December 22, 2017 ~ Chamber, Local & Regional Business News
Elite Members
Merry Christmas
from your Chamber staff!!
Thank you for your confidence, trust,
& support during this past year!
Merry Christmas from the Chamber
Mike Sommer Named
2017 Citizen of the Years
Last month, the Chamber's Citizen of the Years Selection Committee, consisting of past board chairs and past Citizen of the Years Award recipients, met to select the recipients of the Chamber's 2017 Citizen of the Years and Lifetime Distinguished Service Awards.

Congratulations to the Chamber's 2017 Award Recipients

Citizen of the Years Award
Mike Sommer

Lifetime Distinguished Service Awards
Civic: Jerry Hollingsworth
Cultural: Richard Baum
Humanitarian: Denise Liebel

Chamber Champion
Keith McNames

The Chamber will recognized these individuals along with their Chamber Champion at their annual Year End Celebration on Friday, February 16, 2018, from 6pm to 10pm at Ameristar Casino Resort Spa.

Invitations will be mailed in early-January 2018.
Defenders Gateway ''Midwest'' Promotional offering
The Midwest Promotion proceeds the first release of our App around mid-January. Users of the App are called Defenders. Defenders are defined as Active Military, Veterans, all First Responders, and Gold Star families. All users of our Defenders Gateway (DG) App have been pre-vetted.
NETcinity Community App Launching Soon
We are excited that NETcinity will soon be launched in St. Charles & St. Peters! Check out the video above then visit the Apple App or Google Play store and download the app. What a great way to get local information and offers from local businesses sent directly to your phone!

Click here to find out how to get a beacon placed in your business.
Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce Voted Best of St. Charles County 2017
Meet the 2017 Best of St. Charles County winners

The Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce was voted Best Chamber in St. Charles County for 2017!! Thank you to our members and to the readers of Suburban Journals of St. Charles County.

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Newest Member Benefits
Discounted Tickets to Ambush Games
NEW Easy to Use LINK to receive Group Ticket Pricing
This special ticket pricing allows you to INVITE your Clients, Friends, Etc.
Giving this LINK to your employees as a benefit allowing them a opportunity to purchase tickets for their family & friends at a group ticket price while supporting businesses within the community & chamber 

Billboard Advertising
for $100
March, April, May
We have an unheard of outdoor digital advertising opportunity that will get you a pinpointed geographic audience! We can accommodate up to 30 ads, but will consider a second spot if demand is high enough. Ads sold out in 2 days for the December-February advertising cycles.

Billboard Located at I-70 & Hwy. 94
Ads show 40 times per 24-hour cycle
For 28 days = 1120 displays
Ads shown for 10 seconds each time

Face size – 48’ x 14’
Pixel size – 1504 x 416

Call the Chamber office for more details or to reserve your space at 636-946-0633.
Healthcare Benefits
Many small businesses in our community continue to search for affordable health coverage options. That’s why the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce  is proud to partner with the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry to create a new health program that offers potential savings to businesses with 50 or fewer eligible employees. This new program is called the Missouri Chamber Federation Benefit Plan. It uses an innovative structure that enables smaller employers to join together to share in the overall claims risk. This creates a larger self-funded pool providing greater stability and financial protection backed by Anthem’s stop loss coverage. This is called a multiple employer welfare arrangement, or MEWA.
We encourage our members who have  50 or fewer eligible employees  to look into this new health coverage option. It is possible that many employers in our business community could find a cost savings by participating in the Missouri Chamber Federation Benefit Plan.

The first step to take is to visit  to learn more and follow the link to get a quick rate estimate. The website also includes a list of participating brokers your company can contact to begin the process of joining this new health care coverage option.

Members currently able to provide the coverage include J.W. Terrill and Crane Insurance Agency.
News You May Have Missed
STCnow 12-21-17

In this week's episode, learn about Christmas Traditions, Parks & Recreation's upcoming job fair, the Citizens Police Academy, and SeeClickFix.

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'Retail apocalypse' trade prompts contrarian bets - St....

Editor's note : This story is available as a result of a content partnership with the Financial Times. Subscribers will see stories like this every day on our website (and in our daily emails) as an added value to your subscription.

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St. Charles County Workforce & Business Development

Ready for an exciting, new full-time career and certified training as a manufacturing apprentice? Contact Vicki Swartzenberg of the Missouri Job Center of #StCharlesCounty at 636-255-6060 ext. 5250...

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St. Louis named second-best place to work through...

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Uber, taxicab commission drop fight against one another...

The Metropolitan Taxicab Commission and Uber have settled their long-publicized legal dispute. The two sides have agreed to drop their lawsuits against one another, an MTC spokesman said Tuesday. The settlement stems from a federal lawsuit...

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Senate passes GOP tax legislation on narrow party-line vote

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City of St. Peters Economic Update - Development In Review

Check out the latest City of St. Peters Economic Update - 2017 Development In Review - 2017 was a good year!!

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Knoebel Construction completes work on $54 million The...

Knoebel Construction of Chesterfield has completed work on the 28-acre, $54 million retail development in St. Peters, called The Shoppes at Mid Rivers. The 270,000-square-foot shopping center consists of 14 buildings just north of Interstate 70...

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States in the northwest part of the U.S. are among the fastest growing, with Idaho, Nevada, Utah and Washington taking the top four slots. Missouri continues to grow, but at a much slower rate, while Illinois saw a slight drop in its population...

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A recession warning signal is flashing; investors carry on

NEW YORK * One of Wall Street's traditional warning signs for a recession is flashing yellow, and nobody seems to care. The signal lies within the bond market, where Treasurys maturing in a couple years have been paying nearly as much in interest ...

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City of St. Charles News& Updates for December 22, 2017

Parade Route: 1000 South Main Street to Jaycee Stage in Frontier Park As another year of Christmas Traditions comes to a close, you won't want to miss the opportunity to say so long to your favorite Christmas friends as they gather in Frontier...

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Silicon Valley has more engineers, but the Heartland...

A few months after moving to the suburbs of St. Louis, I read a profile of one of the region's most successful entrepreneurs in the St. Louis Business Journal. I wanted to get to know him, so I sent an email introducing myself - assuming I would...

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10 Enchanting Missouri Towns That Feel Like You've...

People all across the state are crossing their fingers in hopes of a white Christmas this year. While many states east of Missouri have already had their first snow fall for the season, we're still anxiously awaiting the first flakes.

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Shuffling the deck: $2.8 billion deal will change...

The St. Louis area gambling deck was shuffled again Monday when Penn National Gaming - which owns Hollywood Casino and Casino Argosy Alton - said it's buying Pinnacle Entertainment, the operator of the Ameristar and River City casinos. But the...

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MasterCard's tech center in O'Fallon ready to handle...

MasterCard is prepping for its biggest shopping day of the year and they invited Fox 2 News cameras for an exclusive behind the scenes look at its worldwide technology nerve center in O'Fallon, Missouri campus. The O'Fallon campus is where...

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Short Video: Are Your Fans Following Your Instagram Hashtag?

Video by Norma Davey

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DED releases November 2017 Jobs Report

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U.S. home sales hit 11-year high, supply still tight

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What the largest tax overhaul in 30 years means for...

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#SCCMore Speaker Series | St Charles County, MO -...

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Mercy named among the nation's "Best Hospital IT...

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A smoking ban in St. Charles County and end of...

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Heroin's impact on region is far-reaching

Recent articles have highlighted various ways that heroin has impacted addicts, family members and community services.

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Net Neutrality
You have been hearing a lot about Net Neutrality lately. Do you know what it is? Do you understand its impact? You hear its good, you hear its bad - but what does it really mean? You can get some good information on both sides of the issue through Wikipedia or Ballotpedia - understand both sides and make your own determination.
Upcoming Chamber Events
January 9, 2018 - Topic: Networking & New Health Benefits

January 9, 2018 Previously known as our General Membership Meeting, this luncheon is our format for connecting you with business & community leaders. Program: Networking + information about our new insurance program offer available exclusively...

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January 23, 2018 - Gingham's Homestyle Restaurant

January 23, 2018 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...

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January 10, 2018 - Buffalo Wild Wings, St. Peters

January 10, 2018 Join us at Buffalo Wild Wings - St. Peters. Serving Straight Up Business and Spirited Conversation. Come & Network with your fellow peers.

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Event Photos From This Week
Ambassador Holiday Party

We've had a pretty good year and most of it is due to our AMAZING Ambassadors. Thank you and Merry Christmas!!

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Member Visits this Week
Robbie G's Play Place

Congratulations to Robbie G's Play Place on your One Year Chamber Anniversary! Pictured here is Jen Morrison! 💫Time flies when you;re having FUN!

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St. Johns Bank - St. Peters

Congratulations to St. Johns Bank-St. Peters, on your One Year Anniversary! Pictured here is Christina Dean, Senior Vice President. #GSTCCCVisits

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Renaissance Plastic Surgery

Still need more Christmas gift ideas? Renaissance Plastic Surgery & R medical spa has a few ideas on everyone's wish list! Thank you for your continued support - member since 1999! #GSTCCCVisits c:...

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Lake St. Charles Senior Living Community

These cute lil elves from Lake St. Charles Senior Living Community stopped by the Chamber today to spread a lil cheer! #GSTCCCVisits

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