Winterfest is Here!

16-22 Events of the Week

 

The Belle Fourche Chamber is starting the new year with a new event: WINTERFEST in Belle Fourche!   Just like last fall's Fall Flavors, businesses all over town will be putting on sales and specials; events and competitions from January to February! Winterfest is a platform for Belle Fourche Chamber member businesses to create and host fun events for the community in during these winter months.  The Chamber will also be back partnering with local baking and cooking talents for a new batch of food cooking demonstrations.   For more information about Winterfest, contact the Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce at (605)892-2676 or email at [email protected].

 

Chamber Business of the Week: Ainsworth-Benning Construction, A Journey Group Company

 Ainsworth-Benning Ainsworth-Benning Construction, A Journey Group Company Jim Benning began working in the construction industry in 1962.  He starting out as a laborer and worked his way up to construction superintendent. In January, 1974, he purchased Ainsworth Builders from Lyle Ainsworth after working for the company for nine years. The name of the company was then changed to Ainsworth-Benning Construction and was incorporated in 1976.  Jim had successfully built his firm into one of the most recognized construction firms in the northern Black Hills.  In May of 2016, Jim sold the company assets to Journey Group located in Sioux Falls, SD.  The company now does business as Ainsworth- Benning Construction, A Journey Group Company.    As Jim began his transition out of the business in 2016, the new President, William (Will) R. McElroy, stepped in to oversee the management of Ainsworth-Benning Construction.  Prior to taking on this new role, Will was the Director of Underground Access at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, SD since 2009. Ainsworth-Benning Construction, A Journey Group Company competes in the traditional general contracting and design/bid/build (hard bid) market as well as the negotiated market through the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) delivery method.   CMAR is a delivery method where Ainsworth-Benning Construction takes part in a customer’s project very early in the design process to help manage project scope, budget and schedule.  Unlike the traditional hard bid delivery method, the CMAR method is heavily based upon building lasting relationships with owners, architects, engineers, sub-contractors and suppliers so that a “best value” project will be the result.  Ainsworth-Benning Construction leads in its ability to successfully execute CMAR in this region. The mission of Ainsworth-Benning Construction is to positively impact lives by building community.  That can mean different things to different people.  At the heart of our mission, we value our customers and our people.  We take very seriously the responsibility we have with being good fiscal stewards for our customer’s dollars.  We will grow our business based upon our integrity and relationships that we build throughout the area.

Chamber Member Holiday Open House

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We so enjoyed hosting the Chamber Holiday Open House for our wonderful Members! Members gathered for homemade soup and a variety of delicious treats, and a time to catch up with their fellow business people.

Special thanks to the ladies who brought soup (we had six to choose from!) and hard working volunteers!

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A Good Way to Start the Season!

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The Chamber wishes to thank all who helped make the Holiday Craft Bazaar and Light Up the Night not only possible, but a good time for all!

The Holiday Craft Bazaar saw approximately 500 shoppers over both days, while Light Up the Night drew an estimated 600 - 800 people downtown. None of this would have been possible without the hard work of a number of individuals volunteering their time and talents - Thank you!

Thank you to the Belle Fourche community for turning out and supporting these events!

Download Our Weekly Printable

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Keep abreast of weekly happenings and upcoming member events in the community with our convenient printable! 

Printable for the week of January 16 - 22 now available

To download .pdf, click HERE.

 

Manufacturers Day & Industrial Rail Park Dedication

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Photo credit: Milo Dailey, Butte County Post

October 6th was Belle Fourche's first Manufacturer's Day and the Industrial Rail Park dedication. Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Sen. John Thune both spoke at the event, hosted by Permian Tank, both citing the importance of manufacturing and  the railroads in South Dakota economy. The ribbon for the new industrial park was cut in industrial fashion with a train engine driving through the banner.

Afterwards, Permian Tank gave the first Manufacturing Day tour through their vast facility, followed by tours of Ring Container, New Generation Feeds, Design Tanks, and Gillette Fence. Those on the tours enjoyed learning about these local manufacturers and expressed amazement at the scope of operations happening in 'little' Belle Fourche.

Thank you Permian Tank, Ring Container, New Generation Feeds, Design Tanks, and Gillette Fence Manufacturing for giving excellent tours and making this first Belle Fourche Manufacturer's Day a success!
 
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 Photo credit: Milo Dailey, Butte County Post. Chamber Director Gary Wood and Belle Fourche EDC Executive Director Hollie Stalder stand with Senator John Thune at the Industrial Rail Park ribbon cutting.

 

Additional coverage of the event:

Black Hills Fox News/KEVN (Video)

Butte County Post

Tri-State Livestock News

Black Hills Pioneer 

Rushmore Region

Runnings Grand Opening

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Photo: Chamber board member Kayla Kinard and Chamber president Jay Cordell hold the ribbon as Runnings manager Brandon Freed cuts the ribbon on the new Belle Fourche location Friday.

The new Runnings store in Belle Fourche hosted its grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony Friday morning.

Representatives from the City Council Kayla Kinard, James Ager, and Jim Smit, as well as the Chamber of Commerce Board and the Belle Fourche EDC, welcomed Runnings owners Dennis and Adele Reed, and their son Brian Odegaard, and thanked them and manager Brandon Freed for investing and expanding in Belle Fourche.

The Grand Opening continues through October 2nd, with more activities planned throughout the weekend.

WELCOME to BELLE FOURCHE (W2BF)!

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Our 2016 Campaign focuses on welcoming visitors to Belle Fourche in a way we haven't done before.  Belle Fourche is the FIRST stop on the way to all the attractions the Black Hills of South Dakota has to offer and the LAST stop on the way back home.  Our goal is to showcase Belle Fourche as THE place to shop, stay and dine that welcomes visitors and offers tremendous value and a unique experience with all the attractions we have not only in town but in the surrounding area. 

The QR Code on the postcard links to a page and map on our website, highlighting all the chamber businesses in town that are shopping, lodging or dining related.  The links on each business show your phone, address and website links (if we have them).  Please be sure to confirm we have your place of business listed and that we have the most up-to-date information for you on the site.  You may also visit the page by navigating to http://www.w2bf.com.

We've created some lapel buttons and informational post cards that your business can have to wear and handout to customers at your establishment.  Call us today (605) 892-2676 to get some buttons and cards delivered.

Welcome New Members:

Fast Break Screen Printing

For all you custom screen printing an embroidery needs!

unknown New York Life Insurance agent, Becky Barry, M.S.

 

The Mulligan

The Mulligan restaurant at Belle Fourche Country Club

 

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Kline Funeral Chapel, committed to upholding the highest ethical and professional standards possible. 

 

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Our professionals are ready to help you navigate even the toughest of tax situations, including self-employment taxes, military family payments, and more. We will help you maximize your deduction or minimize your liability, ensuring the most favorable tax situation that you can have under IRS code.

Thank You Recent Renewing Members

December Renewals: Sturdevant's Auto Parts • The Mammoth Site • New Heart Fitness

January Renewals: McGas Propane • Tim Speidel Business & Tax Services LLC • Belle Estate Senior Living • Black Hills & Badlands Tourism Association • Carl's Trailer Sales • Pioneer Bank and Trust • Scott Peterson Motors • Morris Law Firm • Meade County Housing & Redevelopment Commission • Bennett, Main, & Grubbrud, P.C. • Black Hills Energy • Northern Hills FCU • Farm Credit Services of America • Hills Interiors

 

 

From the Director...

Get Ready for Winterfest!

DirectorGaryWood 

Dear Chamber Members:

The New Year starts with a New Event from the Chamber of Commerce.

The success of Fall Flavors inspired us to plan for a similar event after the New Year.  

These seasonal events are designed to create a structure within which you, Chamber businesses, can plan your events and coordinate with other businesses in the community that are doing similar promotions.  We believe that community wide events give more drive to everyone’s individual efforts.

To help you promote business during these colder months, the Chamber has marked January and February as WINTERFEST”  Across the city and in our businesses there will be events designed to take away people’s “cabin fever” and get them out, active, having fun and doing business in Belle Fourche.

The Winterfest committee has been brainstorming events that you the businesses might like to sponsor.  We have quite a list and want to encourage you to call the Chamber for more details.  The office will be glad to visit with you about opportunities to chase away ‘cabin fever’ and get customers into your business.  And if something on our list doesn’t quite fit the bill, we welcome your ideas as well.

Events will be advertised on the Chamber’s social media sites as well as in print, and we will be available to help promote your event.  

Give us a call and we can talk about what might work for your business.  The sooner the better as we want to take advantage of early advertising.  Our first advertising of events will go out on December 30th, 2016 and Winterfest begins early January.

 

Sincerely,

Gary Wood
Executive Chamber Director

 

 

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The Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce serves to promote our members, the commercial, civic, and general interests of the city of Belle Fourche, and our trade area. As a voluntary organization our aim is to represent and advocate for our members and the business community as a whole. We are not a civic club, a charitable organization, or department of city government. We are a private, non-profit, taxpaying corporation focused on improving the community and businesses of Belle Fourche. We’re compromised of people — people just like you, who realize that we can accomplish more collectively than individually.