Chamber Chat November 27, 2013

Chamber Chat

Radio/TV Football Championship Schedule

3A State Championship 1:00pm Kickoff

Saturday, November 30th

KD Country 94: online at www.kdcountry94.com
3A State Championship: Beloit (13-0) vs. Silver Lake (12-1) @ Gowans Stadium, Hutchinson
12:00 noon pregame

KVSV AM1190 The Mix:  online at www.kvsvradio.com

3A State Championship: Beloit (13-0) vs. Silver Lake (12-1) @ Gowans Stadium, Hutchinson
12:00 noon pregame

FM 105.5:  online at www.kvsvradio.com

3A State Championship: Beloit (13-0) vs. Silver Lake (12-1) @ Gowans Stadium, Hutchinson
12:00 noon pregame

TV Cable Channel 12

3A State Championship: Beloit (13-0) vs. Silver Lake (12-1) @ Gowans Stadium, Hutchinson
12:00 noon pregame

Internet:  www.810varsity.com 

GOOD LUCK TO THE TROJAN FOOTBALL TEAM!

Chamber Luncheon

Come to the Chamber Luncheon to get updates on how the Affordable HealthCare Act will affect you personally and your business.

“While the first deadlines to go in to effect impact individuals, there are a lot of aspects of the rules that will affect businesses in 2014,” said Robert Davis, co-owner of H&R Block Beloit and one of the speakers.  “The emphasis so far has been on getting coverage to avoid penalties; however, there are many other aspects of ACA that will affect people in 2014.  This presentation is intended to help people identify where the “gotcha’s” in Affordable HealthCare are hidden.” 

Health Care Talk

Sponsored by

H & R Block

WHAT DO TAXES HAVE TO DO WITH HEALTH CARE? A Lot.  We’ll Explain.

If you have questions about the tax implications of health care reform, join us for our Health Care Talk.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

11:30am-1:00pm

NCK Tech Student Union Conference Room

Chamber Members $10

Non Members $12

Reservations are required and are due Wednesday, December 4th at 5:00pm

Cancellations are due by Monday, December 9th at 5:00pm in order to receive a refund.

To make reservations contact the Chamber office at 785-738-2717, email beloitchamber@nckcn.com or fill out the attached registration form and mail to the Chamber at 123 N Mill St, Beloit, KS  67420. 

SAVE THE DATE!

If you missed the Chamber Annual Banquet last year, mark your calendars for Saturday, February 8, 2014!  You won’t want to miss out again this year!

The Chamber Banquet is set and entertainment is booked.  Keep watching Chamber Chat for the release of who will be performing!  Sponsorships are available and you can contact the Chamber Office for more details!

Heart Choices Night at Beloit Pizza Hut!!

MONDAY, December 2nd

5 PM until 9 PM

We will receive 20% of ALL orders.

This includes dine-in, carry out, and delivery!  Eat out and help Heart Choices!!  

Beloit Community Blood Drive 

Thursday, December 12

12:00pm-6:00pm

NCK Tech College Wellness Center Gym – 3033 US Hwy 24

Visit redcrossblood.org or call

1-800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767) to  schedule your appointment!

Chautauqua Isle of Lights

Beloit’s Chautauqua Isle of Lights is a fun and beautiful place to bring your family and friends to see.  The Park set-up allows for one-way traffic that drives on the lit roads and displays are viewed on both sides of the road.

The display opens Wednesday, November 27th from 6pm-9pm.  It will remain open until December 31st.  The hours are Sunday through Thursday 6pm-9pm, Friday and Saturday 6pm-10pm.

Chamber Coffee!

Members have the opportunity to host a Chamber Coffee, held the first Friday of the month from 9am-10:30am. Reserve your spot on our coffee schedule by calling the office at 738-2717. Chamber coffees are a great opportunity for you to exclusively showcase your business.

Mark your calendars to attend the next Chamber Coffee for Friday, December 6th at H & R Block.

Christmas in Beloit!

Something for everyone!  Sunday, December 8th!

Shopping:  Beloit Businesses will have extended hours 1pm-5pm.

Independent vendors in the gym of the Municipal Bldg. 11am-5pm.

Eating:  Soup lunch in the basement of the Municipal Bldg. 11am-1pm.

Bake sale in the entryway of the Municipal Bldg. 11am-2pm.

Entertainment:  “Spirit of the Season” Holiday Home Tours sponsored by Mitchell County Health System’s Relay for Life team.

Local musicians will be sharing their Christmas spirit 11am-1:30pm during the soup lunch.

Sleigh rides will be occurring downtown starting at 1pm.

Santa Claus will be making his entrance to downtown Beloit on a fire truck at 2pm.

Holiday Home Tours

MCHHS Relay for Life Team’s 5th Annual

“Spirit of the Season” Holiday Home Tour

Sunday, December 8th, 2013, From 1-5pm

Families opening their homes this year:

Harry Matous

B & Mandy Fincham

Larry & Katrina Lee

Danny & Lynn Fleming

Devin & Kelsey Treaster

Michael & Michelle Seamans

Tickets are on sale for $15 at S&S Drug, MCHHS and Gray Drug & Fountain.

From 11am to 1pm, tickets and a lunch (not included with ticket purchase) may be picked up at the Beloit Municipal Building.

All proceeds benefit: Relay for Life

Chamber Checks

With the holiday season approaching, a great way to keep your dollars local is with Chamber Checks!  Spendable at over 120 Chamber businesses, Chamber Checks make wonderful gifts and employee incentives.  These gift certificates are easy to use, just like checks.

Businesses, if you receive Chamber Checks, accept them like a normal check and deposit them with your daily deposits.  Please remember to educate your staff on how to accept Chamber Checks.  If you have questions, please call the Chamber Office for details.

Chamber Checks are spent exclusively with Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce merchants adding to the local economy.

Feature Business of the Month

We provide wonderful employment opportunities for people who have a desire to help people with disabilities work and live independently in the community.   The Beloit Region employs over 40 people.

OCCK is a valuable workforce for our local business.   Not only can we provide a labor pool inside your business but do many subcontracts inside our building. Sunflower Manufacturing, a division of AGCO, has been a partner with OCCK Beloit Region for the past 18 years providing work opportunities.   Currently we have a work crew in their plant, and also work on producing Sunflower parts at our work center.

Another service is the operation of the Mitchell County Recycling center which the Beloit region took over in 2001.   Monday through Friday a crew of five to six people work at the center from 10:30 to 12:00.  The center is also open the 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 9 to 12.    We work with Sunflower and the Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems to recycle all their cardboard.  Last year 234,341 lbs of items were recycled, instead of being placed in our landfill.   Not only is the recycling center a great asset to the community, it is a wonderful place to develop good work skills.

OCCK continues to focus on individual community placements.    We have people who are employed today by local business such as Hilltop, Carrico’s, All Things Exterior, and Sunflower.

The Beloit Regional Office has a Computer Lab which is also open to the public.    Our assistive technologist can help connect people to the tools they need to live independently.  Looking for a piece of equipment, but not sure you want to purchase it? OCCK has its own equipment library where you can try it out.    OCCK also participates in the KEE program, which provides recycled durable medical equipment to others.  Needing a specialized phone such as Braille phone, amplified phone, text phone?  OCCK is a site for the Kansas TAP program, which helps people with disabilities receive phones at no cost if they are eligible.

OCCK provides many living options in the community depending on an individual’s needs.   People can have staff with them the majority of the day or may only need a staff to stop by one time a day or even once a week depending on their needs.

We have many people who are actively involved in the community doing volunteer work.   Some volunteer for their churches, work as a pink lady at the hospital, and help individuals with activities at a local nursing home.

The Beloit region has taken the lead in the local transition council.  The council provides education for students, parents, and their support groups, about resources to help with the transition from school to higher education or a career.

We have an agreement with the school district where students have the opportunity to learn work skills at our facility.

We are also starting a new service called Chore Free; an affordable household and personal chore service designed to help people maintain their home and preferred lifestyle.

Have Any Exciting News to Share?

The Chamber wants to help spread the word about your business.  “Noteworthy News” is your opportunity to do just that.  It’s a great way to inform other Chamber members about anything that’s new within your organization.  Fill us in on what’s happening from staff changes to a new product or service.  Send it to beloitchamber@nckcn.com by Thursday afternoons and I will include it in Chamber Chat!

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Calendar of Events 

Wednesday, November 27th – 6pm – Opening of Chautauqua Isle of Lights

Thursday & Friday, November 28th & 29th – Chamber Office Closed

Monday, December 2nd – 7pm – Mitchell County Fair Board – Guaranty State Bank

Tuesday, December 3rd – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Wednesday, December 4th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, December 5th – Noon – Mitchell County Tourism & Convention – Courthouse

Friday, December 6th – 9am-10:30am – Chamber Coffee – H & R Block

Sunday, December 8th – 11am-5pm – Christmas in Beloit! – Muni and Downtown

Monday, December 9th – 7pm – Mitchell County Historical Society – Legion Annex

Tuesday, December 10th – 11:30am-1pm – Chamber Luncheon – NCK Tech Conf Room

Tuesday, December 10th – 7pm – Cassiopeia

Wednesday, December 11th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, December 12th – Noon-6pm – Blood Drive – NCK Wellness Gym

Thursday, December 12th – Noon – Chamber Board Meeting – Location TBA

Tuesday, December 17th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Wednesday, December 18th – 9:30am – Ministerial Alliance

Wednesday, December 18th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, December 19th – 12:30pm – SVED Board Meeting – NCRP

At any time, please feel free to stop by the Chamber office at 123 N Mill St.

or call me at 738-2717. www.beloitchamber.com

Chamber Chat November 22, 2013

Chamber Chat 

Radio/TV Football Playoff Schedule

Saturday, November 23rd
KD Country 94: online atwww.kdcountry94.com
8-Man DI State Championship: #1 Osborne (12-0) vs. #3 Hodgeman County (12-0) @ Newton 10:30 a.m. pregame

KD Country 94: online at www.kdcountry94.com

3A Sub-State Playoff: #1 Beloit (12-0) at #5 Scott City (11-1)
5:30 p.m. pregame

KVSV AM1190 The Mix:  online at www.kvsvradio.com

3A Sub-State Playoff: #1 Beloit (12-0) at #5 Scott City (11-1)
5:30 p.m. pregame 

FM 105.5:  online at www.kvsvradio.com

3A Sub-State Playoff: #1 Beloit (12-0) at #5 Scott City (11-1)
5:30 p.m. pregame

TV Cable Channel 12

3A Sub-State Playoff: #1 Beloit (12-0) at #5 Scott City (11-1)
5:30 p.m. pregame  

Solomon Valley Hospice Red Carpet Grand Opening

Tickets are still available for a wine tasting and silent auction to support Hospice

Saturday, November 23, 2013, 6pm-10pm, Solomon Valley Hospice Office, 311 W Main St.

All proceeds will go to benefit Solomon Valley Hospice and the costs endured during the Port Library renovation project.

Tickets $35 per person or $65 per couple.

Tickets can be purchased at Solomon Valley Hospice or Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems.

Numerous silent auction items including:  handcrafted jewelry, Beijo purse, 45 minute “Joy Flight” over beautiful Mitchell County, 10kt. Gold ring with .50 ct. Sapphire and 8 diamonds as well as many other items.

Contact Solomon Valley Hospice at 311 W Main St. or by phone at 785-738-9260. 

Heart Choices Night at Beloit Pizza Hut!!

MONDAY, December 2nd

5 PM until 9 PM

We will receive 20% of ALL orders.

This includes dine-in, carry out, and delivery!  Eat out and help Heart Choices!!  

Chamber Luncheon 

Health Care Talk 

Sponsored by H & R Block  

WHAT DO TAXES HAVE TO DO WITH HEALTH CARE?

A Lot.  We’ll Explain.

If you have questions about the tax implications of health care reform, join us for our

Health Care Talk.

Thursday, December 10, 2013

11:30am-1:00pm

NCK Tech Student Union Conference Room

Chamber Members $10

Non Members $12

Reservations are required and are due Wednesday, December 4th at 5:00pm

Cancellations are due by Monday, December 9th at 5:00pm in order to receive a refund.

To make reservations contact the Chamber office at 785-738-2717, email beloitchamber@nckcn.com. 

Sonic

What to get your beef fix before all the turkey?  Stop at Sonic for ½ price single hamburgers and cheeseburgers on Tuesday, November 26th!  

Farmway Coop 

(From Mallory Wittstruck, Director of Communications, Farmway Coop):  I wish I could do more than write my deepest appreciation to each employee, board member and community member that participated in our Food Pantry Drive during October National Coop Month. Thank you so much to each one of you!

In a wonderful show of community spirit and teamwork, Farmway locations raised 743 pounds of food pantry items to be donated to our area food pantry organizations. We did a great job at what we, as a cooperative, do best by serving others and our communities especially for a project that is needed by so many in north central Kansas.

Thank you again for your continued support and we look forward to another great food pantry drive in October 2014.

Chamber Checks

With the holiday season approaching, a great way to keep your dollars local is with Chamber Checks!  Spendable at over 120 Chamber businesses, Chamber Checks make wonderful gifts and employee incentives.  These gift certificates are easy to use, just like checks.

Businesses, if you receive Chamber Checks, accept them like a normal check and deposit them with your daily deposits.  Please remember to educate your staff on how to accept Chamber Checks.  If you have questions, please call the Chamber Office for details.

Chamber Checks are spent exclusively with Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce merchants adding to the local economy.

Feature Business of the Month 

OCCK

We provide wonderful employment opportunities for people who have a desire to help people with disabilities work and live independently in the community.   The Beloit Region employs over 40 people.

OCCK is a valuable workforce for our local business.   Not only can we provide a labor pool inside your business but do many subcontracts inside our building. Sunflower Manufacturing, a division of AGCO, has been a partner with OCCK Beloit Region for the past 18 years providing work opportunities.   Currently we have a work crew in their plant, and also work on producing Sunflower parts at our work center.

Another service is the operation of the Mitchell County Recycling center which the Beloit region took over in 2001.   Monday through Friday a crew of five to six people work at the center from 10:30 to 12:00.  The center is also open the 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 9 to 12.    We work with Sunflower and the Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems to recycle all their cardboard.  Last year 234,341 lbs of items were recycled, instead of being placed in our landfill.   Not only is the recycling center a great asset to the community, it is a wonderful place to develop good work skills.

OCCK continues to focus on individual community placements.    We have people who are employed today by local business such as Hilltop, Carrico’s, All Things Exterior, and Sunflower.

The Beloit Regional Office has a Computer Lab which is also open to the public.    Our assistive technologist can help connect people to the tools they need to live independently.  Looking for a piece of equipment, but not sure you want to purchase it? OCCK has its own equipment library where you can try it out.    OCCK also participates in the KEE program, which provides recycled durable medical equipment to others.  Needing a specialized phone such as Braille phone, amplified phone, text phone?  OCCK is a site for the Kansas TAP program, which helps people with disabilities receive phones at no cost if they are eligible.

OCCK provides many living options in the community depending on an individual’s needs.   People can have staff with them the majority of the day or may only need a staff to stop by one time a day or even once a week depending on their needs.

We have many people who are actively involved in the community doing volunteer work.   Some volunteer for their churches, work as a pink lady at the hospital, and help individuals with activities at a local nursing home.

The Beloit region has taken the lead in the local transition council.  The council provides education for students, parents, and their support groups, about resources to help with the transition from school to higher education or a career.

We have an agreement with the school district where students have the opportunity to learn work skills at our facility. 

We are also starting a new service called Chore Free; an affordable household and personal chore service designed to help people maintain their home and preferred lifestyle.

Chautauqua Isle of Lights

Beloit’s Chautauqua Isle of Lights is a fun and beautiful place to bring your family and friends to see.  The Park set-up allows for one-way traffic that drives on the lit roads and displays are viewed on both sides of the road.

The display opens next Wednesday, November 27th from 6pm-9pm.  It will remain open until December 31st.  The hours are Sunday through Thursday 6pm-9pm, Friday and Saturday 6pm-10pm.

Ribbon Cutting

A ribbon cutting was held Friday, November 15th at Hope for Healing, 710 E South.  Please welcome Katrina and Dorothy to the business community.  For more information on the services they provide, log onto www.hopeforhealingbeloit.com or call 785-534-1455.

Hope for Healing

Children Coping with Grief & the Holidays

The holidays are meant to be a time of joy and celebration, but for those that are grieving a death, divorce, or other difficult life circumstance the holidays can be very difficult, even for children and teens.

Although there is no “cure” for grief, there are special ways to help children and teens with processing their loss and learning ways to cope with their feelings. Katrina Jones, LMFT at Hope for Healing is offering a special series of classes for children and teens that are grieving this holiday season:

Mondays, Nov. 25th, Dec. 2nd, 9th, & 16th for

Jr.-High/High School Age: 7:00p.m.-8:00p.m.

Tuesdays, Nov. 26th, Dec. 3rd, 10th, & 17th for

Elementary Age: 4:30p.m.-5:30p.m.

Cost: $40.00 per family (includes all 4 sessions)

Pre-registration required by Nov. 18th. Class size is limited.

Call 785-534-1455 or email hopeforhealingbeloit.com by Nov. 18th to register or for more information.

Family sessions are available as well. Please call for more information or visit our website at:    www.hopeforhealingbeloit.com

Christmas in Beloit!

Christmas in Beloit will be held Sunday, December 8th.

The Relay for Life team of Mitchell County Health Systems will be hosting a soup dinner at the Municipal Building from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The soup dinner will be in the basement along with Christmas music which will be provided by local musicians.  In the gym of the Municipal Building will be local vendors and businesses to display/sell their merchandise.

Happenings occurring downtown include horse and carriage rides, hot chocolate sales, caroling, and of course the famous visit of Santa Claus.  We are encouraging all businesses to extend their holiday hours from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

If you would like to help with this event contact Heather Johnson at hjohnson@sandsdrug.com.

Christmas Holiday Home Tours

MCHHS Relay for Life Team’s 5th Annual “Spirit of the Season” Holiday Home Tour will take place on Sunday December 8th, 2013 from 1-5pm.

Advance tickets are on sale for $15 at S & S Drug, MCHHS and at Gray Drug & Fountain.  From 11am-1pm, tickets and a lunch (not included with ticket purchase) may be picked up at the Beloit Municipal Building.

Chamber Coffee!

Members have the opportunity to host a Chamber Coffee, held the first Friday of the month from 9am-10:30am. Reserve your spot on our coffee schedule by calling the office at 738-2717. Chamber coffees are a great opportunity for you to exclusively showcase your business.  Mark your calendars to attend the next Chamber Coffee for Friday, December 6th at H & R Block.

Have Any Exciting News to Share?

The Chamber wants to help spread the word about your business.  “Noteworthy News” is your opportunity to do just that.  It’s a great way to inform other Chamber members about anything that’s new within your organization.  Fill us in on what’s happening from staff changes to a new product or service.  Send it to beloitchamber@nckcn.com by Thursday afternoons and I will include it in Chamber Chat!

Like us on Facebook!  Search for Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce or copy and paste the link below.

https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Beloit-Area-Chamber-of-Commerce/314284190327?fref=ts

Follow us on Twitter:   @BeloitChamber

Follow our blog on WordPress..search for Beloitchamber

Calendar of Events

Tuesday, November 26th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Wednesday, November 27th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Wednesday, November 27th – 6pm – Opening of Chautauqua Isle of Lights

Thursday & Friday, November 28th & 29th – Chamber Office Closed

Monday, December 2nd – 7pm – Mitchell County Fair Board – Guaranty State Bank

Tuesday, December 3rd – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Wednesday, December 4th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, December 5th – Noon – Mitchell County Tourism & Convention – Courthouse

Friday, December 6th – 9am-10:30am – Chamber Coffee – H & R Block

Monday, December 9th – 7pm – Mitchell County Historical Society – Legion Annex

Tuesday, December 10th – 11:30am-1pm – Chamber Luncheon – NCK Tech Conf Room

Tuesday, December 10th – 7pm – Cassiopeia

Wednesday, December 11th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, December 12th – 11am-6pm – Blood Drive – NCK Wellness Gym

Thursday, December 12th – Noon – Chamber Board Meeting – Location TBA

Tuesday, December 17th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Wednesday, December 18th – 9:30am – Ministerial Alliance

Wednesday, December 18th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, December 19th – 12:30pm – SVED Board Meeting – NCRP

At any time, please feel free to stop by the Chamber office at 123 N Mill St.

or call me at 738-2717.

www.beloitchamber.com

Chamber Chat November 15, 2013

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Chamber Chat

Chamber Checks

With the holiday season approaching, a great way to keep your dollars local is with Chamber Checks!  Spendable at over 100 Chamber businesses, Chamber Checks make wonderful gifts and employee incentives.  These gift certificates are easy to use, just like checks.

Businesses, if you receive Chamber Checks, accept them like a normal check and deposit them with your daily deposits.  Please remember to educate your staff on how to accept Chamber Checks.  If you have questions, please call the Chamber Office for details.

Chamber Checks are spent exclusively with Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce merchants adding to the local economy.

Ribbon Cutting         

Please mark your calendars to attend a Ribbon Cutting at Hope for Healing, 710 E South, on Friday, November 15th at 11am.  Katrina and Dorothy will discuss the services they offer and give a tour of their business.

Radio/TV/Internet Football Playoff Schedule

Friday, November 15th

KD Country 94: online atwww.kdcountry94.com
8-Man DI Playoffs: #1 Osborne (11-0) at Clifton-Clyde (9-2)
6:30 p.m. pregame

FM 105.5:  online at www.kvsvradio.com

3A Playoffs:  Sedgwick (10-1) at #1 Beloit (11-0)

6:00pm pregame

Z96.3 The Lake: online at www.z963thelake.com

3A Playoffs: Sedgwick (10-1) at #1 Beloit (11-0)
6:30 p.m. pregame

TV Cable Channel 12

3A Playoffs:  Sedgwick (10-1) at #1 Beloit (11-0)

6:00pm pregame

 

Saturday, November 16th

KD Country 94: online at www.kdcountry94.com
8-Man DII Playoffs: #4 St. John’s/Tipton (11-0) at #2 Sharon Springs (11-0)
2:30 p.m. pregame

FM 105.5:  online at www.kvsvradio.com

8-Man DII Playoffs: #4 St. John’s/Tipton (11-0) at #2 Sharon Springs (11-0)
2:30 p.m. pregame

TV Cable Channel 12

8-Man DII Playoffs: #4 St. John’s/Tipton (11-0) at #2 Sharon Springs (11-0)
2:30 p.m. pregame

Internet

The game can be viewed online at www.openspacessports.com

8-Man DII Playoffs: #4 St. John’s/Tipton (11-0) at #2 Sharon Springs (11-0)
2:30 p.m. pregame

Feature Business of the Month

 In 1976, through a partnership with Mitchell County ARC, OCCK began providing services in Mitchell, Jewell and Lincoln counties. At that time we were called MJL industries, but the name was changed later to OCCK Beloit Regional Office.     OCCK still continues to be an important community partner providing resources and services to the community.

We provide wonderful employment opportunities for people who have a desire to help people with disabilities work and live independently in the community.   The Beloit Region employs over 40 people.

OCCK is a valuable workforce for our local business.   Not only can we provide a labor pool inside your business but do many subcontracts inside our building. Sunflower Manufacturing, a division of AGCO, has been a partner with OCCK Beloit Region for the past 18 years providing work opportunities.   Currently we have a work crew in their plant, and also work on producing Sunflower parts at our work center.

Another service is the operation of the Mitchell County Recycling center which the Beloit region took over in 2001.   Monday through Friday a crew of five to six people work at the center from 10:30 to 12:00.  The center is also open the 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 9 to 12.    We work with Sunflower and the Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems to recycle all their cardboard.  Last year 234,341 lbs of items were recycled, instead of being placed in our landfill.   Not only is the recycling center a great asset to the community, it is a wonderful place to develop good work skills.

OCCK continues to focus on individual community placements.    We have people who are employed today by local business such as Hilltop, Carrico’s, All Things Exterior, and Sunflower.

The Beloit Regional Office has a Computer Lab which is also open to the public.    Our assistive technologist can help connect people to the tools they need to live independently.  Looking for a piece of equipment, but not sure you want to purchase it? OCCK has its own equipment library where you can try it out.    OCCK also participates in the KEE program, which provides recycled durable medical equipment to others.  Needing a specialized phone such as Braille phone, amplified phone, text phone?  OCCK is a site for the Kansas TAP program, which helps people with disabilities receive phones at no cost if they are eligible.

OCCK provides many living options in the community depending on an individual’s needs.   People can have staff with them the majority of the day or may only need a staff to stop by one time a day or even once a week depending on their needs.

We have many people who are actively involved in the community doing volunteer work.   Some volunteer for their churches, work as a pink lady at the hospital, and help individuals with activities at a local nursing home.

The Beloit region has taken the lead in the local transition council.  The council provides education for students, parents, and their support groups, about resources to help with the transition from school to higher education or a career.

We have an agreement with the school district where students have the opportunity to learn work skills at our facility. 

We are also starting a new service called Chore Free; an affordable household and personal chore service designed to help people maintain their home and preferred lifestyle

Hope for Healing

Children Coping with Grief & the Holidays

The holidays are meant to be a time of joy and celebration, but for those that are grieving a death, divorce, or other difficult life circumstance the holidays can be very difficult, even for children and teens.

Although there is no “cure” for grief, there are special ways to help children and teens with processing their loss and learning ways to cope with their feelings. Katrina Jones, LMFT at Hope for Healing is offering a special series of classes for children and teens that are grieving this holiday season:

Mondays, Nov. 25th, Dec. 2nd, 9th, & 16th for

Jr.-High/High School Age: 7:00p.m.-8:00p.m.

Tuesdays, Nov. 26th, Dec. 3rd, 10th, & 17th for

Elementary Age: 4:30p.m.-5:30p.m.

Cost: $40.00 per family (includes all 4 sessions)

Pre-registration required by Nov. 18th. Class size is limited.

Call 785-534-1455 or email hopeforhealingbeloit.com by Nov. 18th to register or for more information.

Family sessions are available as well. Please call for more information or visit our website at: www.hopeforhealingbeloit.com

$2,475 Raised by Becker Autos & Trailers for Relay for Life

Through the month of October, Becker Autos and Trailers of Downs, Beloit and Salina have raised money to be donated from each vehicle and trailer sold to the Relay for Life.  In doing so, the Downs and Beloit lots raised a total of $1,950 to be donated to the Mitchell, Osborne and Lincoln Tri-County Relay for Life and $525 to be donated to the Saline county Relay for Life was earned from the Salina lot.

“It’s amazing what $50 from each vehicle sold and $25 from each trailer sold totals up to in just one month!  We are very happy with the outcome of the money raised and support from the communities for the cause!” said Lydia Housh, Manager of Becker Autos & Trailers in Beloit.

Becker Autos and Trailers is proud of what they have raised for the cause and hopes to make this a yearly event to support the area Relay for Life’s.

To reach Becker Autos and Trailers call 785-534-1227 or to find out more about their inventory please go to www.beckerautos.com.

“The best thing about donating to the Relay for Life is that the money raised actually comes back to help the people in our area battling cancer: the people we all know and the people we call our neighbors and friends!” said Housh.

Chamber Coffee!

Members have the opportunity to host a Chamber Coffee, held the first Friday of the month from 9am-10:30am. Reserve your spot on our coffee schedule by calling the office at 738-2717. Chamber coffees are a great opportunity for you to exclusively showcase your business. Mark your calendars to attend the next Chamber Coffee for Friday, December 6th at H & R Block.

New at Ackerman Supply…

*Coffee House….come in and enjoy a free cup of coffee in our new coffee area with booths to relax in, and a television to watch.   We also have cappuccino and hot chocolate for $1.00 and your coffee refills are only .25!!

We also have cold weather clothing, new lower feed prices and dollar items in our house ware department!   Come in Soon!

NCK Tech Alumni Appreciation Luncheon

Whether you graduated from North Central Area Vocational Technical School, North Central Kansas Technical College or NCK Tech, you are a valued alumni and you are invited to join us for lunch at either NCK Tech campuses.
Thursday, December 5th (Beloit Campus) at 11:45am, Severance Student Union Conference Room

Tuesday, December 17th (Hays Campus) at 11:45am, Dreiling Administration Building

There is no fee to attend the lunch, but registration is required and must be received by November 22, 2013.

Please visit our website:  http://www.ncktc.edu/events/alumni_luncheon.htm to complete the online registration form.

Need further information contact Mari Tucker, mtucker@ncktc.edu or 785-738-9051.

Have Any Exciting News to Share?

The Chamber wants to help spread the word about your business.  “Noteworthy News” is your opportunity to do just that.  It’s a great way to inform other Chamber members about anything that’s new within your organization.  Fill us in on what’s happening from staff changes to a new product or service.  Send it to beloitchamber@nckcn.com by Thursday afternoons and I will include it in Chamber Chat!

Thank You for renewing your Membership

The following businesses have reinvested in the community through the Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce.   

¨       Casey’s General Store West

¨       Beloit Lions Club  

Stay up to date!

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Calendar of Events

Friday, November 15th – 11am – Ribbon Cutting at Hope for Healing

Tuesday, November 19th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Wednesday, November 20th – 9:30am – Ministerial Alliance

Wednesday, November 20th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, November 21st – 12:30pm –SVED Board Annual Meeting – NCRP

Tuesday, November 26th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Wednesday, November 27th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday & Friday, November 28th & 29th – Chamber Office Closed

Monday, December 2nd – 7pm – Mitchell County Fair Board – Guaranty State Bank

Tuesday, December 3rd – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Wednesday, December 4th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, December 5th – Noon – Mitchell County Tourism & Convention – Courthouse

Friday, December 6th – 9am-10:30am – Chamber Coffee – H & R Block

Monday, December 9th – 7pm – Mitchell County Historical Society – Legion Annex

Tuesday, December 10th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Tuesday, December 10th – 7pm – Cassiopeia

Wednesday, December 11th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, December 12th – 11am-6pm – Blood Drive – NCK Wellness Gym

Thursday, December 12th – Noon – Chamber Board Meeting – Location TBA

Tuesday, December 17th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Wednesday, December 18th – 9:30am – Ministerial Alliance

Wednesday, December 18th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, December 19th – 12:30pm – SVED Board Meeting – NCRP

At any time, please feel free to stop by the Chamber office at 123 N Mill St., call me at 738-2717 or email at beloitchamber@nckcn.com.

www.beloitchamber.com

Chamber Chat November 8, 2013

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Feature Business of the Month

In 1976, through a partnership with Mitchell County ARC, OCCK began providing services in Mitchell, Jewell and Lincoln counties. At that time we were called MJL industries, but the name was changed later to OCCK Beloit Regional Office.     OCCK still continues to be an important community partner providing resources and services to the community.

We provide wonderful employment opportunities for people who have a desire to help people with disabilities work and live independently in the community.   The Beloit Region employs over 40 people.

OCCK is a valuable workforce for our local business.   Not only can we provide a labor pool inside your business but do many subcontracts inside our building. Sunflower Manufacturing, a division of AGCO, has been a partner with OCCK Beloit Region for the past 18 years providing work opportunities.   Currently we have a work crew in their plant, and also work on producing Sunflower parts at our work center.

Another service is the operation of the Mitchell County Recycling center which the Beloit region took over in 2001.   Monday through Friday a crew of five to six people work at the center from 10:30 to 12:00.  The center is also open the 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 9 to 12.    We work with Sunflower and the Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems to recycle all their cardboard.  Last year 234,341 lbs of items were recycled, instead of being placed in our landfill.   Not only is the recycling center a great asset to the community, it is a wonderful place to develop good work skills.

OCCK continues to focus on individual community placements.    We have people who are employed today by local business such as Hilltop, Carrico’s, All Things Exterior, and Sunflower.

The Beloit Regional Office has a Computer Lab which is also open to the public.    Our assistive technologist can help connect people to the tools they need to live independently.  Looking for a piece of equipment, but not sure you want to purchase it? OCCK has its own equipment library where you can try it out.    OCCK also participates in the KEE program, which provides recycled durable medical equipment to others.  Needing a specialized phone such as Braille phone, amplified phone, text phone?  OCCK is a site for the Kansas TAP program, which helps people with disabilities receive phones at no cost if they are eligible.

OCCK provides many living options in the community depending on an individual’s needs.   People can have staff with them the majority of the day or may only need a staff to stop by one time a day or even once a week depending on their needs.

We have many people who are actively involved in the community doing volunteer work.   Some volunteer for their churches, work as a pink lady at the hospital, and help individuals with activities at a local nursing home.

The Beloit region has taken the lead in the local transition council.  The council provides education for students, parents, and their support groups, about resources to help with the transition from school to higher education or a career.

We have an agreement with the school district where students have the opportunity to learn work skills at our facility. 

We are also starting a new service called Chore Free; an affordable household and personal chore service designed to help people maintain their home and preferred lifestyle.

Welcome New Members!

The Chamber would like to welcome Hope for Healing as the newest member of the Chamber.  The Chamber will host a ribbon cutting for Hope for Healing, 710 E South, on Friday, November 15th at 11am.  Katrina Jones, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Dorothy Katsiyiannis, Licensed Professional Counselor, provide compassionate, effective and confidential counseling services in a non-judgmental, comfortable environment.

 The therapists at Hope for Healing offer help for issues such as:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Marital/Couple Distress
  • Parenting Issues & Family Struggles
  • Divorce, Separation, Blended Family Struggles
  • School Problems (Behavior, Motivation, & Social      Skills)
  • Grief & Loss
  • Anger/Conflict Management
  • PTSD/Trauma
  • Assertiveness & Self-Esteem
  • Spirituality
  • Life Transitions

We pledge to take a collaborative treatment approach with you and your family to ensure that you meet your treatment goals. We realize the importance of providing confidential services and ensuring that your private information is secure.

The Chamber would like to welcome Triplex Apartments, Doc Carrico, as a new member of the Chamber.  Welcome Doc!

Veterans Day Parade

The Veteran’s Day Parade is scheduled for Monday, November 11th at 11am.  For more information on being in the parade, contact Gary Pohlman at 785-738-7188.

Ribbon Cutting

Please mark your calendars to attend a Ribbon Cutting at Hope for Healing, 710 E South, on Friday, November 15th at 11am.  Katrina and Dorothy will discuss the services they offer and give a tour of their business.

Stay up to date! 

Like us on Facebook!  Search for Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce or copy and paste the link below.

 https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Beloit-Area-Chamber-of-Commerce/314284190327?fref=ts

Follow us on Twitter:   @BeloitChamber

Follow our blog on WordPress..search for Beloitchamber

Chamber Coffee!

Members have the opportunity to host a Chamber Coffee, held the first Friday of the month from 9am-10:30am. Reserve your spot on our coffee schedule by calling the office at 738-2717. Chamber coffees are a great opportunity for you to exclusively showcase your business.

Mark your calendars to attend the next Chamber Coffee for

Friday, December 6th at H & R Block.

Cunningham Telephone & Cable

~2014 PHONE DIRECTORY PHOTO CONTEST~

 A picture is worth a thousand words….

We are in search of our next Phone Directory cover photo!! Please send us your photos that depict North Central Kansas related scenes, people, places, events, etc. or photos that have been taken in the Cunningham service areas. The photograph needs to be taken in portrait landscape so it will fit proportionally on our cover.

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT A PHOTO IS NOVEMBER 15, 2013. Submit photos to: megandctc@nckcn.com

THE WINNER OF THE CONTEST WILL RECEIVE $50 AND NAME RECOGNITION ON FRONT OF THE DIRECTORY WITH WINNING PHOTO.

*Must be a Cunningham Telephone and Cable customer. Entries must be color digital images. Black and white images are not eligible. 

Gray Drug & Fountain

During the week of Nov 11th – 15th, Gray Drug & Fountain will be celebrating the United States Marine Corps 238th birthday (Nov 10th) as well as Veteran’s Day (Nov 11th) with some delicious cupcakes and cookies! Inside, there will be a display featuring Marine Corps Sergeant Bob Petterson, veteran of the Korean War. Come check out his story and see the display that will feature pictures from the war, a spectacular map of the battle zone as well as his ribbons, awards and more.

We also have the World War 1 display that is up for viewing now through the week of November 11th. 

NCK Tech Alumni

Are you a graduate of NCK Tech?  Join us for Alumni Appreciation Lunch on December 5th on the Beloit Campus or December 17th on the Hays Campus.  Register at www.ncktc.edu, Foundation tab/Alumni Newsletter and Events.

NCK Tech Fall Showcase

NCK Tech hosted the Fall Showcase Event Thursday, November 7th, on campus and had 238 students and 180 guests in Beloit. The Showcase provides the opportunity for prospective high school students and their parents to preview the numerous program offerings at NCK Tech and to participate in hands-on activities with program instructors and current students. In addition, Admissions and Financial Aid counselors were available to answer questions on admission and financial aid requirements. A similar event will be held on the Hays campus on November 14th.

Chamber Checks

A great way to keep your dollars local is with Chamber Checks!  Spendable at over 100 Chamber businesses, Chamber Checks make wonderful gifts and employee incentives.  These gift certificates are easy to use, just like checks.  Businesses, if you receive Chamber Checks you deposit them with your daily deposits just like a normal check.  Chamber Checks are spent exclusively with Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce merchants adding to the local economy. 

Have Any Exciting News to Share?

The Chamber wants to help spread the word about your business.  “Noteworthy News” is your opportunity to do just that.  It’s a great way to inform other Chamber members about anything that’s new within your organization.  Fill us in on what’s happening from staff changes to a new product or service.  Send it to beloitchamber@nckcn.com by Thursday afternoons and I will include it in Chamber Chat!

Thank You for renewing your Membership

The following businesses have reinvested in the community through the Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce. 

¨       Dunstan Trucking

¨       Geisler Roofing

¨       Simpson Farm Enterprises

Calendar of Events 

Monday, November 11th – Chamber Office Closed

Monday, November 11th – 11am – Veteran’s Day Parade

Monday, November 11th – 7pm – Mitchell County Historical Society – Legion Annex

Tuesday, November 12th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Tuesday, November 12th – 7pm – Cassiopeia

Wednesday, November 13th – Leadership Mitchell County – Ag Day

Wednesday, November 13th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, November 14th – Noon – Chamber Board Meeting

Friday, November 15th – 11am – Ribbon Cutting at Hope for Healing

Tuesday, November 19th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Wednesday, November 20th – 9:30am – Ministerial Alliance

Wednesday, November 20th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, November 21st – 12:30pm –SVED Board Annual Meeting – NCRP

Tuesday, November 26th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Wednesday, November 27th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday & Friday, November 28th & 29th – Chamber Office Closed

Monday, December 2nd – 7pm – Mitchell County Fair Board – Guaranty State Bank

Tuesday, December 3rd – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Wednesday, December 4th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, December 5th – Noon – Mitchell County Tourism & Convention – Courthouse

Friday, December 6th – 9am-10:30am – Chamber Coffee – H & R Block

Monday, December 9th – 7pm – Mitchell County Historical Society – Legion Annex

Tuesday, December 10th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Tuesday, December 10th – 7pm – Cassiopeia

Wednesday, December 11th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

At any time, please feel free to stop by the Chamber office at 123 N Mill St.

or call me at 738-2717.

www.beloitchamber.com