Chamber Chat - 7-19-13

"Good to Great" by Jim Collins

For the past several years, many of my colleagues have mentioned to read the book by Jim Collins "Good to Great". I wondered why it was such an important publication and after reading it, I now understand why. All of us want our companies to be "great". We may be "good" but are we "great". Five years in the making, Jim Collins finalized his book and shed light on virtually every area of management strategy and practice.

One of the findings:

Great leaders understood three simple truths.

1. Begin with "who," rather than "what," you can adapt to a changing world. If people join the bus primarily because of where it is going, what happens if when you get 10 miles down the road and you need to change direction? You've got a problem. But if people are on the bus because of who else is on the bus, then it's much easier to change direction.
2. Have the right people on the bus, the problem of how to motivate and manage people largely goes away. The right people don't need to be tightly managed or fired up; they will be self motivated by the inner drive to produce the best results and to be part of creating something great.
3. If you have the wrong people, it doesn't matter whether you discover the right direction; you still won't have a great company. Great vision without great people is irrelevant.

The point is to FIRST get the right people on the bus (and the wrong people off the bus) BEFORE you figure out where to drive it.


Are you in the mood for an American favorite? Stop by Sonic on Tuesday, July 23rd for National Coney Day! $.99 hot dogs all day long! (American or Coney dogs)


Chad McDaniel Memorial Race

The 4th Annual Chad McDaniel Memorial Race will take place on Tuesday, July 30th at Solomon Valley Raceway, Beloit. Hot laps begin at 6:30 and races start at 7:30. Come watch some of the nation's best drivers: Bryan Clauson, Jerry Coons Jr., Tracey Hines, Brad Kuhn and more duke it out for the win!
For more information, log onto www.svraceway.com.


Are you prepared for a disaster? Do you know that more than 1 in 4 businesses will experience a disaster over the course of a year? It is estimated 25% of those without a Disaster Recovery (DR) plan never reopen.

You are invited to attend:
Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Lunch & Learn
Hosted by Computer Solutions, Inc.
July 25, 2013, 11:30am-1pm, Plum Creek Restaurant

When thinking about your DR plan, ask yourself the following questions:
• Do I have a technology plan?
• Have I tested the DR plan?
• Should I assess the readiness of my systems/plan?
It's not just tornadoes. With the ever-present risk of technology troubles like electrical outages, server failures or fire, it's easy to see that disaster recovery and business continuity must be a central part of your organization's planning.

Join CSI for a free seminar that includes lunch on July 25th at 11:30am at the Plum Creek Restaurant to learn more about:

Disaster Recovery Planning, Implementation and Testing. Discussion will center on the latest innovations in cost-effective Cloud Based DR Solutions that can have your business up-and-running in minutes rather than hours in the event of a server failure or complete disaster.

We will have an open discussion where we can help answer your questions and identify vulnerabilities or opportunities for keeping your business safe and sound!

We look forward to seeing you on July 25th. Please RSVP to 785-738-3089 by July 24th.


September 7, 2013 - 9 am - 3 pm
West end of main in Osborne, Kansas
(Watch for signs)

For ages 17 and younger, 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult
(Youth under the age of 12 must be under adult supervision to shoot firearms)

Sponsored by:
District 3 Kansas Fur Harvesters Association

Co-sponsored by:
Pheasants Forever, Osborne Gun Club, Kansas Department Wildlife & Parks

Events include:
Archery, Rifle, Black Powder, Shotgun (Wing shooting Clinic), Trapping, Pistol Shooting, Fishing, Air Rifle, Flint Knapping, Trail Walks / Biking, Fly Fishing, Canoeing, Bird Watching, Whittling, Skins & Skulls, Basket Weaving, Outdoor Photography and including Wild Turkey Federation Archery hunters 14 & over, bring your bow for a tune-up.
Lots of prizes to be given away for all ages:
Lifetime license for boy and girl
Hunting trip, fishing trip
A weekend at an area lake cabin

Parents and the general public are encouraged to attend!!
For more information contact:
Cleo Hahn 785-346-4541
Roger Macy 785-346-2076


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.


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.

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.

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

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 - Location TBA
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, August 1st - Noon - Mitchell County Tourism & Convention - County Commission Room
Monday, August 5th - 7pm - Mitchell County Fair Board - Guaranty State Bank
Tuesday, August 6th - Noon - Rotary - Porter House
Thursday, August 8th - Noon - Mitchell County Historical Society - Plum Creek
Thursday-Saturday, August 8-10 - Mitchell County Fair
Tuesday, August 13th - Noon - Rotary - Porter House
Thursday, August 15th - FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
Thursday, August 15th - 12:30pm - SVED - North Central Regional Planning
Tuesday, August 20th - Noon - Rotary - Porter House
Wednesday, August 21st - 9:30am - Ministerial Alliance
Thursday, August 22nd - Noon - Mitchell County Historical Society - Plum Creek
Tuesday, August 27th - Noon - Rotary - Porter House

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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