 8 a.m.
1... Back Room Concert feat. “Tinderbox”, The Back Room, 2006 Forest, 8 p.m.
3... Barton County Commission Meeting, Court House, Room 106, 9 a.m.
3... Great Bend City Council Meeting, City Council Chambers, 7:30 p.m.
5-7... 3i Show, Great Bend Expo Complex, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily
5... 3i Show Opening Ceremonies and Ribbon Cutting, Great Bend Expo Complex, GMC
tent, 10:30 a.m.
5... Luncheon for Chamber Ambassadors from Great Bend & Garden City Chambers,
The Rack Billiard Café, 3220 Railroad Ave., 12 p.m.
6... No Chamber Coffee: 3i Show
6... BCC Student Recital, Dorothy Moses Morrison Chapel, 7:30 p.m.
7... Maximum Impact Simulcast, First Assembly of God, 601 Patton, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
8... BCC Music Endowment Concert, Fine Arts Auditorium, 7:30 a.m.
9... Golden Belt Community Concert Association presents “ Daniel Rodriguez”, Great
Bend Municipal Auditorium, 1214 Stone, 3 p.m.
10... Barton County Commission Meeting, Court House, Room 106, 9 a.m.
10... New 2 Great Bend Coffee Hour, The Corner Bistro, 407 McKinley, 10:02 a.m.
13... Chamber Coffee: Sunflower Bank, 3600 10th Street, 9:30 a.m.
13... New 2 Great Bend After Hours Social, Charlie’s Place, 1109 Main, 6 p.m.
13... Barton Community College 40th Annual Commencement Ceremonies, BCC
Gymnasium, 7 p.m.
13... Great Bend Chamber Ambassador Luncheon, Chamber Conference Room, 12 p.m.
14... Ribbon Cutting: Union Bilingual Services, 2021 10th Street, 4:30 p.m.
17... Barton County Commission Meeting, Court House, Room 106, 9 a.m.
17... Great Bend City Council Meeting, City Council Chambers, 7:30 p.m.
19... Chamber Executive Board Meeting, Chamber Conference Room, 12 p.m.
19... Submission Deadline for June Newsletter, 5 p.m.
20... Chamber Coffee: Shelter Insurance Claims, 1908 Broadway, 9:30 a.m.
20... Job Fest, Best Western Angus Inn Courtyard, 2820 10th Street, 4-7 p.m.
21... 5th Annual Gary Gore Memorial Golf Tournament, The Club at StoneRidge,
Registration 11 a.m., Tee-off 1 p.m.
21-22...SRCA Drag Strip Races, Great Bend Expo Complex
22... 1st Annual Benefit Trail Ride, Rosewood Horse Ranch, 1171 SW 20 Rd., Pawnee
Rock, registration begins at 12 p.m., ride starts at 1 p.m.
22... Back Room Concert, “Still on the Hill”, The Back Room, 2006 Forest, 8 p.m.
23... Fire Station #2 Open House for EMS Week, 5851 10th Street, 1-3 p.m.
24... Barton County Commission Meeting, Court House, Room 106, 9 a.m.
25... BCC Customer Service Lunch Series, Front Door Facility, 1615 10th Street, 12-1 p.m.
26... Chamber Board Meeting, Chamber Conference Room, 7:30 a.m.
27... Chamber Coffee: First Presbyterian Church, 2400 Washington, 9:30 a.m.
28-29... SRCA Drag Races, Great Bend Expo Complex
28... Stuff June Newsletter
31... Chamber Office Closed: Memorial Day
31... BCC Campus Closed: Memorial Day
Employment – Barton County
Labor Force
Employment
Unemployment
Unemployment Rate
KS Unemployment Rate
Permits
Commercial – GB
Residential - GB
February 09
15,809
15,005
804
5.1%
6.2%
February 10
15,785
14,867
918
5.8%
6.8%
February 09
17
30
February 10
5
14
Great Bend Chamber of Commerce &
Economic Development
Coffee Schedule
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Thursdays at 9:30
May 6, 2010
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Sunflower Bank is a family-owned financial institution, established in 1892. Over
the years, we’ve expanded to serve more than 20 communities throughout
Kansas, Colorado and Missouri. “Bringing out the best in the lives we touch...
Creating Possibility."
May 20, 2010
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Shelter Mutual Insurance Companies was founded in 1946. The Company is
headquartered in Columbia, MO and licensed to sell insurance products in 14
states. Our primary insurance lines are auto, home and life but also have commercial, farm, long term care, annuity and a full line of bank services marketed
through Shelter Bank. Seth Rolfs has been with Shelter Companies since May
2008.
May 27, 2010
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1st Presbyterian Church is a congregation of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A)
and serves God through worship, education, evangelism, and mission. On May
23 we will celebrate 125 years of ministry to the Great Bend community.
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The Clara Barton Hospital Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation with membership open to the public. The Mission of the Clara Barton Foundation is to
secure and to expend financial aid to Clara Barton Hospital and to promote the
general health and welfare of the public through support of education, training,
and research programs.
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McDonald’s
is providing coffee for Chamber of Commerce coffees.
Cars - County
Trucks - County
City/County Local Sales Tax
Distributions Report
Sales Tax for Barton County at 1.00%
Sales Tax for Great Bend at .75%
Great Lakes Airlines Flights - February 2010
Flights from Kansas City
Flights to Kansas City
32
35
10
11
27
16
February 09
$381,890
$201,753
February 10
$382,554
$210,926