Newspaper featured during chamber event

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed Luncheon features businesses A dozen local businesses were featured during the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce's final quarterly luncheon of 2012. Pictured above, is Jerry Teal, of Corporate Business Systems. Pictured below, is Lisa Schlichtman, Cassville Democrat co-publisher.

Lisa Schlichtman, Cassville Democrat co-publisher, unveiled the newspaper's plans to transform the popular annual tabloid "Trout Times" into a glossy magazine style publication during the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce's final quarterly luncheon of 2012 on Monday. The event was held at the Barry County Museum on Highway 112 south of Cassville.

"We are really excited about this," said Schlichtman. "We know that we, as a small business, benefit greatly from our proximity to Roaring River State Park, and we hope that this publication will be a tourism piece that can be used by our area.

"We hope that you will all consider being a part of it," added Schlichtman. "In this format, it can be something that will be around for a long time."

In addition to Trout Times and the Cassville Democrat, Schlichtman spoke briefly about the success of Connection magazine and her appreciation for the support of the Cassville community.

In addition to Schlichtman, community members who attended the special luncheon event had the opportunity to hear about around a dozen other local businesses.

Jerry Teal, of Corporate Business Systems, spoke about copier, printer, fax and postage equipment offered through the business. Corporate Business Systems also offers software, managed print services and managed networking services.

Larry Eden, who owns Cassville's two Subway restaurants, shared his background and talked about his commitment to give back to the community. He is particularly passionate about supporting youth and health programs.

Kathy White, Barry County Museum director, shared information on the facility's Christmas Showcase, which gives local small businesses an opportunity to showcase products and community members an opportunity to display holiday collections at the facility.

Carey's Cassville Florist owner Carey Howe offered information on the products and services available at her business' new location on First Street in Cassville. The full-service florist also offers home décor and gift items.

Brenda Beck, of For the Birds, shared information on the local nursery, which offers 8,500 square feet of covered space and addition outdoor growing room. For the Birds provides everything from landscaping to specialty potted plants.

Valerie Speer, Forever Yours Embroidery owner, has added a special transfer process at her local business that allows her to place photos and graphics on mugs, shirts and other items. The business also offers embroidery services and gifts.

Guilla Norris, co-owner of Gussied Up Boutique, showed off a new line of scarves offered at her business, which has been operating in Cassville for two and a half years.

Mark Smith has owned Smith's Clothing with his wife, Patti, since 1980. The couple purchased the store from Carl and Naomi Fanning. The business offers a variety of clothing and accessory items, alteration services and free gift wrapping on all regularly priced items.

Cindy Ray, of Whitley Pharmacy, spoke about the business' exceptional staff, expanded lunch specials and treats offered at the old fashioned soda fountain and extensive gift line.

In addition to learning about local businesses, the special luncheon event gave those in attendance an opportunity to enjoy a taco bar provided by The Sandwich Factory and win door prizes donated by the businesses featured at the event.

The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce's "The Chamber: Today and Beyond" program is designed to showcase contributions made to the local community by area businesses, industries and organizations.

Businesses interested in hosting a quarterly luncheon in 2013 are encouraged to call Mindi Artherton, chamber executive director, at 847-2814 or email her at

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