January 26, 2018 ~ Chamber, Local & Regional Business News
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In November, 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.

Thank you to the St. Charles Jaycees and State Farm - Tom Wootten for your support!
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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Tuesday, February 13 th
SSM Health–Kisker Outpatient Center
1475 Kisker Road
St. Charles, MO 63304
*Appointments available from 7am-6:40pm
Thursday, February 15th
SSM Health – St. Charles Outpatient Center
711 Veterans Memorial Parkway
St. Charles, MO 63303
*Appointments available from7:30am-3pm
Have You Had Your Yearly Mammogram??
On Tuesday, February 13th and Thursday, February 15th special 3D mammography events will be held for GSTCCC members at two convenient SSM Health Breast Care locations within St. Charles, offering flexible times. The SSM Health Breast Care locations provide a relaxed and private environment as well as an on-site radiologist for immediate consultation (if needed). All you need to do is sign-up for a time slot, provide a phone number for registration and SSM will take care of the rest. Food will be provided at the breast care center and you will receive a special gift when you leave.  Remember...Early Detection Saves Lives!   
Newest Member Benefits
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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Conflict resolution: 7 tips for creating an air-tight...

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Upcoming Chamber Events
Lunch with Leaders February 2018

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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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Morning Brew - February 2018

February 27, 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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Morning Brew @ Gingham's
Many thanks to Gingham's Restaurant in St. Charles for hosting our January Morning Brew, Tuesday, January 23rd. If you wish you had gotten the chance to meet this group and make new business contacts, join us in February (27th) from 7:30 - 9 am at the McDonald's Restaurant at Mexico Road and Salt Lick Road.