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February 2013, Volume 9, Issue 2,

A publication of the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce

Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Launches New Website and New Brand New Website and Brand Offers New Technologies, Features and Services to Residents and Visitors

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The Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the

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release of our new website developed in partnership with CivicPlus, the nation’s

leading government website provider. The website and brand identity features a fresh new look, user-centric navigation and cuttingedge functionality. We've embarked on a re-branding campaign to raise awareness of our benefits and services that the Chamber and community have to

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Leadership Manhattan Class of 2013

Back row (l-r): Kevin Murdock, Aaron Apel, Brad Tajchman, Devin Wendt, Brian Rempe, Todd Chyba, Scott French and Dan Strom. First row (l-r): Leslie Alford, Kelli Almes, Joni Woborny-Bunker, Junnae Campbel, Penny Peirce, Leah Fliter, Patricia Hudgins and Susan Morgan.

The Class of 2013 met at Meadowlark Hills for Session I on January 9th. Chamber President, Lyle Butler, and Leadership Manhattan Board Chairperson, Lucy Williams, spoke on the mission and importance of cultivating the leaders in our community. The Leadership Topic was Team Development/Understanding Personality Type & Leadership

Effectiveness. The rest of the afternoon was spent on a Myers-Briggs Interpretation by Dr. Dan Wilcox and a movie presentation, The History of Manhattan.” There was great dialogue throughout the afternoon and the introductory exercises helped the Class of 2013 grow into a cohesive, bonded team.

offer. Part of this effort includes a brand new website that's been developed to serve as a center of communication for the community and a portal through which our members will be able to access exclusive content, resources and information. The website is the first step in a new direction for the Chamber of Commerce. The website will help encourage and promote engagement

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The Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to present its new brand identity

Recently, the Chamber decided it was time to develop a new logo that best represents and advances the vision and mission of the organization to foster a changing environment for business success that enhances the quality of life in our region. The goal was to be extremely respectful of the area’s long

history as we continue to celebrate tradition, but also promoting a surge toward the future. The Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce represents strength and integrity as well as innovation and forward-thinking practices. Our new logo exhibits the community’s traits of a

progressive, energetic and interactive community with modern, small-town values. The new logo will continue to articulate the long-standing personality of "The Little Apple" while inviting the world to get wrapped up in the big opportunities that exist the Manhattan area.

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Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce Little Apple® Business Review

The mission of the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce is to foster a changing environment for business success that enhances the quality of life in our region. We market the region, advocate for business, and provide services to our members and customers. Are you interested in being a member of the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce? Give Kim a call at 776-8829 for more information.

This is a publication of the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce – all advertising is the responsibility of The Manhattan Mercury. To place an ad or for more information, call Logan Kirk at 776-2200, or

Please join us for Business After Hours in February!

Wednesday, February 13 5:30 – 7:00 pm Leonardville State Bank 2401 N. Seth Childs Road

Reservations can be made online at, by emailing or call 776-8829. Hosted by:

Leonardville State Bank was founded in 1897 in Leonard, KS (later renamed Leonardville, KS). They have a long history of serving the agricultural industry, small business and consumer needs. As the Manhattan area progresses towards the future LSB will keep pace with the community banking needs. LSB Bank has opened their newest branch on Seth Child Rd here in Manhattan.

2013 Business After Hours dates and hosts February 13

Leonardville State Bank

April 10

Four Points by Sheraton

March 13

Business to be announced

May 8

Kansas Wheat Commission

July 10

N Zone Sportswear

June 12 August 14

September 11

Kaw Valley Rodeo

Business Showcase KSU Athletics

October 9

Commerce Bank

December 11

Briggs Auto

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Leaders’ Retreat Wrap Up In mid-January, over 220 people from Junction City, Wamego, Manhattan, Geary, Pottawatomie and Riley counties came together for the annual Chamber Leaders Retreat. The purpose of the Leaders Retreat is to learn, discuss and plan the future of the region as well as individual communities. The focus of the 2013 retreat was reacting and planning in response to observations and comments made by the retreats facilitator, Jonathan Sangster, a prominent site selector from Atlanta, Georgia.

The Chamber would like to thank the following sponsors for their support: Sink, Gordon & Associates LLP, HI-TECH Interiors, Inc., Peoples Choice Mortgage, and Sir Speedy/Hawley Printing Service.

The retreat began with welcomes from Manhattan Chamber Board Chair, Frank Beer, Junction City Chamber Board Chair, Judd Leibau and Wamego Chamber President, Lance White. A review of last year’s retreat work was presented by Shelia Shockey of Shockey Consulting, LLC. This year’s facilitator, Jonathan Sangster, then presented how site selector professionals look at communities and narrow down finalists for potential sites of corporate expansions or relocations. Next Mr. Sangster presented some general information on communities in neighboring states that might be competitors of Manhattan. Lastly, he presented his findings and impressions of the region based on statistical research and the community tours he was given the day before. His comments stressed the importance of having a strong and available workforce, a reasonable operating cost structure, accessibility to the region (roads and air travel), flexible economic incentives, a quality of place (schools and local amenities) and a great infrastructure.

Mr. Sangster’s regional assessment listed strengths of: low cost of living, low cost of doing business, competitive incentives through the state of Kansas, location in center of US, Kansas State University, Fort Riley and potentially NBAF. Regional weaknesses included: low

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industrial diversity, too much reliance on public sector, lack of growth driving industry, air accessibility, low unemployment, military spending cuts, stagnant population growth, low per capita income, and complacency.

Spread throughout the Friday and Saturday sessions were opportunities for retreat attendees to participate in round table discussions and then report the results of those discussions out to the larger group. Many of the common themes resulting from the round table discussions included: greater trust between the communities, better utilizing the Flint Hills Regional Council, regional transportation planning through the newly create Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), regional support for individual community projects, creation and funding of a regional marketing plan, development of affordable housing and the need to personally spend time in your neighbors community. Mr. Sangster concluded the meeting challenging the region to be bold, to have leaders step forward and take risks, and to “walk the talk” with respect to regional cooperation.

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February 2013

Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce Little Apple® Business Review

Individual seats now on sale for the Chamber’s 88th Annual Meeting & Banquet Friday, March 1, 2013 • 6:00pm Manhattan Conference Center

The Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce 88th Annual Meeting and Banquet will be held Friday, March 1, 2013 at the Manhattan Conference Center. The evening will begin with a cocktail hour at 6:00pm followed by dinner and presentations at 7:00pm.

Individual seating may be purchased for $59 each and will be available on a firstcome, first-serve basis.

It’s not too late to sponsor a table! Sponsoring a table at the Annual Meeting will gain you significant exposure to hundreds of the area’s top business and community leaders at the event. The Chamber will furnish all table decorations again this year.

Gold Level Table Sponsor - $825 • Sponsor table (with signage) in preferred location including eight guaranteed, reserved seats • Business listing on event programs and in the March edition of the “Little Apple Business Review” (approximately 1,500 impressions) • Business listing and website link on event webpage for 1 year (prior to and after the event) Silver Level Table Sponsor - $425 • Sponsor table (with signage) in preferred

location including four guaranteed, reserved seats • Business listing on event programs and in the March edition of the “Little Apple Business Review” (approximately 1,500 impressions) • Business listing and website link on event webpage for 1 year (prior to and after the event) Contact Kathy Stevens at or call the Chamber at 7768829 for more information Thank you to the following event sponsors:

Platinum Sponsors Your Business Logo Could Be Here!

Entertainment Sponsors

Cocktail Sponsors

Gold Level Sponsors: BA designs, LLC Bartlett & West, Inc. Bayer Construction Company, Inc. BG Consultants Central National Bank Community First National Bank Commerce Bank Manhattan GTM Sportswear Hi-Tech Interiors, Inc. Holiday Inn at the Campus INTRUST Bank Kansas Gas Service, A Division of ONEOK, Inc. Kansas State Bank Leonardville State Bank Meadowlark Hills Picerne Military Housing Scott Rice Office Works The Kansas Farm Bureau The Trust Company

Silver Level Sponsors: Blueville Nursery, Inc. Clarion Hotel ESB Financial Landmark National Bank K-State School of Leadership Studies KSU Foundation Manhattan Surgical Hospital Olsson Associates Schultz Construction ServiceMaster Cleaning Services by AAA Sink, Gordon & Associates LLP Public Accountants The Phone Connection Voice Networks UMB Bank Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

Upcoming Chamber Events

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To make a reservation for an upcoming event, please call the Chamber at 776-8829. Please join us as your time allows. February 7

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Ribbon Cutting - Thrivent Financial 4:30 pm 314 Tuttle Creek Boulevard, Suite D

Business After Hours 5:30 – 7:00 pm Leonardville State Bank 2401 N Seth Child Road

Manhattan Young Professionals 5:30pm Strecker-Nelson Gallery Good Morning Manhattan! 7:15 – 8:30 am Manhattan Country Club

Member Orientation: You Belong! What’s Next? 7:45 – 9:30 am Chamber Boardroom Chamber 88th Annual Meeting 6:00 – 9:30 pm Manhattan Conference Center Business After Hours 5:30 – 7:00 pm Morning Mingle 7:45 – 9:00 am Chamber Boardroom

*All dates and times are subject to change.

Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Launches New Website and New Brand Continued from page 1

with those who share the same passion to foster positive growth and development within our community. With this focus in mind, the site will provide content that best serves the interests of our members, residents and visitors within the Manhattan area. In addition to the new website, a refreshed Chamber identity and exciting initiatives are currently in the works to be put in place before the end of the year. Manhattan’s legacy, modern advancements, and home town values, are inherent in the eye-catching apple graphic and simplistic color splashes. The combination of these elements visually represents the city’s modern progression and core values the city holds for its rich history and community.

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Thank you for Reinvesting

Since our January newsletter, these businesses have reinvested their investments in the Chamber. The Board of Directors and staff thank these businesses for their continuing support of the Chamber.

Over 15 Years AFLAC AIB International Al Langton Insurance, Inc. American Red Cross Barry’s Drug Center Bayer Construction Company, Inc. Best Pest Control of Manhattan, LLC Big Lakes Developmental Center Blanton Realty Blue Cross – Blue Shield of Kansas Blueville Nursery, Inc. Bowman Bowman Novick Inc. Brad Schoen Burger King Office Burnett Automotive C. Clyde Jones Candlewood Frame Shop Capitol Federal Savings Bank Cash Lumber & Hardware Cardinal Insurance-Manhattan Carlos O'Kelly's Carpet One of Manhattan, Inc. Charlson & Wilson Bonded Abstracters, Inc. CivicPlus Coldwell Banker Realty Group One Commerce Bank - Manhattan Countryside of Manhattan, Inc. Crown Distributing, LLC/Coors D & R Construction, Inc. D.J. Carpenter Building Systems Danenberg Jewelers Dental Health Group Dick Edwards Ford Lincoln Mercury, Inc.

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Dillon Stores #15 Dillon Stores #46 Donald E. Rathbone Downtown Manhattan, Inc. DPRA Incorporated Dr. Clark Danner Dr. Kirk Schulz Dunne’s Pharmacy Eagle Communications Eastside & Westside Markets Energy Center - Manhattan Pool ep Print Source Faith Furniture Fridge Wholesale Liquor Frontier Farm Credit G & A Real Estate, Inc. Garrison Commander Griffith Lumber Company Gross Insurance Agency Heartland Works/Manhattan Workforce Center Hi-Tech Interiors, Inc. Homecare and Hospice ICE Corporation Irvin Parkview Funeral Home Irvine Real Estate Inc. J.C. Penney Joe Grantham Financial Associates of Manhattan, Inc. Jon Murdock, Inc K-State Athletics K-State Federal Credit Union Kansas Lumber Homestore Kansas State Bank Kansas State University Institute for Commercialization Kellstrom Pharmacy Knopp & Bannister P.A. K-State Student Union KSU Foundation Lana Oleen Consulting, LLC Landmark National Bank Larson Construction, Inc. Lee Construction Co. LDF Food Group, Inc. Little Apple Wooden Puzzles/Accents & Images Manhattan Area Technical College Manhattan Association of REALTORS Manhattan Medical Center

Noteworthy News

Company receives award, celebrates anniversary

Tindal Orthotics and Prosthetics received a three-year accreditation award in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics, Inc. (ABC). Tindal Orthotics and Prosthetics is recognized for achievements in the

areas of organizational management, patient care standards, quality assurance, supplier compliance and facility, and safety management. The award represents the highest level of accreditation achievable in the profession of orthotics and prosthetics. Beverage companies merge

Effective January 1, Mussatto Bros, Inc. in Osage City, merges with Flint Hills Beverage, LLC in Manhattan.

Manhattan Public Library Manhattan Town Center Manhattan Trenching, Inc. Manhattan Wrecker Service, Inc. Matheson TRIGAS MBI, Inc. McCullough Development, Inc. Meadowlark Hills Mercy Regional Health Center Mike's Wrecker Service, Inc. Morrison, Frost, Olsen, Irvine & Schartz, LLP Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center Pawnee Mental Health Services Pepsi Cola of Manhattan Pizza Hut Pop's Collectables Redbud Estates Rich Vargo R. M. Baril General Contractor Ryan & Sons Realtors S & B Motels Sabatka Financial Advisory Services, Inc. Salina Media Group Schram Chrysler Dodge Jeep, Inc. Schwab Eaton, PA Seaton Publishing Co., Inc. Shear Dynamics Salon Shilling Construction Co., Inc. Shop Quik Stores Steel & Pipe Supply Company Stifel, Nicolaus & Company Sunflower Bank Susan Peterson The EyeDoctors/Drs. Price, Young, Odle & Horsch The Kansas Farm Bureau The MASTER Teacher The Phone Connection Voice Networks The Simmons Company The Wareham Company Thierer Construction Inc. Thomas Sign Company United Way Varney & Associates, CPAs, LLC Via Christi Village Manhattan, Inc. Walnut Grove Mobile Home Park - Brensing Addn

After the merger, the company will be called Flint Hills Beverage, named after the region it serves and continue operations in both cities.

Flint Hills Beverage will be the leading beverage wholesaler in the Flint Hills region distributing a large variety of high quality beverage products representing Anheuser-Busch Inbev, Monster Energy, Nestle, Tallgrass Brewing Company, New Belgium Brewing Company, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company plus 40 other beverage producers.

Walters-Morgan Construction, Inc. Washington Dance Studio, Inc. Waste Management Waters Rental Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home

10 to 14 Years Alternative Healthcare Center Firestone Complete Auto Care Flint Hills Beverage, LLC Gary T. Edwards CPA, Inc. John R. Graham Marta’s Janitorial Service, Inc. Small Business Development Center State Farm Insurance – Josh Salmans Tom Hawk UFM Community Learning Center

5 to 9 Years Ashley Furniture HomeStore Bartlett & West, Inc. Capitol Federal Savings Bank Christian & Associates Real Estate Loren Pepperd, CRS, CSP, GRI Planet Sub Tractor Supply Co. Waters True Value

1 to 4 Years Commercial Real Estate Services Cragg’s Remodeling LLC Eureka Drive Storage Hartland Hearing Care Centers Human Resource Management Network JNT Company, LLC Kansas FFA Foundation, Inc. Rockhill Chiropractic & Acupunture United Country Ruckert Realty & Auction University of Phoenix VonFeldt, Bauer & VonFeldt, CPA’s

BKBSKS earns 2 awards

For the sixth consecutive year, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas has been awarded the Highest Customer Service Award in the health care industry by the Service Quality Measurement Group. The BCBSKS customer service center also was recertified as a World Class Certified Call Center. This indicates the company’s customer service center performed at or sustained the World Class call level.

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Stowe Property, LLC Gary Stowe, Manager Ph (785) 539-4044 We build real estate investment portfolios and help others acquire, rehab, and manage similar investments. John Ball, US Army Retired 3107 Harahey Ridge Ph (785) 320-2271

Texas Roadhouse Jeff Walters, Managing Partner 200 Manhattan Town Center Ph (785) 537-7427 Legendary Food, Legendary Service®, and Legendary Fun! At Texas Roadhouse, we take pride in everything we do from handcut steaks and fall-off-the-bone ribs, to some pretty sweet margaritas. And we do it all with one goal — to give your family a place to go for great food and good times at a fantastic price.

The Veldt Lounge Matt Hood, Owner 105 N 3rd Street Ph (785) 539-4499 The Veldt Lounge is a great new locally owned bar/restaurant in historic downtown Manhattan. Serving great food and hand crafted cocktails paired with excellent service, a relaxing atmosphere and live piano performances. The Veldt Lounge encourages the mutual enjoyment of cuisine, conversation and personal connection.

SQM is an independent third-party company which benchmarks more than 450 call centers in 11 countries each year to determine its awards.

The awards are determined on the basis of a statistically valid sampling of customers who called the call center and were surveyed within one to three days of the call.



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February 2013

Volume 13, Issue 2

A publication of the Manhattan

Convention &

Visitors Bureau

The Convention and Visitors Bureau rolls out new WEBSITE! With as much change as Manhattan has been experiencing, we thought it prudent to dust off a bit and join the facelift. Visit and browse around for yourself to see brand new images, exciting new features and state of the art technology! Main features for the site will include a photo gallery, the option to “submit an event” to the calendar of events page, a blog, and a “book it now” hotel feature. The site will split into two overall sections- Meet and Visit, with corresponding, streamlined menu options. We’ve shaved off unnecessary extras to aide both visitors, and meeting planners.

“We are excited to share this new site with visitors and planners alike! There have been months of careful planning behind every feature and every aspect of the new website and logo. Thank you for the continued support and input that allows us to showcase more effectively Manhattan with others.” – Karen Hibbard, Director, Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Our People, Our Land, Our Images

The newest exhibit from the Flint Hills Discovery Center is now open. View indigenous peoples through the eyes of indigenous photographers. “This is an opportunity for the people of Kansas to gain a better understanding and appreciation for indigenous peoples throughout the world. Our People, Our Land, Our Images is a professionally developed exhibit that celebrates the work of 26 native artists and can help us understand our cultural differences - locally, and globally,” said Jared Bixby, curator of education, FHDC. Three generations of photographers are featured from North and South America, New Zealand, and the Middle East.This exhibit will remain open in the temporary gallery until March 16. Call 785-587-2726, or visit

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Working for you Something’s Brewing

A huge ‘Thank You!’ to Midwest Living, for including Little Apple Brewing Company in their latest issue! The magazine is running a story in the January/February issue that tours the best local breweries in the Midwest. We are proud to announce that LABCO is featured! Visit their website to read the full story. To subscribe to Midwest Living so you can keep up-to-date on all their greatest finds go to

There’s No Place Like Kansas!

K-State Sports

Men’s Basketball 2-09 vs Iowa State at 5:00 pm on ESPN 2 2-16 vs Baylor at 6:00 pm on ESPNU 2-18 vs West Virginia at 8:00 pm on ESPN 2-25 vs Texas Tech at 6:00 pm on ESPNU 3-5 vs TCU at 7:00 pm on Big 12 Network

Women’s Basketball 2-02 vs Kansas at 7:00 pm on Cox 22/Metro 2-06 vs Oklahoma at 7:00 pm on FOX Sports 2-13 vs Texas at 7:00 pm on FOX Sports Kansas 2-23 vs Iowa State at 2:00 pm on FCS Central 3-02 vs Texas Tech at 12:30 pm on FCS Central *home games only

This isn’t news to residents of the state, but as always, it is a pleasure to those of us in the tourism industry to share with the world how incredible the area is that we call home. The Division of Travel & Tourism, from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism has released the results of an independent study, “There’s No Place Like Kansas.” This marketing campaign contributed $73.5 million to the Kansas economy through 133,400 visitors to the state. Cost of the campaign fell at approximately $915,000, or, gave a return on investment of $80 for every dollar spent!

The campaign ran from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012 and incorporated television, print, online and digital advertisements. Total reach was 1.84 million people throughout seven nearby states. The Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau was a partner in this project. “We believe it is essential to partner with statewide industry leaders to maximize the many and varied programs of the Kansas Tourism Division,” said Becky Blake, Kansas Tourism Director. “Our advertising partners help stretch our limited funds, enabling all of us to create excitement about Kansas far beyond the state’s borders.” The Kansas tourism industry employs one of every nine Kansas citizens in jobs that stay in the state and can’t be sent to another state or oversees. Tourism is the third largest private sector employer in Kansas.

Follow the state on Youtube and stay up to date with all the latest Kansas happenings. Go tourism!

Women Managing the Farm

Manhattan is pleased to welcome the Women Managing the Farm Conference February 7-8. The Hilton Garden Inn & Manhattan Conference Center will host the group as they meet. The group is thrilled to move the conference to Manhattan in order to utilize the great resources at Kansas State University and K-State Research and Extension. The Conference is recommended for women who are land owners, farm or ranch managers, partners or employees, absentee landlords, or career women engaged in agricultural careers. Janet Barrows, a volunteer for the educational effort, says that “women new to production agriculture- by inheritance or marriage- find the conference to be informative and reassuring.” For more information on the conference, or to register online, please visit 200 attendees are expected at the conference.

Reminders and Updates

The Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism is offering a Parks Passport for $15 when purchased during your vehicle registration process. Price is typically $25. This is a joint initiative of the Revenue Department and the KDWPT. You may now purchase gift cards in any amount through the Manhattan Parks and Recreation Department (MPRD). Gift cards can be redeemed at Sunset Zoo, Flint Hills Discovery Center, swimming, arts and crafts and all other MPRD programs. Call 785-587-2757. Symphony in the Flint Hills has released the 2013 location. We are eager to have FORT RILEY serve as host this year. As always, it will be a beautifully put-together experience that you find only in the Flint Hills. Follow them on Facebook, and visit their website to grab your tickets as they become available on Saturday, March 23,

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Upcoming Events Barefoot Season

It might be frosty outsidebut inside the Columbian Theatre, it’s cozy and fun. Join the cast and production crew for “Barefoot in the Park.” Dates for the show are Feb 8,9,10,15,16,17. Friday and Saturday shows have dinner slated to begin at 6:00 pm and the show at 7:30. Sunday has a 12:30 pm dinner and a 2:00 performance.

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo

The K-State Theatre will put on the Broadway play, “Bengal tiger at the Baghdad Zoo,” February 7-9 and 1416 at 7:30 pm, and a matinee on February 17 at 2:30 pm. Watch two American Marines and an Iraqi translator encounter a quick-witted tiger in the streets of war-torn Baghdad. Their lives were never the same. The show is in Nichols Theatre on campus.

Tickets for the Bengal Tiger production are $14, $12 for seniors and military, and $8 for students. They can be purchased at the McCain Auditorium box office, at 785-532-6428, or online at Groups of 10 or more may receive a discount rate. For more information or assistance in planning a theater party, contact Marci Maullar at 785-532-6878.

Three Keys to Solving Global Hunger

Kansas State University presents a Lou Douglas Lecture Series event; Rick McNary will speak on February 19 at 7:00 pm in the Union Ballroom on global hunger. McNary was a pastor leading a mission trip in Central America when he came face to face with a decision that led him to be an advocate for hunger, and today, the vice president of Strategic Partnerships Relationships for Outreach, Inc.

A community dialogue will take place before the lecture from 1:00- 4:30 pm in the KState Student Union, Flint Hills Room. Email with questions. This event is free and open to the public.

The House of Blue Leaves

A satire on family, religion and politics will take you through joy, tragedy and sentiment that won’t be easy to forget. The Manhattan Arts Center puts on the “House of Blue Leaves” February 2224 and March 1-3. Artie is the main character, and the audience will follow this zookeeper and struggling songwriter on the day the Pope is to arrive in New York City, in 1965. Thursday through Saturday shows are 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $17, 12 and under $12.

Nichols Theatre

“Jar the Floor” will run February 28, March 1 and 2 at 7:30 pm. The performance is about a quartet of black women spanning four generations and the white friend of the youngest that is a loveable heart-warming comedy.

Call 785-532-6011 for details on the Ebony Theatre!

Happy 150th!

It’s celebration time! America’s first land-grant institution turns 150 this month. Alumni, students, staff, faculty and friends are invited to celebrate and honor the proud history of Kansas State University as they look to the future. Join the university February 14 for the kickoff and grand exhibition at Ahearn Fieldhouse from 1-7:00 pm! The event is free and open to the public. Other events include a 150 Gala on Friday evening, men’s basketball on Saturday, and a McCain Performance on Sunday at 3:00 pm. K-State strives to become a top 50 public research university by 2025. Visit for in-depth information on the history of the university, the sesquicentennial celebration and events, photos and much more.

Gone Fishin’!

The Kansas State Fishing Team (yes, they really have one of those!) wants you to join them May 4 at Milford Lake. Anyone over 18 qualifies with a paid entry fee to the 2013 Kansas State Bass Classic. There is a pre-tournament meeting the night before- time TBA. Land the largest bass you can and spend the rest of the weekend relaxing and bragging in Manhattan!

We love our new look!

Contact Nathen Kowlowski to register ASAP. Official entry forms need to be submitted by 785-307-1779 or

Stay tuned for this June activity- Tuttle Creek Dam is approaching its half-century birthday! There will be games, activities and all sorts of fun. Details to come as we approach this event!

Our new logo exhibits the community’s traits of a progressive, energetic and interactive community with modern, small-town values. The new logo will continue to articulate the long-standing personality of The Little Apple® while inviting the world to get wrapped up in the big opportunities that exist in the Manhattan area.

Sunset Zoo now offers the chance for virtually unlimit-

ed distance learning! The Interactive Distance Learning (IDL) programs target elementary school-aged youth and lead hands-on exploration of animals. Programs are ideal for classrooms, but must be scheduled in advance. IDL programs may be scheduled Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 4:30 pm CST, pending on availability and users need 48 hours to test internet connection. Call 785-587-2737 or visit

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Grand Opening of "Righteous Among the Nations" Exhibit Hale Library, K-State 4:30-6:00pm

MCC Women's Basketball v. Grace University City Auditorium 5:00pm MCC Men's Basketball v. Grace University City Auditorium 7:00pm

Behind the Scenes Tour of Special Collections Hale Library, K-State 5:00-6:30pm K-State Womens Basketball vs. Oklahoma Bramlage Coliseum 7:00pm

MCC Women's Basketball v. Hillsdale College City Auditorium 5:30pm MCC Men's Basketball v. Central Bible College City Auditorium 7:30pm Barefoot in the Park Columbian Theatre, Museum & Art Center, Wamego Fri.-Sat. 7:30pm Sun. 2:00 McCain Performance Series: Drum Line Live McCain Auditorium, K-State 7:30 p.m.

MCC Men's Basketball v. Baptist Bible College City Auditorium 4:00pm K-State Mens Basketball vs. Iowa State Bramlage Coliseum 5:00PM

Father Daughter Sweetheart Dance Houston Street Ballroom 2-4pm McCain Performance Series: McCain Student Showcase McCain Auditorium, K-State 4:00 pm



K-State Womens Basketball vs. Texas Bramlage Coliseum 7:00pm

15-17 Barefoot in the Park Columbian Theatre, Museum & Art Center, Wamego Fri.-Sat. 7:30pm Sun. 2:00pm 15-17 The Miracle Worker Junction City Little Theater


Konza Prairie New Docent and Master Naturalist Orientation Konza Prairie Biological Station 9:00am 16-17 Manhattan Area Garden Show Pottorf Hall, CiCo Park Sat. 9am-5pm Sun. Noon-4 16 K-State Mens Basketball vs. Baylor Bramlage Coliseum 6:00PM 18 K-State Mens Basketball vs. West Virginia Bramlage Coliseum 8:00PM 18 Kansas State University Wind Ensemble Concert McCain Auditorium, K-State 7:30pm

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12-10/13 The Museum of Wonder: A Great Land Grant University Collects (Pelton & Hyle Family Galleries) Beach Museum of Art, K-State

McCain Performance Series: Shrek The Musical McCain Auditorium, K-State 7:30 pm

Our People, our Land, Our Images Short Film Series Flint Hills Discovery Center 6:00-8:00pm PreK and Kindergarten Information Night Manhattan Catholic Schools 7:00pm

22-23 36th Annual Woman's World "Lean on Me" K-State Student Union Friday 5:00pm - Saturday 3:00pm 22 14th Annual Boys and Girls Club Casino Night & Auction Fundraiser K-State Alumni Center 6:30-11:00pm 22 McCain Performance Series: Joe Goode Performance Group McCain Auditorium, K-State 7:30 pm

Upcoming Conferences, Sports and Special Events in The Little Apple®

22-3/3 The House of Blue Leaves Manhattan Arts Center February 22-24 & March 1-3, Thurs-Sat, 7:30pm Sun, 2pm


K-State Womens Basketall vs. Iowa State Bramlage Coliseum 2:00pm

23-24 2013 Flint Hills Home Show National Guard Armory Sat. 9am-6pm Sun. 10am-4pm 23 Unstock the Bar! (Reservations Required) Harry's Restaurant 8:30-11:30pm


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Our Natural World Children’s Program with Claudia McGehee Flint Hills Discovery Center TBA

K-State Mens Basketball vs. Texas Tech Bramlage Coliseum 6:00PM Flex Learning CASA Training Manhattan Public Library 5:30pm

Talk About Literature in Kansas 2 Manhattan Public Library 7:00pm

3/1-3/3 K-State Baseball v. Oakland Tointon Stadium Fri. 3pm Sat. 2pm Sun. 1pm


K-State Womens Basketball vs. Texas Tech Bramlage Coliseum 12:30pm

3/5-3/6 K-State Baseball v. Niagara Tointon Stadium 3pm 3/5 K-State Mens Basketball vs. TCU Bramlage Coliseum 7:00PM

Manhattan Convention & Visitors Bureau 501 Poyntz Avenue Manhattan, KS 66502 (785) 776-8829 • (785) 776-0679 fax

Vision Statement: Destination Manhattan!

Mission Statement:

To expand the local area economy by attracting visitors.

February . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Anticipated Attendance Numbers Conferences 6 Women Managing the Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .200 KS Assoc. of Public Information Officers Board Meeting . . .30 6 8 Women Managing the Farm Conference 19 Kansas Farm Bureau Financial Services Valentine's Day meeting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .200 National Association for Interpretation 24 Kansas Chapter - Region 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150 26 Insurance and Financial Agents & Advisors CE Conference100 28 Big XII Conference on Black Student Government Annual Conference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .700 3/4 EPA Region 7 Radon Stakeholders Meetings and Events . .100

The National Association for Interpretation, NAI, is dedicated to advancing the profession of heritage interpretation and serves about 5,000 members in the United States, Canada, and more than 30 other nations. The regional workshop is a gathering of more than 150 professionals in the interpretive field from Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana.

This year’s workshop will take place February 24-27. The theme is Earth, Wind and Fire…Igniting the passion for Interpretation. The opening reception will be at the Flint Hills Discovery Center with entertainment by the Gold Orchestra. The group can also choose to go on a ghost tour of Fort Riley, enjoy a chuckwagon dinner and cowboy poetry, a pub crawl in Aggieville, or share crafts in the Knit Wits group. The group additionally will tour the Sunset Zoo, Insect Zoo, Birding at Milford Lake, historical sites nearby, Rolling Hills Zoo in Salina, Fort Riley Museums and more.

Manhattan CVB Steering Committee

Chuck Scott, Chairman Brad Everett, Hotel Jennifer Fritchen, Hotel Dave Lewis, Ex-Officio Curt Loupe, Ex-Officio Jackie Murrell, Hotel Miranda Lies, Hotel

Julie Powell, Hotel Wayne Rouse, Entertainment Evan Tuttle, Attraction Todd Holmberg, K-State Bernie Haney, Ex-Officio Lynda Spire, Ex-Officio

Manhattan Convention & Visitors Bureau Staff Karen Hibbard, Director

Christy Chase, Convention Sales Manager

Marcia Rozell, Tourism Sales Manager

Autumn Shoemaker, Marketing Coordinator

Kendra Dekat, Administrative Assistant/ Service Coordinator

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NationJob, the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce’s partner for online job posting, has had 93,000 applicants to participating Chamber companies since 1995. NationJob has 40 industry specific sites and partnerships with several other job boards including Indeed, Beyond, Glassdoor and By posting on NationJob, listings are posted on partner sites at no extra cost.

Effective March 1, Chamber members with more than 30 employees that use NationJob will pay for the service based on an annual investment schedule with dramatically reduced rates (see investment schedule below) Businesses with 30 employees or less are able to use the service for free. The annual fee includes unlimited postings during the year (250 at any one time). Number of Employees 0-30 31-99 100-199 200-299 300-399 400-499 500-749 750-999 1000+

Community Network Price $0 $500 $1,000 $2,000 $3,000 $4,000 $5,000 $7,000 $10,000

Minimum investment of $1,000 will enable your company logo to be displayed on the NationJob Manhattan community page. Companies interested in the NationJob Workplace Diversity program are encouraged to contact NationJob directly.

NationJob also offers the “PJ Scout” program at no extra cost, allowing job seekers to get notified of job openings meeting certain criteria such as location or specific employers. 87% of the over one million PJ Scout subscribers are passive job seekers, meaning they are currently employed but are looking for the right opportunity.

The partnership between the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce and NationJob is an annual program supported by local employers and the Chamber of Commerce to provide reduced cost job listing services.

For more information, to sign up for the program or to post a job, please contact our NationJob community representative, Kim Turner at 888.294.6088 or See Manhattan’s site listing on NationJob at

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$5 per square foot up to 300 square feet. This method can be applied starting on 2013 returns.

November 2011 November 2012

BUILDING PERMITS - source: City of Manhattan

Total Issued Residential


Permit Fees Paid









RETAIL SALES (Manhattan) - source: City of Manhattan

Retail Sales

Sales Tax Collections

$89,550,500 $895,505

$80,076,200 $800,762







Member Orientation: You Belong! What's Next?

Now that you belong, it's time to learn more about the value the Chamber has to offer you and your business.

What: Member Orientation: You Belong! What's Next?

When: Tuesday, February 26th


7:45 am – Doors Open & Coffee Time 8:00-9:00 am Program

Where: Chamber Boardroom

Who Should Attend: The program is designed for new members and new employees of existing members looking to obtain a better understanding of the Manhattan Chamber and the many benefits associated with membership. As an attendee you will have the opportunity to: Meet and interact with Membership Division staff

Share information about your business with attendees Find out how to begin utilizing your Chamber membership; building on the reasons why you joined

RSVP online or by email to This members-only program is limited to 24 and free to attend.

The ball is in your court, your chamber membership can be one of your greatest assets, but you only get out what you put in. Stay involved, do not ever give up and use your chamber to help you win.

We look forward to having you join us on February 26th. Sponsored by

Changes Simplify Home Office Deduction Calculations

The IRS has announced a change in the way people who use their home as an office or place of business can calculate their tax deduction. The new alternative, or safe harbor method, allows for a deduction capped at $1,500 based on

As I wrote about in January 2012, many small businesses and freelancers qualify for the home office deduction. The requirements for writing off the use of a home, rented or owned, for business are still the same. These include the requirement that the portion of the residence is exclusively used on a regular basis for business purposes or, if the taxpayer is an employee, that the portion of the residence is used only for the convenience of the taxpayer’s employer. The new safe harbor method is a simpler alternative to calculating the actual expenses based on a percentage of the resi-

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dence’s square footage using Form 8829. Both methods are now allowable and taxpayers may elect from year to year which method to use. There are some limitations to using the new home office deduction method, particularly related to gross income minus other business expense deductions, carry-overs from previous years and deduction of home depreciation. Remember to consult your accounting professional for additional guidance regarding how to best calculate your home office deduction. Daryn Soldan 501 Poyntz Avenue Manhattan, KS 66502 785-587-9917

Small Business Council Update The first meeting of the Small Business Council was held on January 9. Jeff Koenig was elected Vice-Chair and the discussion was focused on answering the question “What keeps you up at night as a small business person in Manhattan, KS?” Topics mentioned included workforce, healthcare, property taxes, internet taxes, internet competition, and various topics relating to local, state and federal government.

We would like to thank the following Chamber members for serving on the 2013 Small Business Council:

Therese Adams - Coldwell Banker Realty Group One Blake DeBord – BD4 Distributing Ross Grynkiewicz – Little Apple Honda Toyota Michael Hamler – Alternative Healthcare Gloria Heiberger – Guest Haus Bed & Breakfast Dan Hoffman – Pottberg, Gassman & Hoffman CPA’s

Tara Jackson – Scentsy Stormy Lee Kennedy – Claflin Books & Copies Jeff Koenig (Vice-Chair) – Big Poppi Bicycle Co. Patrick Lee (Chair) – N Zone Sportswear Jeff Levin – Premier Car and Dog Wash Randy Martin – Hawley Printing Service Danielle Runnebaum – Manhattan Broadcasting Karen Streeter – Vista Drive In Mark Tindall – Tindall Orthodontics Tim White – Timberline Cabinetry & Millwork LLC

The next Small Business Council Meeting will be held on February 13 at 7:15 am in the Chamber Board room. Meetings are open to all Chamber members. If you have any questions regarding the Small Business Council, please contact Patrick Lee at N Zone Sportswear (776-3234 ext. 201 or 341-9177) or Trent Armbrust at the Chamber (776-8829).

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Military Update February 2013

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Our MRC has bounded into 2013. The Committee has defined itself in a more structured manner, has determined the scope and mission of it’s sub-committees and has moved into the New Year with many ideas and plans of action. Our programming continues to grow and change as the needs of our service members and their families adapt to the new military atmosphere. Our Yellow Ribbon Socials continue to be the star of our MRC program-

ming. In January, we put together our first ever “Proper Pin-ups” photo shoot. With the amazing donations and partnering of Bellus Academy LLC, Rockstar and Rogers, Gypsy’s on the Boulevard, Harry’s and our very own Autumn Shoemaker. Yellow Ribbon Spouses were treated to an evening of vintage glamour. We began the evening at Bellus Academy, where each spouse was done up in vintage hair and make-up, then dressed in vintage outfits. We then travelled to Harry’s

where the group enjoyed wonderful food and drink as Autumn Shoemaker photographed them in “Proper Pin-Up style.” The evening was showcased on WIBW and B104.7 and has received rave reviews from the participants. Just another way for the Manhattan business community to open itself in a unique way to our military service members and their families.

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Scan this QR code to download the Chamber’s mobile app!

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Thursday, February 21st 7:15 – 8:30am at the Manhattan Country Club

Start your day off with breakfast and some early morning networking. Coffee and networking will begin at 7:15am followed by a breakfast buffet and speakers that will share information about local topics of interests to the community. When you enter the event, be sure to shake hands with as many people as you can. The 15th person to shake the hand of the “Mystery Member” will receive $50 cash!

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran 923 Westport Place, Suite 210 (785) 539-8973

Eggs and Issues

Sponsored by the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce

Saturday, March 2 7:30 a.m. Union Pacific Train Depot

No admission charge Open to the public • Free coffee

In attendance will be Senator Hawk and Representatives Carlin and Phillips. This event is partially underwritten for the

at&t Chamber by:

Speakers for the event will include: • Frank Beer, 2013 Chamber Board of Directors Chair • Dave Lewis, Chair, Riley County Commission • Eric Cattell, Assistant Director for Planning for the City • Megan Umscheid, Sesquicentennial Coordinator for K-State’s 150th Celebration

This fast-paced, informative gathering is well attended so reservations are required and can be made online at or by calling 776-8829. The cost is $20 per member or $35 for non-members. Sponsored by:

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