Chamber Chat March 21, 2014

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Farewell Reception for David Dick

Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems cordially invites you to attend a farewell reception for David Dick, CEO. After 8 years of dedicated service to MCHHS David is leaving to move back to South Dakota. Please join us in expressing best wishes for his future.

Friday March 21st, 2014


MCHHS south cafeteria dining room

400 W. 8th St.

Beloit, KS

Unemployment Rates

The Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) reported the January seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.8 percent, down from 4.9 percent in December and down from 5.6 percent in January 2013.

Kansas gained 20,500 seasonally adjusted private sector jobs, an increase of 1.9 percent since last January, and 19,200 nonfarm jobs, a 1.4 percent increase. Since last month, Kansas gained 2,500 private sector jobs, an increase of 0.2 percent, and 600 nonfarm jobs, with no percentage change.

“Seasonally adjusted job numbers in the state improved in January, along with another monthly decline in the unemployment rate,” said Lana Gordon, Secretary of Labor. “For 2014, the state is poised to add additional jobs to the 45,400 jobs gained since January 2011.”

Annually, the monthly statistics are revised according to standards set by the U.S. Department of Labor. Information regarding annual job number revisions is available on the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) website here.

“Preliminary estimates of seasonally adjusted jobs in 2013 have now been revised showing the state gained more jobs than earlier estimates reported. The revised 2013 job numbers show an average gain of 1,700 jobs per month compared to the previously reported estimates of an average monthly gain of 800 jobs,” said Tyler Tenbrink, Senior Labor Economist.

Not seasonally adjusted figures show Kansas gained 20,700 private sector and 19,000 nonfarm jobs since January 2013, or 1.9 and 1.4 percent respectively. Since last month, Kansas lost 21,800 private sector jobs, a 1.9 percent decrease, and 31,300 nonfarm jobs, a reduction of 2.2 percent.

The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.4 percent, up from 4.6 percent in December and down from 6.3 percent in January 2013.

There were 15,709 initial claims for unemployment benefits in January 2014, down from 19,749 in December 2013 and down from 17,413 one year ago. There were 108,341 continued claims in January 2014, down from 124,370 the previous month and down from 149,090 in January 2013. These numbers include all available programs.

Mitchell County unemployment for January 2014 was 3.0% compared to December 2013 at 2.4% and January 2013 at 3.5%.


Dedication Ceremony for Dr. Douglas Drake

You are cordially invited to join Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems for a special dedication ceremony to commemorate the memory of Dr. Douglas Drake, MD and his years of dedicated service. Please join us on Monday, March 24th, from 2-3 p.m. in the Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems south cafeteria dining room. A dessert reception will follow the ceremony.


NCK Tech Staff Recognized with 212° Award

At 211 degrees water is hot, at 212 degrees it boils. One degree makes all the difference. To recognize NCK Tech staff who demonstrate superior dedication and the willingness to go the extra degree, the college is pleased to announce the Spring 2014 recipient of the 212° Award!

Recipients of this award are employees who demonstrate a positive attitude and commitment to their profession, students, fellow employees, and a loyalty to the mission of NCK Tech. Eligible recipients are nominated by fellow employees and the award winner is selected by a committee of five NCK Tech employees. The award is presented twice a year, during the Fall and Spring semesters. Paula Rominger, NCK Tech’s Payroll/Accounts Payable Manager, was the recipient of the Spring award. Paula was honored during a faculty In-service meeting and presented a 212° Award trophy. In addition, her name was added to the 212° Award plaque, which displays all award recipients, and she received a letter of commendation and a gift certificate to a local restaurant.

Congratulations, Paula!

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.  The applications are attached.

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!

Chamber Coffee!

Join us for the Chamber Coffee, April 11th at AGCO/Sunflower from 9am-10:30am.  Great networking for everyone!  Don’t miss out!

Calendar of Events

Friday, March 21st – 2pm-4pm – Farwell Reception for David Dick – MCHHS

Saturday, March 22nd – 9am – Legislative Coffee with Rep. Susan Concannon & Sen. Elaine Bowers – Beloit High School Commons Area

Saturday, March 22nd – St. John’s School Auction

Monday, March 24th – 2pm – Ribbon Cutting/Dedication for Dr. Drake – MCHHS

Monday, March 24th – 7pm-8pm – Blujay State Basketball Celebration – St. John’s gym

Tuesday, March 25th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Wednesday, March 26th – 10am-4pm – Isle of Lights Show – Basement of the Muni

Wednesday, March 26th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Tuesday, April 1st – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Wednesday, April 2nd – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, April 3rd – Noon – Mitchell County Tourism – Courthouse

Friday, April 4th – NCK Tech 8th Grade Day

Friday, April 4th & Saturday, April 5th – Farm Home & Garden Show – Mitchell County Fairgrounds

Monday, April 7th – 7pm – Mitchell County Fair Board – Guaranty State Bank

Tuesday, April 8th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Tuesday, April 8th – 7pm – Cassiopeia

Wednesday, April 9th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, April 10th – Noon – Chamber Board

Friday, April 11th – 9am-10:30am – Chamber Coffee – AGCO

Monday, April 14th – 7pm – Mitchell County Historical Society – Legion Annex

Tuesday, April 15th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Wednesday, April 16th – 9:30am – Beloit Ministerial Alliance

Wednesday, April 16th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, April 17th – Touchstone Electro Rally – NCK Tech

Thursday, April 17th – 12:30pm – SVED Board Meeting – NCRP

Sunday, April 20th – Easter

Tuesday, April 22nd – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Wednesday, April 23rd – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Tuesday, April 29th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Wednesday, April 30th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Saturday, May 3rd – City Wide Garage Sale

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