January 8, 2021~ Chamber, Local & Regional Business News
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Mask Required posters available

The Chamber has created two new posters for businesses who wish to require face masks be worn to their establishment. You can print one and post it on the entrance to your business or you can come by the Chamber office and we will be happy to...

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News You May Have Missed
BREAKING: SBA in consultation with @USTreasury announced today that the #PaycheckProtection Program will re-open the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers.
Key updates include:
• Has no more than 300 employees; and
• Can demonstrate at least a 25% reduction in gross receipts between comparable quarters in 2019 and 2020

For more information on SBA’s assistance to small businesses, visit http://sba.gov/ppp or http://treasury.gov/cares
Listen to the Local St. Charles podcast through Apple Podcasts or Spotify at: Podcasts

Check out a list of our members and their episode here:
Jeff Waple, DDI Media https://podcasts.bcast.fm/e/1n2zvwvn

Josh Wilcutt of IT One Source https://podcasts.bcast.fm/e/68r904yn

Cathi Lenihan of Spectrum Business            https://podcasts.bcast.fm/e/1n3yrw7n

Rachel Zimmerman of Zimmerman Benefits https://podcasts.bcast.fm/e/lnq3q2wn

Jane Grayson of Grayson Accounting https://podcasts.bcast.fm/e/0njw95y8

John Dawson of Brian Dawson Roofing and Construction https://podcasts.bcast.fm/e/v85ww9w8

Kristin Whiteside of Ample Storage https://podcasts.bcast.fm/e/58z55mln

Becki, Marcia, and Danielle of Lilac Ivy Boutique https://podcasts.bcast.fm/e/p8m0p5xn

Jeff Marshall and Wendy Hausmann of Minuteman Press St Peters https://podcasts.bcast.fm/e/rn7kpr2n

As a benefit of membership, you can sign up to be featured in the Local St. Charles Podcast at no charge by going to: this website.
EDC Celebrates 30 Years of Service to St. Charles County

In 2020, the St. Charles County Economic Development Council (EDC) celebrated its 30-year anniversary as a catalyst fostering growth to help businesses, institutions, communities, and individuals flourish and succeed in the County and the greater ...

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Hoffmann to Invest $100 Million On Augusta Winery...

Washington native David Hoffmann, owner of Florida-based Hoffmann Family of Companies, announced Monday he had acquired several wineries in the Augusta area with plans to create a 700-acre winery and vineyard destination to rival California's...

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Chamber Benefit Plan health insurance now available...

When it comes to providing employees with cost-saving health care coverage, small businesses are at a big disadvantage compared to their larger counterparts. Because of their smaller size, their claims risk pool is spread out across a much...

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Classic Sign Services Introduces a New T-Shirt Campaign

Classic Sign Services in St. Peters has been in the t-shirt business for years. We wanted to amp up our promotion and marketing efforts by creating a Facebook group, Cutesy Classics. Each day, we post sales, new t-shirt designs, giveaways, and...

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BCI Skills Center Announces Upcoming Job Training Programs

Nonprofit's vocational training facility is a pathway to competitive work for adults with disabilities (St. Louis, Mo., January 5, 2021) The BCI Skills Center-a first-of-its-kind vocational training facility for adults with disabilities-is...

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Storage Made Easy! Fountain Lakes

Are you ready to start the New Year with a fresh start!?? We can help! Fountain Lakes Storage is offering great rates on monthly storage space to start off the New Year. If you are ready to finally start cleaning out that cluttered garage or...

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A guide to riding out the rest of the pandemic: How to...

This story is part of SLM's January 2021 cover feature, with tips on riding out the rest of the pandemic. Click here for more stories from the feature. There are two types of COVID-19-era remote office workers in this world: those who are...

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Save Small Business Initiative

Expanded by the CARES Act, the EIDL program has been around for a couple of years and is intended to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue during a declared disaster. Here's our...

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Moving on: How marketers are rethinking customer journeys

As brands face up to the realisation of the new normal, what do marketers need to do to ensure they can deliver a better experience in a post-Covid world. Consumer behaviour has been shifting as customer experiences become increasingly digital,...

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What's the Deal with Cosmetic Fillers and the COVID Vaccine?

The FDA says two people with cosmetic fillers experienced facial swelling after receiving the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during clinical trials. Shortly before the new year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported a new and somewhat...

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But I'm Just a Volunteer

Nothing is more deflating than to hear a member of the board say, "You don't understand, I'm just a volunteer." Volunteers are afforded opportunities to make a lasting impact. Through their passion and ingenuity, they can affect standards of...

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U.S. Chamber CEO Statement on Violence at the Capitol...

Thomas J. Donohue, CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, issued the following statement today: "The attacks against our nation's Capitol Building and our democracy must end now. The Congress of the United States must gather again this evening to...

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Minimum wage increases in Missouri and Illinois

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- The new year brings an increase to the minimum wage for Missouri and Illinois residents. Starting Jan. 1, the minimum wage in Missouri increased by 85 cents, reaching $10.30 an hour. Illinois saw a $1 increase, raising the ...

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Chamber Programming Returning To Virtual Format

Due to the continued growth of positive COVID cases in St. Charles County and the St. Louis metropolitan area, the board of the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce voted yesterday to cancel all indoor meetings and events. The health...

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(St. Charles, MO) December 21, 2020 - Cullinan Properties is pleased to announce that St. Louis-based Sauce on the Side will open at Streets of St. Charles next Spring, joining recently announced tenants, Napoli III, Buff City Soap and Loaded...

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Recycle Christmas Trees for Free at St. Peters Earth Centre

St. Peters residents and non-residents alike can recycle their live Christmas trees for free at St. Peters Earth Centre now through Jan. 17, 2021.Please keep in mind that for the tree to be recycled, all decorations, lights, plastic bags, and...

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The 7 types of rest that every person needs

This post is part of TED's "How to Be a Better Human" series, each of which contains a piece of helpful advice from people in the TED community; Have you ever tried to fix an ongoing lack of energy by getting more sleep - only to do so and still...

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Creating a Post-Covid Business Plan

Right now, every company in the world is facing the same question: What's going to happen when the pandemic is over? Grocery stores and consumer packaged goods manufacturers have experienced an unexpected boost in sales: Will that growth sustain? ...

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"The Opportunities May Surprise You"

As a kid, Amanda Wade Hodges designed intricate items with her dad for her school's Machine Day and created complicated Halloween costumes. Today, she credits those early childhood experiences with setting her on the path toward a creative...

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Jobs Report Shows Economy Backsliding as Pandemic...

The already sputtering economic rebound went into reverse in December, as employers laid off workers amid rising coronavirus cases and waning government aid. U.S. employers cut 140,000 jobs in December, the Labor Department said Friday.

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8 marketing trends to watch for in 2021 as aftereffects...

Even as vaccine developments provide a clearer timeline for a pandemic recovery, 2021 is set to be another volatile year for marketers. If anything, the digital ecosystem is primed for a bigger shakeup as Apple's controversial tracking changes go ...

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These Three Experiential Tactics Lead to Better B2B...

Experiential marketing is widely perceived to be a new phenomenon, especially in B2B circles. However, B2C brands have been implementing experiential activations for years. Wrigley's and Pabst ( debuted products using experiential tactics during...

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The 2021 Marketing Menu has all event sponsorships and advertising opportunities that the Chamber plans to offer next year. Please look over the booklet and if you are interested in reserving a sponsorship or taking advantage of our advertising packages, we've created an easy fillable .pdf for you to complete and send back directly from your computer.
Upcoming Events
VIRTUAL Biz Brew January 2021 (4:-5:pm)

BIZ BREW - Serving straight up business and spirited conversation. Join us as our Biz Brew goes VIRTUAL! We re staying relevant during these uncertain times! Grab your beverage of your choice and check in with each other while practicing social...

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Chamber U - What Does the 2020 Tax Year Look Like???

Join us for our next Chamber U -

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