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Chamber Corner May 2018

Chamber Purchases Trolley; Lexington, Visitors to Reap Benefits.

After an extensive search, the Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce has acquired a passenger trolley! After a year of discussion by the Board, the right vehicle showed up in Sunrise Beach, Missouri. The pre-owned trolley will seat 30 people comfortably, has heat and a/c, is handicapped accessible and features removable rear panels that converts it into open-air on nice days.

The obvious use includes historic tours however, new possibilities open up for wine and shopping excursions plus outings and excursions throughout the area. Creative uses for the trolley will benefit businesses, economic growth and the community in general.

A special shout out to Randy Small for traveling with us to inspect the trolley mechanicals and drive it back to Lexington.

Big things continue to happen in Lexington we can't wait for our new trolley to be the newest part of our community.

Lexington CONNECT Wrap-up

The Chamber's program to promote available business spaces took place on May 5. Several new properties were added to the inventory for the event.

Lexington CONNECT was promoted to realtors and entrepreneurs throughout the area, including Metro Kansas City. We are pleased to report that the event yielded three new leads for area properties. As we've learned from last year, there are no instant results, and through our promotion, interested parties may end up hearing about properties through word of mouth. It took time and patience to fill spaces from last year's Lexington CONNECT so we have little doubt that the renewed interest in our business properties will continue.

Know someone interested in available business space? Visit connect.historiclexington.com for a complete list of properties including a downloadable map.

We also passed out cards asking folks to list their favorite business, and one they visited for the first time. The contest revealed eight new businesses visits.

The winner of the card drawing was Sue Nichols. Congratulations Sue and thank you for shopping local in Lexington.

Lexington CONNECT is an ongoing effort and we will continue to market our opportunities and our CONNECT business partners. Perhaps a CONNECT card comment sums it up best: "We live here and have been to all of our local businesses. We need to keep Lexington alive!"

USAF Hot Brass Concert a Big Hit

The United States Air Force "Hot Brass" Band visited Lexington for a special concert on May 25. Although unseasonably warm for this time of year, several hundred people attended the concert and were treated to hot dogs and water furnished by the Lexington Community Fair Board.

The band belted out some great popular tunes complete with a tight brass section, guitar and outstanding vocals. Included was a patriotic musical tribute.

Hot Brass' next stop was Union Station on Saturday, the Kansas City Symphony Saturday evening and then on to the War Memorial on Monday and then on to the Royals game Monday evening. The Chamber appreciates everyone who worked to make this one hot show!

New & Renewed Chamber Members

Thank you for your support!

Big River Ranch LLC
Equalizer Towing and Trucking LLC
F.L. Whitney Corporation
Hotel Lexihill
Lexington Tax & Accounting LLC
Oak Ridge Assisted Living/Memory Care
The LEX Auditorium Association
The Spotted Pig

Monte & Ruthie Lauderdale

Join or Renew your Chamber Membership for 2018!

Membership offers opportunities to help grow your business! Networking, referrals, connections, and a free listing on our website are just the beginning. You can take advantage of our high-traffic Resource Center, a member-only display for your marketing information.

Membership also provides a unique way to put your company's name before businesses and individuals who request information about moving to Lexington. Targeting newcomers can easily be a part of your marketing strategy.

We also invite you to volunteer for one of the many Chamber groups that work to promote events and programs that favorably impact area businesses and grow the community.

Become a part of and help us continue our mission of making Lexington the best it can be! Become a member or renew your Chamber membership. For more details visit www.historiclexington.com

Advertising with Chamber Electronic Ads for Ten Cents a Day

Is our electronic advertising offer a part of your 2018 marketing plans? It should be! You can take advantage of advertising your message on our big screen TV in the License Bureau for only $36.50 for the entire year. This super-reasonable fee reaches over 30,000 people a year. Use your logo, a photo, or other image and text...you decide! Remember that the License Bureau becomes a "captive audience" for your TV message, as customers wait their turn!

Call Penny Grosso at 660-259-3082 or Gary Worth at 816-868-9692 and we'll get your ad assembled and on-screen right away. Not a member? You can still take advertise with us...find out how joining the Chamber reduces your yearly electronic ad cost to near zero! Learn the full details about the program here: www.historiclexington.com/events/VideoSlides2.pdf

Buy Local Lexington!

Please continue to patronize all the chamber businesses that have made a dedicated effort to make Lexington the great community that makes us proud.

Lexington in Fact

>Was settled largely by Kentuckians and was named for Lexington, Kentucky.

>Has been selected to be involved in a Community Arts Pilot Project, a partnership with the University of Missouri Extension to promote economic development in Lexington through the arts.

Setting Business Growth In Motion.