Chamber Chat - 11-9-12

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.

Beloit Auto & Truck Plaza
Ford will be sponsoring a fund raiser at Beloit Auto & Truck Plaza on November 15th.  The event is called Go Further With Ford.  It's not only a fund raiser but an opportunity for them to showcase the all new Ford Fusion.  In doing so, Ford has asked BATP to choose a charitable organization to have funds donated to and Pat Kelley chose the local Rotary club.  First of all, you can pre-register at http://www.gofurtherwithfordnight.com/.  Ford suggests that the event be held in the evening, but it will be going on all day long Nov. 15th from 8am -6pm.  Once you register, you come in on the 15th of November and set at a computer and watch a quick 30 second mock American Idol audition.  A webcam will be set up to record your reaction and critique of the audition.  That critique will then be uploaded to Ford who will pick two people in our Kansas City region two weeks following the event to be flown to LA, with air travel for 2, one room for two nights at a deluxe hotel near American Idol/CBS Television City, one spa package at the selected hotel, premium ground transportation, and $400 spending cash.
In addition to the prize package, for every completed registration including webcam taping, for will donate $10.00 to Rotary up to $500 and Pat Kelley will match each donation for a total of $1,000.  There is no need to test drive, there is no need to purchase, just simply pre-register and show up the day of and donate a little of your time and your pretty face to the webcam.  Come on out on the 15th of November and support your local Rotary club. 

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!

Heart Choices Krispy Kreme's
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.

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.

Mitchell County PowerUps
The Mitchell County PowerUps will be meeting at The China House in Beloit on Monday, November 12 at 7 pm for a meal and a short meeting. A "PowerUp" is someone between the ages of 21 and 39 and who live in a rural area by choice. If you fit this description and would like to meet others like you, please plan on attending!

Dental Designs of Solomon Valley, P.A.
Dental Designs of Solomon Valley, P.A. will be hosting an open house from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 20th to celebrate the expansion of the dental practice.  Two new operatories of equipment have been added to provide the needed additional treatment rooms for Dr. Milt Holloway and Dr. Jetta Holloway-Jankowski.  The practice will also be welcoming another hygienist to the practice in December. She is originally from Tipton, KS and is returning to the area with her husband and young daughter.

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.

Guaranty State Bank Celebrates 90 Years!
On November 16th, Guaranty State Bank will celebrate 90 years of being in business. Cake and punch will be served in the lobby all day long.  There will be a drawing for prizes.  We are proud to be "Rock Solid" in the Beloit community for over 90 years! Hope to see you there and help them celebrate this great milestone!

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
Need a gift for a teacher, friend, family or co-worker? 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.

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.

Calendar of Events
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
November 22-23 - Chamber Office Closed

Board Retreat
I want to thank the Chamber Board for meeting on Wednesday, November 7th, for four hours to plan the 2013 year. Great discussions were held and the direction the Board wants the Chamber to go is exciting. In December, look for the 2013 Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce Strategic Plan. Wonderful things are happening and it is a great time to live in Beloit and the surrounding communities.

Good luck to the Beloit Trojan Football team as they travel to Sedgwick tonight for round 3 of the playoffs. Bring home another Trojan victory!

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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