Taste of Belle Fourche: Chamber Annual Meeting & Soirée

Taste of Belle Fourche: Chamber Annual Meeting & Soirée

Thursday, March 28 5:30pm at Community Hall

What a night! Thank you everyone who turned out last night for our third annual ‘Taste of Belle Fourche’! We had a full house and a wonderful evening of food, fun, and fellowship!

Congratulations to the Chamber Awards honorees:
• Faye Kennedy Volunteer Award: MARY BUCHHOLZ
• Retail Business of the Year: Dakota Lumber
• Service Business of the Year: BUNNEY’S BODY & COLLISION REPAIR
• Employer of the Year: ST. ONGE LIVESTOCK
• Community Pride Award: COWBOYS TOO
• Lifetime Achievement Award: WAYNE LINDSTAD – Lindstad Alignment

A huge THANK YOU to the crews that brought us a Taste of Belle Fourche – 8th Avenue Bakery, American West Grill, Crossroads at Mid-America Travel Plaza, Dairy Queen, Mona Mia’s Divine Delights, Patty’s Place, and Subway! The food was fabulous! Thank you for all your hard work and helping make the soiree a success!

Thank you also to our wonderful and tireless Chamber volunteers and board members that helped pull it all off.

The Chamber is looking forward to an exciting and full 2019!


Belle Fourche Healthcare Community Earns 2018 Bronze National Quality Award

Belle Fourche Healthcare Community (BFHC), Welcov Healthcare, has been recognized as a 2018 recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award for its commitment to improving the lives of residents through quality care. The distinction is the first of three progressive award levels through the National Quality Award Program, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), the leading association for long term and post-acute care. The program honors association members across the country that have demonstrated their dedication to improving quality of care for seniors and persons with disabilities.

“We are proud to be honored for our commitment to improving quality,” said Tracy Harwood, Administrator of Belle Fourche Healthcare Community. “Working together to reach this milestone has made our team even better. We will not stop improving.”

The National Quality Award Program, established by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, is based on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, which also serves as the foundation for the metric-based AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative. The Baldrige framework helps organizations among different business sectors improve organizational effectiveness and achieve strategy-driven performance.

The Award Program has three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Providers begin the quality improvement process at the Bronze level, where they develop an organizational profile with essential performance elements such as vision, mission statement, and key strengths and challenges. Bronze applicants must also demonstrate their ability to implement a performance improvement system. Trained Examiners review each Bronze application to determine if the center has met the demands of the criteria. As a recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award, BFHC may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the Silver – Achievement in Quality Award criteria.

“I applaud BFHC for taking this important step towards quality improvement,” said the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers Chair Alana Wolfe. “I encourage BFHC to continue on its path to achieving superior outcomes.”

The awards will be presented during AHCA/NCAL’s 69th Annual Convention and Exposition in San Diego, California, October 7-10, 2018.


Ribbon Cutting for Cowboys Too

The Belle Fourche Chamber held a ribbon cutting for Cowboys Too during the store’s grand opening at their new location, 506 State St. The fine Western apparel store was previously located across the street inside another retail store, The Olive Branch. Owner George Wilson purchased the new location earlier this year and for the last several months crews have worked steadily to restore the building. Belle Fourche is excited to have gained another beautiful storefront on downtown State Street.

Present in the photo are: Owner George Wilson, Chamber vice president Debra McCart, former Chamber president Jay Cordell, Mayor Gloria Lamphere, Cowboys Too social media coordinator Michelle Evans, and members of the BHSU rodeo team.


We’ve Moved!


The Chamber of Commerce offices are settling into our new digs at the Historic Roosevelt Events Center in the former principal’s office. We are excited to be a part of this up-and-coming historic building’s restoration as a hub for Belle Fourche business and community events.


Taste Of Belle Fourche Annual Meeting Soireé

Thank you everyone who turned out for a Taste Of Belle Fourche at our Annual Meeting March 17! A BIG thank you to our awesome food vendors who served up a feast, and all the volunteers who made the evening possible.
The awards given were:
Community Pride Award: Fast Break Screen Printing & Embroidery
Faye Kennedy Award: Debra Elliott and Jay Cordell
Retail Business of the Year: Office Emporium & Gone-to-Pieces Quilt Shop
Service Business of the Year: Wells Fargo
Employer of the Year: Scott Peterson Motors
Lifetime Achievement Award: Clarkson Foundation


Le Belle Marché Indoor Market

The weather was not ideal for Le Belle Marché’s debut February 9 & 10, dumping 14 inches of snow and making travel difficult. However, the drifts hardly phased our heroic vendors and shoppers!

16 tables and market stands lined the gym at the newly christened Historic Roosevelt Events Center. Vendors ranging from bakers to furniture repurposers set up an impressive array of goods, and the crowds soon followed. People were eager to shop at an indoor market of local crafters and also use the opportunity to get a peek of the inside of the old high school, which had been closed for over twenty years.

Traffic was steady both Friday and Saturday, but Saturday drew larger numbers with sunny weather and improved road conditions.

Vendors and patrons came away very pleased with the first market and already making plans to return next month.


Chamber Member Holiday Open House

The Chamber hosted its annual Member Holiday Open House December 13, serving up a variety of delicious homemade soups, breads, and desserts as a Thank You to our members.

Members were invited to come catch up with Chamber staff and fellow members in the business community over steaming bowls of Tuscana, Turkey-Tortilla, Knephla, Oyster, Hamburger, and Taco soup, with fresh baked rolls and desserts.

Special thanks to Pioneer Bank & Trust for opening their meeting room up to us, and all who brought soups and desserts!


2017 Tree Of Commerce

The Chamber’s tree for the 2017 Festival of Trees was decorated with the theme of our campaign: ‘We Produce’! Ornaments were made to represent agriculture, manufacturing, and business, using livestock ornaments, handmade ‘SmartLic’ barrels, wheat, and more besides. Generous Chamber member businesses donated over $1,500.00 worth of gift cards and coupons to be hung on the tree, and 18 red Center of the Nation Chamber ornaments tied it all together. The Tree Of Commerce sold for $2,700 at the Festival of Trees December 7th, at First Interstate Bank.


Shop Small – Holiday Craft Bazaar & Parade of Lights

Belle Fourche was the place to be to get in the holiday spirit November 24 and 25 with the Holiday Craft Bazaar, Shop Small Belle Fourche, and Light Up the Night all taking place Friday and Saturday.

The festivities kicked off Friday morning with the Shop Small Pancake Breakfast hosted by the Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber served up stacks of blueberry pancakes to early shoppers out to take advantage of the sales and Holiday Craft Bazaar vendors downtown. All proceeds and collected canned goods from the breakfast went on to benefit the Compassion Cupboard.

Shoppers then browsed stores downtown, taking advantage of the Shop Small Belle Fourche sales many stores had, and the local vendors set up in several shops for a new spin on the Holiday Craft Bazaar. Shoppers were given ‘passports’ at the pancake breakfast that could be stamped at each participating shop and vendor. Once filled, passports could be returned for a prize from the Chamber.

The annual Light Up the Night festivities began late afternoon with the popular hay rides, and new this year, inflatable slides at Rail Park. The Belle Fourche Cowboy band hosted a chili feed at the Community Hall and entertained diners with renditions of classic holiday favorites.

Belle Fourche’s Parade of Lights brought in an estimated 800 people to see the bedecked and brightly lit floats travel down State street, followed by the lighting of the Town Christmas Tree by Revitalize Belle Fourche. The Tri-State Museum & Visitor Center opened its doors to guests for their annual Holiday Open House, complete with cookies and cupcakes while the Black Hills Roundup Committee served hot apple cider.  The night was then lit up by a fantastic show of fireworks at the Center of the Nation Monument, put on by Fritz Carlson, the Center of the Nation Business Association, and the City of Belle Fourche.

The next day, the Holiday Craft Bazaar and Shop Small Belle Fourche continued, and stagecoach rides were given on State street.

Overall the weekend was deemed a success by the Chamber. “There’s a new excitement in Belle Fourche,” commented Chamber director Gary Wood. “Not just for the holiday festivities which were very well received, but in the town as a whole. We are already hoping to top this year’s events in 2018, and keep this positive momentum going into the future.”