August 2, 2013Volume 17  Issue 14
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Pharmax Pharmacy
Pharmax Pharmacy
113 St. Francois Plaza
Leadington, MO 63601
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Chamber News   
Chamber Welcomes Eric Phares to the Chamber Board

Eric Phares

Please join us in welcoming Eric Phares of Culligan Soft Water to the Chamber Board! Eric was sworn in Tuesday at the Chamber Board Meeting. Board members unanimously voted to appoint Eric to the 2013-2016 term vacated by Dina Brake. Eric has been an ambassador of the Chamber since January and has portrayed all the characteristics of a perfect board member. We're excited to have him on our team! Be sure to send him your warmest congratulations!

Also, we would like to extend our most humble thanks to Dina Brake for her time served on the Chamber board. Personal commitments led to her resignation from the board. We're sad to see her go, but we truly appreciate Dina and everything that she has done for the Chamber. We wish her the best of luck in all her endeavors! Thanks Dina!


Thank You Pharmax Pharmacy for Hosting the August First Friday Coffee

Pharmax Pharmacy

First Friday Coffee Events are always a fun, relaxed time for Chamber Investors, and friends, old & new!

A Special thanks to Pharmax Pharmacy and their crew for hosting the August event!  These special, relationship building events always brings us the perfect opportunity to get to know some of our fellow Chamber Investors more intimately; to learn some interesting things about our local businesses that we maybe didn't know; and, it's a great way to start your weekend, because there's always interesting conversation and lots of laughs!


This month's event taught us about some job openings in the area!  You never know what you'll learn at a Park Hills - Leadington Chamber First Friday Coffee!  


Find Out More About Pharmax Here:   Pharmax Pharmacy 


City Wide Yard Sale Maps NOW Available
Map Header

The Park Hills/ Leadington City Wide Yard Sale is this Saturday, August 10.  We have 91 Yard Sales Registered!!

Maps are available at the Chamber Office Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for just $1.00.  Maps will be available Saturday, August 10 at Park Hills River Mart, located at 7 East Main Street in Park Hills.

Thank you to our Event Sponsors:

MAOS SEMO Behavioral Health


And to Park Hills River Mart for helping us distribute the maps!  Be sure to check the back of your map for a special coupon from Park Hills River Mart too!

River Mart  

Oops!  We Goofed!

The Printing Co

In the last edition of the Chamber News, we inadvertently announced that The Printing Co. had moved into their new location at 205 East Liberty.  Their new address is actually 235 East Columbia in Farmington.

We apologize for the error and would like to again congratulate The Printing Co. on the move to their new location.  It truly is a beautiful facility!! 


We've Added a Page!
Finding a Site

Have you had a chance to visit the Chamber's new website yet?  If you haven't, you should!  And if you have, you should go see it again!  We've just added a new page -- "Finding a Home" under the "Living Locally" tab.

This page focuses on buying, selling or renting a home or apartment in Park Hills or Leadington, and includes an entire list of apartments and senior/disabled housing with many details and even a photo for several listings.

We are continually updating, adding and changing things on our new website, and still have a whole list of new pages we intend to add.  It is our hope that the Park Hills - Leadington Chamber of Commerce website will be your first stop for everything local!

So, go give us a look:, and let us know what else you'd like to see on our site!


Investor Announcements 
City of Park Hills
Park Hills Community Swimming Party

Park Hills Pool   
The Park Hills Parks & Recreation Department is hosting it's Annual Park Hills Swimming Pool Party. Friday, August 16, from  6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.. There will be a DJ, swimming, refreshments and door prizes. This is FREE to the Park Hills residents & their families!

We are also seeking local businesses who would be interested in donating items to be given away as door prizes.  Contact Dooley Politte at 573-431-0478 with your items!

Come join us!!

City of Park Hills
Counselors to Talk about Food Based Business Requirements

Food Based Business   
Food is everywhere and often the entry point for entrepreneurs wanting to start their own business.  Unfortunately, many start-ups are not aware of the requirements for a food based business.  Food based businesses can range from jams and jellies to fresh produce.  Either way the business has regulations it needs to follow.

To help inform the food entrepreneurs, the University of Missouri Extension of Ste. Genevieve and the Cape Girardeau County Small Business Technology Development Center along with the Perry County Health Department, have partnered for an evening discussion on what needs to happen when you start-up a food based business.  

Find Out More Here:  Food Based Business Requirements

Mineral Area College
MAC Paramedic Program Holds Graduation for 13


Hard work paid off for the graduates of the Mineral Area College Paramedic Program on July 12. After more than a year of intense classroom work and clinical/field internship rotations, 13 paramedic students of MAC's Class of 2013 graduated before a "standing room only" crowd at the North College Center.

A special award was presented to valedictorian Sarah Twomey of Park Hills, and to Christina Proffer of Bonne Terre for Clinical Excellence.

Find Out More Here:  Paramedic Program Graduation

Mineral Area Regional Medical Center
Free Sports Physicals Provided by Mineral Area Regional

Sports Physicals   
More than 225 local school athletes were given free sports physicals by Mineral Area Regional Medical Center Tuesday July 30st and Wednesday, July 31st from 6p.m. to 8p.m.

Over 50 physicians and staff volunteered their time this year providing the 4th annual free sports physicals. CEO Lynn Mergen says, "Sports are a strong tradition in our region and we at Mineral Area Regional are proud to give back to our community in this way". Mergen says, "Thank you to our dedicated physicians and staff. They have volunteered over 400 hours of time and seen over 1000 area athletes over the past 4 years."

Find Out More Here:  MARMC Sports Physicals 

Parkland Health Center

Adventures In Health Care Camp at Parkland Health Center

Adventures iN Healthcare Camp   
Each summer, the 7th and 8th grade relatives of Parkland Health Center employees are offered the opportunity to spend a week inside the hospital, learning what a career in health care is really all about.  Adventures in Health Care Camp is taking place at Parkland this week.

Find Out More Here:  Health Care Camp 

Parkland Health Center

Parkland Health Center Announces Star Service Team Member for July
Amy Easter  
Parkland Health Center is pleased to announce that Amy Easter, RN has been selected as the Star Service Team Member for July 2013. 
Amy is a registered nurse in the surgical services department.  She has worked at Parkland Health Center for eleven years.  Prior to working as a surgical nurse, she was a nurse in the obstetrics department.  When asked what she likes about her job, she replied, "I like taking care of people and meeting new people."

Find Out More Here: July Star Service Member

The Printing Co.

Stevens Brothers Retire

Steven's Brothers   
After forty-four years of sweeping changes to the print industry, Sterlyn, Joe and John Stevens have merged with The Printing Co., which has offices in Farmington, Cape Girardeau and Perryville.  The Stevens Brothers have worked tirelessly to find a compatible company with the same goals and commitment their clients have come to expect.

Owners Sterlyn, John and Joe Stevens agree, "Like everyone, we look forward to retirement, but it will also be a sad time for us. We have had some customers for forty-four years, and through the years nearly every member of our family has helped out.  As we enter our exit strategy, we will miss the friendships we have formed and the challenges that we have faced. We are very grateful to everyone who has helped to make our business a success and are excited about the new transition taking place with The Printing Co.  It is a great feeling to know that our loyal customers will be taken care of in a way we would want."

Find Out More Here:  Stevens Brothers Retire 

The Printing Co.

Stevens Bros. Merge with The Printing Co.

The Printing Co   
On August 1 operations for Stevens Brothers Printing Co. will move from Park Hills' oldest business on Main Street to St. Francois County Seat in Farmington into the recently renovated offices of The Printing Co. at 235 East Columbia Street. The Stevens brothers will continue to assist The Printing Co. staff through the transition to ensure it is seamless for their valued customers.  As a result of the merger, local customers can expect to see an abundance of new capabilities and product offerings.

Southeast Missouri Family Violence Council

SEMO Family Violence Council Hosts Golf Tournament to Benefit ''A Friend's Place''
SEMO FVC Golf Tournament   
SEMO Family Violence Council is gearing up for their annual Golf Tournament again this year!  Funds from the tournament will help the SEMO FVC continue to provide shelter and services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in our communities.

They are currently seeking teams and hole sponsors.  

Find out more here:  SEMO FVC Golf Tournament   

The Coffee Grill

The Coffee Grill Has Moved!!
The Coffee Grill   
The Coffee Grill has moved from their previous location on Woodlawn Drive to their new location at 5010 Flat River Road in Leadington.  (Inside the Triplett & Propst Performing Arts Studio building.)

They are open and awaiting your visit!  Keep an eye out too, they are expanding their menu!  Details coming soon!

Around Missouri  

Small Business Education Alert - Gaining Access to Capital - Seminar 

Access to Capital


Many small business owners daily face questions on how to manage their business more effectively or how to obtain financing. They also wonder where the answers are to those questions and more.

A seminar, offered by the local University of Missouri Madison County Extension Center, is designed to answer those questions. In conjunction with the local Small Business Administration office, this program will address the many services the two organizations provide the small business community in the area.

The class is scheduled for Monday, August 19, at Follis Place, 702 Plaza Drive in Fredericktown, MO. It will start at 9 am. Refreshments will be provided.

Find Out More Here:  Gaining Access to Capital 

"Social Scene"  Midwest Research Study   


Social Scene Midwest

Interested to know how other companies and organizations in the Midwest are using social media in their branding, sales, customer service, fundraising or other efforts?  Want to see how much others are investing in budget and staff? 

You can get the full report (not just an executive summary) of the current Social Scene Midwest research study by completing the convenient online survey yourself.

Find Out More Here:  Social Scene Study

All About Business 
Seven Success Lessons It's Never Too Late To Learn

Life's lessons don't always come when we want them. But these 7 tips for success are worthy teachings at any age.




You never know when a new life lesson is about to occur. You can't plan for them.  They just seem to sneak up on you when you least expect them. There are times I wish they had come a bit earlier in life to save me from my foolishness or, at the very least, from the wasted time and energy of learning things the hard way.


All that being said, I am very grateful for all the lessons that have helped me on my journey. Some of the lessons I share below were harder than others to grasp. Some I didn't learn until after I was 40. And I am sure there are new ones coming after next year when I turn 50.


Here are seven of my biggest lessons for success. Although it would have been nice to learn them earlier, I'm glad to have them in my back pocket now.

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Seven Success Lessons

Your Business Could Win a Super Bowl Ad

Software company Intuit is giving one small business a big prize: a 30-second ad spot at the Super Bowl.


Super Bowl


Super Bowl XLVIII is months away, but the winner has already been decided: one small business. Software company Intuit, creator of TurboTax and QuickBooks, is giving away an enormous prize: a 30-second ad slot at the Super Bowl on February 2, 2014.


That's a gift of about 100 million viewers and $3.8 million dollars. And if your business has 50 fulltime employees or fewer, this could be your big chance to join the Old Spice guy, the Budweiser Frogs, and the E*Trade monkey in the Super Bowl Ad Hall of Fame.


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