Chamber Chat - 8-23-13

July Labor Report
The Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) reports Kansas gained 800 private sector jobs over the month and 23,300 private sector jobs over the year. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.9 percent, up from 5.8 percent in June 2013 and up from 5.8 percent in July 2012.
"Over the past three months we have observed an increase in the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate," said Lana Gordon, Secretary of Labor. "Part of the reason of increases in the previous months was due to more individuals entering the labor force."
Over the month job gains came from eight of the 11 major industries. Professional and business services gained 2,300 jobs. Construction gained 300 jobs and mining and logging grew by 200 jobs.
"The number of jobs created over the year is encouraging," said Efua Afful, KDOL Labor Economist. "Over the month, the private sector gained some jobs but did not perform as well as expected."
Three major industries reported statewide over-the-month job losses. Government lost 18,900 jobs, principally seasonal at the local level. Manufacturing, which had shown increases over the past several months, posted a decline in the last two months in seasonally adjusted jobs numbers. These numbers perhaps indicate a weakness in this sector. In July, Manufacturing lost 1,900 jobs and Education and Health Services lost 800 jobs.
Mitchell County figures: July 2013, 3.4%; June 2013, 3/2%; and July 2012, 3.3%.

Welcome New Chamber Member!

The Chamber would like to welcome Beloit Dairy Queen as the newest member of the Chamber. They are located at 3053 US Hwy 24. Stop by for a blizzard or $5 lunch special.

Chautauqua Pool Hours

Just a reminder the pool will be open from 1pm-7pm August 24th & 25th. The pool will close for the season at 7pm on the 25th.
Thanks to the Parks & Rec department, managers and lifeguards for a great season of swimming and fun!

Beloit Area Walking Routes

Ever need a stress reliever in the middle of the day? Do you like to take walks in the morning or evening? We have a walking route brochure for you! There is a Historical Route (2.37 miles), Cemetery Route (total of .95 miles), Chautauqua Park Route (2 routes, black 0.53 miles and red 0.6 miles) and Tree City Route (1.25 mile). Each route has a map of the route. What a great way to take in the beauty of Beloit! Stop by the Chamber office and pick up your pamphlet today!

The 2013 Walk-Run-Ride 4 Life for Heart Choices will be held on Sunday, September 22 at Chautauqua Park in Beloit!  
Be a business sponsor    -- $250 includes business name listing on the T-shirt back and on all advertising, and logo, business name, and link to business website on the online registration home pages.  Contact Donna Munsey at 738-5474 or Alice Thompson at 738-3433 for more information.
Donate door prizes - Door prizes are needed for adults and children of all ages.  If you wish to donate an item to be used as a door prize, call Karrie at 738-3433 or drop it by the Center at 6th & Independence before September 20. 
Organize a team from your workplace, family, or neighborhood to participate and begin raising funds to help families in our community.  Events will include a 5K run, 16 mile bike race, duathlon (5K run and 16 mile bike), kids' races, 5K walk, and 1 mile walk, followed by a meal and great door prizes!!    Medals will be awarded to top 3 finishers in age categories for all races and prizes will be given to the child, teen, adult, and team collecting the most donations and pledges!  Register by September 10 to guarantee a FREE "Hero" T-Shirt, displaying the business sponsors on the back! 
Register to participate  at www.heartchoicesbeloit.com or follow this link http://www.ministrysync.com/event/website/home/?e=5446 to sign up to participate and to create your personal fundraising page to share via Facebook, email, or Twitter.  You'll be amazed how easy it is! 
(Brochures and "paper" registrations are available, as well, by contacting the Center.)  
We look forward to having you participate in this year's WRR4L!! 

3rd Annual LEAP Event

Leadership Mitchell County Alumni, in connection with the City of Beloit, is hosting the 3rd Annual LEAP Event on Wednesday, September 25th at the Down Under Ballroom.  Last year's LEAP (Leadership Energy in Action Programs) event featured Marci Penner of the Kansas Sampler Foundation. The LEAP committee is changing things up this year and is bringing Angie Baur from Public Square Communities, Inc. to Beloit for an event titled "Table Talk: A Community Conversation." Through Public Square Communities, Angie specializes in engaging community leaders to foster thriving communities. Discussion will focus on using the assets of North Central Kansas to make each one of our communities a better place. Angie, who is also a professional life coach, will speak and facilitate discussion among those attending about how to improve life in North Central Kansas on a personal and community level. The LEAP committee is very excited about this year's event.  The event will begin with a social hour at 6:00 p.m. followed by a meal at 7:00 p.m., and will conclude with Angie's presentation. Tickets are only $10.00 this year and may be purchased at area banks, Frasier & Johnson Law Office, S&S Drug, and Gray Drug & Fountain.  To read more information about Angie and Public Square Communities, Inc., you can visit their website at www.publicsquarecommunities.com.

Solomon Valley Car Show

The 19th Annual Solomon Valley Car Show, presented by the Eagles Aerie #3507, will take place on Saturday, September 21st in Downtown Beloit.
Entry fees: $20 at the gate, pre-Entry $15, 2 or more entries by same car owner $10 each. Pre-entry deadline is September 15th. Send entry forms to:
Beloit Eagles, Box 115, Beloit, KS 67420

• Registration 9am-11am (FREE MEAL for registrants at noon)
• Judging by Participants 12 Noon-1:30pm (Trophy presentation at 3pm followed by Social Hour at Eagles Lodge.)
• Large Trophy given for Merchants' Choice & Eagles Choice
• Free Dash Plaques to 1st 75 participants
• Concession stand available 10am-1:30pm
• FREE CAMPING with hookups available at scenic park
• Event t-shirts for sale at the show
• Downtown Beloit merchants will be open with in-store specials
• Poker walk for car show participants (no-entry fee)
• Bingo 1:30pm-2:30pm for everyone
• Kids' Activities - Tractor Pull
• Trike Raffle
• Metal Cutouts - Made by Winkel Mfg.
Car show is sponsored by Pestinger Distributing
Questions contact:
Beloit Eagles at 785-738-2952
Or Brett Creager at 785-738-8495
Or Leta Burks at 785-738-3308
Or 785-534-0930


This is YOUR herb garden and we hope that when you pick an herb you will also pull a weed. They will only continue to grow and flourish if they are picked! There are recipes available on the side of the tool shed to give you some ideas for use. Presently there are 2 types of lavender, rosemary, 2 types of parsley, 2 types of oregano, 3 types of thyme, tarragon, marjoram, two kinds of mint, 3 kinds of basil, 2 kinds of chives, and a section dedicated to lemon smelling herbs. We forgot the cilantro (?) but you will find it south of the herb garden in the first plot. We hope to have a soap making class in the fall herb garden through Post Rock University. We did a "gathering at the garden" with lots of samples of healthy foods using fresh herbs and an herb "walk" to talk about them. This could be repeated if there was interest. Please feel free to post a recipe in the box or offer a suggestion for next year's herbs or offer to help!

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

Sunday, August 25th - 7pm - Pool closes for the season
Tuesday, August 27th - Noon - Rotary - Porter House
Monday, September 2nd - Chamber Office Closed
Monday, September 2nd - 7pm - Mitchell County Fair Board - Guaranty State Bank
Tuesday, September 3rd - Noon - Rotary - Porter House
Wednesday, September 4th - Noon - Lions Club - NCK Tech
Thursday, September 5th - Noon - Mitchell County Conv & Tourism - Courthouse
Friday, September 6th - 8am - Beloit Business Committee - Plum Creek
Monday, September 9th - 7pm - Mitchell County Historical Society - Legion Annex
Tuesday, September 10th - Noon - Rotary - Porter House
Tuesday, September 10th - 7pm - Cassiopeia
Wednesday, September 11th - Noon - Lions Club - NCK Tech
Thursday, September 12th- Noon - Chamber Board - Location TBA
Tuesday, September 17th - Noon - Rotary - Porter House
Wednesday, September 18th - 9:30am - Ministerial Alliance
Wednesday, September 18th - Noon - Lions Club - NCK Tech
Thursday, September 19th - 12:30pm - SVED Board - NCRP
Saturday, September 21st - 9am-5pm - Solomon Valley Car Show - Downtown Beloit
Sunday, September 22nd - 2pm - Walk-Run-Ride 4 Life for Heart Choices - Chautauqua Park
Tuesday, September 24th - Noon - Rotary - Porter House
Wednesday, September 25th - Noon - Lions Club - NCK Tech
Wednesday, September 25th - 6pm - 3rd Annual LEAP Event - Down Under

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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