January 20, 2023 ~ Chamber, Local & Regional Business News

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Small Business of the Year Nominations Now Being Accepted

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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Chamber Seeking Special Events Director

St. Charles Regional Chamber Special Events Director Function: The position entails a variety of duties pertaining to the development, planning, and successful deployment of major events put on by the Chamber. Reports To: President/CEO. Position: Full time, with benefits, 9:00 a.m. to 5...

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David Hoffmann to Receive 2023 Horatio Alger Award

On behalf of the Hoffmann Family of Companies, it is with great honor to share Mr. David Hoffmann will receive the prestigious 2023 Horatio Alger Award. Please see the below announcement published in Tuesday's January 17th, 2023 Wall Street Journal (Page A9) and press releases from the Horatio...

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Boone Center, Inc. to Host Seminars on Self-Advocacy, Competitive Employment

Boone Center, Inc. (BCI)-a nonprofit that improves the lives of adults with disabilities through employment opportunities-invites the community to attend two upcoming seminars. The first, a virtual presentation entitled "Competitive Employment: Is It Right for Me?", will be held on Monday, Ja...

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Reskilling: What Is It And Why Is It Important? - Insperity

When your business needs to pivot fast because of changes in your industry or the economy (or both), how do you fill the new roles? If your organization has laid the foundation for reskilling, you can retrain your current employees to take on those new roles.

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St. Charles County's plan to combat car break-ins being used for other crimes

ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. - St. Charles County officials say they are making real progress reversing a big spike in car thefts and auto break-ins. The county noticed a big increase in car cloutings around 2020. Police chiefs across the county came up with the idea of an St Charles County Auto Theft Task Force.

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Council Post: How Startups & Small Businesses Can Propel Growth With Digital Marketing

Co-Founder and Managing Director at Edkent Media , a boutique digital marketing agency servicing local, startup and enterprise companies. Nowadays, you can't afford to ignore digital marketing if you want your business to succeed. In the past, startups had almost no chance of making a dent in the marketplace.

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US reaches debt limit; Treasury now taking 'extraordinary measures'

WASHINGTON (AP) - The countdown toward a possible U.S. government default is in the offing, and frictions between President Joe Biden and House Republicans are raising alarms about whether the United States can sidestep a potential economic crisis.

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O'Fallon Council to vote on rezoning for apartments proposed next to Keaton Woods

Apartment developments next to single-family homes and villas in O'Fallon continue to be controversial in O'Fallon. Even more controversial is rezoning commercial land to residential, especially currently vacant high-tech corridor district land. Interested parties with varying perspectives either believe plenty of high tech zoned land still exists, or believe the supply is running out.

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Business Boom: Development fuels St. Charles County growth

St. Charles County saw 6.4 million square feet of major development projects in 2022, breaking the record set in 2021 of 4.8 million square feet, a 29% increase, according to a commercial construction update released by the Economic Development Council (EDC) of St. Charles County in December.

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Voting Information for St. Charles Primary

Note the reduced polling locations.

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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 St. Charles Regional Chamber 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.

NOT DONE YET: Governor Parson Delivers 2023 State of the State Address

(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) - Today, Governor Mike Parson delivered the 2023 State of the State Address to the Missouri General Assembly. Governor Parson expressed to the General Assembly and state officials that Missouri is stronger today and committed to continuing what his administration has sta...

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Building Pay Equity Into Your Culture, Policies And Practices - Insperity

Pay equity is a topic that affects everyone, from first-time job seekers who want a fair employer to experienced leaders who want to attract and keep talent that drives innovation.

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15 Strategies for Quickly Expanding Your Business

Let's face it. Scaling your business is hard. It takes considerable effort. In the beginning, it means wearing different hats. It means dealing with sales and marketing. It means understanding taxes and corporate compliance. It involves having to interact with customers on a daily basis. And so much more.

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As Your Team Gets Bigger, Your Leadership Style Has to Adapt

When Julie Zhuo, Facebook's vice president of design, first began managing a team, it consisted of just a handful of people. And then it doubled. Every few years, it doubled again. At each of these points, Zhuo felt like she had an entirely different job.

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Missouri Gov. Parson calls for $860M to widen I-70 - TheTrucker.com

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Missouri Gov. Mike Parson called on state lawmakers to set aside nearly $860 million to widen and improve traffic flow on Interstate 70 in his annual State of the State address Wednesday, Jan. 18. The massive investment in I-70 is part of a nearly $52 billion budget proposal unveiled by the Republican.

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State lawmakers take aim at St. Charles water woes

JEFFERSON CITY - Two state lawmakers are joining the fray over contaminated drinking water wells in St. Charles. Rep. Phil Christofanelli, R-St. Peters, and Sen. Bill Eigel, R-Weldon Spring, have introduced legislation requiring state environmental regulators to transmit evidence of any contamination to the attorney general, who could then sue the entity deemed responsible for the pollution.

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Upcoming Events

Morning Brew - January 2023

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 from various industries. Bring your business cards to swap & you'll leave with a pocketful of new acquaintances! Always remember to bring ...

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Public Policy Committee Meeting

Speaker: State Representative Adam Schwadron Mayor Len Pagano will also be speaking on the importance of passing the Proposition on a Use Tax in St. Peters. Committee takes an active role in advocating a favorable climate on the behalf of the business community through local, state, and fed...

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January Lunch with Leaders Recap

Say Hello to our January sponsor - Bill Vague of Millennium and check out the amazing display table they set up for the meeting 👉🏻

Now I want to know what Cathy Lenihan was telling Dr. Mabie!!

Chairman of the Board Joe Schneider welcomes new members - Melissa Anne of Polaris Law Group and Laura Vahle of Green Thumb Lawncare N Landscape.

Misc. Meetings


I think we can safely say that the first Ambassador meeting of the year was a success! 23 attended the meeting with a few more that couldn't make it due to previous engagements. These are members who have a fun, engaging personality and want to be there to welcome new businesses to our community!

Our next meeting is Friday, February 10th from Noon to 1 pm at Casa Tequila Cantina & Grill (905 Caledonia Drive / O'Fallon). If you're interested in learning more about this group, please join us!

City of St. Charles Social Media Best Practices Seminar

Lori and Wendy attended the Social Media Best Practices Seminar on Wednesday, January 18th at the Foundry. If you need to up your marketing game, this is a very informative seminar series put on by the City of St. Charles. We even saw Peggy Schnardthorst and her team from the St. Charles Community College, Mary Carolyn Johnson from St. Charles Sister Cities, Daytheon Jeffries from Camp Bow Wow and Alyssa Houska from the Streets of St. Charles! It never hurts to refresh your social media game and see what new tools and ideas are out there.

The next seminar is Wednesday, April 19th and focuses on Event Planning and Creating Buzz. Mark your calendars and check back soon to see when tickets are available.

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