Join
| |
A A A

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the role of the Chamber?
For the last 100 years, the Chamber’s role has been to drive economic growth and community advancement in the Wichita region. We accomplish this by protecting and improving the business environment and quality of life in our community through programming and initiatives in four focus areas:          

  • ADVOCATING business interests with government.
  • INFLUENCING through political action.
  • CONNECTING businesses with each other.
  • PROMOTING the community.  
Your Chamber has been championing business and community for the last 100 years.

Who can tell me more about the benefits of Chamber membership?
Contact Kresta Dundas, Director of Membership Development at the Chamber. She can also be reached at 316-268-1115.

How can I find out if an area business or organization is a member of the Chamber?
Many of our members display a plaque or window cling with the Chamber membership logo. We also maintain an online membership directory that is searchable by business category and company name.

If my company is a member, does that mean I am a member too?
Yes! When a company becomes a Chamber member, all individuals employed at that company's address are considered Chamber members and receive privledges of membership.

Kresta has been part of the Chamber team since 2012 and would be happy to share more information about becoming a member of the Chamber.

Can I renew my membership online?
At this time we are not able to offer online membership renewals. Please contact Nicole Robinson at 316-268-1116 for assistance in renewing your Chamber membership.

What differentiates the Chamber from other business organizations?
Our advocacy work is the cornerstone of what we do. Most of our members are so busy operating their companies and organizations that they rely on us to be their voice on issues that affect them. Whether we’re providing input into a long-range water plan for the city or supporting changes in state unemployment insurance, we’re always working to create the best possible, diverse business environment so that our members will thrive in this region.

As the largest business membership organization in the state, involvement in the Chamber give you access to 1,600 business members, representing more than 150,000 employees and 465 business categories in the Wichita region. Our strength comes from our diversity of members. Get plugged in to the network, in order to help your business thrive and grow.

How are Chamber programs and services financed?
All of our revenue is derived from annual membership dues, special events, sponsorships and management agreements. We’re a membership-based not-for-profit 501(c)(6) organization.

Chamber President Gary Plummer welcomed Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell to the podium for an Issue Forum where members heard about the Mayor’s views on the area’s business environment.

Does the Chamber receive any tax dollars?
No. We don’t seek or receive any local, state or federal tax dollars. We are not subsidized by any government entities.

Are the majority of your members small businesses?
Yes. Small businesses are the backbone of the Chamber, our community and the U.S. economy. Nearly 90% of our members employ 100 or fewer people. Through their Chamber membership they have the opportunity to network, meet with their elected officials and learn from their peers.

Does the Chamber develop an annual Legislative Agenda?
Yes. We start that process with an electronic membership survey in late summer. Our Government Relations Committee develops the annual agenda based on those survey results and presents it to our Executive Committee. The Executive Committee provides input and the agenda is then presented to and reviewed by the Chamber Board. Once it has been approved, it is published on our website. All 165 legislators in Topeka receive a printed palm card with the agenda. We also work with our regional partners to develop a broader regional agenda.

The Chamber hosts an annual Washington Fly-In event, during which members have the opportunity to interact with the lawmakers who represent them.

Do Chamber membership dues support your affiliates?
No. We have five affiliate organizations that support our mission and vision: the Chamber Political Action Committee, Friends of McConnell, Wichita Educational Foundation, Wichita Manufacturer’s Association and the Young Professionals of Wichita. They each have their own governing structure and funding mechanisms. In some cases, we provide them with office space and some administrative staff time.

Learn more about our affiliates here.

Pat Gallagher (left) oversees Military Affairs for the Chamber and supports Friends of McConnell, a Chamber affiliate. McConnell Air Force Base has a $750 million annual impact on the local economy.

How is the Chamber governed?
Our 50-person Board of Directors is comprised of leaders from diverse industries. They are elected by our membership and meet bi-monthly to help us chart our course. We also have a 20-member Executive Committee that includes six officers. The policies adopted by the Board of Directors are implemented by the Chamber’s paid staff.

Find a listing of our Board members here and a staff directory here.

Scott Schwindaman, owner of Lubrication Engineers, is our 2017 Board Chairman.

Where can I find more information about the Wichita flag?
Wichita’s official city flag was officially adopted in 1937. Designed by Wichita artist Cecil McAlister, it represents freedom, happiness, contentment and home. The blue sun in the center represents happiness and contentment. The Native American symbol for ‘home’ is stitched on the blue sun. The three red and white rays that alternate from the off-center blue sun represent the path of freedom to come and go as one pleases. For more information, including a list of local retailers who sell flag swag, visit ILoveWichita.org.

This design was selected from more than 100 entries that were submitted for a city flag design contest in 1937.

How do I post job openings on NationJob?
Posting job openings on NationJob is a FREE benefit to Chamber members with 30 or less employees, and discounts are available to Members with more than 30 FTE. Contact Barb Avery directly at NationJob at 888-256-0920.

How can I get more information on joining a committee or leads group?
Learn more on our Committee Opportunities page, the contact Kresta Dundas with questions.

Where do I get more information on advertising opportunities with the Chamber?
Visit our Sponsorships and Advertising page, then contact Courtney Sendall.

Do I have to be a Chamber member to join Young Professionals of Wichita (YPW)?
No, Chamber membership is not a requirement of YPW membership. However, employees of Chamber member businesses receive a discount on YPW membership fees. Contact Suzy Finn for more information.

I’m either new to the area or considering relocating to Wichita. Do you provide relocation information?
Welcome to Wichita! Please review our Welcome to Wichita section for information about our community. You may also contact us at 265-7771 for a relocation or newcomer package for a small fee.

350 W Douglas Ave
Wichita, KS 67202
316.265.7771 | info@wichitachamber.org