April 15, 2022~ Chamber, Local & Regional Business News
Elite Members
The St. Charles Regional Chamber is pleased to announce that three local businesses have been selected as finalists for the 2022 Small Business of the Year Award.

The Small Business of the Year Selection Committee, consisting of past recipients of the award, has narrowed the nominated businesses down to three finalists:

Bin There Dump That
VSP Construction Services, Inc.
Yuppy Puppy

The winner will be announced at the 2022 Small Business of the Year Awards Luncheon on May 4th at the St. Charles Convention Center. The City of St. Charles will announce the winner of the Grow St. Charles Award.
You're invited to promote your business through the Local St. Charles podcast. Done in conjunction with Ken Tucker and ChangeScape web, members of the Greater Saint Charles County Chamber of Commerce have the opportunity to share their successes, their stories, and their challenges. Podcasts are published on Apple, Spotify, through the Chamber's facebook page, in this very e-newsletter and through the Local St. Charles (news section) on the Chamber's website.

The format is a video Livestream through StreamYard and then turned into a podcast. You'll need to submit interview questions, a bio sheet and headshot to complete the booking process.

Click here to start the process and submit your name for a guest appearance.
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Upcoming Events
Lunch with Leaders April 2022

This luncheon is our format for connecting you with business & community leaders.Program: Federal Update from the U.S. Chamber by John Gonzales This meeting is sponsored by: DDI Media

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Morning Brew - April 2022

Complementary Coffee, bagles and samples of meal replacement shakes + "Loaded" tea! Networking Event - A perfect blend of friends and conversation! Stop by for a cuppa jo, a warm smile and new connections. You'll meet friendly chamber members...

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Member Visits
Gingham's Homestyle Restaurant
Amanda, with Gingham's Homestyle Restaurant, has generously donated 4 gift certificates for the chamber’s upcoming golf tournament in June.
Located at 1566 Country Club Plaza in St. Charles, they are open 24/6 (closed on Mondays at 10 pm) so stop in and see what’s on their menu.
Terry saw this on their wall…Did you know that DESSERTS spelled backwards is STRESSED? So, don’t forget to check out their delicious pies when you are there.
DDI Media
What do you do when your afternoon plans are postponed? You go on a field trip to DDI Media and your own private tour with Jeff Waple! We saw the life-sized billboard that (back in the day) artists would use to create vinyl artwork, Scott had a photo taken with one of their cow models and we saw the inner sanctum where Jeff works his magic. Thanks for the fantastic tour Jeff and for introducing us to all the names we know by email.
Didion Orf Recycling
Have you ever been to Didion Orf Recycling? Not only can you pay a minimal charge to get that broken tv , monitor or microwave out of your home or office and make sure that it’s being recycled in an environmentally friendly manner, but you can also SELL items to them and make some CASH!! They’ll pay per pound for things such as hard drives (with or without boards), cell phones, copper, brass, stainless steel, aluminum cans, chrome wheels, rims – the list goes on! Open Monday – Saturday morning, call 636-397-6060 for their hours of operation and if you have any questions on items they take. REMEMBER – if you’re recycling something that has a charge (monitors, TV’s, Microwave, printer, copier, keyboard, etc) bring cash or check to pay. They don’t accept credit cards as a form of payment.
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