Member Benefits

Chamber Benefits and Marketing Tools:

The McPherson Chamber of Commerce is where people come together to do business, to learn and to make our community a better place. You can devote as much or as little time as you like, but by being engaged or by getting your employees engaged, you enhance the value of your businesses’ membership and support the Chamber’s efforts to build a thriving community all at the same time.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Introduce your business to the McPherson community with a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony, available to members only for new business, expansion or relocation. The Chamber staff will coordinate a date and time then schedule representation from the City of McPherson, Chamber Board & Ambassadors to assist in the ceremony. The Chamber will market and publicize your event to the membership through the Enewsletter, community calendar, Facebook and Chamber Business Journal. We are proud to partner with Hall’s Culligan Water that will provide 1 case of Culligan Water for your ribbon cutting ceremony.

Attend Chamber Connections
It is the place to be every Thursday. You are invited to a networking event held at a Chamber members business from 9:00 to about 9:45. Enjoy meeting other Chamber members and learning about their business, their products and their services. During announcements, attendees are encouraged to briefly share about their good news, events, etc about their business.  Remember, Chamber members are consumers too! Approximately 30-35 people attend the weekly Chamber Connections. If these people talk about your business to 2 or more people, then those people talk to 2 or more – the networking that goes on is priceless!  Check the weekly Chamber McNews for upcoming Chamber Connection locations!

Host a Chamber Connections
What a better way to have a “captured” audience with all the attention on you and your business! Schedule the date with the Chamber staff. We will then put it on our calendar and will publish it as often as possible.  As a host, you provide refreshments for about 30-35 people; a door prize (a gift certificate for products or service of your business would be great or a product from your business, etc). Craft Coffee, 120 N. Main will provide you with 2 FREE carafes of coffee when you host a Chamber Connections—just call two days before and they will have it fresh & hot for you to pick up (755-5212).  Be prepared to share about your business! What should we know about – this is YOUR show, so you need to take advantage of it!  Remember, Chamber members are consumers too! They talk with other business owners, friends and family.  After you host a Chamber Coffee, your business will be featured in the Chamber McNews on the following Monday with an article written by Chamber staff and pictures will be posted on Facebook.

Committee Participation The Chamber has a list of active committees that host and plan events to address community issues for the continued quality of life in McPherson. Join in the planning and get involved.

Marketing Your Business

McPherson ChamberChecks
The ChamberCheck is always the perfect gift. The general public, industries, schools, local businesses, realtors, banks, etc purchase ChamberChecks to observe special occasions: weddings, anniversaries, graduation, birthdays, teacher appreciation, Christmas bonus, new resident/new home purchase, door prizes, etc. As a member of the Chamber you have the option to market your business on the nearly 2,000 ChamberChecks issued valued at over $56,000 for only $25 year.

Welcome to McPherson Gift Bags
Provide the Chamber with 50 items that will be combined with other Chamber member business gift items to present to new residents of McPherson. This service is FREE to all new residents of McPherson. As a new resident, think about all the services a person will be in the market for moving to a new community: barber, salon, dentist, doctor, insurance, bank, accountant, plumber, pharmacy, optometrist, veterinary, heating/air conditioning, mechanic, etc

McNews
Published e-newsletter every Monday. The newsletter is emailed to nearly 1,200 business representatives of the Chamber. The McNews is loaded with reminders of Chamber events, Chamber Connection highlights, member news, special events as well as introduction of new Chamber members. Submit your “good news” or “special event” to the Chamber staff by Friday to be published on Monday. For only $10 you can advertise with a 6 x 2.5 ad or coupon—see Chamber staff for details.

Chamber Business Journal
Published monthly by the McPherson Sentinel and distributed to nearly 5,000 subscribers and archived on this website. This is another way the Chamber reaches out to the community to keep them informed about all that the Chamber does. We also introduce new Chamber members in this publication.

Website Listing
All members are listed alphabetically and by category on the McPherson Chamber website www.mcphersonchamber.org which receives over 1,000 visits per month. Your business is listed under 5 different categories and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the whole world to see. The Chamber website is mobile friendly and is easy to access all the information about McPherson and our businesses. Get a FREE link to your business website. The Chamber online business directory generates over 18,000 referrals a year.

Your Business Listing Highlighted
Get your business to stand out among others in the same business category with a yellow block background for only $50 year.

Link for SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
Linking your website to the Chamber website www.mcphersonchamber.org is an authoritative reference point for search engine relevancy. The Chamber website is mobile friendly, powerful and robust—so direct linkage tells Google your business site is also important by association. Creating a relationship with the other Chamber members generates word of mouth referrals, which in turn generate internet visibility.

Constant Contact Newsletter
An email program that is provided to our members at a discount. If you have a customer base you wish to communicate to on a regular basis—such as a newsletter—it is what we use to send the McNews. Ask Chamber staff for details.

Be Our Friend on Facebook
“Like” us on Facebook and we will help share your business news.

*Collaborative advertising programs of the McPherson Chamber of Commerce and McPherson Main Street. Members of the Chamber and Main Street support and benefit from the cooperative effort.

*McPherson Where Santa Shops Holiday Promotion
A collaborative promotion by the Chamber and Main Street organization. Members of both Chamber and Main Street support and benefit from the cooperative of the citywide holiday schedule of events and programs. Snowball Drop, Holiday Open House Weekend, Movies at McPherson Opera House, Featured holiday TV ads, regional news print, radio, posters and FREE movies
Cookies with Santa and Candy Cane Cash.

*Television Advertising—Experience McPherson . . . . Just a short drive from anywhere
Affordable television exposure for members of the Chamber and Main Street. Working with KAKE Channel 10 ads promotes member businesses and the McPherson community. Three businesses per commercial—8 seconds per business, commercial length is 30 seconds.  Minimum of 90 commercials per month, per business. (3) month commitment per business for $375. No production charges.  Exposure: Salina, Lindsborg, McPherson, Great Bend/Hays as well as Cox cable channels

*Salina Journal McPherson Community Calendar
Every month a McPherson Community Calendar is printed in the Salina Journal . The two page spread not only promotes the McPherson community events, it also provides advertising space that is read by over 25,000 Salina Journal subscribers.

Other Annual Events & Networking Opportunities

The Chamber offers a variety of signature events for members to network and stay connected. At many of these events, we offer opportunities to promote and market your business through sponsorship.

Annual Meeting
Held within the first 3 months of the new Chamber Year (September, October or November) to celebrate and to recognize outgoing board members and introduce new incoming board. Initiatives and goals of the new year are announced. The highlight of the event is the announcement of the President’s Award honoree—an individual who has given unselfishly of their time for the betterment of the business community of McPherson; whose contribution to the McPherson business community shall be readily identifiable and have a long term impact.

Rural Appreciation Hamburger Feed
The McPherson Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee partners with the 4-H Fair to celebrate the completion of wheat harvest and the kick off of the 4-H Fair. The business community sponsors and prepares the grilled hamburgers and provides all the fixings for the evening. Great opportunity to get in front of approximately 600+ people by sponsoring and volunteering for the evening.

Tartan Turkey Golf Tournament
Fund raising event specifically for the Chamber. Opportunities to enter a team, sponsor a hole, a prize, golfer gift, volunteer, serve lunch—etc. Held at Turkey Golf Course in June. It is a perfect chance to network whether you are a golfer or not.

Chamber Challenge
Almost anything goes—the March event was created to engage more members by working together as a team outside the walls of their business, while utilizing social media to market member businesses. It is a fun evening of networking, shenanigans and a little of the unexpected.

Farm Forum
Scheduled in January, February or March the breakfast meeting brings the business of agriculture and other business sectors together for a morning to hear a guest speaker regarding topics relevant to both. The forum also is where Farm Family of the Year and Friend of Agriculture are honored. If your business works with agriculture, this would be a great opportunity to show support with sponsoring breakfast for a few farm friends or customers.

Legislative Meet & Greet
It is important to stay informed about what is happening in Topeka. We invite our legislators to a Saturday morning meet & greet and hear about the issues they are facing. The free event allows constituents an opportunity to meet with their legislators. Questions will be accepted from the audience as time permits.

Professional Development

Leadership McPherson
Since 1982 the McPherson Chamber of Commerce has provided the community based Leadership McPherson program. Leadership is vital to moving a community forward and that is why the Chamber is involved. If McPherson is going to continue to be successful, we must have leadership at all levels. The training develops effective community leaders for the future of McPherson

The goals of Leadership McPherson:

  • Examine new leadership concepts and their emerging roles in the communities
  • Recognize, instruct and encourage effective potential leaders with McPherson and surrounding communities
  • Discover the concern and opportunities facing the McPherson area
  • Develop a format for ongoing communication among new and established leaders—network ideas and involvement
  • Inspire leaders to increase their civic involvement in the local area, using the skills learned, in their home, work, family & organizations
  • Create awareness of the importance of the future generations and keeping the McPherson area a great place to live.

The program consists of a welcome reception, overnight retreat, 8 half day sessions and celebration lunch & class project.

Small Business Resources

Partnering with organizations such as NetworkKansas, Kansas Center for Entrepreneurship, McPherson County Small Business Development , area banks the Chamber is able to seek out resources and assistance for business development.

  • Growing Rural Business Workshops—8 week series taught from professors from Wichita State University—experts in entrepreneurship, marketing, human resources, financials, etc
  • Destination Bootcamp—hosted 12 small business owners from McPherson and Lindsborg to attend on site in Longmont, Colorado. Jon Schallert, owner of Destination Bootcamp is a business coach.
  • Economic Gardening—second stage business growth assistance
  • ICE House—6 week entrepreneurship class in partnership with McPherson College
  • McPherson County Entrepreneurship Loan Program—see Economic Development section

Chamber Academy
The Chamber partners with HCC-McPherson to provide members an opportunity to invest in the education of their employees with one stop shop seminars or a training series on subjects relevant to business.

Economic Development

The Chamber is a resource for assisting in locating available property for new business ventures, relocations, expansions, etc.

The McPherson Chamber of Commerce has a loan program called McPherson County Entrepreneurship Loan Fund. Through a partnership with Network Kansas the Chamber is able to sell tax credits allowing individuals to offset their tax liability while creating economic opportunities for McPherson County. The tax credits then provides a loan pool to aid in assisting funding business startups, expansions, working capital, inventory, etc in McPherson County.

Example: Assume an applicant needs a total of $60,000 – project must be located within McPherson County. Also assume the applicant is providing $10,000 of their own capital. Of the remaining $50,000 needed, the E-Community can provide no greater than 60% of the gap (in this case the funds could be no more than $30,000 of the $50,000 needed). The other 40% minimum (in this case $20,000 minimum) must come from a bank, financial institution and/or other public funding sources. This is not a direct loan fund, the Chamber is a partner in the investment of entrepreneurship therefore a financial institution must be involved in the funding process. Since the inception of the McPherson County Entrepreneurship Loan Fund program in 2011, there has been a total of 35 loans (33 in City of McPherson 2 in Lindsborg) totaling $1,125,473 towards projects of $6,696,725 million creating 200 jobs.

The Chamber is proud to have partnered with First Bank Kansas, Home State Bank, Peoples Bank & Trust, Farmers State Bank, Emprise Bank, Sunflower Bank, South Central Kansas Economic Development Division (SCKEDD), McPherson County Small Business Development and McPherson Main Street to support entrepreneurship growth in McPherson County.

Workforce Development Support

ACT WorkReady Certificate
McPherson School District #USD 418 drew national attention when it was the first school district in the United States to be granted a waiver from the standard testing of “No Child Left Behind” in favor of using the more challenging ACT testing to measure students’ progress. All McPherson High School students are required to obtain the state required credits in addition to a silver level on the ACT WorkReady Certificate. This is part of the school district’s C3 program to prepare students for success in College, Career and Citizenship.

In support of the school district, the McPherson Chamber of Commerce, McPherson Industrial Development Company, McPherson Learning Center (ESSACK) and representation from industry (CHS), have promoted and received support by 13 industries to utilize the ACT WorkReady Certificate in their hiring process.

October is McPherson County Manufacturing Month
The McPherson Chamber of Commerce and McPherson Industrial Development Company. partners to celebrate National Manufacturing Day which is officially scheduled the 1st Friday in October. Manufacturing Day is a nationwide annual event that invites the public into local manufacturing facilities to learn about the sector and hear about the great careers it has to offer the next generation of workers.

McPherson County is in a unique situation with the large number of manufacturers in the county, McPherson will be recognizing National Manufacturing Day throughout the month of October. One of the main goals of National Manufacturing Day is to get young people motivated to learn more about modern day manufacturing. Opening doors to students, educators and the general public, brings more awareness about the evolution of manufacturing technology.