Chamber Chat May 30, 2014


Chamber Chat 

8 Man Pep Rally  

As many of you already know, the 29th Annual Kansas 8-Man All-Star Football Games are scheduled for Saturday, June 7th at Trojan Field in Beloit beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Pep Rally & Ice Cream Social for the players, coaches and fans on Friday, June 6th, between 2:00pm –3:00 p.m., in downtown Beloit.  

Over 90 players and coaches will be introduced, signing autographs, playing games and treated to free ice cream.  There will be kid’s games, giveaways, and much much more.  This is a great way to come and help celebrate the best of the best in 8-Man football.

We would like ALL businesses to decorate with the 8-man team colors, which are GREEN, GOLD, RED, AND BLUE. Feel free to be creative J  Let’s show everyone how proud we are to be hosting the 8-Man games in Beloit!

If you would like to help sponsor the 8 man pep rally, contact the Chamber office for more information at 785-738-2717 or by email at  

2014 Business Appreciation Month winners announced

24 Regional Business Excellence winners, 76 Merit Award winners honored

The Kansas Department of Commerce has named 24 Regional Business Excellence Award winners and 76 Merit Award winners as part of Business Appreciation Month, the Department’s annual celebration of Kansas businesses and their contributions to their communities and the state economy.

The 100 businesses were nominated in one of four categories: manufacturing/distribution, service, retail and hospital/non-profit. Five of the 24 Regional Business Excellence Award winners have been named finalists for the Governor’s Award of Excellence, the top award given to a business by the state, which will be announced June 17 at the Team Kansas Awards Banquet in Wichita. The five finalists are:

 Benefit Management Inc., Great Bend

 Galaxy Technologies, Winfield

 Geary Community Hospital, Junction City

 Grandstand Glassware and Apparel, Lawrence

 LifeTeam, Newton

“The businesses honored during Business Appreciation Month have made outstanding contributions to our economy and their communities,” Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George said. “These businesses are investing and hiring in Kansas and as a result our state is enjoying strong job growth and a vibrant economy.

Regional Winners include:

Becker Autos & Trailers, nominated by Solomon Valley Economic Development for Mitchell & Osborne Counties.

Merit Award Winners include:

Kohler Manufacturing & Repair, LLC, nominated by Solomon Valley Economic Development for Mitchell County.

Solomon Valley Hospice, nominated by Solomon Valley Economic Development for Mitchell County.

For more information, visit



The EyeCare Center to Hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Office in Beloit 


The EyeCare Center will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the opening of their new office in Beloit, Kansas, on Tuesday, June 3rd at Noon.

The EyeCare Center announced plans for construction at 124 N. Mill Street in downtown Beloit in the fall of 2013. The building is new construction and measures 6,000 sq ft.

“The warm welcome we have received from the community has far exceeded our expectations,” said Dr. Chad Thompson. “We look forward to many years of growth and success in downtown Beloit.”

Members of The EyeCare Center will be available to answer questions.

A Grand Opening ceremony will take place on Wednesday, July 9th. 

American Cancer Society Relay for Life 

Join the fight against cancer!

Relay for Life of Mitchell-Osborne County

June 7 – June 8, 2014


Mitchell County Fairgrounds, Beloit, KS

For more information contact 785-346-6497 or email

Cunningham Telephone & Cable

Sign up now for the new Synergy Whole Home DVR system and get 2 months FREE!!  Contact your local office for more details.

New or upgraded services must be ordered by July 18, 2014 to qualify for free promotion. Must keep services for six months or early termination fees will apply. Offer is only valid for customers in good standing. Contact office for complete details. 

Beloit: 785-534-1111                Belleville: 785-527-2226 

Concordia: 785-243-4068         Glen Elder: 800-287-8495, 785-545-3215 

Chamber Coffee!

Mark your calendars to attend!  The next Chamber Coffee will be Friday, June 13th at OCCK.  Stop by for a cup of coffee and great networking!  Friday, July 18th Chamber Coffee will be at Gray Drug & Fountain. 

Waconda Lake Fireworks 

Well friends we have some disappointing news. A few weeks ago the Bureau of Reclamation notified the Waconda Lake Association that they will not be allowing fireworks at any of their lakes (Waconda, Lovewell, Prairie Dog, etc) This was NOT a weather related decision. So we are quickly trying to search for other options such as landowners near the lake. We understand that Mother Nature may prohibit this event from occurring all together with the lack of rain. However, with recent moisture and the possibility if it continuing we’d like to keep our options open. If you are a landowner near the lake and are interested please contact Heather Johnson at 785-738-8905.  


Save the Date!

The NCK Tech 50th Anniversary Celebration will begin with a   “Golden Opportunities” Dinner and Auction event on

Saturday, August 23, 2014.

Don’t miss the opportunity to sponsor the event, donate to the auction and celebrate with us!!

Celebration Events:

5K Walk/Run

Golden Opportunities Dinner and Auction

Visit our website:   

for 5K Registration, Sponsorship and Donation Opportunities and Ticket Order forms. 

Questions?  Contact Mari Tucker at or 785-738-9051. 

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! 


Are you a NCK Tech Grad? 

Over the years, we’ve changed our name but our commitment to high quality technical education and to our students has never wavered. We encourage all alumni to join the Alumni Association.

There’s no fee to join and registration is easy!

Visit: for further information and registration. 

Calendar of Events

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

Tuesday, June 3rd – Noon – Ribbon Cutting – The EyeCare Center

Tuesday, June 3rd – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni

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

Thursday, June 5th – 11am – Mitchell County Tourism – Plum Creek

Friday, June 6th – 2pm – 8-Man Football Pep Rally – Downtown Beloit

Saturday, June 7th – 10am – 8-Man Football All-Star Games – Trojan Stadium

Monday, June 9th-Thursday, June 12th – NCK Tech IT Boot Camp

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

Tuesday, June 10th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni

Tuesday, June 10th – 7pm – Cassiopeia

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

Thursday, June 12th – Noon – Chamber Board Meeting

Friday, June 13th – 9am – Chamber Coffee – OCCK

Tuesday, June 17th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni

Wednesday, June 18th – 9:30am – Beloit Ministerial Alliance

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

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

Tuesday, June 24th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni

Wednesday, June 25th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Friday, July 4th – Chamber Office Closed

Tuesday, July 1st – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni

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

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

Tuesday, July 8th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni

Tuesday, July 8th – 7pm – Cassiopeia

Wednesday, July 9th – Grand Opening of The EyeCare Center

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

Tuesday, July 15th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni

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

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

Friday, July 18th – 9am-10:30am – Chamber Coffee – Gray Drug & Fountain

Tuesday, July 22nd – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni

Saturday, July 26th – St. John’s Harvest Festival

Tuesday, July 29th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni

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