Chamber Chat May 15, 2015

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123 N Mill St., Beloit, KS 67420 • 785-738-2717 •

Chamber Chat

Memorial Day/Homecoming Weekend

Would you like to participate in the Homecoming Memorial Weekend parade? Contact the Chamber office for your pre registration form and one will be sent to you. The parade will take place on Saturday, May 23rd at 10am. Due to parking issues, we will be reversing the parade route this year. Lineup will begin at 9am at the corner South & Mill and the staging area will be at the Down Under parking lot. The Parade will proceed north on Mill Street and disband at Mill & 4th.

After the parade there will be a picnic in the park at Chautauqua Park served by area organizations and a classic car show. Take your car through the parade and then come to the park to enter your car. There will be three awards given at the car show, Best of Show, Mayor’s Choice and People’s Choice. If you would like to be a food vendor or enter a car into the show, contact the Chamber office for more information.

We are in need of organizations/volunteers to help with the parade and car show in the park. If you would like to volunteer, call the Chamber at 738-2717 or email

Welcome Home Classic Car Show

Saturday, May 23, 2015
Chautauqua Park
Open to vehicles of all types

Do you have a Classic Car waiting to be shown off? Enter the Welcome Home Classic Car Show on Saturday, May 23rd. Drive through the parade and then cruise on down to Chautauqua Park to put your car on display. Sit back and enjoy everyone marveling at the beautiful cars. Pre-registration before May 21st is $15/vehicle. After May 20th the price will be $20/vehicle.

10am Registration opens
11am Open for public viewing
2:30pm Awards
3pm Depart

Awards for Best of Show, Mayor’s Choice & Peoples Choice

Since the car is already here then why not cruise it on Mill St. during Cruzn’ Mill Street starting at 8pm. It is a full day of fun!

Applications are available by calling the Chamber Office at 785-738-2717, email or you can download an application from the Chamber Facebook page.

Memorial Weekend Welcome Home Volunteers
Saturday, May 23, 2015

We are in need of volunteers to help us keep running the Memorial Weekend activities. Below is a couple of events and times when we are needing help. Please let me know if you are interested by calling 785-738-2717, email or mail the attached form to 123 N Mill St.

Saturday, May 23rd
Parade Registration 9am-10am Need 2 people
Lineup 9am-10am Need 4 people

Classic Car Show Registration 10am-12pm Need 4 people
Counting votes 12pm-1:30pm Need 2 people
1pm-2:30pm Need 2 people

This is a great event for the community and any volunteers that can help will be appreciated. Thank you in advance for your help in giving back.

Color Out Cancer Color Run

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Chamber Coffee!

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The coffee is Friday, June 12th from 9am-10:30am at the Chamber Office hosted by World Pest Control. Stop by for a cup of coffee and network with great friends!

8 Man Pep Rally

As many of you already know, the 30th Annual Kansas 8-Man All-Star Football Games are scheduled for Saturday, June 6th at Trojan Field in Beloit beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Pep Rally & Ice Cream Social for the players, coaches and fans on Friday, June 5th, starting at 2pm., in downtown Beloit.

Over 90 players and coaches will be introduced, signing autographs, playing games and treated to free ice cream. There will be kid’s games, giveaways, and much much more. This is a great way to come and help celebrate the best of the best in 8-Man football.

We would like ALL businesses to decorate with the 8-man team colors, which are GREEN, GOLD, RED, AND BLUE. Feel free to be creative  Let’s show everyone how proud we are to be hosting the 8-Man games in Beloit!

If you would like to help sponsor the 8 man pep rally, contact the Chamber office for more information at 785-738-2717 or by email at

Becker Autos & Trailers Sponsor NASCAR #98, Josh Wise, at Kansas Speedway May 9, 2015

From the Grandstands to the Pit Box
Blake and Lydia Housh of Beloit didn’t know what the weekend would bring when they headed to NASCAR’s SpongeBob Squarepants 400 on May 9th. They were excited to attend the race and festivities, hoping for the lucky chance to get an autograph from Jeff Gordon in his final season.
“I’ve been a NASCAR fan since I can remember. Gordon was always my favorite so when my wife and I scheduled to attend last weekend’s race, I was more than excited to go. I thought maybe we’d have the chance to meet some drivers and get some behind the scene’s looks… but I never thought our business name would end up on the hood of a car in the NASCAR race!” said Blake Housh co-owner of Becker Autos & Trailers in Beloit.
The Houshes went to attend the qualifying and truck races on Friday, May 8th. They purchased FinishLine passes to be able to take a tour of the pits. While watching the inspection process, they noticed the #98 car of Josh Wise had a blank hood. They decided to jump at the far chance of getting Becker Autos & Trailers name on it. Lydia Housh, co-owner of Becker Autos & Trailers, quickly grabbed a business card and handed it to a guy on the crew. She told them if they wanted a sponsor, Becker Autos & Trailers would be interested. It wasn’t more than 10 minutes later and #98 Josh Wise’s director of marketing came out to the fan walk and grabbed the Houshes and took them back to the hauler. She asked Blake and Lydia how quickly they could have a logo sent and where they wanted their name.
“I said the hood of course” said Lydia Housh.
The director of marketing got in touch with a printing company to have the logo printed on Saturday morning prior to the race; by 2:00 the race car would be the Becker Autos & Trailers number #98 Josh Wise car.
Blake was so excited he immediately started making phone calls to all his relatives and also owner of Becker Autos, Alvin Becker.
“At first, Alvin thought we were joking around” said Blake Housh. “But then, he headed up towards the race track to take in the sponsor experience. We met several different drivers and crew members. We walked behind the scenes, and sat in the pit box with Wise’s crew chief for the Kansas Speedway event. It was so surreal, but so real!”
The Houshes always talked about how awesome it would be to have their business name on the hood of a NASCAR Sprint Cup car while watching the races, joking about what it would cost and it being a dream they never thought they’d achieve.
“We’re proud of how the #98 team represented us and have so much respect for what they achieve. They moved up over 10 spots from the start, even with damage from getting hit. It was a strong finish and we can’t wait to follow him more throughout the season! The whole event was an experience of a lifetime. I never thought when I started this small business over 30 years ago, Becker Autos would have an opportunity like this!” said Alvin Becker, owner of Becker Autos.
Becker Autos & Trailers is a used vehicle and new trailer dealer in Downs and Beloit. To find out more about Becker Autos & Trailers check out their facebook page or go to Becker Autos & Trailers sells new Aluma, BigTex, FinishLine, Midsota, Bourbon Grain Trailers, Sundowner, CarryOn, Sharp, Titan and Hillsboro Trailers.
Josh Wise, the #98 sprint cup car driver, can be followed on facebook or twitter @Josh_Wise or online at

Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening

A ribbon cutting/grand opening ceremony will take place at Kettle, 204 S Mill St. on Friday, June 5th at 9am. Kettle features handmade pastries, in-state roasted coffee, mouth-watering sandwiches and creative appetizers in a chic and inviting atmosphere. Kettle prides itself on highlighting Kansas products. You’ll find local beef, beer, wine and produce at reasonable prices. Enjoy live music several times a month as you enjoy our large selection of beer, wine and espresso drinks. Find us on Facebook and Twitter and soon at!

We are planning a grand opening celebration on Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6! More details will be coming!

Thank You for renewing your Membership
The following businesses have reinvested in the community through the Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce.

 8th Street Liquor
 Law Office of Scott D. Wright

Have Any Exciting News to Share?

The Chamber wants to help spread the word about your business. “Noteworthy News” is your opportunity to do just that. It’s a great way to inform other Chamber members about anything that’s new within your organization. Fill us in on what’s happening from staff changes to a new product or service. Send it to by Thursday afternoons and I will include it in Chamber Chat!

Calendar of Events

Friday, May 15th – Noon – St. John’s Dismisses for Summer Break
Friday, May 15th – 5pm-10pm – NCK Tech Carpentry House Open House – NCK Tech Campus
Friday, May 15th – 7pm – NCK Tech Commencement – Beloit High School Gymnasium
Saturday, May 16th – 9am – Beloit Track Association Track Meet – Trojan Stadium
Sunday, May 17th – 10am – St. John’s High School Graduation
Sunday, May 17th – 2pm – Beloit High School Graduation
Tuesday, May 19th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni
Wednesday, May 20th – 9:30am – Beloit Ministerial Association
Wednesday, May 20th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech
Thursday, May 21st – 12:30pm – SVED Board Meeting – NCRPC
Friday, May 22nd – 7pm – NCK Tech Carpentry House Auction – NCK Tech Campus
Saturday, May 23rd – 8am – Color Out Cancer Run – Downtown
Saturday, May 23rd – 10am – Welcome Home Parade
Saturday, May 23rd – 11am-3pm – Classic Car Show – Chautauqua Park
Saturday, May 23rd – 8pm-10pm – Cruz’n Mill St
Monday, May 25th – Chamber Office Closed
Tuesday, May 26th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room – Muni
Wednesday, May 27th – Noon – Lions Club –
Monday, June 1st – 7pm – Mitchell County Fair Board – Guaranty State Bank Room
Tuesday, June 2nd – 11am – 8-Man All Star Football Players & Coaches arrive
Wednesday, June 3rd – Noon – Joint meeting for Rotary & Lions – NCK Tech
Thursday, June 4th – Noon – Chamber Board Meeting
Thursday, June 4th – Noon – Mitchell County Tourism – Courthouse
Friday, June 5th – 9am – Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening – Kettle – 204 S Mill
Friday, June 5th – 2pm – 8-Man All Star Football Pep Rally – Downtown
Saturday, June 6th – 10am – Division II 8-Man All Star Football Game – Trojan Field
Saturday, June 6th – 1:30pm – Division I 8-Man All Star Football Game – Trojan Field
Monday, June 8th – 7pm – Mitchell County Historical Society – Legion Annex
Tuesday, June 9th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni
Tuesday, June 9th – 7pm – Cassiopeia
Wednesday, June 10th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech
Friday, June 12th – 9am-10:30am – Chamber Coffee – Hosted by World Pest Control at the Chamber Office

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