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Chamber Corner February 2018

Monthly Business Forum

The Chamber hosted its first meeting to educate business owners about citywide events and planned upcoming business resource opportunities and seminars. Future meetings will include discussion about future ways the Chamber might better serve members and the business community.

With the downtown beginning to repopulate and different types of businesses opening, it’s important to get a pulse on new entrepreneurial options. Although downtown and citywide events are designed to attract traffic, the Chamber’s role will be more diverse and focus on being more proactive and assisting with the changing needs of business.

The next meeting is March 21, 9am at River Reader Bookstore, 1010 Main. The meeting is open to all businesses and we invite you to attend.

Join Us for Business After Hours, March 15

The Chamber's quarterly business networking event gives Lexington business owners the opportunity to meet fellow entrepreneurs. This informal, after-work get-together provides quality time to find out what's going on in town and find out more about how the Chamber can help grow your business. We'll provide the appetizers and beverages!

You do not need to be a Chamber member to attend and we encourage new businesses to participate. There's no formal program or speaker...just your desire to make the most of your business in Lexington! Mark your calendar--March 15 and stop by between 5-7pm. Please make plans to join us.

Get Ready for Spring! St. Pat's Day Parade in Downtown Lexington, March 17

The 23rd Edition of the Chamber's Annual St. Pat's Day Parade marks the first major event of 2018. This year's parade, March 17th, begins at 2pm.

This year's Grand Marshal is Jacque Bear. The parade winds its way through the downtown and spectators will see all types of creative floats, costumes and displays. The parade goes on, rain or shine and everyone is invited to build a float, walk in the parade or just come watch.

The Chamber encourages you to head downtown, be a part of the celebration and to check out our local businesses along the parade route. See you there!

Member Spotlight--River Reader Books

In business since 2004, River Reader is Lexington's destination for books, espresso & coffee drinks, toys, games, journals and more. Events this year include a Book Fair in March, a poetry workshop hosted by Missouri's current poet laureate in April, monthly Saturday story times, and the shop's birthday party in July.

River Reader has also developed customer book gifting, with customers donating over 250 books to Lexington schools since the program began last year.

Visit River Reader's website at www.river-reader.com or call 660-259-4996.

New & Renewed Chamber Members. Thank You!

Thank you for your support!

Alvin’s Heating & Cooling Inc
Baker Memorials Inc
Christine & Company
Empire District Gas Co
Lafayette Regional Health Center
Lexington 4 Life Center
Lexington Arts Council
Lexington Community Fair
Lexington United Methodist Church
Linwood Lawn
Minuteman Pharmacy
NASB North American Savings Bank
P & H Event Center
Richmond Super 8
River City Players
Trails Regional Library
Trinity United Church of Christ
Wentworth Military Academy
Wood & Huston Bank

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.

>Is home to Wentworth Military Academy, founded in 1880, which still draws students from throughout the country and worldwide.

Setting Business Growth In Motion.