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Belpre Chamber features ‘Secrets to Success’ at annual dinner

Photos by James Dobbs Belpre Mayor Mike Lorentz, right, gives Kelly Cox, left, the key to the city at the Belpre Chamber of Commerce Dinner. (Photo by James Dobbs)

VIENNA — The Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce held its 84th Annual Dinner on Tuesday.

The dinner, at the Grand Pointe Conference and Reception Center in Vienna, featured “Secrets to Success in the MOV.”

Ben Bradley, ReStore Director for Habitat for Humanity of the MOV, was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening.

As part of the dinner, George Broughton, the owner of Broughton Commercial Properties LLC and GWB Oil and Gas LLC, Angela Beck, owner of Boxers Bed and Biscuits, and Bob Rauch, owner of Main Street and Farson Street Car Washes and Parsons Storage, were interviewed by Chuck Helmick, BACC board of directors member, and shared a few secrets of their success in business.

Helmick asked Beck if there were any opportunities that she took advantage of that made a meaningful difference in her business. Beck responded with one word, advertising.

Nancy Miller, right, president of the 2021 board of directors of the Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce, received the 2021 President’s award, which was presented by Ashley Brown, left, vice president of the 2021 board of directors of the BACC. (Photo by James Dobbs)

“And ironically, advertising was my minor, yet a year and a half into my business, I was still in that little house in Little Hocking, where it all began,” said Beck.

She said she received a call from an advertising salesperson at a local television station, to ask about advertising for her business, and she told them she was not going to advertise with them. She said she was already at capacity, and that she probably couldn’t afford the advertising anyway.

“The next line that he said to me would change the way I looked at my business forever,” she said. “He said ‘Angie, is your dream only as big as that little house in Little Hocking.'”

Beck said she wanted to tell this person how their comments changed her business. She found out that it was Andy Parsons, and she couldn’t thank him, because he had passed away.

“… I never got to tell him that saying that one line to me, how it changed everything, we might not be in a 50,000 square foot facility, we might not have two locations, we might still be in that little house if I allowed myself to be confined by the physical space instead of what my brain really wants for the business. So that instance is what matters,” she said.

Angela Beck, left, shares a story of her success with advertising at the Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce Dinner. (Photo by James Dobbs)

Nancy Miller, president of the 2021 board of directors of the BACC, received the 2021 President’s Award. Miller said she was glad to be in person with everyone, because last year BACC held a virtual awards ceremony, and was not able to hold a dinner because of COVID-19.

George Broughton, Angela Beck, and Bob Rauch are interviewed by Chuck Helmick during the Belpre Chamber of Commerce Dinner. (Photo by James Dobbs)

Ben Bradley, ReStore Director for Habitat for Humanity of the MOV, was the Master of Ceremonies at the Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce Dinner Tuesday. (Photo by James Dobbs)

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