The Eudora Chamber of Commerce works to bring opportunities to Eudora business owners to facilitate the networking and visibility of our members within our community. We hold monthly general meetings that offer an opportunity for business owners to network with one another. Additionally, we supply different programming during these meetings which help to support and inform business owners in our community about programming, services, and events happening in Eudora.
In addition to helping bring business owners together, the Eudora Chamber of Commerce shares information regarding current events and changes in the business climate with our members. When customers, family, friends, and vendors ask who is providing services within our community, we send them to chamber members first.
People look to the chamber for information about business in our community and when they are looking at us, we want them looking at you. The Eudora Chamber of Commerce is a place where businesses connect, where they learn, and where they grow.
Keith Nowland is currently serving as the President of the Chamber. Keith worked in public education for 15 years as a teacher and principal prior to opening Keith Nowland State Farm in Eudora in 2005.
Keith has two children, Jack and Nikki. He believes it’s the responsibility of local businesses to be active chamber members and give back to the community that supports their enterprises.
Tim Bruce has been in the construction industry since 1997, starting out in excavation in the Lawrence, KS area. He worked for three years for a large construction firm in Houston and returned to the Lawrence area to work for RF Benchmark Construction as a project manager and is currently the President and CEO. He also serves as a Eudora City Commissioner.
Tim is married to Ami and they have three children, Preston, Porter and Piper. When the weather allows they love to be on their boat.
Jeremiah and his wife, Megan moved their family (Titus & Asher) to Eudora in July of 2015 to plant The Refuge Christian Church, a non-denominational Christian church. With his 13 years of full-time ministry experience, he is grateful for the reception the Holcomb family has received in this beautiful community.
The Refuge Christian Church opened their doors with their first worship service, December 13, 2015 out of Eudora Middle School where they currently meet on Sunday Mornings at 10:30 AM. The Refuge Christian Church’s purpose is To restore relationships with God.
Jason Oehlert is a Eudora resident, currently serving on the board as Treasurer. Jason worked in banking for 16 years and is currently the finance director for Eudora Schools.
Jason and his wife Sparkle have two children, Norah and Cooper. Jason is the Treasurer for the Eudora Chamber and an active member of the Eudora CVB.
Rachel Weitekamp is currently serving on the board as Chamber Secretary. Rachel became the owner of Amanda’s Dance Academy in 2014. In 2015 she rebranded the studio to Sunflower State Dance where she serves as artistic director and owner.
Rachel is an Illinois native and excited to now be a Kansan. She graduated from the University of Kansas with degrees in Psychology and Dance. Miss Rachel is thrilled to be a part of the Eudora Chamber of Commerce and is dedicated to bringing the arts to the community.
Lori Eisenhour, along with her husband Curtis and son Clayton, moved to Eudora in August of 2015. Shortly after, they started their own business, Hometown Graphics LLC. They started by offering vinyl graphics and have quickly grown to be a "One Stop Promotional Shop", offering screen printing, embroidery, signs and banners, vinyl graphics, and more.
Lori is from the Lawrence/Kansas City area and received her Bachelors in Advertising, with a minor in Vocal Music, from Drury University in Springfield, Missouri. She enjoys being outdoors, singing at church, spending time with her family, and making relationships throughout the community.
Sue Howig was born in Charleston, WV. Moved to Lawrence in 1964. She graduated from Lawrence High in 1969 and attended KU 1970-1973. Sue worked as a purchasing agent for 14 years for Fortune 100 company, owned a residential and commercial cleaning company, a pallet recycling facility, and a construction company in Lawrence. Sue relocated to Eudora in 2005 and opened Sweet Acres Inn, a B&B, in Oct. of 2014. She is also the bookkeeper for Project Lydia - a 501c non-profit that imports jewelry, purses, soap, facial products and baskets all made by women in small villages in Uganda.
Sue has a daughter, stepson and two grandchildren and serves as the clerk on the church council at Eudora Baptist Church. She enjoys cooking, knitting and crocheting, gardening, traveling and entertaining.
Assistant to the City Manager Leslie Herring serves as the City representative to the Board of Directors. She works on recruitment and retention efforts for the City and serves as City representative to the Eudora Convention & Visitors Bureau, Douglas County Joint Economic Development Council, and Douglas County E-Community. Before coming to Eudora in June 2016, Leslie worked in the public sector for the Olathe City Manager’s Office and the Douglas County Administrator’s Office, and in the private sector in the legal and banking fields and in the restaurant service industry.
Leslie is a native Kansan and a graduate of the University of Kansas, from which she holds a B.A. in political science and an M.P.A. with an emphasis in local government management.
Ami Bruce is currently serving as Project Coordinator for the Chamber. She and husband Tim made the commitment to live in Eudora and raise their three children in a community that fosters Kansas family values. They also own and operate a Eudora-based business, Benchmark Construction.
The Bruce’s are entrepreneurs involved in a few exciting business endeavors, and while Tim holds down the corporate responsibilities, Ami is the glue at home that keeps everything, and everyone, happy and healthy. Boating is a passion for the family and when not working, they can be found out on the lake.