Chamber Chat February 14, 2014

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Chamber Chat

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:


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 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 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 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 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

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