March 2018 Volume 22  Issue 1
Featured Investor
Central Methodist University
5270 Flat River Road
Park Hills, MO 63601
Phone: 573-518-2178

Thank you to Central Methodist University for hosting the February 2018 First Friday Coffee! 

Inside this Edition
March Investor Meeting
Investment Renewals
2018 Banquet Recap
Ambassador Recognition
2018 Trivia Recap
April First Friday Coffee
Investor News
Investor Events
Investor Job Listings
Investor Deals
Seminars, Training, & Workshops
All About Business: Management - "5 Terrible Management Habits That Will Drive Away Good Employees"
All About Business: Leadership - "Leadership 101 - Walk a Mile in Your Employees'Shoes"
All About Business: Personal Growth - "Why You Can't Expect to Build a Business in 2018 Without a Personal Brand"

Welcome NEW 2018 Investors!!

RaeCole's Coffee Bar

1st Free Will Baptist Church

Merritt Homes

Bryant Restoration

MRC Restoration

SERVPRO of Farmington

Loan Master

Thank You for Continuing to Invest in Our Chamber!!

Alzheimer's Association
Since 2016

Bate's Insurance
Since 2014

Campbell's Outboard
Since 2011

Since 2017

Downtown Park Hills Association
Since 2006

Kary Buckley Towing & Recovery, Inc.
Since 2009

Kevin Ball Auto Body & Sales, Inc.
Since 1996

Spire Energy
Since 1974

Lead  Belt Materials, Inc.
Since 1949

Maloney, Wright, & Robbins, CPA's
Since 2010

Mineral Area Overhead Door
Since 1997

NHC Desloge
Since 2002

OzarcGas Equipment & Supply, Inc.
Since 2011

Serenity HospiceCare
Since 2010

Southeast Missouri Community Credit Union
Since 2005

Giggle Break!

Work is Hard...

I couldn't concentrate in the orange juice factory.

I wasn't suited to be a tailor.

The muffler factory was too exhausting.

I couldn't cut it as barber.

I didn't have the patience to be a doctor.

I didn't fit in the shoe factory even though I put my soul into it.

The paper shop folded.

Pool maintenance was too draining.

I got fired from the cannon factory.

And I just don't see a future as a historian.

Visual Giggle

Have a Fantastic Week!!

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March Investor Meeting - Introducing MEWA - Medical Plans for Small Businesses

Please join us for the March Investor Meeting on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at, 12:00 p.m. at Mineral Area College's North College Center.
Lunch will be catered by MAC and available for purchase at a cost of $10.00 per person. 

Our March Menu is as follows: 
Meatloaf, Scalloped Potatoes, Green Beans, Salad, Rolls, Dessert, Tea & Water

This's month's speaker will be Tom Murphy, who will be introducing the Missouri Chamber Federation MEWA Benefit Plan.

What is it?  It's a new approach to medical plans for small employers!

As today's small businesses continue to search for cost-saving health coverage options, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) and the Missouri Chamber Federation (MCF) have taken action to help.  MCCI and MCF have teamed up with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Missouri to create a new health program that can lead to more rate stability and is a smart solution that offers potential savings for groups with 50 or fewer eligible employees.

This new self-funded medical offering, called the MCF Benefit Plan, is a multiple employer welfare arrangement (MEWA).  MEWAs enable smaller employers to join together to share in the overall claims risk.  By being a part of a larger, self-funded pool, employers have financial protection backed by Anthem's stop loss coverage.

In addition to financial protection, this innovative alternative offers:
  • Competitive, medically underwritten rates
  • Fixed, predictable monthly payments
  • A variety of plan designs, including 10 PPO and 3 HSA options
  • Anthem's Blue Access, Blue Access Choice, Blue Preferred networks and Traditional Open formulary
  • Coverage for claims run-out/ terminal liability coverage
Learn more at the March Investor Meeting!!
Our March Business Spotlight is on  Bullseye Equipment & Tool Rental!
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.

Membership Investment Renewals Now Due - Don't let your membership lapse!

The deadline for membership Investment Renewals has passed and we still have several members who haven't yet renewed their dues.  You won't want to miss out on some of the great things we have in store for 2018!

Don't let your membership lapse!  Click here to login to your member center now.  You can check to ensure that your account is up-to-date, pay your dues online, update your contact info, update your company info, and so much more!  For questions or concerns about your membership, please don't hesitate to contact the Chamber office, we'll be happy to help!

2018 Installation Banquet Proves to be the Bee's Knees!

What a fun and interesting night!!  If you missed this year's Chamber Banquet, you missed a roaring good time!  We were excited to see so many guest in 1920's attire!  How much fun it was to see all your costumes!  Thank you for participating wholeheartedly! The decorations, the atmosphere, the food, and the conversation... this goes down as one of our most favorite banquets in Chamber history!

Thanks to Ameren and Parkland Health Center, this year's entertainment, The Murder Mystery Co., entertained one of our best attended banquets yet, by providing them with a show that included lots of  clues to help solve a 1920's themed murder.

On the Business side of things, we celebrated the installation of the 2018 Chamber Officers and Directors.  They include:
  • President - Tish Roberts, Culligan Water
  • 1st Vice President - Melissa Hosna, US Bank
  • 2nd Vice President - Chelley Odle, KFMO Radio
  • Treasurer - Linda Dickerson-Bell, Habitat for Humanity
  • Immediate Past President - Brad Dush, C.Z. Boyer & Son Funeral Homes
  • Leadington Ex-Officio - Dustin McKinney
  • Park Hills Ex-Officio - Duane McAllister
  • Director - Rob Baker, EMAA
  • Director - Danielle Basler, Mineral Area Council on the Arts
  • Director - Tracy Fisher, City of Leadington
  • Director - Chad Speakar, KTJJ Radio
  • Director - Brenda Jordan, The Printing Co.
  • Director - Rita Martin, Isagenix
  • Director - Shawn Merritt, Merritt Homes
  • Director - Ursula Warren, Serenity HospiceCare
Finally, another important focus of the annual banquet is always to recognize some very deserving chamber investors and local citizens for a variety of dedications and accomplishments.  This year's award recipients included:
  • The Chamber's Friend Award - Leadington Mayor, Dustin Winick
  • The Chamber's Lifetime Achievement Award - The Late Larry Kelly
  • The St. Francois County Rotary's Service Above Self Award - Habitat's Linda Dickerson-Bell
  • The KFMO/B104's Kelly Valle Sweat Equity Award - Chamber Director, Tamara Coleman
  • The KREI/KTJJ's 110% Award - Turner Chevrolet's Joe Turner
  • The Daily Journal's Citizen of the Year Award - Park Hills Public Library Director, Lisa Sisk
Congratulations to all of our award recipients and Thank you to all of the award sponsors!

We are looking forward to a very successful 2018 and the recognition of many more deserving individuals in 2019!
Well deserved Ambassador Recognition!

Congratulations to Mr. Mike Campbell! Mike was recently was named the 2017 4th Quarter Acclaimed Ambassador!
Mike, employed by the Missouri Job Center, earned the title by assisting the Chamber as a very devoted Ambassador throughout the 4th Quarter of 2017.
Mike earned points, recognition, and appreciation by attending numerous Chamber sponsored events, ribbon cuttings, and meetings throughout the 4th Quarter of 2017 as well as volunteering his help at many of those events and meetings.
Mike was a very dedicated member of our Ambassador Club in 2017 and will continue to serve as an Ambassador in 2018.  He is very valuable to the Chamber and we can't express the amount of gratitude we have for Mike and all that he has done to assist us!

And a second set of Congratulations to Mrs. Chelley Odle! At the recent Installation Banquet, Chelley was named the 2017 Ambassador of the Year!

Chelley, employed at KFMO 1240 AM / B104 FM, earned the title by devoting a respectable amount of her time in 2017 serving as a Chamber Ambassador.

Chelley earned points, recognition, and appreciation by attending 40 Chamber sponsored events, ribbon cuttings, and meetings throughout 2017; volunteering her help at many of those events and meetings; promoting the Chamber by checking in and sharing chamber news and events on Facebook; inviting businesses and organizations to become Chamber investors and/or attend Chamber meetings; and finally, by welcoming newly invested businesses and organizations to the Chamber.

Chelley was a very valuable member of our Ambassador Club in 2017 and was recently appointed to serve on the Chamber's Board of Directors, taking the role of 2nd Vice President! We appreciate all that she does for our Chamber and our communities!  Thank you, Chelley for being so dedicated!!

A number of Chamber Ambassadors are recruited annually to help promote and assist the Chamber in the community and at Chamber events & meetings. Ambassadors earn points for attending events and meetings, recruiting & mentoring new investors, and providing the Chamber Board and Directors with assistance in other duties as needed.

Special thanks to our 2017 Ambassador Club Sponsors for supporting the Ambassador Program and providing our much deserving champions with some incredible gifts. Our Ambassador Club Sponsors included:
  • C.Z. Boyer & Son Funeral Homes
  • Culligan of Leadington
  • Domino's Pizza
  • First Bank
  • First State Community Bank
  • Habitat Humanity
  • Heart & Soul Hospice
  • Isagenix
  • The Lemonade Stand Boutique
  • Serenity HospiceCare
Find out more about the Ambassador Club and see a list of our 2018 Ambassador Club Members and Sponsors on our  Ambassador Program and  Our Ambassadors pages!
Sweetheart Trivia Biggest Yet, Despite the Weather

What an INCREDIBLE event!! Despite the weather, we still had 22 Teams with nearly 200 bodies in attendance for this year's Sweetheart Trivia Night!! 

Thank you to EVERYONE who attended, played, volunteered, and donated!!! 

Our Scholarship Fund will be well-padded thanks to all of you!

Congratulations to this year's winning teams!!!

Returning Champions, BRAINS UNITED, took 1st Place for the second year in a row!!

Also maintaining 2nd Place two years in a row now is, The DOMINOID'S!!

And, new to the game with their first 3rd Place win is, DUM TEDDY & THE SMARTBREAKERS!!

We hope you all join us in 2019 to defend your titles!!
April First Friday Coffee to be held at Dix Garden Center

Join us April 6, 2018 at Dix Garden located at 1430 East Main Street in Park Hills for the April First Friday Coffee!

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.

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 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!!

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!
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 you and your business.
5 Terrible Management Habits That Will Drive Away Good Employees

By: Marcel Schwantes, Principal & Founder, Leadership From the Core
Image Credit: Getty Images
If you've worked for such a person, chances are you left because of these things.

I've done my fair share of listening to managers (many of whom are former clients) complain about their employees and losing good people, which adversely affects their ability to perform well. 

Diving deeper into their organizations to assess culture and morale and "get the full picture," I've found multiple fingers pointing back at management. Gallup stated it a long time ago: "People don't leave jobs; they leave managers."

That's really where it starts and ends. To whoever is privileged enough to hold a manager's title, the first step is realizing your blind spots in the often neglected soft skills area of leadership. 
Here are five reasons I've seen for good people turning in their resignation letters.

1. Managers displaying extreme emotions.
I speak of bosses who express visible and public anger, yelling across hallways and conference rooms at the drop of a hat, or marching to other departments to "tell someone off" without realizing the fishbowl they work in (yes, people watch, take notes, and many are affected by it).

2. Managers who can't, won't, or don't recognize people for good work.
You do great work. Your peers and colleagues know it, your customers know it -- and your manager ends up taking all the credit. Been there? Worse, managers dismiss the value of their people and see them merely as cogs on a wheel rather than as worthy colleagues hired to perform with excellence. This will suck the life, energy, and motivation straight out of an employee. 

Continue Reading:  5 Terrible Management Habits

Leadership 101 - Walk a Mile in Your Employees' Shoes

By: Bruce Jones, Senior Programming Director, Disney Institute
Image Credit: Disney Institute
Inspire employees by seeing things through their eyes.

Walt Disney once said, " The greatest moments in life are not concerned with selfish achievements but rather with the things we do for the people we love and esteem, and whose respect we need."
Recently, I was reading an article entitled "4 Rare (and Brilliant) Things Smart Leaders Do to Get Respect," and it made me recall that poignant quote by Walt Disney. It has always been a great reminder for me, as a leader, to make sure I'm actively and authentically listening to my Cast Members.

To be effective as leaders, according to this article, we should be "passionately curious" while encouraging our employees to share ideas; something we can do by asking questions to better understand the current concerns and opportunities on our teams. This simple practice can help leaders gain the respect of the team, while also creating a collaborative environment that can help solve new or previously unsolved problems.

At Disney Institute, we teach business professionals all over the world that a key component of effective leadership is not allowing themselves to become separated from what happens on the front line.Beginning with Walt, we have learned that Cast Members on the front line typically know the processes and procedures for delivering the Disney experience better than anyone else. So, in order to help the organization grow and succeed, we listen intentionally to their feedback.

Continue reading here: Leadership 101
Why You Can't Expect to Build a Business in 2018 Without a Personal Brand

By:  Maria Matarelli, Founder & President, Formula Ink, and Co-Founder, Agile Marketing Academy
Image Credit: Getty Images
Many entrepreneurs may not even think about it, but they should.

The personal brand I've cultivated has helped me launch a rewarding career, travel the world without spending a dime, and speak at conferences from London to Singapore.

With that much potential, why wouldn't every entrepreneur have a personal brand?

Honestly, many people may not even think about it--let alone consciously work towards it. Maybe you don't think it matters until you're looking for that next promotion, a new job, a career change.
In 2018, that's a mistake.

We live in a digital age. Your online personal brand is the best way for people to find you and learn your abilities.

Your LinkedIn, social media channels, website, blog--everything that shows up when someone searches your name has a tremendous impact on the opportunities that come your way.

Here's why:

1. It sets you apart.
The reality is, people do judge books by their covers. Your personal brand is the "cover" people judge you by online.

I often connect with people I meet at conferences on LinkedIn. Every so often, I can't find someone online and wonder if they really exist. Only joking. But how can these people expect follow-up business if others can't easily reach out?

If you're easy to find online, it says a lot about you. You've taken the time to present yourself to the world and the people who search for you. You pay attention to details.

There's always going to be someone else doing the same thing as you. A strong personal brand gives people a reason to choose you over your competition.

Thank You Again to February's Business Spotlight!