Abilene Means Business – Television Show

The “Abilene Means Business” television show is filmed and produced by Eagle Communications and appears on the local Channel 2 on the Eagle Communications network and is available through Youtube.  The television show is filmed monthly and features conversations with Abilene business people, non-profits organizations and event coordinators.  If you are a member and wish to appear on the show, call the Chamber office at (785) 263-1770.

Current Show

November 2016 – Troy Leith, Branch Manager for CTI-John Deere, serves as the Chairman of the Leadership Dickinson County program.  In this edition we visit with Troy about leadership development, personal professional growth, problem solving, and conflict resolution.


Dallas Vanness of DVN Plumbing, Heating and Air

October 2016 – Dallas Vanness, owner of DVN Plumbing, Heating and Air, talks about the technical training, teaching the trades in high school, returning to his hometown, and his passion for live music.

Past Show

September 2016 – Claire Anderson, owner of Prim and Popper, discusses her boarding kennel and pet grooming business, how her family came to be in Abilene, the relationship between kennels and veterinarians.

Claire Anderson of Prim & Popper

Claire Anderson of Prim & Popper

August 2016 – Hollis and Lucy Worthen, owners of Yesterday’s Rose Antique Mall. We discussed how they came to be in the antique business, the antique industry, and how antique businesses draw people to Abilene.

July 2016 – Deb Sanders and Michael Hook of the Trails, Rails and Tales Committee discuss the history of the Chisholm Trail, the founding of Abilene, and the Trails, Rails & Tales, 150th year celebration of the first cattle drive to land in Abilene.

June 2016 – Sabrina Holland, Owner of SK Designs, discusses her interior design business, building trades, and doing business in Abilene.

May 2016 – Jeff Sheets, Director of the Dickinson County Historical Society, discusses the Heritage Center, Chisholm Trail Days Celebration and the Jeffcoat Photography Museum.

April 2016 – Kyle Adams, General Manager of CTI-John Deere, discusses the agriculture equipment industry, the cycle of the agriculture economy, and the latest improvements at CTI.

March 2016 – John Shaft, Owner and Chef of Three One One, discusses the restaurant business, the menu at Three One One, and his experience opening a new business in Abilene.

February 2016 – Larry Brake, Manager of the local Mid-Kansas Coop, discusses the agriculture service and supply industry, recent trends in the agriculture economy, and doing business in Abilene.

National Greyhound Association

National Greyhound Association

January 2016 – Glenda Purkis, Director of the Abilene Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (CVB), talks about trends in the tourism industry, the activities of the CVB, lodging, bed taxes, and events.

December 2015 – Gary Guccione, Director of the National Greyhound Association (NGA), discusses the history and activities of the NGA, trends in greyhound breeding, para-mutual gaming in Kansas, and the NGA spring and fall meets.

Heritage Homes Association

Heritage Homes Association

November 2015 – Duane Schrag, Chris Ostermann, and Nanc Scholl of the Heritage Homes Association discuss the organization, historic preservation, and the annual Heritage Homes Tour.

October 2015 – Ted Pugh, Vice President of the Dickinson County Bank, discusses the history of the bank, trends in banking, DCB’s role in the community, and events and business in Enterprise, Kansas.