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Chamber Corner November 2018

Keep it Local - Chamber Gift Certificates and Shopping Opportunities!

A reminder that Chamber Gift Certificates are an outstanding way to keep the Shop Local theme going, now and throughout the year. You can purchase the gift certificates at the Chamber office in any amount. They're redeemable at any Chamber member business...and we can't think of a more thoughtful gift that directly supports local Lexington commerce.

Lexington also recently participated in Small Business Saturday, a time where the community rallies around all our entrepreneurs that help grow and shape our community. With the Christmas season now in full swing and our growing business community, please be sure to seek out these businesses FIRST as you begin your shopping. Roughly half of the money you spend stays right here in Lexington, you'll be dealing with people you know - and you'll help strengthen local businesses. Thank you for shopping in Lexington!

News from our Annual Chamber Dinner

The Chamber celebrates its 70th anniversary this year so it only seemed fitting that the theme of our Nov. 15th dinner would be "It's About Time".

Guests were treated to a slideshow featuring images of past faces and places and the evening's program included a timeline of various events from the Chamber's beginnings in 1948 to the present-day purchase of our trolley.

Congratulations to Christine Backs, owner of Christine & Co. Realty, awarded Lexington's Businessperson of the Year, and The Spotted Pig, this year's winner of Business of the Year Award!

The evening included the introduction of new Chamber board members Jean Beyer, Monte Lauderdale, Jessica Wallace and Michelle Simpson.

We also rode the Time Machine celebrating 70 years of the Chamber with recollections from Don Coen, Dr. Bill LaHue, Ken Nadler, George Stier and others! It was a great way to hear an evening of accomplishments in Lexington.

While celebrating the Chamber's 70th birthday is an important milestone, looking to the challenges of the future is equally exciting. Here's to Lexington's next 70 years - the Chamber is excited to be a part of it!

Chamber Trolley Offering Holiday Lights Tours

On December 7th, "Minnie Mae" will be busy shuttling people on a tour of some of Lexington's outdoor holiday light displays. Enjoy a forty-five-minute trolley ride through several Lexington neighborhoods where you'll view outdoor displays at their finest.

The trolley will have a single pick up and drop point in the city parking lot behind the Chamber office at 1016 Main. Tickets are $5 per person. Tour times are at 5:30, 8:00 and 9:00pm. To reserve your tickets, PM the Chamber or email us at chamber@historiclexington.com and let us know how many tickets you need. Be sure to leave contact info. You can also call us at 660-259-3082. We need a minimum of 15 people (30 maximum) per tour. In the event we are unable to meet the minimum number of passengers we will contact you to try to fill other timeslots.

This is a “first” for our new trolley and we hope to make it an annual holiday event. Plan on sharing some memories with friends and family…reserve your tickets NOW!

A Lexington Tradition: Festival of Lights December 7

The Chamber's 19th Annual Chamber Festival of Lights returns on Friday, December 7.

Creatively designed and beautifully lit, holiday floats will travel through the downtown. Prizes are awarded and we urge you to get your float built and registered for a chance at 1st, 2nd and 3rd place cash prizes. Stop by the Chamber to get your entry form!

Starting at 5:00pm, the Class of 2020 will be serving chili and hot cocoa on the sidewalk at 1016 Main Street and Big River Ranch will be offering “Pony Rides” on Franklin Avenue. Please show your support!

Again, this year, the Lexington Community Fair Board will feature a snow ball drop at 6:15pm and candy cane races and a fruitcake toss after the parade on the city lot at 12th & Main.

Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will be located on the front terrace in front of the Chamber office at 1016 Main. Come visit Santa starting at 5:30pm. Santa will take a short break at 6:45pm to ride in the parade but will return after the parade. The lighting of the Community Christmas tree will be at 6:45pm. This Christmas tree will shine bright throughout the Christmas season.

Don’t miss the performances of Shapes Dance & Acro in front of the courthouse before the parade at 6:15pm. Participating downtown shops and businesses will be open as well; it's the perfect time to explore all the things Lexington has to offer.

We hope to see you for this Lexington tradition!

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

2019 marketing plans? Here's an inexpensive idea that works for you all year! 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

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

> Was home to William B. Waddell, partner in Russell, Majors and Waddell, founder of the Pony Express

Setting Business Growth In Motion.