June 20, 2022

“Grit is the "extra something" that separates the most successful people from the rest. It's the passion, perseverance, and stamina that we must channel in order to stick with our dreams until they become a reality." -Travis Bradberry
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Executive Assistant
The Executive Assistant must be enthusiastic about supporting the Chamber’s mission and be knowledgeable of the community. Qualified applicant needs to be organized, detail-oriented, self-motivated, resourceful, and have excellent interpersonal skills. The Executive Assistant will work closely with the Executive Director and represent the organization in a positive, professional manner.

The Executive Assistant will manage the Chamber's marketing and communications including printed brochures, web-based outreach, and social marketing. The position requires good verbal and written communication with high attention to detail, strong graphic design, and digital media skills including knowledge of Microsoft Office, Canva, Constant Contact, and WordPress website management tools.

QuickBooks experience is required to maintain the accuracy of the Chamber’s accounts payable and receivables. The Executive Assistant will also maintain updated membership records and assist with all stages of event planning, marketing, execution, and follow-up.

A detailed job description can be found at mcphersonchamber.org. To apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume to the McPherson Chamber of Commerce office at 306 N. Main, McPherson, or email chamberdirector@mcphersonks.org
Passion & Grit - Letter from the Director
Passion and grit are two key qualities of what it takes to operate a successful business, according to the speaker at a recent business award ceremony I attended. There are many qualities of successful business owners and managers, but passion and grit rank at the high end of what it takes, and I would add leadership to the top of the list too.

If you look around McPherson, you will see many terrific businesses, but you can also spot those that are passionate about what they do. Have you noticed those putting up creative window displays to entice shoppers, offering new services to assist the needs of the community, and experimenting with new products to fulfill requests? These business owners or managers are constantly thinking about ideas to improve your shopping experience or your service satisfaction. You probably also notice those who genuinely look happy to see you walk through their door. It’s because they have a passion for what they do, and it shows!

Grit comes in when things aren’t always going the way they planned. Maybe it was a huge curveball like the pandemic or supply-chain shortages. Or the constant difficulties of doing business like the phone or internet being down, employees calling in sick, road work in front of their business, or a huge increase in utility expenses. All of these challenges wear on businesses, but those with that passion and determination show up and figure out a way to make it work.

I added leadership as a key quality, which could fill pages with a wide variety of examples, but what I am referring to today is leadership that creates a workplace culture that employees want to be a part of. They are part of a team that is invested in the process and the success. According to Forbes “A positive workplace culture improves teamwork, raises the morale, increases productivity and efficiency, and enhances retention of the workforce.”

We are fortunate to have extraordinary business owners and managers, whose passion, grit, and leadership are evident in the way they operate their businesses and the way they enrich our community!
It's Almost Picnic Time!
The McPherson Chamber of Commerce Rural Appreciation Picnic isn’t until Friday, July 22nd, but our Agriculture Committee has been working on plans for several months. This annual tradition to celebrate the agriculture community has been a special event for 52 years.

The picnic is sponsored by members of the McPherson Chamber of Commerce and will be served from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. on July 22nd at the 4-H grounds, 600 W. Woodside. You won’t want to miss the freshly grilled hamburgers from Krehbiel’s Specialty Meats served with tasty baked beans from Knackies Meats and Sweets, along with juicy watermelon provided by PrairieLand Partners.
The Rural Appreciation Picnic is a way we can celebrate our Agriculture producers and families for their contributions to our way of life. This information from the Kansas Agriculture 2022 in partnership with the Kansas Department of Agriculture gives just a glimpse of the impact of agriculture. “Kansas agriculture continues to be a vital force in the state’s economy, bringing in dollars and providing many jobs. As the top industry in Kansas, agriculture accounts for over 40% of the total economy, and according to the most recent statistics, there are 58,300 farms in the state, producing and raising top crops and livestock. The Sunflower State’s top commodities include cattle and calves, wheat, corn, sorghum, and soybeans. The state’s nickname comes from another important crop, as Kansas ranks fourth in the nation in sunflower production.”

The Rural Appreciation Picnic will coincide with the kickoff of the McPherson 4-H Fair on July 22nd. Attendees will have time to enjoy the 4-H exhibits in the 4-H building and Chief Building before the picnic is served, then stay for a Live Food (dessert) Auction under the tent at 6 p.m., followed by the Meat Goat Show in the Livestock Arena at 7 p.m.

If you would like to join us in thanking our agriculture producers and families by contributing to the cost of the picnic, sponsorship can be sent to the McPherson Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 616, McPherson, KS.
Economic Resources Assist Local Businesses
NetWork Kansas is devoted to the growth of entrepreneurship and small businesses throughout the state of Kansas. Their mission is to promote an entrepreneurial environment by providing a central portal that connects entrepreneurs and small business owners with the right resources—Expertise, Education, and Economic Resources—when they are needed most. In pursuit of this mission, they partner with well-respected business development organizations and educational institutions that work with entrepreneurs and small business owners who have the vision and potential to succeed. The result is a seamless system that accelerates economic and community development in Kansas.
The McPherson County E-Community, administered by the McPherson Chamber of Commerce, has been a NetWork KS partner since 2011. Through this partnership, we have facilitated a yearly Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEC) since 2018, offered the Ice House Program and Growing Rural Businesses program, sent local business owners to Destination Bootcamp and Maker Space Boot Camp awarded 68 E-Community loans, and embraced ways to support entrepreneurship.

The McPherson County E-Community Economic Development Vision Goal is to “continue to support the collaborative business environment and provide resources to encourage entrepreneurship and expansion of existing businesses.”

Congratulations to JAR Performance Automotive LLC and McPherson Psychological Associates who are the most recent businesses to receive funding through the McPherson County E-Community in partnership with NetWork Kansas. A list of the 20 businesses that received funding from Network Kansas during May of 2022 can be found here. Information about the McPherson County E-Community can be found on the McPherson Chamber of Commerce website.
Chamber Chatter
McPherson Eye Care
McPherson Eye Care, LLP was started in 1989 by Tammy Odle Goering, OD. Her cousin, Jan Turnbull Hageman, OD joined her in May 1995. McPherson Eye Care moved to the current location in September 1995. Just recently, Kristen Becker, OD joined the office. McPherson Eye Care’s outstanding staff is led by Marlene Vickrey, a Certified Para Optometric Technician, and an American Board Certified Optician. Marlene began her career in the optometric field in 1982 and joined McPherson Eye Care in 1997. The staff is specially trained to handle your eye care needs and continues to receive additional training each year at educational meetings and training seminars.
Each staff member strives to make your visit to McPherson Eye Care enjoyable as well as provide top-quality service. The mission statement for McPherson Eye Care says, "Provide quality eye care with the latest in technology." Through advancements in technology and medicine, McPherson Eye Care is able to provide an assortment of services all in one building. McPherson Eye Care provides eyewear, contacts, sun wear, examinations, eye disease treatment, and LASIK. McPherson Eye Care has an assortment of eyewear for whatever your needs are, with many different brands to choose from.

McPherson Eye Care is a great group who love what they do. Stop by 323 E. First St. and let them take care of your eyes. If you like to learn more about their services and staff, check out their website here. McPherson Eye Care even has a Facebook that you can follow. If you have any questions about McPherson Eye Care, give them a call at (620) 241-2262. And be sure to check out these great photos from the Chamber Connection hosted by McPherson Eye Care.
Member Events
Leisure Sports Camp
Hosted by McPherson Recreation Commission (MRC)
A camp focused on sports that you can play throughout your lifetime. Sports include disk golf, volley tennis, and cornhole. The camps will be held on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. 9-11 year olds from 8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. and 10-12 year olds from 9:45 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Register online at mcphersonrecreationcommission.org
McPherson Public Schools Hiring Day
10 a.m.-1 p.m. or 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Central Office- 514 N. Main St.
Meet our team and learn about current openings with McPherson Public Schools and McPherson County Special Education Cooperative. The Hiring Day will be held at Central Office, 514 N. Main in McPherson. Applicants can pre-register online here or stop by anytime from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. or 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Chamber Connections
9:30 a.m. at McPherson Turf Care- 1921 E. Euclid (Diamond Self Storage, Building S)
Chamber Connections are a great time for networking and learning more about one of our local businesses. Come learn about McPherson Turf Care and see how they can serve you. We can't wait to see you all! 📆 Add to calendar
Summer Kids Movies
10:00 a.m. McPherson Opera House- 219 S. Main
"How to Train Your Dragon" will be shown in the historic Opera House, with its new, state-of-the-art projection and surround sound! A cool activity to do with the kids this summer and tickets are only $2 for all ages! Available at the door. See the line-up here.

Concerts for a Cause
7:00 p.m. at Hopps Sound- 214 E. Euclid
Free and open to the public. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, sit back, and enjoy some great music by Jeremy Hanna. Stop by and support the D.A.R.E. program.

Information Sessions
McPherson Community Building- 122 E. Marlin
Have questions about the upcoming special election on the half-cent sales tax? There are several information sessions in June. Remember, this is not an increase in sales tax, but a continuation of the current ½ cent sales tax. June 23: 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., June 28: 12:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., and June 30: 12:00 p.m.
The Little Mermaid
7:00 p.m. each night at McPherson Opera House- 219 S. Main St.
Enjoy a classic McPherson Community Theatre production of The Little Mermaid. You can purchase tickets by going to mcphersonoperahouse.org.
Couples Night @ Turkey Creek
5:30 p.m. at Turkey Creek Golf Course- 1000 Fox Run Road
The cost per couple is $30 for members and $40 for non-members. Includes green fee, cart fee, and meal. Potluck dinner after the round (bring a side or dessert). Cash payouts and hole prizes. Sign up today! Call 620-241-8530 or email tregf@mcpcity.com
Free Movies in the Park - "Wonder"
At dark at the Lakeside Park Bandshell. Sponsored by Hutton and the McPherson CVB
The movie will start at dark at Lakeside Park Bandshell. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and watch a movie under the stars!
Hiring Event
9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. at Viega- 2211 Viega Ave.
Join the Viega team! There are many positions open that Viega needs to be filled. Go to viega.us/careers to learn more.
Community in Action Workshop
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.- Sponsored by McPherson County Community Foundation and Child Care Aware of Kansas at the BPU Building- 401 E. Kansas Ave. Communities in Action Workshops is a tailored experience designed to meet the unique needs of individual communities. During the workshop, community representatives learn from childcare content experts, hear directly from childcare providers, receive customized childcare supply/demand data, and delve into the development of short- and long-term goals. Please RSVP to becky@mcphersonfoundation.org by June 22.

National Dairy Month Ice Cream Program
3:00 p.m. at McPherson County Extension Office- 600 W. Woodside.
Join the Extension Office and other families to make ice cream in a bag. This program is free for all ages but parents must stay for the duration of the event. You must register by June 24th by going to tinyurl.com/icecreammac
Reception Honoring Celeste Carlson
4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. at McPherson Museum and Arts Foundation- 1111 E. Kansas Ave.
Join us as we honor Celeste for her work and dedication to the foundation over the past 9 years and wish her the best in her future endeavors.
Chamber Connections
9:30 a.m. at Sunflower Bank - 120 W. Kansas Ave., Suite A
Chamber Connections are a great time for networking and learning more about one of our local businesses. Come learn about Sunflower Bank and how they can serve you. We can't wait to see you all! 📆 Add to calendar
Intrepid Brass Band Concert
7:30 p.m. Sponsored by McPherson CVB and McPherson College at Lakeside Park Bandshell510 Lakeside Dr.
Come and enjoy this FREE concert in celebration of the 4th of July. 
Job Opportunities
Event Custodian
McPherson Opera House- 219 S. Main St.
The primary function of the event custodian is to carry out event cleaning and associated duties after performances, movies, rentals, and any other special events that take place in the evenings at the McPherson Opera House. The majority of the work must be completed during the hours of 10:00 p.m.-7:00 a.m. To learn more and apply for the job, click here.

EHS Specialist II
Viega- 2211 Viega Ave.
Responsible for the development and implementation of EHS programs, policies, procedures, and auditing functions for Supply Chain operations. The successful candidate ensures compliance with employee occupational health and safety and environmental laws at the local, state, and federal levels. For a full list of job duties and to apply, click here.

Extrusion Weekend Operator I
Viega- 2211 Viega Ave.
Responsible for the assembly or packing of various products & performing necessary quality tests according to the product specification while ensuring production demands are met. To see a full list of requirements and to apply, click here.

Nursing - LPN/RN
The Cedars- 1021 Cedars Drive
Full and Part-time positions. Shifts are generally 6 a.m.- 2 p,m., and 2 pm.-10 p.m., or a 12 hr shift. We can be flexible and do 4-hour shifts as well. We are looking for both day and evening shifts. Must be available to work every other weekend. To see all the details and apply, click 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 chamber@mcphersonks.org 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 Website
Adams Brown- 103 N. Main
A new Adams Brown website is now live at www.adamsbrowncpa.com where website visitors can more easily access information about financial issues impacting businesses and individuals. “Our old site wasn’t user friendly, and finding information required a lot of clicks,” said Korby Boswell, senior marketing specialist at Adams Brown. “This site was designed with users in mind to make sure they could easily find whatever they are looking for.”

FRS Community Grant
Mutual Telephone Company (MTC)- 209 N. Main
MTC is pleased to announce the annual grant program for rural communities available through the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), in cooperation with NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association. The grants support local efforts to build and sustain a high quality of life in rural America. Specifically, the foundation supports organizations and projects that fit into the following categories: Business and Economic Development, Community Development, Education, and Telecommunications Applications. Although this is a nationwide grant, our rural Kansas communities have a great chance to be awarded funds. Proudly, MTC has had multiple winners in past years! Click here to read the full press release and click here for the application guide.

Volunteers Needed
ReUse It Center- 120 S. Hwy 81 Bypass
We are always looking for more volunteers to join our team. Specific needs are received on Tuesdays 1-3, Thursdays 4-5, and Saturdays 9-1. We are also in need of cashiers for Saturdays 9-1. We have a host of other jobs to work on as well: appliance repair, electrical repair, woodworking, sorting, cleaning, pricing, etc. If you'd like to help, please call 620-245-0122.

$25 Gift Card Giveaway
Mosaic Interior & Exterior Painting- Hesston, KS
Mosaic Painting is giving away a $25 gift card. To enter you just need to like, follow, and share their Facebook and/or Instagram page. The last day to enter is June 30th.

Summer Cocktails
Noffy’s Sandwich Shop & Pub- 210 S. Main St.
Noffy’s has released their summer cocktails. One is the Flowering Peach which includes Weller bourbon, maple syrup, fresh muddled lemon, and peach liqueur. Check out their Facebook or Instagram page to see the full line of summer drinks they offer.

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