March 2017 Volume 21  Issue 2
Featured Investor
University of Missouri Extension
1 West Liberty
Suite 101
Farmington, MO 63640
Phone: 573-756-4539

Thank you to The University of Missouri Extension Office for hosting the March 2017 First Friday Coffee! What a GREAT attendance we had! We enjoyed visiting with you!

Inside this Edition
Membership Renewals
Ground Broken for 911 Center
April First Friday Coffee
April Investor Meeting
Ribbon Cutting
New Ambassadors!
2nd Annual Disc Golf Tournament
Battle of the Badges
Chamber Trip
Investor News
Investor Events
Investor Job Listings
Investor Deals
Seminars, Training, & Workshops
All About Business: Management - "Respected Bosses"
All About Business: Leadership - "Sales Lessons From an FBI Hostage Negotiator"
All About Business: Personal Growth - "Humor Can Improve Success"

Welcome NEW Investors!!

Midwest Light & Sign Graphic Options


St. Francois County
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Thank You for Continuing to Invest in Our Chamber!!

D & S Storage
Since 2004

Domino's Pizza
Since 2014

Edward Jones Edward Jones
Since 1985

Fit to be Clean
Since 2011

Habitat ReStore
Since 2011

Since 2012

L.I.F.E. Inc.
Since 2005

Unico Bank
Since 2004

United Way of SFC
Since 2000

Upward Smiles
Since 2013

Giggle Break!


An MIT linguistics professor was lecturing his class the other day.

"In English," he said, "a double negative forms a positive. However, in some languages, such as Russian, a double negative remains a negative."

"But," the professor continues, "there isn't a single language, not one, in which a double positive can express a negative."

A voice from the back of the room said, "Yeah, right..."

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Extended Deadline for Membership Renewals Expires Friday, March 31, 2017!!

The deadline for investment renewals  was extended and will expire on Friday, March 31, 2017 !!  Unrenewed investor's benefits will be disabled beginning April 1st. 

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!

If you are unsure if you are up-to-date with your Chamber investment, contact the Chamber Office today! We'll be happy to help!
Ground Broken for 911 Center Expansion

Article Credit: The Daily Journal's Kevin Jenkins

Despite it being a cold and breezy March day in the Parkland, approximately 50 people attended a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday morning at the site of the 24-year-old St. Francois County 911 Communications Center in Park Hills that will be renovated and enlarged over the next nine to 10 months.

Among those attending the event were members of the 911 District Board and the center's command staff, along with county and municipal law enforcement, firefighters, EMTs, county commissioners, city leaders, chambers of commerce leadership and representatives from FGM Architects and Brockmiller Construction.

Heavy equipment is already onsite chipping away at the rocky ground where 7,673 square feet of additional space will be added to the 911 communications center's present structure. The scheduled completion date for the $2.4 million project is January 2018.

Speaking before the crowd, 911 Communications Director Alan Wells said, "I want to thank everyone for being with us. This is a milestone for the 911 center which was built in 1992 and opened in May of 1993. Mark Allen was on the original board of directors at that time and is still. The space was 2,200 square feet and you're welcome to come in and tour it if you've never seen it.

"This property was given to the county to build the center by the Park Hills chamber and we thank them for that, and they are with us today. The board looked at the need for us to expand and grow. The county's population has grown drastically since this original facility was built and we needed it to be expanded."

April First Friday Coffee Features Cardinal X-Press, LLC

J oin us at the Park Hills Council Chambers for the April First Friday Coffee to be hosted by  Cardinal X-Press, LLC !

First Friday Coffee Events are held the first Friday of each month. They are hosted by Chamber Investors, are held at various investor locations, and include coffee and morning refreshments.

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: April First Friday Coffee
April Investor Meeting - Discussing The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

Please join us for the April Investor Meeting on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at, 12:00 p.m. at Cafe  Redux ( Formerly Rosener's Restaurant ).

Lunch to be Catered by Cafe Redux And will be $10.00 per person.  Reservations Requested.

This month's Investor Meeting will include Dr. Chad  Follis be discussing the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse, how you can participate, and how the Chamber is getting involved.

Dr.  Follis is an associate professor of agriculture.  Along with his teaching requirements, Dr.  Follis also maintains the campus greenhouses, baseball fields, beehives and various teaching landscape areas on campus. 

He became involved with the eclipse committee through a friend who served on the St. Louis Eclipse task-force.  The goal of the MAC eclipse committee is to share information about the coming eclipse and make sure citizens know how to safely view this once in a lifetime event.

Our April Business Spotlight is on  Cardinal X-Press, LLC.

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: 
Ribbon Cutting - April 28, 2017

Please join us for a Ribbon Cutting as we celebrate the MOVE of  Claddagh Irish Dance Studio!!  

Claddagh Irish Dance is moving to a new location -- 514-B East Main Street.  They'll be just right up the street from their current location, but the new venue is nearly 4-times larger and will include 2-3 more classrooms!

Join us for the Official Ribbon Cutting at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 28, 2017, followed by an Open House which will include refreshments, dance demonstrations, sign-up specials for new students, and more!

Please plan to celebrate with us!

Register Your Attendance Here: Ribbon Cutting 
Welcome to Our NEWEST Ambassadors:
Please join us in welcoming a few more new faces to the Ambassador Club! Watch for these ladies, and our other ambassadors at the upcoming First Friday Coffee & Chamber Investor Meeting! 

Welcome to our NEWEST Chamber Ambassadors:
  • Samantha Worley, Cricket Wireless
  • Seirra DeGonia, Midwest Light & Sign/Graphic Options
  • Amber Peters, Leadington Fire Department
Also always, we also want to thank our 2017 Ambassador Program Sponsors. These awesome businesses have agreed to help reward our Ambassadors all year long with some great gifts for the Acclaimed Ambassador of the Quarter Baskets.  Those sponsors include:
2nd Annual Disc Golf Tournament: 
"Three-Man Royal"

The Chamber's Annual  Disc Golf Tournament: " Three-Man Royal " is to be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017, and will include the following:
  • Registration - 8:00 a.m.
  • 3-Man Scramble - $25 Per Person / $75 Per Team
  • 36 Team LimitPre-Register by May 5 to Guarantee Your FREE T-SHIRT
  • Open & Amateur Divisions
  • Open Division Pays Out Cash
  • Amateur Division Pays Out Trophies
  • 2 Rounds of 18 Holes
  • Closest to Pin (4 Holes)
  • Lunch Provided

Contact the Chamber for more information.

Register your team online here:  2017 Disc Golf Tournament
"Battle of the Badges" Registration Now Open!

The Park Hills - Leadington Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce a new event coming to the Parkland on September 9, 2017, called "Battle of the Badges" .  The event will be held at the brand new Sgt. Darrell S. Cole Memorial Shooting Range at St. Joe State Park. 

This event will invite law enforcement from around the State of Missouri to participate in a shooting competition involving handguns and rifles. A limited number of civilian teams will also be invited to participate.  There will be a limit of 24 law enforcement teams and 12 civilian teams competing that day. Spectators are also welcome!

As part of our focus to honor our law enforcement officials, we will also be including a  "9/11 Remembrance" during the closing ceremonies.

Our main goal for this event is to honor our police and first responders. Our second is to ensure that a significant portion of the proceeds goes into the Chamber's scholarship fund.  With this, we plan to create a second, brand new, annual scholarship, which will be given to an individual planning to attend either the Law Enforcement Academy or seek a Criminal Justice degree from Mineral Area College. 

Registration is now OPEN! Register online or download the registration forms and return them today: Battle of the Badges
Park Hills-Leadington Chamber of Commerce Invites Chamber Investors and Community Members to Enjoy a Trip to Pompeii & the Amalfi Coast!!

The Park Hills-Leadington Chamber of Commerce is excited to announced that it will be visiting irresistible Southern Italy & Amalfi Coast, departing October 26, 2017  and is inviting chamber investors, and family and friends of chamber investors to join them on this once in a lifetime experience.

Rich in culture and stunning scenery, irresistible Southern Italy is the setting for this breathtaking journey. Enjoy an eight day journey back to the old country where you will explore not one, but many Italies. As one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, find yourself relaxing in the town of Sorrento or sight-seeing along the Amalfi Coast, which includes gorgeous places such as, Positano, Ravello and Amalfi. On this remarkable trip you will also encounter the world famous archeological site of Pompeii. The beautiful Amalfi Coast awaits you with its great food, historical sites and beautiful architecture, providing an unforgettable Italian experience.
"This is truly an amazing opportunity to participate in an international journey to irresistible Southern Italy, where program participants can experience the country's culture, learn about its business climate, and make new friends," said Tamara Coleman, Executive Director.
Space is limited, so act fast. Don't miss out on this opportunity to visit irresistible Southern Italy, exchange ideas with local business representatives, make new friends, and build new memories.

For more information about this amazing trip please call the Park Hills-Leadington Chamber of Commerce at (573) 431-1051 or email the chamber at
Investor Announcements
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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!!


Would you like to receive notifications each time new deals are added to the website?  If so, CLICK HERE and subscribe to the "Hot Deals eNewsletter" and we'll send you an email each time a new Hot Deal is available!

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!
F ind 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 you and your business.
5 Simple Things the Most Incredibly Respected Bosses Do (Every. Single. Day.)

By: Chris Dessi, CEO Silverback Social
Image Credit: Getty Images
Often overlooked aspects of what it really takes to be a truly great boss.

We can all rattle off qualities we absolutely hated in our old bosses quicker than we can the good ones. Like it or not, those awful bosses brought us where we are now.

Whether you have three employees or 300 doesn't matter. You should always strive to be the most incredible boss you can be every single day.

Here's how. 

1. Can you hear me now?
The best leaders don't just listen, they hear you. When employees feel heard, they feel like an important part of the team. Participation increases and so does morale.
Some believe that authority is commanded by the loudest voice, but the most respected bosses take the time to listen first.

2. A solid foundation
Unpredictability does not a good foundation make. The best bosses maintain a level of consistency throughout the business. Consistency and clear communication from the top trickle down throughout the organization and create confidence.
Employees always know what is expected of them and what they can expect from the company.

Continue Reading: Respected Bosses Do This!

4 Critical Sales Lessons From a Former FBI Hostage Negotiator

By: Heather R. Morgan, Founder: Salesfolk
Image Credit: Shutterstock Images
Learn how to close a deal like a top FBI hostage negotiator.

Imagine you get a letter informing you that your favorite cousin is being held captive for $3 million. As an average person, you don't even know where to start when it comes to getting that kind of money, which means it's all down to how well you can reason with the captors and come up with a deal.

Needless to say, your negotiating skills better be top notch.

The situation is (thankfully) hypothetical for most, but the lessons we can take from hostage negotiations are very real and applicable to the daily grind of doing sales. Just ask Chris Voss, a former FBI hostage negotiator whose work includes everything from the Blind Sheikh case (code-named).

When planning my annual reading list for 2017, multiple CEOs at fast-growing technology companies recommended I read Chris' book, Never Split the Difference. I began reading the book on my flight back to San Francisco from Kuala Lumpur, and I was hooked from the first few pages. It's rare that a book is so gripping and entertaining while still being actionable and applicable, especially with business books.

Continue reading here:
Psychology Says Humor Can Improve Success (If You Do This 1 Thing)

By:  opywriter,
Image Credit: Getty Images
Research shows you have to use humor carefully if you want it to get you ahead.

Experts often hail humor as a positive in business. It's common advice, for example, to open a public speaking event with some kind of joke or funny story. But as Art Markman notes in Psychology Today, researchers Bradford Bitterly, Alison Brooks and Maurice Schweitzer have found that jokes can be a double-edged sword and need to be yielded with finesse.


Bitterly and his colleagues conducted multiple studies to get a grasp on whether jokes in the workplace actually could make a person more successful. In the first study, participants rated individuals who used jokes during company testimonials as having higher status, confidence and competence. In a second study, participants rated interviewees as having higher status and confidence when the interviewees used a joke to answer a question, even when the joke was unsuccessful and the participants hadn't laughed. Lastly, in a third study, participants rated individuals who used jokes as being more confident than those who didn't use jokes, even when the jokes were unsuccessful or inappropriate. But participants rated individuals who used inappropriate jokes as having lower competence, also rating individuals as having lower status when the inappropriate joke was unsuccessful.

Continue reading here: 

Thank You to This Month's Business Spotlight!