Show us what you've got - Prizes Awarded!


The Chamber is partnering with the Black Hills Roundup to hold contests for Best Rodeo-themed Business Window, and for the first time Best Rodeo-themed Yard/Home Decoration!

The displays should be up June 1 to include the High School Rodeo Finals through July 4th.

1st & 2nd place prizes will be awarded in both categories:
1st place $150 + 2 VIP passes to the Roundup
2nd place $100 + 2 VIP passes to the Roundup

Notify the Chamber if you would like to participate in the contest (605)892-2676!

Win a YETI Tundra Cooler!

 

You can purchase tickets at the Chamber office and at our booths at the Farmers Market and Hometown Thursdays! 

Community Farmers Market is Back

The Belle Fourche Community Farmers Market is back! Local artisans, bakers, farmers, ranchers, crafters and more selling their goods and wares. If it's home-made, hand-made or home-grown, we have it! 

June-October, Thursdays 4-6PM in the Pioneer Bank parking lot.

Business of the Week: Northern Hill Area Court-Appointed Special Advocate Program (NHCASA)

 

NHCASA is a 503 c3 nonprofit organization governed by a board of directors. Kate Kelley serves as the executive director. She has been with the program for 9 years. A native of Redfield, SD, Kate traveled the world with her husband, John, an Army officer, for 20 years before returning to South Dakota. They have lived in Spearfish for the past 12 years. Kate and John have 3 children and 6 grandchildren.

NHCASA was started in 1986 by Judge Warren Johnson (ret) and a task force made up of community members. NHCASA is an affiliate of the National CASA program and abides by its guidelines.

NHCASA serves Butte, Corson, Dewey, Harding, Lawrence, Meade, Perkins, and Ziebach counties.

The philosophy NHCASA differs from that of most other nonprofit organizations which advocate within the court system. We recruit and train volunteers to become a powerful voice within abuse and neglect cases. CASA volunteers are everyday people who do what no other volunteers do: In court, they speak solely in the interests of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. The commitment required of CASA volunteers is unique, and one of the most intense in the realm of volunteer service. After undergoing a through screening process and 30 hours of training, CASA volunteers are sworn in as officers of the court and matched with a child or family of children. CASA volunteers are expected to be active from the beginning of the case until the end, with the average case lasting about one and a half years.

CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to be the voice for abused and neglected children in court. They recommend what is best for the children at this crucial point in their lives. The result is the child is placed into a safe, loving home where he or she can thrive. It is the vision of NHCASA to provide a volunteer for each and every abused and neglected child who needs one. 

NHCASA provided 35 trained volunteers serving over 6,300 hours to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the 4th Judicial Circuit last year. In each of these cases, the CASA volunteer offered to the court information on behalf of the child, which would not otherwise have been offered. The CASA volunteer is often the only consistent person in the life of a child who is being placed in multiple foster homes and may have many different service providers. The consistency of CASA is invaluable in order to foster trust and to successfully advocate for the best interests of the child.

In addition to advocating for children in the context of court, we also have a goal of educating the public about CASA, abuse and neglect issues children face, and ways to intervene and make a difference for children. We regularly speak to organizations and civic groups on the function of CASA and the needs of children. All of these activities not only raise awareness of the purpose of CASA and the needs of the children, but they also are preventive in nature, as people learn more about the issues of child abuse and become educated in ways to recognize and prevent it. We also sponsor monthly public education forums on topics relating to the needs of children and families. 

NHCASA seeks to promote and protect the best interests of abused and neglected children involved in court proceedings through the advocacy efforts of trained volunteers.

Lambing Season Tour & April Chamber Luncheon

Chamber Lamb Luncheon

As part of the Chamber's 2017 campaign 'We Produce: Lamb' and SDSU's Lambing Season Tour, the Chamber hosted special guests David Ollila, Sheep Field Specialist from SDSU, and about 30 people who were part of tour at the April Chamber Luncheon. Gwen Kitzan was chef and served fantastic lamb kabobs while Branding Iron provided side salads and barbecue. The meat for the kabobs was purchased from Kitzan Family Farms by the Chamber with a grant from the American Lamb Board. David Ollila spoke briefly and gave a recap of the tour so far, before thanking the Chamber, Gwen, and Branding Iron for the meal, and heading out with his tour caravan to the next ranch 60 miles away.

The Chamber wants to thank David Ollila for taking the time with his tour to stay and eat with us, and the American Lamb Board for making the lamb dinner possible. This luncheon was also sponsored in part by Chamber V.I.P. Member Ring Container Technology.

Lambing Season Tour Details:

Where: Northwest South Dakota Ranches in Butte and Harding County

When: Wednesday, April 12
9:30 Gather and leave from Newell Sheepyards – Newell, SD
10:00 am - Victor and Kay Reid Ranch – Arpan, SD
12:00 pm – Luncheon at Branding Iron Steakhouse – Belle Fourche, SD

1:30 pm – Shannon and Ashley Secrest Ranch – Redig, SD
3:30 pm – Paul and Beth Erk Ranch – Castle Rock, SD 5:00 pm – Return to Newell

KEVN Black Hills Fox News covered part of the tour at the Reid ranch in Arpan:

 

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Printable for the week of April 17 - 23 now available

To download .pdf, click HERE.

 

New Members

Kristen Simons, Dakota Life Realtor

Personalized service for every aspect of your home buying and selling journey. Proudly serving the entire Black Hills.

 

B & H Excavation

B & H Excavation: Making dirt look good for over 20 years!

 

Heidi Lewis, Re/Max Realtor

Your home purchase or sale likely represents one of the most significant financial transactions of your life. Let me be there to help!

 

Riverside Campground

Shaded, full hookups (50 & 30 amp). Property up to river banks with bike path. Within walking distance of downtown. Great rates & friendly laid-back owner!

 

Belle Fourche Counseling

Kayla Kinard, MS-LPC, EMDR trained therapist.

 

Belle Fourche Family Chiropractic

Doctor Abby Johnson is a chiropractor at Belle Fourche Family Chiropractic in Belle Fourche, SD. If you are struggling with neck or back pain, headaches or migraines, carpal tunnel, sciatica, or any other health condition please call us today or visit our website and take advantage of our new patient special.

 

Keller Williams Realty - Black Hills

Our Keller Williams REALTORS® are ready to help you with all your real estate needs, and we appreciate the opportunity to earn your business.

 

McKenzie Hennessey - Keller Williams - Black Hills Realtor

When you're looking for a real estate professional to help you, know that above all else, good agents put their clients first. This is your dream, and your agent is your advocate to help you make your dream come true.

 

Michelle Watson - Keller Williams - Black Hills Realtor

When you're looking for a real estate professional to help you, know that above all else, good agents put their clients first. This is your dream, and your agent is your advocate to help you make your dream come true.

Recent Renewing Members

May Renewals: Croell Redi Mix ● SD Office of the State Auditor ● Belle Fourche United Methodist Church ● Belle Fourche Healthcare ● Prairie Hills Transit ● IOOF Spearfish Lodge 25 ● Center of the Nation Car Rally ● Rocky Point Recreation Area

June Renewals: Life Light Creative ● Center of the Nation Concert Association ● Tri-State Realty Inc ● Belle Fourche Aero ● Lynn's Dakotamart ● Black Hills Federal Credit Union ● Northern Hills Training Center ● Beslers Cadillac Ranch ● Barker Law ● St. Onge Livestock ● The Real Estate Center Belle Fourche

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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.