November 2017 Volume 21  Issue 7
Featured Investor
Belgrade State Bank
414 North State Street
Desloge, MO 63601
Phone: 573-431-3999

Thank you to Belgrade State Bank for hosting the October 2017 First Friday Coffee! 
As always, you outdid yourself! What an excellent event!

Inside this Edition
First Friday Coffee
2017 Christmas Parade
2017 Christmas Parade
2017 Christmas Parade
October Investor Meeting
Investor News
Investor Events
Investor Job Listings
Investor Deals
Seminars, Training, & Workshops
All About Business: Management - "Steve Jobs Advice on Hiring"
All About Business: Leadership - "5 Things to Remember Before Posting on Social Media"
All About Business: Personal Growth - "The Harsh Truth of Rapid Personal Growth"

Welcome NEW 2017 Investors!!

Wizzard Carpet Care

Louie Seiberlich

Culver's of Farmington

Coljac Artisan Cafe


St. Francois County
Fair Board

Cafe Redux


Thank You for Continuing to Invest in Our Chamber!!

Blankenship Insurance
Since 2008

Complete Vision Care Complete Vision Care
Since 1987

Cozean Memorial Chapel & Crematory
Cozean Memorial Chapel & Crematory
Since 2013

Daily Journal The Daily Journal
Since 1949

Dale Mosier Auto Body
Dale Mosier Auto Body
Since 2002

Heartland Memorial Services
Since 2010

Hefner Furniture & Appliance
Since 1999

Home Pools & Spas
Since 2013

Mineral Area Office Supply
Since 1974

Parkland Health Center
Since 1994

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

St. Francois County Ambulance District
Since 1999

Since 2012

Unico Bank - Park Hills
(Formerly First Bank)
Since 1986

World Finance Corp
Since 2016

Giggle Break!

Problem Solved...

A man in Florida, in his 80s, calls his son in New York one November day. 

The father says to the son, " I hate to tell you, but we've got some troubles here in the house. Your mother and I can't stand each other anymore, and we're getting a divorce. I've had it! I want to live out the rest of my years in peace. I'm telling you now, so you and your sister shouldn't go into shock later when I move out."

He hangs up, and the son immediately calls his sister in the Hampton's and tells her the news. 

The sister says, " I'll handle this.

She calls Florida and says to her father, " Don't do ANYTHING till we get there! We'll be there Wednesday night.

The father agrees, " All right.

The old man hangs up the phone and hollers to his wife, " Okay, they're coming for Thanksgiving. Now, what are we going to tell them for Christmas?"

Visual Giggle

Only 7 More Mondays Till Christmas!!

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Ribbon Cutting - Crown Pointe Apartments

The weather may have been dreary but the spirits were bright and shiny inside the new Crown Pointe Apartments today!
The new 55+ senior living community is located at 4375 Hunt Rd and was the former site of Crown Pointe Timeshares. The beautiful one-bedroom apartments come in 2 different sizes and can even be furnished! Amenities include all utilities and cable, tennis courts and discounted fees at Crown Pointe Golf Course for starters!
Contact Patsy and the team at Profess ional Property Management to take a tour today at 573-756-7613!
Does your business occasionally have a need for short-term housing for clients, contractors or employees? Make sure to ask Patsy how Crown Pointe Apartments can help you meet this need.
Congratulations and welcome to the Chamber!

**Thank you, Laura Raymer, for all the heavy lifting, and for the great write up!  We appreciate you letting us borrow!!
First Friday Coffee - Serenity HospiceCare

Join us at  Serenity HospiceCare located at 5272 Flat River Road in Park Hills for the November First Friday Coffee!

First Friday Coffee Events are held the first Friday of each month. They are hosted by Chamber Investors, are held at various investor locations, and include coffee and morning refreshments.

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:  November First Friday Coffee
Tushies & Toes IV - Sweatpants & Shoes

The 4th Annual Chamber Cares - Tushies & Toes Holiday Drive for Children's Sweatpants & Shoes

Sponsored by: The Park Hills - Leadington Chamber of Commerce

Collecting New Sweatpants & Shoes for Children Pre-School - 11 Years

Sweatpants Any Children's Size from XS-LG
Shoes Any Children's Size From 11 to 2 (including 1/2 sizes)

Benefiting Children of Central R-3 Schools.

Drop off your donations at any of the following locations between November 1, 2017, and December 18, 2017:

  • Park Hills - Leadington Chamber Office - 12 Municipal Drive, Park Hills - Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • First State Community Bank - Both Park Hills Branches - 365 West Main Street & 1401 S. St. Joe Drive - During Regular Lobby Hours
  • New Era Bank - 207 West Main Street - Monday thru Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Donate and be entered for a Chance to Win a Gift Basket!
  • The River Worship Centre - 300 West Main Street - Monday thru Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Missouri Job Center - 403 Parkway Drive - During Regular Office Hours
  • Kindred at Home - 751 Maple Valley Drive, Farmington - During Regular Office Hours
  • Bullseye Equipment and Tool Rental -113 N. Wood Drive, Bonne Terre - Monday thru Friday  7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Cricket Wireless-Gateway - 405 N. State Street, Desloge, Monday thru Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Belgrade State Bank - 414 N. State Street, Desloge, Monday thru Thursday 9:00 a.m. to  4:00 p.m. and Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Unico Bank Park Hills Location - 1000 East Main Street, Monday thru Friday During Regular Lobby Hours
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!
One Last Call for Little Master & Miss Contestants!!

The River Worship Centre is hosting the 2nd Little Master & Miss Christmas Contest in conjunction with this year's Hefner Furniture Christmas Parade!
Area businesses can sponsor their very own Little Master & Miss in the contest and a MAC Cheerleader will be assigned as your couple's "agent"  taking care of all the footwork!

Thank you to those businesses who have already agreed to be sponsors! They include:
  • J&M Auto 
  • Specs Optical
  • Special Memories 
  • Park Hills River Mart 
  • Unico Bank
  • Blankenship Insurance 
  • Rockstar Tattoo Studio

The community will cast votes for their favorite couple through non-perishable food donations at the sponsoring business.


If you are a business who would like to sponsor a couple, please click the link below to register today.  The original deadline for registration is Monday, October 30, 2017, however,
the registration period has been extended through Monday, November 6th!!  We would LOVE to have at least THREE MORE Sponsoring Businesses!! :)

Now Registering for the 2017 Hefner Furniture Christmas Parade

Welcome to the Celebration! "Christmas on the Silver Screen"

What's your favorite All-Time Christmas Movie?  Be it a classic holiday tale, an animated Christmas story, or a winter-time favorite that's fairly new to the big screen, there are literally hundreds of Christmas movies to choose from, and dozens of ways to create them! Join us at this year's Hefner Furniture Christmas Parade and see if your "must see" Christmas movie is one of our featured float entries!

Find out more details about this year's holiday event or register your float, parade entry, or vendor booth for the December 7th event by clicking the link below.

November Investor Meeting - To be Held at ELIZABETH HALL in Leadington

Please join us for the November Investor Meeting on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, at, 12:00 p.m. at ELIZABETH HALL, located at 210 Woodlawn Drive in Leadington.

Guest Speaker: Park Hills Mayor Naucke
Join us as Mayor Naucke tells us about his job as the Mayor of Park Hills since his appointment in early April.  Find out how the city is doing, what goals he has accomplished for the city so far, and what's on his agenda for the upcoming year.


Lunch to be Catered by Glenda Straughn and will be $10.00 per person.  Reservations Required.

Our November Business Spotlight is on Serenity HospiceCare!
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
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 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!
Click the headline to read the story!
Read these stories and others now listed on the Chamber's News Page within our website!

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!
F ind 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 you and your business.
Steve Jobs Once Gave Some Brilliant Management Advice on Hiring Top People. Here It Is in 2 Sentences

By: Marcel Schwantes, Principal & Founder, Leadership From the Core
Image Credit: Getty Images
Every boss in a hiring role should appreciate this simple yet profound advice from the former head of Apple.

Steve Jobs may have had an enormous ego as the head of Apple, but he understood his place in the information age when he famously quipped,
It doesn't make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.
Genius and profound. Your best move is to intentionally not be the smartest person in the room. And other iconic figures would agree. As Lee Iacocca once said, "I hire people brighter than me and get out of their way."

While smart people may be found up and down your organizational chart, there's a more specific term for the type of people Jobs and Iacocca were referencing: knowledge workers. 

The Age of the Knowledge Worker
Coined by management expert Peter Drucker in 1959, the term knowledge workers refers to people whose main capital is to think for a living. They work with their heads, not their hands, to plan, analyze, organize, test, program, distribute, search, market, or otherwise generally contribute to the transformation of information in the knowledge economy.

Drucker asserted quite prophetically before his death in 2005 that increasing the productivity of knowledge workers was the most important contribution managers needed to make in the 21st century.
That leads to the million-dollar question: How do you manage them? How do you manage highly paid, independent thinkers who like to control the process of their own work and don't like to be managed, and who own their organization's means of innovating, developing, and producing?

Continue Reading:  Classic Quote from Steve Jobs

Want to Be a Successful Leader? Remember These 5 Things Before You Post on Social Media

By: Bill Murphy, Jr, Executive Editor of Operations, Some Spider, and Founder,
Image Credit: Getty Images
Here's how to use your social media habits to lead more effectively--or at least make sure you don't undermine yourself.

You're a leader. You're also a human being. So, in 2017, you're using social media.

You have lots of company, of course: 2 billion people on Facebook; 467 million on LinkedIn, 330 million on Twitter; even 170 million on Snap. Among those users, it's safe to say, are virtually all of the people you're trying to lead--and they're watching everything you say and do.

So how can you use your social media habits to lead more effectively--or at least make sure you don't undermine yourself?
Mike Erwin and Joe Quinn are the founder and director of leadership development, respectively, at Team RWB, a nonprofit veterans' organization. They're also experienced leaders, veterans, and West Point graduates who returned to their alma mater to teach. I first met them more than a decade ago when I was researching my book In a Time of War.

Recently, they shared with me some of their advice for leaders on how to use social media proactively and effectively. Here's their advice in their own words (with a few of my edits):

Here's Mike and Joe's advice:
When we graduated from West Point in the spring of 2002 and headed off to lead soldiers in wartime, our mentors gave us some important advice: "Be present with your troops. Don't lead by email."

The Harsh Truth Of Rapid Personal Growth

By:  Benjamin P. Hardy, Contributor,
Image Credit: Getty Images
A young man had recently purchased a pick-up truck

A young man had recently purchased a pick-up truck. Needing some firewood, he thought it a great opportunity to test his new truck.

After driving up the snowy mountains and out of cellphone service, he found a spot to park near some trees. He pulled off the road to park and got stuck in deep snow. Desperate, he tried everything he could to get out. Switching from reverse to drive and spinning-out his tires, his truck got deeper and deeper stuck.

He put twigs under the stuck tire in hopes they would provide traction, but to no avail. He used a shovel and tried digging around the tire, but he was stuck too deep.

Eventually, he became incredibly discouraged. The sun was hastily descending and weather bitterly chilling. He wasn't sure what to do. He offered a simple prayer and got the impression to start cutting wood.

He worked for a few hours, chopping down trees and putting large pieces into the back of his truck.

Once the truck was full, he hopped in and turned it on. After a moment of humble silence, he tried reversing out. The heavy load of wood provided the needed traction to get out of the snow, to get back onto the road, and to move forward.

Without the load of wood in his truck, he would have remained stuck.

The Need For A Personal Load
Most people mistakenly believe that happiness is the absence of a load. We want life to be easy, without challenge or difficulty. However, it is by having a load that we can have the traction needed to move forward in our lives.

When we don't carry a substantial weight of personal responsibility, we can quickly become stuck.

I have found this in my own life. It wasn't until after I became a foster parent of 3 children -- a substantial load indeed -- that I was able to get the traction needed to develop my career as a writer.

Thank You Again to October's Business Spotlight!