August 15, 2022

As Steve Harvey would announce "the survey says"...(fill in the blank with great rates once the survey is complete). In all seriousness, the Chamber Blue of Kansas could be a huge association health plan which equates to great rates. As of August 11th there have been over 1500 businesses who have taken the interest survey representing over 23,500 employees!
Chamber Chatter
Deadline is Thursday, August 18
If you have EVER THOUGHT ABOUT finding out what it would cost to provide health insurance benefits to your valuable employees, OR you currently offer insurance benefits, please fill out the interest survey. It does not obligate your business to enroll, but the interest survey must be completed by August 18th to find out rates and to be eligible to enroll.

The McPherson Chamber has partnered with over 45 Chambers to offer Chamber Blue of KS through BCBS. Find out more at these links: Employer Guide, Benefit Brochure or visit the Chamber Blue of Kansas website. If you have additional questions, you can contact your BCBSKS representative or submit questions on the Chamber Blue of Kansas website.

The survey is to be completed one time per business by the person responsible for the decisions of the health benefits for your company.
Please take a few minutes to complete the Chamber Blue Survey. Completing this survey allows your business to be eligible to enroll in Chamber Blue of Kansas that will be become effective January 1, 2023.
Meet the Chamber's New Executive Assistant

Cindy Shirley was born in Osborne, KS; and was raised in rural NW Kansas, Norton, and recently moved August 7th to McPherson, from Oberlin, KS where she has resided for the past 15 years. Cindy considers herself as very outgoing, driven, makes friends easily, likes to have fun and be around positive people.

Cindy moved to be closer to her only daughter and son-in-law. They reside in Canton, KS. Just recently, Cindy found out that she will be a first time Grandmother and is super excited to meet Baby J. in February 2023, in which she cannot wait to snuggle and spoil!!

Various secretarial settings in the last 30+ years has made Cindy a well-rounded and diverse person in many facets of offices/businesses. Upon high school graduation, Cindy attended Colby Community College (CCC) for Secretarial Science, then later in life she took CNA classes and Massage Therapy classes through CCC and has recently taken on-line classes through FHSU to continue her education. She believes that you are NEVER to old to keep on learning. Education became a part of her life as she has taught Pre-School for two & three year old’s, Paraeducator, Sub Paraeducator, Substitute teaching, and Spanish Proctor for 69 students. She is a teacher by nature. Her love of being able to help people, watch people succeed and grow is something she is very passionate about. With the need to help people, Cindy is a Certified Massage Therapist and was a previous business owner from 2016-2021, however due to a horse accident, that has halted the massage business at this time. 

Being a country-farm girl from a small-town agriculture community, Cindy had previously been involved in a large farming operation with her husband at the time, and her Grandparents (deceased) operated a very small farming operation while she was growing up, therefore she has knowledge of agriculture and is a huge advocate for agriculture. Cindy has attended farm and ranch conferences, meetings for women involved in the Ag industry. She also has attended several Ag in the Classroom meetings. With that said, she was excited to learn that the Chamber has an Ag Committee. 

In her spare time, Cindy enjoys spending time with family, friends, and loves shopping. The only animals Cindy (since downsizing) has now, are her two dogs and one cat (whom said she would NEVER have a pet cat, just farm cats), previously has owned four miniature horses and a few Quarter horses. She loves being in nature and exploring, loves going to the lake, camping, traveling, and crafting in her spare time. Right now, she is anxious to get settled in her new home, learn all about the McPherson Chamber of Commerce, making new friends, and getting familiar with the community and surrounding areas. She feels that the Executive Assistant position at the Chamber of Commerce is a very good fit for her.  
Member Spotlight
Ad Astra Radio
Ad Astra Radio may be new to town, but the local radio station has a rich history. The local radio station was started in 1949 from four original investors. Throughout the years the radio station has been playing great music while promoting the local community.

Ad Astra Radio acquired the local station in June and continue to promote the local community. Ad Astra Radio started in 1986 by Cliff Shank in Hutchinson, KS. Cliff and the team have done a great job in growing the Ad Astra Radio brand and currently have four radio stations in Hutchinson playing a variety of genre of music. Cliff's son, Chris took over and Ad Astra Radio has not missed a beat. With Chris' leadership, they were able to acquire the McPherson radio stations, connecting even more to local communities.
Ad Astra Radio has a great crew that love the local community. Chris and the team want to promote the local community as much as possible. If your business or non-profit has interest in advertising with the radio, please contact the station by calling (620) 241-1504. You can tune in on the radio to the following stations: 94.7 FM, 95.9 FM, 96.7 FM, 98.9 FM, 100.3 FM, 106.1 FM, and 1540 AM, or listen on their website. If you have a smart phone, you can download their app to have the radio wherever you go! Check out these great photos from the Chamber Ribbon Cutting held last Thursday.
Member Events
Happy #CityHallSelfie Day!
Post your #CityHallSelfie outside of any public building or park today in celebration. #CityHallSelfie Day is worldwide celebration of local government service and showcases pride in local government institutions. 

Recycling News
3:00 p.m. at The Wellness Center at The Cedars – 1021 Cedars Drive
John Hawk, General Manager of the McPherson Area Solid Waste Utility will give an update on the current recycling standards, and answer questions. Learn about the expenses involved in waste management for our area and changes in the business, activities at the landfill, trash collecting, disposal, composting and more.
Chamber Connections
9:30 a.m. at Viega - 2211 Viega Ave.
Chamber Connections are a great time for networking and learning more about one of our local businesses. Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about Viega. Tours available following. Add to your calendar.
Dead Towns in Kansas
7:00 p.m. at the Wellness Center at The Cedars 1021 Cedars Drive
Amy Bickel, from Hutchinson, will share tales and pictures of towns that used to be! Amy has traveled around Kansas gathering information and history about “dead towns.” Learn about towns from the past that are no longer there. 
Bierock Fundraiser
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Pine Village - 86 22nd Ave., Moundridge
Pine Village is excited to have the 2022 Benefit Day Bierock Fundraiser in person this year! Meal cost is $7 each, extra bierock will be $3 more.
21st Annual Festival of Remembrance
6:00 p.m. at Prairie Dunes Country Club
Purchase tickets to attend the event, purchase raffle tickets for the Grand Raffle items, or register to bid in the silent auction from the comfort of your own home. Find it all here.
2nd Annual Stein Holding Competition
4:30 p.m. at Three Rings Brewery536 S. US Hwy 81 Bypass
Join Three Rings Brewery and compete in their annual stein holding competition. Bennifer’s will be serving food and the Sassanachs will play live music from 6-8. Bring your lawn chairs.
Back to School Bash
7:00 p.m. at Hopps Sound214 E. Euclid.
Free and open to the public. Bring your lawn chairs & blankets, sit back, and enjoy some great music by Kyle Killgore.

Southern Gospel Concert
4:00 p.m. at Elyria Christian School – 1644 Comanche Road
Ernie Haase, Signature Sound, and Liberty Quartet will be in concert to support Elyria Christian School. Hamburger and hotdog meal available for purchase. A love offering will be received to benefit Elyria Christian School.
Substance Use & HIPAA Know Your Rights and Training
6:00 p.m. at MPNaz Church1455 N. Main St.
Join MPNaz as we learn, discuss, and ask questions about our medical rights and when substance use is involved. There will be no sign ins or names taken. Come and go as you please. There will be a Q&A time as well.
7:00 p.m. at The McPherson Opera House – 219 S. Main St.
Auditions for “The Odd Couple”, directed by Mary Hughes. Auditions will consist of readings from the script. Those who are interested in acting, lights, sound, and more, please attend the audition. Show dates are October 6-9.
Pre-Plant Wheat School
6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church – 1200 E. Kansas Ave.
Join McPherson County Extension Office and others for a meal and different programs and learn about wheat. Please RSVP by calling the Extension office at 620-241-1523.
Back to School Extravaganza
5:00 p.m. at McPherson College1600 E. Euclid
Businesses in town are invited to set up a table on campus. This is not a commerce event, but a time to visit with college students and make connections. If you would like to set up a table, contact Jamie Pjesky at (620) 242-0508.
Chamber Connections
Chamber Connections are a great time for networking and learning more about one of our local businesses. If your business or non-profit is interested in hosting the Chamber Connection on this date, please call the Chamber office at (620) 241-3303 or email us.
August Social
6:00-7:30 pm at Turkey Creek Golf Course1000 Fox Run Road
YP Mac will be hosting their August social at Turkey Creek Golf Course. YP Mac will purchase your first bucket of golf balls, and there will be door prizes.
Job Opportunities
Home State Bank - 100 N. Main St., Canton
The Teller 1 receives and pays out money, as well as accurately keeps records of money and negotiable instruments involved in a financial institution's various transactions. The Teller 1 is responsible for providing effective customer service for all customers by using excellent service skills and is expected to communicate effectively with team members within the bank. For full detailed list of job duties and to apply, click here.

Production Line Operator
Central Plastics, Inc. - 811 W. First
Duties include prepping packaging materials, packaging product(s), cleaning work are a, monitoring the product and equipment to ensure proper functioning, and abiding by safety standards. For all job details, click here.

Front Desk Associate
Hampton Inn McPherson - 200 N. Centennial Dr.
We are looking for a Hotel Front Desk Agent to serve as our guests’ first point of contact and manage all aspects of their accommodation. If you have a knack for customer service and work experience in the hotel industry, we’d like to meet you ultimately, you will help create a pleasant and memorable stay for our guests. Check out the responsibilities and apply here.

See more employment opportunities on the McPherson Chamber of Commerce website. *To include employment opportunities for your business, please email the following information (job title, description, requirements, where to apply, and contact information) to Jobs are posted free of charge for our Chamber member investors, and listings will be active on the directory for an entire month. If the position has not been filled, listings can be extended for a longer time period.
Buzz on Business
New Hair Stylist
Integrity Salon and Spa - 108 N. Main St.
We are so excited that Jess Anderson has recently joined our team! Jess is a seasoned stylist, McPherson native, and is beyond talented behind the chair! She specializes in vivid/fashion hair color, blondes, and also offers full body waxing! Jess is also certified in Bellami Hair Extensions. If you’d like to make an appointment with Jess, call 620-241-1004.

Company Fitness Time
Mac-Town CrossFit - 715 W. Woodside
If you are an employer who would be interested in providing fitness for your company during a lunch hour or other times of the day, please contact Mac-Town CrossFit at (620) 755-1905.

Attention pickup owners
Steps To End Poverty of McPherson County is creating a "Pickup Posse" - a team of folks who would occasionally be willing to lend their time and truck to help people in poverty (think donated fridges, beds, dryers, etc.). If you can help, or want to learn more, please click this link.

Fall Decorations
Graber's Ace Hardware-319 N. Main, is ready to help you decorate for fall. Stop by to check out all their new fall decor.

Free Member Benefit. We want to help our members share the news. Email or call 620-241-3303 and we'll include your info in the "Buzz on Business" or "Member Events" section. Want your business to really stand out? The ads below are only $10 per week!
For some people, we are the yellow pages and
the information center for the community and its opportunities. We are also an organization that
unites businesses, professionals and community
civic minded individuals in an effort to expand
the economy of the area.
Follow Us
+1 (620) 241-3303

306 N. Main
P.O.Box 616
McPherson, KS 67460