October 2015 Volume 19  Issue 08

Our Featured Investor

The LIFE Center for Independent Living
725 East Karsch Blvd.
Farmington, MO 63640

Thank you Candy Zarcone & The LIFE Center Staff for Hosting the October First Friday Coffee!

Excellent Event!
Inside this Edition
Trunk N Treat
Ribbon Cutting - Krak N Jak's
3rd Quarter Acclaimed Ambassador
2nd Annual Tushies & Toes
November First Friday Coffee
November Investor Meeting
Hefner Furniture Christmas Parade
Investor News
Investor Events
Investor Job Listings
Investor Deals
Seminars, Training, & Workshops
Bill Gates Says...
Why SEO Matters to ALL Businesses

Welcome NEW Investors!!
Look Who's Still Investing!!

Campbell's Outboard, Inc.
Since 2011

Claddagh Irish Dance
Since 2014

Lead Belt Materials
Since 1949

Since 1988

Park Hills River Mart
Since 2007

Parkland Pregnancy Resource Center
Since 2009

  St. Francois County Ambulance District
Since 1999

Since 2012

Sun Loan Company
Since 2013

William Bess Insurance
Since 1979

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Chamber News   
Stay on top of all the Chamber happenings between newsletters by regularly visiting the Chamber website at www.phlcoc.net or following us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn & Pinterest!
Trunk N Treat Held on Halloween Night

Held at the Park Hills Municipal Parking Lot on West Main Street in Park Hills, the Annual Downtown Park Hills Trunk N Treat features approximately 30 area businesses who dress up their vehicles, dress up their employees, and pass out candy to local trick or treaters.

The event is held on Halloween evening from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  This event is one of Downtown Park Hills' largest with more than 1500 in attendance.

Thank you to this year's treat sponsors! They include:  
Krak N Jaks Bakery & Donuts, LLC Opens in Leadington Plaza

Congratulations Krak N Jaks!!! They officially made Leadington their home October 9, 2015 as Chamber Board Members and Ambassadors, Leadington City Officials, and Krak N Jaks staff members watched them cut the ribbon to their newest location at 30 Woodlawn Drive (in Leadington Plaza).

Despite the drizzle, smiles were abundant as owners Markus Clinton and Brandy Worley spoke of their sentimental attachment to their new location; explained that they are more than just a doughnut shop, also offering homemade cakes and cake pops with plans to add specialty items like caramel apples; and expressed their excitement about becoming active in the Chamber and the Community!

Attending a Park Hills - Leadington Chamber Ribbon Cutting is always so much more than just a photo op. Guests enjoyed doughy bits of heaven when Brandy passed out samples of their glazed crescents... a DELICIOUS treat!! And, many of those in attendance also went home with sacks of complimentary donuts - an appreciation gift from Markus and Brandy for joining their celebration.

Unable to make the ribbon cuttings? No problem! Taking the time to welcome our new businesses to the community after the festivities end can also be a "treat"! Chamber Board Member, Donna Hickman, took away two large boxes of donuts when she stopped in to congratulate Marcus and Brandy after the ceremony had concluded. Overwhelmed by their generosity, Donna chose to "pay it forward" by sharing her donuts with various members of the local community, encouraging them to visit Krak N Jaks for themselves!


In conclusion, we want to thank Markus, Brandy, and the Krak N Jaks crew for becoming a valued member of the Park Hills - Leadington Chamber. We are very excited to be working with them on some new Chamber benefits for 2016 too! Stay alert! You won't want to miss it!
Roberts Claims 3rd Quarter Acclaimed Ambassador Title

Tish Roberts of  Culligan Soft Water in Leadington did it again!  She took the point lead again in the 3rd quarter earning the " 3rd Quarter Acclaimed Ambassador" Title! Tish has been fighting steadily to remain on top attending meetings, volunteering at the Chamber, inviting new members to attend Chamber functions, and much more!  It's been fun watching this year's Ambassadors battle it out in the race for points!  It'll be interesting to see who claims the 4th Quarter title!  Congratulations Tish!!

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.

Tish was honored at the October Investor Meeting with lunch compliments of the Chamber, and a huge bag of goodies compliments of our Ambassador Sponsors that included things such as a an beautiful throw, a heating pad, home decor, wine, and tickets to the musical "Mamma Mia" at the Fabulous Fox!

We can't thank Tish enough for her dedication to 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: Belgrade State Bank - Desloge BranchCentral Methodist University - Park Hills, First Bank - Park Hills Branch, Hefner Furniture & Appliance, KFMO 1240 AM/ B104, Park Hills River Mart, Parkland Health Center, Pharmax Pharmacy - Leadington, Serenity Hospicecare, & The Printing Co.!
2nd Annual Chamber Cares: Tushies & Toes Drive

2nd Annual Chamber Cares - Tushies & Toes
Holiday Drive for Children's Underwear & Socks
Sponsored by: The Park Hills - Leadington Chamber of Commerce

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 your donations at any of the following locations between November 1, 2015 and December 15, 2015:
  • Park Hills - Leadington Chamber Office - 12 Municipal Drive, Park Hills - Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • East Missouri Action Agency - Outreach Office - 903 East Chestnut, Desloge - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • The Daily Journal - 1513 St. Joe Drive, Park Hills - Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  (*Donations made here entitles you to FREE assistance in activating your existing Full Access  DJ Subscription!)
  • Dale Mosier Auto Body - 201 Mulberry, Park Hills - Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Bates Insurance - 918 E. Main Street, Park Hills - Monday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (*Donations made here may enter for a chance to win a $25 gas card and $25 Colton's Gift Certificate.  Drawing will be held on December 17, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. Participants can only win one of the cards and may pick their choice if same name is drawn for both.)
  • Better Bodies - 140 E. Woodlawn, Leadington - Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m (*Donations made here register you for a chance to win 1-Month Free Gym or Tanning.  Each donation earns you one entry i.e.: 2 packages of underwear = 2 entries, etc.  Two individuals will be awarded prizes.  Receive multiple chances to win with multiple donations!)  
  • Friends in Action Clubhouse - 206 Crane Street, Park Hills - Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • First Bank - 1000 East Main Street - Park Hills -  Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • First State Community Bank - 365 West Main Street - Park Hills - Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Missouri Baptist University - 507 East Woodlawn - Park Hills - Monday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Tuesday - Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Parkland Pregnancy Resource Center - 507 East Woodlawn - Leadington - Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • New Era Bank - 207 West Main - Park Hills - Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Chamber Investors are Encouraged to Bring Donations to the November & December Investor Meetings.  Sponsors should bring all donations to the December Investor Meeting for a Photo Op.

November First Friday Coffee at Missouri Baptist University

Join us at Missouri Baptist University  located at 507 East Woodlawn Drive in Leadington beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, November 6, 2015 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 November 2015
November Investor Meeting - Tom Karl, President of Parkland Health Center

Please join us for the November Investor Meeting on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at, 12:00 p.m. at the Mineral Area College North College Center.

Lunch to be Catered by Mineral Area College and will be $10.00 per person.

Our November guest speaker will be Tom Karl, President of Parkland Health Center, part of BJC HealthCare.

Mr. Karl will be talking to us about the recent acquisition of Mineral Area Regional Medical Center by BJC. He will be discussing why the purchase was necessary, and how it will benefit the community by stabilizing health care.  Mr. Karl will fill us in on  how the consolidation has affected the hospital to date, as well as what other changes are expected to come.
Our November Business Spotlight is on Missouri Baptist University!

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:  November Investor Meeting
Lots of Changes for the 2015 Christmas Parade, Sponsored by Hefner Furniture!

Announcing The Hefner Furniture Christmas Parade!
This Year's Theme Is: " Our Perfect Christmas"

Entrants are encouraged to decorate their floats to represent their vision of a "Perfect Christmas" 

Welcome to the Celebration!
The Park Hills - Leadington Chamber of Commerce is hosting the " Hefner Furniture Christmas Parade" on Thursday, December 3 , 2015 and we are inviting you to participate.

  • No Entry Fee! Participate in the Parade for FREE!
  • Bigger Cash Prizes! $200 - 1st Place, $150 - 2nd Place, $100 - 3rd Place
  • New Ending Location With a Shorter Route! Ending at the Park Hills Sports Complex
  • Santa's House! Where kids can visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus & have pictures taken
  • More Vendor Spots Available! Set up your holiday craft, treat, or game booth
  • Master & Miss Christmas Contest! Hosted by the MAC Cheerleaders
Don't wait!  Register your parade entry or booth registration today!
Click Here to Register Now:  Hefner Furniture Christmas Parade

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
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.
Bill Gates Says These 5 Traits Guarantee Success

By: Minda Zetlin Co-Author of "The Geek Gap" 
Image Credit: Getty Images
When the world's richest man offers career advice, it's smart to listen.

If you're looking for a role model of lifelong success, you can't do much better than Bill Gates. Microsoft, the company he founded, created a whole industry. At a net worth of nearly $80 billion, he's the richest man in the world. His philanthropic activities reach far and wide and have actually made the world a better place. Oh, and he also achieved his dream, which was a personal computer on every desk.

What led to Gates's success? He certainly was in the right place at the right time with the right concept for a product. But over the years, he himself has pointed to some of the attitudes he believes lead to continued success. They're a good guide for anyone, in any field. The personal finance site GOBankingRates has compiled some of them within a piece about how Gates thinks you should spend your money.

Here are some of the most relevant attitudes he looks for--and which anyone can develop:

Continue reading here:  Bill Gates Says...   
4 Reasons Why SEO Matters to Business (Even Offline Business)
By: Peter Roseler  President, Web Marketing Pros
Image Credit: Getty Images
From shopping platforms to local stores, SEO is important for all businesses.

Many business owners know what SEO is and that it's important for a website. While many simply accept this at face value, it's important to understand why SEO is essential for businesses in the modern age. In fact, SEO has grown so important that it's value extends beyond the search engine and even to businesses without a website. Here are four reasons every business owner should care about SEO.

1. Search Rankings Are Extremely Important

Let's start with the obvious. Search Engine Optimization is important because being that the top of search rankings has a huge value for website owners. It's estimated that three out of four clicks from internet searches go to the top five positions on Google. And with nine out of ten (91%) clicks from Google Search going to the results on the first page, the value of SEO is clear. There are millions of pages on the web that can match a potential keyword. Any site that hopes to rank high for a particular word or phrase are going to have to make sure their site's SEO gives them the best possible chance.

Mobile devices have also increased the importance of SEO. With smartphones and tablets, there are more searches being performed than ever before. And with search engines deploying specific algorithms for mobile and local search, there are new opportunities for websites to reach the top of the results.

Continue reading here:  Why SEO Matters to ALL Businesses
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