Chamber Chat June 10, 2016

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123 N Mill St., Beloit, KS 67420 ¨ 785-738-2717 ¨


Chamber Chat 

Chamber Coffee!

Join us for the “Chamber Coffee”, TODAY, Friday, June 10th at Kettle, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. to help celebrate their 1 year Anniversary!  (come and go)

There will be refreshments and tons of networking!


8 Man Pep Rally (TODAY!) 

The 31st Annual Kansas 8-Man All-Star Football Games are scheduled for Saturday, June 11th 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 10th, starting at 2pm., 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!


Welcome New Chamber Member!

The Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome The Pet Connection, Inc., as the newest member of the Chamber.

Melody Kelso, Executive Director, trainer, animal caretaker & behavioral team member and original founders, has been training dogs for over 20 years.  After completing a three month internship with Anne Mackey in 1993, she completed a one year internship with Westwood Animal Hospital and was hired as one of the primary dog trainers for their clinic.  She has trained in various animal hospitals and provided educational seminars for organizations including Animal Haven, Companion Animals, Johnson County Community College, Johnson County Mental Health, Longview Community College and Ranchmart.


In 1996, she operated a day care, pet sitting and dog training service for a little over a year before she closed the doors to become the executive director of Animal Haven.  Through her work with Heart of America Humane Society, Abandoned Animal Rescue, Border Collie Rescue and Animal Haven she has fostered hundreds of dogs.  Many dogs rescued by Melody are considered special needs and require work with aggression, separation anxiety, fears, basic training, deafness, blindness and other medical or behavioral issues.

Jason Huff, trainer, animal caretaker & behavioral team member, is one of the original founders of The Pet Connection.  Jason earned a degree in sociology from the University of Kansas in 1999 and started fostering for The Pet Connection in 2000. He started studying animal behavior in 2002. Jason became a full-time employee for The Pet Connection Rescue Development in 2003. He became a board member in 2005 and started teaching behavior consultant classes for The Pet Connection in 2006. In 2006, he became Director of Operations in charge of starting new programs and overseeing the dog adoption program.

The Pet Connection, Inc., Sanctuary & Rehabilitation Center is located at

1301 Asherville Rd Lot E.  Melody or Jason can be reached at 913-671-7387.  The website is or find them on Facebook under Melody Kelso.

They are currently rehabilitating 30 dogs and are in need of volunteers to help.  Contact Melody or Jason if you are interested.

The Chamber would like to congratulate Melody and Jason for a wonderful addition to Beloit and Mitchell County! 


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Kettle Specials for Week of June 13th    

Grilled Cheese: “The Muff” Muffuletta Grilled Cheese

Beer of the Week: New Belgium beers, $3.50

Wine Wednesday Duo: International Wines-Spain Sangria and Germany   Riesling for $10



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Job Fair

Dear North Central Kansas Employers:

As many of you know, employees at Arvos (Concordia) were notified of potential permanent layoffs starting in July. Kansas Workforce One will be on the ground in mid-June to help employees navigate through unemployment, resume building, job searches, healthcare, etc. The Cloud County Employee Task Force in partnership with Kansas Workforce One will be hosting a job fair on Tuesday, June 21st from 1:00pm-7:00pm at the Cloud County Fairgrounds Commercial Building.

This job fair will be for Arvos employees and their spouses only. This will be your opportunity to meet with this highly skilled workforce.

Employees that are laid off will be eligible for workforce training dollars. This means they qualify for training dollars for school (up to $3000 a semester) or their new employers are eligible for a $3000 stipend for on the job training. Displaced homemakers are also eligible for retraining or on the job training dollars.

If you would like a booth at the job fair, please email me at Tables and chairs will be provided. Deadline for booth space is Friday, June 17th. If you cannot make it but have a job you would like to list with us, please also email We will be communicating with employees throughout the next few months with job opportunities as they arise.

Please consider having a booth, even if you only have one job to offer. Your show of support lets our guys and gals know that we want to keep them here in the community. Thank you for your attention to this matter.


Rolling Hills

A “Meet & Greet” is scheduled for June 20th from 3:00-4:00 at the new location.  Rolling Hills Electric will host a Co-op Candidate Tour from 3-4 p.m. The Co-op Candidate Tour is

sponsored by Kansas Electric Cooperative, Inc.’s Legislative department as part of National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) Co-ops Vote initiative.

Co-ops Vote is a national nonpartisan campaign to encourage co-op members to register to vote, educate voters on key issues, and encourage members to vote for candidates that support electric co-ops.


Cawker City Farmer’s Market

Farmer's Ad


Thank You for renewing your Membership

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

  • 8th Street Liquor
  • S & S Drug
  • Shopko



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 at noon and I will include it in Chamber Chat!


Calendar of Events

Friday, June 10th – 9am-10:30am – Chamber Coffee – Kettle

Friday, June 10th – 2pm – 8-Man Football Pep Rally – Downtown

Saturday, June 11th – 10am – Division II 8-Man All Star Football Game – Trojan Field

Saturday, June 11th – 1:30pm – Division I 8-Man All Star Football Game – Trojan Field

Monday, June 13th – 7pm – Mitchell County Historical Society – Legion Annex

Tuesday, June 14th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni

Tuesday, June 14th – 7pm – Cassiopeia

Wednesday, June 15th – 9:30am – Beloit Ministerial Association

Wednesday, June 15th – Noon – Lions Club

Thursday, June 16th – 12:30pm – SVED Board – NCRPC

Monday, June 20th – 3pm-4pm – Meet & Greet Tours & Rolling Hills

Tuesday, June 21st – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni

Tuesday, June 21st – 1pm-7pm – Job Fair  – Cloud County Fairgrounds Commercial Building

Wednesday, June 22nd – Noon – Lions Club

Tuesday, June 28th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni

Wednesday, June 29th – Noon – Lions Club

Monday, July 4th – Chamber Office closed

Tuesday, July 5th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni

Wednesday, July 6th – Noon – Lions Club

Thursday, July 7th – Mitchell County Tourism – Courthouse

Friday, July 8th – 9am-10:30am – Chamber Coffee – Solomon Valley Bank

Friday, July 8th – 11am – Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening – Rolling Hills Electric

Monday, July 11th – 7pm – Mitchell County Historical Society – Legion Annex

Tuesday, July 12th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni

Tuesday, July 12th – 7pm – Cassiopeia

Wednesday, July 13th – Noon – Lions Club

Thursday, July 14th – Noon – Chamber Board


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