Chamber Chat November 18, 2016

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

Chamber Chat


The Chamber and Community Development Offices Moving! 

Yes you heard it correctly!  We are finally moving!  Heather and I are both so excited about our new office space.  Renovations are almost complete and moving day is scheduled in the very near future!  Our new address will be 209 E Main #104.  Everything else will remain the same, just a different location.  We look forward to being in the Porter House and can’t wait to show it off once we are settled.


Welcome New Chamber Member

The Chamber would like to welcome LockIT Technologies LLC as the newest member of the Chamber.

Kirby Fox, Mitchell Matter and Scott Hardin would like to announce the opening of their business LockIT Technologies LLCLockIT is available now and will be opening locations in Beloit and Concordia.  We will provide technical and network support for homes and businesses in the area.  We can service PCs, servers, firewalls, backups and more.  LockIT is run by local technicians with 32 years combined experience.  We are customer focused and network security minded.  Whether your network needs upgraded, migrated or renovated, LockIT can help.

LockIT Technologies LLC addresses are 123 N Mill St (old Chamber Building) in Beloit and 2201 E 6th in Concordia.  For more information, or email  Mitchell Matter can be reached at 785-545-6734 or, Scott Hardin at 785-534-0454 or and Kirby Fox at 785-614-2426 or

Congratulations to Kirby, Mitchell and Scott on their new endeavors.  The Chamber is proud to have you as a member.


Welcome New Chamber Member

The Chamber would like to welcome T4 Electric LLC as the newest member of the Chamber.  Peter Sevilla, Owner/Operator, specializes in residential and commercial electric.  T4 Electric LLC is bonded and insured.

To contact T4 Electric LLC for all of your electrical needs, call 785-534-9936 or email

Congratulations Peter on your business!  We are proud to have you in the community!



With Donald Trump’s election comes uncertainty about the long-term prospects for the new overtime rule.  The regulation, which increases the minimum salary an employee can be paid and be classified as exempt, is scheduled to increase to $913 effective December 1, 2016.

Will Trump or Congress put the wheels into motion to limit its application?  President-Elect Donald Trump told a news outlet in a brief interview Aug. 12 that he favors a small-business exemption from the overtime rule.

Congress already has numerous proposals to delay or phase in the overtime rule. Both the House and Senate have agreed on measures which would delay the implementation of the regulation by six months.  Staff for President Barack Obama said he would likely veto them, if any reached his desk.  Come January 21st, Trump might be more receptive to them. However, this does not get employers around the December 1 effective date.

A group of 21 States, including Kansas, have challenged  the overtime rule.  Also filed on the same day, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Federation of Independent Business, National Retail Federation and other business groups brought their own separate legal challenge of the overtime rule.

On Wednesday, November 16th, a Texas judge heard arguments regarding a motion for a nationwide injunction to delay the implementation of the updates to the overtime rules.  The next step is for the court to rule on the motion for a preliminary injunction, which is expected on November 22nd.  In addition, the court has scheduled a hearing date on November 28th.  This hearing would be held if the state’s motion for preliminary injunction is denied.

How to Prepare for the New Federal Overtime Rule

“The door is still open to something happening before the December 1st implementation deadline,” said Venette Davis, co-owner of H&R Block Beloit.  “Hanging your hope on the State challenge will cut implementation razor thin if the decision favors the DOL.”

“Any comp changes that are required must be implemented in the pay period that includes December 1.  For an employer who pays every two weeks and their pay period starts on Monday, November 21st, they will need to have the new pay strategy in place on Monday.”

For strategies on how to keep the pay neutral, contact H&R Block at 738-5801.

Overtime Pay Options

  • Increase comp to $913/week
  • Realign job duties to eliminate OT
  • Pay employees OT
  • Reduce hourly rate to account for average OT
  • Use a fluctuating hourly rate


Chamber Coffee!

Join us for the “Chamber Coffee” Friday, December 9th hosted by Porter House, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (come and go) There will be refreshments, coffee and tons of networking!


KDNS Broadcast Schedule

Saturday: November 19th

8-Man DI State Football Championship Osborne vs St. Francis 3:00 p.m. pregame

Radio: KD Country 94 &


Solomon Valley Transportation


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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 is opens Wednesday, November 23rd and will remain open until December 31st.  The hours are Sunday through Thursday 6pm-9pm, Friday and Saturday 6pm-10pm.


Schedule of Events for December 3rd

11am              Sizzlin with Santa Chili Cook-Off

11:30am         Santa Arrives at S & S Home Health

12:30pm         Winner announced for the Sizzlin with Santa Chili Cook-Off

(voting at chili cook-off done by $$, “Change for a Cause”   to benefit Angel                            Tree.  The team with the most $$ will win bragging rights for the year!)

2pm                Free Movie “Arthur Christmas” at Solomon Valley Cinema sponsored by

H & R Block

5pm-7:30pm  St. Johns Soup & Bake Sale @ St Johns High School

6pm                Isle of Lights


Sizzlin with Santa Chili Cook-Off

Voting will be different this year.  You will cast your vote with money, “Change for a Cause”.  The team with the most money will win bragging rights for the year!  All donations received will benefit the Angel Tree.   

 If you would like to show off your chili cooking skills, fill out the attached flyer and send it in!



Holiday Home Tours



Solomon Valley Cinema & H&R Block

Join the fun and festivities at Solomon Valley CinemaH&R Block Beloit is sponsoring a free movie day at the Cinema on Saturday, December 3rd.

According to Amanda Schwerman, Cinema Manager, “We want to show appreciation to people in the area for their support throughout the year.  Their patronage is what makes it possible to keep the doors open, the prices down, and the movie selection good.”

This year, the Cinema is partnering with H&R Block Beloit to bring Arthur Christmas to the theatre.   “We chose to sponsor this program because of our commitment to community,” said Robert Davis, H&R Block Beloit Owner.  “We feel fortunate to have such a nice facility in the area and to get new releases in the theatre so quickly.”

There is no admission charge for the movies.  Concessions will be for sale.  The movie is open to people of all ages. There will be a drawing at each showing for punch cards with 10 free adult admissions and 10 free child admissions.

Christmas is a time to enjoy family and friends.  Join your friends at Solomon Valley Cinema on December 3rd at 2:00 pm for Arthur Christmas.


Holiday Pet Sitting



Kettle Specials

Kettle’s specials next week are:

Grilled Cheese-“The Feast” (Dressing, Turkey, Cranberry Sauce and         Havarti)

Soup-Vichyssoise (Potato and Leek)

Drink of the Week-All Boulevard Beer, $3.50


KVSV Broadcast Schedule

Hear Kansas State Mens Basketball on KVSV FM 105.5 and AM 1190 KVSV The Mix 

Sun November 20th

5pm – Hampton at Kansas State


Kettle Events






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

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

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

Wednesday, November 23rd – 6pm – Opening night of Isle of Lights – Chautauqua Park

Thursday, November 24th – Friday, November 25th – Chamber Office Closed

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

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

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

Saturday, December 3rd – 11am – Sizzlin’ with Santa Chili Cook-Off! – Downtown

Saturday, December 3rd – 11:30am – Santa arrives downtown at S & S Home Health

Saturday, December 3rd – 2pm – Free Movie, Arthur Christmas, sponsored by H & R Block –        Solomon Valley Cinema

Saturday, December 3rd – 5pm-7:30pm – St. John’s Soup & Bake Sale – St. John’s High School

Saturday, December 3rd – 6pm-10pm – Isle of Lights – Chautauqua Park

Sunday, December 4th – 9am-12 Noon – St. John’s Soup & Bake Sale – St. John’s High School

Monday, December 5th – 7pm – Mitchell County Fair Board – Guaranty State Bank

Tuesday, December 6th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni

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

Thursday, December 8th – Noon – Chamber Board

Friday, December 9th – 9am-10:30am – Chamber Coffee – Porter House

Saturday, December 10th – 9am – Santa at Solomon Valley Bank

Saturday, December 10th – Noon-4pm – Holiday Home Tours

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

Tuesday, December 13th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni

Tuesday, December 13th – 7pm – Cassiopeia

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

Thursday, December 15th – 12:30pm – SVED Board – NCRPC

Tuesday, December 20th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni

Wednesday, December 21st – 9:30am – Beloit Ministerial Association

Wednesday, December 21st – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Tuesday, December 27th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni

Wednesday, December 28th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech


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