Chamber Chat November 27, 2013

Chamber Chat

Radio/TV Football Championship Schedule

3A State Championship 1:00pm Kickoff

Saturday, November 30th

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

KVSV AM1190 The Mix:  online at

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

FM 105.5:  online at

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

TV Cable Channel 12

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



Chamber Luncheon

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

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

Health Care Talk

Sponsored by

H & R Block


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

Tuesday, 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 or fill out the attached registration form and mail to the Chamber at 123 N Mill St, Beloit, KS  67420. 


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

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

Heart Choices Night at Beloit Pizza Hut!!

MONDAY, December 2nd

5 PM until 9 PM

We will receive 20% of ALL orders.

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

Beloit Community Blood Drive 

Thursday, December 12


NCK Tech College Wellness Center Gym – 3033 US Hwy 24

Visit or call

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

Chautauqua Isle of Lights

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

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

Chamber Coffee!

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

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

Christmas in Beloit!

Something for everyone!  Sunday, December 8th!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sleigh rides will be occurring downtown starting at 1pm.

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

Holiday Home Tours

MCHHS Relay for Life Team’s 5th Annual

“Spirit of the Season” Holiday Home Tour

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

Families opening their homes this year:

Harry Matous

B & Mandy Fincham

Larry & Katrina Lee

Danny & Lynn Fleming

Devin & Kelsey Treaster

Michael & Michelle Seamans

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

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

All proceeds benefit: Relay for Life

Chamber Checks

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

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

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

Feature Business of the Month

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have Any Exciting News to Share?

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

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Calendar of Events 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, December 10th – 7pm – Cassiopeia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

or call me at 738-2717.

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