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Chamber Chat - 10-26-12

Noteworthy News
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 beloitchamber@nckcn.com by Thursday afternoons and I will include it in Chamber Chat!

Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting
The Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting for Bobby Lee's pellet grills & accessories will take place on Wednesday, October 31st from 11am-1pm with the Ribbon Cutting at 11am. They are located at 112 S Hersey (next to American Family Insurance). Please plan to attend to see all the latest in Traeger Grills, rubs, chips, dips, pellets and grilling accessories.

Chamber Coffee!
The Chamber along with Beloit Auto & Truck Plaza, 3133 US Hwy 24, will be hosting a Chamber Coffee on Friday, November 9th from 9am-10:30am. Stop by for a cup of coffee and enjoy networking with good friends and have fun times.

Heart Choices will be selling Krispy Kreme Donuts on Friday, Nov. 9 from 9 am until noon?  Prices are $8/dozen or 3 dozen for $20. Delivery is available to local businesses and should arrive by 9 am, or they may be picked up at Heart Choices, 6th & Independence. 
Call 738-3433 to place your order.

Chamber Checks
A great way to keep your dollars local is with Chamber Checks! Spendable at over 75 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 you deposit them with your daily deposits just like a normal check. Chamber Checks are spent exclusively with Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce merchants adding to the local economy.

Paws for Applause
Do you have a pet you like to dress up for Halloween? There will be a pet costume contest sponsored by Post Rock Humane Society to see if your pet is the best! The contest will take place on Sunday, October 28th at the Beloit Municipal Building from 2pm-4pm. Get your pet registered today! You can pick up a form at S & S Drug, First National Bank, Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems or contact PRHS by email at postrockhumanesociety@gmail.com. Entry fee for pets is only $10. All proceeds will benefit PRHS. Come and enjoy an afternoon of fun!

Save the Date!!!
The Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce would like to announce the dates of the Farm, Home & Garden Show for 2013. Please mark your calendars for April 5th-6th. The show will take place at the Fairgrounds to give us more room. Vendor applications will be going out in the next couple of weeks. If you were not a vendor last year and would like to become one this year, contact the Chamber office at 738-2717 or by email at beloitchamber@nckcn.com.

The Chamber is a "Business Organization". We need to remind ourselves that we are not a civic club, a government entity, a social club or a united way agency. We need to be run like the best business in town.

WorkWell Beloit!
Our first WorkWell Beloit meeting is coming up on November 14th from 11:30am-1pm in the Wellness Center! 
As part of our WorkWellKS grant, it is suggested that we meet on a regular basis (quarterly or monthly) to discuss what is working in your facility in terms of encouraging employees to be healthy.  Some facilities offer flexible lunch hours, offer a discount plan to the gym, provide water or tea to employees at no charge, etc.  I was just at a conference where part of one presenter's presentation focused on the fact that the health of the American workforce is going to be our greatest opposition in the competition in the global market...that the unhealthiness of Americans will be our downfall.  That's scary.  So what can we do to reverse that? 
Due to responses to Worksite Wellness questions asked during a survey of our area, we've invited Brenda Bandy with The Business Case for Breastfeeding to come to Beloit to talk with us to kick off these meetings.  She will not be judging us or our facilities, but coming to educate us on what we, by law, need to offer our employees.  She can not turn any of us in for not providing what is necessary...only a nursing mother that is being neglected can do that.  She also will give you information on grants available. 
We will be providing lunch so please RSVP by November 2nd so we have enough food. 
Human Resources recertification credits are available for those of you who need them.  Please pass the word on to the person in your facility that would be most interested in coming. 

September Labor Report Shows Decreased Unemployment
Kansas experienced a significant decline in the unemployment rate in September and increases in the number of jobs reported since one year ago.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.9 percent in September, a decrease from 6.2 percent last month and 6.7 percent in September 2011. This is the first time this rate has been below 6 percent since December 2008. The non-adjusted unemployment rate was 5.3 percent, down from 6.2 percent in August and from 6.7 percent one year ago.
Mitchell County unemployment rate for September was 3.0 percent, August 2012 was 3.6 percent and for September 2011 was 4.0 percent.

Calendar of Events
October 27 - Cassiopeia Holiday Fair, Municipal Building, 9am-3pm
October 28 - Paws for Applause, Municipal Building, 2pm-4pm
November 7 - Chamber Board Retreat, 4pm-8pm, Plum Creek
November 9 - Chamber Coffee, 9am-10:30am, Beloit Auto & Truck Plaza, 3133 US Hwy 24
November 12 - Chamber Office Closed
November 12 - Veterans Day Parade, 11am

Membership Marketing Opportunities
Want a new way to market your business to the Chamber membership? Here is more ways you can do that!

• membership appreciation sponsor Investment $50
Sponsoring a Membership Appreciation delivery is a great way to share your company name with member businesses annually. Over the course of the year, the Chamber will make a special delivery, such as a box of cookies, to our local membership. These include a label with a list of the sponsors for the year. As a sponsor, your name will appear larger and bolder than the other sponsors for an entire month. If you choose, you or your company representatives can assist in the delivery that month. It's another great chance to network and get your name out!

Please call the Chamber office at 738-2717 or email beloitchamber@nckcn.com if you are interested or would like more information!

At any time, please feel free to stop by the Chamber office at 123 N Mill St. or call me at 738-2717.

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