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Posted on: February 5, 2018

Winfield Main Street becomes a part of the Winfield Chamber

Winfield Main Street becomes a part of the Winfield Chamber


As of January 1, the Winfield Main Street organization is officially no longer a separate entity, but a part of the Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce.  In November 2017, after nearly a year of providing administrative support to Winfield Main Street, the Winfield Chamber Board of Directors voted to absorb the Winfield Main Street organization, providing the Winfield Main Street Board was in agreement.  Shortly thereafter, the Winfield Main Street board voted to dissolve as a separate entity and come under the management of the Winfield Chamber.

“Winfield Main Street has many valuable programs and activities that should be continued,” states Sarah Werner, Chamber CEO.  “For the past three years, our staff has been highly focused on plans and preparations for the Kansas Sampler Festival.  With that behind us, we can shift our focus and devote time to continuing and enhancing Winfield Main Street programs.” 

Businesses will no longer be asked to pay dues to two separate organizations to obtain the benefits offered by each group.  Businesses belonging to the Winfield Chamber will now benefit from the Winfield Main Street programs at no additional cost.  The mission of the Winfield Main Street program is to attract businesses, develop and market a vibrant atmosphere, attractive to visitors and residents, that builds on shopping, music, art and entertainment.

Winfield Main Street events and activities that will be continued are: flower baskets sales, September Hamburger Feed and Music Crawl, and the Lighted Christmas Parade.  In addition, grants and loans formerly available through Winfield Main Street will still be available, now through the Winfield Chamber.  This includes mini grants for signage and façade improvements for buildings in the downtown core district, and Incentives Without Walls (IWW) low-interest loans for businesses in the downtown core district.  Businesses that have recently benefitted from the Winfield Main Street mini grants are Get Branded, Shiok!, Cowley CourierTraveler, and Ginny’s Gifts.  All four of these businesses used the grant money for new signage.

As a part of the reorganization, the Winfield Main Street Board will now become an advisory committee under the Chamber umbrella.  The committee will meet once a month to oversee programs and activities and to approve mini grants.  The committee will also review IWW loan applications and make recommendations to the chamber board. 

The Chamber is currently seeking volunteers interested in serving on the Winfield Main Street committee.  If you would like to serve on the Winfield Main Street committee, contact the chamber at 221-2420, or admin@winfieldchamber.org.  

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