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May 2012, Volume 8, Issue 5,

A publication of the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce

Contact us: 501 Poyntz Avenue Manhattan,KS,66502-6005 785-776-8829 phone 785-776-0679 fax www.manhattan.orgTDD Kansas Relay Center: 800-766-3777 Leadership Manhattan Class of 2012 after graduation.

Congratulations to the Class of 2012! The Leadership Manhattan Class of 2012 Graduation was held at the Manhattan Country Club on April 18th. Great weather brought 87 people out to the event. The graduation speaker was Dr. Dan Yunk. Mark Knackendoffel was awarded The Distinguished Service Alumni Award. The Leadership Manhattan Scholarship was presented to Manhattan High School Senior, Katroya Jones. Katroya plans to attend K-State and major in accounting. Mike Greim was the class speaker. Congratulations to the Class of 2012!

Mark Knackendoffel receives the Distinguished Service Alumni Award from Charlie Browne.

Katroya Jones accepts the Leadership Manhattan Scholarship Award from Stan Hambright.

Tuesday, May 22 7:45 – 9:00am Chamber Boardroom 501 Poyntz Ave The Morning Mingle is a fun and informal networking group open to all members of the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce. This is a fantastic opportunity to connect with fellow Chamber members, make new contacts, exchange business cards and create business partnerships. This unique networking opportunity shines the spotlight on each attendee individually, allowing them to introduce themselves and give a short “commercial” for their business. Don’t forget to bring business cards! You can place a stack on the business card buffet to share with other attendees.

Registration and networking start at 7:45am with introductions beginning promptly at 8:00. Attendees will each have 30 seconds to address the group. Admission is a buck and a business card (payable at the door). Reservations are required as seating is limited. You may register online at, by emailing or call the Chamber office at 785-776-8829.

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$14.1 billion all funds budget will be worked out fairly quickly, which leaves the issue of maps on the table.

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 776-2200, ext. 231 or

May 2012

by Dick Carter, Chamber Lobbyist In what started off as a legislative session chock full of weighty issues such as debating significant tax policy changes, reducing the state budget, carving out a Medicaid fix, shoring up KPERS issues, and creating Congressional and State District maps, the Legislature adjourned late March with nothing worth mentioning for its work from January through March. The reality is that elected officials must pass a budget

and they must pass Congressional and State District maps before heading home – everything else could potentially wait until the next legislative session. That type of work ethic likely wouldn’t cut it in the private sector, but it seems that gamesmanship under the dome is the method of the day. Legislators returned April 25, with a significant amount of business to deal with. Presumably, the differences regarding the state’s

The Chamber has advocated for Manhattan and Riley County to remain in the 2nd Congressional District and that message seems to have resonated with lawmakers. The issue remains as to whether or not the House and Senate can agree on maps that also get the nod of the Governor. It looks to be a lengthy Veto Session, with many predicting an adjournment around May 11. Stay tuned for additional updates related to accomplishments by the 2012 Legislature.

Members in the News The Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to helping our members grow and prosper. Members in the News is an opportunity for us to promote the activities and celebrate the excellence of our Chamber membership. Send us your press releases about special recognitions and awards, expansions, moving announcements, new services, hirings, promotions or other businessrelated new and we will post it on the Members in the News section of our website at no charge. Members can post one news item per month. Send your press releases to Thank you for sharing your news with the membership and the community! The Chamber reserves the right to review, approve and post releases that are appropriate for the website. Advertisements/sales promotions, public campaigning/ issue endorsements will not be accepted.

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April Business After Hours: The Colbert Hills Clubhouse was a beautiful setting for the April Business After Hours. Nearly 300 Chamber members and guests attended the outstanding event hosted by K-State Golf Course Management Research Foundation, Colbert Hills and Grand Mere. Guests enjoyed great food, beautiful views and a surprise visit from new K-State Basketball Coach Bruce Weber. Door prize winners included Jenn Alley with the Clarion Hotel, Rick Altobello with Bear Computer Systems, Darci Brayton with Hartland Hearing Care Centers, Brent Dinkel with GTM Sportswear, Traci Haworth with the Flint Hills Breadbasket, Pam Nelssen with K-State Credit Union, Sally Peterson with LSB Bank and Jack Thoman with the K-State Student Union. Karen Thompson with the Trust Company of Manhattan received a $50 Little Apple Dollar and Jeff Birnbaum with At Home Assisted Care won a year pass to Business After Hours.

Please join us for Business After Hours in May!

Wednesday, May 9th • 5:30 – 7:00 pm Hosted by:

Flint Hills Discovery Center, 315 N.3rd Street

Reservations can be made at online at, by emailing or call 776-8829. The Convention and Visitors Bureau of Manhattan,KS,strives to serve the purpose of expanding the local economy by attracting visitors. By bringing conventions and meetings to town,increasing tourism,and promoting development of sporting and special events, as well as expanding tourism through a broader understanding and appreciation for the economic impact of the tourism industry, the CVB connects what Manhattan has to offer with the outside world. Travel and tourism is one of America’s largest industries, generating $1.9 trillion in economic output across the United States, and providing 14.4 million jobs. According to the organization,1 in every 9 jobs in the U.S.depends on travel and tourism. Through tradeshows, statewide cooperation and proactive strategies, the CVB maintains a high standard of growth, expectation,and results. WIBW Television went live on air November 15,1953 at 12:45pm and quickly became the northeast Kansas news source. Recently WIBW became the first station in Kansas to transition into full HD broadcasting and has more viewers than all other news stations combined. WIBW is more than just your television station. News, weather, and sports are available on demand, online on your phone and iPad. has expanded exponentially over the last year to over 160,000 unique users and over 60,000 unique users per month on mobile devices. WIBW is committed to Manhattan with the areas only full time news reporters. Over the past year, WIBW became the official television partner of the Flint Hills Discovery Center; covered Kansas State Athletics; followed major news stories;and WIBW continuously covered severe weather storms on air and online. For news, weather, sports and entertainment, Manhattan looks to WIBW-TV. Thanks for letting WIBW be a part of your day.

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Upcoming Chamber Calendar of Events To make a reservation for an upcoming event, please call the Chamber at 776-8829. Please join us as your time allows. May 9

Business After Hours 5:30 – 7:00 pm Host: Manhattan Convention & Visitors Bureau & WIBW-TV Location: Flint Hills Discovery Center

May 10 Ribbon Cutting – Scott Rice Office Works 3:30 pm 727 Poyntz Avenue, Suite 105 May 11 Manhattan Young Professionals 5:30 pm Tailgate prior to K-State baseball game May 22 Morning Mingle 7:45 – 9:00 am Location: Chamber Boardroom June 13 Business After Hours 5:30 – 7:00 pm Host: Kaw Valley Rodeo Association, RC McGraws & B104.7 June 21 Good Morning Manhattan 7:15 – 8:30 am Location: Manhattan Country Club *All dates and times are subject to change.

Prepay for Business After Hours and save $$$ These laminated passports are great for businesses that regularly send representatives to Business After Hours. Monthly checks or expense reimbursements are eliminated. And, best of all, at $48 each you save up to $72 annually over the usual $5-10 donation. Passports are not specific to one person,so multiple people may enter on one passport. An RSVP is still requested. Interested? Please contact Kristin Holt at or call the Chamber office at 776-8829.

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Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce Little Apple ® Business Review Olsson Associates Star Lumber & Supply Co., Inc. Tindal Orthotic & Prosthetic Associates

Since our April 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 Aggieville Business Association Borck Brothers Clothing Brinker Tree Care, Inc. Bruce McMillan AIA, Architects P.A. Burger King Office Central Mechanical Construction Co.,Inc. DK Specialties Endacott Lighting Flint Hills Area Builders Association GTM Sportswear John T. Pence Kansas Kollection Landmark Real Estate Midwest Concrete Materials Mrs. Powell’s N Zone Sportswear S & N Design Signature Homes Real Estate & Development Co. Sink, Gordon & Associates LLP Public Accountants Stagg Hill Golf Club Stifel,Nicolaus & Company Stigge Vision Care Waste Management Workman Printing Company 10 to 14 Years Boy Scouts of America Dave Fiser Don Wissman McElroy’s Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Rothwell Landscape, Inc. Stan Morgan Waddell & Reed 5 to 9 Years Absolute Welding & Fabrication Alex’s Affordable Eyewear Central National Bank Health Source of Manhattan Highland Ridge Apartments Howe Landscape Inc. Kistner’s Flowers Kite’s Grille & Bar Larry Cooper Little Apple Chorus North Central-Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging

1 to 4 Years Alliance Realty Comfort Suites Emery Sapp & Sons First United Methodist Church Frankfort Porta Potty Genstler Eye Center Imperial Garden Express Krispy Clean Laundromat Manhattan Appliance & Sleep Source, Inc. Max Fitness Mr. K’s Café & Bar Oce Document Printing Positive Air LLC Riley Construction Company Inc. Riley County Humane Society Saint Francis Community Services Scentsy - Tara Jackson Steven W. Graber P.A. UMI Japanese Steakhouse

U.S. Cellular Laura Prater, Store Manager 100 Manhattan Town Center #410 Ph (785) 537-4646 Fx (785) 537-5095 At U.S. Cellular®, we're not just in the business of connecting calls, we're in the business of connecting people. We believe pride and respect aren't just words, they're words to live by. And we believe the most important thing about your phone is the person on the other end, and we'll work harder than anyone to keep you connected to them. Leisure Time A/V Design Robert Dieringer, President 1102 Hostetler Drive Ph (785) 539-0299 Fx (785) 539-1788 Leisure Time A/V Design is a division of BuildCraftt, Inc. We are a Home Theater, Stereo and AV Technology professionals. Sumiko Masters and Home Acoustics Alliance Certified, we understand the importance of

great sound and picture. Full Carpentry services and design ar e skills of our company. Four (4) unique showrooms are available to demonstrate our skills. BuildCraft, Inc. Robert Dieringer, President 1102 Hostetler Drive Ph (785) 539-0299 Fx (785) 539-1788 BuildCraft, Inc. is a design/build firm with an emphasis on Kitchen, Bath, and Home Theater remodeling. Specialties include concrete surface fabrication, carpentry and woodworking, and we have four (4) audiovideo showrooms. We have served NE Kansas for over 19 years. Michael Henry Photography Michael Henry, Owner Ph (785) 210-7280 www.MichaelHenryPhoto Michael Henry is a professional photographer based in Manhattan. Starting his career in Fort Scott in 1970, Henry honed his skills as a portrait photographer before moving to Tucson, Arizona. After fifteen years in Tucson as a commercial and advertising photographer he has returned to his Kansas roots to be closer to family. With experience as both a portrait and commercial photographer he is able to bring over thirty years experience to a project. At Home Assisted Care Jeff Birnbaum,C.E.O. 2401 N. Seth Child Road, Suite 140 Ph (785) 473-7007 At Home Assisted Care is a new business that employs caregivers to assist seniors who wish to remain in their own home. The type of services offered are non-medical and include homemaking, companionship, and person care assistance. Specific services include meal assistance, transportation,light housekeeping, laundry, medication reminders, bathing and dressing assistance, errands, and respite/relief care. These personalized services are available seven days a week and can range from a few hours a week to 24 hour car e and live-in care. Preferred Health Systems, Inc. Chris Hocking, Account Executive 8535 East 21st Street, Wichita Ph (316) 609-2781 Fx (316) 609-2483 Preferred Health Systems is a Wichita-based managed care health insurance provider. For more than 20 years, we have served Kansas companies, both large and small. Preferred Health

Systems specializes in partnering with employers to provide comprehensive, value-driven benefit options to their employees. We can accommodate groups of any size, industry, or funding structure. Preferred Health is backed by the financial strength and resources of our parent company, Coventry Health Care ,Inc. A Fortune 500 company, Coventry serves more than five million mem bers across the country. The Ridge RV Park Brandt Rudzinski, Partner 606 Countryside Lane, St. George Ph (785) 320-1246 The Ridge RV Park is conveniently located 5 miles east of Manhattan Kansas just off Highway 24 where you will enjoy the quiet country atmosphere. We cater primarily to long term stays. We offer four-day weekend stays for the Kansas Sta te alumni for football season,as well as weekly and monthly rates ideal for the construction crews in the area. All of our sites have full hook-up services and the utilities are included in your lot rent. Eyez 4 U Steve and Caren McDonald, Owners 1316 Westloop Place Ph (785) 537-1574 Fx (785) 539-3361 Eyez 4 U is a retail optical shop specializing in the sales of quality prescription eyewear, with friendly small town service and affordable prices. Laurie Berard, REALTOR® Signature Homes Real Estate & Development Co. 4809 Vue Du Lac Place Ph (785) 776-7711 Fx (785) 776-8182 Mike Bean Insurance Agency Mike Bean, Owner 3003 Anderson Ave, Suite 1001A Ph (785) 537-1718 Fx (785)539-4917 We are a full service insuranc e agency providing professional insurance needs to our clients and insuring they and their family members are well protected. Leonardville State Bank Joy Modrcin, Executive Vice President 2401 N Seth Child Road Ph (785) 537-4448 Fx (785) 537-6178 Leonardville State Bank – A bank that’s more than money. The term customer has special meaning for us. We take a special in terest in our customer. You’ll find our employees in all aspects of community life – taking an active part in what makes

May 2012 Riley County a wonderful place t o live. So stop by, say hi and let us show you why banking with Leonardville State Bank is the right bank for you. Purple Swirl Frozen Yogurt Stephanie & Houston Pierce,Owners 1346 Westloop Place Ph (785) 320-2766 Purple Swirl Frozen Yogurt is a K-State family owned business that prides itself in serving a healthy treat. Purple Swirl has 20 different yogurt flavors plus our unique Flavor Burst! With our 45 different toppings you can create endless combinations. Along with its healthy yogurt, Purple Swirl also has an event room that can be rented for birthday parties, meetings and much more. Give it a whirl at Purple Swirl! Verizon Wireless Jo Dee Massoli,Retail Sales Consultant 100 E Bluemont Avenue, Suite H Ph (785) 539-9595 Fx (785) 537-2614 Verizon Wireless is very excited about being back as a member of the Chamber of Commerce. Located at 100 Bluemont Street, across from Wal-Mart, in Manhattan Kansas, we are dedicated to developing relationships with our community and community businesses. Our company provides cutting edge technology with the best network and latest devices on the market. Verizon Wireless thrives on being a one stop shop to increase productivity for personal and professional wireless needs.

Did You Know! Included with your membership investment are the following marketing avenues: Web & Phone Referrals; Membership Directory & Credential;Online Business Directory Listing & Link, Chamber Mobile App, Little Apple® Dollars Shop Local Program; Members Only Website; Committee Involvement and Networking and Educational Program Opportunities.

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May 2012 Volume 12, Issue 5 A publication of the Manhattan Convention & Visitors Bureau

Celebrating Travel and Tourism! The Kansas Sampler Festival will be celebrated in Liberal, Kansas. This year will kick off National Tourism Week in Kansas, recognized the first full week in May, or the 5th-13th of May 2012. National Tourism Week was established in 1984 ascommunities gather in statewide festivals all across the country to celebrate and hold events in honor of the tourism industry. The Kansas Sampler Festival, held May 5th and 6th this year, is designed to bring communities, attractions, and guests from all over the state to proudly display to the public what possibilities await discovery in Kansas. The sampling of activities includes information on hiking, landmarks, historic sites, and restaurants- from local to off the beaten path, performance centers, specialty shops, Kansas events and much much more. The Sampler Festival rotates around Kansas, so if you missed this year, keep an eye on their website, for a future date near you! U.S. Travel has announced a year-long ‘Vote Travel’ campaign in an effort to raise the industry’s profile nationwide. Travel contributes $1.9 trillion to the American economy annually, and supports 14.4 million American jobs. To vote for travel and show your support, visit!

Join us as we participate in the Rand McNally and USA TODAY campaign! Rand McNally and USA TODAY have teamed up to create a community of road travelers reviewing the best stops on America’s highways and byways, from small towns to the points of interest in and between them–the Best of the Road. Votes are collected for the small towns folks think they should visit. Rand McNally and USA TODAY then send amateur travelers across the country exploring the Best Small Towns in America naming the Most Beautiful, Most Patriotic, Friendliest, Most Fun, and Best Small Town for Food with blogs, photos, reviews and videos to take you on the journey from wherever you are. We think Manhattan could be any of these things! Help us out by visiting, searching Manhattan KS., and voting once every 24 hours for Manhattan! We only have until May 15!

Culture It’s Arts, in the Park! The City of Manhattan has released the 2012 Arts in the Park Schedule! The first show begins June 1, at 8:00 pm with the White Ghost Shivers from Austin Texas. Other groups will bring steel bands, bluegrass, jazz, and international flair to the Larry Norvell Band Shell throughout the summer months. Concerts are subject to change due to weather or other circumstances. Check out the full schedule at Between now and June 1st, go get yourselves some lawn chairs or a blanket, mark your calnedars and plan to enjoy Arts in the Park. All events are free!

Crafty Seniors Grandma’s knitting, grandpa’s woodworkingthere’s nothing else like it! From Thursday, May 10 to Saturday, May 12, local senior citizens will set up shop in the Manhattan Town Center. The event will run 10:00 am- 6:00 pm. Items for sale will be set up in the Picnic Place. Call 785-539-3500 for more details.

The Columbian Theatre Presents: Guys and Dolls, May 11-13 and May 19. Performance times are as follows: Friday: 7:30 pm Saturday: 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm Sunday: 2:00 pm This musical is based on short stories and set in New York in the 30’s. It’s a romantic musical comedy that follows two gamblers, Sky Masterson and Nathan Detroit. Tickets are $15 for a show ticket, $20 for table seating. Funny Business This play has low morale, office workers, an inappropriate office manager, a guitar-playing intern, pink slips, and Canadians. You can see it at the Columbian Theatre in nearby Wamego Saturday, May 19, at 7:30 pm. Please call 785-456-2029, e mail, or visit for more information, including directions.

Congratulations K-State Graduates! Kansas State University will hold commencement ceremonies May 11 & 12. Friday, May 11 will be the graduate school and Veterinary Medicine ceremonies, and undergraduate commencements will take place on Saturday. For ceremony times, and live streaming visit

Stampede to the Phone! Now entering its 17th year (can you believe it?), the Affiliated Foods Midwest Country Stampede will be held June 21-24 this year. The Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau will again host an information booth at the festival, as well as conduct surveys that strive to create a better stampede in the future. More than 150,000 visitors attend the 4-day Country Stampede. If you would be interested in volunteering for a portion of the event, contact us! Call 785-776-8829, or email to volunteer.

Agricultural History Society Come to Manhattan A series of acts passed in the spring of 1862, including the Homestead Act, paved the way for an international society that will meet for the first time in Manhattan this summer. The Agricultural History Society exists to “to promote the interest, study and research in the history of agriculture." This conference of rapproximately 175 attendees will include representation of 17 countries. Scholars, professional historians, and professors who study everything from the history of World’s Fairs, to South African horses to sugar plantations in the Bahamas will be in attendance. The 2012 focus is on agriculture in the state. The conferemce will be held at the Manhattan Conference Center, June 6-9. They will enjoy field trips to the Flint Hills Discovery Center, Konza Prairie, the Land Institute in Salina, an architectural walking tour of K-State campus, and a canoe float down the Kaw River. The Manhattan CVB welcomes the Agricultural History Society to The Little Apple®.

Tee Time The Feature Course for Adams Golf Pro Tour Series will be our very own Colbert Hills! The 18-hole course is lauded by the tour series, which allows pro golfers to hone their skills and also uses events to raise thousands of dollars for charity. Colbert Hills will be a new location for the tour. According to, “The Adams Golf Pro Tour Series is open to any professional or amateur golfer who is 17 years of age or older.” Registration is available on the website under tournament schedule. Play for Colbert’s is scheduled for June 11-16. A majority of registration fees go into the purse for each tournament.

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Grab your friends and head up the hill to McCain Auditorium for the Taste of Home Cooking School. This is an interactive event hosted by culinary expert Jamie Dunn, demonstrating 10 new recipes that are easy for you to take home and recreate. Tickets are $10-$25, and all attendees will leave with a gift bag including products, coupons, and two Taste of Home magazines. VIP ticket holders will receive an autographed, hardcover Taste of Home Dessert cookbook.

Beautiful Day for Baseball

More information can be found at, through their Facebook or Twitter pages, and by contacting Susan Trafton at 785-823-1111, or

22nd Annual Yard Art Classics Show Love antiques? Classics? Collectibles, modern vehicles, crafts, and BBQ cook offs? Even if you only love one of those categories, you should head out to Tuttle Creek State Park Saturday, May 12, for the 22nd Annual Car Show, hosted by the Yard Art Classics Car Club. Registration takes place from 8:00 am to noon, and judging from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Awards are given at 3:00 pm and registration is $15.00. Call 785-341-7302 for details.

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Sunset Zoo

As high schools across Kansas wrap up their baseball and softball seasons, they give it their all, hoping to make it to Manhattan to play for a state championship. We, are proud to host the regional winners as they battle for 3A state high school baseball and softball championships! The Northeast Kansas Officials Association directs the baseball tournament, and game play starts Friday May 25 at 11:00 am, in Tointon Family Stadium. Semi-final games and championships will be played Saturday, May 26. The Manhattan Parks and Recreation sponsor the softball tournament with games played at Twin Oaks complex beginning Friday evening, May 25 and semi-final and championship games on Saturday, May 26. The softball contact is Ryan McKee at 785-587-2757.

Aside from using this as a reminder to pick up a Mother’s Day card… use it as a great outing on Sunday, May 13th! Mothers will receive free admission to the zoo with a paid $2 child’s admission. Child admission is 12 and under. Zoo hours are 9:30 am-5:00 pm. Contact Ella Casey at 785-587-2737 if you have questions about events at Sunset Zoo.

Interested in volunteering for Baseball? Contact the CVB. Ticket-taker positions are open at any of 5 time slots throughout the day. Shifts are two hour increments between 9:30 am and 7:30 pm. Saturday’s shifts begin at 8:30 am and end at 6:30 pm. Call 785-776-8829, or email

A Special After-Hours Event

Get On Your Bikes and RIDE!

Sunset Zoo presents their annual Wine in the Wild Event! The date has been set as Saturday, June 2 from 6:30-9:00 pm, guests are invited to join zoo staff and the animals for a relaxing and beautiful evening of hand-selected wines, paired hors d’ouevres, live music and good company. Ticket information will be released closer to the date, so keep an eye on our calendar at for those details to be posted, or, Congratulations to Emily Chapman, the winner of the latest CVB giveaway! Emily attended the Great Escapes expo at Fort Riley in March. A collaborative effort celebrating Manhattan the K-State Insect Zoo, Sunset Zoo, Manhattan Parks and Recreation, Tuttle Creek State Park and the Flint Hills Discovery Center represented Manhattan. Emily won a “My Kansas” book, perfect for her collection which includes a descriptive piece from each town her family lives in. Emily’s husband serves in the military.

In addition to all the other fun outdoor activities that are going on, Big Poppi Bicycle Co is hosting bike rides nearly every night of the week! Grab your bikes, grab your kids, your wife, your friends, or go solo for some soothing sounds of evenings in Manhattan. Trail lengths and difficulties vary, but most rides begin at Big Poppi’s in Aggieville, and are led either by K-State cycling team members, or Big Poppi staff. For the calendar, visit Manhattan CVB Steering Committee Chuck Scott, Sports Dottie Burgess, Hotel Brad Everett, Hotel Jennifer Fritchen, Hotel Gregg Joyal, Hotel Dave Lewis, Entertainment Kelly Loub, Restaurant Curt Loupe, Attraction Meredith McKee, Hotel Teresa Morris, Hotel

Wayne Rouse, Entertainment Evan Tuttle, Attraction John Pence, Meeting Facility Bernie Haney, Ex-Officio Sports Lynda Spire, Ex-Officio Meeting Facility Bob Workman, Ex-Officio Attraction

May 2012 10-12 Crafty Seniors Craft Show, Manhattan Town Center, 10 pm-6 pm, 785-539-3500 11 K-State Graduate Commencement, K-State Campus K-State Baseball vs. KU, Tointon Stadium, 6:30pm, 800-221-2287 11-13 Big XII Track and Field Championships, R.V. Christian Track Complex, All Day, 800-221-2287 12 GIVE IT UP FOR GOOD, K-State United Way, 8-Noon, 785-776-3779 KCBS Sanctioned BBQ Cook-Off, Tuttle Creek State Park, 8am-3pm, 785-539-2202 Women on Target, Fancy Creek Area, Tuttle Creek State Park, 785-456-2593 K-State Commencement, K-StateCampus Yard Art Classics Car Club Car Show, Tuttle Creek State Park, 8am3pm, 785-539-0297 K-State Baseball vs. KU, Tointon Stadium, 6:30pm, 800-221-2287 13 Mother's Day, Sunset Zoo, 9:30am-5pm, 785-587-2737 K-State Baseball vs. KU, Tointon Stadium, 6:30pm, 800-221-2287

18-20 Funny Business, Columbian Theatre, Museum & Art Center, Wamego, Fri&Sat 7:30pm; Sun. 2pm, 785-456-2029

25-27 Manhattan High School Class of 1957 Class Reunion, Holiday Inn at the Campus, 913-851-2847

19 Laughing Matters: Juggling Workshop, Manhattan Arts Center 2:30-3:30pm, 785-537-4420 Laughing Matters, Manhattan Arts Center, 4pm, 785-537-4420

29-6/1 4-H Youth Manhattan Discovery Days, K-State Campus, All Day, 785-532-5800

22 Tuesday Talks in the Gardens-Stop and Smell the Roses, K-State Gardens, 12:15-12:45pm, 785-532-3271

31-6/2 75th Flint Hills Rodeo, Flint Hills Rodeo Arena, 8pm, 620-342-1803

24 Taste of Home Cooking School, McCain Auditorium, K-State, 5pm, 785-823-1111 25-26 3A High School State Softball Championships, Twin Oaks Complex, Anneberg Park, 785-587-2757 25-26 3A High School State Baseball, Tointon Stadium, 785-776-8829

Upcoming Conferences and Sports to be held in The Little Apple® May . . . . .Anticipated Attendance Numbers • 2 Kansas State University Applied Statistics in Agriculture Annual Conference . . . . . . . . . . .150 • 5 Kansas Women's Bowling Assoc. . . . . . . . . . . .200 • 15 Big XII Outdoor Track & Field Championships . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1,870 • 13 Yard Art Classics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .250 • 16 North Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 • 16 D.M. Montague CTA and Assoc. . . . . . . . . . . .48 • 25 Manhattan High School Class of 1957 . . . . . . . . Reunion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100 • 26 White City Alumni . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .250 • 26 Manhattan High School Class of 1967 . . . . . . . . Reunion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100 • 26 Kansas State High School Activities Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .300 • 27 Manhattan High School Class of 1972 Reunion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .200 • 30 Kansas Future Farmers of America Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1,500

Manhattan Convention & Visitors Bureau Staff

25-27 Manhattan High School Class of 1972 25-27 Manhattan High School Class of 1967 Reunion, Holiday Inn at the Campus, 785-537-1514

Karen Hibbard

Autumn Shoemaker


Marketing Coordinator

Christy Chase Convention Sales Manager

Marcia Rozell Tourism Sales Manager

501 Poyntz Avenue Manhattan, KS 66502 (785) 776-8829 (785) 776-0679 fax


Convention & Visitors Bureau 501 Poyntz Avenue Manhattan,KS 66502-6005

Vision Statement:

Mission Statement:

Destination Manhattan!

To expand the local area economy by attracting visitors.

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Noteworthy News Edward Jones financial planner earns certification D.C. Hackerott of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Manhattan has been authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board) to use the certification mark CFP. Hackerott successfully completed CFP Board’s initial certification requirements, which include completion of financial planning coursework and passing a comprehensive examination. Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and Canada. The firm’s 12,000 financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients to understand their personal goals. Local physician wins state award Dr. Debra Doubek has been nominated for the 2012

Kansas Family Physician of the Year Award. There are approximately 800 physicians that practice Family Medicine in the state of Kansas. This award is granted to physicians who are nominated for this award also are directly and effectively involved in the community affairs and activities that enhance the quality of their community. Doubek was nominated because she is a role model professionally and personally to her community, to other health professionals and to residents and medical students. She has practiced medicine in Manhattan for 20 years. She is a founding partner at Stonecreek Family Physicians and is also an owner of K-Stat Urgent Care. Additionally, she is the medical director of Mercy Light, chair of the Medicine Department, on the Executive Committee at Mercy Regional Health

Center and one of the founding physicians of the Flint Hills Community Clinic, which provides free medical care to the medically underserved citizens of Riley County. She is the past president of the Kansas Medical Society from 2005-2006. Curtin Property Company receives customer award Curtin Property Company announced it has again been named the recipient of the 2011 National Multifamily Customer Service Award for Excellence. This recognition is based upon the results of surveys completed by the residents of Westchester Park Apartments and Georgetown Apartment Homes in Manhattan, and The Woods of Cherry Creek Apartments in Overland Park,and compared to approximately 1 million apartments surveyed throughout the United States. Conducted by CEL & Associates, Inc., an independent real estate

consulting firm, the award acknowledges Curtin Property Company for its outstanding management performance and commitment to a premier level of quality and service. For the fifth time since 2001, Curtin Property Company is the top Property Management Company selected in Category IV – firms with 10 or fewer large properties. With the majority of property management companies surveyed within this division it is the most competitive category for this award. Wamego’s Imagemakers wins Telly Award The Telly Awards has named Imagemakers, of Wamego, as a winner in the 33rd Annual Telly Awards for their Corporate Image piece titled Dymax Rail History. With nearly 11,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries. The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring

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outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films. A judging panel of more than 500 industry professionals, each a past winner of a Silver Telly and a member of The Silver Telly Council, judged the competition. The Silver Council evaluated entries to recognize distinction in creative work. “This is our third Telly Award and the honor of being acknowledged is still very exciting,” said Dan Holmgren, Creative Director of Imagemakers. “We enjoy producing high-end videos and the variety it brings to our agency.” Imagemakers is a full-service advertising agency with more than 10 years of experience in web development, branding, graphic design and highend video production.

Chamber Facts - Did You Know? DYK?

As a member in good standing, everyone in your organization who contributes to the success of your business also belongs to the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce. Encourage staff involvement in Chamber activities, and when the invitation arrives for one of our networking events or educational programs, bring members of your staff with you so that the whole team benefits from your Chamber investment.

Upcoming event: May 11 - Tailgate prior to K-State Baseball game, 5:30pm, Tointon Family Stadium (Families welcome)


Email Dena for more info: Over 50 Manhattan Young Professionals tested their knowledge of music on April 26.

What a Local Chamber of Commerce Membership Shows Consumers. 63% of consumers say you're showing community involvement.64% of consumers say you're showing you care about consumers. 69% of consumers say you're showing you have a good business reputation.70% of consumers say you're showing you use good business practices. Source: The Schapiro Group Inc., Atlanta GA.

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product or service, what our customers usually connect with is the benefit that the product or service will provide. Economist Theodore Levitt said it best, “People don’t want to buy a quarter-inch drill,they want a quarter inch hole.”

Business Barometer March 2011 March 2012 BUILDING PERMITS - source: City of Manhattan Total Issued 35 59 Residential $5,517,793 $5,107,177 Non-Residential $3,864,501 $3,701,113 Permit Fees Paid $30,752 $41,025 RETAIL SALES (Manhattan) - source: City of Manhattan Retail Sales $83,036,200 $89,208,700 Sales Tax Collections $830,362 $892,087 MANHATTAN AIR PASSENGER TRAFFIC - MHK airport Enplanement 4,179 5,227 Deplanement 4,299 5,460

The Hiring Heroes Job Fair at Fort Riley was held on April 17th. Myranda,the Workforce Development Coordinator and Alison,the Military Community Liaison attended the job fair. Over 600 Soldiers and their family members attended the 5-hour event. There they received 16 resumes from job seekers. Myranda will maintain contact with them by sending them job links from the Chamber’s job website,

Welcome Alison Pulcher, Military Community Liaison Our newest staffing addition is Alison Pulcher. She is a long time resident of Manhattan, as well as a Fort Riley military spouse. She is invested in our community and committed to continuing and expanding the Manhattan/ Ft. Riley relationship for the benefit of our local business community as well as our military personnel and their families. Alison lives in Manhattan with her husband and two small children.Ft. Riley is the only duty station her family has ever known,and Manhattan feels like her forever home.

Benefits Sell There’s an old sales adage that I use when helping clients with their marketing efforts. It’s very simple but worth repeating,“Features Tell - Benefits Sell.”While we all like talking about the coolest new features of a

With warm weather quickly approaching I see lots of businesses, from landscaping services to restaurants and retail stores, trying to make a big summer splash. At the same time, many potential customers want to enjoy the season but get busy with work,home maintenance, family vacations and other activities. Use this to your advantage and promote the time-savings and/or lifestyle benefits that your product or service can help the customer achieve.

Military Update

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For example, if you’re selling gym memberships, tell your customers how good they’ll look at the pool this summer. If you do landscaping and yard maintenance, let your customers know that they’ll have time to go on vacation and still get the best-looking yard in the neighborhood. Take a few minutes and think about your business’s best products or services. Now find a fun way to tell your customers about the summer-time benefits of buying from you. Daryn Soldan 501 Poyntz Avenue Manhattan, KS 66502 785-587-9917

In order to provide a casual social experience for spouses of deployed Soldiers, the Military Relations Committee is sponsoring twice monthly Yellow Ribbon Socials at various restaurant locations around Manhattan. The events are from 6-9 pm and are come and go--stay as long as works for your schedule. We try to pick a variety of restaurant venues to accommodate different budgets and tastes. The socials are adult only, so please no kids. We offer free appetizers at the events, but your meal,drinks and desserts are on you. Be sure to join us on Facebook at You can RSVP online! Yellow Ribbon 2012 Schedule: May 1:dellaVoce May 17: Coco Bolos June 5:Harry’s June 21: Chili’s Grill and Bar July 19: Applebee’s Bar and Grill

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Unlock your business potential – Join Today! What is the Chamber of Commerce? The Chamber is a member-based organization designed to enhance the growth, development, economic health and quality of life for the Manhattan region. How does the Chamber work? The Chamber is comprised of 857 members – representing 16,492 employees that financially support a professionally staffed office. The staff, governed by the elected Board of Directors, helps carry out the goals and objectives set each year by the members. Local goals are accomplished by committees and task forces, while the staff conducts the business of the organization and works on goals requiring full-time attention. What is it important to have an active Chamber? An excellent Chamber of Commerce means the difference between a stagnant town and a thriving community. Business retention and expansion success, quality of life solutions, community development progress, and many other positive growth elements come directly from Chamber activity and participation. What good does that do me? The work the Chamber does for the community benefits you and every business, industry and virtually every person in the Manhattan region. If the Chamber didn’t do this job, no one else would (or is equipped to!). Why should I join? Your Chamber membership provides direct benefits to you, and benefits to the business community as a whole. What about after I join? Chamber membership provides the opportunity for you to participate in shaping our community. The more you put into it, the larger the benefit to you and your business. However, the Chamber remains an excellent investment if your financial support is all that you contribute. Success is no accident – to join today, contact the Chamber Office at (785) 776-8809 and ask for Kim Dahlsten,Membership Development Manager.

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Ribbon Cuttings/Ground Breakings dressbarn Manhattan Town Center

Cox Communications Retail Store 900 Hayes Drive, Suite B (785) 776-9645

UFM Community Learning Center – Collins Lane Garden 1435 Collins Lane community_garden (785) 539-8763

Frontier Farm Credit Administrative Headquarters 2009 Vanesta Place (785) 776-7144

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