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Chamber Corner October 2017

Entertainment, Keynote Speaker & The Best of the Best at Chamber Annual Dinner on Nov. 16th

As the end of the year draws nearer, the Chamber is putting the finishing touches on our Annual Chamber Dinner, November 16, to be held at the Lexington VFW Post 4052, 3109 Franklin. The event will be catered by Riley's Irish Pub.

Please join us for the fellowship of friends and business acquaintances this evening offers. So we get an accurate headcount for dinner preparations, please RSVP the Chamber by November 9th at 660-259-3082. Everyone is welcome...you do not need to be a Chamber member to attend.

Social hour begins at 5:30pm, dinner will be served beginning at 6:00pm. Besides a brief business meeting, the evening's program includes entertainment with the ventriloquism of Alan & Sarge.

Our keynote speaker will be Kelly Dyer, Manager of Entrepreneurship and Business Development at the Missouri Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Kelly also teaches business
classes and counsels business startups. Ms. Dyer will speak about the area's "Dominant Tapestry" plus relevant data and opportunities pertaining to Lexington.

Finally, winners of this year's Chamber awards for Person of the Year and Business of the Year will be announced. Nominated by YOU, these people and businesses truly represent the initiative and community spirit that make Lexington a great place to live and work...the Best of the Best.

Nominations are still open for both Person of the Year and Business of the Year. Know someone who gives their all to Lexington? Know of a Lexington business that makes a difference and gives back to the community? We want to know about them! CLICK HERE to view a flier that will provide info and inspiration and ways to send your nomination. The deadline for nominees is Nov. 10 at 5pm.

We've had many great nominations in the past but the competition is tough! If your previous submission was not selected we welcome resubmissions so we can choose the Best of the Best. Thank you!

Shop Small in Lexington with Small Business Saturday, November 25.

Once again, the Chamber has partnered with American Express as a Neighborhood Champion to promote small business in Lexington on November 25. American Express spares no expense to help get the word out nationally, and works locally to provide area promotional and giveaway materials.

Small Business Saturday helps to focus on local, independent businesses during this time. These are the shops and stores in town that build Lexington's community and personality.

This event in Lexington has grown over the years. As the holidays approach, our local businesses are anxious to share what is available right here in town. Please take the time to reacquaint yourself with your local businesses on Saturday, November 25 (and throughout the holiday season)!

Want another convenient way to discover what Lexington offers? You can visit our website and search for Chamber member businesses (by category!) at this link--http://www.historiclexington.com/members.php 

18th Annual Festival of Lights to make downtown Lexington merry and bright, Dec. 1.

The Chamber is working hard to make this year's Festival of Lights bigger and better than ever.

The festivities begin at 5pm on December 1st; the lighted parade begins around 7pm. The lighting of the Christmas tree, the Snowball Drop, Fruitcake Toss will return this year along with other kid's activities. Santa also returns however, he'll be located on the front terrace in front of the Chamber office at 1016 Main.

You'll also enjoy the new and improved Christmas lighting on the wreaths decorating the downtown streetlights. Each LED light contains seven individual bulbs so the wreaths will shine brighter and last longer. Money for the new lights came from Apples Arts & Antiques project proceeds.

Want to enter a lighted float in the Festival of Lights? Want a chance to win cash prizes? You'll need to register to participate! CLICK HERE to see the Festival of Lights entry form, or stop by the Chamber office at 1016 Main Street to get signed up.

Also taking place during Festival of Lights, Lexington Tourism will be hosting a Historic Church Tour from 5:30 until 9:30 on Dec. 1. The self-guided tour showcases five of Lexington's area historic churches and their stories. Tour goers will learn about the origins, architecture and other facts of each. Tickets for the tour are available at the Tourism office, 1110 Main Street, or online at www.historicchurches.visitlexingtonmo.com.

We're planning for a wonderful evening...we hope to see you and your family as we kick off the Christmas season.

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

s 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

Become a Member!

The Chamber receives hundreds of requests every year and provides referrals to Chamber members who provide business services, products, tourist attractions, churches, etc. The Chamber assists businesses and individuals with relocation and expansion possibilities. Plus, your membership in the Chamber provides you with listings in the Chamber's Website Business Directory with a link to your company website.
For more information or a complete list of members visit our website, www.HistoricLexington.com. 

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.