January 13, 2023 ~ Chamber, Local & Regional Business News

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2023 Small Business of the Year Awards Luncheon Wednesday, May 17, 2023 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. St. Charles Convention Center One Convention Center Plaza - St. Charles, MO 63303 Sponsorships Available: Call Wendy at 636.946.0633 to become a sponsor. Nominate a Business Register to Attend Congratulations to the 2022 Small Business of the Year...

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News You May Have Missed

St. Charles Regional Chamber Announces Upcoming Launch of the ShopSt.C Digital Gift Card

St. Charles, MO - November 2, 2022 - The St. Charles Regional Chamber is proud to announce the new ShopSt.C Digital Gift Card, a community-based gift card that makes it fun and easy to keep local spending local. To purchase ShopSt.C Digital Gift Cards and view a growing list of our participatin...

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Tabitha L. Atwell Elected as Principal at Danna McKitrick

Danna McKitrick, P.C. is pleased to announce the election of Tabitha L. Atwell to the position of Principal, effective January 1, 2023. "We are excited to have Tabitha as a principal of our firm," said Ron Danna, one of the founders of the firm. "As an experienced estate planning attorney, s...

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Restaurant, farm stand, rural recreational facility proposed along Wilmer Road

On Jan. 9, the St. Charles County Council introduced and conducted a public comment session covering three proposed bills that would authorize conditional use permits (CUPs) for property at 1501 Wilmer Road, owned by Craig Smith, Ryan P. Smith, and Darlene Smith. All three bills are sponsored by Joe Brazil (District 2).

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5 Manager Mistakes That Cause Low Employee Engagement - Insperity

Did you know that bad management is typically the root cause of low employee engagement? If you've made organizational changes to improve engagement, but some of your employees remain withdrawn, you may need to revisit what's happening at the local work group level, which is directed by your managers.

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Hoffmanns purchase Defiance Roadhouse, plan opening of new cafe in Augusta

The Defiance Roadhouse, a southern St. Charles County landmark with a patio right on Highway 94, was purchased Jan. 4 by the Hoffmann Family of Companies. The bar and restaurant is the latest business bought by the corporation, which has acquired dozens of businesses since 2021 in and around Augusta and Washington.

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Proposal for a new development at St. Charles Family Arena

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOV) - A new proposal could mean a new development at the Family Arena in St. Charles. A current 5% hotel tax could fund a youth sports complex in the arena's parking lot. The proposal for the facility and a parking garage has been submitted to the County Convention and Sports Facilities Authority.

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St. Charles County Council elects new leadership

At its first meeting of the year on Jan. 9, the St. Charles County Council welcomed newly elected members Matt Swanson (District 1) and Tim Baker (District 7), each beginning their four-year terms. The new members joined existing council members Joe Brazil (District 2), Mike Elam (District 3), Dave Hammond (District 4), Terry Hollander (District 5) and Nancy Schneider (District 6).

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How To Handle Compensation During Uncertain Times - Insperity

When businesses go through a crisis resulting in abnormal (or interrupted) operations and significant economic challenges, many companies look to their compensation budgets as an obvious means of cutting costs. The delicate balance is: How do you handle compensation during uncertain times to protect the financial health of your business but without losing valued employees?

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A must-try, be sure to Visit La Belle Vie in Frenchtown, St. Charles

ST. CHARLES, Mo. - From breakfast hash, to the Lake Bake, to the French Onion Soup; anything you try at La Belle Vie will be fantastic. The owners opened the café during the pandemic, see their secret to success. labelleviefrenchtown.com

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Throw Away The Stress at Hatchet Haus Axe Throwing

Hatchet Haus Axe Throwing is putting a spin on fun and wellness this year! ST. LOUIS - Hatchet Haus is a unique amusement facility that offers an unrivaled experience in the thrilling sport of axe throwing while allowing guests to also kick back relax and enjoy food, drinks, darts, and so much more!

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Career-Impacting Workforce Trends To Watch Out For In 2023

The new year will ring in changes and the continuation of workplace trends from the prior year. There will be ongoing layoffs and hiring freezes, as the Federal Reserve Bank continues fighting inflation, hiking interest rates and causing businesses to cut costs and jobs.

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Upcoming Events

January 2023 Biz Brew

BIZ BREW - Serving straight up business and spirited conversation. Come and enjoy beverages, snacks and engaging discussions with fellow chamber members and guests. Always remember to bring lots of your business cards to pass around.

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Lunch with Leaders January 2023

Meeting Sponsored by Millennium. Marijuana is legal, now what? Missouri's New Marijuana Amendment: What It Means for Employers and Employees. Join us as attorney Katherine M. Flett, with Danna McKitrick, educates us. Information covered will include a brief history of what lead us to this ...

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January Biz Brew Recap

Recent Ribbon Cuttings

Ellie Mental Health of Saint Charles Celebrates Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting

Franchise Owner Andrew Stevenson celebrated the grand opening of Ellie Mental Health of Saint Charles with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, January 12th. Ellie Mental Health of Saint Charles is located at 400 N. 5th Street, Suite 201. Joining Andrew was his staff of counselors and therap...

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Member Visits

Quik Trip

Say hello to Kayla Mowey, the smiling face you'll see when you go to the corporate offices of QuikTrip - St. Louis. When Wendy stopped by, they were BUSY! People filling out applications, going into interviews, and many other meetings taking place. QT is a privately held company and was on the FORTUNE Magazines list of 100 Best Companies to Work For for 15 consecutive years. QT offers fuel for the auto and fuel for the body with QT Kitchens - made fresh to order food, premium specialty drinks and a selection of frozen treats. Did you know they have an online QuikTrip Shop? From Ugly Christmas Sweaters and socks to a variety of hats, Yeti drink ramblers and luggage, if you love all things QuikTrip, they've got you covered.

Assistance Home Care

Meet Jen Johnson and Christina Lloyd, part of the area care team with Assistance Home Care. Assistance Home Care has a full team of Care Professionals which support seniors whose needs range from memory care, fall prevention, safety oversight, mobility assistance and personal care. Care schedules range from hourly care up to 24/7 around-the clock care based on your loved one’s home care needs. You've seen your elderly loved ones during the holidays and realize things might not be as great as you thought, call Assistance Home Care and schedule a consultation to see if they can be a resource for you. Visit their website at: https://www.assistancehomecare.com/ or call 314-466-3227

First Horizon Mortgage

Say hello to Shawn Tihen, a mortgage broker with First Horizon Mortgage. Even though the mortgage industry is not as crazy as it was one-year ago, Shawn and his business are still busy and can help you with a refi, construction loan or a home equity loan. To check out current rates or to talk to Shawn about his services, check out his website at: https://www.firsthorizon.com/mortgage/shawn-tihen or give him a call at 636-949-7979.

Family Advocacy and Community Training

Meet some of the team members from F.A.C.T (Family Advocacy and Community Training). If you are the parent, grandparent, guardian or caregiver of a child with a disability, this is an organization for you. FACT offers four programs - Educational Advocacy, Family Support, Partnership with Families and People First (a self-advocacy organization run by and for adults with a disability. Everyone who works at FACT has a family member with a disability so they know how to support, empower and provide the right guidance and information to help the child thrive. Find out all about FACT by checking out their website at www.factmo.org or call 636-946-2425.

Lloyd & Company, LLC

Meet Jim Lloyd and Caryn Watson of Lloyd & Company, LLC. They are CPA's that prepare both personal and business taxes, along with Estate and Trust Planning / Tax Preparation, Financial and Retirement Planning, IRS Representation, Bookkeeping / Write-up and QuickBooks Personal Training. See how they can help you by giving Jim and Caryn a call at 636-946-3411.

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