Our INVOLVEMENT goes deeper than just being involved or participating. It's helping shape our community for the future. We offer numerous opportunities for you and your business to become involved in the Chamber and the community.
Chamber Ambassador Groups & Committees meet regularly and offer networking, education and community outreach opportunities.
Learn more about our Ambassador Groups and Committees:
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Chair: Mat Cope - Cope Ag Services
Meeting Schedule: 3rd Thursday, every other month, at noon
The Agriculture Committee's purpose is to provide and support programs which promote agriculture and encourage urban/rural cooperation. Some of the programs the Agriculture Committee is currently tied to are the Nebraska Cattlemen's Classic, Gateway Farm Expo, Buffalo County 4-H, Nebraska Livestock Judging Classic as well as educational meetings.
This committee is open to all Kearney Area Chamber Members. Other Partners in our Agriculture Team include Gateway Farm Expo, Nebraska Cattlemen's Classic and 4-H Auction Committee.
Please contact Amy Cope for more information.
Chair: Mark Liljehorn - USA Communications
Meeting Schedule: 1st Thursday of each month at 4:00 p.m.
The Business & Education Committee's purpose is to advance opportunities for small business, promote diversity, and educate members about current trends and technologies. This group will also work to connect students with business and educational opportunities to equip and develop future leaders. This group also assists with the Junior Achievement program.
Please contact Shanna Schulte for more information.
This committee is open to all Kearney Chamber Members.
BUSINESS & EDUCATION.
DIGITAL MARKETING CLUB.
Meeting Schedule: Quarterly
Digital Marketing Club provides workshops and webinars from experienced or high level community members to provide the most up to date information on all things technology and social media! Please contact Megan Berry or Stacey Johnson for more information.
Chair: David Holl - Microtel Inn & Suites
Vice Chair: Judy Rozema - Kearney Community Theatre
Meeting Schedule: 2nd Thursday of each month at Noon
The Kearney Hospitality Group's purpose is to increase the number of visitors to Kearney by marketing retail and tourism opportunities for conventions, festivals and special events.
The Kearney Hospitality Group does this by assisting other Chamber Committees with facilitating marketing communication of the Kearney area and providing input to the Kearney Visitor’s Bureau. This committee is open to all Kearney Chamber Members. Please contact Amy Cope for more information.
Chair: Jim Fields - Mosiac/The Askin' Nebraskan Trivia
Vice Chair: Kristin Vorderstrasse - Copycat Printing
Meeting Schedule: 2nd & 4th Thursday
The LEADS Groups purpose is to create a close-nit networking group of professionals in the area with the purpose of creating increased business and revenue.
LEADS is mainly for professionals that rely on referrals (or leads). There is only one individual from any particular industry in each group so there is no overlapping.
The group meets bi-weekly and gets to know each other and each other's services very well with the intention being that any given individual in the group would feel comfortably referring a client, friend or family member to any other given individual in the group. There can be as many LEADS Groups as needed at the Kearney Chamber. To inquire about joining a LEADS Group, contact Shanna Schulte.
Vice Chair: Stan Clouse - Nebraska Public Power District
Meeting Schedule: As Needed
The purpose of the Legislative Committee is to monitor and initiate appropriate action on legislative matter which may impact the Kearney Area. The Legislative Committee does this by keeping chamber members aware of local, state and national political issues. This committee is open to all Kearney Chamber Members. Please contact Derek Rusher for more information.
Chair: Jackie Purdy
Meeting Schedule: 4th Tuesday of each month at 10:00 a.m.
The purpose of the Senior Coalition is to offer monthly community education to the retired community. This committee is open to all retired (or age of retirement) Kearney Chamber members. To join our Senior Coalition Committee, contact Amy Cope.
Chair: Tim Higgins - Runza Restaurants
Meeting Schedule: 2nd Wednesday of each month at 4:00 p.m.
The Sport and Recreation Committee's purpose is to contribute to the economic well-being of the area by promoting Kearney as a greater Nebraska Sports Center emphasizing athletic events, recreational facilities and attractions. The Sport and Recreation Committee does this by developing proposals that bring additional athletic events to Kearney, helping with events that the Kearney Visitors Bureau bring to the Kearney Area and assisting with area athletic organizations. This committee is open to all Kearney Chamber Members.