The purpose of the Business Hop is to introduce new customers to local businesses. A focus of the Camdenton Art League is to use art to improve the economic climate of Camdenton. This is the perfect opportunity to integrate art and business, say organizers.

The Camdenton Art League and Camdenton Chamber of Commerce are integrating art and business in a special Business Hop event for the holiday season. 

The purpose of the Business Hop is to introduce new customers to local businesses. A focus of the Camdenton Art League is to use art to improve the economic climate of Camdenton. This is the perfect opportunity to integrate art and business, say organizers. 

Between Nov. 20 and Dec. 20, customers pick up a “ticket” from a participating business and get it "stamped" to show that they visited this business. Visit as many businesses as possible and get the ticket stamped at each location. The tickets with the largest number of stamps go into a drawing to win prizes. The prizes will be gift certificates that can be spent at any of the participating businesses. The businesses will be able to take these gift certificates to the Camdenton Chamber of Commerce to get paid. 

Artists will get involved by painting a Christmas-themed image on the windows of the participating businesses. It might be a wreath, snowman or candy cane. This image will let the public know that this is a business that is participating in the Business Hop. The time spent in each business while painting gives a perfect opportunity for artists and business people to interact and to build the sense of community and working toward a common goal. 

Each business that participates in the Business Hop will be expected to make a minimum donation of $20. These funds will be pooled at the Camdenton Chamber of Commerce and the total will determine the amounts and number of gift certificates that will be offered as prizes. In addition, participating businesses will get print advertising through event information and Chamber newsletter, along with the Chamber Facebook page and email blasts. Radio interviews will mention participating businesses if time allows. 

The Business Hop is just one event planned by the Camdenton Art League. Future goals include painting park benches and, eventually, getting the funds to have some murals painted on buildings. 

For more information, contact Bill's Art Center and Gallery at 573-317-1010 or the Camdenton Chamber of Commerce a 573-346-2227, info@camdentonchamber.com.