Chamber Chat - 7-3-13

Fireworks Safety
The National Council on Fireworks Safety offers these common sense safety tips for using consumer fireworks in hopes that injuries to consumers can be greatly reduced this season:
• Know your fireworks; Read the warning labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
• Have a designated shooter to organize and shoot your family show.
• Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
• Parents and caretakers should always closely supervise teens if they are using fireworks.
• Parents should not allow young children to handle or use fireworks.
• Fireworks should only be used outdoors.
• Always have water ready if you are shooting fireworks.
• Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.
• Wear safety glasses whenever using fireworks.
• Never relight a "dud" firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
• Soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor garbage can.
• Never attempt to alter or modify consumer fireworks and use them only in the manner in which they were intended.
• Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.
The National Council on Fireworks Safety urges Americans to follow common sense safety rules in their holiday celebrations.

Waconda Lake Fireworks!

Fireworks at Waconda Lake
Saturday July 6th at dusk around 9:30ish
Please leave the fireworks to the professionals. Discharging of fireworks inside the lake is against the law.
Have a safe and Happy 4th of July!

Are you ready for the Fourth of July! Stop by the Heart Choices Fireworks stand!

Open June 29, 30, July 1, 2, 3, 4 - 10 am to 10 pm.

Tent is located at the north end of West Wind Plaza---in front of ALCO.

All proceeds go directly to Heart Choices and are used in the North Central Kansas area.

Don't send your blow-up bucks out of town!

Family packs Kid packs Black Cat Large aerial displays
A great variety!


Kansas WORKReady!
Kansas Workforce Centers offer employers a tool to assist in hiring employees.  The Kansas WORKReady! Certificate provides concrete proof of job seekers foundational skills and is provided at no cost to the employer or job seeker.
This assessment uses the nationally recognized WorkKeys® system from ACT to verify skills in reading, locating information and mathematics and certifies candidates at four levels:  Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze.
For more information on hiring WORKReady! candidates, please call (877) 509-6757.  For additional information on WORKReady! go to www.kansasworks.com and click on the link on the left.
WORKReady! is endorsed by The Kansas State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management, Inc. (KS SHRM).

Beloit Community Blood Drive

The Beloit Community Blood Drive will be held on Thursday, July 11th from 11am-6pm at the NCK Wellness Center Gym, 3033 US 24 Hwy. Visit redcrossblood.org or 1-800-RED-CROSS to schedule an appointment.

2014 CDBG Housing Grant Application

The City of Beloit is now accepting pre-applications for a CDBG Housing Grant.

All households receiving housing rehabilitation assistance must meet low to moderate income guidelines set by the HUD.

These funds can be used to assist the full range of specialty and minor repair programs and it has no minimum investment requirement. There are a wide variety of rehabilitation approaches that are possible under the CDBG programs including:
• Minor, Moderate or Substantial Rehabilitation
• Reconstruction - Involves demolishing an existing residential unit and rebuilding another on the same site
• Historic Preservation - Involves rehabilitating structures that are determined to be historic.
• Code Enforcement - must be undertaken in deteriorated or deteriorating neighborhoods.
• Home-based business rehabilitation - program funds can be used to make improvements to single family residential properties that also serve as places of business.
• Rental rehabilitation, tenants must be documented to be low to moderate income. If the owner of the rental unit can also be documented to be low to moderate income, the may propose a 100% grant on the rental unit. If the owner of the rental unit is not a Low to Moderate Income, he must contribute 25% towards the rehabilitation cost in cash.
• Demolition of residential structures is an eligible activity within a housing rehabilitation grant and does not have to meet the Low to Moderate Income requirement.

For more information or request for a pre-application, please contact:
Heather Hartman
Mitchell County Community Development Director
123 North Mill Street
Beloit, KS 67420


NCK Tech would like to partner with Chamber Members to help promote your business. The Chamber would like to offer, to students, a list of participating businesses who would give a discount, coupon or any other promotional item to students who produce their Student ID card.

If you would like to participate in this new and exciting program, contact the Chamber office at 738-2717.


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!


Calendar of Events

Thursday, July 4th - Chamber Office Closed
Friday, July 5th - Chamber Office Closed
Saturday, July 6th - 9:30pm - Waconda Lake Fireworks - Waconda Lake
Tuesday, July 9th - Noon - Rotary - Porter House
Thursday, July 11th - 11am-6pm - Community Blood Drive - NCK Tech Wellness Gym
Thursday, July 11th - Noon - Chamber Board Meeting
Thursday, July 11th - Noon - Mitchell County Historical Society - Plum Creek
Tuesday, July 16th - Noon - Rotary - Porter House
Wednesday, July 17th - 9:30am - Ministerial Alliance
Thursday, July 18th - 12:30pm - SVED Board Meeting - North Central Regional Planning
Saturday, July 20th - 10am-5pm - Waconda Indian Festival - Glen Elder/Waconda Lake
Sunday, July 21st - 10am-5pm - Waconda Indian Festival - Glen Elder/Waconda Lake
Tuesday, July 23rd - Noon - Rotary - Porter House
Tuesday, July 23rd - 7pm-8pm - Ice Cream Meet & Mingle social for Randy Rolston - 2014 Candidate for Sec. of State - Chautauqua Park
Thursday, July 25th - Noon - Mitchell County Historical Society - Plum Creek
Saturday, July 27th - St. John's Harvest Festival
Tuesday, July 30th - Noon - Rotary - Porter House
Thursday-Saturday, August 8-10 - Mitchell County Fair

Solomon Valley Farmer's Market Every Wednesday until Labor Day - 4pm-6pm - Roadside Park

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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