That fall crisp is in the air which means it is almost time for our Car Show! This will be the 7th year that the Beacon Chamber of Commerce and the Dutchess County Cruisers will come together to provide a fabulous car show to you right here on Main Street in Beacon.
Last year, over 300 cars were registered and Main Street saw over 5,000 visitors! The show will be held on Main Street from 12 pm – 4 pm. While the street may be closed from Cross Street (by Hudson Beach Glass) to Rt. 52 (by the Yankee Clipper), many businesses will be open and ready for business! The Chamber is offering a coupon that local businesses can advertise in to be distributed to visitors. To be included in the book is only $50 for Chamber members with a chance to highlight your business or offer a Car Show Day discount.
If you are looking to enter your car, registration is from 8 am -12 pm and will take place on the West End of Main Street (coming in from the 9D side by the Beacon Police Station). Trophies to be awarded at 3:30 pm in multiple categories including Best in Show and Drivers Choice.
We are thankful to have Healy Brothers returning as our premier sponsor again this year. We would also like to thank our additional sponsors: Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency, Freedom Ford, Max’s on Main, Baja 328 Tequila Bar Southwest Grill, Hometown Deli, Leo’s Restaurant, Brother’s Trattoria, Notion’s and Potions, and Libby’s Funeral Home.
There will be lots to do that day as the Beacon Farmer's Market and Beacon Flea will be open (on Veteran's Place and Henry Street by the Post Office) as well as the Sloop Club's Pumpkin Festival taking place at Waterfront Park. Side street and municipal parking will be available. Rain date is 10/22.
Beacon's Main Street Summit will be taking place on Tuesday, September 26th from 6:30-9:30 PM at 291 Main Street, Beacon. This is an opportunity for businesses to come together to connect and support each other.
This evening will give a chance for Main Street Beacon business owners to connect and discuss common issues that business owners are experiencing. There will be talk about growth, how they are handling change and what they are looking for not only from their city but also each other. City leaders will also be present to address some of the concerns and issues that business owners are experiencing.
Here is the agenda:
6:30 / COCKTAIL CONNECTION (NETWORKING)
7:00 / INTERACTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION
8:00 / BREAKOUT ROUNDTABLE SESSIONS 1
8:30 / BREAKOUT ROUNDTABLE SESSIONS 2
9:00 / COCKTAIL CONNECTION CONTINUED
The night will begin with a panel discussion between business owners and city leaders with active audience participation. Some of the topics to be discussed are: Institutional support (BeaconArts/Chamber/City of Beacon) — how can they help? City infrastructure (parking, trolley/shuttle service, etc.). Tourism (promoting Beacon). The impact of popup shops and city events (parades, festivals, etc.). Second Saturday. Gentrification, rents and landlords.
Panelists to include:
Kelly Ellenwood- Beacon Arts
Michele Willaims- Beacon Chamber of Commerce & Style Storehouse
Breakout Roundtable Facilitators:
Jason Schuler- STAFFING & EXPANSION-
The Beacon Chamber recognizes that owning a business is not always easy and that is why we are proud to sponsor this event. A huge thank you to A Little Beacon Blog and BEAHIVE for partnering in efforts to produce this event.
Here is a list of additional sponsors:
"Mt. Beacon" Level Sponsor ($1000)
Tin Shingle (www.tinshingle.com)
“Bricks and Mortar" Level Sponsor ($500)
TEC Land Surveying (www.tecls.com)
“Open for Business” Level Sponsor ($250)
Maria Amor, Real Estate Salesperson for John J Lease Realtors
“Fueling Main Street” Food/Drink Sponsor
Oak Vino (appetizers)
Chateau Lagrézette (wine, thanks Mara Farrell for connection)
Businesses interested in getting in front of influential business decision makers can do so as a sponsor with buzz all summer long. Details and to reserve online:
This year's Annual Cupcake Festival, usually held in Fishkill, is coming to Beacon, NY on May 6th, with a rain date of May 7th, 2017. We are pleased to work with with K104.7 and the City of Beacon on this event. Cupcakes galore and a judging booth will be set up on Main Street between the Dummy Light and Rt. 52. The Cupcake Festival is accepting vendors, and inquires can be made directly to K104.7 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
This event will be held on the East End between Chase Bank and The Dummy Light. We want all Beacon Businesses to benefit from this event so K104 is slashing the vendor fee in half for any Beacon Business! You will receive your business name on the flyer and a 15 x 15 spot on the street. You do not need to be a food seller to be a vendor, all businesses are welcomed! If your interested in participating please contact K104 here. Space is limited!
The form to enter the cupcake contest can be found here.
For more information on the Cupcake Festival, see A Little Beacon Blog's article here.
To stay informed about opportunities like this, please sign up to the Chamber of Commerce's newsletter.
Congratulations to new board members Kate Rabe of Kate Rabe, Certified Coach & Business Consultant and Michele Pitcairn Williams of Style Storehouse as Directors, and to the re-elected officials Carman Johnson as Recording Secretary and Visitors Center Coordinator, Ron Iarossi of Beacon Creamery and Kringle's as Director, and Pat Moore of Antalek and Moore as Director.
Board members continuing on are Rick Brownell of Freedom Ford as President, Carol Oken of the Elk's Lodge as Vice President, Susan Pagones of Antalek and Moore as Treasurer, Dave Eberle of Beacon Sloop Club as Corresponding Secretary, and Shyrl Glickman of Notions-n-Potions as Director.
The Beacon Chamber of Commerce is as strong as its business members and board member contributions. We look forward to the fresh contributions that will be made by these new businesses to our board. To join the Chamber as a business member and learn about benefits, you can click here.
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If you have any questions at all about Beacon, or about joining the Beacon Chamber of Commerce, please reach out to us via this website. We keep up with activities at our Facebook page, and please do sign up for our newsletter using the signup at the bottom of this website. Our next member meeting is tonight, January 31st, 2017, and the next one is February 7th, 2017. Moving forward, Member Meetings will be held the First Tuesday of every month.
Until next time!