Chamber Chat September 19, 2014

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Chamber Chat

Chamber Member Verification Form

By now everyone should have received their Chamber Member Verification Form. Please take the time to complete the verification form to ensure I have all your information correct.

As a reminder the Chamber is working on the 2015-2016 (2 year) Mitchell County Community Profile/Chamber Membership directory which should be completed by January 2015.
Key sections in the directory are outlined below
• Provide information on the Chamber
• Overview of the history of Mitchell County
• Highlight historical landmarks
• Identify education options in the area
• Spotlight healthcare resources in Mitchell County
• Recreation
• Economic Development information
• Highlight key local events

Included in the profile will be a Chamber Membership Directory in alphabetical order as well as category order. It is imperative that I have the information correct for your business. Please verify your information on the verification form and mark any corrections or omissions and return by October 1, 2014.

Any additional categories listed, other than your main category, will be an additional $20 (this is billed after the first of the year). If you have questions about this, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

If you would like other representatives in your business to receive the weekly emails or other correspondence from the Chamber, please list them at the bottom of the page or attach an additional sheet.

You can return your information by email to or by mail to Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce, 123 N Mill St, Beloit, KS 67420.

20th Annual Solomon Valley Eagles Car Show Extravaganza

Presented by the Eagles Aerie #3507, the 20th Annual Solomon Valley Eagles Car Show will take place on Saturday, September 20th in Downtown Beloit. Registration will begin at 9am, judging will be from 12 Noon to 1:30pm with the trophy presentation at 3pm. The concession stand will be available 10am to 1:30pm. Bingo will take place 1:30pm-2:30pm.

If you would like to volunteer or have any questions contact Leta Burks at Solomon Valley Eagles at 785-738-2952, 785-438-3308 or 785-534-0930 or Ryan Robinson at 785-738-0158

Your Home for High School Football This Season is KD Country 94 and Z96.3

Locker-Room Chats on Wednesday and Thursdays at 5:10 p.m. covering:
Wednesdays: Beloit, Osborne, Smith Center, Lincoln, & Thunder Ridge
Thursdays: St. John’s-Tipton, Lakeside, Rock Hills, Sylvan-Lucas

Two High School Football Games Every Friday Evening on KD Country 94 & Z96.3.

The “Football Express” The Only Show That Previews All the Games in the Area
Airs Fridays on KD Country 94 at 5:40 p.m. as you travel to the games and Tailgate in the Parking Lot.

The Local High School Scoreboard Show (Get All The Scores and Recaps)
Airs After the Games on KD Country 94 on Fridays at 10:05 p.m.

Find our Complete Broadcast Schedule and listen to all of the Football Broadcasts via the worldwide web at

And for the latest information about your area team, go to

Friday, September 19th

Sacred Heart at Beloit on Z96.3 The Lake and at 6:30 p.m. pregame

Sacred Heart at Beloit LIVE VIDEO STREAM at 6:30 p.m. pregame

Rock Hills at Osborne on KD Country 94 and online at 6:30 p.m. pregame

Independent Community Service Award
Awarded to Cunningham Telephone & Cable

The Chamber would like to congratulate Brent and his staff on their award from Cablefax.
It doesn’t get more grass roots than Cunningham Telephone & Cable. Its first calls, in 1944, ran through a circuit board in the basement of founders Dean and Hazel Cunningham. The couple offered party line service to tiny Glen Elder, in north central KS. Hazel helped run the basement switchboard, which resembled something you’d see on “The Andy Griffith Show.” The first day the company offered service, its acquired plant was in sorry shape. Dean told the lone service tech, “We don’t have nothing to sell but customer service. Let’s get to it.”
Skip forward 70 years and Cunningham Telephone now is Cunningham Telephone & Cable. It’s in 12 communities, providing digital and HD video, high-speed data and voice. But don’t get overwhelmed by the numbers. As Brent Cunningham, VP & GM, tells us, two of those communities have fewer than 30 subscribers. In all, Cunningham has about 4,500 video customers, with 25% taking digital service. Most communities it serves are rural; the nearest Walmart is 40 miles away.
Cunningham also remains a family business, with 3rd and 4th generations of Cunninghams running it, along with 30 employees. After Dean, who was Brent’s great grandfather, his grandfather Robert ran things; following him was Brent’s uncle David. Now it’s Brent’s father, John.
The company’s ethic remains pretty much what it’s always been—grow the business locally by providing great customer service and offering advanced products. Today those products are delivered by fiber optics, digital and IP equipment.
Cunningham’s customers are its neighbors. “We know almost all our customers by their first name,” Brent says. On the morning we spoke with him, he received a call at 7:30 am at home from a customer. “I don’t mind that at all,” he says. “I think it’s an advantage that our customers can talk directly with the management of our company.”
It’s easy to see the roots of Cunningham’s commitment to community service. Commitment is a family trait. Two summers ago, a Cunningham contractor crew accidentally cut a sewer main. With all of its technicians occupied, company President John Cunningham grabbed a spade and soon was knee-deep in the mud. “That spoke volumes about commitment,” Brent says.
In this environment, community participation is essential, and Cunningham is heavily involved. Several years ago an area food bank was in dire need, so Cunningham ran a Christmas promotion in which customers could bring food items to its offices and in return get a discount on their cable bills. “I was amazed at the response we got,” Brent says. “We’ve continued to do that every year since.” Other businesses have followed suit.
The company also works closely with the local technical college, serving on its advisory board, taking interns and providing supplies for classes. “This year we had the opportunity to be a founding member of the Solomon Valley Community Foundation, which help set up an endowment fund for scholarships and community projects.” Another recent initiative involved a donation of funds and volunteer labor to help build a city park.
“Cunningham is a great role-model for small-town cable companies, they care about their customers, and it is evident in their service and community involvement,” says NCTC VP, Communications Dan Mulvenon. Mulvenon knows first-hand. His father-in-law built the original system in Beloit, KS, now owned by Cunningham. When his mother-in-law was moving last year, Mulvenon’s wife visited the Beloit office. “She said it was like stepping back in time—the same office she visited often as a child, but more so in the care and time the office rep took to help her with her mom’s account.”
As Brent says, “We are fully vested in the success of these areas not just for our company, but to help the areas succeed for the benefit of all of us.” After all, “we and all our employees live here, too.”
-Seth Arenstein
– See more at:

Cunningham Telephone & Cable

cunningham survey

The deadline to take the survey is the end of September.

LEAP Event



Sonic is getting ready to make their location bigger and better! September 27th will be the last day for the “old Sonic”. Come September 28th demolition will take place. Sonic will be tearing down their old store and rebuilding in the same location. Weather permitting it will take around 45-60 days. Doug will keep us informed on the progress.

We are excited for Doug and his team at Sonic! You have 9 days to get your Sonic fix in!

Beloit Holiday Fair

Beloit Holiday Fair ON-14

Chamber Coffee!

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The Chamber Coffee is Friday, October 10th at S & S Drug, 110 S Mill St. Stop by for a cup of coffee and networking with great friends!

Heart Choices

Sunday, September 28
3:00 PM
(registration begins at 2:30)

5k run, 5k Walk, 1 mile walk

Fun for the whole family, including
Kids’ relay races, obstacle course,
Bounce Houses, inflatable games,
Putt-putt golf, face painting, Brain Pain sno cones, and more!!

Live entertainment by
Roger Cooper
(folk and gospel vocalist)
Pork burger and hot dog meal provided

FREE t-shirt to those who pay $20 registration fee
Or collect $20 or more in donations for Heart Choices
(register by September 19 to guarantee free t-shirt)

Fun for the WHOLE FAMILY!!
Bring your lawn chairs and CELEBRATE LIFE!!

Prizes for top individual and top team fundraisers!!
Register online and set up your fundraising page on the walk-run 4 life page

All funds go toward funding pregnancy and parenting services and sexual integrity education in North Central Kansas! All services are provided free of charge.
Heart Choices is a 501-c-3 non-profit and donations are tax deductible.
Call 738-3433 for more information!

Annual Cooportunity Day Cookout


Farmway Co-op, Farmway Credit Union and Rolling Hills Electric are kicking off October National Co-op Month once again with the Annual Cooportunity Day Cookout! The date is Friday, October 3rd from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Chautauqua Park. We’re encouraging everyone to enjoy a free meal with the co-op team AND bring a non-perishable item for the Mitchell County Food Pantry.

Relay 4 Life Spirit of the Season Home Tour

The 6th annual Relay 4 Life Spirit of the Season home tour will be Saturday December 6th from 1 to 5(times may change a little bit) and are looking for people who would open their homes for this great cause. Please contact Mary Jane Chapman at 785 738 8322 if you have any interest in this or would like to volunteer a friend . We need these homes as soon as possible so call for more information. Thanks!


FOOD PANTRY_Coop Month Poster

Farmway Co-op is hosting a Farmway Co-op wide Food Pantry Drive throughout the month of October. Community members, employees, producers, etc. are encouraged to drop off non-perishable items at ANY Farmway Co-op location throughout the month of October. The items will then be donated to the local food pantry in that area. Last year, together Farmway Co-op and the community raised more than 700 pounds of non-perishable items that were donated to four food pantries. We hope to exceed that amount this year!

Central National Bank

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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

Saturday, September 20th – Eagles Car Show – Downtown Beloit
Tuesday, September 23rd – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni
Wednesday, September 24th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech
Wednesday, September 24th – 5:30pm – LEAP Event – Down Under
Sunday, September 28th – 3pm – Heart Choices Walk Run For Life – Chautauqua Park
Tuesday, September 30th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni
Wednesday, October 1st – Social Justice Day – St. John’s School
Wednesday, October 1st – 9:45am – Ribbon Cutting – ReNew Massage Therapy & Day Spa
Wednesday, October 1st – 10am-6pm – Open House – ReNew Massage Therapy & Day Spa
Wednesday, October 1st – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech
Friday, October 3rd – 11am-1pm – Annual Cooportunity Day Cookout – Chautauqua Park
Monday, October 6th – 7pm – Mitchell County Fair Board – Guaranty State Bank
Tuesday, October 7th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni
Wednesday, October 8th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech
Thursday, October 9th – Noon – Chamber Board Meeting
Thursday, October 9th – Noon – Mitchell County Tourism – Courthouse
Friday, October 10th – 9am – Chamber Coffee – S & S Drug
Monday, October 13th – 7pm – Mitchell County Historical Society – Legion Annex
Tuesday, October 14th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni
Tuesday, October 14th – 7pm – Cassiopeia
Wednesday, October 15th – 9:30am – Beloit Ministerial Alliance
Wednesday, October 15th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech
Thursday, October 16th – 12:30pm – SVED Board – NCRP
Tuesday, October 21st – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni
Wednesday, October 22nd – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech
Saturday, October 25th – 9am – Beloit Holiday Craft Fair – Muni

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