Chamber Corner January 2017
Chamber 2016--The Year in Review
The new year offers an opportunity to start out with a blank slate, reflect on the past and build towards things bigger and better. We'd like to recap a bit on what was accomplished in 2016...and how we're working to build on our successes.
St. Pat's Parade
This popular event kicks off the onset of Spring, and the first of many Lexington celebrations for the new year. Last year's parade also ran in tandem with a St. Pat's party at the newly-opened Lexington Auditorium. Although the weather was a bit dreary, good attendance prevailed, translating into commerce for downtown and other local businesses.
Wine & Dine
This event allows local dining, catering and home-based businesses to showcase a surprising diversity offering of local food businesses and services in our area. While Wine & Dine has had consistent attendance over the years, the plan is to table the event for 2017 and put resources elsewhere for this year.
Apples, Arts & Antiques
2017 will be the 20th year for this premiere Lexington festival. 2016 additions such as the Santa Fe Wine Festival, 5K run, scarecrow building and live music were added to attract a wider audience of younger people and families. Returning features such as an antiques appraiser and apple-themed food were added in 2015 and continue to be popular. For 2017, the Chamber will evaluate how interests have changed over the years, and seek out additional activities, continuing to cater to a wider audience. This year's festival will be a Saturday-only event, with potentially longer hours and additional activities into the evening. Finally, we will aggressively promote the fact that the Festival is 20 years old this year, that its age equates into value, and tie it closer to our history and nearby wineries and orchards. This year's event will be held on Sept. 23.
Kelly Miller Circus
The Chamber was fortunate to again partner with this traveling show. This attraction is a popular event and the Chamber receives a portion of the proceeds. The circus has contracted to return to Lexington again in 2017 on Sunday, October 15.
Chamber 2016 Awards Dinner & Recognition
At the Annual Dinner, the Chamber recognized 2017 winners Marsha Corbin as Businessperson of the Year, and Adkins Auction Service for community service above and beyond the norm. Also announced were new Chamber Board members Valoree Maycock, Lorin Fahrmeier, Serena Bales, Leta Grom, Janae Fuller and Bill Miller.
Small Business Saturday
This event provides a national spotlight for independent businesses the day after Black Friday. For the last several years, the Chamber has collaborated with Small Business Saturday as a 'Neighborhood Champion'. In addition to American Express' national promotion for the event, the Chamber receives promotional materials, signs and other giveaways for local businesses at no cost. Small Business Saturday has gained traction in Lexington, along with the Chamber's efforts promoting Shop Local. Area businesses have generally reported good traffic and sales for Small Business Saturday. With nearly no expense involved with this effort, the Chamber will continue to partner and be involved in this event, to be held on Nov. 25.
Festival of Lights
This Chamber-sponsored event marks the beginning of the Christmas season, creates community goodwill, and drives people to the downtown area with the intent of exposure to businesses and driving commerce. The parade and other activities drew record crowds with near-perfect weather. The 2017 Festival of Lights will be held on Dec. 1.
Downtown sound system
Our new outdoor sound system was installed mid-year at the Chamber office. State-of-the-art tech allows the wireless system to be controlled by a mobile phone, broadcast playlists, radio stations and also serves as a public address system. The system reduces or eliminates the need for bulky for-rent sound equipment and adds background ambience and enjoyment during special events. It is intended to be a community-wide system and we encourage everyone to find practical uses for it throughout the year.
The moving of the Chamber office and License Bureau to new facilities at 1016 Main offers more space, convenience, growth and future opportunities for the Chamber and potential new businesses. With a better central location and visibility, the new offices add activity and exposure to the downtown.
New for 2017
Meetings are currently being held to create some open house type of event on May 6 to increase visibility of area businesses. For downtown this would include perhaps the history and tours of empty buildings for those considering starting or moving a business. Various activities within existing Lexington businesses might include wine tastings, music, food or other attractions. Ideas behind this new event are still forming but the concept opens new possibilities for all local businesses.
Big BAM! bicycle ride and the 2017 Great Eclipse
The Chamber will partner with other community entities for these two events. The Big BAM! promises 600+ bicycle enthusiasts and support groups, will fill the streets of Lexington on June 12. We are also fortunate in that this area will be prime viewing for the total solar eclipse on August 21. This is also a prime opportunity to promote Lexington and the region. Organizational work is already underway to attract visitors to the area.
We look forward to a year of building business, new Board members and new ideas! 2017 promises new directions for Lexington.
New & Renewed Chamber Members. Thank You!
Individuals and Families:
Debra J Bagley
Jan & Jean Beyer
Don & Ann Coen
John R. Holman
Karl (KC) Girtch & Vonda Love
Jim & Sue Kenney
William & Julie LaHue
William S. Miller
Taffy & Rocky Morgan
George & Charolette Stier
AAA Disposal Service, Inc.
Alvin’s Heating & Cooling
American Legion Post 60
Anita Edmonds Insurance LLC
Aull, Sherman, Worthington, Giorza & Hamilton, LLC
Baker Memorials, Inc.
Bradley and Bradley, LLC
C & E Rentals
Casey’s General Store
Christ Episcopal Church
City of Lexington
Columbia College – Lexington
Community Christian Center
Community Lumber & Ace Hardware
Country One Stop, LLC – Easy Living Mobile Park
Dale’s Automotive Collision Repair Shop
Dave’s Country Market
Elks Lodge No. 749
Equalizer Towing Inc.
F. L. Whitney Corporation
Fahrmeier Farms & Winery
GFWC – Woman’s Club of Lexington
Heartland Carpet, LLC
House of Hope, Inc.
Inn on Main
Investor Services Corporation
Lafayette County Health Department
Lafayette Regional Health Center
Lexington 4 Life Center
Lexington Community Calendar
Lexington Dental Center
Lexington Historical Association
The Lexington News
Lexington Memorial Post 4052 – VFW
Lexington Rotary Club
Lexington R-V School District
Lexington Tourism Bureau
Lexington United Methodist Church
Loyal Order of Moose
Margaret Gray Center
McDonalds of Lexington
Mike Keith Insurance
Missouri Valley Community Action Agency
New Dawn Fiber Internet Services
Nuts and Bolts
Odessa Economic Development Company
Old Trails Regional Tourism Partnership
Papa Jack’s Pizza
P & H Event Center
Reflections Salon & Spa
Rick Thomas Ditching Service
Riley’s Irish Pub
RiverOak Wealth Management
Samuel L. Rodgers Health Center
State Farm Insurance
St. Luke Evangelical Church
The Purple Turnip
Trinity United Church of Christ
Valorie Maycock, Attorney at Law
Victorianne Bed & Breakfast
W. David Rich, D.D.S.
Walker Nadler Fuller Funeral Home
West-Central Independent Living Solutions (WILS)
Join or Renew your Chamber Membership
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.
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Is our electronic advertising offer a part of your 2017 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!
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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.
>Had a Second Battle of Lexington occurring during Price's Missouri Expedition on October 19, 1864.
>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.