Essential Businesses Identified

The El Dorado Chamber of Commerce is committed to helping members, as well as non-members, during this challenging time.  

Executive Director, Jordan Buxton is staying abreast of ever evolving changes, “We are working hard to bring you the most up-to-date information and it is continually changing,” 

Through their weekly “Monday Morning News” the Chamber is working hard to assist area businesses transition through the stay-at-home order.  

“I want to make sure that our members are aware of the changes,” said Buxton.  

On Saturday, March 28th Governor Laura Kelly issued a statewide stay-at-home order.  Among the list of allowable activities includes essential business functions identified as Kansas Essential Function Framework (KEFF).  

KEFF focuses on four functional areas: Connect, Distribute, Manage and Supply. Individuals,  included in this framework, are allowed to leave home to perform work activities as necessary for the continued operation of these essential businesses.  

Individuals in areas of business, not deemed essential by KEFF, are required to work from home. 

The El Dorado Chamber of Commerce distributed a list of essential businesses as identified by the state of Kansas in Executive Order 20-16.  

Buxton encourages individuals, whether members or not, to subscribe to the weekly email newsletter to receive  information affecting business and employment, as it becomes available. Sign up is available on the chamber website.

Kansas Essential Function Framework (KEFF) 


  1. Operate Core Information Technology Networks
  2. Provide Cable Access Network Services
  3. Provide Internet Based Content Information and Communication Services
  4. Provide Internet Routing, Access, and Connection Services
    • Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency
  5. Provide Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Services
  6. Provide Radio Broadcast Access Network Services (includes Traditional Television)
  7. Provide Satellite Access Network Services
  8. Provide Wireless Access Network Services
  9. Provide Wireline Access Network Services


  1. Distribute Electricity
  2. Maintain Supply Chains for Essential Functions and Critical Infrastructure (as defined by DHS)
  3. Transmit Electricity
  4. Transport Cargo and Passengers by Air
    • Manufacture, distribute, sell, or maintain aircraft or aircraft parts
  5. Transport Cargo and Passengers by Rail
    • Manufacture, distribute, sell, or maintain trains or train parts
  6. Transport Cargo and Passengers by Road
    • Operate or maintain gas stations and associated convenience stores and restaurants (but only as allowed in KEFF 400.6.b)
    • Deliver mail, packages, food, groceries, beverages, or other cargo (this applies to transportation by air, rail or vessel as well)
    • Manufacture, distribute, sell, or maintain automobiles or automobile parts
    • Transpmi faim equipment, supplies, seed, and personnel to farming operations
  7. Transport Cargo and Passengers by Vessel
    • Manufacture, distribute, sell, or maintain cargo or passenger vessels or parts for such vessels
  8. Transport Materials by Pipeline
  9. Transport Passengers by Mass Transit


  1. Conduct Elections
  2. Operate Media Outlets
  3. Develop and Maintain Public Works and Support Services for Essential Functions
  4. Educate and Train Essential Functions Personnel
  5. Enforce Law
  6. Maintain Access to Medical Records
  7. Manage Hazardous Materials and Waste
  8. Manage Wastewater
  9. Operate Government
    • Perform government contracts
    • Operate public and private schools to the extent allowed by other executive orders, including Executive Order 20-07, and under direction of the State Board of Education, the State Department of Education, and Kansas Board of Regents.
    • Perform the essential operations of State, county, and municipal governments
    • Operate State Constitutional offices
  10. Perform Cyber Incident Management Capabilities
  11. Prepare for and Manage Emergencies
    • Manage or operate planning, cleanup, or other emergency responses, including private entities.
  12. Preserve Constitutional or Legal Rights
    • Manufacture or sell firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition
    • Perform or attend religious or faith-based services or activities
    • Perform legal services
  13. Protect Sensitive Information
  14. Provide and Maintain Critical Infrastructure
    • Construct or repair roads
    • Construct, maintain, or clean buildings
    • Produce or distribute construction materials
    • Maintain specialized manufacturing or industrial equipment
  15. Provide Capital Markets and Investment Activities
    • Perform accounting services
  16. Provide Consumer and Commercial Banking Services
  17. Provide Funding and Liquidity Services
  18. Provide Identity Management and Associated Trust Support Services
  19. Provide Insurance Services
  20. Provide Medical Care and Services, Including Mortuary Services
    • Provide pharmaceutical services
    • Provide funeral or memorial services
  21. Provide Payment, Clearing and Settlement Services
  22. Provide Public Safety
  23. Provide Wholesale Funding
  24. Store Fuel and Maintain Reserves
  25. Support Community Health and Mental Health Services
    • Operate laundry services



  1. Exploration and Extraction of Fuels
  2. Fuel Refining and Processing Fuels
    • Produce or deliver propane or natural gas
  3. Generate Electricity
  4. Manufacture Equipment Used for Essential Functions or Critical Infrastructure (as defined by DHS)
  5. Produce and Provide Agricultural Products and Services
    • Manufacture or maintain agricultural equipment
    • Manufacture or distribute agricultural supplies such as seeds and chemicals
    • Raise, process, or distribute poultry, livestock, or other animals for human consumption
    • Prepare, till, plant, maintain, or harvest grains, fruits, or vegetables
  6. Produce and Provide Human and Animal Food Products and Services
    • Manufacture or process food or food products
    • Prepare or serve meals for takeout or delivery
    • Sell groceries, including alcoholic beverages (not for on-site consumption)
  7. Produce Chemicals
  8. Provide Metals and Materials
  9. Provide Housing
    • Operate or maintain rental property
    • Operate or maintain student housing
    • Operate or maintain long-term care or senior living facilities
    • Construct, supply, clean, or maintain single family homes or other housing
    • Provide real estate services
    • Operate or maintain housing shelters or charities
    • Operate or maintain animal shelters
    • Operate or maintain hotels or motels
  10. Provide Information Technology Products and Services
  11. Provide Material and Operational Support to Defense
  12. Research and Development
  13. Supply Water



Inspire Butler – Fireside Chats | Jeff Turner

El Dorado Chamber of Commerce and El Dorado Inc., presented their first “Inspire Butler – Fireside Chats” on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.

The intimate conversation was held at the Performing Arts Center in El Dorado.  The guest speaker was Mr. Jeff Turner, former CEO of Spirit Aerosystems, who shared his tips on leading a successful professional career.

Sam McVey, left, facilitated the conversation with Mr. Jeff Turner, right. 
Guest arrived to a friendly greeting from Chamber staff, Olivia Haselwood. 

Attendees had the opportunity to mingle during a networking social held prior to the event.

Pictured here, from left to right, is Chamber of Commerce President Loren Jack speaking with Butler Community College President, Dr. Kimberly Krull. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Jordan Buxton speaks with Guest Speaker, Jeff Turner.



BEST Team Holds Interactive Expo

The Business Education Strategic Team (BEST) held an interactive Career Expo on Wednesday, October 9th at the 4H Building in El Dorado. 

The BEST Career Expo was held at the Butler County Community Building on October 9th
The El Dorado Chamber of Commerce hosted the event in partnership with area businesses.

The event was designed to provide high school students with the opportunity to engage in the interactive exploration of careers and industry.  It was a collaboration between the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce, both El Dorado and Circle High Schools, local businesses, the Workforce Centers and Butler Community College. 

High school students had the exclusive opportunity to engage in hands on-learning until 3:30pm at which time college students, parents, and the general public were welcomed.

“Being able to align business needs with corresponding educational pathways is important, and a primary goal of the BEST committee,” said Teresa Bergen, committee chair.

According to a report from Worldwide Interactive Network, Inc. (WIN) a career readiness resource organization, “In many states, education, economic development and workforce development policy largely function separate from one another.  As separate sets of policy, they often conflict and, consequently, do not maximize their impact on the overall economic health of a state or region. States should align these three policy areas into a single strategy they term the ‘Educonomy.’” 

Furthermore, the WIN report stated that understanding a region’s educonomy requires “identifying business and industry talent needs, understanding the current and emerging occupational and job-specific skills that are in demand, and take an inventory of the quantity and quality of people willing and able to seek employment in critical occupations.”

Some of the area employers participating in the expo included: 

Butler Community College

Susan B. Allen Memorial

Kansas Department of Transportation

Flinthills Services, Inc.

BG Products


Butler Electric Cooperative

Homestead Assisted Living & Memory Care

Kansas State University Global Campus

Hogoboom Oil Field Trucking

Everyday El Dorado


SERC Physical Therapy


Kansas Department of Corrections

Emprise Bank

Dustrol, Inc.

Stanfield Roofing

Mary Kay


Pro Kleen

Beran Concrete


Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast

LOVE ONE ANOTHER was the theme of this year’s ‘National Day of Prayer’ celebration held on May 2, 2019, at the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast.

Mayor Vince Haines shared some of the history surrounding the National Day of Prayer.

Mayor Haines stated that the first call to prayer was in 1775.  Our founding fathers prayed for wisdom to form this nation.  The inclusion of prayer in many of the early documents highlights the fact that prayer was a cherished aspect of daily life for them.

On April 17, 1952, President Harry Truman signed a bill proclaiming the National Day of Prayer into law in the United States.  President Reagan amended the law in 1988, designating the first Thursday of May each year as the National Day of Prayer.

This year’s program featured Kimberly Fross, Executive Director of the Pregnancy and Family Resource Center, who shared her testimony and gift of song.

National Day of Prayer Speaker Kimberly Fross.
The opening prayer was given by Wade Graber.

Old and New Testament readings were performed by Kimberly’s sister, Shelley Merritt and mother, Ila Jean Crawford.  The closing prayer was given by Dave Slayton.

From left to right, Wade Graber, Larry Crawford, Ila Jean Crawford, Kimberly Fross, Shelley Merritt, Jean Plummer, Mayor Vince Haines, and Dave Slayton. 



Women in Business

Wearing her signature pink color, Lindsay Young of NU Marketing, LLC spoke to a crowd of local business women on the importance of ‘Branding Yourself for Success’ at this year’s “Women in Business” Luncheon, hosted by the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce.


It was discovered that Lindsay was no stranger to several of the women on the committee when her name was suggested during the planning phases for this year’s event. While Lindsay’s area of focus is within in the construction industry, she sees the value in encouraging, mentoring and networking with other women. As a result, she has formed a similar Women’s committee at her local Chamber of Commerce called “Hustle in Heels” which hosts quarterly workshops focusing on personal and professional development.

Along with the identification of goals and establishing a mission statement,
her presentation focused on the value of consistency and she emphasized that how you look, speak and act is your personal brand.

She encouraged the attendees to implement one action from the presentation within the next 48 hours.

Women in Business committee members with Lindsay Young of NU Marketing, LLC