October 2016 Volume 20  Issue 8

Our Featured Investor

C.Z. Boyer & Son Funeral Homes
711 East Main Street
Park Hills, MO 63601
Phone: 573-431-3143

Join Us For Coffee!
This Friday, October 7 at the C.Z. Boyer & Son Funeral Home DESLOGE facility from  7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Inside this Edition
First Friday Coffee
October Investor Meeting
Ribbon Cutting - Lemonade Stand
Ribbon Cutting - SFC Republican Committee
Ribbon Cutting - Blankeship Insurance
Ribbon Cutting - Bottoms Up
Upcoming Ribbon Cutting
Trunk N Treat
Tushies & Toes
Annual Christmas Parade
Investor News
Investor Events
Investor Job Listings
Investor Deals
Seminars, Training, & Workshops
$10,000 in Marking Funds
8 Ways to Learn Everyday

Welcome NEW Investors!!

Thank You for Re-Investing in 2016!!

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Ozark Thunder Indoor Gun Range
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University of Missouri Extension
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Giggle Break!

Beethoven's Grave

A tourist in Vienna is going through a graveyard and all of a sudden he hears some music. No one is around, so he starts searching for the source.

He finally locates the origin and finds it is coming from a grave with a headstone that reads: Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770-1827. Then he realizes that the music is the Ninth Symphony and it is being played backward! Puzzled, he leaves the graveyard and persuades a friend to return with him.

By the time they arrive back at the grave, the music has changed. This time it is the Seventh Symphony, but like the previous piece, it is being played backward.

Curious, the men agree to consult a music scholar. When they return with the expert, the Fifth Symphony is playing, again backward. The expert notices that the symphonies are being played in the reverse order in which they were composed, the 9th, then the 7th, then the 5th.

By the next day the word has spread and a throng has gathered around the grave. They are all listening to the Second Symphony being played backward.

Just then the graveyard's caretaker ambles up to the group. Someone in the crowd asks him if he has an explanation for the music.

"Oh, it's nothing to worry about" says the caretaker. "He's just decomposing!"

Visual Giggle

Happy Halloween!!

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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!
October First Friday Coffee to be Hosted by C.Z. Boyer & Son Funeral Homes - DESLOGE

Join us at  C.Z. Boyer & Son Funeral Homes, in DESLOGE, for the October First Friday Coffee!

Our friends at the C.Z. Boyer is excited to show us their Expanded Lounge at their DESLOGE facility!!  Come see it with us!

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 October 2016
October Investor Meeting - Featuring Mike Henderson & Travis Barnes

Please join us for an extra special October Investor Meeting on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at, 11:45 a.m. at The Coffee Grill, located at 3413 Rosener Road in Park Hills.

Republican Missouri House of Representatives Candidate Mike Henderson and Democratic Candidate Missouri House of Representatives Candidate Travis Barnes will be our featured speakers for October.
Because of this extra special presentation, we are  REQUIRING RESERVATIONS, and requesting that all guests  ARRIVE NO LATER THAN 11:45 a.m. so that we can begin the meeting at precisely 12:00 p.m.

Following the typical Chamber business portion of the meeting, each candidate will be given 10 minutes to present their vision, goals, and plans for their time in office should they be named the new Missouri State Representative for the 117th District in November.  After their presentations, there will be a 10-Minute question & answer segment so that Chamber Investors will be able to ask their own questions, learning more about each candidate.
Lunch to be Catered by The Coffee Grill And will be $10.00 per person. Reservations will still be required.
Our October Business Spotlight is on C.Z. Boyer & Son Funeral Homes

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:     October Investor Meeting 

Ribbon Cutting - Lemonade Stand Boutique

Park Hills - Leadington Chamber of Commerce Board Members, Ambassadors, and Investors were excited to attend a ribbon cutting for the brand new  The Lemonade Stand Boutique on Friday, September 2! This unique boutique offers trendy clothing, timeless jewelry, lots of accessories, unique home decor, spiritual and religious items, and much more, all at sensible prices. 

What's even more incredible, owner, Ginger Pizarro tells us that the boutique was almost named it the Mission Boutique because of its ultimate goal: "to give back". For that reason, 10% of every dollar spent in the boutique is donated to different charitable & local organizations, including:
  • The United Way of St. Francois County
  • Alzheimer's Association
  • SEMO Family Violence Council
  • Help the Hungry Bake Sale
  • St. Francois County Season of Hope
  • Shared Blessings
  • March of Dimes
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Relay for Life
  • Local Schools
The Lemonade Stand is located at 310C Potosi Street in Farmington.  Click here to "like" them on Facebook, and while you're there, congratulate Ginger on her beautiful new store & valuable community service, and check out some of their gorgeous merchandise! 

Thank you, Ginger, for making the Lemonade Stand Boutique a Park Hills - Leadington Chamber Family Member! 
Ribbon Cutting - St. Francois County Republican Central Committee

A ribbon cutting for the  St. Francois County Republican Central Committee was held Friday, September 16 at 10:00 a.m. Local legislators, legislative candidates, committee members, volunteers, supporters, and Chamber Investors were on hand to celebrate the opening of their new headquarters and welcome them to the community.

The St. Francois County Republican Central Committee is the official organization representing the Republican Party in St. Francois County.

Signs, literature, t-shirts, and other promotional information for the various local, state, and national candidates may be obtained at the Republican Headquarters at 100 Strauss Drive, Park Hills, in the Save-A-Lot shopping plaza.

Thank you to the SFCRCC! We appreciate your investment in the Park Hills - Leadington Chamber!
Ribbon Cutting - Blankenship Insurance

A celebration was held on Wednesday, September 28 for the relocation of  Blankenship Insurance Agency! Blankenship Insurance recently moved into their brand new, beautiful home, at 1408 St. Joe Drive, and Chamber Investors were among some of the first to get a peek inside! Trust us when we tell you, the inside is just as gorgeous as the outside! If you haven't been by yet, you need to! It's certainly a breathtaking site!

Blankenship Insurance is a multi-line Insurance agency servicing businesses, families, and individuals in Missouri. Offering home, auto, life, renters, business, motorcycle, recreational, umbrella policies and more! Contact them for your free, no obligation, quote today!

Congratulations to Ryan, and the entire crew at Blankenship Insurance!

Be sure to "like" them on Facebook, visit them online at  Farmer's Agent, give them a call at 573-431-2222, or just stop by their new facility and congratulate them on their beautiful new addition to the community!
Ribbon Cutting - Bottoms Up

The Chamber is excited to have hosted two ribbon cuttings the last week in September! Investors of the Chamber gathered Thursday, September 29, at the new  Bottoms Up Bar and Restaurant to celebrate their grand opening!

Bottoms Up is a family owned bar and restaurant with a friendly atmosphere, offering good music, good food, & good company.

They already boast a 5-star rating from patrons on their Facebook Page!

They are located at 201 Houser in Park Hills, and their menu includes:

  • Andoro
    & Sons Pizza (Cheese, Pepperoni, Combo, Mega Meat, Supreme)
  • Louisa Manicotti Cheese
  • Louisa Cannelloni Italian Sausage
  • Burger & Fries
  • Cheeseburger & Fries or Onion Rings
  • Hot Wings
  • Bellissimo Toasted Ravioli with Marinara
  • Mozzarella Sticks
  • Breaded Pickle Chips
  • Breaded Green Beans
  • Breaded Mushrooms
  • Cheddar Jalapeno Poppers
  • Cream Cheese Jalapeno Poppers
  • Onion Rings
Please join us in congratulating Steven & Laurie! And, be sure to stop in for DJ/Karaoke Night, Ladies Night, Pool, Darts, Games, Dinner, Drinks & More!
Upcoming Ribbon Cutting


Please join us for a Ribbon Cutting as we celebrate the opening of  ProBall Cages & Activity Center!  

Located at 103 St. Francois Plaza in Leadington, ProBall Cages & Activity Center offers new batting cages with 5400 square feet of turf. All new pitching machines, professional grade L-Screens, private training, and birthday parties!

Join us for the Official Ribbon Cutting at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, October 7!

Please plan to celebrate with us!
Trunk N Treat - 2016

Hosted by the  Downtown Park Hills Association.  Local businesses and organizations meet at the Municipal Parking Lot, decorate their vehicles and pass out candy to area trick or treaters.

This is a free, family fun event, geared toward a safe trick-or-treating experience for area children of all ages!
SIX Treat Sponsor Spots Still Available!   CLICK HERE to claim your spot!
Third Annual Tushies & Toes Drive

The Annual Chamber Cares - Tushies & Toes Drive is a Holiday Drive for Children's Underwear & Socks Hosted by: The Park Hills - Leadington Chamber of Commerce

Area Businesses & Organizations will be Collecting New Undies and Socks for Children Pre-School - 11 Years
  • 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, 2016, and December 20, 2016:
  • Park Hills - Leadington Chamber Office
  • Hefner Furniture & Appliance
  • NHC Desloge
  • Heartland Memorial Services
  • University of Missouri Extension
  • Daily Journal
  • Belgrade State Bank
  • Bottoms Up
  • American Home Care
  • Mueller Ace Hardware
Chamber Investors are Encouraged to Bring Donations to the November & December Investor Meeting.  Sponsors should bring all donations to the December Investor Meeting for a Photo Op.

Chamber Investors are Invited to Participate as a Drop-off Location too!   Click HERE to register to be a drop-off location!
And This Year's Christmas Parade Sponsor is... HEFNER FURNITURE & APPLIANCE

We're excited to officially announce that the Annual Christmas Parade will once again be named " The Hefner Furniture Christmas Parade"!  Hefner Furniture was front and center in every aspect of last year's holiday event, and we have no doubt that they will do another incredible job this year!

The parade is scheduled for December 1, 2016, and will once again begin near the Leadington Plaza and conclude at the Sports Complex in Park Hills.

This year's theme is "A Star Spangled Christmas".  This theme was designed to highlight holiday traditions that have become ingrained in the American way of life. Traditions which reflect freedom, patriotism, community spirit, family, faith and service to others.  And, of course, we can't forget the red, white, & blue lights!!

Official registration forms will be available in coming weeks. There's no cost to entry and cash prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place float entries.

Words can't begin to express the appreciation for Slug and his entire crew at Hefner Furniture & Appliance! Thank you for sponsoring again in 2016!
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!!

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 your business.
You Have $10,000 to Spend on Marketing. How Would You Use It?

By: Sheila Marikar, Contributing Writer
Image Credit: Getty Images
Inc. 5000 honorees tell us how they would tackle a common business challenge.

What the experts say...

"I would hire a social-media marketing consultant to develop a strategy and fine-tune our brand on the residential side of our business. I'd train a couple of people on how to manage that ourselves, so we're not relying on a consultant to do that work. I'd also hire, on a part-time basis, a graphic designer, just to spice up our photos and the content we post."

-- Michael Parnell MP Consulting | Inc. 500 rank 57 | Three-year growth 4,664.8% | 2015 revenue $4.8 million

"Direct mail--it's a hidden gem. Everybody thinks it's old school; nobody focuses on it anymore, which provides more opportunity for those of us who do. People who open up mail are a specific demographic. If your product fits in with the responsible, middle-aged group who typically open their mail, direct mail can be huge."

-- Jim Carlson Zurixx | Inc. 500 rank 43 | Three-year growth 5,626.1% | 2015 revenue$130.1 million

"First, look at internal data about your customers. Using that, develop specific customer identities. One we've used is 'head of a regional media agency seeking a competitive advantage but who lacks resources for a video team to serve his customers.' Second, ask if you are communicating to your customers what you do in a nonconfusing way. Third, spend money on the basis of what you found out in the first two steps. Figure out where your customers are when they have their buying hats on: events or social networks? Then create content that fits each particular environment. For YouTube, video; for events, a special kind of talk that is geared toward informing the customers you're looking for."

-- Bettina Hein Pixability | Inc. 500 rank 314 | Three-year growth 1,225.9% | 2015 revenue $9.8 million

Continue reading here:   $10,000 For Marketing

8 Ways to Learn a Little Bit Every Day

By: Jessica Stillman, Contributor, Inc.com
Image Credit: Getty Images
Small bits of knowledge add up to much greater wisdom. And, yes, you do have enough time.

As my fellow Inc.com columnist Michael Simmons has pointed out, all incredibly successful people share one common trait: They're constantly learning.

Elon Musk, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Mark Zuckerberg all make space in their super demanding schedules to ensure that each week they're just a little bit smarter than they were the week before.

How can you follow in their footsteps?

You might not have time to go back to school or read a library's worth of books, but you most certainly have time for the techniques below, which can help you keep learning no matter how busy you are.

1. Read strategically.

If you don't have hours and hours to devote to reading each week, be thoughtful about what you read. The Muse's Stacey Gawronski suggests exploring subjects outside your comfort zone. Why? "It can help you discover new interests, and once you start going down that new rabbit hole, who knows what other things will open up," she notes.

Continue reading here:   8 Ways to Learn Every Day
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