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Exposure event draws variety of businesses

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Sep. 19, 2013, at 5:58 p.m.

More than 185 businesses were exhibitors at the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Exposure event Thursday at Century II.

The business-to-business networking event is in its ninth year, although the expo has had different names over the years, said Angie Elliott, manager of business services for the Chamber. It typically draws about 1,500 attendees, she said.

Here’s a sampling of the business that participated, and what they were emphasizing at their booths:

Business: Integrated Facilities Group (IFG)

Address: 125 S. Washington, Suite 200

Contact: 316-262-1417

IFG sells commercial office furniture and was showcasing modern designs at the expo. It’s a woman-owned business that’s been in business for nearly 25 years, said Jessica Powers, marketing development.

“What we’re featuring is lounge furniture, but we also do office furniture: cubes, desks, break rooms, training areas,” Powers said. “On the other spectrum, we do health care furniture.”

Business: Xclusive Bartending

Contact: 316-285-9227, crystal@xbartending.com

Owner Crystal Lathrop says her bartending business strives to have the best customer service in town.

“We do a lot of weddings, company parties, private parties and reunions,” Lathrop said.

Business: Your Time Professional Concierge Service

Contact: 316-530-2778, amy@youtime-ks.com

Owner Amy Lill said her professional concierge service does everything from grocery shopping and pet sitting to more business-like tasks, such as clerical duties and organizing events.

“We try to give people back their time with a busy day,” said Lill, who offers 100 percent confidential services.

Business: P1 Group, Inc.

Address: 2333 S. West Street Court, Suite 319

Contact: 316-267-3256

P1 Group is a Lenexa-based commercial HVAC company. P1 Group has branches in Wichita, Lawrence, St. Joseph, Mo., and Des Moines, Iowa, among others.

“Anything that has to deal with comfort in buildings, we take care of,” said Jeff Schneider, service sales representative. “We’re the largest mechanical contractor in the Midwest.”

Business: MetroCourier

Address: 4949 Lulu Court

Contact: 316-522-8008

MetroCourier’s Vice President of Sales Randy Boling manned the booth for the statewide small package delivery service that also operates in Kansas City and Oklahoma City.

“One of our specialties is something that FedEx and UPS can’t do, which is one-hour service in Wichita,” Boling said. “So if you need something in an hour from the west side of town to the east side of town. Also there’s our next-day statewide service. If you need something from Liberal to Kansas City the next day, we can do that.”

Business: VR Business Brokers

Address: 111 N. Mosley, Suite 200

Contact: 316-262-8722

Steve Fischer, franchise owner and president of VR Business Brokers, says he wants to help business owners get ready to sell when they’re ready.

“We help business owners value and sell their businesses,” Fischer said. “Every privately held business is going to sell, close or change owners at some point, and people don’t know what their options are or where to go. And in most cases, they don’t know what they’ve actually got.”

Business: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas

Address: 1133 SW Topeka Blvd., Topeka

Contact: 785-291-4180 (customer service)

Mary Beth Chambers, corporate communications manager, handed out information about the Affordable Care Act. The insurance company is planning a series of town hall meetings across the state starting in October to discuss the impact of the law on consumers, she said.

Business: Date Maven

Contact: suzanna@thedatemaven.com

Suzanna Matthews said she was using the expo to promote her dating service and upcoming events later this fall, including a cooking mixer at Tanya’s Soup Kitchen.

“I’m a dating strategist and matchmaker, and I work with singles of all ages throughout the Midwest,” Matthews said. “I use business and marketing strategies to help them put their best foot forward and ramp up their dating life.”

Business: Rhonda Hale Warren, life consultant

Contact: rhonda@rhondahw.com

Rhonda Hale Warren is a life coach and personal brand consultant who has been doing the work for about two years.

“I help people ‘live their awesome,’ as I call it, by remaining true to their personal brand throughout all of life’s transitions,” said Warren, who helps people who might be facing changes in their career or personal life.

Reach Kelsey Ryan at 316-269-6752 or kryan@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @kelsey_ryan.

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