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.
The McPherson Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based association of businesses, organizations and individuals working together to enhance the quality of life in the McPherson area. We promote a vibrant and active business climate supporting economic growth through leadership and active involvement by our membership.
The Chamber is funded by voluntary member investments based on a fee schedule. Investments are tax-deductible and recognized by the IRS as a legitimate business expense, not as a charitable contribution. It is also supported by two fundraising events, the Tartan Turkey Golf Tournament and Chamber Challenge.
The 12 member board of directors consists of representatives of various membership categories. The board meets monthly to review operations, initiatives and goals to meet the needs of our members and the community. Click the links to view the 2016-2017 Chamber Board and Chamber Staff
Since 2000, the When Pigs Fly BBQ Contest & Fly In has raised over $60,000 for Agriculture Future for America Scholarship fund, awarding 21 scholarship s to McPherson County students pursuing studies in an agriculture related field.
The Chamber organizes programs and seminars each year that are relevant to the growth and success of business and for professional development of members and their employees.
The Chamber is the front door to the community and helps connect visitors and new residents or prospective businesses with what McPherson has to offer. We partner with Main Street to create the official McPherson Community Magazine and collaborate to promote the community with the Holiday Promotion. The TV marketing tool “McPherson is Open for Business” is made possible by the Chamber and Main Street.
The McPherson County E-Community Program has provided funding for start-up, entrepreneurial development, retention and expansion for businesses. Since 2011 the McPherson County E-Community has provided 29 zero interest loans, totaling over $960,463 towards projects of 4.67 million creating 131 jobs.
Introduced students to business/industry through presentations at Central Christian College, McPherson College and McPherson High School business classes, promote recruiting from local colleges to provide workforce and serve on HCC Advisory Board and USD 418 Superintendent Committee as well as being a judge for the first Jump Start Kansas High School Entrepreneur Contest hosted by McPherson College.
Your Chamber is always planning and investing for the growth and future of McPherson!