Thanksgiving day has passed. There is turkey in fridge and we are all starting to think, “what is next?” Tomorrow is your opportunity to get out and support your local small businesses and have some good food and drink. Saturday represents Small Business Saturday in America. Ashland in Motion along with Ashland Alliance, Ashland Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Bridges Magazine, and Morehead State University Ashland Small Business Development Center, are hosting Brunch and Browse in downtown Ashland from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. It is a great opportunity to get into the holiday spirit and find some great gifts. This is also the best way for our community to give itself a holiday bonus. We know that local businesses spend more of their income locally, and that supports other businesses. It is a great way to help yourself and others at the same time.
Tuesday night was the annual Winter Wonderland of Lights Parade. This year we had over 4,000 people IN the parade and a great crowd along the streets of downtown watching. I can’t think of a better way to start the holiday season than a parade. As I walked back to my car after, I made a point of asking families and children if they enjoyed the parade. Maybe it was all the sugar and candy but, think our Santa hit the spot in bringing Christmas to town.
Winter Wonderland of Lights
Our holiday season is just getting going. Listed below is a full list of activities that give opportunities to families and especially children over the holiday season.
- Winter Wonderland Express Train Rides, Central Park, Weekends 11/1/-12/20
- Visits with Santa, Central Park Roundhouse, 11/24-12/18
- Breakfast with Santa, Ashland Transportation Center, 12/3 9:00 a.m.
- Karaoke and Pizza with Santa, Ashland Transportation Center, 12/8 6:00 p.m.
- Youth Leadership, Session 4
- Legislative Preview, Bellefonte Country Club 12/7 noon
- Holiday Business After Hours
Economic Development Activities
- Just because it is the holiday season don’t mean business activity is slow. This last week we have submitted two RFIs (Request for Information) and worked with several existing businesses.
- There is also A U.S. Federal Judge ruling blocking the new overtime law that greatly affects the business community. More to come on this as it develops.
- Legislative Preview, hosted by Dave Adkisson, President of Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is scheduled for Dec. 7th. This is the first opportunity to hear what the new Kentucky Legislature will act on and how it will affect your business. With the House of Representative being under control of the Republican party there is plenty of change on the horizon. This is a great opportunity to hear from your elected officials. Please call the office for tickets at (606)324-5111.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving Break. I hope each of of you has a reason to be thankful. I appreciate the opportunity to work with great people, businesses, in a wonderful community.
Young Professionals Food Fued
The Ashland Alliance Young Professionals Association is hosting a community Food Fued to benefit those in need. For more information or to participate, contact Mandy Medinger by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (606) 329-1890.
—Tim Gibbs, Alliance president and CEO