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Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce Announces Hiring of CVB Director
Junction City, KS - After a review of several candidates in a national search, a committee consisting of Convention and Visitors Bureau board members, Chamber Board of Directors members, and the Chamber CEO, the Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce has named former CVB Marketing Manager, Michele Stimatze, as its new Convention & Visitors Bureau Director, effective immediately.
"The Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce advertised this position both on a State and National level. After several initial phone interviews our selection committee interviewed three candidates. It was clear that Michele Stimatze was the best choice for the promotion and development of our Convention and Visitors Bureau. Michele has a long history in the hospitality industry and has spent the last two plus years in our CVB. She is a lifelong resident and has a passion for Geary County/Junction City and the Flint Hills," Dennis Beson, Chamber President & CEO said.
A Junction City native, Stimatze brings over 7 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry. Stimatze began her career with event planning and fundraising at the Geary Community Healthcare Foundation. She then went on to be the Director of Sales at the Courtyard By Marriott and the General Manager of the Junction City Hampton Inn By Hilton. For the last two years, she has served as the CVB's Marketing Manager. Stimatze currently serves on the Board of Directors for the C.L. Hoover Opera House, Junction City Brigade, Jammin' In JC, Noon Rotary, Sundown Salute, Community Connections, Travel Kansas, Travel Industry Association of Kansas (TIAK), I-70 Association, Kansas Society of Association Executives (KSAE), Kansas Birding Festival, and serves as the Vice President of Meet Kansas.
"I'm extremely excited about my new position with the Geary County CVB, a Division of the Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce. My experience as the CVB Marketing Manager led me to pursue the position after the retirement of past Director, Connie Hall, in December of 2016," Stimatze said.
The Convention & Visitors Bureau promotes Junction City/ Geary County for convention marketing, leisure and outdoors marketing, group tour marketing, and sports marketing. Stimatze will lead the CVB with current Media Specialist, Bob Cervera, and CVB Admin Dottie Kell to achieve the divisions objectives and goals alongside the rest of the Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce and its staff.
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The Junction City Military Affairs Council will host the next monthly breakfast on Thursday, April 27 at 7:30 a.m., at the Geary County Convention Center.
As always, reservations are important. The deadline to register for the breakfast will be Friday, April 21, at 5:00 p.m.
Cost of the breakfast is $12 per person. New this year: military service members rate of $10! Fee is payable by check or cash at the door, or  online here . You do not have to sign in to register, and the cost is $12.00 regardless if you are a chamber member or not. Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m.
To make a reservation, please contact the
JC Chamber,  or 785-762-2632. If you wish to be invoiced, please make sure we have your email. Thank You!
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Ribbon Cutting for the VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System's Lieutenant General Richard J. Seitz VA Clinic
Friday, April 14
1:30-3:30 p.m.
1169 Southwind Drive
Spring-A-Lodeon JC: Arts, Crafts and Home Biz Bash
Saturday, April 15
9:00-4:00 p.m.
Junction City Municipal Building
CVB Meeting
Tuesday, April 18
12:00-3:00 p.m.
Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce
Ambassador Club
Wednesday, April 19
7:30-9:00 a.m.
Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Business After Hours: Little Theater
Thursday, April 20
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Junction City Little Theater
Operation Clean Sweep
Saturday, April 22
8:00-12:00 p.m.
Spin City
City Cycle Sales Bike Show/Open House
Saturday, April 22
10:00-3:00 p.m.
City Cycle Sales
St. Xavier Auction
Saturday, April 22
5:00-8:00 p.m.
St. Xavier Gym
Run for the Wall Fundraiser
Sunday, April 23
7:45-3:15 p.m.
Junction City Walmart Parking Lot
Brown Bag Concert
Wednesday, April 26
12:00 p.m.
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Thursday, April 27
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1ID 100th Anniversary Video Shout Out
Dear Chamber Members,
The 19th Public Affairs Detachment is in the process of recording happy birthday video shout-outs for the 1st Infantry Division's 100th anniversary.
If your directorate/unit/organization is interested in recording a happy birthday message to the Division, please contact CPT Ed Alvarado at (760) 238-7497 or
If you have questions, please call, email or text me.
Thank you for showing your support to the Big Red One on this historic occasion!
Bob Everdeen
Public Affairs Director
Fort Riley, Kansas
(785) 240-5654 / DSN 520
Mobile: (785) 307-4510

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Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development helps support the SBDC in providing assistance free of charge to new and existing businesses. Services for those starting a business include business plan review, research and marketing assistance, licensing information, advice on preparing to meet with a loan officer and bookkeeping strategies. Existing businesses can receive help with finding new marketing opportunities including social media, growth/expansion, local, state and federal tax laws and regulations, trade opportunities, human resources and succession planning. Check out or contact Laurie Pieper our Washburn University representative at785-587-9917 to get started today! Laurie has office hours every other Tuesday in our office.


Junction City Area Chamber Partners with U.S. Chamber
JUNCTION CITY, KS - The Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to provide its members with valuable new programs and services. Through the U.S. Chamber's Federation Partnership program, small business members in good standing with the Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce will now receive the benefits of U.S. Chamber membership. This new member benefit is provided at no additional cost to members of the Junction City Area Chamber.
"The Federation program is a great partnership with the U.S. Chamber creating more value for local businesses. This allows businesses from our region to keep up with the National Chamber," Dennis Beson, President & CEO, Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce.
By joining the Federation Partnership, the Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce is helping the U.S. Chamber's effort to build the nation's largest grassroots advocacy network. The Junction City Area Chamber will continue to focus on local issues and programs. The U.S. Chamber will alert and mobilize Junction City Area Chamber members on national issues ranging from taxes to technology to transportation. This ever-growing coalition of small businesses allows the U.S. Chamber to present a strong, unified voice for business in Washington, D.C.
In addition to the benefits JCACC members already enjoy, U.S. Chamber membership provides access to members-only sections of, including thousands of small business tips and tools; discounts on products and services; Weekly e-newsletter; the U.S. Chamber's monthly flagship publication,; and timely communications alerting small businesses to pressing legislation or policy initiatives.
To maintain membership with the U.S. Chamber, a small business must re tain its Junction City Area Chamber membership, and the Junction City Area Chamber must maintain its membership with the U.S. Chamber.
The Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce represents more than 357 businesses in the Junction City/Geary County area and across the Flint Hills Region. "309 of our 357 members are eligible for U.S. Chamber membership. We are excited to participate in this program and offer additional opportunities and benefits that can apply to a large majority of our existing members," Kaitlin McGuire, Member Relations Specialist said. To learn more about JCACC membership, visit
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region. 96% of their members are small businesses. Learn more at    
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