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