Chamber Chat December 22, 2017

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209 E Main #104, Beloit, KS 67420 ¨ 785-738-2717 ¨

Chamber Chat



Santa @ Guaranty State Bank

Santa will make a final appearance in Beloit at Guaranty State Bank on Friday, December 22nd from 9am-11am.  If you haven’t had a chance to tell Santa what you would like for Christmas you will have one last chance!


Breast Friends Foundation of Osborne & Mitchell Counties

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KVSV Broadcast Schedule

Hear K-St Mens Basketball on KVSV AM1190 the Mix and KVSV FM 105.5

Fri Dec 29th……7pm……Kansas St at Iowa St

Mon Jan 1st…West Virginia at K St……3pm

Hear The Cactus Bowl Tuesday night Dec 26 on KVSV FM105.5 and AM1190 KVSV The MIx

6pm Pre Game….Kansas State vs UCLA


Zachary’s Ace Hardware

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Kettle Specials

Grilled Cheese: “The Christmas Feast” Glazed ham, cherry chutney, herb dressing, and Havarti cheese

Soup: Roasted pumpkin and apple

Drink: All Holiday Beers, $3.50



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Beloit Arts Center, Solomon Valley Cinema & NCK Wellness Center  

Looking for activities to do over Christmas Break? Solomon Valley Cinema, The Beloit Arts Center and the NCK Wellness Center are bringing you a  Break from Boredom!

  • Tues Dec 26: Free Family Film, Alvin & the Chipmunks @ the Cinema – 1:00pm – Open to the public! Discounted Small Combos!
  • Wed Dec 27: Free Creature Feature Art & Yoga/Dance Activities @ the Arts Center (Must be kindergarten aged and older) 1:00-3:00pm. Activities will begin @ Beloit Arts Center Dance Studio 114 S Mill St.
  • Thurs Dec 28: Free Access to any portion of the facility for the entire family @ the NCK Wellness Center 12:30pm -3:00 pm. Nutrition class-12:30 pm. Bring the kids to swim, play games in the gym, or workout while they play.  Open to the public!  Come see what they have to offer for the New Year!

Parents are welcome, but not required to stay for activities.  If not attending with your child, please check your child in and out at each event.

For questions, please contact Amanda Schwerman 785-545-8409


Kansas Rides 81 Connection

Salina, Kansas – Monthly passes, punch cards and tickets are now available for purchase for the new fixed route bus service from Belleville to Salina, 81 Connection, for use by passengers in January 2018.

Additional fare options are available for frequent riders.  A six trip ticket strip (6 tickets worth $1.00 each) will be available for $5.00.  A punch card with 24 punches worth $1.00 each can be purchased for $20.00.  A monthly pass for unlimited rides during the current month can be purchased for $50.00.

Locations to purchase these options include OCCK Transportation, 340 N. Santa Fe, and OCCK, Inc., 1710 W. Schilling, both in Salina; Ottawa County Transportation at 817 Argyle, Minneapolis; and the Concordia Senior Center at 109 W. 7th, Concordia.  At this time, drivers will not be able to sell these additional fare options.

The Salina locations will take cash, checks or credit and debit cards.  The Minneapolis and Concordia locations will only take cash or checks.

Starting January 2, 2018, regular fares will apply.  Basically one-way fares are $1.00 from town to town.  A trip from Belleville to Salina will cost $4.00.  Passengers will be able to pay a one time fare in cash each time they ride.

Passengers will pay the exact fare to the fare box on the bus.  The driver will not make change.

A Salina CityGo bus pass is included in the Salina fare.

The 81 Connection bus service has three bi-directional trips each day, Monday through Friday.  The first route starts in Belleville at 6:45 a.m., then heads south on Highway 81 to three stops in Concordia, a stop at the Highway 24/Highway 81 junction, a stop in Minneapolis and stops at 7th and Walnut and Wal-Mart in Salina and then heads back to north to the same stops.  The bus runs this loop twice and finishes in Belleville around 5:40 p.m. each day.

A second bus leaves Salina at 1:00 p.m. and heads north on Highway 81 to the same stop in Minneapolis, the stop at the Highway 24/Highway 81 junction, three stops in Concordia and the stop in Belleville, before heading back to Salina with the same stops.  The bus finishes in Salina around 6:00 p.m. each day.

Poles and signs have been installed at the stop locations.  Riders can find stop and time information on each pole.

The 81 Connection is operated and managed by OCCK Transportation.  Initial funding for the project came from the Earl Bane Foundation, who provided the 30% local match, as well as the Kansas Department of Transportation, who provided the remaining 70%.

For more information about the 81 Connection and Kansas Rides, visit  For more information about OCCK, Inc., visit  For more information about CityGo and OCCK Transportation, visit Or, contact Michelle Griffin, Mobility Manager (, or the OCCK Transportation Center at 785-826-1583.


Chamber Coffee

Join us for the “Chamber Coffee” Friday, January 12th at Hope for Healing, 710 E South, from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (This will be at Hope for Healing)

At 9:30am, Katrina & Skilar will give a short presentation on their business.  After the presentation, stick around for more discussion!

There will be refreshments and tons of networking!



The Chamber Annual Banquet is set for February 3rd at Down Under!  The theme this year will be “Are You Ready for Some Football!”

More details to come!  Mark your calendars!


Thank You for renewing your Membership

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

¥       Abram Ready Mix, Inc.

¥       Anderson Insurance

¥       Beloit Ministerial Association

¥       Beloit Ready Mix

¥       Brown’s Electronics

¥       Cassiopeia

¥       Central Valley Ag

¥       Dental Designs of Solomon Valley

¥       Hilltop Lodge

¥       Mitchell County Community Hospital

¥       NCK Technical College

¥       NCK Wellness Center

¥       OCCK

¥       Owen Chiropractic

¥       Pestinger Distributing

¥       Pizza Hut

¥       Jay Rowh

¥       Schnell & Pestinger

¥       Solomon Valley Cinema


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, December 22nd – 9am-11pm – Santa at Guaranty State Bank

Monday, December 25th – MERRY CHRISTMAS!  Chamber office Closed

Wednesday, December 27th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Sunday, December 31st – HAPPY NEW YEAR!

2018—Monday, January 1st – Chamber office Closed

Tuesday, January 2nd – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room

Wednesday, January 3rd – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, January 4th – Noon – Mitchell County Tourism – Courthouse

Monday, January 8th – 5:30pm – Mitchell County Historical Society – Museum

Tuesday, January 9th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room

Tuesday, January 9th – 7pm – Cassiopeia

Wednesday, January 10th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, January 11th – Noon – Chamber Board

Friday, January 12th – 9am-10:30am – Chamber Coffee @ Hope for Healing

Tuesday, January 16th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room

Wednesday, January 17th – 9:30am – Beloit Ministerial Association

Wednesday, January 17th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, January 18th – 12:30pm – SVED Board – NCRPC

Tuesday, January 23rd – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room

Wednesday, January 24th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Tuesday, January 30th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room

Wednesday, January 31st – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

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

**Saturday, February 3rd – 6pm – Chamber Annual Banquet, “Are You Ready for Some Football!” – Down Under


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