Chamber Chat April 4, 2014


Chamber Chat 

Farm Home & Garden Show

Today’s the start of the Farm Home & Garden Show!  Show hours are Noon-7pm today and 9am-2pm tomorrow.  Stop by for lunch and check out the vendors!


8th Grade Day:  It’s All About You! 

NCK Tech is hosting 304 students, from 11 local schools, registered for the 8th Grade Day event today! Schools include: Beloit, St. John’s, Concordia, Bennington, Tescott, Rock Hills, Southern Cloud, Thunder Ridge, Clifton-Clyde, Sylvan Grove and McPherson. Lots of young people in Beloit today!!

They will:

  • Explore interests and experience a variety of great career programs
  • Tour the campus and see state of the art equipment and facilities
  • Get to know the friendly instructors and current students
  • Try some fun hands-on activities and enter to win door prizes
  • Discover the amazing opportunities
  • Enjoy breakfast and lunch

What a great way to show off our hidden treasure! 

Labor Market Report February 2014

The Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) reported the February seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.9 percent, up from 4.8 percent in January and down from 5.6 percent in February 2013. “Another month of progress in the number of individuals employed coupled with a substantial decrease in unemployment claims is an encouraging sign of growth in the labor market,” said Lana Gordon, Secretary of Labor. “The state’s unemployment rate remains below 5 percent for the third straight month, the first time Kansas has seen this in over five years.”

Kansas gained 12,200 seasonally adjusted private sector jobs, an increase of 1.1 percent since last February, and 11,000 nonfarm jobs, a 0.8 percent increase. Since last month, Kansas lost 2,300 private sector jobs, a decrease of 0.2 percent, and 1,200 nonfarm jobs, a decrease of 0.1 percent.   “The number of individuals employed has increased for five consecutive months, and likely cast a positive outlook on the labor market in terms of employment opportunities. The result is expansion of the labor force for the last three months as individuals are convinced that opportunities exist for them,” said Labor Economist, Efua Afful.   Not seasonally adjusted figures show Kansas gained 10,600 private sector and 10,700 nonfarm jobs since February 2013, or 1 and 0.8 percent respectively.

Since last month, Kansas lost 2,800 private sector jobs, a 0.3 percent decrease, and gained 6,000 nonfarm jobs, an increase of 0.4 percent.   The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.5 percent, up from 5.4 percent in January and down from 5.9 percent in February 2013. There 11,121 initial claims for unemployment benefits in February 2014, down from 15,709 in January 2014 and down from 16,387 one year ago. There were 100,071 continued claims in February 2014, down from 108,341 the previous month and down from 137,463 in February 2013. These numbers include all available programs.

Unemployment rates for Mitchell County are 3.6% for February compared to 3% in January and 3.4% in February 2013 

New at Zachary’s Ace Hardware…….Graduation Supplies!!!

The time to plan and prepare is NOW, as graduation is only weeks away! We have everything you need for your graduates big day….minus the food! What better way to mark their memorable milestone than with themed products and color specifics, we have BHS Black and Orange and STJ Blue and White. When you drop by, you will find items like spiral spinners, serving trays/bowls, plates, cups, napkins, silverware, mylar & latex balloons (filled by us or you), helium tanks, banners, enclosed card holders, streamers, packaged table covers or buy it by the foot to combine tables for a sleek seamless look, front door covers, thank you notes and so much more! Place your balloon order today and shop early for the best selection!!!

Way to go 2014 Graduates!!! 

Easter Egg Hunt

Dear Local Businesses,

It’s hard to believe Easter and spring are just around the corner, which brings with it our local Easter Egg Hunt. The date for the Beloit Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for April 19th at 10:30am at the soccer fields for any age of child up to the 4th grade.

We plan on running things much the same as last year. We will once again be placing candy and small prizes on the soccer field to be hunted and each child will receive an Easter surprise. Candy and any monetary donations are both welcome and needed for this special event to continue. Monetary gifts will be used to purchase gifts and candy. Individual sponsors will be listed on each prize. A $5 donation will sponsor each prize. Each year we plan for 500 children.

We have been so excited and amazed about the support and donations we have received from various local businesses and individuals in the past 14 years since we have been organizing this event. We feel it is such an asset to our community to provide the kids with a tradition they will remember from their childhood. We don’t want anyone to feel obligated to donate, but we would like for everyone to have the opportunity to be included and help ensure the continuation of the Beloit Easter Egg Hunt.

Please send sponsor information and your donation to Beloit Easter Egg Hunt, 605 Logan, Beloit, KS 67420. If you would like to make a candy donation please call Jenny at 738-3043 or Heather at 738-8905.


Kyle & Jenny Heineken, Heineken Electric Co., Inc.

Jim & Heather Johnson, S & S Drug/Frasier, Johnson & Martin Law Office 

NCK Tech Hosts Agricultural Mechanics Contest

North Central Kansas Technical College (NCK Tech) hosted the annual Agricultural Mechanics competition on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 on the Beloit campus. High schools students from Beloit, Blue Valley, Republic Co., Rock Hills, Chapman, Minneapolis, Riley Co., Salina Central and Southeast of Salina High Schools participated in the event. During the contest, students tested their knowledge on: Planter Technology, the parts of a planter, calibration, safety (owner’s manual, hands-on knowledge); Small Gas Engine Technology — engine parts, engine theory, mechanical knowledge, tool use procedure (small gas engine book); Electrical Technology — Ohm’s Law, electrical terms, understanding schematics ; Carpentry Technology – the terms and procedures used in house construction, hand and power tool and wall and rafter layout; and Welding Technology — terminology, procedure and welding skills..

Rock Hills Team 1 secured first place, with a total score of 772. Remaining teams and placement included: #2 –Minneapolis; #3 –Republic Co. Team 1; #4 –Riley Co. Team 1; #5 –Blue Valley Team 1; #6 –Beloit Team 1; #7 –Southeast of Saline Team 1; #8 – Rock Hills Team 2; #9 –Republic Co. Team 2; #10 –Chapman Team 1; #11 –Salina Central; #12 –Southeast of Saline Team 2; #13 –Riley Co. Team 2; #14 –Blue Valley Team 2; and #15 –Beloit Team 2.

The top 10 individual scores included: Chase Wagner, Rock Hills; Ethan Keating, Minneapolis; Randall Runnion, Minneapolis; Gage Grauerholz, Beloit; Christian Tipton, Republic Co.; Lane Howe, Riley Co.; Hughstin Pachta, Republic Co., Marshall Carey, Blue Valley and Jim Weller, Southeast of Saline. 

Chamber Coffee!

Join us for the Chamber Coffee, Friday, April 11th at AGCO/Sunflower Administration Building (off of Hwy 24) from 9am-10:30am. Treats will be provided by Main Street Deli.

Great networking for everyone! Don’t miss out!

Heart Choices Spring Banquet 

The Heart Choice Spring Banquet will take place on Thursday, April 24th at 7pm in the Beloit Municipal Building.

Guest Speaker: Tina Price, Executive Director of Pregnancy Service Center in Salina. Meal catered by Buffalo Roam Steakhouse Hear how Heart Choices is touching our community through pregnancy counseling, parenting education, and more! No charge. Reservations requested by calling 738-3433 or email with names and number of those who will attend. A fundraising appeal will be given.

OCCK, Inc. 

Please join us for a JOB FAIR!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

4:30 – 6:30 pm

at the OCCK office,

501 W. 7th Street, Beloit

Come see why OCCK is a GREAT place to work!

Full time, part time, and substitute positions available!

Current openings include:

Residential Trainers

In this position, you will provide training to individuals with developmental disabilities.  You will help them learn everyday living skills, including cooking, shopping, housekeeping, social and leisure skills, safety skills and personal hygiene.  You will also assist individuals with accessing services and activities available in their community.  You will also gather information and complete records as required relating to management of the residential facility.

Overnight Support

In this position, you will provide support as needed to individuals throughout the night. You will complete records as needed and daily checklists to ensure tasks which include cleaning are completed.

Residential Trainer and Overnight Support positions may include evenings, overnights, and weekends.

Employment Trainer

In this full time position, you will train and supervise individuals to develop work skills, both in the facility and in the community.  This position includes day hours.


Positions require applicants to have a valid Kansas Driver’s license and be insurable. Applicant may be required to obtain a DOT Medical Card upon hire.  Employment trainer position will require a CDL within 8 months of hiring.

Please apply in person at the Beloit OCCK office, 501 W 7th,

or apply online at prior to the job fair.


Drug Testing Required 

Thank You for renewing your Membership

The following businesses have reinvested in the community through the Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce.

  • Ampride/Mac’s Kwik Stop
  • Hinkle Termite & Pest Control 

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!

Calendar of Events

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

Sunday, April 13th – 5:00pm – Leadership Graduation – Hunter

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

Saturday, April 19th – 10:30am – Easter Egg Hunt – Sports Complex Soccer Fields

Sunday, April 20th – Easter

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

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

Thursday, April 24th – 7pm-9pm – Heart Choices Annual Spring Banquet – Muni

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

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

Wednesday, April 30th – Thursday, May 1st – NCK Tech Orientation Day/Tool Day – NCK Tech

Thursday, May 1st – Noon – Mitchell County Tourism – Courthouse

Saturday, May 3rd – City Wide Garage Sale

Monday, May 5th – Mitchell County Fair Board – Guaranty State Bank

Tuesday, May 6th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Wednesday, May 7th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, May 8th – Noon – Chamber Board

Friday, May 9th – 9am-10:30am – Chamber Coffee – NCK Tech

Monday, May 12th – 7pm – Mitchell County Historical Society – Legion Annex

Tuesday, May 13th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Tuesday, May 13th – 7pm – Cassiopeia

Wednesday, May 14th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, May 15th – 12:30pm – SVED Board Meeting – NCRP

Thursday, May 15th – Last day of school for St. John’s

Friday, May 16th – NCK Tech Commencement

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