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Published 11/10/2012 in Business : Business

Signup extended for conference

Registration for the Kansas Oil and Gas Small Business Opportunities Conference has been extended until Nov. 19.

Gov. Sam Brownback, other state leaders and industry representatives will gather in Hutchinson on Nov. 27 to get an update on current activity and the road ahead, as well as discuss how Kansas small businesses can benefit from the oil and gas activity under way in the Mississippian Lime Play in Kansas.

The conference will feature three events:

* A roundtable discussion with state leaders and industry executives on the current status of the MLP and what the future holds, as well as to educate small and rural businesses on potential business opportunities available as activity within the MLP continues.

* A business-to-business (B2B) networking session, where Kansas small business owners can interact with key oil and gas companies — and their vendors and suppliers — to see what products and services they can provide.

The Kansas Oil and Gas Career and Resource Fair will help interested Kansans find and learn about career opportunities among the various companies active in the MLP. Participants also can learn about additional training opportunities for careers in the MLP.

Speakers expected to attend include: Brownback, Commerce Secretary Pat George, Kansas Corporation Commission Executive Director Patti Petersen-Klein and Kansas Geological Survey Interim Director Rex Buchanan. Industry representatives include Tom Ward, CEO, SandRidge Energy; Robert Murdock, CEO, Osage Resources; Michael Radler, CEO, Tug Hill Operating; David Todd, vice president of production, Shell Exploration and Production Co.; and Wayne Woolsey, CEO, Woolsey Operating.

The conference will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 27 in the Encampment Building, Kansas State Fairgrounds, 2000 N. Poplar St., Hutchinson. The roundtable is set for 8:30 a.m. to noon; the B2B networking session will occur from 1 to 3 p.m.; and the career fair will take place from 3 to 6 p.m.

Registration and hotel information can be found at The deadline to register has been extended until Nov. 19.

More information about the B2B networking opportunity can be found on the conference webpage or contact Diana Feldhausen with the department at (785) 296-2994 or Participation in this event is free. Businesses wishing to participate in the career fair should contact KANSASWORKS' Phyllis LaShell at or Debra Rodenbaugh-Schaub at Booth fee for the fair is $50, and the deadline to reserve space is Nov. 16.

Aviation focus of meeting Tuesday

The Governor's Council of Economic Advisors will meet Tuesday in Wichita. The focus of the agenda will be the aviation industry and ways to make the Kansas aviation sector more competitive globally.

The meeting will take place at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Administration Building, Spirit AeroSystems, 3801 S. Oliver St., Wichita.

Gov. Sam Brownback, state leaders and advisory council members will be present. The meeting also will feature: Jeremy Hill, director of the Center for Economic and Business Research at Wichita State University, who will speak on aerospace industry competitiveness; John Tomblin, executive director of the National Institute for Aviation Research, Wichita State University, who will discuss NIAR's role and industry collaboration; Tony Kinkel, president of Wichita Area Technical College, who will speak about the role of the National Center for Aviation Training.

Visitor parking is in Lot D, southeast of the Administration Building.

For more information, contact the Kansas Department of Commerce at (785) 296-3760 or visit

G&G Hyundai earns honor

Hyundai Motor America has announced that G G Hyundai, 404 S. Second Ave. in Dodge City, is the recipient of the "Highest Customer Satisfaction Award" in their district.

Hyundai surveyed G G's service customers, who returned scores of 92.2 percent satisfaction, which surpassed all Hyundai dealers in the Kansas/Oklahoma district.

"Congratulations to G G Hyundai for their outstanding commitment to customer satisfaction," Jay Emery, district parts and service manager of Hyundai Motor America, said. "We are very proud of the service manager, Lee Griffith, and technicians Bill Clinesmith, Mark Orth and Joan Ralat."

Chiropractic clinic has ribbon cutting

The Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday for the new Garden City office of Dr. Julio Jimenez Chiropractic Clinic, 1113 Kansas Plaza.

Jimenez is a Liberal native and a Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City, Mo., graduate. After graduation, Jimenez spent three years practicing in Spain.

He returned to the United States in 2002 and established a chiropractic clinic in his hometown of Liberal. He took additional post-graduate studies in internal disorders and applied this new knowledge to his clinic.

He and his wife, Sandra, have three children, ages 11, 7 and 5.

The clinic is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

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