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February 2014, Volume 10, Issue 2,

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501 Poyntz Avenue Manhattan, KS, 66502-6005 785-776-8829 phone 785-776-0679 fax TDD Kansas Relay Center: 800-766-3777 Connect with the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce through Social Media.

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NEW! Coffee & Conversation: Member/Guest Program

• Interaction: Positive experiences, quality of conversations

Interested in becoming a member, but would like to know more?

• Innovation: Cutting-edge ideas, opportunities, technology

• Instruction: New skills or applications learned

• Intelligence: New awareness, understanding, knowledge

• Insights: Lessons learned, breakthroughs

• Integration: Ability to implement ideas into business

Individual seats now on sale for the Chamber’s 89th Annual Meeting & Banquet Friday, February 21, 2014 • 6:00pm Manhattan Conference Center

The Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce 89th Annual Meeting and Banquet will be held Friday, February 21, 2014 at the Manhattan Conference Center. The evening will begin with a cocktail hour at 6:00pm followed by dinner and presentations at 7:00pm.

Beginning Monday, February 3rd, individual seating may be purchased for $65 each if a Chamber member and $85 each for a non-member. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact Kathy Stevens at or call the Chamber at 776-8829 for more information. Presenting Sponsors

Join us for a Coffee & Conversation: Member / Guest Program. Coffee & Conversation: Member/Guest will be a new program in the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce calendar of events for 2014. This program was created, designed and critiqued by members and non-members from area business men and women. Attendees are provided the opportunity to learn about the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce and its membership while sharing what makes their business/ organization special and unique.

Take the opportunity to: • Network with other business professionals from the community – members & guests • Learn about the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce • Share about your business or organization Reservations are required for the program. It is limited to 8 members and 8 guests to attend and free to all.

2014 Coffee & Conversation: Member/Guest Program dates: • Thursday, April 17th • Wednesday, July 30th • Tuesday, October 21st

Interested in becoming a member and attending an upcoming Coffee & Conversation program? Please contact Kim Dahlsten, Membership Development Manager, 776-8829 or for more information and available dates.

What is the Chamber?

The Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, voluntary organization of citizens working together to support the business development of Manhattan and make it a better place to work and live. Since incorporation in 1925, the Chamber and its many volunteers have invested their time and money to work together and accomplish objectives Continued on that are impossible to do alone page 2

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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.

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Chamber’s 89th Annual Meeting & Banquet Thank you to the following event sponsors: Bronze Sponsors

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 David Van Ommen at 776-2200, or

Copper Sponsors

Gold Level Sponsors: Action Pact Design Arthur-Green, LLP Bartlett & West, Inc. Bayer Construction Company Central National Bank College of Business Administration Commerce Bank Corvias Military Living Flint Hills Job Corps Center Hi-Tech Interiors ICE Corporation INTRUST Bank Kansas State Bank KSU President’s Office Landmark National Bank Mercy Regional Health Center SMH Consultants The Kansas Farm Bureau The Trust Company UMB Bank

Silver Level Sponsors: AIB International BA designs Diamond Roofing ESB Financial Excel Linen Supply Four Points by Sheraton GTM Sportswear Hy-Vee Kansas Gas Service, a Division of ONE Gas, Inc. KSU Foundation Manhattan Broadcasting Manhattan Magazine Manhattan Surgical Hospital New Boston Creative Group Olsson Associates Schultz Construction ServiceMaster Restore Sink, Gordon & Associates Stoneybrook Retirement Community The Phone Connection Voice Networks Varney & Associates Westar Energy

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Please join us for Business After Hours in February!

Wednesday, February 12th 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:

LSB Bank might be fairly new to the Manhattan Community but they are not new to banking. Leonardville State Bank was chartered in 1897. In the early days of banking their main focus was on ag lending but as

times have changed and the future is upon us they focus on all areas of lending and deposits. LSB prides themselves on being a community bank and doing just that… being very involved in the community. The LSB group is working toward the reputation of “the friendliest bank in Northeast Kansas.” LSB offers banking with a friendly smile and warm welcome. Please stop by their location at 2401 N. Seth Child or their location in Leonardville. They can also be found on the web at

2013 Sponsor Thank You

The Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce gratefully acknowledges the generosity and support of our 2013 event sponsors. Their commitment ensures the Chamber is able to continue offering high quality networking and educational events.

We graciously extend our appreciation to each of them.

Business After Hours B104.7 Briggs Auto Creche Day School Commerce Bank Four Points by Sheraton Hy-Vee Kansas Wheat Commission Kaw Valley Rodeo Association K-State Athletics Leonardville State Bank R.C. McGraw’s Bar and Grill Sink, Gordon and Associates Sunset Zoo

Business Showcase Flint Hills Beverage Manhattan Regional Airport Chamber 101 Thrivent Financial

Educational Workshop & Seminars Mercy Regional Health Center

Good Morning Manhattan Action Pact Design BA designs Greater Manhattan Community Foundation Kansas 4-H Foundation Waddell & Reed

Manhattan Young Professionals Hilton Garden Inn JointFit Chiropractic Rays Apple Market Sunflower Bank Wildcat Creek Sports Center

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Chamber Concierge Service Would you like to make new contacts and meet other Chamber members? • New to Business After Hours? • New member to the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce? • Would you like to make new contacts and meet other Chamber members? If any or all of the above fit you, please let us know. We’d like to help!

How it works! At an upcoming Business After Hours event, and by your request, be paired with a Chamber Concierge. As a concierge, our volunteers will act as your guide at the

event including introductions to others.

What to do next? To participate in this free member service, contact Kim Dahlsten at or 785-776-8829 no later than Monday, February 10th. Watch for members with light green ribbons at the next Business After Hours – they’re here for you! Are you a current member and would like to be a Chamber Concierge at an upcoming Business After Hours? Contact Kim Dahlsten at 785-776-8829.

Upcoming Chamber Events

Member Orientation: You Belong! What’s Next? Kansurance

Morning Mingle Advanced Property Management Kansurance

Sponsorship opportunities are available for our 2014 programs and events. Let us advertise your business to over 2,000 Chamber members and 10,000 Manhattan households. Sponsors receive extensive logo recognition on the Chamber website, email invitations and in our monthly newsletter. Sponsorships are beginning to fill up! Contact Kathy Stevens or Kim Dahlsten at 785-776-8829 to secure a program sponsorship today.

To make a reservation for an upcoming event, please call the Chamber at 776-8829. Please join us as your time allows. February 12 February 18

February 21 February 25

March 12 March 20 March 25

Business After Hours 5:30 - 7:00 pm Host: Leonardville State Bank

Manhattan Young Professionals - UFM Programs 11:30 am Location: Four Points by Sheraton 89th Annual Meeting 6:00 pm Location: Manhattan Conference Center Member Orientation: You Belong! What’s Next? 7:45 – 9:30 am Chamber Boardroom Business After Hours 5:30 - 7:00 pm Host: Manhattan Country Club Good Morning Manhattan 7:15 – 8:30 am Manhattan Country Club Morning Mingle 7:45 – 9:00 am Chamber Boardroom

*All dates and times are subject to change.

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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. Arthur-Green, LLP Barry’s Drug Center Bayer Construction Company, Inc. BG Consultants BHS Construction, Inc. Big Lakes Development Center Blue Cross – Blue Shield of Kansas Bluestem Bistro Blueville Nursery, Inc. Bowman Bowman Novick, Inc. Burger King Office C. Clyde Jones Campus Hair Styling Capitol Federal Savings Bank Cardinal Insurance-Manhattan Carlos O’Kelly’s Carpet One of Manhattan, Inc. Century Business Systems, Inc. Charlson & Wilson Bonded Abstracters, Inc. CivicPlus Coldwell Banker Realty Group One Continental Mills Countryside of Manhattan, Inc. Crown Distributing, LLC/Coors D & R Construction, Inc. Danenberg Jewelers Dental Health Group Designed Business Interiors Dick Edwards Ford Lincoln Mercury, Inc. Dillon Stores DK Specialties Downtown Manhattan, Inc. DPRA Incorporated Dr. Clark Danner Dunne’s Pharmacy Eastside & Westside Markets Energy Center – Manhattan Pool ep Print Source Fridge Wholesale Liquor Frontier Farm Credit G & A Real Estate, Inc. Griffith Lumber Company Hawley Printing Service – Sir Speedy

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Heartland Works/Manhattan Workforce Center Hi-Tech Interiors, Inc. hibu/Yellow Book ICE Corporation Jon Murdock, Inc. K-State Alumni Association K-State Athletics K-State Federal Credit Union Kansas Gas Service, A Division of ONEOK, Inc. Kansas Lumber Homestore Kansas State Bank Kellstrom Pharmacy Knopp & Bannister P.A. KSU Foundation Landmark National Bank Larson Construction, Inc. LDF Food Group, Inc. Little Apple Hotel Partners LLC Manhattan Area Technical College Manhattan Association of REALTORS Manhattan Broadcasting Manhattan Eye Care Manhattan Town Center Manhattan Trenching, Inc. Manhattan Wrecker Service, Inc. Marinello Schools of Beauty McCall Pattern Co. McCullough Development, Inc. Meadowlark Hills Mercy Regional Health Center Mike’s Wrecker Service, Inc. Morrison, Frost, Olsen, Irvine, & Schartz, LLP NISTAC Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center Pawnee Mental Health Services Pepsi Cola of Manhattan Susan Peterson Pizza Hut Pop’s Collectables Redbud Estates Reed & Elliott Jewelers Richard B. Hayter Salina Media Group Schram Chrysler Dodge Jeep, Inc. Schwab Eaton, PA Seaton Publishing Co., Inc. Shilling Construction Co., Inc. Shop Quik Stores Steel & Pipe Supply Company Stickel Cleaners Stifel, Nicolaus & Company The EyeDoctors Optometrists The Kansas Farm Bureau The MASTER Teacher The Pathfinder

More options for YOUR health!

Chiropractic • Acupuncture • Massage Therapy • Nutrition • Reiki Dr. Amy Penrod-Filby Dr. Kristine Springer Aimee Phlegar Tiffany Young Casey Ebert 785-587-0300 • 305 Ft. Riley Blvd • Manhattan, KS

The Phone Connection Voice Networks The Simmons Company Thierer Construction Inc. Thomas Sign Company UMB Bank United Way Varney & Associates, CPAs, LLC Varney’s Book Store Via Christi Village Manhattan, Inc. Wal-Mart Walnut Grove Mobile Home Park – Brensing Addn Walters-Morgan Construction, Inc. Washington Dance Studio, Inc. Waters Rental

10 to 14 Years Alternative Healthcare Center Austin Peters Group, Inc. Cam McCracken Capitol Federal Savings Bank Copy Kats Covan World-Wide Moving, Inc. Flint Hills Beverage, LLC Robert N. Haines Tom Hawk Marta’s Janitorial Service, Inc. Loren Pepperd, CRS, CSP, GRI Small Business Development Center UFM Community Learning Center

5 to 9 Years Able Printing Company Bartlett & West, Inc. Baskin Robbins Catholic Charities of Northern Kansas Central National Bank Christian & Associates Real Estate Citizens State Bank Flint Hills Area Transportation Agency Meritrust Credit Union Motel 6 The Salvation Army Tractor Supply Co. VonFeldt, Bauer & VonFeldt, CPA’s

1 to 4 Years John Ball Commercial Real Estate Services Consolidated Printing LTG (Ret) Michael Dodson G. Thomas Jewelers Grandma Hoerner’s Foods Inc. Hartland Hearing Care Centers Human Resource Management Network JNT Company, LLC K-State Institute for the Health and Security of Military Families Kansas FFA Foundation Inc. Mercy Regional Home Medical Services Rockhill Chiropractic & Acupuncture Scott Rice Office Works Stowe Property, LLC

KFC of Manhattan Rajeen and Dimple Jain, Owners 901 N. 3rd Street Ph (785) 776-9031 KFC is one of the few brands in America that can boast a rich, decades-long history of success and innovation. It all started with one cook who created a soon-to-be world famous recipe more than 70 years ago, a list of secret herbs and spices scratched out on the back of the door to his kitchen. That cook was Colonel Harland Sanders of course, and now KFC is the world's most popular chicken restaurant chain, specializing in that same Original Recipe®, along with Extra Crispy™ chicken, home-style sides and buttermilk biscuits.

Dentistry by Design Dr. Bret B. Gilsdorf 1110 Westport Drive Ph (785) 539-2314 Fx (785) 539-1121 At Dentistry By Design, we value our patient relationships, making it our priority to deliver the gentle, compassionate care that you deserve from a dentist in Manhattan. We work hard to make you feel at ease by providing exceptional patient care in a relaxed, convenient atmosphere. We strive to develop lifelong relationships with our patients by combining the latest dental technology with a professional and compassionate staff. The result is a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a life time. Not only are we a leading dentist in Manhattan, we are a full-service practice providing for all of you and your family's dental needs.

Prestige Realty & Associates Jermaine Berry, Broker/Owner 8831 Quail Lane, Suite 101 Ph (785) 706-1831 Prestige Realty & Associates incorporates professional, state of-the-art techniques specializing in the marketing, listing and selling of new construction and resale homes, home sites, undeveloped land and investment opportunities. We maintain well-trained real estate professionals who continually strive to provide top quality service for their individual clients and customers. Prestige Realty & Associates is a creative, innovative and people-oriented organization providing individual opportunity, personal satisfaction and rewarding challenges to all members of the firm.

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BlueDoor4 Management Joel Salts, President 1115 Westport Drive, Suite D1 Ph (785) 370-0799 Fx (785) 370-0798 At Blue Door 4 Management, we believe that relationships are what business is really about. Knowing that no two tenants or owners are alike it’s our goal to meet the needs of each individual. We strive to provide the Manhattan community with rental properties that are well maintained and affordable. We are always looking for opportunities to better and grow our business and we look forward to serving the Manhattan area for many years to come. Moss Creative Media Group Susan Moss, Owner Ph (203) 979-9900 A boutique creative and strategic agency specializing in digital and traditional media.

Trinium, Inc. Fred Willich, President 5006 Skyway Drive Ph (785) 587-8523 Fx (785) 539-6110 Established in 1998, Trinium, Inc. is a Commercial General Contractor located in Manhattan, Kansas, created to help small businesses with facility renovations and additions. We currently perform work as a general contractor on small projects and specialize in divisional work in categories 6, 8, 10, and 13 on large scale projects.

Validity Screening Solutions Jeff Matlock, Business Development Specialist 8717 W 110th Street, Suite 750, Overland Park Ph (913) 322-5900 Fx (913) 322-5901 Validity Screening Solutions provides accurate employment screening and drug testing services to companies who want to hire confidently. Founded in 1992, Validity offers employers nationwide a convenient, streamlined and cost-effective approach to hiring by using the latest technology and providing every client a designated account representative that understands their business, its regulations and requirements.

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February 2014 Volume 14, Issue 2 A publication of the Manhattan Convention & Visitors Bureau

No Wimps, No Whiners -

What’s Happening with Manhattan’s Fastest Growing Sport?

Celebrate the first 18-hole disc golf course in Manhattan with the 2014 Ice Bowl! February 22nd Manhattan will host the local edition of this national tournament, held at Fairmont Disc Golf Course. This tournament is a food drive fundraiser. Interested persons are asked to bring monetary donations, canned foods or non-perishable items.

Registration is now OPEN to interested participants. On the 22nd, player registration

begins at 10:30 a.m. followed by a ribbon cutting at noon to commemorate the new course.

The tournament begins at 12:30- “no wimps, no whiners.” lcm-ice-bowl/ _____________________ What’s the local story on disc golf?

According to local club, Disc Fanatics of Kansas, member Rick Petrie, “We needed to stay ahead of the demand for this sport as it’s becoming more popular. What really broke the

ice for us was being set up at the Get Around 2 It! event in May [2012], and having people really recognize that we need some space.”

Petrie states that the course will be completed by the time of the tournament. It has taken about a year for the county to create the course, and the club to raise money through sponsoring of the course fairways. Sponsors and other attendees will be able to see all of the sponsor plaques on display at the ribbon cutting on the 22nd.

So how does one pursue an interest in this burgeoning sport? There are three courses in Manhattan; Warner Park, Fairmont Park, and KSU Campus. Petrie recommends these three basic steps for beginners. 1) Avoid the temptation to take your standard Frisbee to a course 2) Visit a local retailer- there are several options including Pathfinder, On the Wild Side, Dick’s and Wal Mart to get some official disc golf discs 3) Go to the first hole of a course. “If it’s nice enough

for a rookie to be on the course, it’s nice enough for the older players to be out there—we love to help new players!”

The local club, Disc Fanatics of Kansas, currently have a Tuesday night league, and a Sunday afternoon league that meets at 1:30 p.m.

The additional 9 holes that advance the Fairmont course to the only 18-hole course in Manhattan means that outside tournaments now can be played in Manhattan.

Let’s Take a Look at Indoor Entertainment

If you’re feeling stir crazy—take a look at some of these upcoming shows with McCain Auditorium! This great lineup makes for a perfect night out, or a way to get the whole family out of the house.

Quixotic: described as “a cornucopia of mystical majesty that enraptures audiences,” anyone who loves cirque du solei-style performances will fall head over heels for this show. (Just don’t do it literally…) You’ll see dance, aerial acrobatics, projection mapping, and high fashion while enjoying live music themed to the show. Your senses will be working overtime to keep pace with this Kansas City group. 7:30 PM, Feb. 7th.

McCain Student Showcase: Once a year, the students in the school of music, theatre and dance get to highlight their accomplishments on the big stage. Celebrate these students as they continue their pursuit of excellence. 4 PM, Feb. 9th.

The Addams Family: This long-standing favorite family almost needs no introduction… see them in a whole new way with the macabre musical version of their lives. It’s charming, it’s witty, it’s surprising, and it involves kids driving their parents crazy. What’s not to love? 7:30 PM, Feb. 14th.

Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company

Bleu! The Mediterranean Sea Compagnia: Been looking for something kid-specific? Check out this show. Start your journey on the Greek islands, full of fresh sea air and bustling ports. Then dive to the deep blue abyss and discover fish, mollusks, seaweeds, and mysterious ancient ruins. This unique performance has viewers sit onstage, (seating is limited) and each performance is followed by an open playtime for children. 7 PM, Feb. 19-23rd, 4 PM Feb. 22nd.


Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company: The Lily Cai show reveals the strength, beauty and complexity of the Chinese woman from the distant past, to today. Enjoy the regional cultures and modern dance of this theatrical production.

The McCain box office is open 11:30 – 4:30, or tickets can be purchased at 785-532-6428 or online at

Great events at the Manhattan Arts Center

Plan a night out at the Manhattan Arts Center! As a part of the Birdhouse Acoustic Music series, Trace Bundy transports listeners on Feb. 14th at 7:30 PM Unique banter, specialized musical techniques and music that is “poetry in motion” make Trace Bundy an act to be seen as well as heard. Guy Davis & Fabrizio Poggi bring down home blues to this Manhattan venue. There’s banjo, guitar, harmonica and general entertainment on Feb. 22nd at 7:30 PM. The theatre season for the MAC continues with “Harvey” Feb. 28Mar 2, and Mar 7-9. Watch Elwood P. Dowd introduce his imaginary friend, Harvey, to everyone he meets until his social-climbing sister decides to have him committed.

Don’t forget about the Art Play/Date Night if you need someplace for the kids to go in order for you to enjoy your peaceful night out.

Visit or call 785-537-4420 for tickets or more information on childcare during performances. Tickets are $16/adult $10/military or child.

McCain Student Showcase

That’s Nunsense!

Enjoy the indoors at the Columbian Theatre in Wamego! Show up just to enjoy the show, or opt for dinner beforehand, but either way, giggle away some of your winter blues with this production.

This musical comedy is one of Off-Broadways most successful shows of all time. Journey to Hoboken and watch five nuns try to raise funds for burials of their other sisters, accidentally killed by tainted food. They decide to present a variety show as their fundraiser, and the resulting skits and performances will no doubt leave you with a very enjoyable evening. Find out for yourself if they’re able to raise the money they need- dates are Feb. 7-9, 13-14 and Feb. 16th. Call 800-899-1893 or visit

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A Woman’s Touch

Flint Hills Discovery Center “Football” is off and running at the Flint Hills Discovery Center! Test that throwing arm and your knowledge and lore in this highly-interactive exhibit. Available now through June 1st., or call 785-587-2726 for details.

Who is affected by growing world populations, shrinking water reserves, decreasing arable land and more? Not just the farmers—but all the women who stand next to them as well.

Show your school pride by joining the Flint Hills Discovery Center for several special football-themed Football exhibit at the Flint Hills Discovery Center Saturdays including meet & greets with local football celebrities. Discounted admission is available with current student ID. Kansas State University Day - Feb. 8 Emporia State University Day - March 8 Butler Community College Day - April 12 Regional High School Day - May 10

Strecker Nelson Art Gallery Prairie As Muse is the latest exhibit here. Browse these beautiful landscapes and works of sculpture that highlight the subtle beauty of the Flint Hills. Stay toasty indoors through March 1st with this exhibit. Call 785537-2099 with questions.

Remember eating at the old Hibachi Hut? You’ll be glad to know that in addition to the favorite menu items we know and love, the original booths will be in place at the new location. They’re hopeful to be doors open by late February, so stay tuned!

Prairie As Muse

The Polar Plunge is back again! You can register online at, or call 620408-4450 to help out the Kansas Special Olympics Organization! Nothing else gets your blood pumping quite like the Plunge. Find them on the Tuttle Creek Swim Beach on Feb. 22nd. Registration is from 9:30-10:30 AM, and the Plunge is at noon. There is a post-plunge party at RC McGraw’s for interested persons.

Check out Manhattan’s new look! There are 8 billboards with brand new messages along I-70.

The Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau welcomes the Women Managing the Farm Conference to Manhattan. This comprehensive conference for owners, partners and rookies alike will take place Feb. 13-14th.

“Women really are the heart of agriculture. They are at the heart of business matters and often keep families connected.They are often in agriculture either because they love agriculture or love someone who is involved in a farm or ranch.” said Janet Barrows, VicePresident of Marketing & Communications, Frontier Farm Credit, and Women Managing the Farm Conference Chair. As an area rich in agriculture, we are delighted to host this conference tackling issues involved with finance, business management, legal and communication. The early bird registration fee for Women Managing the Farm Conference is $145 prior to Jan. 30. After that date, the registration fee will be $170. Online registration is available at or call or 800-432-8222.

Country Stampede teams up with CMT!

Kicker Country Stampede has announced an exciting addition for the 2014 event-- their exclusive national TV partner, CMT (Country Music Television), will be covering the 19th annual Country Stampede! Don’t miss live CMT coverage of all your favorite country stars this summer. June’s going to be sizzling this year in Manhattan. Stampede headliners are Luke Bryan, Eric Church and Chris Young. Additional performer announcements are: • Randy Houser • Will Hoge • Lee Brice • The Railers • Easton Corbin

Join us and CMT this June 26-29--buy your four-day passes while still currently available for the discounted price of $120 until Feb. 28. CMT coverage will include CMT, and CMT radio.

February 2014

Through 2/15 Gene Ernst Memorial Exhibit Manhattan Arts Center 1:00-4:00 PM 785-537-4420 Through 3/1 Prairie As Muse -- The Flint Hills Discovery Center Show Comes Home Strecker-Nelson Gallery 10:00 AM-6:00 PM 785-537-2099


Community Fair Manhattan Town Center 10:00 AM-3:00 PM 785-539-3500 2 Read with Dogs Manhattan Public Library 2:00-4:00 PM 785-776-4741 3 First Monday Gaming Manhattan Public Library 3:30-5:30 PM 785-776-4741 4 MAC Birdhouse Series:Trace Bundy Manhattan Arts Center 7:30 PM 785-537-4420 4 Tech Tuesdays: Intro to the iPad Manhattan Public Library 2:00-4:00 PM 785-776-4741 4-5/25 Take Shelter: An Installation by Tom Parish Beach Museum of Art, K-State 785-532-7718 5 Free Kids' Movie Manhattan Public Library 2:00-3:30 PM 785-776-4741 5 Early Release Workshop Mosaics Beach Museum of Art, K-State 2:00-3:30 PM 785-532-7718 6-8 Crafty Seniors Craft Show Manhattan Town Center 10:00 AM-9:00 PM 785-539-3500 6-8 K-State Theatre & Dance: God of Carnage Nichols Theatre, K-State 7:30 PM 785-532-6428 7 Richard Ross Talk Beach Museum of Art, K-State 6:30-7:30 PM 785-532-7718 7 McCain Performance Series: Quixotic McCain Auditorium, K-State 7:30 PM 785-532-6428 7 Adventure Camp (Grades K-6): Evolution of Football Flint Hills Discovery Center 8:00 AM-5:00 PM or 8:00 AM-12:00 PM 785-587-2726 7 Westward Ho! Pioneers Party Manhattan Public Library 2:00-3:00 PM 785-776-4741 7 Speed Dating With Books (Teen Program) Manhattan Public Library 6:00-7:30 PM 785-776-4741 8 Kansas State University Day Flint Hills Discovery Center 10:00 AM-5:00 PM 785-587-2726


K-State Mens Basketball v. Texas Bramlage Coliseum 12:30 PM 800-221-2287 9 Read with Dogs Manhattan Public Library 2:00-4:00 PM 785-776-4741 9 McCain Performance Series: McCain Student Showcase McCain Auditorium, K-State 4:00 PM 785-532-6428 10 K-State Mens Basketball v. Kansas Bramlage Coliseum 8:00 PM 800-221-2287 11 "Looking for Leadership from Our Leaders: What's Needed" Leadership Studies Building at K-State Campus 7:00-8:30 PM 785-539-8763 11 Preschoolers in the Flint Hills: Football Fun Flint Hills Discovery Center 1:00-2:00 PM 785-587-2726 12 K-State Womens Basketball v. Texas Bramlage Coliseum TBA 800-221-2287 12-16 USD 383 Early Expressions Student Art Show Beach Museum of Art, K-State 785-532-7718 13 Adventure Camp (Grades K-6): Body Conditioning for Football Flint Hills Discovery Center 8:00 AM-5:00 PM or 8:00 AM-12:00 PM 785-587-2726 13-16 K-State Theatre & Dance: God of Carnage Nichols Theatre, K-State Thurs.-Sat. 7:30 PM; Sun. 2:30 PM 785-532-6428 14 McCain Performance Series: The Addams Family McCain Auditorium, K-State 7:00 PM 785-532-6428 14 Senior (55+) Sweetheart Luncheon Flint Hills Discovery Center 12:00-3:00 PM 785-587-2757 14 Adventure Camp (Grades K-6): Ins & Outs of Football Flint Hills Discovery Center 8:00 AM-5:00 PM or 8:00 AM-12:00 PM 785-587-2726 15 K-State Womens Basketball v. Texas Tech Bramlage Coliseum TBA 800-221-2287 15 Footsteps in the Flint Hills: Football Science Flint Hills Discovery Center 10:00 AM-12:00 PM 785-587-2726 19-23 McCain Performance Series: Bleu! The Mediterranean Sea Compagnia T.P.O McCain Auditorium, K-State Wed.-Fri. 7:00 PM; Sat. 4:00 & 7:00 PM; Sun. 2:00 PM 785-532-6428


K-State Mens Basketball v. TCU Bramlage Coliseum 8:00 PM 800-221-2287 20-23 K-State Theatre & Dance: The Story Purple Masque Theatre, East Stadium, K-State Thurs.-Sat. 7:30 PM; Sun. 2:30 PM 785-532-6428 21-22 37th Annual Woman's World Conference "Rise and Shine" Sponsored by Manhattan Christian College K-State Student Union 4:00 PM 785-539-3571 22- 4/5 The Columbian Artits Manhattan Arts Center 785-537-4420 22 K-State Womens Basketball v. West Virginia Bramlage Coliseum 5:00 PM 800-221-2287 25 Preschoolers in the Flint Hills: Native Pottery Flint Hills Discovery Center 1:00-2:00 PM 785-587-2726 27 John Steuart Curry: Regionalism at War Beach Museum of Art, K-State 5:30 PM 785-532-7718 28 K-State Baseball v. Milwaukee Tointon Family Stadium 3:00 PM 800-221-2287 28 McCain Performance Series: Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company Dynasties and Beyond McCain Auditorium, K-State 7:30 PM 785-532-6428 28-3/2 MAC Theatre: Harvey Manhattan Arts Center 7:00 PM 785-537-4420 28 Manhattan Public Library Spring Book Sale Manhattan Public Library 5:30-7:30 PM 785-776-4741 28 Boys and Girls Club 15th Annual Casino Night and Fundraiser K-State Alumni Center 6:30-11:00 PM 785-539-1947 3/1-3/23 Butterflies Exhibit Manhattan Town Center Mon.-Sat. 10:00 AM-9:00 PM; Sun. 12:00-6:00 PM 785-539-3500 3/1 K-State Mens Basketball v. Iowa State Bramlage Coliseum 6:00 PM 800-221-2287 3/1 K-State Baseball v. Milwaukee Tointon Family Stadium 1:00 PM 800-221-2287 3/2 K-State Baseball v. Milwaukee Tointon Family Stadium 1:00 PM 800-221-2287

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

February ...............................Anticipated Attendance Numbers

Conferences/Meetings/Reunions 6 Kansas State Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow.......130 13 Frontier Farm Credit - Women Managing the ..........................200 Farm Conference 15 Kansas Professional Photographers Association .........................60 Annual Meeting 17 Midwest District of the Evangelical Free Church of America250 Annual Conference 19 Kansas Hospital Association Rural Health Symposium...........120 21 Manhattan Christian College Woman's World..........................500 Sporting Events 8 Run 4 Love.........................................................................................100

Father Daughter Dance

Join RSVP volunteer center in their 3rd annual Father Daughter Sweetheart Dance! The event is Feb. 16th from 2-4 PM at the Houston Street Ballroom, and is a perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s day with that little lady in your life. Tickets are $15/father $10/daughter (ages 3-12) and are available at the RSVP office, 433 Houston St, or the Manhattan Town Center. Dance the afternoon away in your Valentine’s finest! Complimentary photo, drinks and sweets to all who attend.

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.

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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Resolve to be involved in 2014 Committee involvement offers members an excellent opportunity to take an active role in planning and implementing programs and strategies to achieve the Chamber's goals. While participating on committees, you will be networking with other members, increasing the visibility of your company name, and ultimately enhancing the effectiveness of your Chamber membership.

In 2013, 877 members volunteered their time for Chamber committees. Your volunteer involvement assures you a role in leading the future of Manhattan and the surrounding region.

Always keep in mind that your Chamber membership is a companywide membership, so feel free to share the committee list with others in your company.

Chamber Champions The public relations arm of the Chamber; attend ribbon cuttings and ground breakings. Staff liaison: Kim Dahlsten, or 785-776-8829

Diplomats Lead new member retention efforts to increase member involvement. Staff liaison: Kim Dahlsten, or 785-776-8829

Manhattan Young Professionals Helps establish social and professional opportunities for professionals between the ages of 21-40. Staff liaison: Dena Huff, or 785-776-8829 Member Services Develop new programs and services for the membership.


what does the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce mean to you?

Staff liaison: Kathy Stevens, or 785-776-8829

Military Relations Foster good relations between Fort Riley personnel and the Manhattan business community. Staff liaison: Janet Nichols, or 785-776-8829

Public Policy Monitor legislative and specific issues affecting the business community. Staff liaison: Lyle Butler, or 785-776-8829

Retire to the Flint Hills Committee Identify, attract and retain retirees to reside in the Manhattan area. Staff liaison: John Pagen, or 785-776-8829

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Small Business Council The Council serves as an advocate and sounding board for small business owners; provides educational opportunities and training on issues specifically affecting small businesses; acts as a voice for small business and offers opportunities for development through networking and Chamber programs. Staff liaison: Trent Armbrust, or 785-776-8829

Workforce Advisory Board Establish and maintain partnerships with employers and agencies to encourage utilization of services available at area workforce centers. Staff liaison: John Pagen, or 785-776-8829


Attending an event, seminar or committee meeting with the Manhattan Chamber in 2014? You may be next to share what the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce means to you. What would your one word be?

Military Update

Due to the New Year’s Holiday, the Military Relations Committee (MRC) did not hold a luncheon this past January. MRC spent much time this month planning future luncheons and events for the coming year.

Our Yellow Ribbon Social (YRS) Group started out the year with an evening of pampering at Bellus Academy. We had many familiar faces from the fall attend along with many new friends. February’s YRS will be on Thursday, February 20th 6:30pm at the Mariana Kistler Beach Museum at K-State held in conjunction with The Institute for the Health and Security of Military Families.

The first MRC Luncheon of 2014 will be Wednesday, February 5th at the Hilton Garden Inn from 11:30am to 1:00pm. COL Craig Merutka, Staff Judge Advocate of the First Infantry Division and Fort Riley is guest speaker.

425 Poyntz Avenue, Downtown Manhattan, 776-7821 Services Offered:



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Flint Hills Small Business Workshop - Working with the Army Tuesday, March 4, 2014 12:30pm – 5:00pm Riley’s Conference Center 446 Seitz Drive, Ft. Riley

Business Barometer

December 2012 December 2013

BUILDING PERMITS - source: City of Manhattan

Total Issued Residential


Permit Fees Paid









RETAIL SALES (Manhattan) - source: City of Manhattan

Retail Sales

Sales Tax Collections

$80,076,200 $800,762

$88,756,700 $807,567




5,335 4,606

6,183 5,615

Small Business Workshop – Working with the Army

Interested in learning more about selling your business’s goods or services to the Army or other government entities? The Fort Riley Contracting Office and the Flint Hills Regional Council will be hosting a workshop on March 4th for you.

This workshop will be free to attend but space is limited and registration is required. Please RSVP to Shelley Carver at the Flint Hills Regional Council. Shelley can be reached at 785-410-8749 or

Topics to be covered include contracting 101 – the basics of contracting with the government, System for Awards Management (SAMS), reverse auctioning, and best practices for marketing to the government. The SBA’s Mentor-Protégé Program will also be introduced. Representatives from the Fort Riley Contracting

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Office, Small Business Administration (SBA) and Kansas Procurement and Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) will present to attendees and answer questions. Several local businesses that successfully contract with the government will also be on-hand to share their experiences.

The idea of doing business with the government can be daunting. The good news is that this workshop will provide you with the resources and connections to assist with every step of the process. If selling to, or contracting with the government is in your business’s future, I strongly encourage you to attend. Daryn Soldan 501 Poyntz Avenue Manhattan, KS 66502 785-587-9917

Are you a retiree* but still want to be involved and active?

The Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to consider membership in 2014.

As a member of the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce, you will be part of an organization – and a community – that’s known for fellowship, history, hospitality and fun. You’ll connect with a wide variety of interesting and talented people, including many of Manhattan’s key decision-makers. You’ll be able to get involved in committees and events that let you contribute your time and talent. Would you like to learn more? Contact Kim Dahlsten, Membership Development Manager, (785) 776-8829 or . * Retired individuals are defined as having no current business affiliation.

Did You Know?

When you shop locally, the sales tax dollars from your purchases go back into making our communities greater. Those sales tax dollars help fund our roads, parks, schools, fire departments and more. So shop here, buy here and help us keep Manhattan great!

2014 Leaders’ Retreat Wrap Up February 2014

In mid-January, over 225 business leaders from Junction City, Wamego, Manhattan, Geary, Pottawatomie, and Riley County came together for the annual 2014 Regional Leaders Retreat. The main purpose of the Regional Leaders Retreat is to strategize and conceptualize as a region, how we can come together to improve the overall quality of place and life. The focus of this year’s retreat was on collaborating together to increase employment opportunities by retaining the businesses we have and attracting target industries to the region.

The Chamber would like to thank the following sponsors for their support: Sink, Gordon & Associates, LLP, Hi-Tech Interiors, Sir Speedy/Hawley Printing, Flint Hills Regional Council, Pottawatomie County Economic Development Corporation, and Kaw Valley Engineering, Inc.

The two day retreat was facilitated by Courtney Dunbar, the economic development leader for Olsson Associates. Courtney educated attendees on a number of economic development topics including; Community Preparedness;

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Regionalism in Practice; Business Park Development; Targeting Industries for Recruitment; Workforce Development; Regional Transportation; and Regional Branding.

Local, regional experts presented on specific key-topics during the retreat. William (Bill) J. Clark, the director of the Flint Hills Regional Council, updated attendees on accomplishments and future programs of the Regional Council. An update on activities at Fort Riley and the importance of regional collaboration was given by Deputy Commander, 1ID, COL (P) Frank M. Muth. A presentation was made by Jeff Adams, the regional planner for the Flint Hills Regional Council, on models that can be used for planning, relating to regional industrial and commercial land availability, as well as the makeup of our current and future workforce availability.

Several presenters provided information on our regional transportation system. Information was provided by Peter Van Kuren, the director of the Manhattan Regional Airport, on the status of commercial air service and the expansion of the airport ter-

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minal. Stephanie Watts, the transportation planner for the Metropolitan Planning Organization, discussed the purpose of the MPO and the planning for multi-model transportation in the region. Anne Smith, the executive director for the Flint Hills Area Transportation Agency provided updates on the aTa public transit system.

Developing a regional brand has been an item that many attendees over several years have wanted to see developed. This year Lisa Sisley and Kristin Brighton, Principals

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with New Boston Creative Group, presented an informative and interactive opportunity to discuss how we should approach the concept of a regional brand.

Spread throughout the two days of sessions was the opportunity for all retreat attendees to participate in several round-table discussions. Each table selected a report-out leader, who shared the results of the round-table discussion with the larger group. These discussions lead to many, great concepts and strategies and will be deliber-

ated in more detail, by the participating Chambers of Commerce and the Flint Hills Regional Council. You can find more information, including speaker presentations from the Regional Leaders Retreat by visiting the Manhattan Area Chamber Website at Select the Events & Programs tab, then Regional Leader’s Retreat.

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Ribbon Cuttings

The Simmons Company 3244 Gary Avenue (785) 539-6531

Eagle Communication 301 South 4th Street (785) 587-0103

Continental Mills 1111 Kretschmer Drive (785) 776-4061

February 2014

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 25, 2014 Time: 7:45 am – Doors Open & Coffee Time 8:00-9:30 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 This members-only program is limited to 24 and free to attend. RSVP online or by email to Sponsored by:

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