January 12, 2018 ~ Chamber, Local & Regional Business News
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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.
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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!

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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  https://mochamber.com/mewa/  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.
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In the meantime, stay up-to-date on what's happening at  www.stcharlestrolley.com
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Lunch with Leaders February 2018

February 6, 2018 Previously known as our General Membership Meeting, this luncheon is our format for connecting you with business & community leaders. Program: Dan Mehan, from the Missouri Chamber, will talk about the Upcoming Legislative...

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Biz Brew - February 2018 - Third Wheel Brewing

February 21, 2018 Join us at Third Wheel Brewing for our February Biz Brew gathering - Serving Straight Up Business and Spirited Conversation. Come & Network with your fellow peers.

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What You Missed This Week
January Lunch with Leaders
Congratulations to John Dawson of Brian Dawson Roofing & Siding for being named 2017 Ambassador of the Year.
2018 Chairman of the Board, Drew Weber (center) welcomes two new members to the Chamber - Alicia Gay with the City of Dardenne Prairie and Caleb Swaringim of Imagenet Consulting.
CPA Mike Sommer had an informative presentation on how the new tax laws will affect small business.
January Biz Brew - Buffalo Wild Wings St. Peters
Thank you to the St. Peters Buffalo Wild Wings for hosting our first Biz Brew of the year. They provided some great appetizers for everyone to sample!
With over 60 people registered, it was a good group who gathered and gained some valuable networking and new contacts to start the year off.
Make sure to mark your calendar and join us for the February Biz Brew, to be held on Wednesday, February 21st at Third Wheel Brewing from 4-6pm.