January 5, 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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Call the Chamber office for more details or to reserve your space at 636-946-0633.
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.
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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.
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 

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In the meantime, stay up-to-date on what's happening at  www.stcharlestrolley.com
Upcoming Chamber Events
Lunch With Leaders - January 9, 2018 - Spencer Road Library

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January 23, 2018 - Gingham's Homestyle Restaurant

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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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