Chamber Chat - 7-12-13

Customer Appreciation Open House!

American Family Insurance/Allen Kee Agency will be hosting a customer appreciation open house on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 from 11am-1pm. Stop by 114 S Hersey in the American Family parking lot. Bring a friend, neighbor or co-worker. Enter to win prizes and enjoy some great food! See you there!
(Rain day July 19)

We are happy to announce the newest agent to our agency. Nichole McDaniel, who is with the regional planning commission, is welcomed and comes with a lot of knowledge and experience in the real estate business.
Please help us welcome Nichole.

YOUR Diabetes Destination Pharmacy of North Central Kansas...YOUR Community Pharmacy.

As your community and diabetes destination pharmacy these are just a few of the key advantage S&S Drug can provide as your diabetic testing supplier versus a mail order pharmacy.
• Face to Face Interaction
Our pharmacists will have the ability to get to know each of our patients and understand their conditions and medications allowing us to provide personalized consultations and expert advice.
• Medication Adherence and Diabetes Consultation
S&S Drug's pharmacists will have the ability to monitor patients' medication treatments to avoid any potential drug interaction issues.
• Educational Services
Beginning in August S&S Drug will pool local resources to offer monthly educational materials, services and classes that help our patients better manage their diabetes.
Choose S&S Drug for your diabetes testing supplies.

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.

NCK Tech Earns National Ranking

NCK Tech, with campuses in Beloit and Hays, was recently ranked the #6 two-year college in the United States by TheBestSchools.org, a leading higher education/career website. The organization's editors, who have extensive experience in teaching, research and publishing at the university level, selected the top two-year colleges based on a comparison of several studies and ratings, each with their own unique selection criteria, as well as the colleges' reputation. While completion/graduation rates are important to any college's success, the organization identified several factors as especially significant to the selection process, including:
•Sustained Achievement Outcomes: Ongoing success in student perseverance and completion of Associate Degrees and/or transfer to four-year colleges;
•Learning Outcomes: Values and practices that actively engage students and require them to stretch academically; explore learning freely; pursue a variety of educational experiences and areas of study;
•Deployment Outcomes: Strong rates of employment, salaries and advancement for graduates matched with workplace skill needs;
•Equitable Outcomes: Policies and practices that result in student diversity and success among low-income students and underrepresented racial/ethnic groups (African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native American); and
•Cost-to-Value Outcomes: Reasonable tuition costs, access to financial aid resources and an emphasis on minimizing post-school debt.
The full listing of selected institutions, as well as further information on The BestSchools organization, may be found at: http://www.thebestschools.org/rankings/.

Questions? Please contact: Mari Tucker, Marketing/Foundation Director, mtucker@ncktc.edu; 785-738-9051

Adopt a Classroom

The Beloit Business Committee (BBC) would like to begin a program in August that allows Beloit area businesses to "adopt" an elementary classroom at BES or St. Johns. The BBC will work with the area businesses to match a business with a classroom. The teachers are making their "needs list" of 10-12 items that can purchased locally and will be turning them in August 1st. With budget cuts, the hope is to help each teacher and classroom fill a void. Now we need your help to "adopt" an elementary classroom to fill the lists. For more information you can contact the Chamber at 738-2717 or Janet Remus, Super 8, at 738-8592.

Alzheimer's Association of Central and Western Kansas

When someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, friends and family have many questions. What does the diagnosis mean? What kinds of plans need to be made? What resources are available to help? As the disease progresses, new questions reflect growing needs for skills, programs and services. Join us for this series of programs that provide answers to the questions that arise in the early, middle and late stages of the disease. Hear from those directly affected and learn what you need to know, what you need to plan, and what you can do at each point along the way.

This program is FREE for caregivers of people with Alzheimer's or a related dementia. Topics covered will include:
• Developing a care team • Care and treatment options
• Legal and financial planning • Communicating and connecting
• Coping strategies • Maximizing independence

All Classes: Early stage 10am to 12pm
Open Lunch
Middle Stage 1pm to 3pm
Late Stage 3:15pm to 5pm

Classes will take place at Mitchell County Hospital, July 23rd. This program is presented FREE to caregivers by the Alzheimer's Association of Central and Western Kansas. Any questions please call 316-267-7333 or 800-272-3900 or email cwkshelpline@alz.org.

Registration is required.

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

Tuesday, July 16th - Noon - Rotary - Porter House
Wednesday, July 17th - 9:30am - Ministerial Alliance
Wednesday, July 17th - 11am-1pm - Customer Appreciation Open House - American Family
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
Friday, July 26th - 8am - Beloit Business Committee - 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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