November 2016 Volume 20  Issue 9

Our Featured Investor

Heart & Soul Hospice
412 Cayce Street
Farmington, MO 63640
Phone: 573-756-7991

Thank you, Heart & Soul Hospice for Hosting the November First Friday Coffee! You did a tremendous job!

Inside this Edition
November Investor Meeting
Ribbon Cutting - ProBall Cages
Ribbon Cutting - Hungry Bellies BBQ
Ribbon Cutting - Prairie Farms Dairy
3rd Quarter Acclaimed Ambassador
Tushies & Toes
Annual Christmas Parade
Chamber Trip
Investor News
Investor Events
Investor Job Listings
Investor Deals
Seminars, Training, & Workshops
7 Tricks to Master Public Speaking
Listening To Music While Working

Welcome NEW Investors!!

Thank You for Re-Investing in 2016!!

Campbell's Outboard
Since 2011

City of Park Hills
Since 1974

Daily Journal Daily Journal
Since 1949

Heartland Memorial Services
Since 2010

Parkland Lawn Equipment
Since 2014

Show Me Rent To Own
Show-Me Rent-To-Own
Since 1997

Southeast Missouri Behavioral Health
Since 1997

St. Francois County Industrial Development Authority
Since 2007

Sweetheart Chocolates
Since 2014

Triple M Eut DBA Subway
Since 2012

Giggle Break!

The Boss

One day a man goes to a pet shop to buy a parrot. The assistant takes the man to the parrot section and asks him to choose one.

The man asks, "How much is the yellow one?"

The assistant replies that it costs $2,000. The man is shocked and asks the assistant why it's so expensive. "This parrot is a very special one. He can type really fast."

"What about the green one?" the man asks. "He costs $5,000 because he can type, answer incoming phone calls and takes notes."

"What about the red one?" the man asks. The assistant says, "That one's $10,000."

Curious, the man asks, "What does he do?" The assistant says, "I don't know, but the other two call him boss."

Visual Giggle

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November Investor Meeting - Featuring Corporal Juston Wheetely

Please join us for the November Investor Meeting on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at, 12:00 p.m. at The Coffee Grill, located at 3413 Rosener Road in Park Hills.
Our featured speaker for November is  Corporal Juston Wheetley.  
Want to know how the new Conceal & Carry laws affect you and your business?  Be at the November Investor Meeting to find out!  Corporal Wheetley will be offering an open forum to discuss and answer questions about these newly enacted laws. 

He will also be informing us about some new street drugs that have become a local problem, telling us how to identify signs of drug abuse in business, and giving us information on what to do if we suspect drug abuse at the workplace.
Lunch to be Catered by The Coffee Grill And will be $10.00 per person. Reservations will still be required.
Our October Business Spotlight is on Heart & Soul Hospice

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.

Register Your Attendance Here:     November Investor Meeting 

Ribbon Cutting - ProBall Cages & Activity Center

Members of the Park Hills Leadington Chamber were on hand to welcome  ProBall Cages & Activity Center to the community with a Ribbon Cutting on Friday, October 7, 2016.

Area ballplayers are invited to take your game to the next level while working inside the 6000+ square foot indoor climate controlled facility at ProBall Cages & Activity Center!

Their facility is completely turfed with high-quality turf and padding and has three 12 x 70-foot cages and one 14 x 70-foot cage. The netting is not stationary and can be retracted allowing for one large area that can be used for infield work or even for a fun game of whiffle ball or dodge ball. Lighting is so important when working in an indoor facility and they have provided all LED lighting for optimal vision.

Their facility has single wheeled and a double wheel baseball-pitching machine as well as softball pitching machines. Their cages are fully equipped with everything a player will need to work on his or her game.

With safety as a top priority, they have L-screens built to withstand 100 + mph baseballs or softballs, state of the art baseball pitching mounds and an area for softball pitching as well. Each cage has regular baseballs and softballs along with balls designed for use in pitching machines.

ProBall Cages & Activity Center is committed to keeping their facility in top condition. There is regular cleaning, care, and maintenance done on all equipment and furnishings. Safety and cleanliness are of highest priority.

Ask About Private Training and Birthday Parties Too!
Ribbon Cutting - Hungry Bellies BBQ

Investors of the Park Hills - Leadington Chamber of Commerce celebrated the opening of a brand new restaurant in Park Hills on Wednesday, October 19. A Ribbon Cutting was held at  Hungry Bellies BBQ which is now open at 1020 East Main Street in Park Hills -- the former "Express Shop", across from Turner Chevrolet-Cadillac.

Hungry Bellies BBQ offers smoked brisket, chicken, hot links, pulled pork, ribs, and so much more! They are family owned & operated, and offer a 15% discount to all Military, Veterans, & First Responders.

Be sure to stop in and check out the building too! They have completely revamped the inside!!

Open Monday - Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Closed Wednesdays, you can dine-in, take-out, drive-thru, and call ahead!
Ribbon Cutting - Prairie Farms Dairy

What a beautiful November day it was to celebrate with  Prairie Farms Dairy ! Park Hills - Leadington Chamber Investors, Prairie Farms Dairy Officials & Employees, Leadington City Officials, and Friends gathered to celebrate the opening of the newly built Prairie Farms Dairy Office Building. 

The recently completed building is two-stories tall and located on the same property as their former building at 5145 Flat River Road in Leadington. The new building houses several spacious offices, a conference room, kitchenette, a drivers area, order sorting room, and much more!

Farmer-owned Prairie Farms Dairy has provided the freshest, highest quality dairy products for over 70 years. Their brand following is substantial as a leader in the dairy market.
Tracy Fisher Named 2016's 3rd Quarter Acclaimed Ambassador

Congratulations to Tracy Fisher of  Bates Insurance for earning for the 3rd Quarter Acclaimed Ambassador Title! This is the 2nd quarter in a row that Tracy has gone above and beyond her duties as a Chamber Investor to help us out at the Chamber office and in all that we do! Her outgoing personality and desire to help in any way possible make her a very valuable asset to the Chamber Board and Staff!

Chamber Ambassadors are recruited annually to help promote and assist the Chamber in the community and at Chamber events & meetings. Ambassadors earn points for attending events and meetings, recruiting & mentoring new investors, and providing the Chamber Board and Directors with assistance in other duties as needed.

Tracy was honored at the October Investor Meeting with Chamber recognition and a huge bag of goodies compliments of our Ambassador Sponsors!

Thank you, Tracy, for your incredible dedication and never ending enthusiasm for helping our Chamber. Your efforts help to make our job a little easier!  We're proud to have you as one of the faces of the Chamber!

Special thanks to our Ambassador Sponsors for supporting the Ambassador Program and providing our much deserving champions with some incredible gifts. Our Sponsors include:  Continental Title CompanyCulligan Soft WaterC.Z. Boyer & Son Funeral HomesFirst Bank - Park Hills BranchHabitat for HumanityHefner Furniture & ApplianceIsagenixParkland Health CenterPharmax Pharmacy - LeadingtonThe Coffee Grill & The Printing Co.!
Third Annual Tushies & Toes Drive

The Annual Chamber Cares - Tushies & Toes Drive is a Holiday Drive for Children's Underwear & Socks Hosted by: The Park Hills - Leadington Chamber of Commerce

Area Businesses & Organizations will be Collecting New Undies and Socks for Children Pre-School - 11 Years
  • Undies Any Size from 0 to 12
  • Socks Any Size From 1 to 10
Benefiting Children of Central R-3 Schools.

Drop off your donations at any of the following locations between November 1, 2016, and December 20, 2016:


  • Park Hills - Leadington Chamber Office - 12 Municipal Drive, Park Hills - Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


  • American Home Care - 905 E. Main Street, Park Hills - Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Belgrade State Bank - 414 N. State Street, Desloge - Mon-Thu: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fri: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Bottoms Up Bar & Restaurant - 201 House, Park Hills - Tue-Sat: 2 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
  • Daily Journal - 1513 St. Joe Drive, Park Hills - Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (*Donations made here entitles you to FREE assistance in activating your new or existing Full Access  DJ Subscription!)
  • First Bank - 1000 E. Main Street, Park Hills -  Mon-Thu: 9 a.m. -  4 p.m., Fri: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • First State Community Bank - 365 West Main Street, Park Hills - Mon-Thu: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fri: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Heartland Memorial Services - 1823 Hwy. 8, Park Hills - Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Hefner Furniture & Appliance - 4850 US Hwy 67, Farmington - Mon-Fri: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • KFMO/B104 Radio - 804 St. Joe Drive, Park Hills - Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Missouri Baptist University - 507 East Woodlawn, Leadington - Mon-Thu: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m
  • Missouri Job Center - 403 Parkway Drive, Suite A - Mon - Wed & Fri: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Mueller Ace Hardware - 3412 Rosener Road, Park Hills -  Mon-Fri: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Sat: 8 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • NHC Desloge - 801 Brim Street, Desloge - Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Proball  Cages & Activity Center - 103 St. Francois Plaza, Leadington - Mon-Fri: 4 p.m. - 9 p.m., Sat-Sun: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (*Donations made here entitles you to 10% Off Cage Rental!)
  • Special Memories - 210 Woodlawn Dr., Leadington - Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wed: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sat: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • University of Missouri Extension - 1 West Liberty, Suite 101, Farmington - Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Chamber Investors are Encouraged to Bring Donations to the November & December Investor Meeting.  Sponsors should bring all donations to the December Investor Meeting for a Photo Op.

Chamber Investors are Invited to Participate as a Drop-off Location too!   Click HERE to register to be a drop-off location!
And This Year's Christmas Parade Sponsor is... HEFNER FURNITURE & APPLIANCE

We're excited to officially announce that the Annual Christmas Parade will once again be named " The Hefner Furniture Christmas Parade"!  Hefner Furniture was front and center in every aspect of last year's holiday event, and we have no doubt that they will do another incredible job this year!

The parade is scheduled for December 1, 2016, and will once again begin near the Leadington Plaza and conclude at the Sports Complex in Park Hills.

This year's theme is "A Star Spangled Christmas".  This theme was designed to highlight holiday traditions that have become ingrained in the American way of life. Traditions which reflect freedom, patriotism, community spirit, family, faith and service to others.  And, of course, we can't forget the red, white, & blue lights!!

Registration Has Begun!  Register your parade entry or vendor booth spot today!  Click Here To Register!

Words can't begin to express the appreciation for Slug and his entire crew at Hefner Furniture & Appliance! Thank you for sponsoring again in 2016!
Park Hills-Leadington Chamber of Commerce Invites Chamber Investors and Community Members to Enjoy a Trip to Pompeii & the Amalfi Coast!!

The Park Hills-Leadington Chamber of Commerce is excited to announced that it will be visiting irresistible Southern Italy & Amalfi Coast, departing October 11, 2017  and is inviting chamber investors, and family and friends of chamber investors to join them on this once in a lifetime experience.

Rich in culture and stunning scenery, irresistible Southern Italy is the setting for this breathtaking journey. Enjoy an eight day journey back to the old country where you will explore not one, but many Italies. As one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, find yourself relaxing in the town of Sorrento or sight-seeing along the Amalfi Coast, which includes gorgeous places such as, Positano, Ravello and Amalfi. On this remarkable trip you will also encounter the world famous archeological site of Pompeii. The beautiful Amalfi Coast awaits you with its great food, historical sites and beautiful architecture, providing an unforgettable Italian experience.
"This is truly an amazing opportunity to participate in an international journey to irresistible Southern Italy, where program participants can experience the country's culture, learn about its business climate, and make new friends," said Tamara Coleman, Executive Director.
Space is limited, so act fast. Don't miss out on this opportunity to visit irresistible Southern Italy, exchange ideas with local business representatives, make new friends, and build new memories.
For more information about this amazing trip please call the Park Hills-Leadington Chamber of Commerce at (573) 431-1051 or email the chamber at 
Investor Announcements
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Investor News
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!!

Would you like to receive notifications each time new deals are added to the website?  If so, CLICK HERE and subscribe to the "Hot Deals eNewsletter" and we'll send you an email each time a new Hot Deal is available!

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.
7 Tricks to Master Public Speaking, According to the Guy Who Runs TED Talks

By: Elle Kaplan, CEO Lexion Capitol Management
Image Credit: Getty Images
With a little practice and these tips, you could become the next TED Talk star.

Public speaking has been cited as the number one fear of Americans, but whether you're pitching to a VC firm or just talking to a small group of people in the office, it's a pretty big key to success. The point is, we all have to do it--so we might as well try to get good at it. The good news, according to Chris Anderson, the curator at TED Talks (who has been helping people become master presenters for 30 years), is that giving a good talk is coachable. Phew.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, according to the TED Talks expert:

1. Don't get too technical.

As Chris Anderson puts it, "You start where they are." One of the most successful talks he has curated involved a complex new biotechnology called Crispr. It would've gone over almost everyone's head, but instead the speaker likened the tech to a word processor for DNA.

Continue reading here:    7 Tricks to Master Public Speaking

Do You Listen to Music While Working? Here's What It Does to Your Brain (and It's Pretty Awesome)

By: Tom Popomaronis, Columnist,
Image Credit: Getty Images
Music has enriched people's personal lives pretty much since the beginning of time, but scientists today have uncovered how best to make music enrich your professional life, too.

When the office is almost too much to stomach, music can deliver much-needed relief on the job. Before you press Play, however, have a handle on when your tunes will be most beneficial for you and your brain.

Learning = Stop

Learning requires your brain to analyze and remember instructions and facts. When music is on, however, your brain has to process auditory data on top of processing the instructions and facts. Because of this multitasking, the brain can interpret the instructions and facts improperly, either associating them in odd ways or making mistakes about what's important enough to store. Thus, if you have to learn something at work, it's best to turn off your music, especially if you're learning verbally or through reading and the music has lyrics.

Continue reading here:   Do You Listen To Music At Work?
Thank you to this month's Business Spotlight: