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New May 6 Event for Building Interest in Lexington Businesses

Have you ever wanted to see inside some of Lexington's vacant buildings? Curious about the B&B rooms downtown? The newly renovated motel? A local business you've driven by but never stopped at? A new business you aren't aware of?

Your chance to reacquaint yourself with Lexington's opportunities and business community is coming on Saturday, May 6!

The Chamber is pleased to announce a new citywide event that will introduce and showcase Lexington's business-related assets to residents and to potential business owners. The event, "Lexington CONNECT", scheduled for Saturday, May 6, and consists of two parts: Tours of vacant buildings hosted by local realtors, and an Open House-type “Meet your business owner” promotion for existing businesses.

The objective of Lexington CONNECT is to stimulate interest in our vacant business assets, create awareness of existing Lexington businesses, and spread the word to others, both in and out of town. The event will promote Lexington's commerce, community, hospitality and opportunity.

Lexington Chamber Executive Director Penny Grosso commented, "This is the first effort to aggressively sell Lexington as an affordable location for entrepreneurial opportunity. We already have an attractive, tourist-destination downtown with available vacant inventory. With the proper marketing and representatives in place to showcase our possibilities, the hope is to generate activity to get some of these properties occupied. It's a win for everyone."

Part of Lexington CONNECT is building awareness of existing area businesses. The general approach is to come out and “meet your business owner”. Participating businesses are will create their own in-store promotions, specials or other themed events. Other businesses such as downtown B&B’s are being encouraged to open their doors to the public during the event.

The Chamber is currently soliciting existing Lexington area businesses to participate with sales and store wide events. There are also several new businesses slated to be open in time for the event on May 6. In addition, recently opened businesses such as the renovated Midway Motel will hopefully be open for tours.

City representatives, building owners and realtors will be available for tours of vacant properties at set times on Saturday, May 6. The Chamber will host a reception prior to the tours. To the extent of insurance limitations, prospective entrepreneurs will be able to tour the buildings with a representative. The public will also be invited on the tours. City officials will be available to answer questions about codes, taxes and other general city and community information.

The vacant building tour will include signage listing square footage, rent or lease options, contact info and a brief history of each property. This information will continue to be displayed after the event.

The Chamber is coordinating the interaction and cooperation taking place for Lexington Connect representing many city entities. As plans and more details about Lexington CONNECT come together, we'll let you know. Please feel free to contact the Chamber at 259-3082 with any questions.

In the meantime, please take some time and support all of Lexington's businesses whenever you can!

Lexington in Fact

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

>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.