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
8-Man DI Playoffs: #1 Osborne (11-0) at Clifton-Clyde (9-2)
6:30 p.m. pregame

FM 105.5:  online at

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

6:00pm pregame

Z96.3 The Lake: online at

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
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

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


The game can be viewed online at

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 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:

$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

“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: to complete the online registration form.

Need further information contact Mari Tucker, 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 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  

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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

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