2014 Kansas Business Incentive Changes

One of the Kansas Department of Commerce’s most popular incentive programs, Promoting Employment Across Kansas (PEAK), was enhanced recently. PEAK offers qualified companies the ability to retain 95 percent of their payroll withholding tax for up to ten years. The enhancements to the program include: The aggregate median wage of the new jobs created in… Read more »

Olathe Public Schools seeks partners for Adopt-A-School

Olathe Public Schools is seeking 11 business, faith or civic partners for the Adopt-A-School program. Under the program, each school and educational program teams up with an outside organization who wants to connect with the students and staff through a variety of activities, including backpack programs, building and landscape improvement projects, and before or after… Read more »

Vote JoCo – 2014 Primary Elections, candidate info

Fall Primary Election July 15 – Last day to register of change party affiliation July 16 – Advance voting begins August 4 – Advance voting in person closes August 5 – Fall Primary There are many upcoming opportunities, including the events below, to meet the candidates running for office in Johnson County this election season… Read more »

Olathe Chamber members named ‘Next Gen’ Leaders of KC

The Kansas City Business Journal announced its 2014 NextGen Leaders, a group of 25 community and business leaders from the Kansas City metro identified by the judges as up-and-coming leaders that can help their business adapt to the ever-changing business landscape. We’d like to congratulate the following nominees who are representatives from Olathe Chamber member… Read more »

Celebrate Olathe! – Community Center Grand Opening, July 3

Come Celebrate Olathe at the opening of the new Olathe Community Center, 1205 E Kansas City Rd., next Thursday, July 3! The fun starts in the morning with the Olathe Chamber Coffee networking event and Ribbon Cutting and dedication, and continues later in the afternoon with games, food, activities and 19th Century fireworks. The Olathe… Read more »

B2G Steering Committee Class of ‘17 appointed

Five people have been appointed to the Olathe Chamber’s Business to Government Advocacy Council (B2G) Steering Committee as approved at this week’s Board of Directors meeting. All five have been active in the Olathe Chamber’s legislative advocacy efforts. David Kugler, Bud Brown Volkswagen, will serve as the chair of the committee for the next 12… Read more »

2014-15 Membership Directory & Relocation Guides now available!

Hot off the presses – the 2014-15 Membership Directory & Relocation Guides are now available and were dropped in the mail for member businesses this week! The directory includes a listing of all Olathe Chamber member businesses (as of May 2014), including contact and Buyer’s Guide info. The Relocation Guide, included inside the directory, is… Read more »

A message to Kansas companies from KDOC Secretary Pat George

June 2014 Dear Kansas Business Owner: I want to make you aware of an exciting opportunity to expand your business. On Tuesday, July 8, Walmart Corporation will host its first ever Made in the USA “Open Call” Event at its corporate headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas. The Open Call Event will be focused on new business… Read more »

Olathe continues to be among top chambers in KC metro

The Kansas City Business Journal has listed the following chambers as the top chambers in the Kansas City metro area. Only the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce was ranked higher than Olathe. 1. Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, 2,500 2. Olathe Chamber of Commerce, 1,300 3. Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce, 962 4. Overland Park Chamber of… Read more »

Terracon Named to Employee Ownership 100

OLATHE, Kan. — Terracon ranks as the 45th largest majority employee-owned company in the U.S. according to the Employee Ownership 100, a list published by the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO).   Since 1965, Terracon has grown from a small Iowa geotechnical firm to a large, multifaceted national firm. Terracon has experienced tremendous growth… Read more »