Chamber Chat January 24, 2014

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Chamber Chat

Chamber Annual Banquet

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February 8, 2014

6:00pm Social

7:00pm Dinner

8:00pm Chamber Program

8:15pm Entertainment

Entertainment sponsored by:


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

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 


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 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

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 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!


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 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. 

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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

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