OSAGE | The annual meeting of the Osage Chamber of Commerce was held on Thursday, Jan 24 in the atrium of the Cedar River Complex.

At the meeting, a report on the current state of the chamber was delivered which included finances and upcoming events.

Outgoing chamber president Maggie Huemann discussed the increase of visibility with the chamber having relocated to its own building on Main Street.

Harlan Bisbee, chamber treasurer, addressed the current financial position of the chamber, including the upcoming budget for 2019. A highlight was the City of Osage’s contribution increase from $7,000 to $25,000 per year. Bisbee also discussed the renovation project on the new chamber building.

“We will have right around $50,000 invested in the building and improvements by the time it’s completed,” Bisbee said. “With the boost from the city, the chamber can focus on drawing attention to Osage and attracting people to our community instead of fundraising.”

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Board member Carrie Mellmann gave a preview of the upcoming events of 2019, which include a Mardi Gras Murder Mystery Fundraiser, Treasure Fest, the Saturday Farmer’s Market, Bike Ride Around Mitchell County, Small Business Saturday and the Fourth of July Parade.

Mellmann said she hopes to see the Bike Ride Around Mitchell County event grow and attract individuals to see the beauty of Mitchell County.

With events like Small Business Saturday in November and Magic on Main in December, board members look to focus on encouraging people to shop local and visit the stores on Main Street rather than do their holiday shopping at chain stores.

“These events are 100 percent what we stand for,” Mellmann said. “We had businesses in Osage participating we rarely hear from. It was awesome. We even got an email from the Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce asking how it worked and commending us on a great promotion.

“All of the events we have planned have a goal of bringing people to Osage. Our goal as a chamber is to get people here and keep them coming. This is the point of us, it's what we do.”

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