October 11, 2013Volume 17  Issue 18
Our Featured Investor

C.Z. Boyer & Son Funeral Homes

711 East Main Street
Park Hills, MO 63601
Inside this Edition
October Investor Meeting
Ribbon Cutting - Goodson
Ribbon Cutting - Turner
Islands of New England Trip
Christmas Parade
Investor Benefit Alert
Prescription Drug Take Back
Trunk N Treat
Dix Garden Center
Medicare Advantage HMO
Miller Joins MAC
Rep. Black Addresses 4th Friday
True Men at MAC
Coffee With A Doc
Serenity Honors Clauser
SPOOKtacular Trivia Night
Think Pink
Girl's Night Out
Art Museum Opens New Wing
Obamacare and Small Businesses
Working From Home

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October Investor Meeting Features, Health Literacy, Boyer Funeral Homes, Acclaimed Ambassador, Triplett & Propst & Innovative Force!
We have two guest speakers this month!  They will be Jacob Pollard, Chairman of the Health Literacy Team & Chaplain of Parkland Health Center and Nickie Rotter, Social Worker for Mineral Area Regional Medical Center, Geriatric Behavioral Health.

They will be discussing the following topics...
  • How can a health literacy program help your business, save you money, and keep your employees happy?

  • How do I start a program if I don't have one?

  • Some fun ideas for programs and activities any business can try, no matter how large or small the business is.

We will also hear from C.Z. Boyer & Son Funeral Homes at this month's Investor Meeting.  Boyer & Son  is the featured Investor for October.  They will have a 3 minute commercial and a special give-away!


With September rounding out the third quarter, we will be announcing the newly named Acclaimed Ambassador and we intend to have some very special presentations made by the Chamber and local legislators to Triplett & Propst Performing Arts Studio and Innovative Force!  


Find out more about our featured guest speakers and register your attendance here:  OCTOBER INVESTOR MEETING 


Ribbon Cutting for Goodson Realty - Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Ribbon Cutting

Please join us as we celebrate the re-location of Goodson Realty with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.

Deb Goodson and her team has recently moved into the former Don Bess Studios building located at 107 Strauss Drive in Park Hills.

Following the ribbon cutting, Goodson will be hosting an Open House until 3:00 p.m.  We encourage you to stop by and congratulate them on their new home!


Ribbon Cutting for Turner Chevrolet-Cadillac Co., Inc. - Friday, October 18, 2013

Ribbon Cutting

You're invited to help us celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of Turner Chevrolet-Cadillac Co., Inc. on Friday and Saturday, October 18 & 19, 2013.   Turner recently completed an incredible building renovation and they're ready to show it off!

Join us at 11:00 a.m. at the Park Hills - Leadington Chamber of Commerce hosts the official Ribbon Cutting.  Following the ribbon cutting, participate in a tour of the new facility, share your congratulatory words with Joe & Sue Turner and the entire Turner Chevrolet Staff and then mingle with the Turner staff, Chamber Board Members, Ambassadors, Investors and Friends as you enjoy some finger foods!

Hope to see you there!


You're Invited to the New England Presentation


For the third consecutive year, the Park Hills - Leadington Chamber of Commerce, Awesome Sunsets World Travel, and Collette Vacations is sending you on a trip!  In 2014 we're visiting the Islands of New England and we want to share all the details with you at a Special Travel Presentation on Thursday, October 24, 2013 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Private Dining Room at Mineral Area College.

This is a free, informational presentation and we guarantee it will provide you all the details on the trip with NO HIGH PRESSURE SALES PITCH.

Find out more here:  Islands of New England


Put Your Favorite Christmas Candy on Display at This Year's Christmas Parade

Registrations for the Chamber's Annual Christmas Parade have already begun to trickle in!  Scheduled for December 5th, we encourage you to begin thinking up your design!  This year's theme is "Christmas Candy".

As usual, we will have entertainment and tree lighting's at both the Leadington Plaza and the Park Hills Farmer's Market.  This year, however, there will also be some special recognition by each City at those locations as well!

Booth hosts are also being sought.  If you would like to host a game, special treat, craft booth or and entertainment presentation at the Farmer's Market, please contact us ASAP to reserve your spot.

Find out and register online here:  2013 CHRISTMAS PARADE



Did You know...

... We have more than 1500 Fans on our Facebook Page?

Are you aware that any event, news release, or hot deal that you share with us, we share on Facebook?  That means any information you ask us to promote not only is received by more than 200 primary and secondary Chamber Investors, it's also shared with more than 1500 other potential customers or visitors to your business or organization.  AND to take it a step farther, those numbers increase by hundreds when just one of our Facebook fans "likes", "comments on" or "shares" our post.


Within the past two months, traffic to our website has increased dramatically, and statistics show that a majority of those visitors are being directed to our site via Facebook.  In August, we had 1276 visitors to our site -- 1033 of those were unique, individual visitors, not returning guests.  Of those 1276 visitors, 234 were referred to our website via Facebook and 332 were referred via the Facebook Mobile App.  That's 566 of 1276 visitors who visited our site because they saw us on Facebook!


If you have a Facebook page, and you haven't "liked" our page yet, go do so now.  You can find us at:


Once you've "liked" us, helps us out by "sharing" our page with your Facebook friends or fans.  Help us grow our reach even more, so that when we are working hard to promote your business or organization, we can ensure that it's being seen, if not just by those within the Chamber, but by a vast majority of the county--  And hundreds of potential new clients!  


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Investor Announcements 
City of Park Hills

The Park Hills Police Department and the Missouri Rural Water Association Hosts Prescription Drug Take Back Event

All of us have unused or unwanted prescription medication.  Let's all do our part in properly disposing of these drugs.  Proper disposal of these medications will prevent possible misuse and will also keep them from harming the environment in which we live.

Participate in the Prescription Drug Take Back Event on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at the Park Hills Police Department.


Downtown Park Hills Association

Trunk N Treat Sponsors Needed
On October 31st hundreds of area children will be putting on their costumes to begin their annual ritual of haunting area doorsteps in hopes of receiving buckets full of candy and treats.

The Downtown Park Hills Association would like to invite you to participate in an event which promotes a safer trick or treating experience. 

Find out more here:  TRUNK N TREAT

Dix Garden Center

The Look of Fall is Happening at Dix Garden Center Now!

We have a large selection of mums, pumpkins, gourds, straw, cornstalks, etc.....for all your fall decoration needs.

Also all remaining winter items are 50% off. Come by and visit us at Dix Garden Center. (573) 431-1027.

Medicare Advantage HMO Presentation

No matter how you say it, Humana Medicare Advantage plan premium is $0

Get the benefits you need:
  • Doctor's office visits and hospital coverage
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Out-of-pocket protection
  • Preventive coverage
Plus the extras you want:
  • Convenient mail-order prescription coverage
  • Wellness programs
  • Emergency coverage at home and when you travel
  • And so much more!
Find out the scheduled dates and time on the Chamber's Event Calendar here:  HUMANA PRESENTATIONS   

Mineral Area College
Miller Joins MAC's MoManufacturingWINs Program

Tina Miller of Bonne Terre has joined Mineral Area College's MoManufacturingWINs program as a program support specialist and navigatorMoManufacturingWINs is a statewide program to provide tuition-free training in manufacturing careers, plus additional credentials and skills to boost employability.

Find out more here:  TINA MILLER

Mineral Area College

Missouri Rep. Linda Black to Address 4th Friday

State Rep. Linda Black, D-117th District will address the crowd on Oct. 25 at Mineral Area College's Fourth Friday.

This year, the Fourth Friday presentations take place at MAC's Fine Arts Theatre in Park Hills at 10 a.m. This winter's Fourth Friday speakers will be State Rep. Elaine Gannon, R-115th District on Feb. 28, and State Rep. Kevin Engler, R-116th District on April 25.

The public is invited to attend Black's Fourth Friday presentation, 10 a.m., Oct. 25, in the Fine Arts Theatre at MAC's Park Hills campus. A Q&A session will follow. For more information, contact Amy McKenna-Jones, (573) 518-2146 or mjones@MineralArea.edu. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Find out more here:    4TH FRIDAY   

Mineral Area College

"True Men" at MAC Fine Arts Theatre

Back by popular demand! Truman State University's only all-male a cappella group returns to the MACOA stage. 

Their high-energy performances combine complex vocal harmonies with cool choreography.

A concert the whole family will enjoy!
Find out more here:  TRUE MEN  

Parkland Health Center

Coffee With A Doc - Dealing With Elderly Depression

Coffee With a Doc   
Statistics say that one in every four senior adults suffers from depression. This figure doesn't include those who suffer from dementia and other mental illnesses. The good news is, depression is very treatable and there's help available.

Dr. Subedi will walk us through the most common problems that affect the mental health of seniors. How depression can affect us, and how early diagnosis and treatment can improve the quality of their life.


Find out more here:   COFFEE WITH A DOC      

Serenity HospiceCare

Serenity HospiceCare Honors Norma Clauser

It was as if Norma herself arranged for the beautiful day.   On Saturday, Serenity HospiceCare staff held a rummage and bake sale and raised approximately $700 for the Norma Clauser Benevolence Fund.  The fund, which was established after Norma's passing in April of 2012, provides the Ensure drink for cancer patients living in St. Francois County.
"I think Norma would be so tickled," said Sharon Baker, who's worked with local cancer patients for over almost twelve years.  Baker, herself a cancer survivor, knows how important the nutritional drink is to her patients.  "For many, it's an absolute lifeline" said Baker.  "To know that I'll be able to say 'yes' to people who call in needing the supplement makes me so incredibly happy."


Find out more here:   NORMA CLAUSER   

SEMO Family Violence Council

SPOOKtacular Trivia Night!  New Location!

The Southeast Missouri Family Violence Council
is hosting their Annual "SPOOKtacular" Trivia Night on October 25th to benefit "A Friend's Place", the shelter for victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Please note -  This year's event will be held at the DESLOGE VFW Post rather than the Bonne Terre Post. 


They are currently seeking TEAMS, SILENT AUCTION ITEMS, & DOOR PRIZES.


Find out more here:   SPOOKtacular Trivia    

The Printing Co.

Think Pink the Month of October

The Printing Co. encourages you to "Think Pink" in October.  From Chip-Clips to Trendy Handbags, show your support of Breast Cancer Awareness.

See their "HOT DEAL" here:  THINK PINK 

United Way of St. Francois County

Girls' Night Out Fall Fling with The United Way

Bring $20 for United Way of St. Francois County PLUS an unwrapped toy or gift card for Season of Hope, helping children in St. Francois County have a brighter Christmas.

Enjoy a free wine-tasting, soda or water, plus munchies. Take part in our silent auction.

Find out more here:   GIRL'S NIGHT OUT 

Around Missouri  

St. Louis Art Museum Opens New Wing  



Some 230 works of art, many unseen for years, are on display in the new wing that opened this summer at the Saint Louis Art Museum.

After three years of construction, visitors were welcomed to the East Building expansion to the main museum. The main structure, built by renowned American architect Cass Gilbert as the Palace of Fine Arts for the 1904 World's Fair, boasts a Beaux Arts fa´┐Żade and a grand lobby.

British architect David Chipperfield designed the new wing and followed the architectural theme used in the sister cities of Chicago and Kansas City, where contemporary additions were attached to the classic lines of the existing museums.


At the grand opening celebration, Chipperfield said the expansion was designed to show off the art, not the building.

Find Out More Here:  St. Louis Art Museum 

All About Business 
Is Obamacare Actually Good for Small Businesses?

Sure it is.  Not it's not.  Actually, it's complicated...   



In this week's issue of The New Yorker, columnist James Surowiecki weighs in on the Obamacare debate, with a column called "The Business End of Obamacare," which makes the case that "the likely benefits of Obamacare for small businesses are enormous." Is Surowiecki's assessment correct? Yes and no. 


Rightly, he dismisses complaints about the employer mandate, pointing out that 96 percent of U.S businesses have fewer than 50 employees and therefore don't have to worry about it, and that more than 90 percent of companies with 50 or more employees already offer health coverage. Surowiecki also notes the liberating effect of guaranteed health coverage, which will spur people to leave jobs and pursue entrepreneurial ventures.


The small-business exchanges should also help level the playing field for small companies, which have historically had to pay higher premiums than large firms. As a result, in 2009, only 33.6 percent of firms with fewer than 10 employees offered health insurance. As Surowiecki points out, generous incentives--in the form of a tax credit for small businesses that offer health coverage--under Obamacare could encourage more small businesses to do so.

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Obamacare and Small Businesses

Is Working From Home Really All That Bad For Business?

Hot on the heels of Yahoo, Hewlett-Packard is now reducing the number of remote employees to spur collaboration. Should you follow suite?



Following in the footsteps of Yahoo, Hewlett-Packard announced Monday that it is rolling out a no-work-from-home policy. Why? The company apparently wants to push for a culture of engagement and collaboration -- something it seems can only happen in the office.


"We are in a multi-year journey to turn HP around, and we have put in place a plan to restore HP to growth. We know where we need to go, and we're making progress," HP CEO Meg Whitman wrote in a note posted to the company's website.  


While some employers have concerns about allowing employees to work from home -- such as hindered communication and slacking off -- plenty of data and experts prove otherwise.  


To Continue Reading, Click HereWorking From Home  
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