New Businesses on the Square

On June 26, 2021, the Leonard Chamber of Commerce welcomed three new businesses to the downtown square: Snap Expressions Mercantile, Rebel Soul Boutique, and Dumpster Diva Designs.

Snap Expressions Mercantile
-Vendor Mall
-north side of the square
-Kayla Ross

Rebel Soul Boutique
-Clothing Boutique
-west side of the square
-Trey & Beverli Trammell

Dumpster Diva Designs
-Unique, Refurbished, & Custom Furniture
-south side of the square
-Javier & Melissa Cervantes

2021 Leonard Picnic Schedule and how to be a vendor or sponsor

Here is the schedule for the Leonard Picnic as of May 11, 2021.

  • If you are interested in setting up a Vendor Booth please contact [email protected]
  • If you are interested in setting up a Food Truck please contact [email protected]
  • If you are interested in sponsoring the Picnic please contact [email protected]Schedule is updated as of June 29, 2021
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2020 Leonard Chamber of Commerce Awards Honorees

Here are the award winners for 2020 — presented at the Leonard Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet held in Spring, 2021:

 

Nominations due by 3-1-21 for Educator, Citizen, Business of the Year!

Help reward a deserving Citizen, Business, or Educator of Leonard! Please take the time to fill out Nomination Forms for this year! The winners will be honored at the Leonard Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet on April 9, 2021.

All nominations are due by Monday, March 1st!

Please return to Leonard Pharmacy, First United Bank, Bear Creek Country Store, or email to [email protected] or mail to:

Business of the Year, Buchanan Insurance

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You can complete the nomination forms online by following the links below:

https://form.123formbuilder.com/5807499/educator-of-the-year-2020
http://form.123formbuilder.com/5254446/business-of-the-year-2020
http://form.123formbuilder.com/5254436/citizen-of-the-year-2020

Here are PDF nomination forms for you to print and complete if you would like to mail, e-mail, or deliver them:

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR 2021

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR 2021

EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR 2021

Lollipop signs on sale now benefiting the Leonard Toy Drive

The cost to display your lollipop or get a new one is $25, and this money goes to the Leonard Toy Drive. Lollipops are placed around the square at random.

Requests and payments must be received by November 22nd.  We can’t accept requests after this time.

If you have any questions in regards to the lollipops,  please email Brandi Treadway at [email protected] or call her at 903-587-2570. Payments may be dropped off to Brandi at Buchanan Insurance, mailed to the Leonard Chamber of Commerce at P O Box 117 Leonard, TX 75452, or made online at www.leonardchamber.com (click on donate, select other, and put lollipop).

Here are some examples from previous years (click image for larger version):

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Time to register for Halloween on the Square

It is almost time for Halloween on the Square in Leonard, TX!! This year’s event will be on Saturday, October 31st from 5 PM to 7 PM. We hope everybody will be able to participate. We would love for your company/organization to set up a candy booth or game. Will you consider participating this year?

This event is sponsored by the Leonard Chamber of Commerce, but open for participation by ALL Leonard businesses! Individuals are not permitted to pass out candy for safety reasons. Your business/organization must be registered with us before permitted to set up a candy booth. Follow this link to register online – http://www.123formbuilder.com/form-5595498/form – Or complete the attached registration form and return by email or mail. Please let me know if you can help us with this year’s event! We appreciate your support.

**UPDATED RULES/REGULATIONS**
 
1. Candy booths will be spaced out around the square as much as possible and we will try to keep people moving in ONE direction
 
2. All candy needs to be individually packaged (a few pieces per baggy)
 
3. Candy bags can be placed on top of the booth tables, spaced out so that there is little contact between the businesses and kids
 
4. Individuals at candy booths will be required to wear a mask
 
5. We would like to limit the booths this year to CANDY BOOTHS ONLY. No games or extra activities allowed, just to keep the trick-or-treaters moving around the square rather than congregating in one area
 
We will not have bounce houses or food trucks this year to try and maintain social distancing and keep everybody safe! We will still have kids that dress up and come up here for lots of candy – so we hope we can still get plenty of participation from the businesses and organizations!
 
Please let us know if you are interested in participating this year or if you have any questions!! We appreciate your continuous support!

Halloweeen-2020 Registration Form

Chamber Update for Sept 2020

Hello, we wanted to give a chamber update for the month of September.

Feeding Fannin

Feeding Fannin food and resource distributions have become a very important day for many Fannin County residents. Feeding Fannin is teaming up with the Leonard Chamber of Commerce and Lea’s Restaurant and will be serving our Leonard Community at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 17th at the Leonard City Park!

Lea’s Restaurant will be making 150 meatloaf dinners for us to serve.
We are looking for volunteers to help pass out meals and resource bags. We also want to fill up the resource bag with any helpful information your business or organization wants to share with the community. We are excited to lend a helping hand to our local families in need.

Right now we have 6 or so members that have volunteered to help, but we will take all the help we can get. Volunteers need to be out at the Park Pavilion at 4 pm if possible.

Please reach out to Marla Burks by email or phone ([email protected] or 903-587-0300) if you are interested in helping or you have any questions.

Halloween

Halloween on the Square will be Saturday, October 31st from 5:00 pm to 7 pm on the square. The city has confirmed they can help us get roads closed before the event. We will not be needing donations this year because we still have money in the Halloween fund. We have canceled the bounce houses and food trucks this year to try and maintain social distancing.
We contacted businesses and organizations at the end last month – if you are interested in setting up a booth please fill out a registration form or contact us at [email protected]. Here is the link to register online, http://www.123formbuilder.com/form-5595498/form
This year, we are hoping to work with the Trenton Economic Development Council and their Halloween Committee to advertise both Trenton and Leonard festivities. They plan on scheduling their Halloween event for that afternoon so that people from both communities can attend both events. We look forward to working with them on future events.
We will keep everybody posted regarding rules and regulations of handing out candy. We might have to make a few adjustments due to COVID 19.

i. Candy booths will be spaced out around the square as much as possible and we will try to keep people moving in ONE direction

ii. All candy needs to be individually packaged (a few pieces per baggy) so that kids aren’t digging around in a candy bowl.

iii. Candy bags can be placed on top of the booth tables, spaced out so that there is little contact between the businesses and kids.

iv. Individuals at candy booths will be required to wear gloves and masks

v. We would like to limit the booths to CANDY BOOTHS only. No games or extra activities, just to keep the trick or treaters moving around the square rather than congregating in one area.

Christmas Parade and Festivities

We will begin planning our Christmas parade. There might be a few new rules and regulations, but we will keep everybody posted.
We are trying to work with other Chamber organizations to see how they are going to proceed with activities

Picnic T-Shirts

There are still T-shirts in Bear Creek Country Store if anyone wants one. Those have been marked down to $10 each. We will be posting those for sale on Facebook next week so keep an eye out. We will offer online purchase and shipping.

Banquet Awards

We will be posting our 2019 Chamber Award Winners on our Chamber Facebook page TOMORROW. So keep an eye out.

Update on Chamber Events – late Summer 2020

I want to thank everyone who came out and watched the fireworks. They were a big success! It seems like everyone in Leonard and the surrounding communities enjoyed them. I guess we were all able to stop and watch them this year without everything else going on. I would like to thank Linda Beckham and Pyrotex for making sure that happened and for all their hard work!

Picnic Shirts
There are still T- shirts in the Bear Creek Office (104 W. Collin) if anyone wants one!

Banquet Awards
I will be going around and giving out the awards soon!

Halloween
We have booked bounce houses for this year’s event. We have reached out to the City about road closures. We will be reaching out to businesses this month and next so everybody can get registered to set up on the Square to hand out candy! We will not be needing donations this year because we still have money in the Halloween fund!

Thank you all so much. We will see you all in September!

— Blaine Alexander & The Officers & Director Team

Update on Canceled Events and Plans

Good Afternoon Chamber Members,

I hope you all had a lovely Easter even if it may have been a bit different this year.

It seems like a lot of what we do on the Chamber is plan, but this is something that nobody was planning for. Things are tough right now, we aren’t getting to be together for our regular meeting today, the kids aren’t in school, businesses are shut down, and businesses that are open are having to change up their operations. But from what I have learned about growing up, going to school, and running a business in Leonard is that this community supports its own like very few others. Leonard is resilient, we will make it through this together. Let us know if there is anything that we can do to help.

Since we last met the officers and directors have been in almost constant contact (at a safe distance!) because as you know we voted to first postpone the banquet, and then to cancel the rest of the events in April, including the Egg Hunt and our monthly meeting. At this time we do not have a whole lot of new information to report to you all. We have still been hard at work planning the Picnic July 16-18th! And we are looking at dates for the banquet that works around school sports and other events.

The next big thing that we usually do as a Chamber is vote to give 3 scholarships to the school. If in the event that we are not able to have our monthly meeting in May, the officers & directors will hold a vote to give these scholarships so that we are able to still provide this support in time to the 2020 Seniors, who have already been through a pretty rough year.

Thank you for your continued support of the Chamber. Stay safe, stay healthy, and we look forward to seeing you all soon!

President – Blaine Alexander

Vice President – Marla Burks

Secretary – Elizabeth Christman

Treasurer – Brandi Treadway

& Our Team of Directors: Sheryl Stanley, Charlotte Garner, Kacey Blackerby, Linda Beckham, Kelli Blackerby, & Gaye Doyle