W-K Chevrolet 2020 – 2021 Business of the Year
Congratulations to W-K Chevrolet, Inc for being named the Sedalia Business Women’s “Business of the Year” at the November Public Relations dinner meeting.
W-K believes in supporting their customers, their community, and especially their employees, the “W-K Family.” Together they can help each other achieve more, stress less, and find more satisfaction in every aspect of their lives.
Management tries to always say “Yes!” when an employee needs anything. For instance, if an employee would like to rearrange their hours, W-K tries to let them make up their time when it is convenient for them. W-K also provides five days of personal time, in addition to vacation time, for employees to use to make appointments, take care of personal business, attend important events, or just relax.
Each employee has multiple avenues of training offered to them, ranging from online webinars, in-house training consultants brought in, and off-site classes. W-K offers an apprentice program for future technicians to work at W-K while they are attending various technical colleges on rotating two-month shifts. Advancement from within is the norm, and people who want to excel find W-K provides ample opportunity to advance and increase their paychecks.
Employees who are not worrying about their children are happier employees. Many employees bring their kids to work when there has been a school or childcare change, or even when their daughter or son is not feeling quite right. Schedules are adjusted so employees can daily drop off or pick up kids at school. Some are even dropped off at W-K after school until another parent gets off work a bit later. Even work computers are modified so kids can play games or watch shows sitting right next to their parent.
When children need support, parents need to be there. Whether for maternity leave, sick leave, childcare challenges, or something else, employees are encouraged and supported in taking care of their families.
W-K supports several activities and organizations in the Central Missouri area, both by being a major monetary sponsor and by providing time or facilities to help the community. Examples include school groups and churches, Boys & Girls Clubs, Scouts, Explorers and 4-H, medical centers, community events and fairs, sports teams, rodeos, races and car shows, WAFB and veteran organizations, PC Community Santa, Sedalia Animal Shelter, and many more too numerous to mention.
The annual “W-K Heels and Wheels Breast Cancer Awareness and Service Clinic” has been a tradition that many women look forward to each year.
The Weymuths have generously given of their time and resources to many organizations. Some of the Boards they currently are members of include the Center for Human Services, State Fair Community College Foundation, Pettis County Economic Development, WAFB Community Council, Missouri State Fair Foundation, and the UCM Board of Governors.
W-K is proud that many of their employees are active in their churches and schools, volunteer as coaches and mentors, and give of their talents so freely. Together they have designed and produced entries for past parades. Annually the Show-Me Christian Youth Home, along with their satellite homes, gives us lists of each child’s & group “parent’s” wishes for Christmas. Employees choose a child and then shop to get the perfect presents. For years, Brenda Bohling has personally made individual stockings for everyone. She stuffs them full of wonderful surprises to bring joy to the youngest toddler to the oldest home parent. She shops for the parent’s gifts that the Weymuth’s gladly fund.
Several employees currently serve on city councils, park boards, have recently run for public office or have helped with political campaigns. W-K always supports employees when they need additional time to field phone calls or adjust their schedule to attend various events.
The partnership between State Fair Community College Automotive Technology’s (AT) program and W-K has been overwhelmingly beneficial for both parties. Currently, over half of the service technicians have graduated from this great program. W-K’s Service Director and Service Manager both serve on the AT advisory board while two technicians have been AT instructors. In addition, W-K loans tools and diagnostic equipment to the school and donates service supplies that they can use.
Full-time employees can contribute to a SIMPLE IRA where W-K matches up to 3% of their earnings. Most employees have taken advantage of this convenient way to save money for their retirement years.