Siders says 12 businesses graduated through their piloted program in August which was followed by the first ever Black Business Showcase which included 20 minority owned businesses. Siders says that also led to Spark and the Chamber launching a directory aimed at increasing exposure to these businesses.
City commissioners seemed pleased with the report provided by officials Tuesday night. Mayor Wynn Butler expressed support and suggested adding more detailed metrics to show the city’s return on investment in the future.
Commissioner Linda Morse, who is the city’s representative on the Flint Hills Regional Council questioned how the Chamber is working outside of Manhattan’s boundaries. Chamber Economic Development Director Daryn Soldan says regionalism is a key focus for his department.