July 23

Don’t Panic: How to Create a Disaster Recovery Strategy for your Business

Learn from Networks Plus and get practical and actionable advice on how to create a disaster recovery plan for your business. 

Presented By:  Jerry Horton, Technology Director - Certified Ethical Hacker & Certified Information Systems Security Professional

 Watch the recorded version here


June 2

COVID-19-In the Eyes of HR: Learn from members of the Human Resource Management Network about things to consider as employees begin to return back to the office with Cindy Volanti, Liz Ward and Stan Hambright

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May 12
How salon businesses and customers can prepare for changes coming in next re-opening phase with David Yocum, Kansas Board of Cosmetology Board Chair and Bellus Academy Director
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Kansas Board of Cosmetology Guidelines
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May 5
How to properly use PPE equipment in your place of business with Bob Copple, President, Ascension Via Christi Hospital Manhattan and Liz Yunghans, Nursing Supervisor
Watch the recorded version here.


May 4
Successful and Safe Ways to Re-Open Your Business with Julie Gibbs, Riley County Health Department Director
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METL - the Manhattan, Emporia, Topeka, and Lawrence Chambers are hosting a webinar series.  This webinar series will provide business resources for COVID-19.Thanks to eXplore Lawrence for hosting this webinar!

May 7
Jeff Finkle, the President & CEO of the International Economic Development Council. Jeff Finkle is a recognized leader and authority on economic development.

April 16
Wayne Bell, the District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration, based in Wichita

April 14
Sheldon Bartel with the National Development Council, a national non-profit
He will discuss revolving loan funds and small business recovery programs, including EIDL and PPP. 

April 9
Laurel Klein Searles, Unemployment Insurance Director for the Kansas Department of Labor

April 7
Karl Klein, regional director of the Kansas Small Business Development Center and Will Katz, director of the KU Small Business Development Center
This call focused on the nuts and bolts of the SBA application for small businesses.

March 31
Sec. David Toland of the Kansas Department of Commerce
Sec. Toland provided business assistance information relating to the COVID-19 response.

April 2
Neil Bradley, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Neil discussed the CARES Act and what that means for small businesses.

METL is a regional coalition of the Manhattan, Emporia, Topeka, and Lawrence Chambers of Commerce, representing the voice of nearly 3,000 Kansas businesses. Our motto is Stronger Together. The catchment area of the METL communities also has 28 seats in the Kansas legislature. The METL coalition is bringing our business communities and legislators together to think and act regionally on our most important issues. We believe we represent an important and often overlooked voice in the middle, and that we truly are Stronger Together.

2020 Program Sponsor:

Addair Thurston