July 3, 2013Volume 17  Issue 12
Happy 4th of July
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Park Hills, MO 63601
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Chamber News   
10th Annual Firecracker Run Could be the Chamber's Most Successful Event of 2013!
FCR 2013

Here at the Chamber Office, we were stunned by the preregistration number of 154 on Friday as we began to prepare for the next day event.  Saturday morning, as we prepared for our 10th annual event, we had no idea we would finish the day with an astounding 197 participants! In the event's previous 9 year history, final participant numbers have never reached more than 150.

The increased number of participants has caused the Chamber to reevaluate a few minor organizational methods for next year's run/walk, in hopes of improving the speed and ease of scoring and to help shorten the delay of the awards presentation.  Regardless, we couldn't possibly be any more please with this year's event! 

Having said that, there are so, so many people that is due recognition for this success...  Aside from our overwhelming appreciation to each of the event participants, the top three event coordinators, Debbie Bunch, Mary Lee Faircloth and Charlie Boyer are ones who deserve the most thanks.  Their knowledge, hard work and dedication to this event is what makes it one of the best around.

Next, the many, many volunteers -- we certainly couldn't do this without each and every one of you.  The time you devoted to this event is priceless in our eyes.


The Police, street department and of course the City of Park Hills.  We appreciate you not only allowing us to literally take over the streets of Park Hills, but we also thank you for providing us with safety management and assistance with making sure the course is maintained and safe for the participants.


To the St. Francois County Ambulance District, for your emergency readiness... not only for our event, but every single day! 


Central High School, thank you for allowing us the use of your beautiful facility, as well as,  the use of many supplies, such as the tables, chairs and PA system.


Proffer Produce, The BJC Medical Arts Clinic, Country Mart, Parkland Health Center and Save-A-Lot, thank you for providing the drinks and snacks for the participants.  Keeping the runners well hydrated and boosting their energy levels before and after the run with healthy snacks such as fruit and granola bars is critical to ensuring a safe event.


Graphic Options, we appreciate the use of your electronic sign.  This was the first year we've utilized this type of promotion of the event and we would have to say it was an incredible way to make local drivers aware and cautious of the runners and walkers!


Boy Scout Troop 417, each year your troop gets up super early to put out those flags up and down Main Street.  We are so appreciative of this.  It gives the town that patriotic look and feel, and gives participants a truly visible welcome to the community. 


Lastly, but certainly, just as importantly, all the sponsors.  Thank you all for supporting us and this event.  The level of this community's integrity increases each time a community sponsored event is backed by so many of it's highly respected, and well know businesses. We appreciate the confidence that you each have in us... 

Looking forward to the 11th Annual Event - June 28, 2014!! 


Thank You to Mineral Area College for Hosting the First Friday (Wednesday) Coffee!!!

FFC July

Despite the day change and the upcoming holiday, attendance at today's First Friday Coffee was good!  Thank you to all who stopped by to share a good cup of coffee and some great conversation!

And, a special thanks to Mineral Area College for hosting the event!  You did spectacular job!  The Coffee was hot, the pastries were delicious, the gifts were awesome, and the hospitality was incredible!!  We appreciate you being our July Investor Spotlight!


Find Out More About MAC Here:   MINERAL AREA COLLEGE    


Chamber Office Closed July 4th & 12-20


Please make note, the Chamber Office will be closed in observance of Independence Day on Thursday, July 4th.

We will also be closed beginning July 12 and continuing through July 21 for staff vacations.  We will return to regular business hours on Monday, July 22nd.

We apologize for any inconvenience!  Have safe holiday!!



July Investor Meeting Features Judge Sandy Martinez: July 16th at 12:00 p.m. - Charboneau's Restaurant

We're honored to be welcoming Judge Sandy Martinez as our guest speaker this month!  Join us at noon on July 16th to hear her presentation.

We will also welcome Mineral Area College as our Investor Spotlight!


Find Out More or Register your Attendance by Clicking Here:  JULY INVESTOR MEETING 


City Wide Yard Sale

The Park Hills/ Leadington City Wide Yard Sale will be on Saturday, August 10.  Permits will be on sale at the Chamber office July 22 - August 5 ONLY.  Permits MUST be purchased at the Chamber office.

Promotional Opportunity!!!  We are currently looking for FOUR businesses who are interested in promoting their products or services on the back of the yard sale map.  More than 200 maps are sold each year for this event.  This is an excellent opportunity to put your business information, your menu, your specials, or a discount toward the purchase of your products or services in the hands of more than 200 local and surrounding county residents.  And what's even better, the cost to you is just $50.  Contact the Chamber Office if your interested!


See Yard Sale Participation Guidelines Here:  CITY WIDE YARD SALE


Hot Deals

Have you taken a moment to look at the Chamber's new "HOT DEALS" page?  Have you utilized this FREE Chamber Benefit yet?

Our hot deals page is a place where visitors have the opportunity to take advantage of investor specials, for a limited time, because they saw it on the Chamber's website!

This month's hot deals include:

Just click on the link to the left of each business name to see their hot deal.


To list your own "HOT DEAL", just log in to your Chamber Member Center and upload it today.  Call the Chamber Office for assistance if needed. 


See All the Hot Deals Here:  HOT DEALS  


Investor Announcements 
Belgrade State Bank

Trivia to benefit Relay for Life

Trivia Night   
Belgrade State Bank of Farmington is hosting a trivia night to benefit Relay for Life on Saturday, July 14. 

Find out more here:  BELGRADE TRIVIA

City of Park Hills
Music & Fireworks on the 4th!

Black Diamond   
As tradition has it, the City of Park Hills will again be hosting a magnificent fireworks display on Independence Day.  Prior to the light show, the Parks & Recreation Department is also sponsoring your pre-show, show by welcoming the Black Diamonds to the Sports Complex Stage, beginning at 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Find out more about the Black Diamonds and the Concert by clicking here:  SUMMER CONCERT #3.  You can also find out more about the fireworks display and the City's guidelines for personal fireworks displays on the City's website at www.parkhillsmo.net.

Goodson Realty

Goodson Realty Moves!

Goodson Realty   
A big congratulations to Deb Goodson & Goodson Realty!!  They've recently moved to a new location at 107 Strauss Drive in Park Hills.  Watch for future announcements on their Open House!! 

Find out more here:  GOODSON REALTY MOVES


Parkland Programmers - Skills for the Future

Parkland Programmers   
Can you imagine your 8 or 9 year old being able to program a computer... design a mobile app...  or how about design their owe video game?

LocalTek is planning to teach local 8-12 year old kids to do just that and more!  Come to their parent meeting on July 13th to see how!! 

See more details here:  PARKLAND PROGRAMMERS

Mineral Area College

Fall Registration Underway at MAC

Register Now   

Summer classes at Mineral Area College are already in session and Fall registration is currently under way. Registration will continue through Aug. 18 and classes begin Monday, Aug. 19.


Students can enroll online 24/7 at www.MineralArea.edu or in person from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday.

Find out more here:   FALL REGISTRATION

Briggs Joins MAC Dean of Arts & Science


Sara Briggs, of Crystal City, has joined Mineral Area College as an administrative assistant to the dean of the Arts & Sciences Division.

Find out more here:  SARA BRIGGS

"CLUE" to Take the Stage at MAC - July 10-13


If you're over the age of 35, chances are good you've probably played the board game. If you have a smart phone, you can even download the app. Now you can watch "Clue" fleshed out on the main stage of Mineral Area College this summer.


Mineral Area College's performances of the funny murder-mystery "Clue" will be 7 p.m., July 10-13, in the MAC Fine Arts Theatre on the main campus in Park Hills. Tickets are $3 for MAC students and senior citizens, and $7 for the general public, on sale at the MAC Bookstore. The show is rated PG.

Find out more here:   CLUE

Mineral Area Regional Medical Center

New Vision service is Now at Mineral Area Regional Medical Center
Mineral Area Regional Medical Center in Farmington, MO is expanding the hospital's existing inpatient medical stabilization service for adults.
New Vision™ is a service operated through a management contract between Mineral Area Regional Medical Center and SpecialCare Hospital Management Corporation of St. Louis, Missouri. 

Find out more here: NEW VISION SERVICE  

Parkland Health Center

Parkland Offers Head to Toe Program for Families

Parkland Health Center   
Parkland Health Center will offer Head to Toe, a special twelve-session weight management program for children between the ages of 8 and 17 and their parents or caregivers.  Head to Toe is a St. Louis Children's Hospital program that targets children who are at risk for obesity and interested in weight management, fitness and healthier living.  The program will be taught by Parkland Health Center personnel and will be held at Parkland Health Center's Well Life Center, 118 E. School Street in Bonne Terre, beginning at 5:30 p.m. on July 22.  The cost of the program is $50.

Find out more here:  HEAD TO TOE PROGRAM

Parkland Health Center Announces Star Service Team Member for June

Tracy Allison   
Parkland Health Center is pleased to announce that Tracy Allison, RN has been selected as the Star Service Team Member for June 2013.

Find out more here:  TRACY ALLISON

Parkland Health Mart Pharmacy

Parkland Health Mart Pharmacy Named 2013 Pharmacy of the Year

Parkland Health Mart


McKesson Corporation announced that its 2013 Pharmacy of the Year grand prize winner is Parkland Health Mart(R) Pharmacy, located in Desloge, Missouri. Parkland Health Mart Pharmacy was honored in a special awards ceremony during the Opening General Session at the 2013 McKesson ideaShare conference.


Parkland Health Mart Pharmacy, owned by Lisa Umfleet, R.Ph., has been a McKesson customer since 2009. McKesson's Pharmacy of the Year award recognizes independent pharmacies for the exceptional contributions they make to their communities and the leadership they demonstrate in the areas of quality patient care, innovative marketing and technology adoption.



The Printing Co

Open House & Ribbon Cutting

Printing Co
The Printing Co. has recently moved into their newly remodeled building and we're going to help them celebrate!

Join us for a Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.

Find out more details here:  THE PRINTING CO

All About Business 
Want to Start a Business?  5 Things to Consider First 

Think you're ready to start up? Put yourself to the test. Check out the five crucial keys to knowing you'd be a great entrepreneur.


Starting a Business


Andy Palmer has started at least five companies by my count--and I'd guess he has invested in dozens of others.   Based on that experience, I'd consider him an expert when it comes to deciding whether you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur.

After graduating from Bowdoin with a major in English, History, and Computer Science, the passionate Rugby player was injured and decided to become serious about a career. So he got an MBA from Dartmouth's Tuck School.


From there, Palmer went on to be part of the founding team of five start-ups: Austin's Trilogy; pcOrder.com, a Trilogy spinoff for buying PCs and software online, that was spun back in; Bowstreet, a "portal-based tool provider," that IBM acquired in 2006, Infinity Pharmaceuticals, a cancer drug developer that went public 2000; and Vertica Systems, a database company that Hewlett Packard bought in 2011.


Now Palmer spends half his time on life sciences and half on tech start-ups. He has invested an average of $75,000 in some 30 ventures; is a founding board member for six companies; and works on more altruistic projects--such as collaborating with MIT's Broad Institute to help develop a genomics information system.


Here are five thoughts Palmer offered on what he would tell a young person considering whether to become an entrepreneur...

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Ways to Make the Rest of 2013 Amazing -  7 "To-Do" Tips

The year is halfway done. Are you on track to meet your year end goals? Here are some ways to make sure you blow through the finish line by December 31st.


To Do List

The older I get, the faster time flies. A month seems to go by like a day. It's hard to fathom that half the year is gone and I am already busy helping clients assess their Q1 and Q2 accomplishments. Some of my clients are ahead of schedule; others are a little behind. Of course, I know of many companies that believe they are neither, simply because they don't plan for the year in the first place. (I would argue these companies are very much behind.)


What's past is past, and the coming July holiday is a good time to take stock of your situation so you can set an action plan to make the rest of the year as productive as possible. Regardless of your position or status, there are actions you can take to drive forward your company, division or even your own career.  Here are seven actions to take immediately.


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