Program Highlights

Small Business Month


The following workshops being held during Branson’s “Small Business Month” are designed to educate small business owners at every level on multiple business topics including human resources, strategic planning, coaching employees and succession planning.

“Human Resources: Avoiding the Landmines,” 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Thursday, May 7, at Branson Public School Administration, 1756 Bee Creek Road, Branson. The program costs $25 or $30 if registration is done after May 4.  Non-chamber member costs $50.  This workshop is designed for businesses of all sizes that do not have HR professionals on staff. 

“Listening to Your Business,” 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 12, at Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Board Room, 269 State Hwy 248, Branson. The program costs $25 for all Taney County businesses or residents and is underwritten by the Taney County Partnership.  The program costs $120 for non-Taney County businesses or residents.  This hands-on workshop is designed to provide entrepreneurs and business managers with the critical evaluation tools and action steps needed to maximize the growth and profitability of their business

“Coaching Employees for Improved Performance,” 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, May 21, at Branson Public School Administration, 1756 Bee Creek Road, Branson.  The program costs $35 or $40 after May 4.  Non-chamber members cost $50. This workshop examines the coaching process and provides tools and techniques to help shape employees’ behavior on the job.

“Succession Planning for Your Business,” 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, May 28, at Branson Public School Administration, 1756 Bee Creek Road, Branson.  The program costs $25 or $30 if registered for after May 4.  Non-chamber member costs $50.  Succession planning needs to be considered at every stage of your business's development.  This workshop will help small business owners embark on this sometimes complicated process.

To register for these workshops, or for more information, check under “chamber events at or contact Emily Sutliff at (417) 334-4084 or Chrystal Irons, at (417) 546-4431.

2015 Home Garden Tour

Master Gardeners of the Ozark will be presenting their "2015 Home Garden Tour" on Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Taney County this year.  The 2015 garden tour will consist of visiting eight gardens this year, seven of which are on a driving tour.  Registration fee is $25 with lunch provided.  For more information see attached program flyer and registration information.

Gardens on the driving part of the tour are:

  • Master Gardeners of the Ozarks Demonstration Garden at the Taney County MU Extension Center in Forsyth
  • Forsythia Place Park, Forsyth
  • Tom and Kathy Riley's Garden, Forsyth
  • Sid and Cardwell's Garden, Rockaway Beach
  • McKenna Family Farm, Branson
  • Still Waters International Ministries, Walnut Shade
  • Erick and Tracy Walker's Garden, Walnut Shade
  • End at BonnieBrook, Walnut Shade

Enjoy and event-filled afternoon at BonnieBrook.  Lunch by T&K Catering will be served from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Tour BonnieBrook grounds, fine art museum, and homestead.  The White River Valley Historical Society in conjunction with BonnieBrook Historical Society will present "Tales of Taney County Inhabitants and their love of the land, flora, and fauna".  There will also be a musical performance by Larkin Sanders.

They will also have vendors selling plants and garden related items.  You can sign up for Papercrete classes with Lee Coates for an additional charge of $15 (these classes will be limited to the first 100 people that sign up.  On-line registration is available at or by sending in attached registration form.

2015 Master Gardeners of the Ozarks Demonstration Garden Programs

This year the Master Gardeners of the Ozarks will be presenting a series of Saturday classes in the demonstration garden as well as their "Brown Bag Lunch" garden series which take place on the first Tuesday of each month at noon.  All classes are held in the gardens of the Taney County MU Extension center at 122 Felkins Avenue in Forsyth, and are free and open to the public. Check out the attached flyer for class descriptions.

Saturday Classes:

  • Bluebirds - March 28, 2015 - 1:00 p.m. 
  • Rain Barrels - April 25, 2015 - 10:00 a.m. 
  • Pollinators - August, 22, 2015 - 10:00 a.m. 
  • Monarch Watch - October 3, 2015 - 10:00 a.m. 

Brown Bag Lunch Garden Series - First Tuesday of each month at noon.

  • Growing Sweet Potatoes - Tues. April 7, 2015
  • Tomatoes for the Gardener - Tues., May 5, 2015
  • Keyhole Gardens - Tues., June 2, 2015
  • Drip Irrigation - Tues., July 7, 2015
  • Harvest Time - Tues., Aug. 4, 2015
  • Growing Micro Greens - Tues., Sept. 1, 2015

The Master Gardeners will also hold "An Evening in the Garden" on Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Join the Master Gardeners as they host an evening stroll in the gardens, sample herbal drinks and appetizers, and hear about the local history of our area.  All classes are free and open to the public.


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