June 2015 Volume 19  Issue 04

Our Featured Investor

Reese Financial Group Financial Advisor
 Bill Skaggs

206 Hyler Drive
Farmington, MO 63640


Thank you to Bill & Team for Hosting the June First Friday Coffee!

You did an awesome job!

Inside this Edition
12th Annual Firecracker Run
Chamber Scholarship Awarded
Summer Movies in the Park
Chamber Office Closed for the 4th
July First Friday Coffee
Chamber Golf Tournament
City Wide Yard Sale
Investor News
Investor Events
Investor Job Listings
Investor Deals
Seminars, Training, & Workshops
Financial Technology Changes in 2016
The Secret to Being Happy at Work

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Chamber News   
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12th Annual Firecracker Run

Benefiting the Chamber Scholarship Fund

The Chamber's 12 Annual Firecracker Run is scheduled for June 27, 2015.  As always, the 1-Mile & 5K events will begin and end at Central High School.

Participant registrations are beginning to come in, which means the t-shirt count is beginning to lessen! Be sure to get your registration in early to secure your free-t-shirt and discounted entry fee!

A few more volunteers are still needed to help along the course.  If you can lend a hand, please call the Chamber Office ASAP!

Thank you to the many sponsors who have provided donations to assist us in making this event a success.  they include:
  • Belgrade State Bank
  • Central Methodist University
  • Country Mart
  • Culligan Soft Water
  • Daily Journal
  • Edward Jones
  • First Bank
  • First State Community Bank
  • Kary Buckley Towing & Recovery, Inc.
  • KFMO / B104 Radio
  • KREI / KTJJ Radio
  • Leadco Community Credit Union
  • Maloney, Wright & Robbins, CPA's
  • Mineral Area College
  • Missouri Baptist University
  • New Era Bank
  • O.D.A.C.S. Inc. (Drug & Alcohol Collection Services)
  • Park Hills River Mart
  • Parkland Flower Girl
  • Parkland Health Center
  • Parkland Health Mart Pharmacy
  • Pharmax Pharmacy #1343
  • Proffer Wholesale Produce, Inc.
  • Red Wing Shoe Company
  • Road ID
  • Save-A-Lot
  • Southeast Missouri Behavioral Health
  • Southeast Missouri Community Credit Union
  • St. Francois County Health Center - WIC
  • Turner Chevrolet-Cadillac Co., Inc.
  • Upward Smiles, Inc.
  • US Bank
Find out more about the event by clicking here: Firecracker Run
Chamber Scholarship Awarded

2015 Central High School Graduate, Chelsie Grindstaff, Awarded Park Hills - Leadington Chamber Scholarship 


The Park Hills - Leadington Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is excited to announce that the recipient of the very first Chamber Scholarship is 2015 Central High School Graduate, Chelsie L. Grindstaff!


Grindstaff, daughter of D. Ray and Sheila Grindstaff of Park Hills, will receive $500 per semester, for up to four consecutive semesters, to assist with the costs of earning her Associates of Arts Degree in Teaching at Mineral Area College.


Grindstaff was heavily involved in extracurricular activities throughout her high school career. She was active in Marching Band, Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, FTA, FCA, and the Upward Bound Program.


Community involvement played an important part in the decision making process of the Chamber's Scholarship Selection Committee. Community pride, beatification, and participation are all very important to the Chamber. The selection committee found it refreshing that aside from maintaining a high GPA through her high school studies; participating in several extracurricular school activities; and working 15-20 hours per week for the past two years at Country Mart; Grindstaff, also found time to be active and support her local community by volunteering and participating in the Future Teachers of America, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Hurryville Freewill Baptist Church, and Park Hills Head Start.


As a recipient of the Park Hills - Leadington Chamber of Commerce Scholarship, Grindstaff will receive her first $500 installment of funds to assist with the summer classes in which she's already enrolled at Mineral Area College. Three more $500 installments will be available to Grindstaff; one for each consecutive semester she attends Mineral Area College, Central Methodist University, or Missouri Baptist University. She will receive a total of $2,000 in financial aid toward her degree.


Finally, one of the recipient requirements of the scholarship outlines the importance of being an active member of the community in which you live by insisting that the scholarship recipient attend and/or volunteer at one Chamber of Commerce Investor Meeting, and one Chamber Sponsored Event such as the Annual Firecracker Run or Sweetheart Trivia Night. We look forward to having Chelsie join us at a meeting and help at an event. This will be a great opportunity for Chamber Investors and local members of the community to congratulate her on an outstanding high school academic record and continuing education plan!
Summer Movies In the Park

American Family Insurance - Hanna Mahaney & Bill Bess, The City of Park Hills, The Park Hills - Leadington Chamber of Commerce, and Central R3 School, together with O.D.A.C.S. Inc., Chad's Tire & Auto, First State Community Bank, and Serenity HospiceCare are excited to present the first ever Park Hills "Summer Movies in the Park" series!

The three-movie event begins on June 20th with the movie "Despicable Me"!

Admission is FREE and all movies will be shown at the Amphitheater in Columbia Park, Park Hills.

Other movies in the series include "Monsters University" and "Big Hero 6".  Click the movie titles for complete details on each event.
Chamber Office Closed for Independence Day Holiday

The Chamber office will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2015 in observance of the Independence Day Holiday.

We will resume regular business hours on Monday, July 6, 2015.

We apologize for the inconvenience and with you all a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!
Inflatable Fun to Host July First Friday Coffee on the SECOND Friday in July

Join us at Columbia Park at Pavilion #1 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00. a.m. for coffee and doughnuts on Friday, July 10, 2015!

The event is being hosted by Inflatable Fun!  They will have some of their products up for preview!

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 July 2015
Golf Tournament Planning Begins!

We've got lots of great ideas for a new and improved Park Hills - Leadington Chamber Golf Tournament!  Something different from anything we've ever done!

The committee will be meeting to begin planning for the October 9th event to be held at Crown Pointe Golf Course.  If you are interested in helping to organize this year's event, please register your attendance here: Golf Tournament Committee Meeting and join us on July 9th at Main Street Grill at 8:00 a.m.!
City Wide Yard Sale Coming in August
It's usually just a matter of days after the annual City Wide Yard Sale before the yard-sale fanatics start asking when the next one is.

Having already taken several telephone calls about it this year, we are now announcing this with the hope that you'll help us get the word out!

The Annual City Wide Yard Sale for Park Hills & Leadington is scheduled for Saturday, August 8th.

Permits for the event will be on sale at the Chamber Office from July 20, 2015 to August 3, 2015.

For more detailed information about the permit fees, and map pick-ups, etc., visit the event on the Chamber's website by clicking here:    City Wide Yard Sale 2015

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
Here's what's happening with your fellow Chamber Investors!
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.
8 Ways Financial Technology Will Evolve in 2016

By: John Boitnott  Inc.com
Image Credit: Getty Images
Whenever inefficiencies pop up in the financial world, you can bet some entrepreneur is working on a solution to cut it down.

Financial technology, or FinTech, is changing how money changes hands. From offering solutions that may eventually create a global currency to establishing efficient payment relationships, FinTech is an industry that shows exciting prospects now, in 2016 and beyond. In looking at what FinTech companies have done in the last few years, we can see a possible forecast of future changes this innovative industry may have in store for businesses and consumers. Here are eight ways it could continue to evolve in 2016.


1. Educate consumers to make smarter financial decisions

No one wants a repeat of the last financial crisis when organizations fed the bad spending habits of consumers. Rather than offering multiple equity lines of credit and free credit cards, the future is all about helping consumers make smarter financial decisions, encouraging them to save money and presenting more financially sound as well as understandable investment strategies.


Continue reading here:   8 Ways Financial Tech Changes in '16         

This Surprising Secret Will Make You Happier at Work


By: Jessica Stillman - Editor At Large, Women 2.0   

Image Credit: Getty Images  

An author offers a radically simple solution to those feeling overwhelmed at work. Are you brave enough to try it?


The number of hours in the day stays constant, but your to-do list is ever expanding.


You start the day worrying about how you'll get everything you need to do finished, and end it by worrying if everything you've accomplished is up to your standards.


Your daily stress is only interrupted by occasional spikes of anger at your colleagues, boss, or employees and their unreasonable expectations or inability to take some of this mountain of work off your plate.


Does this sound like you? If so, author and blogger Kelly O'Laughlin has some advice for you. Recently on the blog Quiet Revolution, which accompanies Susan Cain's hit book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, O'Laughlin shared the story of her friend who, like many entrepreneurs, found herself utterly overwhelmed by her work--so overwhelmed, in fact, that she was seriously considering quitting.


O'Laughlin had another suggestion, however. Don't leave; just care less.


Continue reading here:  The Secret to Being Happy at Work
June's Featured Investor

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Reese Financial Group - Bill Skaggs, Financial Advisor