Chamber Chat February 28, 2014

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Lions Club Pancake Day

The Beloit Lions Club will hold its annual Pancake Day from 6:30am-1pm on Saturday, March 1st at the Beloit Municipal Building.  All proceeds from the event go to support the Lion’s Club Youth Baseball Program.  The $5 tickets are available at the door.

Chamber Coffee!

Join us for the Chamber Coffee at First National Bank from 9am-10:30am, Friday, March 14th.  Great things for everyone!  Don’t miss out!

North Central Kansas Annual Men & Boys Rally 2014

Monday, March 3, 2014

Women & Girls of all ages are also welcome & encouraged to attend.

Speaker schedule of events:

Sunday, March 2nd:  6:30pm – New Life Assembly of God – Beloit, KS

Monday, March 3rd:  8:30am – Beloit Jr.-Sr. High School – All School Assembly

10:30am – St. John’s High School – All School Assembly with Eternity Focus

1:30pm – Lakeside Jr.-Sr. High School – Downs – All School Assembly

Meal (must have a reservation to attend):  5:00pm-7:00pm

Praise & Worship with Eternity Focus:  6:15pm-7:00pm

Program & Guest Speakers:  7:00pm

Rod Handley – “Playing to an Audience of One”

Brian S Holman – “When You Cross the Lines Play Like Your Hair is on Fire!”

Praise & Worship &Rally are FREE.  Free will offering will be taken for expenses and for scholarships.

Meal prepared & served by the Beloit United Methodist Women to raise money for missions.  Hosted by Beloit Methodist Church, 801 N Bell – 785-738-2539. 

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.       

NCK Tech Students Compete in Welding Contest

Photo caption: Front (l to r) Clayton Beckman, Zeph Larney, Keenan Edwards, John Doll, Tom Duke, Devon Schoen, Kyle Bogart; Back (l to r) Curtiss Anderson, Trent Richardson, Kole Blazek, Joe Pfeifer, Austin Chavez, Joel Hayes, Josh Tobias, Jacob Arnold, Doug Day, Isaac Dreiling, Dustin Braun

Students from North Central Kansas Technical College (NCK Tech), Beloit and Hays campuses, participated in a Shielded Metal Arch Welding (SMAW) contest on the Fort Hays State University campus on February 12, 2014. During the contest, students tested their technical knowledge with a SMAW written test and a Blueprint test and demonstrated their welding skills by producing a weldment from the provided blueprint with proper weld locations, sizes and contours.

NCK Tech students took top honors in the contest, securing four of the top five scores and placing 14 students in the top 20 scores. NCK Tech students, their hometowns and placement in the contest include:

# 1- Curtiss Anderson (Glen Elder); # 3- Joel Hayes (Douglass); #4- Joe Pfeifer (Hays); #5- Tom Duke (Milford); # 6- Isaac Dreiling (Victoria); # 8- Jacob Arnold (Bennington); # 9- Zeph Larney (Gas); # 11- Kole Blazek(Concordia); # 12-Austin Chavez( Baldwin); # 15- Kyle Bogart(Concordia); #16 – Trent Richardson(Hastings, NE ); #17 – Wade Buck (Grinnell, KS ); #19 – Logan Mayden (Abilene, KS); #20 – Kyle Rice (Horton, KS).

In the NCK Tech Welding program classroom, students engage in welding safety, theory, mathematics, cost analysis/layout, blueprint reading, and pipe template development for the pipe trades. The welding laboratory exposes students to all phases used in the welding industry; including SMAW (Stick welding), Oxyfuel welding/cutting, Carbon Arc cutting/gouging, GMAW (MIG welding), FCAW (Flux Cored Arc welding) and GTAW (TIG welding). Students become proficient in AWS, ASME and API welding codes and standards. Upon completion of the one year program, students earn a certificate and can become a certified welder in a variety of welding disciplines by successfully passing certification tests. Further information on the program offerings at NCK Tech may be found at http://www.ncktc.edu.

Mitchell County Clerk’s Office

The Mitchell County Clerk’s Office will be hosting the North Central Kansas County Clerk’s Association Spring Meeting in Beloit on March 20th.  The office is requesting if some of our local businesses would donate a gift, gift certificate, or coupon for percentages off merchandise to give to these hard working Clerks as an example of our local cooperation and “can-do” attitude as a community.  At many of their meetings they receive these incentives from local businesses and the Clerks spend time looking and shopping at these locations.

If you would like to donate any item for this special event in our community, The Clerk’s Office would be more than willing to pick it up.  They will make certain that if you donate a gift item that you will be given credit for your donation.  Contact Chris Treaster, Mitchell County Clerk, for more information.

This is a great way to show off our community and support!

St. John’s Catholic School to be on EWTN

The City of Beloit and St. John’s Catholic High School will stand together on the world stage later this week as EWTN Global Catholic Television highlights the school.

EWTN reaches 140 different countries and territories and is available to 230 million viewers worldwide.  It is the largest Catholic Television company in the world.

Cornerstone Foundation Director Andrew Niewald, who also teaches religion classes at St. John’s, along with Joe Holdren, Assistant Principal at St. John’s and St. John’s senior class member Luke Eilert made the trip to EWTN headquarters in Irondale, Ala. in late January to tape the segment.

The show, “Life on the Rock” with Fr. Mark and Doug, will Friday, February 28th at 7pm, 12am and 10am, Sunday, March 2nd and at 8am, Tuesday, March 4th.

St. John’s was picked for the show because Beloit is the smallest town in the nation to host a pre-K through 12th grade Catholic school that is supported by one parish.

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church is also a small parish with just 680 member families.

And while St. John’s may be small, the student numbers have continued to climb with an enrollment of 150 students, up from130 students five years ago.

You can watch their journey on www.youtube.com, St. John’s travels to EWTN studio or on the St. John’s Catholic School-Beloit, KS facebook page.

Congratulations St. John’s!  Another great reason to live in Beloit and Mitchell County!

 NCK Tech Students Compete at State BPA

 Photo caption: Front row (l to r): Jeremy Guillot, John Haist, Stephanie Raymer, Natasha Cole, Micheal Aspedon, Amanda Noah, Drew Pfannenstiel, David Knappert, Brian Johnson. Back row (l to r): Devin O’Bryan, Cris Hayes, Tessa Hayse, Michael Gledhill, Andrew Shipley, Aaron Turner, Gregory Koelzer

Students from the North Central Kansas Technical (NCK Tech) College – Information Technology (IT) and Business Management Departments recently competed in the State Leadership Conference for Business Professionals of America (BPA) held in Wichita on February 20-22, 2014. The departments brought home 14 first, 9 second, 4 third and 2 fourth place awards. The award winning students are now eligible to compete at the National Leadership Conference in Indianapolis, IN on April 30 – May 4, 2014.

Business Professionals of America helps prepare students for careers in business, computer, and office occupations. Technical Colleges, Community Colleges, and Vocational Schools participate in the post-secondary organization. During the Leadership Conference, competitive events are held in several areas, including financial, administrative, information technology, management, marketing, and human resources. The events require a student to solve business problems in an allotted amount of time and present their solutions to judges from their respective fields or sit for an exam which covers the area of interest.

The NCK Tech Business Management program is designed to prepare students for employment in a variety of management and entrepreneurial careers. The basics of marketing and management are studied both in the classroom and through an internship which includes employment within the field of study. Students earn a certificate upon completion of the one year program. The Information Technology Program provides training in network administration, web page design, PC Maintenance, intranet and Internet operations, desktop publishing using Adobe and Microsoft Applications, video production, and programming using Visual Basic and C# (XNA Game Console, Phone App Programming). Students have the option of an Information Technology Certificate or an Associate of Applied Science Degree after successfully completing the program of instruction. Dean Franzen is the Business Management instructor; Robert McCreight and Krystal Link are instructors in the Information Technology Department.

Competing students, their hometowns and their area of competition are listed in the table on the attachment.

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.

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  Prime Media

Calendar of Events

Saturday, March 1st – 6:30am-1pm – Lions Club Pancake Day – Municipal Building

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

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

Thursday, March 6th – Noon – Mitchell County Tourism – Courthouse

Thursday, March 6th – Friday, March 7th – GMAW Welding Competition – NCK Tech

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

Tuesday, March 11th – Spring Spotlight – NCK Tech

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

Tuesday, March 11th – 7pm – Cassiopeia

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

Thursday, March 13th – Noon – Chamber Board

Friday, March 14th – 9am-10:30am – Chamber Coffee – First National Bank

Tuesday, March 18th – Chamber Office Closed for Leadership Mitchell County

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

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

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

Thursday, March 20th – NCK County Clerk’s Association Spring Meeting

Thursday, March 20th – 12pm – SVED Board Meeting – Guaranty State Bank Community Room

Saturday, March 22nd – St. John’s School Auction

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

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

Tuesday, April 1st – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Wednesday, April 2nd – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, April 3rd – Noon – Mitchell County Tourism – Courthouse

Friday, April 4th & Saturday, April 5th – Farm Home & Garden Show – Mitchell County      Fairgrounds

Monday, April 7th – 7pm – Mitchell County Fair Board – Guaranty State Bank

Tuesday, April 8th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Tuesday, April 8th – 7pm – Cassiopeia

Wednesday, April 9th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, April 10th – Noon – Chamber Board

Friday, April 11th – 9am-10:30am – Chamber Coffee – AGCO

Stay up to date! 

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Chamber Chat February 21, 2014

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NCK Tech to Host CTE Month Luncheon

February is National Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month and, in recognition of the designation, NCK Tech will host a CTE Month Luncheon, to be held on Wednesday, February 26th on the NCK Tech Beloit campus, Student Union Conference Room, at 12 pm. During the event, Eric Burks, NCK Tech President, and Jeff Bates, USD 273 Beloit High Business Teacher/Career and Technical Education Coordinator, will answer questions about CTE, share details on the CTE program offerings at NCK Tech and Beloit High School and highlight their collaborative efforts. In addition, information on the training opportunities for local business and industry will be provided. 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 Monday, February 24th.

Chamber Coffee!

Join us for the Chamber Coffee at First National Bank from 9am-10:30am, Friday, March 14th.

Mitchell County Clerk’s Office

The Mitchell County Clerk’s Office will be hosting the North Central Kansas County Clerk’s Association Spring Meeting in Beloit on March 20th.  The office is requesting if some of our local businesses would donate a gift, gift certificate, or coupon for percentages off merchandise to give to these hard working Clerks as an example of our local cooperation and “can-do” attitude as a community.  At many of their meetings they receive these incentives from local businesses and the Clerks spend time looking and shopping at these locations.

If you would like to donate any item for this special event in our community, The Clerk’s Office would be more than willing to pick it up.  They will make certain that if you donate a gift item that you will be given credit for your donation.  Contact Chris Treaster, Mitchell County Clerk, for more information.

This is a great way to show off our community and support!

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.

New Digital Marketing Program at NCK Tech!

NCK Tech is pleased to announce a new program offering, beginning in the Fall 2014 semester! 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.

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!

Calendar of Events

Friday, February 21st – 8:30am-1pm – Blood Drive – NCK Wellness Center Gym

Tuesday, February 25th – Educator/Counselor Day – NCK Tech

Wednesday, February 26th – Noon – CTE Luncheon – NCK Tech

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

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

Thursday, March 6th – Noon – Mitchell County Tourism – Courthouse

Thursday, March 6th – Friday, March 7th – GMAW Welding Competition – NCK Tech

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

Tuesday, March 11th – Spring Spotlight – NCK Tech

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

Tuesday, March 11th – 7pm – Cassiopeia

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

Thursday, March 13th – Noon – Chamber Board

Friday, March 14th – 9am-10:30am – Chamber Coffee – First National Bank

Tuesday, March 18th – Chamber Office Closed for Leadership Mitchell County

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

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

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

Thursday, March 20th – NCK County Clerk’s Association Spring Meeting

Thursday, March 20th – 12pm – SVED Board Meeting – Guaranty State Bank Community Room

Saturday, March 22nd – St. John’s School Auction

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

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

Stay up to date! 

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Chamber Chat February 14, 2014

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112th Chamber Annual Banquet  

The Chamber Annual banquet was held on Saturday, February 8th at Down Under.  Attendance was great and everyone had a wonderful time.  Thank you again to our major sponsors:

 AgcoBATPMi-Tre

And to all of our table sponsors:AGCO/Sunflower, Becker Autos & Trailers, Beloit Auto & Truck Plaza, Beloit Motors, City of Beloit, Cunningham Telephone & Cable, Farmway Coop, Guaranty State Bank, H & R Block, Hilltop Lodge Retirement Community, Mitre Construction. NCK Tech College, Relay for Life sponsored by AgMark, LLC, S & S Drug, Solomon Valley Bank and Waconda Trader.

Without the sponsors the banquet would not have been possible.  Thank you again!

For pictures check out the Beloit Chamber Facebook Page!

Chamber Coffee!

Join us TODAY for the Chamber Coffee at Ackerman Supply, 3147 US Hwy 24 from 9am-10:30am.  Kristi will have cinnamon rolls, cappuccinos and flavored coffee!  Come and check out their new coffee area and all the great merchandise!  There’s something for everyone!

Ace Hardware

Did you know that Ace has the number one ranked paint in America?  Yes, all of America!  Since its release, Clark and Kensington has once again retained the top spot for the second year in a row by a leading consumer magazine!  Clark and Kensington is EXCLUSIVE to Ace, not to be found anywhere but here!  Not only are we super proud and excited to share that good news, but we have also reinvented our paint section and would like to announce the unveiling of our new Paint Studio with state of the art technology and unbelievable prices!  Recently, Ace teamed up with Valspar and new to Ace is an EXCLUSIVE line of the Valspar paint series Aspire, Professional and Optimus with a ZERO VOC rating. A well-known brand, with an EXCLUSIVE line only available at ACE!

At Ace, we have well over one thousand hot new colors to choose from and colors to suit every personality.  If it’s a specific color you are looking for, our Ace database has paint formulas for many competitor brands that we have access to immediately.  We also offer color matching services, where all we need is a small color swatch and in a matter of seconds we have the perfect formula for your desired color.  Whether you’re choosing colors for inside or outside your home, we can help you find the perfect color, ACE has what you are looking for!

Ask us about the Valspar Love Your Color Guarantee…love the color you pick out or choose another for FREE!!!

Stop in to Zachary’s Ace Hardware today and let our knowledgeable associates answer any question you’ve got!  Put ACE and our TWO EXCLUSIVE lines of paint to the test and we’re sure we’ll EXCEED your EXPECTATIONS!

Clark & Kensington RANKED #1!!!

“Look for our paint coupon in the Waconda Trader in February”

ACE…where High Quality …is a PRIORITY!!!

NCK Tech to Host CTE Month Luncheon

February is National Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month and, in recognition of the designation, NCK Tech will host a CTE Month Luncheon, to be held on Wednesday, February 26th on the NCK Tech Beloit campus, Student Union Conference Room, at 12 pm. During the event, Eric Burks, NCK Tech President, and Jeff Bates, USD 273 Beloit High Business Teacher/Career and Technical Education Coordinator, will answer questions about CTE, share details on the CTE program offerings at NCK Tech and Beloit High School and highlight their collaborative efforts. In addition, information on the training opportunities for local business and industry will be provided. 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 Monday, February 24th.

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.

NCK Tech Participates in CTE Legislative Day

In recognition of national Career Technical Education (CTE) month, representatives from North Central Kansas Technical College (NCK Tech) participated in the Kansas Association for Career and Technical Education (K-ACTE) Legislative Day at the Capitol in Topeka.

The event highlighted premier CTE programs from across the state and provided an opportunity for legislators to learn more about the CTE programs in secondary and postsecondary institutions.

Eric Burks, NCK Tech President, Kyle Kopsa, NCK Tech Welding Program Chair, Beloit campus, and Mari Tucker, NCK Tech Marketing/Foundation Director, staffed the NCK Tech exhibit, which featured a Lincoln Welder welding simulator.

The welding program at NCK Tech is one of the institution’s flagship programs and is offered on both the Beloit and Hays campuses. Upon completion of the program, students can become a certified welder in a variety of welding disciplines by successfully passing certification tests. The program is a nationally recognized Level I and II American Welding Society SENSE institution for welder training, and NCCER Training Facility.

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!

North Central Kansas Technical College (NCK Tech) Named As One of Top 150 in the Country 

Nation’s Signature Recognition of Excellence, Chosen from over 1,000 Community and Technical Colleges Which Serve Nearly Half of All Undergraduates in US

Highlighting the critical importance of improving student success in America’s community and technical colleges, the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program today named NCK Tech as one of the nation’s top 150 community and technical colleges eligible to compete for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million dollars in prize funds. The Prize, awarded every two years, is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community and technical colleges and recognizes institutions for exceptional student outcomes in four areas: student learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earnings, and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students.

Beloit Community Blood Drive

Healthy individuals are needed every day to maintain an adequate blood supply for patients in need. Once a donor has made the commitment to give blood, it is important to take a few simple steps to prepare and help ensure a good donation experience.

The Red Cross recommends getting a good night’s sleep, eating a wholesome breakfast or lunch, drinking extra water and other fluids to help replace the volume you will donate, avoiding caffeinated beverages, and eating iron-rich foods to boost your iron level.

“Donating blood is an easy way to help others and only takes about an hour of your time,” said Terri Dunaway, CEO of the Red Cross Central Plains Blood Services Region. “The Red Cross encourages donors to give blood every time they are eligible: every 56 days for whole blood donations and every 112 days for double red cell donations.”

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

2/20/2014 from 12pm to 6pm at NCK Wellness Center Gym, 3033 US Hwy 24, Beloit, KS

2/21/2014 from 8:30am to 1pm at NCK Wellness Center Gym, 3033 US Hwy 24, Beloit, KS

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Thank You for renewing your Membership

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

v  Beloit Greenhouse

v  Law Office of Katie Cheney

v  Schroeder Building & Supply, LLC

v  Zig’s Backhoe Service, LLC

Calendar of Events

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 – 12pm-6pm – Blood Drive – NCK Wellness Center Gym

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

Friday, February 21st – 8:30am-1pm – Blood Drive – NCK Wellness Center Gym

Tuesday, February 25th – Educator/Counselor Day – NCK Tech

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

Wednesday, February 26th – Noon – CTE Luncheon – NCK Tech

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

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

Thursday, March 6th – Noon – Mitchell County Tourism – Courthouse

Thursday, March 6th – Friday, March 7th – GMAW Welding Competition – NCK Tech

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

Tuesday, March 11th – Spring Spotlight – NCK Tech

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

Tuesday, March 11th – 7pm – Cassiopeia

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

Thursday, March 13th – Noon – Chamber Board

Friday, March 14th – 9am-10:30am – Chamber Coffee – First National Bank

Tuesday, March 18th – Chamber Office Closed for Leadership Mitchell County

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

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

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

Thursday, March 20th – 12pm – SVED Board Meeting – Guaranty State Bank Community Room

Saturday, March 22nd – St. John’s School Auction

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

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

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

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Chamber Chat February 7, 2014

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112th Chamber Annual Banquet

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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

Exclusively for Chamber members, tickets are on sale and can be purchased for $40 each by calling the Chamber Office at 785-738-2717 or email beloitchamber@nckcn.com.   

This is going to be a great evening you won’t want to miss! 

Must have a reservation to attend. 

Chamber Coffee!

Join us for the next Chamber Coffee at Ackerman Supply, 3147 US Hwy 24 on February 14th from 9am-10:30am.  Come and check out their new coffee area and all the great merchandise!  There’s something for everyone!

Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening

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A ribbon cutting was held Thursday, February 06, 2014 at Hopeful Beginnings, 113 N Main.  Congratulations to Lyda Fincham on her new office and business!  Welcome to the Chamber and the Beloit business community!

Becker Autos & Trailers and Bourbon Trailers Form Partnership

Becker Autos & Trailers is happy to announce the addition of Bourbon Trailers to their product line.

Bourbon Trailers is a family owned and operated manufacturing business proudly based in Jewell, Kansas.  Bourbon Trailers are designed for the family farm, where you need a trailer that’s built to withstand tough field trials and rough roads, harsh weather and easy-to-open traps on their easy-flow formed hoppers. Bourbon Trailers boasts the highest quality steel grain trailers on the market today.

“A partnership was fitting!” exclaimed Lydia Housh manager of Becker Autos and Trailers in Beloit.  “Working with a local manufacturer for such a desirable product that isn’t currently being sold in our immediate area is a win for everyone. We are also happy to partner with a company that meshes with our core business ethics and family values.”

Bourbon trailers are now offered for retail purchase from Becker Autos & Trailers in Beloit.  For more information please call Blake at 785-534-1227 or stop by Becker Autos at 3008 US 24 Hwy in Beloit.  You can also check out Bourbon Trailers online at www.bourbontrailers.com.

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.

Beloit Community Blood Drive

Healthy individuals are needed every day to maintain an adequate blood supply for patients in need. Once a donor has made the commitment to give blood, it is important to take a few simple steps to prepare and help ensure a good donation experience.

The Red Cross recommends getting a good night’s sleep, eating a wholesome breakfast or lunch, drinking extra water and other fluids to help replace the volume you will donate, avoiding caffeinated beverages, and eating iron-rich foods to boost your iron level.

“Donating blood is an easy way to help others and only takes about an hour of your time,” said Terri Dunaway, CEO of the Red Cross Central Plains Blood Services Region. “The Red Cross encourages donors to give blood every time they are eligible: every 56 days for whole blood donations and every 112 days for double red cell donations.”

Upcoming blood donation opportunities: 

2/20/2014 from 12pm to 6pm at NCK Wellness Center Gym, 3033 US Hwy 24, Beloit, KS

2/21/2014 from 8:30am to 1pm at NCK Wellness Center Gym, 3033 US Hwy 24, Beloit, KS

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Farmway Producer-Member Scholarship

www.farmwaycoop.com

Farmway Coop, Inc. Scholarship Program is to assist the further education of the children of Farmway Coop, Inc. producer-members interested in pursuing higher education in agriculture.

Scholarship applications must be returned by Friday, March 14, 2014 to:

Farmway Coop, Inc.

Attn: Mallory Wittstruck

204 East Court Street

Beloit KS 67420

Scholarship Guidelines: 

1. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.

2. Applicant’s parent/guardian must be an active patron and member-owner of Farmway Coop, Inc.

3. Children of Farmway Coop Inc. employees or past recipients of the scholarship are not eligible.

4. Applicant must attend a public or private post-secondary institution in the 2013-2014 school year.

5. Applicant must be majoring in an agriculture related field.

6. Application must include 2 letters of recommendation. One from within school (administrator, teacher, etc.) and one of personal choice (not a family member). Letters of recommendation must contain information about leadership, character, initiative, and school/community involvement.

7. Submit one photo suitable for the newspaper to be used upon selection as an awardee.

8. Applicant must type and fill out Farmway Scholarship Application Form.

9. Applicant must write a one-page minimum essay addressing the topic: “How I plan to contribute to Agriculture” that includes your past experience that has shaped your future career goals in the industry. 

The Law Office of Frasier, Johnson & Martin, LLC

The Law Office of Frasier, Johnson & Martin, LLC is pleased to announce Chantz N Martin as a new partner.  Chantz’s education:  J.D., Washburn University School of Law in May of 2011 Magna Cum Laude and B.S. from Kansas State University, December of 2007, Magna Cum Laude.  Practice areas include:  Estate Planning, Probate, Real Estate, Civil Litigations, Adoptions, Agricultural Law, Business Law, Family Law and Criminal Law.

Please make note of his contact information:

116 N Hersey

Beloit, KS 67420

Phone:  785-738-5723

Fax:  785-738-5725

cmartin@fjmlawllc.com

Congratulations Chantz! 

Farmway Coop, Inc. FFA Scholarship

www.farmwaycoop.com

Farmway Coop, Inc. offers a $500 scholarship to one graduating senior in each of the 10 FFA Chapters located within our immediate trade territory.

Scholarship applications must be returned by Friday, March 14, 2014 to:

Farmway Co-op, Inc.

Attn: Mallory Wittstruck

204 East Court Street

Beloit KS 67420 

Scholarship Criteria:

1. The Farmway Coop FFA Scholarship will be awarded to a graduating high school senior student enrolled at a university, college, junior college or at a one or two-year institution of higher learning beyond the 12th grade level. Applicant must be majoring in an agriculture related field.

2. The applicant must be a member of the local high school FFA Chapters listed:

– Clay Center – Clifton-Clyde – Concordia – Southern Cloud – Beloit High – Lakeside – Pike Valley – Republic County – Blue Valley – Riley County

3. Application must include 2 letters of recommendation. One from within school (administrator, teacher, etc.) and one of personal choice (not a family member). Letters of recommendation must contain information about leadership, character, initiative, and school/community involvement.

4. Submit one photo suitable for the newspaper to be used upon selection as an awardee.

5. Applicant must fill out a typed Farmway Scholarship Application Form.

6. Applicant must write a one-page maximum on what you’ve learned from FFA, the agriculture industry and how it has shaped your career goals. 

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Calendar of Events

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 – 12pm-6pm – Blood Drive – NCK Wellness Center Gym

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

Friday, February 21st – 8:30am-1pm – Blood Drive – NCK Wellness Center Gym

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

Wednesday, February 26th – Noon – CTE Luncheon – NCK Tech

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

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

Thursday, March 6th – Noon – Mitchell County Tourism – Courthouse

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

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

Tuesday, March 11th – 7pm – Cassiopeia

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

Thursday, March 13th – Noon – Chamber Board

Friday, March 14th – 9am-10:30am – Chamber Coffee – First National Bank

Tuesday, March 18th – Chamber Office Closed for Leadership Mitchell County

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

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

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

Thursday, March 20th – 12pm – SVED Board Meeting – Guaranty State Bank Community Room

Saturday, March 22nd – St. John’s School Auction

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

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