Cerebral Palsy Foundation celebrates renovation of its wheelchair modification clinic

The Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation on Friday celebrated its successful drive to renovate its wheelchair modification clinic with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The $670,100 capital campaign allowed the nonprofit group to create a more family-friendly environment, add storage and create space for its exercise and wellness program, according to a news release from the group.

Staff at the center build wheelchairs to meet individual clients’ needs.

“This campaign has been another example of the generous support and ongoing dedication of our donors and their desire to improve the lives of people with disabilities,” Jennifer Knight, CPRF development director, said in a statement. “The renovations will allow those we serve to receive services of the highest caliber in an inviting and comfortable environment.”

The campaign exceeded the original fundraising goal of $605,000, and construction began in 2013.

Koch’s CFO to give business lecture at KSU

Koch Industries’ chief financial officer will be the spring 2014 speaker at a Kansas State University business college event.

Steve Feilmeier, executive vice president and CFO for Wichita-based Koch Industries, will speak at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union in Manhattan, according to a news release from K-State.

The speech is part of the KSU College of Business Administration’s Distinguished Lecture Series.

As CFO, Feilmeier oversees Koch Industries’ global financial network and serves on the company’s business development board, as well as the boards of several Koch Industries subsidiaries.

He began his career with Koch in 1997 as controller for Koch Chemical Group. Before joining Koch Industries, Feilmeier held a variety of positions at PepsiCo, and was manager of taxation at KPMG Peat Marwick. A certified public accountant, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Wichita State University.

Lectures are given every semester and are sponsored by Commerce Bank and the William T. Kemper Foundation.

Erie High School team a finalist in national engineering-design contest

A high school team from Erie High School in southeast Kansas is among five finalists in a national engineering design contest.

Lockheed Martin, NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace are sponsoring the contest, which is in its first year, to engage students in engineering and space exploration.

The design challenge presented in this year’s contest was to mitigate the dangers of radiation for astronauts as they travel or spend long amounts of time in space.

According to a news release from the contest sponsors, the students were asked to design an experiment to protect a dosimeter, which is an instrument that measures radiation exposure.

The winner will be named at an event in April in Washington, D.C.

The winning team will have its designed device included aboard a test flight of the Orion, a vehicle being developed by Lockheed Martin for long-duration space exploration.

In addition to the team from Erie High School, finalists included teams from Illinois, Utah, Virginia and California.

TGA plans promotional event tonight at Golf Etc.

TGA of Central Kansas, which provides youth golf programs, is partnering with Golf Etc. for a promotional event that will run from 6 to 8 tonight at the Golf Etc. store at 2621 N. Greenwich.

According to a news release from TGA, the event will include activities for children as well as some discounted prices. Golf Etc. also will donate a portion of the event’s proceeds to the TGA Sports Foundation, according to the release.

Also during the event, TGA will give away a golf camp scholarship that is valued at $189.

TGA of Central Kansas was founded in 2013 and offers after-school golf programs and camps. To learn more about the group, go to www.playtga.com/centralkansas

Wichita ranks No. 5 in best places for professional women to live

Movoto, a website that provides information about the real estate sector, says Wichita is one of the best places for professional women to live.

Wichita ranked No. 5 on its list of 100 metropolitan areas for working women.

Atop the list was Lubbock, Texas.

It was followed by Omaha, Neb., Corpus Christi, Texas, and Lincoln, Neb.

The writers at Movoto said criteria for the rankings included the following: average commute time, recent job growth, unemployment rates, adjusted earnings (adjusted for cost of living relative to other cities), and the number of women’s professional groups per capita.

Movoto seemed impressed by Wichita’s average salary for working women, which it said was $649 a week, and by the 20-minute average commute time.

If you want the whole story, go to www.movoto.com/blog/top-ten/best-cities-for-professional-women/

Time to make Honors Night reservations

Retired businessman Hale Ritchie and five Wichita businesses will be honored at the annual Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce Honors Night, set for April 8.

The annual event runs from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Beech Activity Center, 9710 E Central.

Ritchie, the former CEO of Ritchie Corp., continues to be active in the nonprofit Rainbows United, and will be honored by the chamber with the Uncommon Citizen Award.

Fidelity Bank will be awarded the Spirit of Wichita Award at the event.

The Robert D. Love Downtown YMCA will be recognized with the Keeper of the Plains award.

And three businesses will be recognized as Over the Years winners. They are: Hutton Construction, John T. Arnold Associates, and Laham Development.

Tickets for the event are $90. More information or reservations can be made at wichitachamber.org

Intrust Arena ranked 39th in U.S. in 2013

Intrust Bank Arena was ranked 39th in the United States in 2013 in terms of tickets sold at entertainment venues, according to a news release from the arena.

SMG, which manages the venue, said the ranking came from the trade magazine Pollstar. An SMG manager said in the release that 2013 was an “exceptional year.”

In 2013, the arena booked 16 of the Top 100 Worldwide Tours, according to SMG, including Cirque du Soleil Quidam, Harlem Globetrotters, Kid Rock, Sesame Street Live, WWE, Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Eagles and John Mayer.

Upcoming events include Disney Live on Jan. 24 and  the Globetrotters on Jan 26.

Lawrence and Salina housing agencies get HUD grants

Federal housing agencies in Lawrence and Salina have received grants from the U.S.  Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The funds are intended to help low-income residents gain access to education, job training and employment, according to a news release. The federal money is to be used by the housing agencies to hire or retain program coordinators who work with individuals to help connect them to support services.

Lawrence’s public housing authority is to receive $81,456, according to the release, and Salina’s will receive $60,000.

How about some aviation trivia for Christmas?

For several years now, businesses have pondered the holiday or Christmas greeting card.

Should they send such cards to customers, vendors and business associates? Do they need to as a way to build business relationships? Should business even be a part of the religious holiday of Christmas?

Most of us decided long ago that there’s really no right or wrong answers to those questions. Businesses can have a range of valid reasons for sending — or not sending –  Christmas greetings.

And then came the Web, which added some new dimensions and technological twists to the old debates over holiday messages.

The Greteman Group reports that it handles a lot of holiday greetings — online and through regular mail — for clients.

And the advertising and marketing agency has developed a clever Web-card and game of its own for Christmas. The seasonal greetings opens to an online aviation trivia game.

It’s sure to entertain.

Here’s the link

Chamber still seeking nominations for Small Business Awards

There’s still about a week before we reach the deadline for nominations for the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce Small Business Award.

The initial nominating process is pretty simple, and will be followed by a more time-consuming application process in January for those businesses that choose to continue in the competition.

The awards, which The Eagle helps sponsor, are now in their 10th year, and a look at past winners reflects the kind of business talent Wichita has. It’s a pretty impressive group, with staying power to boot.

If you’re interested in nominating your business or a business you admire, go to wichitachamber.org/SBA2014

And here’s a look at the company you might be keeping.

Winners of the Small Business Awards

2005 – NCRI – National Catastrophe Restoration Inc

2006 – iSi Environmental Services

2007 – Aerospace Systems and Components, Inc

2008 -  Tier One: Intake Studio
Tier Two: Ink Commercial Contractors, LLC

2009 -  Tier One: Eberly Farm
Tier Two: The Print Source, Inc

2010 - Tier One: Professional Software, Inc.
TIer Two: PWI, Inc.

2011 – Tier One: Occidental Management
Tier Two: J.R. Custom Metal Products

2012 – Tier One: Profit Builders
Tier Two: Hyspeco

2013 – Tier One: Eric Fisher Academy
             Tier Two: Great Plains Communications

Chamber opens nomination process for annual Small Business Awards

Nominations for the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce 2014 Small Business Awards are now open.

The Chamber announced Thursday that it was accepting nominations until Dec. 13 for the annual awards, which recognize the contributions of small businesses to the Wichita area community.

Nominations are the first step in a process that includes a number of other steps, including a reception at which nominees can feature their business and reviews and interviews by judges. The award winners are announced from a field of finalists at a luncheon in May.

To be eligible, nominees must be located in the Wichita area, be a Chamber member, have been in business at least three years and meet other criteria, which can be found at the Chamber website, wichitachamber.org

Two awards are given each year: one to a business with between one and 25 employees and one to a business with between 26 and 100 employees.

The winners in 2013 were Great Plains Communications and the Eric Fisher Academy.

MobileComm plans summit on wireless devices

MobileComm, a Wichita business that specializes in the repair of cellphones and tablets, is holding an event Thursday night aimed at wireless professionals.

The Wireless VIP Summit aims to spread awareness about developments in the wireless market and the ways local professionals can help smartphone users optimize the use of their devices, according to a news release.

MobileComm also plans to use the summit to roll out the company’s new marketing plan, along with introducing new business services it is adding.

The event is planned for 8 p.m. Thursday at US Logo, 520 N. West Street. To make a reservation to attend, call 316-519-4717.

MobileComm was founded in 2005 by brothers Milad and Hamid Bahktari. the company carries OtterBoxes and other accessories is an authorized Cricket and T-Mobile dealer.