Chamber of Commerce
In 1958, the Larned Area Chamber of Commerce was organized for the purpose of advancing the commercial, industrial, and civic interests of the City of Larned and vicinity, including Rozel, Burdett, and Garfield. In its years of existence as an advocate for the area businesses, the Chamber has seen and encouraged the community's development.
The Chamber is working creatively to find innovative ways to improve the business atmosphere in Larned and the surrounding areas. By joining the Chamber, you are becoming a partner in the Chamber's efforts to develop a thriving and dynamic future for the community.
Our Mission Statement
The Larned Area Chamber of Commerce creates an interactive partnership to assist in the growth of existing businesses and encourage the development of new businesses in both Larned and Pawnee County.
The Larned Area Chamber of Commerce serves as an information resource center for both businesses and the community.
The Larned Area Chamber of Commerce works to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Pawnee County, making it a better place to live, work and play.
Become a member today, download our membership form!
*New Businesses within their first year of operations are eligible to receive a 50% discount on their first year of membership*
Benefits & Services
Stay informed about what is going on in the community!
Chamber Members get the privilege to not only receive the newsletter, but also place 1) advertisements and 2) upcoming events/news in the publication. Let us help you promote your events and services. If you have any submissions or wish to subscribe, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each week, we spotlight one of our members in our newsletter, on our website, and through our social media channels.
Every day new residents and visitors stop in or call us looking for information about local services. We are happy to share your marketing materials with them. Please drop off any materials you have at our office.
For joining, new Chamber Members are offered a free Ribbon Cutting (or Coffee Hour). We handle the refreshments (unless you want to market a product), the tools (ribbon and shears), and contacting the local newspaper (The Tiller & Toiler).
Every Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30 am, Chamber Members have the opportunity to host a Coffee Hour for the community. For $75, the Chamber will provide the refreshments, serve the guests, and promote the event. This is a great opportunity for you to promote an upcoming event, introduce a new employee, or inform the public of your services and products. The Coffee Hour can be hosted at your business or in the Jordaan Room.
Check out our calendar for upcoming Coffee Hours!
If mornings do not work for you, we do offer the option of hosting your event in the evening. It is very similar to Coffee Hours–for $75, the Chamber will provide the refreshments, serve the guests, and promote the event.
Rural by Choice
Looking for a way to engage yourself or your employees with individuals who also choose to live, work, and play in Pawnee County? Rural by Choice is geared towards connecting young adults (21-40+) and those young at heart through social settings. This laid-back group meets the Third Thursday of every month. Contact Lauren Long at 620-285-6916 for more information.
Looking for a way to engage yourself or your employees with individuals who also choose to work in Pawnee County? The Chamber Ambassadors raise funds for the Fireworks Show, they greet new residents and meet with prospective and current businesses, as well as assist the Chamber to provide the community with a great quality of life. This group meets the First Thursday of every month. Contact Sydney Blanton at 620-285-6916 for more information.
The Chamber also hosts a number of events throughout the year to bring exposure to the businesses and provide entertainment options for the residents. Partner with us! There a many ways to be involved with our events–sponsorship, host an activity, or set up a booth.
Check out our annual events here.
This year, as a part of your 2017 membership, each business/organization will receive a Membership Rewards card. With this card, you will receive a discount at participating businesses. The discount is up to the discretion of the participating business.
If your business would like to participate, please contact Sydney Blanton at (620) 285-6196 or email@example.com. We will be compiling a list that of participating businesses with their discounts/offerings and we will display the list on our website.
Learn at Lunch
The Learn at Lunch Series is held once a month from 12:00 – 1:00 at the Santa Fe Trail Center in Larned. Lunch will be provided: $10 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members. Must register a week in advance. To register, you may call the office at (620) 285-6916 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Do you have knowledge in a particular field? Would you like to teach others how to do something well? Lead our next Learn at Lunch Session!
EagleMed/AirMedCare Network Member Only Discount
The Larned Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the EagleMed to offer you and your employees a “Chamber- member only” discounted rate. EagleMed is a participating provider of the AirMedCare Network, the largest air ambulance membership network in the United States consisting of 1.8 million members; giving you membership coverage in over 220 locations across 32 states. In the event you are flown by EagleMed or one of our participating providers (Air Evac EMS, Inc., Med-Trans Corporation or REACH Air Medical Services LLC), you will have no out-of-pocket expenses related to your flight. Larned Area Chamber of Commerce members can take advantage of this partnership and enroll for just $55 per year; which covers all members of the household against unexpected out-of-pocket expenses related to an air ambulance flight. Please contact Nate Brown at (785) 216-9087 for information or to enroll today
Each week, we feature of our members in the footer of our website.
WHO WE ARE
LAURA SMITH | PRESIDENT
Laura has been in the healthcare field for over 30 years. She is the Executive Director of Country Living of Larned. Laura and her caring staff provide the very best in quality assisted living. She is also involved in the Larned Kiwanis Club, United Way of Central Kansas, and many other organizations. Laura and her husband Jim reside in Larned and have five adult children and four grandchildren.
MATT KOCH | VICE-PRESIDENT
BECKY MARTIN | TREASURER
Becky moved to Larned in 1974, and has been working in the banking industry since 1979. Becky has two children, Jackie and Eric both are in law enforcement and two grandchildren Lennox and Harleigh. Becky and her husband Phil enjoy the friendly atmosphere of Larned.
BETHANN BLACK | SECRETARY
Rev. Bethann Black moved to Larned in 2012 to serve the Larned & Garfield United Methodist churches. She has been a resident of Kansas since 2005, but was born and raised in Northern Maine. She is a member of the Noon Lion’s club and enjoys helping with the baseball concession stand and theater.
In 2007, Kathy moved to Larned to open a Cardio-Pulmonary Department at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital. Since then, Kathy has opened Central Kansas Respiratory Services and Pawnee Valley Lumber. When not working, Kathy enjoys fishing, camping, and spending time with her family.
Bridget is a lifelong resident of Kansas, moving to Larned in 2006. Bridget is a prior member of the Kiwanis Club of Larned and currently serves as a member of Larned Civic PRIDE. She enjoys volunteering in the community where she also provides her four children hands on participation, teaching the value of being a productive member of their own community. Bridget has been in the medical field for over 10 years and currently serves as the Residence Nurse at Country Living of Larned.
Will is the Compliance Officer at Larned State Hospital and Owner of We’ll Tint That. Originally from Kansas and a graduate of Pittsburg State University. He moved to the area in 2009 and started work at Larned Juvenile Corrections Facility. In 2014, He decided to move to Larned after meeting some great people and seeing what great things they continue to do in the community.
DR. LINDSEY VANSICKLE
ALEXANDRA LESSARD | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
JANET OLSON | ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT