10Aug/17

Let’s Keep Summer Sizzling!

As the motor cycles rumble through our area, we at the Chamber are pleased to see them shopping Belle Fourche.  Meanwhile, we are working on our Fall Flavors schedule of events for September and October.  We’ve added some new events so be watching for the full calendar to be coming out as soon as we have things confirmed.This is our second year for Fall Flavors to encourage events that build business and community spirit during the fall months.  I find the energy at Hometown Thursdays good for me and I’m presuming others feel the same or they would not keep coming out week after week.  It’s always good to see our community get together for events.

As we finish summer and prepare for fall and winter, let’s make our businesses places customers want to visit.  Plan something new, change up something you’ve always done.  Greet your customers with something that will make them say, “That was nice” or “Wow, that was new and I appreciated it”.  Someone suggested that we make Thursdays ‘Customer Appreciation Day’ since it is also sale day at the livestock market and many of our agriculture people are in town.

Here are some suggestions for Thursday Customer Appreciation Day:

  • Set a pot of coffee out with doughnuts from one of our local providers for the a.m.
  • Offer free snacks
  • Hand out coupons
  • Closer to noon put out a cooler or tank with iced water or soda for the taking.

A cool drink or a nice snack would go a long way to making customers feel welcome and shows it that you appreciate their coming in.Do you have some tried and true ways to welcomed customers?  Let the Chamber share them with your neighborhood businesses!  Or better yet, do something that will inspire your fellow businesses to “up their game” as we seek to keep and attract customers.

One example is the $5.00 lunches being offered across our city.  I don’t know who started it but it caught on and is popular.  Several people from Spearfish have commented that you can’t find anything close to such a deal over there across the Redwater. One Spearfishian that works in Belle said to me, “I wish Spearfish would do this!”  He enjoys eating his lunches out here in Belle Fourche as they are delicious and a great value.

Let’s close out summer with some sizzling customer service and be inventive in what we are planning for the fall!


Gary Wood

Executive Director
Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce

28Jul/17

YETI Cooler Winner

Congratulations to Jean M., winner of the Chamber’s summer raffle! The Chamber sold raffle tickets for a limited edition YETI Tundra cooler June-July, and held the drawing July 27 at Hometown Thursdays’ last night.

17Jun/17

The Farmers Market Returns!

The Farmers Market is back for its second season, bringing locally grown produce, fresh pies, breads, cupcakes, and handmade goods to Belle Fourche. It’s still a little early to expect bundles of fresh veg, but the farmers tell us that cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and peppers will soon be ready. In the meantime enjoy crispy lettuces, kale, peas, and other early crops!

07Jun/17

Business of the Week: Norther Hills CASA

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.

03May/17

Business of the Week: Bennett Main Gubbrud & Willert, P.C.

Bennett Main Gubbrud & Willert, P.C. law firm was started by Dan McCutchen in the Hampton Hotel building, which was located on the lot occupied by Wells Fargo Bank.  The firm has provided legal services to the Tri-state area for over a century.

The firm brings together over 60 years of practicing law for clients in South Dakota, Wyoming, and Colorado. Partners in the firm handle complex legal issues relating to real estate, business, natural resources, mining, oil & gas, water, family, criminal, military, school, and municipal law. Lawyers from the firm have served as Lt. Governor, a South Dakota Supreme Court Justice and Presidents of Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, an organization dedicated to the study of legal systems and issues affecting domestic and international mineral and water resources.

Bennett Main Gubbrud & Willert, P.C. state that their mission is “to be zealous advocates for our clients and provide high quality legal services.”

21Apr/17

Belle Fourche Development Corp Ribbon Cutting

Photo by Milo Dailey, Butte County Post Staff

Belle Fourche Development Corporation director Hollie Stalder make the cut on a Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce ribbon to officially open the new Fifth & Grant Plaza that includes the BFDC and NeighborWorks offices, a conference and seminar room, and rental office and retail spaces.

At the mixer before the ribbon cutting, Jack Wells told the history of the building that had long been a car dealership, and during the prohibition, even a distribution center for illegal alcohol. It was also once home to Wells Plumbing, which later moved and is currently out of the business district on Fifth Avenue.

Stalder said finish work is still continuing on the building, but that the ribbon cutting offered a last look at the longtime brick exterior before it is covered with a more energy-efficient exterior.

19Apr/17

Business of the Week: Love That Shoppe 

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Owner of Love That Shoppe, Betty Wolf first ran an antique store in Dickinson, ND, prior to moving to Belle Fourche in 1989. After moving here, Betty said that in 1992 she saw there were only two antique dealers in town, figured there was room for one more and opened the doors to Love That Shoppe.

Open six days a week, Love That Shoppe offers buy – sell & trade, and boasts a large collection of rare & specialty items. Everything from retired Swarovski crystal animals to collectable comics.

Love That Shoppe recently expanded into the store next door, which Betty is keeping mostly for furniture, and hopes to add new items to the store daily.

Love That Shoppe has claim to fame for being the largest independently owned antique shop in South Dakota.

14Apr/17

From the Director: Shopping on a Saturday

Spring has sprung here in Belle Fourche.  It is wonderful to see the green grass again, and fresh lambs and calves in the fields. Spring activity is taking place all over the county.

The Chamber ended the first quarter welcoming twenty new members and receiving seventy one renewals, for a total membership of two hundred thirty.  We are grateful to all our members for their support!

Thanks to additional radio sponsors, the Chamber radio report on the Country Twins (KBFS 1450 am & KYDT FM at 103.1) can now be heard not only on Tuesday 8:50 a.m. but also Thursday 8:50 a.m.  If community members have special events, please let the Chamber office know and we will be glad to announce them.

We also want to remind everyone that our W2BF (Welcome to Belle Fourche) website has been updated for the summer months. You can visit it at: www.w2bf.com. As spring progresses and summer arrives, Belle Fourche will be welcoming more visitors and this is a handy tool for them. W2BF cards with a QR code are available at the Chamber.  Come by the Chamber office and pick up some cards for your summer visitors.

Our April Chamber luncheon is Wednesday the 12th, 12pm at the Branding Iron. David Ollila, Sheep Field Specialist with SDSU, will be our featured speaker as part of the Chamber’s 2017 campaign ‘We Produce – Lamb’.  This luncheon is in conjunction with SDSU’s field promotion taking place that day in Butte County and participants in the field day will be joining us for lunch. In March the Chamber received a $750.00 grant from the American Lamb Board for our promotion of lamb in our area.  This luncheon featured lamb kabobs and was held at the Branding Iron meeting room.

12Apr/17

Business of the Week: Office Emporium LLC & Gone To Pieces Quilt Shop

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Business of the Week: Office Emporium LLC & Gone to Pieces Quilt Shop

Tom and Mary Riley purchased the existing Office Emporium from Ferne Wenckus(?) in October of 1996. Since then they have expanded the business to include a quilt shop, services such as providing UPS Shipping, a FedEx drop, and a Western Union Agent.  Mary prides the business as being a “one stop shop; large enough to serve & small enough to care.”