The Holden Area Chamber of Commerce met in regular session on February 4 and discussed upcoming calendar events.
Events and promotions include a St. Patrick’s Day celebration. To be held Saturday, March 13, there will be the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, with the parade route to be announced later.
Also, in celebration of St. Paddy’s Day, on March 13 will be the Pot of Gold shopping promotion. Watch the Image for additional details.
The annual Luck of the Draw Chamber fundraising event is set for Saturday, April 10. Tickets will go on sale soon. Watch for more details.
The Chamber Rodeo is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, June 25-26.
This year’s annual Holden Street Fair will be held Thursday through Saturday, August 26-28.
Some of the annual Chamber events had to be cancelled last year due to COVID concerns. Watch for them to be bigger and better in 2021!
In other COVID-related news, Chamber members heard from Tracy Brantner of Johnson County Economic Development Corporation (JCEDC) about PPP loans.
Brantner said another round of PPP loans are available to help those businesses hit hardest by the COVID pandemic.
She added that these new loans allow some farmers who weren’t eligible last year to apply this time. Contact JCEDC for more information.
Brantner also said that the first round was amazing for Johnson County, and local lenders and accountants did an awesome job helping fund local small business through the SBA PPP loans.
The upcoming April 6 election was discussed and since there aren’t any contested races there will be no Meet the Candidates forum for this election.
It was mentioned that there will be a sales tax measure on the ballot that will go to benefit Warrensburg Animal Rescue.
They have taken over the animal shelter that was previously run by the City of Warrensburg.
In other Chamber business, the group discussed hosting a group ribbon cutting event for several new businesses that will be announced at a later date.
The regular Chamber meeting closed, to reopen in March.