Chamber Chat January 31, 2014

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Chamber Chat

112th Chamber Annual Banquet 

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Down Under, 121 W. Court ~ Beloit, KS

6:00 p.m. ~ Social

7:00 p.m. ~ Dinner

8:00 p.m. ~ Chamber Program

8:15 p.m. ~ Entertainment 

Reservations Are Required.

Entertainment Sponsored by:

 AgcoBATPMi-Tre

KIER

Comedian & Music Impressionist

This hilarious show will offer a roller coaster of off-balance, up-tempo changes from standup comedy to Kier’s own brand of dead-on-the money musical impressions. When Kier steps on the stage so do U2, Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, and others. Kier has appeared on TNN and numerous other TV programs. This unique show offers something for everyone. From audience participation to hilarious comedy.

Exclusively for Chamber members, tickets are on sale and can be purchased for $30 each by calling the Chamber Office at 785-738-2717, returning your invitation or email beloitchamber@nckcn.com.   

This is going to be a great evening you won’t want to miss!  Get your tickets reserved today! 

Must have a reservation to attend.

Feature Business of the Month

H&R Block Designated as QuickBooks ProAdvisor

Call for a free consultation to see how H&R Block can free up your time to do the things you love to do and will help your business grow.

The H&R Block business first started as a bookkeeping service.  The Bloch brothers started preparing tax returns to take care of their business services clients.  Today, H&R Block is associated primarily with tax preparation.  The Beloit office still offers bookkeeping along with the tax preparation services.

“When you are preparing a business return, bookkeeping and payroll are natural extensions of the conversation on how to help the client save money on their taxes,” said Robert Davis, franchise co-owner. “So many people leave money on the table because of poor record keeping.  They know they have additional expenses, they just don’t know what they are. ”

“Our business services offerings include tracking monthly expenses for a business, reconciling accounts, writing checks, preparing payroll, and payroll compliance,” said Venette Davis, franchise co-owner. “We support businesses doing as much or as little as they need us to. ”

H&R Block Beloit is a QuickBooks ProAdvisor.  Call for a free consultation to see how H&R Block can free up your time to do the things you love to do and will help your business grow. 

Chamber Coffee!

Join us for the next Chamber Coffee at Ackerman Supply, 3147 US Hwy 24 on February 14th from 9am-10:30am.  Kristi will have cinnamon rolls, cappuccinos and flavored coffee!  You won’t want to miss this!  Come and check out their new coffee area and all the great merchandise!  There’s something for everyone!

Unemployment Rates

The Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) reported the December seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.9 percent, down from 5.1 percent in November and down from 5.5 percent in December 2012.

Kansas gained 10,100 seasonally adjusted private sector jobs, an increase of 0.9 percent since last December, and 10,000 nonfarm jobs, a 0.7 percent increase. Since last month, Kansas lost 5,500 private sector jobs and 7,400 nonfarm jobs, both decreasing 0.5 percent..

“The state’s unemployment rate continued its descent, dropping below 5 percent for the first time since 2008,” said Lana Gordon, Secretary of Labor. “For the second consecutive year, Kansas saw over the year growth of more than 10,000 jobs. This is all good news for Kansans.”

Not seasonally adjusted figures show Kansas gained 10,100 private sector and 10,000 nonfarm jobs since December 2012, or 0.9 and 0.7 percent respectively. Since last month, Kansas lost 8,400 nonfarm and 6,300 private sector jobs, both had a decrease of 0.6 percent.

The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.5 percent, up from 4.4 percent in November and down from 5.2 percent in December 2012.

Three of the 11 major industries in Kansas reported improvements over the month. Increases were greatest in trade, transportation and utilities, which added 500 jobs. Financial activities gained 400, all in finance and insurance, and mining and logging increased 100.

Seven major industries reported statewide over the month job losses. These were greatest in construction and leisure and hospitality, both down 2,400 jobs, or 4.3 and 2.0 percent respectively, with both showing losses throughout their sector. Government lost 2,100 jobs which were primarily at the state level.

Nine of the 11 major industries in Kansas reported growth over the last 12 months. Gains were greatest in professional and business services, adding 3,900 jobs mostly in professional, scientific and technical services. Financial activities increased 2,800 jobs with the majority of the increase in finance and insurance. Education and health services increased 1,400 jobs spread throughout the sector.

Two major industries reported statewide over the year job losses. These were in trade, transportation and utilities, losing 800 jobs, and government, down 100 jobs.

“Over the year, professional and business services, financial activities, and the education and health services industries accounted for about 81 percent of the 10,000 nonfarm jobs gained. We observed consistently positive over-the-year gains in nonfarm employment in these industries throughout 2013,” said Efua Afful, Labor Economist.

There were 19,749 initial claims for unemployment benefits in December 2013, up from 12,914 initial claims in November 2013 and down from 20,353 one year ago. There were 124,370 continued claims in December 2013, up from 89,654 the previous month and down from 163,201 in December 2012. These numbers include all available programs.

The federally funded Emergency Unemployment Compensation program (EUC) expired after the week ending December 28, 2013.

Mitchell County unemployment for December 2013 was 2.4% compared to November 2013 at 2.4% and December 2012 at 2.8%.  

National CTE Month at NCK Tech

Celebrate with us!  Career and Technical Education (CTE) has never been stronger in our communities and our nation, and we want to spread the word.  During National CTE Month in February, NCK Tech will celebrate the exceptional CTE programs we have in our community! CTE exists to provide valuable opportunities to students across the nation, connecting each learner with his or her chosen career path and creating a strong, competitive workforce.  CTE is versatile, hands-on, and built around each student’s strengths.   CTE is also affordable and offers a great springboard for further education or immediate earning potential.  NCK Tech couldn’t be more excited about the incredible opportunities CTE provides — and we invite you to join us for a CTE Month Luncheon Tuesday, February 4th at 12 pm on the Beloit campus of NCK Tech in the Severance Student Union Conference Room.  NCK Tech President, Eric Burks and Beloit High School CTE Coordinator, Jeff Bates, will share details about the CTE program offerings at NCK Tech and Beloit High School and highlight their collaborative efforts.   In addition, we’ll provide information on the training opportunities for your business and discuss how we can assist with meeting your training and employment needs. Across the country, CTE is making a powerful difference.  Come see the difference it is making in our community!  Lunch tickets are $7.50; please RSVP to 785-738-9051 or mtucker@ncktc.edu by February 3, 2014.

Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening

A ribbon cutting for Hopeful Beginnings, 113 E Main St., will take place at 4:00pm on Thursday, February 6th.  Plan to stop for the ribbon cutting and stay for the open house!  Open house will be from 4pm-5:30pm.  Please welcome Lyda to the Chamber!

NCK Tech offers new program

We’re pleased to announce a new program offering, beginning in the Fall 2014 semester, at NCK Tech. The New Digital Marketing Program prepares students for a career in the fast-paced, ever-changing landscape of social and digital media. Upon completion students will be able to efficiently run several digital media platforms, create digital media marketing plans and analyze the success of each plan. Students receive training in marketing, social media applications, web development, privacy and security issues, ethics, and trends. The second year student will gain practical experience in creating and executing social media campaigns. Students have the option of earning a one-year certificate or an Associate of Applied Science degree after successfully completing the program of study.

Relay for Life…Tennis Shoe Tuesday!

Join Mitchell County & Osborne County Relay for Life in the fight against cancer by wearing tennis shoes with purple laces on Tennis Show Tuesday, February 4th.  $2.00 purple laces available at:  Central National Bank (Glen Elder & Beloit), Cunningham Telephone & Cable (Beloit), Tipton Grocery Store & Mitchell Co. Hospital.  St. John’s-Tipton & Beloit Basketball teams will also be wearing purple laces that same day!  All proceeds will go towards American Cancer Society.

 Helping Our Owners Succeed Summit  

Beloit Municipal Building, Beloit

February 6, 2014 ~ 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Please RSVP by calling (785) 738-2241  

Allen Dutcher, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2014 Agricultural Weather Outlook: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Allen will discuss the ongoing drought problems that have persisted across the southern Plains for the better part of the last four years, plus look at areas of the country that could see drought development as we progress through 2014. Special emphasis will be placed on the impact of recent atmospheric patterns and how they may impact warm season crops. Excessive Artic intrusions have been very common this winter and the early freeze up of soils across the upper Midwest, Allen will discuss how this may translate into a later than normal dormancy break and interfere with subsoil moisture recharge across Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and northern Illinois. In addition, an examination of global models will be discussed in regards to the likelihood that an El Nino event will develop during the fall of 2014 and how this may impact the ongoing drought area from California eastward through Texas. 

Arlan Suderman, Water Street Solutions

Making Sense of the Markets Build your understanding of what affects the markets in today’s environment, and why that’s changed from just a few seasons ago. Also, begin to understand what future factors may have significant market impact and how best to plan and partner for success in these trying market conditions. 

Dr. Barry Flinchbaugh, Kansas State University

The Political Economy for 2014 Dr. Barry Flinchbaugh will discuss the outlook for economic and agricultural policy for 2014. This discus­sion will include information on the Farm Bill and the Debt Ceiling. Dr. Flinchbaugh will discuss these issues with his usual candor and humor. 

Join the Farmway team for an educational event that gives you an insight into today’s agricultural industry!

Farm Home & Garden Show

Has your business signed up for the 2014 Beloit Farm, Home & Garden Show?  You still have time to take advantage of this great opportunity to showcase your business.  Applications are available.  The show will take place April 4th-5th at the Mitchell County Fairgrounds.  If you were not a vendor last year and would like to become one this year, contact the Chamber office at 738-2717 or by email at beloitchamber@nckcn.com and one will be sent to you.  We look for this show to grow so send in your applications early.

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.  

v  Solomon Valley Transportation   

Stay up to date! 

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

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Follow us on Twitter:   @BeloitChamber

Follow our blog on WordPress..search for Beloitchamber 

Calendar of Events

Monday, February 3rd – 7pm – Mitchell County Fair Board – Guaranty State Bank

Tuesday, February 4th – Noon – CTE Luncheon – NCK Tech

Thursday, February 6th – Noon – Mitchell County Conv & Tourism – Courthouse

Thursday, February 6th – 4:00pm – Ribbon Cutting – Hopeful Beginnings

Thursday, February 6th – 4pm-5:30pm – Grand Opening – Hopeful Beginnings

Saturday, February 8th – 6pm – Chamber Annual Banquet – Down Under

Monday, February 10th – 7pm – Mitchell Country Historical Society – Legion Annex

Tuesday, February 11th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Tuesday, February 11th – 7pm – Cassiopeia

Wednesday, February 12th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, February 13th – Noon – Chamber Board

Friday, February 14th – 9am-10:30am – Chamber Coffee – Ackerman Supply

Tuesday, February 18th –Wednesday, February 19th – Chamber Office Closed for Leadership        Mitchell County

Tuesday, February 18th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Wednesday, February 19th – 9:30am – Ministerial Alliance

Wednesday, February 19th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, February 20th  – 12:30pm – SVED Board Meeting – NCRP

Tuesday, February 25th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Wednesday, February 26th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Chamber Chat January 24, 2014

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Chamber Chat

Chamber Annual Banquet

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THE 112TH BELOIT AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNUAL MEETING & BANQUET

February 8, 2014

6:00pm Social

7:00pm Dinner

8:00pm Chamber Program

8:15pm Entertainment

Entertainment sponsored by:

AgcoBATPMi-Tre

Exclusively for Chamber members, tickets are on sale and can be purchased for $30 each by calling the Chamber Office at 785-738-2717, returning your invitation or email beloitchamber@nckcn.com.

This is going to be a great evening you won’t want to miss!  Get your tickets reserved today!

Must have a reservation to attend.

Feature Business of the Month 

H&R BLOCK QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Q:        What type of tax returns does H&R Block prepare?

A:        Any type the IRS accepts.  Seriously, H&R Block prepares every type of return – business returns for sole proprietorships, LLCs, trusts, partnerships and corporations, farm returns and individual returns.  “We only hire highly experienced tax professionals,” said Venette Davis, franchise co-owner.  “Our current staff each has roughly 20 years experience in tax and business services.”

Q:        Does H&R Block do W2s or 1099s?

A:        Yes, as part of our business services, H&R Block Beloit prepares all year-end tax reporting documents including forms W2, KW3, 1099, 1096, 940, 941, 943, 944 and state unemployment tax.

Q:        Besides preparing taxes what services does H&R Block offer businesses?

A:        H&R Block has a full suite of business services ranging from payroll support, bookkeeping to business consultation.  “We have clients who look for advice on tax implications of different entity structures,” said Robert Davis, franchise co-owner.  “Additionally, we provide financial analytics to help businesses better understand their operations and increase profitability.”

During tax season, a $20 discount will be offered to new clients that have not previously had their tax return prepared by H&R Block and are Chamber of Commerce members.

National CTE Month at NCK Tech

Celebrate with us! Career and technical education (CTE) has never been stronger in our communities and our country, and we want to spread the word. During National CTE Month in February, NCK Tech will celebrate our national rankings and our exceptional CTE programs! We couldn’t be more excited about the incredible opportunities that CTE provides — and we invite you join us for a  CTE Month luncheon, to be held on Tuesday, February 4th in the NCK Tech Beloit campus, Student Union Conference Room, at 12 pm.  We’ll answer your questions about CTE and share details on the CTE program offerings at NCK Tech and Beloit High School and highlight our collaborative efforts. In addition, we’ll provide information on the training opportunities for your business and discuss how we can assist with your training and employment needs. Across the country, CTE is making a powerful difference. Come see the difference it is making in our community! Please RSVP to 785-738-9051 or mtucker@ncktc.edu on or before January 30, 2014.

Weekly Public Record Bulletin

The Law Office of Katie J. Cheney provides weekly public record bulletins to several Beloit businesses and banks. Each bulletin, which is emailed every Wednesday, includes information from the Register of Deeds such as mortgages, deeds, mortgage releases, and other filings. Each bulletin also includes notification of the filing of each civil, probate, and criminal case in Mitchell County as well as each payment made toward a criminal case debt.

If you are interested in hearing more about this service or think the information provided in the bulletin would be helpful to your business, please contact Katie by phone at (785) 534-1290 or email at kjcheney@nckcn.com.

Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening

A ribbon cutting for Hopeful Beginnings, 113 E Main St., will take place at 4:00pm on Thursday, February 6th.  Plan to stop for the ribbon cutting and stay for the open house!  Open house will be from 4pm-5:30pm.  Please welcome Lyda to the Chamber!

Mitchell County Historical Society

Early Photographs of our County

Hosted by The Mitchell County Historical Society at the annual meeting

January 26th 2:00p.m.

At the New Museum Annex 1/8th of a mile south of the intersection of Highway 24 and 14

Farm Home & Garden Show

Has your business signed up for the 2014 Beloit Farm, Home & Garden Show?  You still have time to take advantage of this great opportunity to showcase your business.  Applications are available.  The show will take place April 4th-5th at the Mitchell County Fairgrounds.  If you were not a vendor last year and would like to become one this year, contact the Chamber office at 738-2717 or by email at beloitchamber@nckcn.com and one will be sent to you.  We look for this show to grow so send in your applications early.

Relay for Life…Tennis Shoe Tuesday!

Join Mitchell County & Osborne County Relay for Life in the fight against cancer by wearing tennis shoes with purple laces on Tennis Show Tuesday, February 4th.  $2.00 purple laces available at:  Central National Bank (Glen Elder & Beloit), Cunningham Telephone & Cable (Beloit), Tipton Grocery Store & Mitchell Co. Hospital.  St. John’s-Tipton & Beloit Basketball teams will also be wearing purple laces that same day!  All proceeds will go towards American Cancer Society.

44th Annual Beloit Wrestling Invitational 

The Beloit Trojans will host their 44th Annual Beloit Invitational Wrestling tournament starting Friday, January 24th with a 2pm start.  Saturday, January 25th will start at 10am.

Teams competing will be Abilene, Beloit, Blue Valley Southwest, Chanute, Clay Center, Colby, Desoto, Hill City, Hoxie, Lincoln, Marysville, Minneapolis, Oberlin, Osborne, Plainville, Republic County, Salina South, Silver Lake, Smith Center and Stockton.

There will be a tremendous amount of people coming to our community from all over the state.  Let’s make them feel welcome and be prepared for a busy weekend!

FOUND!

In digging through some stuff in the office, I found the following items for typewriters ( I know, they are from the stone age but some businesses still use them!):

5-Correctable Film Ribbons for a Smith Corona H Series

7-Lift-Off tapes for a Smith Corona H Series (use with Correctable Film Ribbon)

1-Correcting Cassette for a Smith Corona H Series

2-SW Series Correctable Ribbon for Swintec

6-Nylon Ribbon for a Panasonic typerwriter (various models)

10-Lift-Off Correction Tapes for Electronic Typewriters Swintec brand

If anyone has any of these typewriters and need the ribbons I can help you out!  Stop by the Chamber Office to take a look!

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.   

v  Beloit Country Club

v  Donker’s Liquor Store

v  Noah Law Office, P.A. 

 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

Calendar of Events

Tuesday, January 28th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Wednesday, January 29th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Monday, February 3rd – 7pm – Mitchell County Fair Board – Guaranty State Bank

Tuesday, February 4th – Noon – CTE Luncheon – NCK Tech

Thursday, February 6th – Noon – Mitchell County Conv & Tourism – Courthouse

Thursday, February 6th – 4:00pm – Ribbon Cutting – Hopeful Beginnings

Thursday, February 6th – 4pm-5:30pm – Grand Opening – Hopeful Beginnings

Saturday, February 8th – 6pm – Chamber Annual Banquet – Down Under

Monday, February 10th – 7pm – Mitchell Country Historical Society – Legion Annex

Tuesday, February 11th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Tuesday, February 11th – 7pm – Cassiopeia

Wednesday, February 12th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, February 13th – Noon – Chamber Board

Friday, February 14th – 9am-10:30am – Chamber Coffee – Ackerman Supply

Tuesday, February 18th –Wednesday, February 19th – Chamber Office Closed for Leadership        Mitchell County

Tuesday, February 18th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Wednesday, February 19th – 9:30am – Ministerial Alliance

Wednesday, February 19th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, February 20th  – 12:30pm – SVED Board Meeting – NCRP

Tuesday, February 25th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Wednesday, February 26th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Chamber Chat January 17, 2014

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Chamber Chat
Chamber Annual Banquet

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THE 112TH BELOIT AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNUAL MEETING & BANQUET

February 8, 2014
6:00pm Social
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Chamber Program
8:15pm Entertainment

The Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce would like to provide you with the opportunity to sponsor and decorate a table at the Annual Meeting & Banquet.

Rules:
• Table decoration height limit is 14 inches for the centerpieces. (If it exceeds 14 inches it must be removed prior to program.) Decorate the chairs if you wish. Provide table favors and place them on the table for the eight people who will sit at your table. Be frugal or be generous, just have fun!
• Table decorations, centerpieces, favors or whatever must arrive and be set up between 1:00pm-3:00pm on the day of the annual banquet, Saturday, February 8th at Down Under.
• The chamber will provide a round table, eight chairs, a white table cloth, all the plates, silverware, food and servers. You can substitute the tablecloth with your own.

If you would like an example of a table decoration, please contact me and I will send you one.

BENEFITS TO THE SPONSOR:
*Receive 2 tickets with sponsorship ($60 value)
*Recognition in Annual Banquet Program
*Recognition in Weekly Chamber Chat

Total Investment $100.00

Exclusively for Chamber members, tickets are on sale and can be purchased for $30 each by calling the Chamber Office at 785-738-2717 or email beloitchamber@nckcn.com.
Personal invitations will be out soon!

Welcome New Chamber Members!

The Chamber would like to welcome Mitchell County as the newest member of the Chamber. If you see any of the County Commissioners, tell them thank you!

The Chamber would like to welcome Hopeful Beginnings Counseling Services, LLC as a member of the Chamber. Hopeful Beginnings is a private practice in Beloit that offers services for individuals and families in the Mitchell County area. Lyda Fincham is a trained Marriage and Family Therapist who has been working in the field for over 5 years. She has a passion for helping people discover their inner strengths to solve their own problems.
If you are currently struggling with issues in your life, Hopeful Beginnings is here to help you search for a new beginning and achieve inner peace.
Hopeful Beginnings is located at 113 E Main Street. Lyda can be reached at 785-534-7090 or email hopefulbeginningscounseling@gmail.com. To schedule an appointment http://www.therapyappointment.com.
Stop by and welcome Lyda to the Chamber!

Beloit Rotary Chili Day

One of the biggest fundraisers for the Rotary is The Beloit Rotary Chili Day. It will take place Saturday, January 18th in the basement of the Municipal Building. Lunch will be served from 11am-1pm and Supper will be from 5pm-7pm. Stop by for a bowl of chili and dessert for only $5! All proceeds benefit Rotary Softball. Tickets can be purchased from any Rotary Softball Girl or they will be available at the door.

Feature Business of the Month

H&R BLOCK OFFERING DISCOUNTS FOR NEW PAYROLL ACCOUNTS

H&R Block is known for its tax preparation services. Robert and Venette Davis, franchise owners, are working to enhance the reputation of the business as a resource for services such as payroll, bookkeeping and consulting.
“People frequently ask us, ‘What do you do outside of tax season?’” said Robert Davis, franchise owner. “People assume that we only work four months of the year. Our office is open weekdays year round.”
Payroll services cover a wide range of options including remote payroll access for companies so that the clients have full access to their payroll information at any time.
“We tailor the payroll services to the needs of the client,” said Venette. “Some people want direct deposit and others want checks. We are completely flexible in how hours are tracked and how we pay people. Our goal is to take the risk and hassle out of payroll. We want to keep it simple for our clients.”
H&R Block Beloit is offering a 10% discount off the annual price for new payroll clients that sign up in January. Contact Venette Davis at 785-738-5801 to discuss how H&R Block can help you meet your payroll needs.

NPL & Sterling Tournament Broadcast Schedule

Friday, January 17th
KD Country 94: online at http://www.kdcountry94.com
NPL Tournament
3:15 p.m. Boys: Rock Hills vs. Chase
5 p.m Girls: St.John’s/Tipton vs Rock Hills
6:30 p.m. Boys: Osborne vs Pike Valley Boys
8 p.m. Girls: Pike Valley vs Lakeside Girls

Monday, January 20th
KD Country 94: online at http://www.kdcountry94.com
NPL Tournament
2:50 p.m. Girls Sylvan-Lucas/Tescott Winner vs St.John’s/Tipton/Rock Hills Winner
4:30 p.m. Boys Rock Hills/Chase Winner vs Osborne/Pike Valley Winner
6 p.m. Girls Osborne vs Pike Valley/Lakeside Winner
7:45 p.m. Sterling Tournament: Boys: Beloit vs Remington

Monday, January 20th
Z96.3 the Lake: online at http://www.z963thelake.com
NPL Tournament
4:30 p.m. Boys St.John’s/Tipton vs Lakeside/Natoma Winner
7:30 p.m. KU vs Baylor Men’s Basketball

Schedule for Sterling Tournament on KDNS/KZDY TBA.

Sterling Tournament

Monday, Jan 20th
6:30pm-Beloit Girls vs Hutch Trinity
AM1190 KVSV THE MIX
KVSVRADIO.COM

7:30PM-Beloit Boys vs Remington
FM 105.5 KVSV
TV Cable Channel 12 in Beloit

Thursday, Jan 23rd
5:30pm Beloit Boys vs Wichita Independent or Hutch Trinity
AM1190 KVSV THE MIX
KVSVRADIO.COM

6:15pm-Beloit Girls vs Sterling
FM 105.5 KVSV
TV Cable Channel 12 in Beloit

FRIDAY- TBA

Farm Home & Garden Show

Has your business signed up for the 2014 Beloit Farm, Home & Garden Show? You still have time to take advantage of this great opportunity to showcase your business. Applications are available. The show will take place April 4th-5th at the Mitchell County Fairgrounds. If you were not a vendor last year and would like to become one this year, contact the Chamber office at 738-2717 or by email at beloitchamber@nckcn.com and one will be sent to you. We look for this show to grow so send in your applications early. The applications are attached.

Relay for Life…Tennis Shoe Tuesday!

Join Mitchell County & Osborne County Relay for Life in the fight against cancer by wearing tennis shoes with purple laces on Tennis Show Tuesday, February 4th.  $2.00 purple laces available at:  Central National Bank (Glen Elder & Beloit), Cunningham Telephone & Cable (Beloit), Tipton Grocery Store & Mitchell Co. Hospital.  St. John’s-Tipton & Beloit Basketball teams will also be wearing purple laces that same day!  All proceeds will go towards American Cancer Society.

Mitchell County Historical Society

Early Photographs of our County

Hosted by The Mitchell County Historical Society at the annual meeting

January 26th 2:00p.m.

At the New Museum Annex 1/8th of a mile south of the intersection of Highway 24 and 14

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.

 Anderson Insurance
 Beloit Typewriter Exchange
 Cassiopeia Club
 Guaranty State Bank & Trust
 Ludwig Chiropractic, LLC
 Plum Creek Restaurant

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

Calendar of Events

Saturday, January 18th – 11am-1pm & 5pm-7pm – Beloit Rotary Chili Day – Muni

Tuesday, January 21st – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Wednesday, January 22nd – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, January 23rd – 12:30pm – SVED Board Meeting – NCRP

Tuesday, January 28th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Wednesday, January 29th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Monday, February 3rd – 7pm – Mitchell County Fair Board – Guaranty State Bank

Tuesday, February 4th – Noon – CTE Luncheon – NCK Tech

Thursday, February 6th – Noon – Mitchell County Conv & Tourism – Courthouse

Thursday, February 6th – 4:00pm – Ribbon Cutting – Hopeful Beginnings

Thursday, February 6th – 4pm-5:30pm – Grand Opening – Hopeful Beginnings

Saturday, February 8th – 6pm – Chamber Annual Banquet – Down Under

Monday, February 10th – 7pm – Mitchell Country Historical Society – Legion Annex

Tuesday, February 11th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Tuesday, February 11th – 7pm – Cassiopeia

Wednesday, February 12th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, February 13th – Noon – Chamber Board

Friday, February 14th – 9am-10:30am – Chamber Coffee – Ackerman Supply

Tuesday, February 18th –Wednesday, February 19th – Chamber Office Closed for Leadership  Mitchell County

Tuesday, February 18th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Wednesday, February 19th – 9:30am – Ministerial Alliance

Wednesday, February 19th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, February 20th  – 12:30pm – SVED Board Meeting – NCRP

Tuesday, February 25th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Wednesday, February 26th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Chamber Chat January 10, 2014

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Chamber Chat

Chamber Annual Banquet 

The Chamber would like to announce KIER as the entertainment for this year’s Chamber Banquet!

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KIER

Comedian & Music Impressionist

This hilarious show offers a roller coaster of off-balance, up-tempo changes from stand-up comedy to Kier’s own brand of dead-on-the money musical impressions. When Kier steps on the stage so do U2, Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, and others. Kier has appeared on TNN and numerous other TV programs. This unique show offers something for everyone from audience participation to hilarious comedy. This amazing performer will treat you to a night of FUN!

“Rock of Ages!”

THE 112TH BELOIT AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNUAL MEETING & BANQUET

February 8, 2014

6:00pm Social

7:00pm Dinner

8:00pm Chamber Program

8:15pm Entertainment

The Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce would like to provide you with the opportunity to sponsor and decorate a table at the Annual Meeting & Banquet.

Rules:

¨       Table decoration height limit is 14 inches for the centerpieces.  (If it exceeds 14 inches it must be removed prior to program.)  Decorate the chairs if you wish.  Provide table favors and place them on the table for the eight people who will sit at your table.  Be frugal or be generous, just have fun!

¨       Table decorations, centerpieces, favors or whatever must arrive and be set up between 1:00pm-3:00pm on the day of the annual banquet, Saturday, February 8th at Down Under.

¨       The chamber will provide a round table, eight chairs, a white table cloth, all the plates, silverware, food and servers.  You can substitute the tablecloth with your own.

If you would like an example of a table decoration, please contact me and I will send you one.Benefits to the sponsor:

*Receive 2 tickets with sponsorship ($60 value)

*Recognition in Annual Banquet Program

*Recognition in Weekly Chamber Chat 

Total Investment $100.00 

Exclusively for Chamber members, tickets are on sale and can be purchased for $30 each by calling the Chamber Office at 785-738-2717 or email beloitchamber@nckcn.com. 

Personal invitations will be sent out soon! 

Chamber Coffee!

Today’s Chamber Coffee is at Nex-Tech Wireless, 3053 US 24 Hwy:

Chamber Coffees are 9am-10:30am)

                                    Next coffee will be Feb 14th at Ackerman Supply

Chamber Board

The 2014 Chamber Board is as follows:

Chairman                     Venette Davis                         H & R Block

Chair-Elect                  TJ Owen                                  Meyer Chiropractic

Treasurer                     Mari Tucker                             NCK Tech

Past Chair                    Wade Gerstner                        KDNS

Directors:

Jason Johnson                                     Solomon Valley Bank

Wade Richard                                     Beloit Auto & Truck Plaza

Pepper Roberg                                                NCRP

Sylvia Schoen                                     Harrison Funeral Home

In November, the Chamber Board evaluated the 2013 Strategic Plan.  Attached is the 2014 Strategic Plan for the Chamber of Commerce.

I would like to thank Michelle Haeffele, Anderson Insurance, for serving on the Board of Directors for the past several years.  Thank you Michelle!

Feature Business of the Month

BELOIT H&R BLOCK FRANCHISE RECEIVES NATIONAL HONOR

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Robert and Venette Davis, H&R Block Beloit franchise owners, received an award as one of the top performing franchises in the nation.

H&R Block Beloit was selected as one of the top 100 Franchisees of the Year by H&R Block.  The award considers areas of performance such as client satisfaction, the percentage of clients that return and how willing people are to recommend your office along with other measures such as community involvement.  The Beloit office performance metrics placed it in the top 2% of the more than 4500 franchises in the nation.

“We focus on doing the best we can for our clients,” said Robert Davis, Franchise Owner.   “We try to do the right thing for people and let everything else take care of itself.   We are incredibly appreciative of the support from our customers that allowed us to earn this recognition.”

Robert and Venette Davis, current franchise owners, moved to Beloit three years ago.  Since they moved into the area, they have become actively involved both as a business and as individuals in supporting area schools, Chamber of Commerce activities, the Numana project, the Power Team, Rotary International, and the Waconda Lake Fireworks Association.

Welcome New Chamber Member

The Chamber would like to welcome Asher Creek Farm Tire Service as the newest member of the Chamber.  Thank you Tom & Mary Claussen!

Beloit Rotary Chili Day

One of the biggest fundraisers for the Rotary is The Beloit Rotary Chili Day.  It will take place Saturday, January 18th in the basement of the Municipal Building.  Lunch will be served from 11am-1pm and Supper will be from 5pm-7pm.  Stop by for a bowl of chili and dessert for only $5!  All proceeds benefit Rotary Softball.  Tickets can be purchased from any Rotary Softball Girl or they will be available at the door.

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.   

v  Abram Ready Mix

v  Alco

v  Beloit Call

v  Catlin’s Friendly Apple Market

v  Crop Production Services, Inc.

v  KVSV Radio

v  Meyer Chiropractic

v  OCCK

v  Rolling Hills Electric Cooperative, Inc.

v  Wheat Fields Floral  

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Calendar of Events

Friday, January 10th – 9am-10:30am – Chamber Coffee – Nex-Tech Wireless

Monday, January 13th – 7pm – Mitchell County Historical Society – Legion Annex

Tuesday, January 14th – Leadership Mitchell County

Tuesday, January 14th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Tuesday, January 14th – 7pm – Cassiopeia

Wednesday, January 15th – 9:30am – Ministerial Alliance

Wednesday, January 15th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Saturday, January 18th – 11am-1pm & 5pm-7pm – Beloit Rotary Chili Day – Muni

Tuesday, January 21st – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Wednesday, January 22nd – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, January 23rd – 12:30pm – SVED Board Meeting – NCRP

Tuesday, January 28th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Wednesday, January 29th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Monday, February 3rd – 7pm – Mitchell County Fair Board – Guaranty State Bank

Tuesday, February 4th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Wednesday, February 5th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, February 6th – Noon – Mitchell County Conv & Tourism – Courthouse

Saturday, February 8th – 6pm – Chamber Annual Banquet – Down Under

Monday, February 10th – 7pm – Mitchell Country Historical Society – Legion Annex

Tuesday, February 11th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Tuesday, February 11th – 7pm – Cassiopeia

Wednesday, February 12th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, February 13th – Noon – Chamber Board

Friday, February 14th – 9am-10:30am – Chamber Coffee – Ackerman Supply