February 2016 Volume 20  Issue 1

Our Featured Investor
Parkland Health Mart Pharmacy
617 North Cowling Street
Suite G
Desloge, MO 63601
Phone: 573-431-6677

Friday, February 5, 2016 from 7:30 am to 9:00 am for the 
at Parkland Health Mart Pharmacy!

Inside this Edition
Sweetheart Trivia
Ribbon Cutting - LaChance
2015 Award Winners
2016 Board of Directors
First Friday Coffee
February Investor Meeting
Membership Renewals
2016 Ambassadors
Investor News
Investor Events
Investor Job Listings
Investor Deals
Seminars, Training, & Workshops
Build New Habits
Worst Websites of 2015

Welcome NEW Investors!!

Thank You for Re-Investing in 2016!!

Since 1974

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Sam Scism Sam Scism Motors, Inc.
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Central R-3 Schools
Since 1977

Goodson Realty
Since 1999

Belgrade State Bank
Since 2008

MCII Sheltered Workshop
Since 2012

American Home Care

null First State Insurance Agency
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Chamber News   
Stay on top of all the Chamber happenings between newsletters by regularly visiting the Chamber website at www.phlcoc.net or following us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn & Pinterest!
Sweetheart Trivia - THIS SATURDAY

February 6, 2016 is  SWEETHEART TRIVIA!!
A portion of the proceeds to benefit the Chamber Scholarship Fund!
We're inviting all the sweethearts, lovers, & couples to plan a Valentine Date Night -- With US!

As always, there will be 10 rounds of 10 questions -- We will be testing your knowledge on love, marriage, romance and all that goes with it!
Like last year, guest will be treated to a " PASTA BAR" featuring various noodles, sauces, toppings, etc.
We are also bringing back the famous " DESSERT AUCTION"! All kinds of delectable, delicious desserts to drool over!

And, we have already began collecting lots of AWESOME DOOR PRIZES including some great gift baskets and various gift certificates.
Win up to $1000 in Cash Prizes!!  There will be TEN opportunities for teams to win  $100 CASH through the round prizes sponsored by some of your chamber investors and local businesses!

Recent Ribbon Cutting at LaChance, Inc.

Were you aware that LaChance, Inc. (Carolyn's Tax Service & LaChance Locksmith) moved? It's been a minute, but we were excited to visit with Carolyn, John, Jodi, and Larry January 8th before and after a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate their new location at 22 Crane Street in Park Hills. Aside from viewing their new home, those in attendance enjoyed a look at several collections of antique locks and locking devices, an antique drafting table that came from Central High  School long before the construction of the new auditorium, some beautiful antique photographs, and even Carolyn's pretty cool Garfield collection!
While there, we learned that at LaChance, Inc., you can have your taxes prepared, get your locks changed, have some pretty interesting keys made, view some really cool antiques, or just visit with some incredibly nice people!
Please join us in congratulating Carolyn, John & the entire crew at LaChance Inc. on their new home! If you haven't been there yet, you should go! You'll be amazed! Located at 22 Crane Street in Park Hills, you can contact them at 573-431-1117 or lachanceinc@hotmail.com.

Congratulations to the 2015 Award Winners!

Congratulations to the 2015 Banquet Award winners! From left to right: Kevin White of Mineral Area College, recipient of the "Chamber's Life Time Achievement Award". Charles & Marianne Politte of Claddagh Irish Dance , recipient of the "KREI/KTJJ 110% Award". Kate Gibson, recipient of the "Daily Journal Citizen of the Year Award". The Cities of Park Hills & Leadington, recipients of the "Chamber's Friend Award". Tish Roberts of Culligan Soft Water, recipient of the "Ambassador of the Year Award". And, Jon Berry of Save-A-Lot, recipient of the "KFMO/B104 Sweat Equity Award". Each of you are most appreciated for all that you do for the Chamber and our community! Well deserved!!
We would also like to thank  Ameren Missouri  &  Parkland Health Center  for sponsoring this year's Installation Banquet Entertainment!  Vocal Edge  gave us a phenomenal show! What a fun time!!
And finally, to all of our event sponsors! We couldn't host such a spectacular event without each of you.  This year's sponsors included:
  • Belgrade State Bank
  • C.Z Boyer & Son Funeral Homes
  • Daily Journal
  • MCII Sheltered Workshop
  • First Bank
  • First State Community Bank
  • Humana
  • Leadco Community Credit Union
  • Maloney, Wright & Robbins, CPA's
  • New Era Bank
  • Ozarks Federal Savings & Loan
  • Parkland Health Mart Pharmacy
  • Pharmax Pharmacy
  • Southeast Missouri Behavioral Health
  • The Coffee Grill
Your 2016 Chamber Board Officers

Please join us in welcoming your newly elected officers to the Chamber Board of Directors!  The following individuals have agreed to lead the way for the Chamber in 2016!
President, Chad Speakar
Term: January 2014 - January 2017

1st Vice President, Brad Dush
C.Z. Boyer & Son Funeral Homes
Term: January 2015 - January 2018

2nd Vice President, Tish Roberts
Culligan Water Soft
Term: January 2016 - January 2019

Treasurer, Linda Dickerson
Habitat for Humanity
Term: January 2015 - January 2018

Immediate Past President, Ginger Pizarro
Senior Independence Hospice of Mid-America
Term: January 2014 - January 2017

Also serving on the board for 2016 are the following Directors:
Leadington Ex-Officio, Chief Dustin McKinney
Leadington Police Department
Appointed Term: October 2015 to 2018

Park Hills Ex-Officio, Mayor David Easter
Mayor of Park Hills
Appointed Term: June 2014 to 2017

Rob Baker
East Missouri Action Agency

Term: January 2016 - January 2019

Danielle Basler
Mineral Area College Council on the Arts
Term: January 2015 - January 2018

Robert Gerig
Belgrade State Bank
Term: January 2014 - January 2017

Brenda Jordan
The Printing Co.
Term: January 2016 - January 2019

Rita Martin
O.D.A.S. Inc.
Term: January 2014 - January 2017

Kelly Valle
KFMO/B104 Radio
Term: January 2015 - January 2018

Jeff Williams
Central Methodist University
Term: January 2016 - January 2019

Executive Director, Tamara Coleman
Park Hills - Leadington Chamber of Commerce
Employed February 1996 - Present

February First Friday Coffee Hosted by Parkland Health Mart Pharmacy

Join us at Parkland Health Mart Pharmacy  located at 617 N. Cowling Street, Suite G in Desloge, beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, February 5, 2016 for coffee and doughnuts!

First Friday Coffee Events are held the first Friday of each month at various investor locations. 

This is a relationship building event for Chamber Investors, clients and potential clients.

Visit with other investors and members of the business community and learn about the sponsoring business or organization and their products and/or services while enjoying coffee, a light breakfast provided by the sponsoring business or organization.

Register your attendance here:  FFC February 2016
February Investor Meeting - State of the Chamber Address 2016
Please join us for the February Investor Meeting on Tuesday, February 16, 2016, at 12:00 p.m. at the North College Center at Mineral Area College.
Lunch to be Catered by MAC And will be $10.00 per person.

This's month's agenda will be a "State of the Chamber" address.

Chamber board members and various chamber committee heads will be informing investors of their visions and goals for 2016.  Speakers will include:
  • Chamber President, Chad Speakar, will facilitate the meeting, as well as sharing his vision for 2016.
  • Rita Martin, the Ambassador Committee Chair, will be discussing the importance of getting involved.
  • Brad Dush, the Building Committee Chair, will discuss the Chamber's building vision and its joint efforts and re-commitment to partnering with both Cities to improve economic growth.
  • Larry Joseph, the Legislative Committee Chair, will be informing us of any legislative issues that we should be watching and consider supporting in 2016.
  • Linda Dickerson, the Event Planning & Fundraising Committee Chair will be talking about the cancellation and additions of various Chamber sponsored and Chamber involved events for 2016.
Our February Business Spotlight is on    Parkland Health Mart Pharmacy!

Monthly investor meetings provide Chamber investors with a variety of information through guest speakers.  Topics range from small business information to governmental issues and assistance to community interests.  Monthly meetings keep investors abreast of current chamber happenings and provide an excellent networking opportunity.

Register Your Attendance Here:    February Investor Meeting
It's Membership Renewal Time

The deadline for investment renewals was January 31, 2016, however, we have extended the deadline to February 29, 2016. 

Second notices were mailed out last week.  If you haven't yet received your renewal notice, contact the Chamber office ASAP. 

Please note! We now have the ability to pay ONLINE by CREDIT CARD!  Just login to your Member Center and click pay in the upper right hand corner!

Don't let your membership lapse!

Meet the 2016 Ambassadors

If you don't yet know these names and faces, you should!  This great group of people has vowed to assist us all year long in 2016!  Some will be helping at meetings; some at events; some might visit your business; some might offer to be your mentor... No matter what they're doing, they are helping us and we appreciate them!  

Introducing the 2016 Chamber Ambassadors:
  • Jake Black of First State Community Bank
  • Tracy Fisher of Bates Insurance
  • Melissa Hosna of US Bank
  • Kristin Jones of Culligan Soft Water
  • Rhonda Lovelace of Pharmax Pharmacy
  • Nate Newman of Hefner Furniture & Appliance
  • Bill Skaggs of Belgrade State Bank / Belgrade Financial
  • Ursula Warren of Parkland Health Center
  • Megan Wilson of Missouri Baptist University

Investor Announcements
Share your News, Events, Job Openings and Deals with us and we'll share them with others! Login to your member center and add as many as you'd like!  In a hurry? Email your announcements to info@phlcoc.net or drop the information off at the Chamber office, and we'll help put it in front of thousands!
Investor News
Investor Events
How often do you check the Chamber Events Calendar?
Looking for something to do?  One of the best places to get you event fix is on the Chamber's website.  Click the event link to find out more about some of the great events coming soon:
And this is only a few of several events coming in August!  See the entire list on the Chamber's Online Event's Calendar !

Investor Job Listings
Your fellow Chamber Investors have Employment Opportunities available now!
Are you, or is someone you know, looking for employment?  We've got the low-down on some of the area's current job openings!  Look who's hiring right now:

Find out what other local companies are in need of employees on the Chamber's Job Listings page!  


Investor Deals
Have you checked out this month's Hot Deals
on the Chamber's website yet? 
Don't miss out on these Chamber Investor's "Hot Deals" available on the Chamber's Website!
Check our Hot Deals page often -  New Deals Added Regularly!!

Seminars, Training & Workshops  
Are you looking for opportunities to improve on something old or learn something new?  We have several learning opportunities, business and personal interests, for you and your employees listed on the Chamber's Event Calendar!
Various training opportunities are offered by Chamber Investors and the St. Louis SCORE ( St. Louis SCORE offers free business counseling and resources, low-cost workshops, and free business scan services. ) See what benefits YOU
Find out more about these and other upcoming seminars, training opportunities and workshops on the Chamber's Seminars, Training, and Workshops page!

All About Business 
Interesting business related articles to help exercise your brain, peek your curiosity, increase your knowledge, or simply to make you smile; all intended for finding ways to enhance your business.
4 Simple Ways Successful People Build Awesome New Habits

By: Jeff Haden, Contributing Editor, Inc.
Image Credit: Getty Images
To build a better business, start by building a better you.

As an entrepreneur, you are your business, so doing just what you've done before will only make you less productive, less effective, less healthy, less fit -- less everything - than you could potentially be.

The growth of your business is at least in part based on you: improving your performance, increasing your output, focusing even more on the things that matter most....

The solution? Build great new positive habits.

Here are four easy ways to build new habits from Belle Beth Cooper, co-founder of Hello Code, which makes Exist, a cool app that connects all of your services to turn that data into insights about your life -- think a quantified self on steroids.

1. Start small.
BJ Fogg is the king of starting small with new habits, and his program Tiny Habits focuses on this approach. The idea is to focus on building the habit itself, rather than worrying about how big the impact is.
  • Here's a good example: Say you want to start a habit of flossing your teeth every night. To build a successful habit, start with something tiny: flossing just one tooth. I know it sounds crazy, but it works. If you're building the habit of flossing just a single tooth each night, three things will happen:

Continue reading here:  4 Ways to Build New Habits

Worst Websites of 2015 and How You can Learn From Their Mistakes

By: James Hurmiz, Founder Online Technology World
Image Credit: Online Technology World

Remember the website designs of the 1990s? When Flash, GIFs, and first generation HTML were the main characteristics of websites at the time? Well, these days have gone, and design has evolved thanks to Web 2 and the new generations of HTML (HTML 5) and CSS (CSS 3). But unfortunately, some websites are still stuck in the 1990s, with ugly design, too much information in one page and poor quality images.

Here are the 10 worst websites of 2015 and how you can learn from their mistakes.
  1. Bath Magic Inc. - http://uglytub.com/
  2. Mr Bottles - http://www.mrbottles.com/
  3. Penny Juice - http://www.pennyjuice.com/htmlversion/whoispj.htm
  4. Arngren - http://www.arngren.net/
  5. University of Advancing Technology - http://www.uat.edu/
  6. ID Inspire - http://id-inspire.com/
  7. SpeedCrunch - http://speedcrunch.org/
  8. Taco Mayo - http://www.tacomayo.com/
  9. Order of Exorcists - http://www.orderofexorcists.com/
  10. Headhunter Hair Styling  - http://www.headhunterhairstyling.com/
What we learned:

Design matters:
The look and feel of your website really matters. We are in 2015, not in the 1990s, so keeping your website design up to standards is really important. Simply ask yourself, how long would you be on the websites mentioned above? Not for a long time, that's your website's fate if you don't follow the design rules.

Continue reading here:  Worst Websites of 2015
Thank you to this month's Business Spotlight: