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Chamber Corner November 2017

Chamber Dinner Awards Honor Best-of-Best: Joe Clifford, Nerd's Hardware

The Chamber's Annual Dinner offered attendees a chance to socialize, hear about Lexington's present, vision for the future, and an opportunity to honor the winners of this year's Best of the Best awards.

Our congratulations go out to 2017 Businessperson of the Year, Joe Clifford and 2017 Business of the Year, Nerd's Hardware and Home Center. Joe's nomination came from Marsha Corbin; Nerd's was recommended by Patricia Worth. Both award winners are truly deserving, standouts in going the extra mile to make Lexington a better place.

Remarks by incoming Chamber President Valoree Maycock included her vision: a tour trolley that could shuttle visitors around town or possibly to area wineries and celebrating the Chamber's 70th anniversary.

Keynote speaker Kelly Dyer, Mgr. of Entrepreneurship & Business Development at the MO Chamber of Commerce & Industry talked about using data-driven information to help Lexington target markets for new business and assist in increasing traffic and sales.

There was also discussion about how the Chamber's initiative, Lexington CONNECT, had played a role in courting two new businesses in town since its rollout in May.

Welcome new Board members, Robyn Flanigan, Nick Luke and Willa Beach. And we wish to thank members going off the board, Steven Fuller, Jennifer Jellum and Debbie Bagley for your service to the Chamber.

With a new Board, and the new year on the horizon, expect more great things from your Chamber in 2018!

Shopping Here! - Benefits of Local Shopping

We've said it many times: You can make a positive impact on our local economy when you shop in Lexington. Think of it as a way to reinvest in your community.

The casual encounters you enjoy at neighborhood–scale businesses and the public spaces around them build relationships and community cohesiveness.

Each dollar you spend at independent businesses returns 3 times more money to your local economy than one spent at a chain (almost 50 times more than buying from an online mega-retailer) — a benefit we all can bank on.

Finally, independent businesses help give your community its distinct personality, something we all take pride in.

During the Christmas season, do yourself and your community a favor - check out local businesses right here in Lexington FIRST!

And 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 supports Lexington commerce.

Dec. 1 Festival of Lights to make downtown Lexington a Winter Wonderland

This year marks the 18th Annual Chamber Festival of Lights.

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, this year he'll be located on the front terrace in front of the Chamber office at 1016 Main.

Volunteers have completed replacing old bulbs with new and improved LED Christmas lighting on the wreaths decorating the downtown streetlights. We've also added big new red bows to the wreaths; you will definitely notice the difference this year!

Come visit Santa in the courtyard in front of the Chamber office from 5pm to 6:45pm. He'll ride in the parade and then return afterward. The city Christmas tree will shine bright in the Chamber office courtyard in front of the building.

Thanks to our sponsors, lighted entries for the Festival of Lights are judged and Cash Prizes awarded. Sponsors are: First place $100.00 - Dave’s Country Market, Second Place $75.00 - Christine & Company and Third Place $50.00 - Anita Edmonds Insurance. While anyone can participate in the parade, you do need to register to be eligible for the cash prizes! 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.

The Festival of Lights has always been an event to share with family. It's a beautiful evening of the community coming together to celebrate the Christmas season. We invite you to attend!

New & Renewed Chamber Members

Thank you for your support!

AAA Disposal Service Inc.
Adkins Auction & Riverview Realty
American Legion Post #60
Aull, Sherman, Worthington, Giorza & Hamilton, LLC
Casey’s General Stores
GFWC – Woman’s Club of Lexington
Jobe’s Auto Care, LLC
Lexington Dental Center
Lexington Rotary Club
Lexington Tourism Bureau
McDonald’s
Nerd’s Hardware & Home Center
Pioneer House
Rasa Orchard
Rick Thomas Ditching Service
Save-A-Lot
State Farm Insurance
The Lexington News
Ultimate Image Fitness Center
VFW Post 4052
W. David Rich, DDS
West-Central Independent Living Solutions - WILS
Robert & Jan Beyer
Robyn Flanigan
Janae Fuller
Jim & Sue Kenney
Dr. William & Julia LaHue
Blake Pagenkopf
JoAnn Swartz

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

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

>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.

Setting Business Growth In Motion.