Chamber Chat December 12, 2014

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Chamber Coffee!

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The Chamber Coffee is TODAY, Friday, December 12th at the Chamber Office hosted by World Pest Control from 9am-10:30am. Stop by for a cup of coffee and network with great friends! Shonda has ordered cinnamon rolls so you won’t want to miss out!

If your company would like to host a coffee in 2015, call the Chamber Office at 738-2717 or email The months are filling up fast!

Sizzlin’ with Santa Chili Cook-Off

I would like to thank the following for participating in the Sizzlin’ with Santa Chili Cook-off. Fires of Mordor (aka Beloit Motor, Kelly Kimerer), James Clothing, LCT (Lost Creek Therapies), Meyer Chiropractic, Bed Bug Roasters (aka World Pest Control), Chili off the old Block (aka H & R Block), Gray Drug & Fountain, S & S Home Health (Dave Roberts) and S & S Drug (Jim Johnson). It was a beautiful day and lots of chili was consumed by the public. The public did the judging and the winner was Bed Bug Roasters (aka World Pest Control). Shonda made a white chicken chili that was wonderful! She won by ONE vote over Jim Johnson…I sense a rematch for next year!

I also want to thank Doug Costigan from Sonic for providing all the cups, napkins, spoons and water, Leadership Mitchell County for providing pop and Hiserote Trash for providing a dumpster.

Thanks everyone and get your skills sharpened for next year!

Becker Autos & Trailers Donates $1,975 to Relay for Life

Through the month of October, Becker Autos and Trailers of Downs and Beloit have raised money from each vehicle and trailer sold to be donated to the Relay for Life. In doing so, the Downs and Beloit locations raised a total of $1,975 to be donated to the Mitchell and Osborne County Relay for Life.
“It’s great that with the help from our customers, we were able to raise so much money again this year. We are excited that we were able to donate $1,975 to just top last year’s $1,950. We know that the Relay for Life will be able to use this money to make a difference to individuals in our local communities,” said Lydia Housh, manager of Becker Autos & Trailers in Beloit.

The Relay for Life event will take place at the Mitchell County Fairgrounds again this year on June 13th. There will be children’s activities and games beginning at 4:30P and the walk will begin around 6:00P through midnight that evening. Everyone is invited to join the event and are encouraged to put together a team to walk. To find out more about the local Relay for Life email or check out their official facebook page: American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Mitchell and Osborne County.
At Becker Autos and Trailers, they are proud of what was raised for the cause and hope to continue this yearly event to support the area Relay for Life. To reach Becker Autos and Trailers call 785-534-1227 or to find out more about their inventory please go to

“The best thing about donating to the Relay for Life is that the money raised actually comes back to help the people in our area battling cancer: the people we all know, and the people we call our neighbors and friends!” said Housh.

Santa at Solomon Valley Bank

Solomon Valley Bank has Santa coming! Stop by on Saturday, December 13th between 9am-11am to tell Santa what you would like for Christmas!

Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening

A Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening will take place on Wednesday, December 17th at 9:30am for SONIC. Plan to stop by and take a tour and sample some great food! See you there!

Chautauqua Isle of Lights

Beloit’s Chautauqua Isle of Lights is a fun and beautiful place to bring your family and friends to see. The Park set-up allows for one-way traffic that drives on the lit roads and displays are viewed on both sides of the road.

The display opens tonight, Wednesday, November 26th from 6pm-9pm. It will remain open until December 31st. The hours are Sunday through Thursday 6pm-9pm, Friday and Saturday 6pm-10pm.


If you missed the Chamber Annual Banquet last year, mark your calendars for Saturday, February 21, 2015! You won’t want to miss out again this year!

The Chamber Banquet is set. Keep watching Chamber Chat for the release of who will be performing! Sponsorships are available and you can contact the Chamber Office for more details!


Farmway Customer Appreciation Days POSTER

Guaranty State Bank

Please join the Guaranty State Bank and Trust Company for a Christmas open house on December 19th. They will be serving hors d’oeuvres and snacks all day!

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

High School Basketball
Friday, Dec. 12th: 5:50 p.m. Republic County at Beloit
Radio: Z96.3 the Lake/

Friday, Dec. 12th: 3:20 p.m.Thunder Ridge vs St.John’s/Tipton Girls & Boys

Friday, Dec. 12th: 6:15 p.m.Lakeside at Osborne Girls & Boys

Saturday, Dec. 13th: 1:50 p.m.Lakeside vs Thunder Ridge Girls & Boys

Saturday, Dec. 13th: 5 p.m.St.John’s/Tipton at Osborne Girls & Boys

Call 785-545-3220 if you would like a copy of any of the radio play-by-play broadcasts on KDNS 94.1 or KZDY 96.3

Guaranty State Bank

Santa will arrive at Guaranty State Bank on Wednesday, December 24th to receive that last minute wish list! He will be in the lobby from 9am-11am!

KVSV Production Schedule for High School Basketball

Hear High School Basketball play by play action on KVSV Friday night Dec 12

Republic County at Beloit 5:40pm on KVSV AM1190 The MIx…KVSV FM105.5……also hear on tv cable channel 12 in Beloit and on Synergy Channel 997 on Cunningham Cable


Are you looking for a way to add joy to the holidays? Stop by the NCK Tech Student Union and support the Heart Choices Angel Tree project. The NCK Tech faculty and staff are donating gifts to the Heart Choices center and we need your help to make the project a success.

Bring a gift for a baby or child to campus and enjoy a free lunch (Monday – Friday) at the NCK Tech Café as our “thank you” gift to you! Please contact Krystal Link (785-738-9097) for further information.

Chamber Checks

With the holiday season approaching, a great way to keep your dollars local is with Chamber Checks! Spendable at over 120 Chamber businesses, Chamber Checks make wonderful gifts and employee incentives. These gift certificates are easy to use, just like checks.

Businesses, if you receive Chamber Checks, accept them like a normal check and deposit them with your daily deposits. Please remember to educate your staff on how to accept Chamber Checks. If you have questions, please call the Chamber Office for details.
Chamber Checks are spent exclusively with Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce merchants adding to the local economy.

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!

Thank You for renewing your Membership

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

 AGCO/Sunflower
 American Family Insurance/Allen Kee Agency
 Beloit Rotary Club
 Beloit Senior Center
 Boettcher Supply
 Carrico Implement
 Central National Bank
 Cunningham Telephone & Cable
 Drs Cooper, Banninger & Conway
 E Z Stor Self Storage
 Fouts Insurance Agency
 Frasier, Johnson & Martin LLC
 Heart Choices
 Hilltop Lodge Retirement Community
 Krier’s Auto Parts
 Landoll Corporation
 Linton Insurance
 Ludwig Chiropractic
 Gerald Meier
 Meyer Chiropractic
 Kent Miller
 Mitchell County
 Mitchell County Community Hospital
 Mitre Construction
 NCK Technical College
 OCCK, Beloit Regional Office
 Reiter Land Company
 Ringneck Ranch & Lodge
 Schnell & Pestinger, Inc.
 Shady Oak Farm
 Solomon Valley Hospice
 Solomon Valley Veterinary Hospital
 Super 8 Motel
 EyeCare Center, The
 Wall to Wall Carpet & Interior
 Watts & Son Plumbing, Heating & Air
 Western Ag Crop Insurance
 Woods & Durham
 Zachary’s Ace Hardware

Calendar of Events

Friday, December 12th – 9am-10:30am – Chamber Coffee – World Pest Control at the Chamber Office
Saturday, December 13th – 9am-11am – Santa at Solomon Valley Bank
Tuesday, December 16th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni
Wednesday, December 17th – 9:30am – Ribbon Cutting – Sonic
Wednesday, December 17th – 9:30am – Ministerial Association
Wednesday, December 17th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech
Thursday, December 18th – 12:30pm – SVED – NCRP
Friday, December 19th – Guaranty State Bank Christmas Open House
Monday, December 22nd – January 4th – NCK Tech Winter Break (College Closed)
Tuesday, December 23rd – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni
Wednesday, December 24th – 9am-11am – Santa at Guaranty State Bank Lobby
Wednesday, December 24th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech
Thursday, December 25th & Friday December 26th – Chamber Office closed
Tuesday, December 30th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni
Wednesday, December 31st – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech
Thursday, January 1st & Friday, January 2nd – Chamber Office Closed
Monday, January 5th – 7pm – Mitchell County Fair Board – Guaranty State Bank
Tuesday, January 6th – 10am – Ribbon Cutting, Schoen Funeral Home
Tuesday, January 6th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni
Wednesday, January 7th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech
Thursday, January 8th – Noon – Chamber Board
Friday, January 9th – 9am-10:30am – Chamber Coffee – Nex-Tech Wireless
Friday, January 9th – 1pm – Ribbon Cutting – Catholic Radio Station – Parish Office

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