Friday, July 25, 2008

Hollister Chamber of Commerce Newsletter July 25, 2008edi


Downing Street Furniture


The Hollister Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Downing Street Furniture hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday.  Located in historic downtown Hollister, Missouri, Downing Street Furniture offers the largest inventory of furniture in the entire tri-lakes area, and with a large inventory, comes selection and value. Whether you're shopping locally or preparing to furnish your new lake home or condo, Downing Street Furniture can help you find the right furnishing at the right price, without the wait.


State Farm Insurance, Derek Bell


From auto, health, and homeowners, to life insurance and financial products, Derek Bell can help you with all of your insurance needs and more.  Located at the SE corner of the Hollister interchange at 255 Financial Drive, Suite E and online at  Stop by or call 336-3276 for more information.


Branson Granite and Marble


Terry and Jean Jones opened Branson Granite and Marble in 2006, with an appreciation of the beauty of fine stone.  The Jones understand how beautifully granite complements other architectural design elements, bringing a little of nature's beauty into your home or business.  Stop by the store across from the State Park on Hwy 165 or visit online at  Call 334-3029.


NewsomCreative, Focused Minds ~ Strategically Inspired


We specialize in professional website design, and marketing with an emphasis on advertising, and digital photography. NewsomCreative aggressively and effectively helps businesses and individual clients in 6 states establish and maintain a professional presence both offline and online.  We can help with web development, advertising, marketing, e-commerce, site development, photography, and more.  Visit or call 272-0688 for more information.


All American Tree Service


From planting new trees to caring for your trees as they grow to safely removing them when they die - our tree-care professionals can be counted on to keep up with the latest techniques and technology that you can count on for safe and effective care! EXPERIENCE THAT MATTERS!  The owner, Billy Bird, has more than 25 years experience as a Tree Surgeon and more than 11 years of LOCAL, satisfied customers in the hills of SW Missouri!  FULLY INSURED AND LICENSED:  As the only Tree Service Contractor for the City of Branson, we carry all the insurance that you would ever need for your peace of mind!  LANDSCAPING DESIGNER WITHOUT EQUAL:  He has a Master's degree from MSU in Horticulture-Arboriculture, coupled with over 37 years as the landscaping designer for College of the Ozarks.  Call Luise or Billy Bird to schedule your free estimate today at 335-TREE or visit online at


Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede:  Special Tribute to Military Groups


Military reunion groups will experience a special tribute at Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction. The "Missing Man Table & Honors Ceremony" acknowledges veterans, active duty, POWs and MIAs.  This remembrance is widely performed by veterans' organizations at banquets and gatherings, honoring those who are missing from the celebration.  The private ceremony takes place before the Carriage Room pre-show, and is provided by request, free of charge, for military reunion groups of 15 or more attending that evening's Dixie Stampede Dinner & Show.  To arrange a "Missing Man Table & Honors Ceremony" for your military reunion, please contact Pat Veach at 336-7979, or email   


July Sale at Southtown Spirits

Stop by Southtown Spirits, in the Southtowne Shopping Center in Hollister near Lowe's, this month for a July Sale!  Receive 10% off any bottle of wine or liquor.  No Limit…while supplies last!  This special does not include beer, and case discount does not apply. 

Backstage Connections-More than Your Theater Connection

Backstage Connections has a full wood and steel fabrication facility. If you want custom creations for your home or business; cabinets, built-ins, handrails, etc. we can help. Visit us at 125 Industrial Park Drive in Hollister (directly behind Fastenal) and view pictures of our custom work. Check out our website at or call 417.336.4970

Hollister Area Chamber of Commerce August Luncheon

Our next luncheon will be held on August 14th at the Keeter Center, College of the Ozarks.  Networking begins at 11:30 and program begins at 11:45.  This month's speaker will be Branson City Administrator Dean Kruithof and thanks to our lunch sponsor CenturyTel.  Mark your calendars now and please RSVP at 334-3050More information will be coming soon.

September 11th Benefit Concert

Join the Branson Veterans Task Force to help support activities and special projects for Veterans and their families.  Free admission for all First Responders, EMS, Firefighters, and Police as a tribute to them for their dedication and sacrifice.  Featuring the World Famous Ulster Accordion Band from Toronto, Canada.  Also featuring five vocalists and comedy!  $15 per person or $25 per couple.  Reserve your tickets today: 336-0219.  Come early and enjoy a Special Benefit Show Dinner, provided by Golden Corral for just $5.00.  The first $500 in sales goes to support to the Branson Veterans Task Force.  September 11th, 7:00 pm at the Tri-Lakes Center Branson.

Metropolitan National Bank Collecting School Supplies for Hollister Elementary School


The Tri-Lakes branches of Metropolitan National Bank will be collecting school supplies to donate to the Hollister Elementary School, from now until August 31st.  Lists of needed supplies can be found at many of the local stores that sell them.  Many children are not able to purchase all that is required of them to bring to school each year, so this is a great opportunity to help our local school children.  You can also drop off cash donations at any of the Tri-Lakes Branches of Metropolitan National Bank for the teachers to purchase items that the children lack.  Please call Metropolitan National Bank at 339-3663 with any questions.


Free Seminar: Marketing for the Tourism Industry


In the tourism industry, having a presence on the Internet is essential to your success . . . the more exposure the better., Missouri's Official Tourism Web site, gives you that presence.  Free Advertising: All Day-Every Day Worldwide!  It's all available for your business. Have your own page selling your destination to the millions of travelers worldwide who view   Studies prove 83 percent of all travel decisions (personal and business) are made online.  This free seminar, July 29, 9-11 a.m., at the College of the Ozarks, Keeter Center, conducted in collaboration with Missouri Travel Council, covers how to direct those decision makers to your page.  Scott McCullough, Division of Tourism's Web Editor, will discuss: what the Missouri Division of Tourism can do for you, how VisitMO works for you, all the exciting new features on VisitMO, how to access the new Industry Portal, how to submit new listings, how to update and maximize existing listings, how to maintain a quality listing, how to gain more visitors via the Internet, common errors to avoid, and what information web users want from your listing.  Anyone who operates a tourism-related business or event in Missouri is encouraged to attend.  Already have a listing on VisitMO - this workshop is for you. Don't have a listing on VisitMO yet - this workshop is for you.   Reservations are suggested. Call Pat at Missouri Travel Council: 573-636-2814 or Cyndi at Missouri Division of Tourism:  800-535-3210.


Hollister After Hours


If you are interested in a low cost-high impact way to showcase your business, consider hosting a Hollister After Hours event.  These events are relaxing, fun, and most importantly, a great way to bring a crowd through the front doors of your business.  This is an especially effective way to show off your new line of products, to kick off a sales drive, or to remind your customers about your services.  Contact the Chamber at 334-3050 to put this great marketing tool to work for your company.


The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Workshop 2-Day Workshop Now Enrolling for August 12-13, 2008


The workshop is being offered to the Branson/Lakes Area as part of an ongoing process of growth and development. The best way to improve any organization, family, or community is to improve yourself.  This workshop provides participants with a robust and tactical implementation of The 7 Habits into their lives.  This is a must for anyone looking to become a more effective person—regardless of position, or stage in life.  A five-step process will help empower participants: 1. Learn the basic principles underlying personal and interpersonal effectiveness.  These principles are habits of people who consistently achieve their desired results.  2. Commit to live these principles.  3. Apply the principles in daily work and personal situations.  4. Meet periodically to share experiences, account for commitments, and learn new principles.  5. Monitor effectiveness and work for continual correction and improvement.  The Result: As people apply the principles consistently over time, they develop habits of effectiveness.  These habits empower them to become more self-directed and less victimized by external circumstances.  When these habits are widely shared in an organization, the organization can move effectively towards its mission.  In a nutshell, the essence of this valuable training is to equip you with the principles, the perspective, and the tools to achieve your goals and live a rich, rewarding, and balanced life.  Workshop Dates: August 12-13, 2008, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Total Cost: $299 Includes: continental breakfast, lunch, weekly planner, and 7 Habits manual. Location: Ozarks Technical Community College at The Shoppes at Branson Meadows, 4440 Gretna Road, Branson, MO 65616.  To register, contact: Lynda Doepker at 417-447-8904 or Sponsored by the Branson Believers and Ozarks Technical Community College Center for Workforce Development.


Advertising and Sponsorship Opportunity


The Grape and Fall Festival attracts thousands of people to Hollister every year.  Don't miss out on this perfect opportunity to put your company's name in front of thousands of potential customers.  Sponsorships are now available for the 2008 10th Annual Grape and Fall Festival.  These sponsorships are an economical way to effectively spread your message to a very large number of people.  Depending on the level of sponsorship you choose, your business will be listed in all radio advertising for the event, listed in the official festival program, and announced as a sponsor several times from the main event stage.  To secure your sponsorship or for more information, call the Chamber at 334-3050.


Another great advertising and sponsorship opportunity gives your business instant recognition and attention at our monthly luncheons.  Please consider bringing a gift basket or other items to the luncheon to raffle as a door prize.  Your business will be recognized from the podium as the donor of the gift basket.  This is a fun and easy way to advertise your services.  If you have questions, call the Chamber at 334-3050.


Boy Scouts of America: Friends of Scouting Campaign


The Friends of Scouting campaign keeps Scouting an affordable, effective youth development program. It funds the Council's infrastructure, or general operating portion of the budget, and provides a support system for the more than 16,000 members and 400 community organizations that partner with the Ozark Trails Council. The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath & Law.  For more information about how you can support Scouting, contact Jeff Barry at (417) 883-1636 x 252 or


Ozarks Regional Community Development Corporation:  Gap Financing for Businesses and Industry


The Ozarks Regional Community Development Corporation (ORCDC) is a for-profit corporation established to provide gap financing to business and industry in the 10 county region. The ORCDC is designated to operate in collaboration with the Ozarks Regional Economic Partnership. The purpose of the ORCDC is to provide small business loans and/or equity to entrepreneurs who cannot obtain a complete package of conventional or other financing. The ORCDC will assist both new and existing businesses with financing to increase employment opportunities within the southwest Missouri region; and will operate in conjunction with state and federal programs, financial institutional lending, venture capital, and other sources to support small business investments in the region.  Taney County, the City of Hollister, and the Hollister Area Chamber of Commerce are members of the Ozarks Regional Economic Partnership.  In collaboration with this partnership, your business may be able to take advantage of this and other opportunities.  Please call the Chamber at 334-3050 or if you would like more information. 


Opportunity for Commercial Realtors and Developers


The Hollister Area Chamber of Commerce will make available information about commercial buildings and sites for sale or lease in Hollister on the LocationOne database.  This database contains community profile data such as demographics, infrastructure, facilities, housing, buildings and sites, education, workforce, and environment for localities across the nation.  LocationOne is utilized by the Missouri Department of Economic Development, site selection professionals, and other organizations for information about locating and expanding businesses in our area.  You can participate by providing information about your buildings and sites for this valuable economic development tool.  Please contact the Chamber at 334-3050 for more information.


Grape and Fall Festival: September 27th


Mark your calendars for the 10th Annual Grape and Fall Festival.  Gather up your best grape stomping friends, and register your team today!  We are also looking for vendors, volunteers, and sponsors.  We need your support to make this a fun-filled event for the whole family.  Call the Chamber at 334-3050 for more information.


Reminder:  Friday Facts is a FREE service provided to our members by the Hollister Area Chamber of Commerce


As a Hollister Area Chamber of Commerce member, this is your weekly bulletin, and you are encouraged to take advantage of this free opportunity to spread your message.  Please send news and information about your business or organization to by 12:00 pm on Thursdays to be included in the Friday Facts.  Call 334-3050 for more information.


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