Chamber Chat November 22, 2013

Chamber Chat 

Radio/TV Football Playoff Schedule

Saturday, November 23rd
KD Country 94: online
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

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

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

FM 105.5:  online at

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  


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


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 


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 


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 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 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:

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

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 by Thursday afternoons and I will include it in Chamber Chat!

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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.

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