About 30 business people from Hennessey and the surrounding areas came together Monday night, July 17th, at the Hennessey Mercantile for the 3rd All About Hennessey Business Networking Event. Mercantile owner, Stacy Cline, kicked off the evening with the history and development of how the Hennessey Mercantile came to be. Stacy said, “I went to the bank and said it’s that building that the roof fell in on!” Several years ago when the building was vacant the roof caved in. The building was restored and is now a bright spot at the corner of Main and Oklahoma in Hennessey.  

Jack Quirk, founder of All About Hennessey, spoke to the group about the importance of being creative with marketing and the need for a sales-ready website. Quirk also made a point of encouraging the audience to get involved in our community. Quirk said, “If everyone did one thing, and worked with others, big things can happen in our small town.” Quirk also updated the group on the progress of the Discover Hennessey project whichincludes the new Pavilion on West 1st Street, the QR Code program, new park signage, and preparing the sidewalks throughout Main Street to hold flags. 

Tim Riddle, President of the Hennessey Lions Club, spoke briefly about the club’s plan to offer American flags for sale that they will put up 4 of 5 times a year during holidays and special events. 

Ramon Renteria, Hennessey native and Travel Promotion Marking Consultant with Travel OK, addressed the need for promoting your business and events. Ramon detailed all of the free services the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department offers and the impact it can have. 

Food and beverages were provided by Hennessey Mercantile and included a sampling of many of the products that are sold in the store. Many of these items were locally sourced or were from Oklahoma producers.   

The Next All About Hennessey Business Networking Event is tentatively scheduled for October.