Happy New Year! On behalf of the officers and directors of the Osage City Chamber of Commerce, I would like to extend a heartfelt wish for a prosperous and healthy 2015 to all of our residents, business owners and members of the surrounding community.
We are excited about this year’s upcoming calendar of events and the Chamber’s continued collaboration with the city, Arts Council, Schools, Fair Board and other organizations. As you know, the city’s annual Smoke in the Spring event has received both regional and national televised coverage. The corresponding car show sponsored by the Twin Lakes Cruisers continues to grow and has become a “must attend” event for the car enthusiast. The Chamber sponsored Beer Fest promises to be even bigger and better this year! The Osage County Fair with its parade and other attractions draws people from all over the County and beyond, as does the Chamber’s annual “Christmas on Market” event. Another largely “untapped” event for many of our business owners is the annual Kansas Sampler Festival (as seen on PBS) where Osage City is well represented by our Arts Council and Chamber volunteers. Last year they ran out of information on Osage City to hand out as attendees were very interested and depleted their supply!
Each of these events benefits all of our citizens and business owners in ways that may not be readily apparent. When someone comes to Osage City for an event, people stop in our restaurants and stores, purchase gasoline, hardware or car parts for repairs, they may spy a new vehicle at the auto dealership that they didn’t even know we had! The list goes on… It takes the collaboration of many to present our town in a manner that will attract visitors to want to come, to return, or even decide to stay and raise a family or place a loved one in short or long term care here.
This year the Chamber will be exploring more events and additional avenues that will benefit our businesses and residents. As with most things in life, you get back based on what you are willing to put in. No deposit, no interest…
Are you interested in building your bank account in Osage City’s future? Vice President Chandra Dunbar and I will be making the rounds to talk to as many of you as possible within the next two months. Let us know how you see the Chamber serving you and how we can work together. Not yet a member and excited to begin your growth now? Call me at 785-528-4500 to become a part of Osage City’s exciting future!
Osage City Chamber of Commerce