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Chamber Corner March 2018

Lexington Connect Event Slated for May 5.

The Chamber will again be hosting Lexington CONNECT, designed to attract new businesses to town, and to promote our outstanding group of existing businesses and entrepreneurs.

Last year, the event showcased the possibilities and since then, several businesses have opened and other properties have been purchased or leased throughout the downtown. Two new businesses on Main Street are currently rehabbing space that have sat empty for years, with plans for opening later this Spring.

May 5th will be designated "Small Business Appreciation Day" throughout town. It is our hope that everyone will make a point to visit at least two businesses, one you already love and another you've never been to. We will be reaching out to all businesses and will promote any events, specials or other activities they may have planned.

The second part of CONNECT is the continued promotion of available buildings to area and regional realtors and entrepreneurs. We are working with volunteers and the Chamber board to be Lexington ambassadors on May 5th to show how our town can be the perfect place for a new or growing business. With all types of affordable and flexible spaces, opportunity can sell itself to this audience.

Finally, luring new businesses to town is one thing. Keeping them alive and open is equally important. A vibrant business community benefits Lexington economically and steers future growth. It's up to all of us to keep business booming by buying locally whenever possible.

We'll keep you informed about this year's Lexington CONNECT as we pull final plans together. In the meantime, visit (and share) the CONNECT website with friends and associates...we still have some great available space for Lexington's next new business and we'd love to talk to them. Visit connect.historiclexington.com. Let's finish what we started!

Planning Meeting for Fall Festival

After 20 years of Apples, Arts & Antiques the Chamber is focusing on refreshing and rebranding this event for 2018. We will hold our first planning meeting, April 11 at 5pm at Las Carretas Mexican Restaurant. Anyone is welcome to attend.

The dates for this year's festival have changed. The apple auction will be Thursday, October 4th. The festival will take place October 5th & 6th and the hours will be extended into the evening for both days.

Monthly Business Forum

Our next Chamber hosted Business Forum will be held on April 18, 9am at River Reader. We will focus on plans for Lexington CONNECT, and ways we might engage the business community in upcoming events.

The Chamber is focused on diversifying its assistance as new types of businesses come to Lexington. Over the next few months we will be testing some different strategies to see if we can create better synergy between business, residents and events. The Chamber continues to stress that events should drive commerce and that businesses need to understand that action and involvement can create opportunity.

The Business Forum is open to all businesses and we invite you to attend. Come meet your fellow entrepreneurs, offer your input, and find out how you can benefit from upcoming plans!

Good Crowds for Business After Hours, St. Pat's Parade events

The Chamber's first Business After Hours for 2018 allowed members of our local business community to rub shoulders on March 15th. The well-attended event was open to Chamber members and non-members. Overheard during the event was discussion about the changing face of our Main Street, a very positive sign of things to come for 2018.

As our business population grows, we hope attendance for the next Business After Hours will grow as well. We'll announce the date of the next After-Hours event soon.

Even though the weather could have been brighter, the Chamber-sponsored, 23rd Annual St. Pat's Parade attracted a huge crowd of green-adorned spectators. A huge shout out to Taffy Morgan, Lacey Hahn and their team for the effort and hard work necessary to make it a success. Thank you! Many downtown businesses reported brisk activity, and several other events took place downtown into the evening..This Chamber-sponsored event is dedicated to driving commerce, embracing community and having FUN. See you next year!

Member Spotlight--Papa Jack's Pizza

In business since 2006, Papa Jack's is a Lexington staple for pizza, sandwiches, salads, soups and more. All breads are homemade and most sauces are made from scratch. Family-owned, everything is made with love.

Dine-in, take-out or delivery is available. For larger gatherings and more diverse menu, their affiliate, Memories Made, offers delicious food for groups or occasions.

Visit Papa Jack's at 1014 Main, or order online at papajackspizza.com or call 660-259-9095.

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 upcoming 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

New & Renewing Members - Thank you for your support!

Elks Lodge 749
Christ Episcopal Church
Friends of the Friendless
Gash Plumbing
House of Hope Inc.
Old Trails Regional Tourism Partnership
Preferred Hospice
Reflections Salon & Spa
The Purple Turnip
Wentworth Military Academy Museum
Glen Kolkmeyer
Tom & Barbara Lankford

Lexington in Fact

>Has the largest number of antebellum homes per capita in the State of Missouri.

>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.