The Chamber has been keeping busy with Fall Flavors activities and getting ready for our Second Annual Manufacturers Week that starts on October 3.  Please see the schedule and information in this newsletter or on the website for this important annual event.  Along with Belle Fourche Development Corp we have planned this year’s event with “workforce development” in mind.  Many businesses and agencies will be present and available to answer your questions.  Be sure to spread the word about this three day event, plan to participate at some level, and avail yourself of state and national experts.  New this year is the Job Fair & Career Day on the evening of Oct 5.  You can still register to have your business represented to make known what you do and your work force needs.  Please consider this opportunity to get your business before individuals looking for jobs.

On a more philosophical note, I sense in the city and area a real positive forward movement.  I’ve heard it from several of you and we at the Chamber are excited to see the next chapter of Belle Fourche as a regional hub.  I was in a business the other day and met people from WY, OK, and eastern SD.  Just in a matter of 10 minutes.  One was especially complimentary about our city.  Be sure and read the “ON TARGET” in this newsletter that echoes this theme.

We have much to offer as the regional hub of our Quad-state region.  Lets capitalize on the forward movement, our progress so far, and reach out to expand what we do as a business community.  As I was in the middle of writing this, I went to a Quad-State Emergency Management meeting at the Branding Iron with 17 people from our Quad-state region.  Among other business, they are looking for a site to host their spring conference.  Let’s be the place they choose by being a community that will step up to the plate and be willing to hit the ball out of the park to attract these kinds of regional events.  The Chamber is willing to work toward that.  Will you be part of the solution here in Belle Fourche?

Beside this article you’ll see all kinds of events and opportunities for you as a business and for our community.