Welcome New Chamber Member:  Simply Chic Events and Florals  12871 NW Hwy 7, Urich  816-674-6113 Wedding/Event planning or consultation, silk flower arrangements, wine slushy machine, hand etched glass, floral cake decorations, popcorn machine, flowers for all occasions, wedding programs and menus.

Art for the Ages.  An art auction fundraiser to benefit the Clinton Senior Center.  Live auction, silent auction and 50/50 raffle.  The Clinton Senior Center is at 970 East Sedalia St.  Lunch from 11 till 1 with the auction to follow on Sunday, March 26th.  Lunch provided by Perryman’s Kickin’ Chicken.  Tickets are $15 and that includes lunch and admission to the auction.  Buy tickets at Gallery Three on the Square…the Clinton Chamber of Commerce or at the Senior Center.  Bid on local art and more!

Heartland Community Theatre is pleased to announce our upcoming 4th Sunday monthly movie matinee. Please come join us this Sunday, March 26th, 2023, starting at 2:00 p.m., for our latest edition!    In honor of its 60th anniversary, our feature presentation is “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1962).  Admission is always FREE for this monthly event, along with gourmet popcorn and beverages.  Hope to see everyone at the Heartland Community Theatre, 108 North Washington, Clinton, for our movie matinee event this Sunday afternoon!!

One of our projects last Friday (3/17), was to give some plaques some daylight! The plaques that list the past presidents of the Chamber and the Ag Person of the Year have been in a hallway at the Chamber for a number of years. Not a lot of visitors use that hallway, and it’s not real well lit, so these names are now in the lobby for all to see. Chamber presidents began in Clinton in 1941 and ag person of the year began in 1974.  Stop by and take a look sometime. 

Did you know that the Greater Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce is not just for Clinton, MO? We have businesses and individuals from Kansas City to Republic and Overland Park, KS to Columbia as members of our Chamber:  APPLETON CITY, BUTLER, CALHOUN, COLUMBIA, CREIGHTON, DEEPWATER, KC, LEE’S SUMMIT, LEETON, LOWRY CITY, MONTROSE, OVERLAND PARK, PLEASANT HILL, REPUBLIC, SEDALIA, SPRINGFIELD, URICH, WARRENSBURG AND WARSAW. Want to join the fun? 660-885-8166. 200 South Main. M-F 9 till 4:30. david@clintonmo.com or joyce@clintonmo.com.

Businesses, groups, clubs, churches, organizations, couples and individuals can, and have in the past, be sponsors of Academic Excellence!  March, 2023  Dear Friends of Education: The Society for Academic Excellence invites students who have achieved a 3.5 or higher grade point average during this school year to be recognized. Last year, 257 students were honored, including 26 graduating seniors who maintained a 3.5 GPA each year throughout high school. In addition, four seniors from Clinton High School and one senior from Clinton Christian Academy received $500 scholarships. We invite you to join other individuals and businesses in the Clinton area to help honor the scholastic achievements of Clinton High School and Clinton Christian Academy students. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Academic Excellence Program, all because of our supportive community which has taken an interest in education for the youth within our school district. Our program this year will be focused on providing a quality experience for our students and an opportunity for the graduating seniors to be recognized with scholarships to encourage furthering their education. The consistent support of the program from sponsors like you have allowed the Society to provide this recognition for our top performing students and their families. Your contribution of $50.00 as a Silver Sponsor or $100.00 as a Gold Sponsor will benefit the students as they receive their official Academic Excellence medals and ribbons. For your support, you will receive the following:

1. Recognition in the Academic Excellence Ceremony that will be held this spring

2. Listing as a Silver or Gold sponsor in an ad the Chamber purchases in the Clinton Daily Democrat

3. Either a walnut plaque as a first-year sponsor or a 2023 date plate as a returning sponsor

4. Satisfaction from supporting our youth in Academic Excellence as a partner in education

Also, many continuing sponsors may need a new plaque for additional year bars. Let the office know when you send your sponsorship. Please make your checks payable to Greater Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce with a memo for Society for Academic Excellence. Checks can be mailed or delivered to the Depot, 200 South Main, Clinton, MO 64735. Please respond by April 21. Thank you for your consideration and support of our youth and education.

From the Clinton Animal Shelter: Since our shelter numbers have remained so high, the Kuranda beds that our shelter dogs sleep on are showing a lot of wear and tear. These beds are great because they keep the dogs off the concrete floor and are very durable. If you would like to order one for a shelter dog, please click on the link below. Our wish list is under Clinton Animal Rescue Endeavor. Thank you!!  https://shelterbeds.org/#mapSearch  You can also donate for the bed through PayPal- clintonanimalshelter@yahoo.com

Don’t forget the 2023 Quilt Walk is March 31st and April 1st on the Downtown Clinton Square.  For all the details, call the Clinton Main Street office at 660-885-2121.

FREE WEBINAR   Google My Business April 6, 2023 | 12:00PM – 1:00PM In this webinar, digital media specialist Mackenzie Scherer will work through setting up and managing your Google My Business listing to get it optimized for local searches. She will also talk through tips, resources, and tricks that marketing companies use to grow a business’ online presence locally, as well as review web analytics.  Presenter: Mackenzie Scherer has been involved with business most of her life. She owns Mackenzie Scherer, LLC, a technology consulting company, and Brokesite, a website design and marketing company. She specializes in working with small businesses and non-profits.  The New Growth Women’s Business Center serves all rural businesses, men- and women-owned.  We cover 15 rural counties (13 in Missouri and 2 in Kansas).  Call: 417-282-5936  Email: wbcinfo@wcmcaa.org  newgrowthwbc.org

Help Save The Dorman House.  Nickolas Smith and Suzanne Bush are organizing this fundraiser to benefit Henry County Historical Society.  Built in 1852, the Dorman House is currently the oldest standing two-story home in Clinton and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. The home remained in the Dorman family for over 150 years but fell into disrepair as fortunes dwindled.  Clinton Main Street purchased the home in 1996 from the Dorman family and spent six years restoring the house using volunteer labor. Clinton Main Street utilized the home as its office until 2008 when it was deeded to the Henry County Historical Society.  While the historical society has kept up with minor maintenance over the years, larger issues with the structure have become more apparent. The east side of the home exhibits minor cracking and separation — and after many severe rain showers for several years in a row — the house has developed a serious foundation and wall issues.  The Henry County Historical Society needs to take immediate action to prevent further damage and possible loss of the Dorman House. It is hoped that listing as a Place in Peril will raise awareness for the Save the Dorman capital improvement campaign and help the historical society find the expertise needed to guide them through the creation of a historic structures report and the proper restoration of this Clinton landmark.

When you have an idea, but you’re not an artist, where do you go? C Squared on the Downtown Clinton Square. From a ROUGH sketch to reality, we now have some t-shirts for sale at the Chamber!  These t-shirts are now for sale at the Clinton Chamber, 200 South Main St., M-F 8 till 4:30pm. Prices range from $12 to $17.  Go to the Chamber’s Facebook page and you’ll see these Truman Lake/Clinton, MO shirts!

For our Chamber members:  The Greater Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered again with E&M Consulting, Inc. to produce our annual Community Guide & Business Directory.  The publication will be available in both print and digital formats.  E&M will manage the entire project, including advertising sales and layout/graphic design.  We have found that they are highly professional and produce a high-quality publication, and we ask that you give them a moment of your time.  E&M will be contacting all members about the advertising opportunities available.  The publication will be mailed to every member and distributed throughout the area – an excellent opportunity to promote and give you additional business exposure.  If you have any questions or want to advertise, please contact an E&M sales associate at 800-572-0011or advertising@eandmsales.com.  As always, your support is appreciated!  If you have any questions for your Chamber, call us at 660-885-8166, david@clintonmo.com or joyce@clintonmo.com

Also for our Chamber business members:  I want to tell you about Amazon Delivery Partners.  The following is from their website:  When customers make their purchases online, Amazon’s people, technology, and operations work together to fulfill their orders. The items are packed at fulfillment centers and then sent to delivery stations. At the delivery stations, packages are prepared to be loaded into delivery vehicles, which is where you come in. Each morning, you’ll lead your team of delivery associates as they load packages into their vehicles and deliver them to customers’ homes and businesses.  You can see Todd Ghys on the Chamber’s Facebook page right now explaining this partnership.    https://www.facebook.com/ClintonMO/   Amazon Delivery Partner Program  E: toddghys@amazon.com | M: 417-848-0920 

For our Chamber businesses: For the past eight years, the Center for Human Services (CHS) Employment Services has been a proud provider of the Summer Work Experience (SWE) program in collaboration with Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation. This program was designed to give early employment experiences to incoming high school juniors and seniors with a documented disability, IEP or 504 Plan. Over the course of six weeks, the students are provided with the opportunity to learn a variety of job skills while working at businesses like yours.  The students will be paid employees of the CHS, your only responsibility is to provide jobs/positions for them to complete. An important part of this program is that the students have a real work experience. Each group of students (in groups no larger than seven) will be accompanied by a CHS job coach who will be in direct oversight of all the participating students while working for you. Please respond back to David or Joyce at 660-885-8166.