May 2016 Volume 20  Issue 4

Our Featured Investor

NHC Desloge
801 Brim Street
Desloge, MO 63601
Phone: 573-431-0223

To Angel Pritchett & JoAnn Franklin for an excellent presentation at this month's Investor Meeting, and to everyone at NHC Desloge for hosting the First Friday Coffee this month!!

You Were Fantastic!!

Inside this Edition
Inaugural Disc Golf Tournament
Acclaimed Ambassador
2016 Scholarship Recipient
June is Investor Appreciation Month
First Friday Coffee
Commercial Open House
13th Annual Firecracker Run
Parkland Celtic Festival
Investor News
Investor Events
Investor Job Listings
Investor Deals
Seminars, Training, & Workshops
Humor is the Key to Success at Work
The Science of Beards at Work

Welcome NEW Investors!!

Thank You for Re-Investing in 2016!!

East Missouri Action Agency
Since 1987

First Bank
Since 1986

Heartland Memorial Services
Since 2010

Hefner Furniture & Appliance, Inc.
Since 1999

LaChance, Inc.
Since 2014

Bates Insurance
Since 2014

C.Z. Boyer & Son Funeral Homes
Since 2005

KFMO/B104 Radio
Since 1974

Missouri Natural Gas Company
Since 1974

H & R Block
Since 2007
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Inaugural Disc Golf Tournament!

It's HERE!  The Inaugural Disc Golf Tournament is this  Saturday, May 21,  2016  at the  Brand New Disc Golf Course in Columbia Park, Park Hills!
The Chamber will host a  Ribbon Cutting for the new course prior to tee-off at 9:00 a.m.!

Teams are filling up, hole sponsors are filled, lunch has been ordered, trophies and prizes are ready to be given, and volunteers are stepping up!  We can't wait to get this party started!!

Sending a huge amount of thanks to all those who have agreed to sponsor/donate/and participate in this brand new event!!
Special Thanks to our T-Shirt Sponsor - Cardinal X-Press - Thanks to you, each participant will receive a FREE T-SHIRT!  We appreciate your partnership!!

Special Thanks to our Marker Disc Sponsor - Missouri Baptist University - Thanks to you, each participant will receive a FREE MARKER DISK!  We appreciate your partnership!!!

Special Thanks to our Lunch Sponsor - Edward Jones/Ken Douglas - Thanks to you, each participant will receive a FREE LUNCH! We appreciate your partnership!!

Finally, to all of our hole sponsors and donors thank you!!  We appreciate your support!!
  • Bates Insurance
  • Belgrade State Bank
  • Culligan Soft Water
  • Dix Garden Center by MCII Sheltered Workshop
  • Domino's - Park Hills
  • Domino's - Farmington
  • Domino's - Bonne Terre
  • First Bank
  • First State Community Bank
  • Isagenix
  • Leadco Community Credit Union
  • Midwest Pawn
  • Mineral Area College
  • Mineral Area Disc Golf (MAD Golf)
  • Moss Media
  • O.D.A.C.S.
  • Ozark's Modern Insulation & Leadbelt Buck Stove & Fireplace
  • Parkland Health Center
  • Pharmax Pharmacy
  • The Coffee Grill

There's still time to Register a Team!!  Learn more about the tournament, or register a team online at:

The Chamber recently devoted $1,000 of it's expected tournament profits to the Park Hills - Parks & Recreation Department for continued improvements to the new Disc Golf Course. 

Pictured above, Dennis (Dooley) Politte - Park Hills Parks and Recreation Department, and Park Hills Mayor, David Easter, were photographed accepting the Chamber's Donation from Chamber President, Chad Speakar prior to an Inaugural Disc Golf Tournament planning meeting.

Congratulations to Melissa Hosna - Our 1st 2016 Quarterly Acclaimed Ambassador!

Congratulations to Melissa Hosna of  US Bank in Leadington for earning for the 1st Quarter Acclaimed Ambassador Title! Melissa has worked her tail off to claim this quarter's title with several other ambassadors right behind her!

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.

Melissa was honored at the April Investor Meeting with Chamber recognition and a huge bag of goodies compliments of our Ambassador Sponsors!

We can't thank Melissa enough for her dedication and enthusiasm for helping our Chamber. Investors like her help make us succeed!

Special thanks to our Ambassador Sponsors for supporting the Ambassador Program and providing our much deserving champions with some incredible gifts. Our Sponsors include:  Continental Title CompanyCulligan Soft WaterC.Z. Boyer & Son Funeral HomesFirst Bank - Park Hills BranchHabitat for HumanityHefner Furniture & ApplianceIsagenixParkland Health CenterPharmax Pharmacy - LeadingtonThe Coffee Grill &  The Printing Co.!

The Ambassador Program is made up of volunteers from the Chamber membership, to assist the Chamber in various activities.  Ambassadors serve a term of one calendar year, beginning in January.  Service may continue if agreed upon by the Ambassador and the Chamber.  For more information about the Ambassador Program or how to get involved, visit the Program's Web Page on our website at: Ambassadors Program

Click Here to view a list of all 2016 Chamber Ambassadors.

Chamber Selects 2016 Scholarship Recipient

The Park Hills - Leadington Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is excited to announce that the second recipient of the Chamber Scholarship is, 2016 Central High School Graduate, Taylor Jones!
Jones, daughter of Timothy & Julie Jones of Park Hills, will receive $500 per semester, for up to four consecutive semesters, to assist with the costs of earning her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education at Mineral Area College.
Jones has been actively working toward her career goals throughout high school by taking many dual credit classes, maintaining a 3.9 GPA, and carrying the rank of 4th in her class.  She has also been involved in her church youth group, participated in WEB, an afterschool bible club for kids, and has experience working with toddlers through babysitting and childcare.
Jones believes that God called her to be an early childhood education major at a very young age.  She reminisces pretending to be a teacher to her dolls and even her friends.  "Working with children and seeing them learn brings a smile to my face and happiness to my heart," says Jones.  It is her dream to impact the lives of children, in hopes that they will look back and remember that even though they were young, she not only educated them, but cared for them, and taught them that they can accomplish anything they set their minds to.  Jones hopes to contribute to the local community by helping to build the young minds of the next generation, giving them the skills to succeed and to help our community growing.
As a recipient of the Park Hills - Leadington Chamber of Commerce Scholarship, Jones will receive her first $500 installment of funds to assist with the fall classes at Mineral Area College.  Three more $500 installments will be available to Jones; 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.  After receiving her associate's degree, Jones plans to continue her education at a four-year college in hopes of earning her bachelor's and master's degrees.
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 attends and/or volunteers 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 Taylor join us at an investor meeting and help at one of our Chamber sponsored events.  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!

During the month of June, we will be celebrating YOU!!  Our Chamber Ambassadors have been working diligently to plan a month full of fun-times and investor recognition to help us say "thank you" for investing in the Park Hills - Leadington Chamber!

Investors can expect gifts, visits, photos, give-aways and more throughout the month of June! You'll want to keep an eye on our Facebook Page, check your email, and be sure to attend the June Investor Meeting too!
For the June Investor Meeting, we're MOVING -- to The Coffee Grill -- at their new location!!

Join us for hors d-oeuvres, special entertainment, investorship building, and other special surprises!

Reservations will still be required and the cost for attending is $10 per person.

Our June Business Spotlight is on   Afterglow Restaurant & Bar

Register Your Investor Meeting Attendance Here: 
June First Friday Coffee to be Hosted by Afterglow Restaurant & Bar

Join us at   Afterglow Restaurant & Bar  located at 5089 Flat River Road, in Leadington, beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, June 3, 2016 for coffee and doughnuts!

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 June 2016
Commercial Open House

The Downtown Park Hills Association and Park Hills - Leadington Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with First Bank and Nash Realty, Inc., are excited to announce the area's very first  Commercial Open House Event.  
This event, scheduled for June 16, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. will be to showcase five of the available buildings for sale or rent in the Park Hills business district. 
The focus is to give interested established and/or new business owners the opportunity to talk with property owners, real estate agents, and financial investors about potentially locating their business in Park Hills!
Watch your mail invitations & announcements!
13th Annual Firecracker Run

The Chamber's 13th Annual Firecracker Run will be here before we know it!! Scheduled for June 25th, this annual walk/run is one of two Chamber events that benefit the Chamber's Annual Scholarship Fund!
The event begins and ends at Central High School and includes:
  • 1-Mile Walk
  • 1-Mile Run
  • 5K Walk
  • 5K Run
  • Free T-Shirt to the First 150 Entries
  • Official Timing By Cape Road Runners
  • Medals to Top 3 Winners in Each Age Group (Runs Only)
  • Participation Ribbons to all Walkers
We are currently  seeking ONE MORE t-shirt sponsor, participants, and volunteers!!
To register online visit the event page on our website at:  Firecracker Run 2016
Anyone interested in sponsoring or volunteering, please contact the Chamber office at or 573-431-1051.
Parkland Celtic Festival - 2016

Sending a special thanks to Charles & Marianne Politte ( pictured below) who joined us at the May Investor Meeting to talk about the upcoming Parkland Celtic Festival!
This second year event has been in planning stages since the conclusion of the 2015 event!  The entertainment schedule is already full for this year's 3-day event with entertainment beginning  at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, September 16, 2016 and the final performers taking the stage at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 18.
Aside from the Live Music and traditional Irish & Scottish Dancing, there will be a huge array of Unique Vendors, Carnival Rides, a Classic Car Cruise, Guinness Beer Sampling, Authentic Imported Irish Food & Goods, Old Thyme Pony Rides, and Iron Works Blacksmith Shop, and so much more!
The Park Hills - Leadington Chamber will also be selling Authentic Irish Seasoned, Guinness Beer Battered Sausages, Fish, and Home-Fried Chips!
The event is sponsored by Prairie Farms Dairy and the Claddagh Irish Dance School, with proceeds to benefit the Downtown Park Hills Association.  The Street Festival is happening in Downtown Park Hills in the 200 & 300 blocks of West Main Street on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 16, 17, & 18, 2016.
Sponsors and Vendors are still being accepted.
View a full schedule of events here: Parkland Celtic Festival Brochure or on their website 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!
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.
10 Reasons Why Humor is a Key to Success at Work

By: Jacquelyn Smith, Forbes Staff.
"A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

Tasteful humor is a key to success at work, but there's a good chance your co-workers aren't cracking jokes or packaging information with wit on a regular basis-and your office could probably stand to have a little more fun.

"Humor, by its nature, tends to have an edge to it, so people typically tone it down at work," says Laura Vanderkam, author of What the Most Successful People Do at Work(Portfolio, 2013), and What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast (Portfolio, 2012). "It's hard to do well and easy to do badly. Plus, we all have a tendency to take ourselves way too seriously."

Michael Kerr, an international business speaker, president of Humor at Work, and author of The Humor Advantage: Why Some Businesses are Laughing all the Way to the Bank (Dec. 2013), says the amount or type of humor you'll find in any given workplace depends almost entirely on the culture. "In workplaces that encourage people to be themselves-that are less hierarchical and more innovative-people tend to be more open with their humor," he says. "Even people who aren't always comfortable sharing their humor tend to do so in more relaxed environments where the use of humor becomes second nature with everyone's style."

Continue reading here: Humor at Work

Science Says These Three Things About Having a Beard at Work

By: Thomas Popomaronis - Founder & CEO, Opia Talk
Image Credit: Getty Images
To shave, or not to shave? That is the question.

Over the past few years, men have been seriously bucking the clean-shaven-for-work rule (thanks, Harry's and Dollar Shave Club). If you're not sure whether it's time for you to follow suit, though, science might help you make a final call. 

1. Age, Dominance, and Aggression

In studies, people consistently have rated men with facial hair as appearing more dominant, aggressive, and seasoned in years. Researchers suspect this result has to do with biological messages related to the natural hormone testosterone. This chemical increases in men with sexual maturity, so facial hair essentially communicates that you've been around the block enough times to handle problems as they come with some degree of smarts. Testosterone also is essential for muscle development and makes people more willing to fight. In the Stone Age, facial hair thus sent the message you were strong and eager enough to protect yourself and any other human beings you might have valued. Today, translated into the business world, it sends the message you'll fight strategically for your business, are a go-getter, and won't quit.

2. Confidence

Scientists still aren't precisely sure why men have facial hair at all, but one theory is that a beard sends a message of confidence. Just as women today still grab each other's hair in a tussle, beards can be a handicap in that a man can grab an opponent's facial hair to gain the physical upper hand. A man who maintains a beard in the business environment thus can be interpreted as saying he's not afraid of competitors and can beat them even with whatever handicaps he has, or that he's not afraid of risks.

Continue reading here:  What Science Says About Beards
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