February 2015Volume 19  Issue 01

Our Featured Investor

Hefner Furniture & Appliance
4850 US Highway 67 N.
Farmington, MO 63640


Thank you to Hefner's  for Hosting the February First Friday Coffee!

You did an awesome job!

Inside this Edition
Banquet Awards
Sweetheart Trivia
Closed for President's Day
February Investor Meeting
March First Friday Coffee
Renewal Time
Hump Day BBQ
Investor News
Investor Events
Investor Job Listings
Investor Deals
Seminars, Training, & Workshops
Show Your Employees Love
Business Lesson from the Super Bowl

Welcome NEW Investors!!
Look Who's Still Investing!!

 St. Joe State Park
Since 1991

State Farm Insurance
Since 1979

Pharmax Pharmacy
Since 1996

Habitat Restore
Since 2011

New Era Bank
Since 1988

Parkland Health Mart Pharmacy
Since 2007

Serenity Hospice Care Serenity HospiceCare
Since 2010

Mineral Area Regional Medical Center
Since 1974

Continental Title of Missouri
Since 2014

MERS Goodwill/ Missouri Work Assistance
Since 2014

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Chamber News   
Stay on top of all the Chamber happenings between newsletters by regularly visiting the Chamber website at www.phlcoc.net or following us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn & Pinterest!
Congratulations to the Newly Elected Chamber Officers for 2015

Please join us in congratulating your officers for 2015!  The following individuals were installed at the Installation Banquet in January and will be your Board of Directors Leaders for 2015:
  • President - Ginger Pizarro of The Daily Journal
  • 1st Vice-President - Chad Speakar of KREI/KTJJ Radio
  • 2nd Vice-President - Brad Dush of CZ Boyer & Son Funeral Homes
  • Treasurer - Linda Dickerson of Habitat for Humanity
  • Immediate Past President - Jeff Williams of Central Methodist University
We're looking forward to a successful 2015 with all of you at the wheel!

Banquet Shows Recognition to Several Very Deserving Individuals

Congratulation to the award winners!

Aside from the comical performance of, Steve Barcellona, compliments of Ameren Missouri & Parkland Health Center; A delicious meal prepared by, Glenda Straughn; and the Installation of our 2015 Officers and Directors, the there were a number of very deserving local individuals who received much needed recognition.  Our 2015 award winners included (from left to right):

The "Ambassador of the Year" Award - Presented by the Park Hills - Leadington Chamber of Commerce to Brenda Jordan

The KFMO/B104 "Sweat Equity" Award - Presented to Keith Mason of Donelson Cycles

The KREI/KTJJ "110%" Award - Presented to Holly Buxton of the Park Hills Senior Center

The Daily Journal "Citizen of the Year" Award - Presented to Desi Mayberry of Central Schools

The "Chamber's Friend" Award - Presented by the Park Hills - Leadington Chamber of Commerce to Mineral Area College

Not Pictured:  The "Lifetime Achievement" Award - Presented by the Park Hills Leadington Chamber of Commerce to Don & Diann Bess

Congratulations to each of you!  Your contributions to the Park Hills, Leadington, and surrounding communities is commendable! 


Thank You to EVERYONE Who Participated in This Year's Sweetheart Trivia Night!!

Sending a massive amount of "thank you's" out to all who participated in Saturday's Sweetheart Trivia Night! With more than 125 participants, 100+ door prizes from so many fabulous local businesses/Chamber Investors, 20+ volunteers, 20+ desserts, and nearly 4-hours of fun, we couldn't be more pleased with the success of this year's event!! It takes so many people to make this event happen, we simply can not express how much gratitude we have for each and every one of you!

Congratulations to the top two winning teams - Brains United (pictured above) & The Bright & The Beautiful! We hope you enjoyed your winner treats!

We hope all who participated had as much fun as we did, and will mark your calendars and plan to join us again on February 6, 2016 for the next Sweetheart Trivia!


Chamber Office Closed For President's Day

The Chamber Office will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 27th and 28th for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

We will reopen on Monday, December 1st at 7:30 a.m.  We apologize for any inconvenience and hope you all have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving spent making memories with family!

February Investor Meeting


Please join us for the February Investor Meeting on Tuesday, February 17th at, 12:00 p.m. at the Mineral Area College, North College Center in Park Hills.


Lunch to be Catered by Mineral Area College. And will be $10.00 per person.




Our February guest speaker is St. Louis Cardinal's Minor League Outfielder and Rookie, Derek Gibson!

Our February Business Spotlight is on Hefner Furniture & Appliance Inc.!

Monthly investor meetings provide Chamber investors with a variety of information through guest speakers.  Topics range from small business information to governmental issues and assistance to community interests.  Monthly meetings keep investors abreast of current chamber happenings, and provide an excellent networking opportunity.

Rhinehart Electric to Host March First Friday Coffee - March 6, 2015

Join us at The Coffee Grill  from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00. a.m. for coffee and doughnuts at the March First Friday Coffee Event Hosted by Rhinehart Electric!

First Friday Coffee Events are held the first Friday of each month at various investor locations. 

This is a relationship building event for Chamber Investors, clients and potential clients.

Visit with other investors and members of the business community and learn about the sponsoring business or organization and their products and/or services while enjoying coffee, a light breakfast provided by the sponsoring business or organization.

Register your attendance here:  FFC March 2015

Investment Renewals Are Now Due!

Reminder!!  Investment/membership renewals for 2015 are now due!  Renewals were initially emailed at the end of November with second notices mailed via first class mail at the end of January.

If you have not yet received your renewal notice, please contact the Chamber office as soon as possible!  Don't let your Chamber benefits expire!!


Hump Day BBQ - Right Around The Corner

Mark your calendars now!  The Chamber's Annual Hump Day BBQ is scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

Aside from orders, we'll be needing lots of volunteers to help make this event happen.  As always, we'll be offering carry out and delivery for both the chicken and pork steak plates.

Find out all the details, and even pre-order by clicking here: Hump Day BBQ 24


Investor Announcements   
Share your News, Events, Job Openings and Deals with us and we'll share them with others! Login to your member center and add as many as you'd like!  In a hurry? Email your announcements to info@phlcoc.net or drop the information off at the Chamber office, and we'll help put it in front of thousands!
Investor News
Here's what's happening with your fellow Chamber Investors!
Investor Events
How often do you check the Chamber Events Calendar?
Looking for something to do?  One of the best places to get you event fix is on the Chamber's website.  Click the event link to find out more about some of the great events coming soon:
And this is only a few of several events coming in August!  See the entire list on the Chamber's Online Event's Calendar!

Investor Job Listings
Your fellow Chamber Investors have Employment Opportunities available now!
Are you, or is someone you know, looking for employment?  We've got the low-down on some of the area's current job openings!  Look who's hiring right now:

Find out what other local companies are in need of employees on the Chamber's Job Listings page!  


Investor Deals
Have you checked out this month's Hot Deals on the Chamber's website yet? 
Don't miss out on these Chamber Investor's "Hot Deals" available on the Chamber's Website!
Check our Hot Deals page often -  New Deals Added Regularly!!

Seminars, Training & Workshops  
Are you looking for opportunities to improve on something old or learn something new?  We have several learning opportunities, business and personal interests, for you and your employees listed on the Chamber's Event Calendar!
Various training opportunities are offered by Chamber Investors and the St. Louis SCORE (St. Louis SCORE offers free business counseling and resources, low-cost workshops, and free business scan services.) See what benefits YOU:
Find out more about these and other upcoming seminars, training opportunities and workshops on the Chamber's Seminars, Training, and Workshops page!

All About Business 
Interesting business related articles to help exercise your brain, peek your curiosity, increase your knowledge, or simply to make you smile; all intended for finding ways to enhance your business.
10 Ways to Show your Employees You Love Them

By: Suzanne Lucas  Inc.com

Valentine's Day shouldn't be just about romantic love. It should be a time when you think about what you can do to show your employees how much you appreciate them.

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, love is in the air. And what better way to make your employees happy and productive than to declare your love for them? Not that kind of love--that's creepy--but, rather, the platonic love that makes your employees feel cared for and appreciated--that's your goal for this week.

Here are some suggestions.


1. Make work interesting and challenging.

Seriously. According to a new survey by Virgin Pulse, 58 percent of employees love their job when it's challenging. Don't keep all the interesting tasks for yourself, and give your employees stretch assignments. They'll be happier.


2. Get rid of the bullies.

Employees are happier when they aren't working with horrible jerks. If you love and appreciate your good employees, fire the jerks.


3. Don't just follow the law.

OK, you have to follow all employment laws, but following the law exactly isn't a sign of high morality. For instance, you're not subject to the Family Medical Leave Act until you hit 50 employees. Does that mean you should just fire anyone who wants to take maternity leave? No. It might save you some money in the very short term, but your remaining employees will think, "They certainly don't love us here."


Continue reading here:   Show Your Employee's Love      


5 Classic Business Lessons from the 2015 Super Bowl 

By: Justin Bariso  Inc.com 

This year's Super Bowl was a classic--but its lessons can also help your business.


That catch. That call. That half-time show.


This year's Super Bowl was truly a classic, complete with a major pregame controversy, two evenly matched teams, and a greatly played game that went back and forth. So what lessons can we learn from such a great game?


I picked out five.


1. Strike first.

Going into the game, the team scoring first in the Super Bowl had won 66.7 percent of the time. Despite a fierce battle that could have gone either way (and almost did go the opposite way), the Patriots' ability to score first proved to be invaluable.


Think about historic products such as the birth of the automobile, invented by Karl (Carl) Benz (father of Daimler and Mercedes), or more recently, the release of the iPhone, which changed the smart phone market. If you're working on a revolutionary product or service, don't wait for it to be perfect. Just get it out there.


As Guy Kawasaki put it, "Real entrepreneurs ship. I am not saying ship a piece of crap. I'm saying ship something that has jumped curves that has elements of crappiness to it. Big difference."


Continue reading here:    Super Bowl Business Lessons

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