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October 2013, Volume 9, Issue 10,

A publication of the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce

Leadership Manhattan Seeks Nominees

Contact us:

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.


…to be a part of thriving leadership development program dedicated “to ensuring the vitality of our community by providing a continuous source of motivated leaders who are educated about the community, its challenges and opportunities, as well as trained and inspired to assume leadership roles in the Manhattan community at all levels.” Program Details

Goals • To identify and motivate potential business and community leaders • To provide these potential leaders with an awareness

Important dates for 2014 Leadership Manhattan Program Nomination Deadline:

October 15

Informational Meeting: October 29

Application Deadline:

November 5

Class Announcement:

December 6

Tuition Due: December 2

of the issues and opportunities facing the community • To expand and sharpen their leadership skills and techniques • To develop a forum for ongoing communication among emerging and established leaders • To encourage these trained and informed leaders to increase their involvement in local community affairs by matching skills and interests to existing needs

Benefits • Access to a quality leadership training program that benefits the participants, their employers, and the community • Assistance to potential leaders in their development, matching their skills and interests with the needs of the community • An improved communications network among civic, business, social and educational leaders in the Manhattan area • A leadership base with a broadened perspective to more effectively guide the community into its future

Candidates Each individual interested in participating in Leadership Manhattan must submit an application with the approval of the organization they represent. Candidates must live or work in Manhattan. A selection committee will review the information received and select 16 individuals to participate based on past and present community involvement and willingness to serve in future leadership roles. The participants will represent a cross section of the community. Attendance at all sessions is required by all participants.

Applications Application forms for the 2013 Leadership Manhattan program may be obtained at the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce, 501 Poyntz Avenue, by calling 785–776–8829 or you may apply online at If you know one or more people with leadership skills and interests, please nominate them by completing the

nomination form available at the Leadership Manhattan website listed above.

Tuition Tuition for Leadership Manhattan is $475 for each participant. Tuition is nonrefundable, non-transferable and due December 2, 2013. Checks should be made payable to the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce. Informational Meeting An information meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 29th from 5:00-6:30pm in the Chamber Boardroom, 501 Poyntz Ave. Details of the Leadership Manhattan program will be reviewed and graduates and Board members will be on hand to answer questions. Nomination and application forms are available at leadershipmanhattan or email

Debunking Chamber Myths.

The facts behind the fiction about the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce.

1. The Chamber Only Gives Incentives to Out of Town Businesses While this may be the perception, it is not even close to reality. The Chamber supports giving local economic incentives to local businesses far more frequently than out-of-town businesses.

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Chamber Nominates 2014 Board Candidates

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The Nominating Committee for the 2014 Chamber Board of Directors presented its list of candidates at the regular September 2013 board meeting of the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce. Terry Harts, Senior Vice-President, Community First National Bank, chaired the seven-member nominating committee, which included two current Chamber board members, three Chamber officers and two representatives from the general membership.

The Chamber board unanimously approved presenting to the entire membership the following six candidates to serve three-year terms, to replace the board members whose regular terms are expiring in December 2013: Randall Anderes, Community Bank President, INTRUST Bank; Matt Crocker, President, Steel & Pipe Supply Company; Stacy Kohlmeier, VP Sales and Marketing, Florence Manufacturing; Larie Schoap, VP Mortgage Loans/Business Development, ESB Financial; Harry Watts, Director of KFB Foundation, The Kansas Farm Bureau; and Keith Westervelt, CEO/President, Blueville Nursery, Inc.

According to the by-laws of the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce, Article IV, Section 2, paragraph C, "Additional names of candidates for Directors can be nominated by petition bearing the genuine signatures of at least twenty (20) members of the Chamber. Such a petition shall be filed with the Nominating Committee within ten (10) days after notice has been given of the names of those nominated. The determination of the Nominating Committee as to the legality of the petition(s) shall be final." If there are no petitions filed within the designated waiting period, the nominations shall be closed and the nominated slate of six candidates shall be declared elected by the Board of Directors at their regular December board meeting. Should any member have questions about the board election and its process please contact Lyle Butler, President/ CEO of the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce at 776-8829 or by email

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Come Mingle with us!

Tuesday, October 22nd 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.

Thank you to the following Chamber Diplomats for volunteering to help with registration at the September Good Morning Manhattan breakfast: Christine Benne and Clint Sandmann with Stewart Advisory Services.

Registration and networking starts 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. Contact Kathy with questions and for sponsorship opportunities, 785.776.8829 or

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Thank you to K-State Athletics for hosting over 400 Chamber members to an outstanding Business After Hours in September. Members were entertained in one of the lovely, new suites at the Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

Door prize winners included: Tiffany Brooks with KState Athletics, Chris Browne with Carnahan Creek Tree Service, Tammy Hatesohl with Commerce Bank, Pam Nelssen with K-State Federal Credit Union, and Jerry Weis with Realty Executives.

The Chamber gave away a one-year pass to Business After Hours to Lorraine Malone with Manhattan Carpet & Interiors and $50 in Little Apple Dollars to Russell Disberger of Aspen Business Group.

Wednesday, October 9 5:30 – 7:00 pm Commerce Bank 727 Poyntz Avenue

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

Commerce Bank opened its doors in Manhattan in 1889 with its location at 4th and

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Poyntz, then known as Union National Bank (UNB). In 1905, UNB opened its second location at the southwest corner of 4th & Poyntz, where we were a mainstay of the core downtown until 1970, when the six-story tower, at 727 Poyntz, was opened and is our home today. Commerce and UNB merged in 1992. Today Commerce Bank is a $22,000,000,000 organization in five states providing the full array of banking services. Our Manhattan locations are: Poyntz Avenue, KSU Student Union and Westport Commons, with seven ATM locations. As a super community bank we give back, supporting Manhattan with significant annual donations in time, talent and treasure. Commerce Bank is a Charter Member of the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce and local AUSA chapter. Commerce Bank is proud of our 124 year history in Manhattan.

Sink, Gordon & Associates LLP has been serving the accounting and tax preparation needs of Manhattan and the surrounding area since 1946. We have a staff of more than 50 professionals dedicated to serving a wide variety of clients with our accounting, tax preparation and consulting expertise.

Our client base, which we continue to expand nationwide, consists of individual taxpayers, partnerships, corporations, estates and trusts. Our ProSports Tax division provides financial planning, income tax planning and compliance services to more than 50 National Football

League and National Hockey League players and coaches. Our Professional Tax Institutes division provides annual continuing education opportunities to other accountants and tax preparers across the country.

In addition to our Manhattan home office, we also have locations in Clay Center and Waterville to serve the needs of more communities in Northeast Kansas.

Scott Rice Office Works Through the combination of knowledge, experience, products and resources, Scott Rice Office Works provides superior solutions to the needs of today’s evolving environments. From corporate to education and healthcare spaces, we’ve worked hard to build a tradition of quality and a reputation as a valued business partner. It is our mission to help guide you through the complexity of change, and set into motion the process needed to reach your vision for the new workplace, learning or healing environments. Thank you to the following members of the Chamber Champions and Chamber Diplomats for volunteering to help with registration at the September Business After Hours: Christine Benne; Nathan Bergman with Bartlett & West; Dustin Furrey with Keating & Associates; Nancy Hammerschmidt with Farm Bureau Financial Services; Harmony Kistler with Frontier Farm Credit; Annette Lauppe with Advanced Property Management; Kate Ryan with Curtin Property Company; and Dustin Taylor with Kansurance.

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Upcoming Chamber Events

To make a reservation for an upcoming event, please call the Chamber at 776-8829. Please join us as your time allows. October 9 October 10

October 17

October 22 November 13 November 15

November 21 November 26

Business After Hours 5:30 – 7:00 pm Host: Commerce Bank

Ribbon Cutting – Blue Cross - Blue Shield of Kansas 1:30 pm 311 Houston Street, Suite D Ribbon Cutting – K-State Campus Store 2:30 pm K-State Student Union Morning Mingle 7:45 – 9:00 am Chamber Boardroom

Business After Hours 5:30 – 7:00 pm Host: Hy-Vee

Member Orientation: You Belong! What’s Next? 7:45 – 9:30 am Chamber Boardroom Good Morning Manhattan 7:15 – 8:30 am Location: Manhattan Country Club Morning Mingle 7:45 – 9:00 am Chamber Boardroom

*All dates and times are subject to change.

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 David Van Ommen at 776-2200, or

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Thank you for Reinvesting

Since our September 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 Aero-Mod, Inc. Alfred Benesch & Company American Family Insurance – Jim Feeney Agency, Inc. AT&T Bell Memorials, LLC Big Brothers Big Sisters of Manhattan, Inc. Bockers II Catering Cheney Construction, Inc. City of Manhattan Claflin Books & Copies Colbert Hills Golf Course Wayne Converse Environmental Manufacturing, Inc. Fox Business Systems Tom Fryer Guest Haus Bed & Breakfast Hayden Orthodontics Heuertz & Associates, Inc. Public Accountants Holmes Cleaning Services Inc. Ka-Comm, Inc. Kaw Valley Rodeo Association (Ret.) Ed Krieger Manhattan Surgical Hospital Midstate Mechanical, Inc. Orscheln Farm & Home Pottberg, Gassman & Hoffman, CPA’s Reese & Novelly, CPA’s, P.A. Spirit Street Publishing Inc. Stoneybrook Retirement Community & Assisted Living Wildcat Property Management Williams Decorating Showcase

10 to 14 Years Classic Wine and Spirits, LLC Copeland Insurance Agency Edward Jones – D.C. Hackerott Edward Jones – Jay Merrill Edward Jones – Matt Paquette Farmers State Bank Flint Hills Breadbasket Gary T. Edwards CPS, Inc. McDonald Construction Real Estate My Way 5 to 9 Years Associated Environmental, Inc. BA designs, LLC Best Western Manhattan Inn Braley Construction CE Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning Corvias Military Living Farm Bureau Financial Services Ferguson Enterprises Flint Hills Community Clinic Gymnastics Plus Hobby Lobby K-State Sports Properties

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MK Property Management, LLP MW Builders, Inc. New Century Bank Secured Payroll Partners, Inc. Stagg Hill Transmissions The Wiring Guy, Inc. Timberline Cabinetry & Millwork, LLC WIBW-TV

1 to 4 Years Bear Computer Systems Budget Blinds of Manhattan Cat Cans Portable Services Edward Jones – Gail Urban K-State Super Store Konza Prairie Community Dental Center Manhattan Area Housing Partnership, Inc. Schurle Signs Inc. The Boutique UMI Japanese Steakhouse Wintrust Mortgage

Vanguard Home Designs LLC Jim Hund, President 1115 Westport Drive, Suite D2 Ph (785) 380-7845 Vanguard Home Designs is a turnkey General Contractor in Manhattan, KS area providing multiple home improvement services to improve your quality of life. Vanguard provides economically viable energy efficient solutions to reduce your home's energy bill with replacement windows, entry doors, insulated siding, reflective window film, and more. Vanguard focuses on quality construction, attention to client's service, class in communications, and use of business technology to be procedurally efficient.

Powercat Sports Grill Jon Klingenberg, General Manager 3011 Anderson Ave, Ste A Ph (785) 320-4662 Powercat Sports Grill is the place to watch any game in Manhattan. The modern décor and K-State memorabilia make this family friendly sports grill the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the game. While Bud and Bobby Cox will be in the kitchen creating unique and delicious food, the menu will include fan favorites like burgers, wraps, steaks and salads. But it’s the wood-fired pizza oven that is set to become a fan favorite. Powercat Sports Grill is the place for any sport’s fan.

Fuzzy's Taco Shop Sandy Stack, Owner 606 N 12th Street Ph (785) 320-5331 Fuzzy’s Taco Shop’s corporateowned and franchise locations are now serving fresh, handmade Bajastyle Mexican food in 70 stores across 11 states, with many more to open soon. All of our restaurants offer indoor and patio seating, and our specialties include fish tacos, burritos, nachos, queso, and ice-cold beer. The atmosphere at Fuzzy’s is bright, fun, and energetic – perfect for gathering with friends and family to watch a game, enjoy a beer or margarita, or just hang out.

The Anderson Bed & Breakfast Phil & Dawn Anderson, Owners 1719 Fairchild Avenue Ph (785) 539-4994 Anderson Bed & Breakfast is located in a newly renovated 1910 Arts & Crafts-style limestone house two blocks south of campus and three blocks east of Aggieville in an old university neighborhood. It features rocking chairs on a large front porch, a screened side porch, private parking and 3 modern guest rooms with en suite bathrooms, vaulted ceilings, walk-in closets, free high-speed wi-fi and HD flat screen TVs. Go to and contact , 785-539-4994.

Strong Inn Rachelle Routh, Owner 1916 Beck Street Ph (785) 313-5167 Fx (785) 456-9546 The Strong Inn, home of early Manhattan settlers, Henry and

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Elenora Strong was built in 1867. The guesthouse offers two bedrooms with queen beds, a fully equipped kitchen, one bathroom, living room, a study and an upstairs sitting room that can also be used as an additional sleeping area. The Strong Inn is available year round. Reservations can be made via email or phone. Please call 785 313-5167 to book your stay at the Strong Inn.

Timber & Stone is a resourceful group of architects seeking innovative solutions to the environments we live and work in. We practice architectural design and planning for commercial, historic preservation, multi-family, business environments, and residential space markets.

BevIntel of Kansas Jared Coleman, Regional Director (785) 539-4475 We offer auditing services that are consultative in nature to help bars, restaurants, and hotels manage their inventory for wine, beer, draft and liquor. We perform on-premise bar audits and then work with ownership to decrease losses and increase profits by comparing product sold to product served as well as reducing costs through improved inventory management of backstock.

Hartford Sand & Gravel, LLC Robert Davies, President 1019 McDowell Creek Road Ph (785) 477-9801 Fx (785) 456-2518 Hartford Sand & Gravel is a sand pit mining operation located at 1019 McDowell Creek Road, Manhattan, KS. The company was established in 2012 and is a fully operational sand pit mine. Hartford Sand & Gravel offers a variety of different products to include several types of sand, rock, dirt, top soil, landscape rock and trucking services. Materials are available for contractor and individual needs. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Product and delivery service inquiries can call 785-477-9801 for information.

Manhattan Carpet & Interiors, Inc. Lorraine Malone, General Manager 2613 Anderson Avenue Ph (785) 539-5941 Fx (785) 539-1779 Carpet and flooring store servicing both commercial and residential projects. The store will also provide interior design services.

Timber & Stone Architecture and Design LLC Michael Mecseri, Owner 403 Poyntz Avenue, Suite D Ph (785) 320-2258

Lease End Carpet Cleaning, Inc. Ryan Wilson, President 616 Pebblebrook Circle Ph (785) 320-7651 Ryan Wilson, president of Lease End Carpet Cleaning, Inc. has been providing residential and commercial carpet care in Manhattan since 2007. We're a small company and we provide personalized service to all of our customers. Say "hello" to clean carpet with a personalized maintenance program, insuring never ending clean carpet - day-in, day-out.

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Volume 13, Issue 10

A publication of the Manhattan

Convention &

Visitors Bureau

It’s Fall in The Little Apple


It’s the rush of leaves as you hit the pile; the feel of goo as you carve your pumpkin; and the scratch of wool jackets against your chin. Fall has its grip on Manhattan! How do you adapt to the weather with a sudden chill in the air and a breeze at your back? How do you stay entertained in this distinct season in The Little Apple®? Here are some of our suggestions, but don’t take our word for it… Daily: ‘Through Artists Eyes’ is the new temporary exhibit at the Flint Hills Discovery Center. This display features work of 44 artists including Kansas natives who have rendered depictions of the tallgrass prairie. The Discovery Center is open M-Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5; call 785-587-2726 for more info.

The Kansas River Trail maps are here! There’s plenty of time left to enjoy the Kaw River with friends and family. Grab a map from our office at 501 Poyntz Ave to find access points, trail information

and ways to learn and exercise on this national water trail!

Weekends: Check out the Lazy T Ranch every weekend throughout October! Find the perfect pumpkin, ride ponies or the purple powercat train, visit with farm animals in the beautiful Flint Hills of Kansas! $6 per person over 3, $30 family pass. Call 785-539-7899 or visit

A&H Farm welcomes you to their Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festival every weekend in October! This family-oriented festival features hayrack rides, a petting zoo, train rides, a zip

line, a ‘friendly-fire’ arena, farm-fresh produce and products in addition to pumpkins and gourds. Take a few hours or enjoy an entire day at this charismatic farm and indulge in your favorite fall activities. Located south of Manhattan at 1374 Collins Lane. Call 785-341-7794 for more information.

Discover the Little Shop of Horrors at the Columbian Theatre in Wamego week-

ends throughout October. Friday and Saturday shows at 7:30 and Sunday shows at 2:00 p.m. Pick up your tickets at the box office or visit

Special Events: Visit about their upcoming events. New management is bringing in acts right and left. Catch Parmalee, a country rock band on October 11, and Granger Smith with Earl Dibbles Jr., a Texas born and

bred singer/songwriter on Oct. 18. Tickets required for shows. Call 785-341-2779 with questions.

A high-demand, extremely unique event is coming up to celebrate Fall. Feast of the Fields, the barn edition, will take place Oct. 19. Tickets are limited to this event which combines finedining, careful wine pairings, fabulous service, live music, entertainment and rustic

outdoors, with a historic barn and genuine camaraderie. Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased at

Feast of the Fields

Lazy T Ranch

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McCain Auditorium

McCain Auditorium

Wareham Theatre

Discovering Manhattan, one Geocache Site at a Time Congratulations, Manhattan! We are officially a finalist for the Rand McNally Best of the Road Competition, “Best for Geocaching.” Competitors range from Florida to Montana. The voting period is over, and we have submitted a video and an essay to the committee sharing why Manhattan deserves to win the title of “Best for Geocaching” in the country.

What precisely does a geocacher look for? What makes someplace enticing enough to plan a geocaching adventure? A weekend in Manhattan can take a visitor through a Big 12 sporting event, nationally-recognized dining experiences, relaxing overnight stays, enlightening attractions like the Flint Hills Discovery Center or Sunset Zoo and so much more. We provide a geocaching experience that is completely rounded out by exciting activities, and a welcoming community.

In addition to Manhattan’s vast number of cache sites, (more than 200!) we boast an avid community of local geocachers. Booths can often be found at local events to help promote this unique hobby, and help is never more than a Google search away.

centage of young adults in the nation. That means there are plenty of people who are passionate about technology and the new ways to use it. Explore Manhattan. Learn about this community that was established when a steamboat ran aground on the Kansas River. Talk to people who have started businesses here, raised families or retired here. Take on the last remaining stand of tallgrass prairie in the world. Geocache with the best of them, and do something you’ll remember forever. We’ll even help you out by starting off your geocache adventure at the Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau office, located at 501 Poyntz Ave

You can view the contestants in all categories at, and make sure to check in with us on Facebook on October 7that’s the day the winners will be announced.

The Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau staff will be heading to Topeka for the annual Kansas Tourism Conference. The Travel Industry Association of Kansas (TIAK) in partnership with KS Wildlife Parks & Tourism unite destination marketing organizations, attractions, hotels and others interested in the hospitality industry from across the state. Industry trends and national statistics are discussed. Manhattan has been selected to host the 2014 KS Tourism conference. We look

Water Conference Deadline Approaching

The Governor’s Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas will be held at the Manhattan Conference Center and Hilton Garden Inn Oct. 24-25. This conference is open to any and all who are interested in learning about the state of Kansas’ current and future water needs. All are encouraged to attend.

Conference topics include: • Drought resiliency and conservation • The value of water • Meeting Kansas’ water needs now and in the future • Reservoir sedimentation • Water’s role in developing the Kansas agriculture economy Tracy Streeter, Kansas Water Office Director says, “With record-breaking drought the last few years, there is no better time to focus attention to Kansas’ water needs and role water plays in growing our state’s economy.”

Speakers for day one include Charles Fishman, author of The Big Thirst and The Wal-Mart Effect and Pat Mulroy, overseer of the Las Vegas Valley Water District and Southern Nevada Water Authority. Day two will build on the water policy discussions from day one. Graduate and undergraduate students will also present on day two, in addition to Dr. James Stack, Director of the Great Plains Diagnostic. Dr. Stack presents Feeding a Growing Population in a Resource Stressed World. There are 500 conferees expected to attend, with an estimated impact for the Manhattan community of $314,000. Registration for the conference is available online at Registration deadline is Oct. 15.

According to Census Bureau numbers, Manhattan has the highest per-

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forward to showcaseing the Manhattan community. Did you know that the travel industry added $58.4 billion in tax revenues to state and local governments in 2011? Since the economic recovery began in 2013, the travel industry has created jobs at a 12 percent faster rate than the rest of the economy.

We love travel and tourism. Call us with questions any time. 785-776-8829

For the full list of speakers, schedules, sponsors, hotel information and more, visit Accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least five working days prior to the conference at 785-296-3185.

Homecare and Hospice present ‘Promenade on Poyntz’ on Oct. 17th. This annual event begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Manhattan Town Center. Ticket purchasers will receive a wine glass, tasting tickets and Promenade map upon check in. Tickets are $35 a piece on a first-come first-serve. 12 downtown businesses will open their doors with stops along the Promenade path for sampling wine and food. Visit or call 785-537-0688.

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Every Wednesday Downtown Farmers Market 3rd St. & Leavenworth 8:00 AM-1:00 PM 785-829-1408 Every Saturday Downtown Farmers Market 3rd St. & Leavenworth 8:00 AM-1:00 PM 785-829-1408 1 Preschoolers in the Flint Hills: Don't Leaf it Alone Flint Hills Discovery Center 1:00-2:00 PM 785-587-2726 2 K-State Volleyball v. Kansas Ahearn Field House, K-State 7:00 PM 800-221-2287 3-5 K-State Theatre & Dance: Detroit Purple Masque Theatre, East Stadium, K-State 7:30 PM 785-532-6428 3-6 The Pirates of Penzance Manhattan Arts Center 7:30 PM 785-537-4420 4 Safari EdVenture Days Sunset Zoo Nature Exploration Center 10 AM - 2 PM 785-587-2737 4 McCain Performance Series: Momix Botanica McCain Auditorium, K-State 7:30 PM 785-532-6428 5 Rural Cemeteries of Central Riley County Auto Tour Riley County Genealogy Society 9:00 AM-3:00 PM 785-539-8763 5 Footsteps in the Flint Hills: Flint Hills Ghost Stories Flint Hills Discovery Center 10:00 AM and 1 PM 785-587-2726 5 K-State Volleyball v. TCU Ahearn Field House, K-State 7:00 PM 800-221-2287 5-6 3rd Annual Zombiewalk for Hunger Aggieville 5:00 PM-2:00 AM 5-6 “Museum of Wonder” Farewell Weekend Beach Museum of Art, K-State 12:00-5:00 PM 785-532-7718 6 McCain Performance Series: The Price is Right Live! Stage Show McCain Auditorium, K-State 7:30 PM 785-532-6428 10-12 K-State Theatre & Dance: Columbinus Nichols Theatre, K-State 7:30 PM 785-532-6428 11 Parmalee Wareham Opera House 7:00-11:45 PM 785-537-8646


K-State Football v. Baylor Bill Snyder Family Stadium TBA 800-221-2287 13 Art Beyond Sight Open House Beach Museum of Art, K-State 1:30-3:00 PM 785-532-7718 15 McCain Performance Series: ACS: Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington, Esperanza Spalding McCain Auditorium, K-State 7:30 PM 785-532-6428 15 Lou Douglas Lecture Series: Rising Inequality: The Decline of the American Middle Class Forum Hall, K-State Student Union 7:00 PM 785-539-8763 15 Preschoolers in the Flint Hills: Nice Bison Flint Hills Discovery Center 1:00-2:00 PM 785-587-2726 16 Kansas State Wind Symphony/ Concert Band Concert McCain Auditorium, K-State 7:30-9:00 PM 785-532-3816 17 Kansas State Wind Ensemble McCain Auditorium, K-State 7:30-9:00 PM 785-532-3816 17-19 K-State Theatre & Dance: Columbinus Nichols Theatre, K-State 7:30 PM 785-532-6428 17 Go See It! Lecture Series: Getting Inspiration Flint Hills Discovery Center 7:00-8:00 PM 785-587-2726 17 Promenade on Poyntz Downtown Manhattan 5:30-8:30 PM 785-537-0688 17 Go See It! Lecture Series: Getting Inspiration Flint Hills Discovery Center 7:00-8:00 PM 785-587-2726 18 Granger Smith with Earl Dibbles Jr. Wareham Opera House 7:00-11:00 PM 785-537-8646 18 Salsa Night! K-State Student Union Courtyard 6:00-8:00 PM 785-539-8763 18 Home Sweet Home School Day Off Workshop Beach Museum of Art, K-State 10:00-11:30 AM 785-532-7718 18 Hale Library Concert Series Hemisphere Room, KSU Hale Library 7:30-9:30 PM 785-532-7442 18 Claude Bourbon Manhattan Arts Center 7:30 PM 785-537-4420


K-State Volleyball v. Texas Tech Ahearn Field House, K-State 7:00 PM 800-221-2287 19 Downtown Farmers Market 3rd St. & Leavenworth 8:00 AM-1:00 PM 785-829-1408 19 Central States Marching Festival Bill Snyder Family Stadium 10:00 AM-10:00 PM 785-532-3816 19 Rural Cemeteries of Central Riley County Auto Tour Riley County Genealogy Society 9:00 AM-3:00 PM 785-539-8763 19-20 SPOOKtacular Sunset Zoo Nature Exploration Center Noon-4:30 PM 785-587-2737 20 K-State Theatre & Dance: Columbinus Nichols Theatre, K-State 2:30 PM 785-532-6428 24 McCain Performance Series: The World Blues Tour: Taj Mahal and Guests McCain Auditorium, K-State 7:30 PM 785-532-6428 24-26 Crafty Seniors Manhattan Town Center 785-539-3500 24 150 Years of People & Places of KSU Trolley Tour Riley County Historical Museum 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM 785-539-8763 26 K-State Football v. West Virginia Bill Snyder Family Stadium TBA 800-221-2287 26 K-State Volleyball v. Texas Ahearn Field House, K-State TBA 800-221-2287 28 K-State Womens Basketball v. Washburn Bramlage Coliseum 7:00 PM 800-221-2287 29-30 Haunted Manhattan Trolley Tour Mr. K's Cafe 6:00-7:45 PM and 8:30-10:15 PM 785-539-8763 29 Preschoolers in the Flint Hills: A Day at the FHDC Flint Hills Discovery Center 1:00-2:00 PM 785-587-2726 30 K-State Volleyball v. Oklahoma Ahearn Field House, K-State 7:00 PM 800-221-2287 31-11/2 K-State Theatre & Dance: RX Purple Masque Theatre, East Stadium, K-State 7:30 PM 785-532-6428 31 Boo Party! Manhattan Town Center 5:30-7:30 PM 785-539-3500

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

October ................................Anticipated Attendance Numbers

Conferences/Meetings/Reunions 2 Chamber of Commerce Executives of Kansas............................50 Fall Conference 7 Center of Excellence for Food Safey Research...........................35 Food Safey Immersion 9 Kansas State Nurses Association Annual Meeting....................100 9 National Intramural Recreational Sports Association .............100 Big 12 & Friends Conference 9 Kansas Electric Cooperatives..........................................................30 Kansas Member Services Directors Meeting 10 American Planning Association Kansas Planning Conference130 17 Kansas Volunteer Commission Fall Conference .......................300 17 United Methodist Church Leadership Event .............................350 18 Kansas State University Black Alumni Reunion ........................100 18 Manhattan High School Class of 1958 Reunion .......................100 18 Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity Reunion .....................................300 19 Manhattan High School Class of 1951 Reunion..........................50 20 Kansas Association of Broadcasters Convention .....................300 23 Burlington Parks and Recreation Department Group Tour.....22 24 Kansas Water Office Governor's Conference on the ...........500 Future of Water in Kansas 28 Kansas Agricultural Aviation Association ....................................200 Annual Conference Sporting Events 6 Ultraphia Racing Apple to Capital ................................................400 Apple to Capital Relay 19 Manhattan Marlins Monster Splash Swim Meet........................200 Special Events 19 Feast of the Fields at River Creek Farms .....................................64

Manhattan CVB Steering Committee

Chuck Scott, Chairman Brad Everett, Hotel Jennifer Fritchen, Hotel Kelly Loub, Restaurant Dave Lewis, Ex-Officio Miranda Lies, Hotel Teresa Morris, 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 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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Debunking Chamber Myths. Continued from page 1

Over the past six years, your Chamber has supported only one out-of-town business that received local incentives. All of the other six companies that received local incentives were businesses that were already here and wanted to expand their facility and employment.

Local Companies Create Jobs A national statistic that also holds true in our region shows that 80% of all new jobs created each year come from local companies in our own community.

Does that mean we won’t support recruiting out-oftown businesses? No. We work hard to find and recruit good companies to our community and will continue to do so, but our priority will always be helping local businesses expand and to support them in obtaining local and state economic incentives.

2. The Chamber Recruits Retail Businesses The Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce has had a long-standing policy of

Noteworthy News

Boys and Girls Club receives grant Local teens from Boys & Girls Club of Manhattan received a $4,030 grant by the Taco Bell Foundation. The funds will support “Explore More”, a teen program intended to enable and inspire teens to graduate high school and reach their full potential by going on more college visits across Kansas while getting them excited for their future.

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not recruiting individual retailers of any size to our area. The Chamber will respond to inquiries of retailers who ask about our market or who want to be put in touch with local developers or realtors to help them find retail space, but the Chamber does not actively recruit retailers.

Following Their Own Directives Retailers are fairly sophisticated these days and monitor demographics, market changes, and product demand on a monthly or quarterly basis. They make their decisions to come to Manhattanbased on the size and growth of a community and what other competition is in the marketplace.

As retailers will tell you, they like to find those places that have lots of “new roof tops.” That means the population is growing and there is opportunity for their retail business to succeed.

Retailers are coming to Manhattan – not because of Chamber recruitment efforts but because of population growth.

Boys & Girls Club of Manhattan is one of more than 300 teenserving organizations nationwide to receive a portion of $3 million grant this year. Meadowlark receives award Meadowlark Hills retirement community was honored for its person-centered care.

The award was Promoting Excellent Alternatives in Kansas Nursing Homes-the PEAK award- which is given to nursing

3. The Chamber Caters To, and is Made Up of, Big Businesses On the contrary, the vast majority of members, are small businesses! As the old saying goes, “America was built on the back of small businesses.” The Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce strives to provide a diverse group of programs and services to meet our small businesses’ needs.

The Chamber’s 784 members represent 17,005 employees and include all types and sizes of companies throughout the region and the Midwest.

• 92% of our members fewer than 50 FTE • 84% of our members fewer than 25 FTE • 70% of our members fewer than 10 FTE • 53% of our members fewer than five FTE


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4. The Chamber is a City Department or Part of the City of Manhattan Many people identify the Chamber as part of, or under the control or supervision of, the City of Manhattan, Riley, and/or Pottawatomie Counties, and sometimes even the State of Kansas. The truth is that the homes for “successfully implementing culture change,” according to a press release.

3 local companies named to national list Three local companies were named by Inc. magazine as among the fastest growing privately owned companies in the United States in 2013. CivicPlus, Purple Wave Auctions and GTM Sportswear all ranked in the top 5,000 companies on the list,

Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce, Inc. is a Kansas not-for-profit corporation founded in 1925. It is operated by its own board of directors, has a set of bylaws, and its own staff. Neither the city nor the counties have any direct control, legal ownership, or management over the Chamber. The Chamber does have a contractual agreement with both the City of Manhattan and Riley County to perform some specified services. We have a contract with the City of Manhattan to provide assistance in the area of economic development and convention and visitors recruitment. Though approved in advance by the City Commission, the city carries no ownership or day to day management control. The Chamber has a similar contract with Riley County to perform certain economic development functions, but again, there is no ownership or day to day management control.

5. The Chamber Endorses and/or Opposes Candidates for Public Office The Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce which is in the September issue.

CivicPlus came in at 3,113 with 106 percent growth over the past three years. It brings in $16.1 million in revenue and employs 152 professionals. The company specializes in creating city and county websites.

Purple Wave made 3,579 on the list with $8.1 million in revenue and 62 employees. Aaron and Suzy McKee founded it in 2000. The auction house focuses on

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Board of Directors has had a long-standing policy to neither support nor oppose any local, state, or federal candidates for office. On occasion, the Chamber does support or oppose local, state, or national ballot issues, especially if it impacts business.

Endorsements by State & National Organizations The Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce is a member of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Both of these entities, through their separate Political Action Committees (PAC), do occasionally endorse political candidates. Our membership dues to these entities, by law, cannot be used in any part by either PAC. Our Chamber, is an independent Kansas Corporation, governed by our own set of bylaws and a board of directors, and we are not bound in any way by the actions or endorsements of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce or the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and/or their respective PAC’s.

selling construction and agricultural equipment for businesses and public institutions.

GTM Sportswear came in 4,423 on the list with 53 percent growth over three years. It employs 837 people and brings in $76.9 million annually. GTM Sportswear is a national provider of custom-embellished uniforms, warm-ups and practice apparel for college, school and club sports teams.

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Business Barometer August 2012

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employees about the Health Insurance Marketplace. This deadline is one of the first direct actions required by the Affordable Care Act.

BUILDING PERMITS - source: City of Manhattan

Total Issued Residential


Permit Fees Paid






If you have not yet provided your employees with the notice, make sure to do it as soon as possible. The Department of Labor has provided two model notices that satisfy the requirements of the notification and are available for your use.


RETAIL SALES (Manhattan) - source: City of Manhattan

Retail Sales

Sales Tax Collections

$88,023,300 $880,230

$84,870,400 $848,704







Affordable Care Act – Required Action

Does your company have at least one employee and $500,000 in annual volume of business? If so, you are covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act and October 1st was the deadline to provide written notice to

Small Business Council Update

Rob Ott, City Engineer, presented an overview of getting a road project from concept to completion. Several factors can extend the process time including: project complexity, public input, federal and state requirements, KDOT, blending of funding sources, weather, releasing of funds and methods used to minimize the impact to existing homeowners and businesses. KDOT, an important partner in many of our road projects, is slower to respond due to staff cuts in the past year leading to project delays. When a project is funded using KDOT funds, the contractor is under contract with KDOT, not the City of Manhattan, which means KDOT controls the terms of the contract and project management.

Members of the Council expressed several concerns. How does the local, disruptive economic impact the project figure into the analysis of whether a project should be done or not? What is the economic impact of the project during the construction and after the construction? How can the business community be more involved earlier in the project concept and design phases? Early communication is key since many feel like they find out after it is too late to influence the project. Rob expressed it would take an economist to provide the economic impact numbers to the design team and that currently in their decision matrix, disruptive economic impact is not a factor although impact to property owners is considered in every project. Two major

factors drive project priority decisions: safety and capacity. Rob asked for input on how to communicate with small businesses with social media being used more to communicate. Rob also mentioned that early meetings on concept and design focus on identifying the problems that exist and the range possible solutions. Greater efforts can be made to collect public input earlier in the process.

Chad Bunger, City Planner, gave the Small Business Council an update on the proposed flood maps. We are currently in a FEMA regulated 90 day comment period and series of public meeting have been scheduled for review and comments on the proposed maps. The proposed maps are based on more current data and created using modern technology,

For employers who offer health insurance to employees: withplans.pdf

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ance to employees: withoutplans.pdf If you have further questions regarding the Affordable Care Act please consult with a professional advisor to discuss your situation in more detail. Additional information can also be found at and the Department of Labor website at Daryn Soldan 501 Poyntz Avenue Manhattan, KS 66502 785-587-9917

For those employers who do NOT offer health insur-

thus are more detailed and accurate to actual flooding conditions. Flood way, flood plain and future conditions areas have been identified. Some areas have seen a decrease in flood risk while some have seen a significant increase in flood risk. The future conditions maps are useful so property owners know what risks they are facing and that they can adequately protect themselves to mitigate the financial risk of being in a location that may flood. Chad also provided an update on the new city sign regulations. The process has been very laborious and they are currently in the writing phase. When the proposed ordinances are ready for review, Chad will be available for presenting at a future Small Business Council meeting.

The next meeting of the Small Business Council is October 9, 2013 at 7:15 am in the Chamber Board Room. All chamber members are welcome to attend. 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 by Janet Nichols

The Military Relations Committee (MRC) kicked off September with our monthly luncheon featuring speaker COL Jeffrey Broadwater, Commander of the 2nd Armor Brigade Combat Team. COL Broadwater detailed 2nd Brigade’s mission Shared Accord, providing community members with a better understanding of the role Fort Riley Soldiers have partnering with Africa. MRC is also participating in K-State’s Season of Service, a series of events sponsored by the Institute for the Health and Security of Military Families, K-State Office of Military Affairs and several other partnering organizations, including the MRC. As part of the Season of Service, MRC promoted, and many MRC members attended, the documentary premiere, A Walk In My Shoes: Military Life on September 11th. MRC Member, Army Spouse and Kansas State University Instructor Sandy Risberg contributed to the documentary, which tells the story of military life from seven different perspectives, including the stories several Manhattan residents who are both former and active duty military members and their families.

Our October 2nd MRC luncheon features 10th ASOS Commander Lt Col Sean Monteiro, US Air Force, discussing the US Air Force mission on Fort Riley. On October 17th Pulitzer Prize winning author David Finkel will discuss his latest book, Thank You For Your Service, at the KSU Alumni Center from 4:00 to 5:00pm.

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Ribbon Cuttings

Manhattan Area Housing Partnership, Inc. 103 S. 4th Street, Suite 215, (785) 587-0613

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop 606 N 12th Street, (785) 320-5331

Flint Hills Area Transportation Agency 5815 Marlatt Avenue, (785) 537-6345

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: Friday, November 15th 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

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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 November 15th.

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