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Chamber Chat - 11-2-12 - Make sure you read the WARNING!

FEATURE BUSINESS OF THE MONTH
Stop by the Chamber office to check out Zachary's Ace Hardware, Feature Business of the Month.
Beloit's Ace Hardware was one of the very first Ace Hardware's in the state of Kansas, established by Francis Fitzgerald. On September 1, 1983 Bill and Valissa Zachary became the ambitious 2nd owners of this longtime successful business. Many customers remember my dad Bill as the vibrant personality and face of Beloit's Ace for nearly 30 years. He absolutely loved his Ace store and enjoyed each and every customer he served. His extreme dedication to Zachary's Ace Hardware is one of the main reasons for the success of the business. While my dad struggled to retire from Ace and follow his dream of international travel, he knew if he wanted to do it, now was the time. On June 1, 2011 Valissa became the sole owner of the business. I can't tell you how privileged my dad felt to have the customers that he did and the outpouring support that he experienced from our community at his retirement party was nearly overwhelming for him. Even after his retirement and move to Tulsa, you could still find Dad back in the store from time to time helping his customers and last Christmas was no exception. He would put on his Ace shirt with pride and filter through the aisles with his unforgettable smile asking if the customers needed any help. If it wasn't for his tragic passing on January 16, 2012, I am certain you would have seen him many, many times in the store helping his customers during his Beloit trips. While your local Ace has changed hands only one time, our mission never has. Zachary's Ace Hardware is committed to serving our customers, 7 days a week, with the motto of "Helping you is the most important thing I have to do today!" We pride ourselves in providing our patrons with the absolute best customer service, when we say our customers are #1, we mean it! In fact, for the sixth consecutive year, Ace has been awarded the "Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Home Improvement Retail Stores" from JD Power and Associates. When you walk into Zachary's Ace Hardware, you can expect to have one of our 13 professional, friendly and knowledgeable associates approach you with a warm smile eager to help you fulfill your list from start to finish. Luke Long, the store manager says, "We are fortunate to have unmatched customer service, with many of our employees having specialized knowledge in multiple fields. After the move to our new store in March of 2008, we have thousands of new items available on a daily basis and tens of thousands available in a week or less. With the combination of the specialized knowledge, skills, abilities and massive inventory that Zachary's Ace Hardware has to offer--7 days a week-we want to thank our customers for allowing us to prove to them why we should be their first and only stop"! Luke is a vital member and leader of Zachary's Ace Hardware's current and future success. He brings to Ace a great knowledge of many aspects of the business and improves the store with his dedication, innovation and enthusiasm for the future of Beloit and Zachary's Ace Hardware.
When you are in the market for top consumer rated paint, stop by Ace and see what we have to offer and we're positive you will leave with a smile on your face and the perfect color of paint in your hand. We have hundreds of fabulous colors to choose from but, if you have a specific color at home you need matched, bring us a swatch and we can have your formula in a matter of seconds. I can go on all day about every little detail that Zachary's Ace Hardware has to offer, but to save time...I'll just hit the high points! Come see us when you are in need of high quality items at great prices such as sweepers(including Dyson, Hoover and Bissell), electrical, plumbing(including Delta & Moen), BBQ, camping, fishing, patio & outdoor living, ceiling fans, kitchenware(including OXO, Kitchen Aid & Cuisinart), tools(including Craftsman, De Walt, Black & Decker, Milwaukee & Makita), lawn and garden (including Worx) , mowers & snow blowers(including Craftsman & Husqvarna), grills( including Weber) key cutting services, screen repair, glass cutting and so much more, with many more top brands to choose from!

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 & Krispy Kremes
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.

Cunningham Telephone & Cable
The promotion "Lend a Helping Hand" is aimed to help restock the shelves and help fight hunger. Bring five items for the local food pantries to a local Cunningham office and you will get $5 credit on your next month's bill, up to $15 for 15 items. The offer ends November 15th. Offices are located in Beloit, Concordia, Belleville and Glen Elder where the items can be dropped off or at the Jewell County United Methodist Parish Office Monday & Friday 12-4:30pm or Tuesday & Wednesday 9am-4:30pm.

Schnell & Pestinger
Schnell & Pestinger would like to introduce pureWash, eco-friendly laundry system. pureWash is the biggest revolution in home laundry systems since the advent of indoor plumbing. pureWash is an environmentally friendly laundry appliance that produces sparkling clean, dazzling fresh laundry with little or no detergent, bleach or fabric softener. pureWash uses only cold water and installs to your existing washing machine. Water treated by pureWash kills bacteria and viruses and lifts away dirt and grime without depositing chemicals in waste water or leaving residual detergent in fabric.
The average pureWash cost savings for a family of 4 per year (based on the average family of 4 does 8 loads of laundry a week) is $612.41.
Stop wasting money on hot water and laundry chemicals that pollute our environment. Try pureWash today and enjoy fresher, cleaner clothes and linens - the eco-conscious, natural way.

Ribbon Cutting
Please mark your calendars to attend the ribbon cutting for Prather Law Office, 106 E. Main, on Monday, November 19th at 2:00pm.

Solomon Valley Bank
The construction of Solomon Valley Bank has begun and a temporary facility for the bank is now open on Highway 24 in Beloit. Solomon Valley Bank is a branch of First National Bank & Trust. They want to provide the people of Beloit and the surrounding areas with high quality financial services that promote stability within the community, quality of life and promote economic growth.
It is a full service bank with checking accounts, savings accounts, IRA's, CD's and consumer, agriculture, commercial and real estate loans. The bank also offers complete trust services, including investment agency accounts, managed IRAs, self directed IRAs, trust and estate administration and financial planning.
The bank's schedule is Monday through Friday from 8:00am-4:00pm and Saturday from 8:00am-11:00am. (Saturday's time was incorrect in the paper.) More information can be found by calling the Solomon Valley Bank at 785-534-1390 or online at www.agbank.com.

Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting
The Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting was held for Bobby Lee's Pellet Grills & Accessories on Wednesday, October 31st at 11am. They are located at 112 S. Hersey (next to American Family Insurance). Please stop by to see all the latest in Traeger Grills, rubs, chips, dips, pellets and grilling accessories.

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!

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.
We currently are updating our list of accepting merchants. If you would like to be included on the list please email beloitchamber@nckcn.com and you will be added to the list.

Applications are available!!!
The Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce would like to announce the applications for the 2013 Beloit Farm, Home & Garden Show are now available. The show will take place April 5th-6th. at the Fairgrounds. 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 and one will be sent to you. We look for this show to grow so send in your applications early.

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!

WELCOME!
I would like to personally welcome Heather Hartman, Community Development Director, to the Chamber office. Heather started Thursday, November 1st and is excited about her new adventure. Welcome Heather and stop by the Chamber office to say hello.

Thank you!
A big thank you goes out to Angie and Tammy at Woods and Durham for donating four office chairs, file cabinet and rolls of fabric to reupholster some chairs. Heather and I really appreciate the donation.

Copier for Sale
The Chamber has a Ricoh Aficio 220 Copier for sale. It is 22 copies per minute with a document feeder, large capacity tray, two paper trays, bypass tray and stand. It also has five toner cartridges. We are asking $500, OBO. Please call the Chamber office at 785-738-2717 if interested.

WARNING!
I received a phone call this morning from Union State Bank in Clay Center. Someone is using a closed account to write checks in Beloit. The name on the account is Bryan Shoemaker, account number 4649269. The bank said this has been closed for a very long time and they are not sure where the checks came from and the checks are not in sequential order. Please be aware and do not accept these checks from the person who is passing them.

Calendar of Events
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
November 19 - Ribbon Cutting-Prather Law Office-2pm

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.

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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