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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

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,

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.

Cargill says it will label ‘Finely Textured Beef’

Cargill Beef announced Tuesday that it would begin labeling its branded, U.S.-made, ground beef products containing Finely Textured Beef, prior to the 2014 grilling season, with the declaration “Contains Finely Textured Beef.”

The ground beef product became controversial after some food bloggers and activists raised concerns about how the beef was processed. The beef is made from bits of meat left over from other cuts and are treated to kill bacteria. The product started to gain negative attention after a New York Times article in 2009, in which a federal microbiologist referred to it as “pink slime.”

Cargill says it has been making finely textured beef since 1993.

“Our research shows that consumers believe ground beef products containing Finely Textured Beef should be clearly labeled,” John Keating, Cargill Beef president, said in a statement. “We’ve listened to the public, as well as our customers, and that is why today we are declaring our commitment to labeling Finely Textured Beef.”

Cargill has launched a website that provides information about the product, including videos showing how Finely Textured Beef is made at its processing plants.

Beef Battalion, Cargill team up to serve lunch to McConnell personnel

A Kansas-based group formed to support military men and women will be feeding about 1,000 McConnell Air Force Base personnel and their families on Saturday.

The lunch-time event is being organized by Cargill and the All American Beef Battalion, a Dodge City-based outfit that will bring its special grilling trailer to the event.

Cargill is supplying the New York strip steaks, and there will be hot dogs for the kids. And, of course, there will be numerous side dishes as well.

The volunteer battalion was formed in 2008 by former U.S. Marine Bill Broadie, an Ashland area cattleman. According to a news release from Cargill, the battalion includes volunteers from Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado and has served 200,000 military service members since it started.

Cowley County economic forum to focus on work force development

Theater owner Bill Warren will be the keynote speaker at the Cowley County Economic Forum, which is planned for Nov. 7 at the Cowley College Wright Room in Arkansas City.

The forum, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., will focus on developing the local work force, according to a news release from Cowley First, an economic development partnership.

Gerald Graham of Wichita State University’s Center for Business Management will also speak at the event, according to the release. And a panel that includes local business owners and human resources managers will discuss various aspects of hiring and training workers.

Warren, who owns seven theaters or theater complexes, employs about 800 people.

Registration for the forum is open through Oct. 30, and the cost is $20, which includes lunch. For more information or to register, go to or call (620) 221-9951 or (620) 442-3094.

Business networking event, Exposure 2013, set for Thursday

Exposure 2013, a business networking and expo organized by the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce, is Thursday.

The event, which attracts several hundred  exhibitors each year, runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Century II. It’s designed to allow Wichita businesses and Chamber members to learn more about one another.

For more information or to download a free ticket, go to the Chamber website at

Wichita Friends School to start work on major addition

Wichita Friends School plans to start work on a new addition at its West Kellogg campus, according to a news release from the school.

The start of the project was credited to a “generous lead gift from a long-time board member and his family.”

According to Aaron Fowler, director of advancement, the school has now raised $1.3 million toward its $1.8 million campaign goal.

A groundbreaking ceremony for construction of the new facilities is scheduled for Nov. 15, according to the release.

Officials said the school, which is based on Quaker principles and values, also will be moving forward with a new curriculum designed specifically for children in pre-kindergarten through third grade. It also plans a stronger marketing presence in Wichita.

“We are very excited about how the renovation and expansion of our new facilities will affect our students and the educational program we are able to offer,” Shelli Kadel, head of school, said in a statement.

Chamber opens nominations for Keeper of the Plains award

Buildings or projects completed over the last few years and that exemplify outstanding architecture are being sought for the annual Keeper of the Plains award.

The Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce has opened its nomination process for the award, which is presented annually to honor an outstanding architectural achievement.

The Keeper of the Plains award committee considers aesthetic quality, degree of improvement, visibility and maintenance, according to a news release from the Chamber. The award will be presented at the Chamber’s Honors Night banquet in April 2014.

To be eligible, construction must have been completed between Jan. 1, 2010, and July 1, 2013. Projects must be within Sedgwick County, and the recipient must be a Chamber member.

The form can be found at

For more information about the award, contact Holly Landon at 316-268-1127 or