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Monett chamber gets in the holiday spirit

Friday, September 28, 2012

Preparations for year-end activities were made by the Monett Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors at its September meeting.

The chamber's chalk walk sidewalk art contest will be part of Broadway Nights on Friday, Oct. 5. Jeff Meredith, chamber executive director, said another judge is still needed for the event, as well as sponsors for prizes.

The next chamber membership mingle will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 15 at El Rancho Taquiria, located at 212 E. Broadway. This is the first time a Hispanic-owned business will host a mingle event, Meredith said.

The ninth annual Festival of Flavors will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the First United Methodist Church, 1600 N. Central. The time for the popular event has been moved up a half hour and will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Donna Beckett and Lisa Schlichtman are serving as co-chairpersons for the event.

Any restaurants or caterers interested in participating in the well-attended event can make arrangements by calling the chamber office at 235-7919.

The ninth annual Festival of Lights will open at Monett's South Park on Wednesday, Nov. 21 and run through Dec. 30. Meredith said a tractor is being added this year to the displays. Keith McCracken is again serving as event chairman.

A few spots remain open for elf hut captains and volunteer slots collecting donations and distributing candy canes each night the lighting show is open. Volunteering information is available by calling the chamber office.

"Monett Christmas Express" has been selected as the theme for Monett's Christmas parade on Saturday, Dec. 8. Parade chairman Rod Anderson urged participants to begin thinking about train-themed floats to bring out the holiday spirit.

Anyone interested in signing up a float, band, marching or equestrian unit or showpiece vehicle for the parade can contact the chamber office.

In recent activities, the fall session of Leadership Monett has reached the halfway point. The previous session began at Jack Henry and Associates and continued to the Monett Municipal Airport.

Meredith said many in the class were amazed at the economic impact Monett's airport has. The airport has a greater economic impact on the Monett community than the airport in Joplin, which has commercial service, Meredith said.

The next Leadership Monett session will focus on quality of life. Participants will explore the wellness programs offered by Cox Monett Hospital and tour construction at the new Monett Area YMCA.

Graduation for the Leadership Monett class will be in November.

The recently formed Small Business Advisory Group has been meeting every two weeks in shaping an "Explore Monett" strategy that will launch in 2013 with a new logo. Meredith said future meetings will be monthly. Any small business interested in exchanging ideas is welcome to participate.

Four new businesses recently joined the chamber, including Atlas Risk Management, which had a ribbon cutting at its downtown office this week. The other new members are based out of town: Pearson-Kelly Office Products, Springfield; Payless Auto Salvage, Purdy; and Rebel Recycling, Cassville.

Business has continued at a steady pace at the license office. Meredith said the shift away from being open on the last Saturday of the month to having the office open earlier in the day during the last week of the month has reduced the number of people coming to the office at closing time.

There is an opening for a short-term part-time staffer at the chamber office while the administrative assistant is away on maternity leave, Meredith added.

The next chamber board meeting will be at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17.

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