November 2014Volume 18  Issue 08

Our Featured Investor
Serenity Hospice Care
Serenity HospiceCare
5272 Flat River Road
Park Hills, MO 63601
Inside this Edition
MC DC Floral Ribbon Cutting
Upcoming Ribbon Cutting
November Investor Meeting
Blankenship Insurance Christmas Parade
Chamber Cares - Tushies & Toes
December First Friday Coffee
3rd Quarter Acclaimed Ambassador
Newly Elected to the Board
Closed for Thanksgiving
Holiday Investor Meeting
Chamber Trip 2015
Investor News
Investor Events
Investor Job Listings
Investor Deals
Seminars, Training & Workshops
Spotlight a Superstar
5 Business Need-to-Knows
Welcome NEW Investors!!

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Board of Directors
Chamber Ambassadors
Events Calendar
Look Who's Still Investing!!

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Universal Fitness
Since 2014

Upward Smiles, Inc.
Since 2013

US Bank
Since 1979

Village Profile
Since 2012

Walmart - Farmington
Since 2009

Wells Fargo Advisors LLC
Since 2014

William Bess Insurance
Since 1992

Williams & Sechrest PC
Since 2011

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Wine Diva Boutique / Hot & Wild Tanning Salon Opens in Downtown Park Hills

Located at 243 West Main Street

Investors, Ambassadors and Board Members of the Park Hills - Leadington Chamber of Commerce were on hand to welcome Sharon Stephens and her new business to the community on Friday afternoon, October 17, 2014.

Sharon owns the newly opened Wine Diva Boutique/Hot & Wild Tanning Salon. The boutique and salon features women's clothing, jewelry, scarves, skin care products, tanning, tanning products, and some of the most amazing specialty mixes you'll find. Some of the specialty food items include peach or mango salsa; apple or pumpkin butter; applewood barbecue sauce; and various dip, wine, drink, cheese-ball, and pie mixes.

Be sure to stop by, to congratulate Sharon on her new business! With the holidays just around the corner, this will be a great place to shop for your favorite female, and stock up on some delicious goodies for your holiday get-togethers!

Wine Diva Boutique / Hot & Wild Tanning Salon is located at 243 West Main Street in Park Hills.  Contact them at 573-431-5755 or Email:


Chamber Investors Recently Welcomed a New Flower Store to Park Hills

Located at 102 Morice Street

Congratulations to Marvin & Dawn Chapman, Owners of MC DC Floral Designs!! Several Chamber Investors helped to celebrate the opening of this brand new business with a ribbon cutting ceremony on November 7th.

MC DC Floral Designs creates silk arrangements, custom tailored to your likes and dislikes, color, or favorite flowers. Whether you're in search of a centerpiece for that special occasion; beautiful, low-maintenance decor for your home; a beautiful grave spray for a loved one; seasonal and everyday wreaths; or something fun such as a bird house planter, MC DC Floral Design has a huge selection to choose from.

MC DC Floral Designs is located at 102 Morice Street in Park Hills. Contact them at 573-747-9733 for business hours and be sure to welcome them to the community! 


Central Elementary Office Complex & Library Media Center Complete

The Park Hills - Leadington Chamber of Commerce will be assisting the Central R-III School District with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, November 13 at noon to celebrate the opening of the new office complex and library media center at Central Elementary. The elementary is located at 900 St. Francois Street in Park Hills.

The construction and renovation project was made possible from bond proceeds that were sold by the school district. Voters overwhelmingly approved the bonds in April. The district will also be hosting an open house from 5:00 to 6:00 on the 13th so that all district patrons can tour the new facilities.

We hope to see you there!


November Investor Meeting


Please join us for the November Investor Meeting on Tuesday, November 18th at, 12:00 p.m. at the Mineral Area College, North College Center in Park Hills.


Lunch to be Catered by Mineral Area College. And will be $10.00 per person.  RESERVATIONS REQUESTED! Our November presenter is Mr. Randy Davis, Education Coordinator for the St. Francois County Ambulance District.

Mr. Davis will tell us how disaster preparedness can preserve market share.  We will discuss the value of disaster preparedness for businesses and their employees. Davis will also share with us a history of businesses that had a plan, those that didn't, and how each scenario affected their businesses.


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.

The November business spotlight is Serenity HospiceCare.

Blankenship Insurance Christmas Parade Scheduled for December 4, 2014

The Park Hills - Leadington Chamber of Commerce is hosting the "Blankenship Insurance Christmas Parade" on Thursday, December 4, 2014 and we are inviting you to participate.

This year's theme is "A Disney Christmas".  Parade participants are encouraged to decorate their entries to reflect their favorite Disney Movie.  Because there are numerous Disney movies to choose from, parade officials will be discouraging duplicate theme entries, so we encourage you to register early to reserve your preferred theme.

There is a $10 entry fee to participate.   This year, the Chamber, along with Farmer's Agent, Blankenship Insurance, will be distributing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Cash Prizes, along with a 1st Place Trophy and Gift Basket.

As tradition has it, there will be entertainment and tree lighting ceremonies at both Leadington Plaza (prior to the parade) and the Farmer's Market (immediately following the parade).  Spectators will also enjoy games, goodies, and more at the Farmer's Market beginning at 6:30 p.m., and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus immediately following the parade.

Vendors interested in hosting a booth space at the Farmer's Market are encouraged to register online or call the Chamber office at 573-431-1051.  Spaces are limited, so reserve your spot today!

To find out more about entering the parade, hosting a booth, or to register online, CLICK HERE.


Chamber Cares - Tushies & Toes

Sponsored by: The Park Hills - Leadington Chamber of Commerce

Collecting we are collecting new undies and socks for Children Ages 5-11

  • Undies Any Size from 0 to 12
  • Socks Any Size From 1 to 10
Benefiting Children of Central R-3 Schools

Drop off donations at any of the following locations between now and December 16:

Parkland Health Center to Host December First Friday Coffee - December 5, 2014

Join us at  Parkland Health Center from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30. a.m. for coffee and doughnuts at the December First Friday Coffee Event!

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.

Reserve your attendance here:  FFC December 2014

Brenda Jordan Claims Title of Acclaimed Ambassador for the 3rd Quarter in 2014

Congratulations to Chamber Ambassador, Brenda Jordan of The Printing Co.  Brenda was named the Chamber's 3rd Quarter Acclaimed Ambassador at the October Investor Meeting at Mineral Area College! Along with the title, she received a fabulous gift basket valued at over $100 from the many gracious Chamber Ambassador Sponsors!

Brenda earned the most ambassador points by attending all but one of the eleven Chamber hosted meetings, ribbon cuttings, and events throughout the third quarter. Congratulations Brenda!  

Gifts were compliments of the following Chamber Ambassador Sponsors: Serenity Hospicecare, Belgrade State Bank, William Bess - American Family Insurance Agent - Park Hills, MO, Parkland Health Center, Main Street Grill, The Printing Co., Central Methodist University, Home Pools and Spas, Mineral Area College, and Pharmax Pharmacy!

Five Recently Elected to Serve on the Chamber Board

At the November meeting of the Park Hills - Leadington Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, board members voted to appoint four individuals to three year terms on one individual to a one year term on the Chamber board.

Those Appointed to 3-Year Terms Include:

Danielle Basler, Mineral Area College.  Danielle was appointed to the board earlier this year to fill the unexpired term vacated by former board member, Jean Merrill-Doss.  With that term expiring in January, board members agreed, Danielle has done an outstanding job in the short time that she's served on the board, and they felt retaining her for a full three year term would be benefit the Chamber tremendously!  Danielle will continue to serve on the board until January of 2018.

Linda Dickerson, Habitat for Humanity.  Linda has served on the Chamber board numerous times, and always proves to be a tremendous asset.  She served from 2002-2003; was appointed to fill an unexpired term in 2009; and was elected to a three year term in 2011;  Linda has served as Treasurer of the organization for much of her time on the board.  We are honored to have her on the board for an additional term!  Linda will continue to serve on the board until January of 2018.

Brad Dush, C.Z. Boyer & Son Funeral Homes.  Brad has been a dedicated Chamber Investor, representing Boyer Funeral Homes for several years now.  He has served as a Chamber Ambassador since the program began in 2012, and has recently taken on the role of being the Chamber's official chaplain, administering blessings, as requested by local businesses and organizations, at Chamber ribbon cutting ceremonies.  Brad is excited to become more active in the leadership of the Chamber and we're blessed to have him on board!  Brad's term will run from January 2015 to January 2018.

Kelly Valle, KFMO/B104 Radio.  Kelly also is no stranger to the Chamber board.  He first served one year on the Chamber board in 1987.  In 1993 he was again appointed to the board, retaining an additional three-year term from 1994-1997. During that term, Kelly served as Vice-President in 1994 and President of the Board in 1995.  Kelly has served as an Ambassador of the Chamber for the past 10 months, claiming the title of Acclaimed Ambassador in both the first and second quarter.  We are excited to have Kelly back on the board!  Kelly's term will run from January 2015 to January 2018.

Appointed for a One Year Term:

The board recently learned that one of it's own would be resigning.  Eric Phares, formerly of Culligan Soft Water, took a leap of faith, he resigned his position at Culligan and followed his dreams -- substitute teaching!  Turns out, he has succeeded tremendously in catching his dream - he's been hired as a Supervisor of Valley of Caledonia Alternative School! Unfortunately, as you may know, teaching doesn't allow for time away to do Chamber activities, so Eric felt it best to allow another individual the opportunity to fill his shoes... What big shoes to fill! Eric did an incredible job as a chamber board member, leader, and team member.  He is going to be missed tremendously.

However, if there's anyone who can fill Eric's shoes, we're certain Brenda Jordan of the Printing Co. can!  Brenda is the final of the five individuals recently appointed to the board.  Brenda has been active in the Chamber since 2012 representing first The Coffee Grill and now The Printing Co.   Brenda has served as a Chamber Ambassador for the past 10 months and was recently named the third quarter Acclaimed Ambassador.  The enthusiasm she has shown while participating in the Ambassador Program made her an outstanding candidate for the Chamber board and we look forward to putting that enthusiasm to use over the next year as she completes Eric's unexpired term.  Brenda's will serve from January 2015 to January 2016.

Congratulations to each of our newly elected board members!  We look forward to learning about all the great ideas you each have to help improve our Chamber and increase our Investor benefits!

Chamber Office Closed For Thanksgiving

The Chamber Office will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 27th and 28th for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

We will reopen on Monday, December 1st at 7:30 a.m.  We apologize for any inconvenience and hope you all have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving spent making memories with family!

Holiday Investor Meeting - December 16 - Special Location, Entertainment, & More

The December Investor Meeting is a Special Holiday Meeting!  This meeting will be held at Elizabeth Hall and will last 1/2 hour longer than regular investor meetings!

Join us for a special Chamber "Holiday" Investor Meeting on December 16, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Elizabeth Hall in Leadington.  


Lunch will be catered by Glenda Straughn, there will be special holiday entertainment by Chelley Odle, an investor gift exchange, and more! 


Read more about the luncheon or register your attendance now on the Chamber's Website at HOLIDAY INVESTOR MEETING.  


Chamber Presents... Discover Switzerland, Austria and Bavaria - September 2015

Visit Quaint Villages and Lively Cities on this 2015 Chamber Sponsored Trip!

Journey through spectacular mountain scenery and picturesque cities, as you experience the enchanting Alpine cultures of Switzerland, Austria, and Bavaria. Spend four nights each in the UNESCO world heritage city of Bern, and the charming Alpine city of Innsbruck.  


Walk the halls of the 13th century Chateau de Chillon, a princely residence on the shores of Lake Geneva. Ride the legendary GoldenPass Panoramic Train from Montreux to the Alpine ski resort, Gstaad. Explore Lucerne, the "Swiss Paradise on the Lake." Visit Mozart's birthplace and the Mirabell Gardens, featured in the "Sound of Music", during your time in Salzburg. See the fairy-tale castle, Neuschwanstein. Visit Oberammergau, a perfect picture traditional German Alpine village. Sample traditional regional cuisine, including cheese fondue and schnitzel, at some of the oldest and most famous restaurants in Europe.


The Chamber will be hosting an informational presentation about the trip on January 22, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the Private Dining Room at Mineral Area College.

Find out how you can save $200 per person! Mark your calendars now and beginning planning your 2015 vacation abroad! 


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
Here's what's happening with your fellow Chamber Investors!
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Read these stories and others now listed on the Chamber's News Page within our website!

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.
Your To-Do for Today: Spotlight a Superstar Employee

By: Janine Popick

When was the last time you patted a standout employee on the back? It's more important than you think.

You have some great people working at your company. They love what they do and they love working for you and your business. So when was the last time you told them you thought they were rock stars? When was the last time you publicly patted them on the back or gave them a virtual attaboy?


BambooHR, an HR software company, published findings from a survey it did on why people leave their jobs. They found that out of the top five reasons, one was, "my boss doesn't trust me," and another was "my boss blames me for mistakes."


When people leave, it's mostly because they didn't like their boss or didn't feel valued.


So value someone today and let that person know that he or she makes a difference to the success of your company. How?


Continue reading here:  Spotlight a Super Employee     


5 Things Small Businesses Need to Know This Fall

By: Joyce M. Rosenberg 

Health care, technology, and an evolving Internet: What you and your business need to pay attention to this fall.


What do small business owners need to pay attention to this fall? Health care, Internet security and new technology make the list. Here are five things that small businesses need to be on top of over the next several months:


Health care

Small business owners who bought employee health insurance policies before the end of 2013, sidestepping the law's requirements for a year, could pay between 10 percent and 20 percent more when it's time to renew, says Michael Stahl, chief marketing officer of HealthMarkets Inc., a broker based in North Richland Hills, Texas. They'll also have to decide on plans. Policies issued under the law have significant changes including the requirement that pre-existing conditions be covered. Some owners may decide it's better if workers purchase their own government-subsidized coverage on health insurance exchanges.


Companies whose coverage took effect Jan. 1 of this year and complied with the law could see increases between 5 percent and 10 percent for 2015, Stahl says. Not all small business owners will have to make these decisions this year. Employers with 50 to 99 workers have until 2016. Companies with fewer than 50 workers are exempt.


Continue reading here:   5 Things Businesses Need to Know

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