May 31, 2013Volume 17  Issue 10
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Chamber Cares Food Drive Receives More Than 1,000 Food Items!

Chamber Cares Food Drive

Pantry shelves in Park Hills have at least 1,000 more food items on them today thanks to the Park Hills-Leadington Chamber Cares, Feed the Kids drive that ended Saturday.


"It's been several years since we have hosted a food drive, so we are really happy with the amount of food that was donated," said Donna Hickman, Park Hills-Leadington Chamber board member. "We'd like to thank everyone who gave."


Organizers requested food that kids like and would find easy to prepare when they are home this summer. So, donations included boxes of macaroni and cheese, jars of peanut butter and jelly, cans of pasta and soup and boxes of juice.


"We thank all the chamber investors who participated and Turner Chevrolet - Cadillac Co., Inc. for not only being a drop-off point, but providing the truck to haul the items to the pantries," said Tamara Coleman, Park Hills-Leadington Chamber Executive Director.


Other drop-off points included:

  • Turner Chevrolet - Cadillac Co., Inc.
  • Pharmax Pharmacy - Leadington
  • Show-Me Rent-To-Own - Park Hills
  • East Missouri Action Agency Outreach - Desloge
  • Central Methodist University
  • Parkland Health Center
  • Belgrade State Bank - Desloge
  • Park Hills Library 
  • First Bank - Park Hills Branch  
  • All About Me Salon & Spa  

The donated food was divided equally between the Elvins Food Pantry and the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Food Pantry, both located in Park Hills. Each pantry serves about 350 families each month.


"This will help a lot," said Randy King, president of the Elvins Food Pantry.


"This is great!" said Jennifer Rhodus, president of the Immaculate Conception Pantry.  


Congratulation to Art & Carol Charboneau & Charboneau's A & C Restaurant!

Charboneau's 500 Pxls

Park Hills - Leadington Chamber of Commerce Board Members, Ambassadors & Investors celebrated the official name change of Rosener's Restaurant to Charboneau's A & C Restaurant with a ribbon Cutting on May 21, 2013. Art & Carol Charboneau recently purchased the restaurant and are excited to have their new sign installed!

Charboneau's is located at 3411 Rosener Road in Park Hills and is open Monday through Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Charboneau's boasts one of the area's best buffets with a morning breakfast themed buffet, an afternoon and evening salad bar and buffet, as well as their special buffets which include Seafood on Fridays and a Smoke House Buffet on Saturdays. For more information, contact them at 573-431-4244.

Pictured: Holding the ribbon on the left, employee Janet Portell; with the scissors, Owner, Art Charboneau; and holding the ribbon on the right, employee Irene Jennings. Joining them is various friends, family members, and Park Hills - Leadington Chamber Chamber Board Members, Ambassadors and Investors.

Thank You to Those Who Attended the Benefits Refresher & Investor Recruitment Breakfast!


Thank you to everyone who attended this morning's Benefits Refresher & Investor Recruitment Breakfast! Ginger Pizarro did an excellent job presenting the Chamber and all of it's benefits! Thank you to Glenda Straughn and Special Memories for providing the venue, to Jean Merril-Doss for her work in preparing the breakfast, and to Mineral Area College for sponsoring the breakfast!!  


We hope those in attendance took away some new and very valuable information!!! If you, or someone you know would benefit from learning more about the Chamber and what we can do for local businesses, call us at 573-431-1051 or visit the "JOIN" tab on our website at  We'd love to meet you!


Only a Few More Firecracker Sponsorship Spots Available!!
  Firecracker Run
Promote your business in an explosive way!  Purchase a sponsorship and receive the following benefits:
  • Your Company Name on the back of each of the  100 T-Shirts.
  • Your Company Name mentioned in Daily Journal Promotions both in print and on the Daily Journal's Website.
  • Your Company Name Mentioned on KFMO, B104, KREI & KTJJ through spot promotions and interviews.
  • The ability to include Business Cards, Flyers, Coupons or Other Promotional Goodies in each of the 100 Goodie Bags.
  • Your Company Name Displayed on a 18" x 24" Coroplast Sign the Day of the Race.
  • Your Company Name Featured in the Chamber Newsletter throughout May & June.
  • Your Company Name Featured on the Chamber's Event Facebook Page.
  • Your Company Name Featured on the Firecracker Run Event Page on the Chamber's Website with links to your business page


Sponsorship Price: $100.00   

Thank you to those who have already agreed to sponsor: 

For more information on the event, visit the event page here:  Firecracker Run  


First Friday Coffee - Hosted by Mineral Area Pro Wash!

FFC MA Pro Wash

Please join us on Friday, June 7th from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at The Coffee Grill in Leadington for the First Friday Coffee hosted by Curtis Turner & MINERAL AREA PRO WASH.

Find out all the details and register to attend by clicking here:  JUNE FIRST FRIDAY COFFEE 


Chamber Sponsors "Medallion" as the First Concert of the Summer Concert Series


The Park Hills Parks & Recreation Department recently announced it's line up for the annual Summer Concert Series in Columbia Park and your Park Hills - Leadington Chamber is hosting the first show!

Join us Friday, June 7 as the local legends and classic rock band, "Medallion", takes the stage!

Find out all the details here:  MEDALLION

Look for "Park Hills Summer Concert Concert Series" on the Chamber's event calendar for information on all the concerts this summer!
The New "TESTIMONIALS" Page is Now Up on the Chamber's Website


Thank you to all the Chamber Investors who shared your "testimonial" about the Chamber and its services!  We appreciate your kind words, feedback and suggestions!

If you would like to have your businesses testimonial included on the page, you may still do so by completing the form at the bottom of the testimonials page.

Go check it out now!  INVESTOR TESTIMONIALS

Investor Announcements 
City of Park Hills
Family Night Activities at the Park Hills Public Library
Park Hills Public Library   
The Park Hills Public Library has recently announce their Family Night Activities. 

Find out more here:  LIBRARY ACTIVITIES

Downtown Park Hills Association
There's Still Time to Vote for Your Favorite Park Hills Tag-Line! 

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The Downtown Park Hills Association is asking for your help in choosing one of the five possible tag-lines to be used on the City's New "Pinterest" account.

It takes just a second to vote!  Click the button above to help!  Deadline for voting is June 12, 2013! 

Mineral Area College

MAC Foundation Golf Tournament Results

MAC Foundation Golf Tourney Results

Mineral Area College Foundation raised approximately $17,000 to purchase up-to-date musical instruments for MAC's music department at the Foundation's annual four-person scramble golf tournament held May 15 at Crown Pointe Golf Course in Farmington. For the second year in a row, the tournament's presenting sponsor was Mineral Area Regional Medical Center.


The Foundation credits the success of the fundraiser to the support of individuals and businesses in the community, as well as many dedicated volunteers.


Find out more here:   MAC Foundation Tournament      


Serenity HospiceCare

Serenity HospiceCare Celebrates Nurses Week 



"Our organization is just so incredibly blessed," said Robyn Walton, Director of Nursing, at Serenity HospiceCare in Park Hills.  "The Good Lord has always brought us the most caring, compassionate nurses - and at the exact time we need them!"  On May 2, Walton and Jenni Thorn, Director of Patient Care, had the opportunity to honor their amazing team at a lunch at Main Street Grille in Park Hills.


Read more here:  Nurses Week


Dr. Jon Bird Joins Serenity HospiceCare


Dr. Jon Bird

Serenity HospiceCare is excited to announced the newest addition to the Serenity HospiceCare family:  Dr. Jonathon Bird.  Dr. Bird joined Serenity as Assistant Medical Director on May 1, 2013.

Dr. Bird comes to Serenity with not only a wealth of medical knowledge and expertise,  but he also has a heart for helping others that is unmatched.

Read more here:
  Dr. Jon Bird  

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All About Business 
SBA Plays Small Business Match Maker 

With three matchmaking events during National Small Business Week, the SBA is looking to spark a little love between small business owners and government contractors.

SBA Matchmaker


Networking is everything--especially when it comes to landing prime contracting opportunities.


The U.S. Small Business Administration, better known as the SBA, announced Thursday that it is giving such meetings a nudge by hosting three business matchmaking events during National Small Business Week, which takes place June 16-21. The goal, according to the SBA, is to allow small businesses to have face-to-face meetings with prime contractors and federal agencies to learn about contracting and subcontracting opportunities. With this move, the SBA joins a vibrant entrepreneurial matchmaking scene, which features outfits such as CoFoundersLab, EntireLeague, and ActSeed, dubbed "eHarmony for startups and investors."

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SBA Matchmaker

5 Tips to Keep Your Brand Relevant

Use these tips to help your brand gain new-found relevancy. The alternative is death.


Brand Relevant


All brand managers would love to have a brand that is hot, relevant and shows the kind of retail velocity that we all dream about. Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen. Like musicians, brands get stale and irrelevant unless they reinvent themselves to be current as consumers' likes and dislikes change over time. This reinvention could come in the form of marketing, product innovation, technology, or a totally new product value proposition. But getting to that point could be a challenge. The first step is for brands to recognize their importance in this ever-changing consumer marketplace.


Here are five more tips to help you gain new-found relevancy:


To Continue Reading, Click Here:   Keep Your Brand Relevant   

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