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FENTON FOCUS PRESENTED BY: FENTON AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WWW.FENTONMOCHAMBER.COM

MARCH 2014

Thank you to those businesses who have taken the pledge to bring 10% more of their spending on products and/or services back to Fenton Chamber Members as part of the “Find it in Fenton First” campaign! Accounting Solutions Group of St. Louis Ad Source One Ageless Design by Deb Bokamper American Eagle Credit Union Andre's Banquet Facilities & Catering Bark Park at Unger Blue Chip Pest Services Bluffs Chiropractic & Family Wellness, The Capital Source Solutions, LLC Carillon Group CJS Roofing Company, LLC Commerce Bank David's Guitar Loft Davis Law, LLC DeCo-Dental Edward Jones - Dale E. Roethemeyer Edward Jones - Matt Thomason Elite Cuisine, LLC Fenton Family Eyecare Fenton Post Office Fibrenew of Southwest St. Louis Fischer & Christoff Fortune Insurance Franklin James Capital

Gander Mountain Grand Rental Station Graphics Factory HealthMarkets Insurance - Jeffrey Wolf Hely Heating and Cooling Isringhaus Printing, LLC Jewelry Connection, The Jewels by Julie - Julie Krapf Karen THE Connector Kristy Carder Enterprises, LLC Lakeview Park Retirement Leader Publications, Inc. LegalShield - Faye Whobrey Lutheran Senior Services/Meramec Bluffs Manpower International Mary Kay Cosmetics - Linda Branham McAlister's Deli McManus Construction, Inc. Mercy Ministries of America Miken Technologies National Laser & Inkjet Cartridge Service Nerium International - Shelly Hacking On Target Bookkeeping Services, LLC Plexus - Chrissy Hagedorn

PNC Bank Prism Touch Massage Proficio Bank - Diane Quitmeyer Rockwood School District SAF Company, LLC SAMMY J Balloon Creations Schaefer Autobody Centers Scrubby Dutch Cleaning SERVPRO of Fenton/South Ballwin SERVPRO of West Kirkwood/Sunset Hills Shoeman Water Projects Show Me Weights Space + Form Architects, LLC Take Shape For Life - Sharon Hartweck Team Activities for Special Kids, Inc. Travelers Lane Two Men And A Truck U.S. Bank UniQue Ideas 'N More Virtual Media Group Visiting Angels Weis Comfort Systems, Inc. Westside Personnel Services Z Total Body, LLC

Contact the Chamber Office today to pledge your support!

 CONGRATULATIONS TO CHIEF BELMAR…………...6

 GLENN SHEPARD TO SPEAK ON 4/22..………...11

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See page 5 inside!

 NEW! AMBASSADOR SPOTLIGHT……………..16


president’s corner...

2014

Dear Chamber Members: Spring is finally starting to near and the Chamber is blossoming! Membership is at it’s highest; we are at almost 500 members and continuing to going strong, and we have many great projects/ programs going on right now at the Chamber! The STEM Summit was on March 12th and multiple people worked very hard to produce this event; look for an event recap and photos in next month’s newsletter. Next up: Dinner Auction. This annual event will be here before we know it! We are in a major push right now to bring in any last-minute or outstanding donations and to register those who would like to attend the event! Tickets are $50/person or $450/table of 10; this “early bird” pricing is only available until March 21st so purchase your tickets today! Not only is this one of the Chamber’s major fundraisers that drives both our operations budget and scholarship fund, but the Auction is a perfect time to form new business and personal relationships while strengthening existing ones. Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far and a huge thank you to the auction committee for the hard work they have put in so far with the planning of this event. Finally, just around the corner is the highly-successful Celebrate Fenton! Business and Community Fair, planned for Wednesday, May 28th at Rockwood Summit High School. The registration form is in the newsletter and we are currently looking for sponsors and vendors. If you have never had a booth or attended this event, it is definitely a tool that the Chamber offers to help you obtain your business goals for the year! It is always a well-attended event by the community and we look forward to a great showing of support by our members. As the first quarter of the year comes to an end, this is the perfect time to evaluate the track you are on when it comes to obtaining your business goals for the year. Specifically, examine how you are utilizing your Chamber membership. This year we have implemented the “Benefit of the Month” project in order to highlight all of the benefits that the Chamber offers to add value to your membership and help you succeed in business. The benefit we are highlighting for March is your Online Directory Listing. With over 3,000 hits to our website in the month of February, your listing can be a very key tool in connecting potential customers with you. It is certainly worth the time is may take to make sure the Online Directory is working for you. The “Find it in Fenton First” campaign is in full swing! Our goal with this campaign is to bring awareness to the community and to our members about the importance of supporting Fenton businesses and keeping your money within the local economy. We asked everyone to pledge their support by bring back an additional 10% of your spending back to Fenton and specifically to Chamber members. It is not too late to pledge you support, just contact the Chamber Office and a staff member will assist you, making sure that you receive your door decal and key tag so that you can be recognized as a supporter. A list of those who have taken the pledge can be found on the front page! Remember that the Chamber always has your back so Find it in Fenton First!!! Sincerely, Greg Bresler General Manager – Andre’s Banquet Facilities & Catering President – Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce

Pinnacle Partnership

SSM St. Clare Health Center Pinnacle Partnership

St. Anthony’s Medical Center & Urgent Care


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In this issue…

2014 Board of Directors OFFICERS PRESIDENT Greg Bresler - Andre’s Banquet Facilities & Catering

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Benefit of the Month: Online Listing

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LAST CALL: 2014 Dinner Auction

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Article: Financial “Spring Cleaning

1st Vice President Scott Borlinghaus - Fabick CAT 2nd Vice President Al’s Automotive & Tire Secretary Vance Scherrer - SERVPRO of Fenton/South Ballwin Treasurer Lori St. Clair - On Target Bookkeeping Services, LLC

DIRECTORS Paul Carcagno - Fortune Insurance

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National Speaker Event: Glenn Shepard

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2014 Business & Community Fair

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Good News & Thank Yous

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Ambassador Spotlight: Tracy Mills

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Welcome our Newest Members!

Jodi Clinton - Commerce Bank Karen Fox - Karen THE Connector Deb Fruend - Team Activities for Special Kids Ginny Goede - The Jewelry Connection Ellis Hawkins - President, St. Clare Health Center Rick Nadler - Grand Rental Station Dale E. Roethemeyer - Edward Jones Debbie Schirmer - Maritz Melissa Sullivan - UniGroup Immediate Past President Dale E. Roethemeyer St. Louis County Police Liaison Captain Jeff Bader City of Fenton Liaison Mayor Mike Polizzi

STAFF Executive Director — Jeannie Braun Assistant Director — Lisa Rackley Communications Coordinator — Kelly O’Daniel

The mission of the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce is to promote, support & represent business for the betterment of our members and the community.

Administrative Assistant — Betty Rottler

Pinnacle Partnership

Grand Rental Station


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Thank you to the February Luncheon Sponsor‌

JEANNA DELGADO Schaefer Autobody Centers

300 Biltmore Dr. #320 Fenton, MO 63026

636-305-8288

Pinnacle Partnership

Fabick CAT

Pinnacle Partnership

Maritz

Prestige Partnership

Drury Hotels


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Make sure the online directory is working for you! The Fenton Chamber wants to ensure that all of our members make the most of their Chamber membership investment. As an inclusion of your annual investment, you receive an Online Directory Listing via the Chamber website. Visitors to the Directory have the ability to search by keyword(s), by category, or by company name. Check your Directory Listing via the Chamber Website - www.fentonmochamber.com and ask yourself the following:

Is it accurate and up-to-date? (you may want to check spelling, punctuation, etc.)

You may have some work to do… Did you know??? You can access your company’s listing through Chamber Nation (remember January’s benefit) and make any necessary changes… at any time!

Do I have the representative(s) listed that I want people reaching out to? Am I listed in the most appropriate category(ies) for visitors to find me? Is there a map link showing my location? If so, is it correct? If no, do I want that? Try entering keywords as if searching for your business - Did you find it?

Do I have a “Special Offer” linked to my listing? If yes, is it up-to-date? If no, is that something I want?

Prestige Partnership

To add an additional company contact or to include a “Special Offer” linked to your listing, please contact the Chamber Office by calling (636) 717-0200 and a staff member will assist you in doing this!

Jim Butler Chevrolet

Prestige Partnership

UniGroup


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Congratulations, newly-appointed Chief of Police! Chief Jon Belmar was appointed to the Chief of Police position on January 31, 2014 by the St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners. According to County Charter, the Chief of Police is responsible for the law enforcement duties of St. Louis County. Chief Belmar has served the agency since 1986. The St. Louis County Police Department serves a population of over one million and a geographical area of more than 500 square miles. Chief Belmar was raised in North St. Louis County and currently resides in West St. Louis County with his wife and their two children. Chief Belmar is an active member of both the Affton & South County Chambers of Commerce. In addition, he was appointed to the St. Louis County Domestic and Family Violence Council in 2000, and has been a member of that council's Executive Board since 2001.

Welcome, Chief Jon Belmar!

Pacesetter Partnership

Express Employment

Olde Towne Fenton Business Association


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Friday, April 4th Andre’s South Banquet Center

at

from

6:30-10:30pm

DROP OFF DONATIONS TO CHAMBER OFFICE!

PURCHASE TICKETS! $50/person; $450/table of 10* Don’t wait to buy! After March 31st, prices will increase! See auction invitation for more info.

For more information, call 636.717.0200

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Clayton Corporation

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Fortune


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UniGroup President Announces Plans Richard H. McClure has announced plans to leave the company in early 2015. “My wife, Sharon, and I have been thinking about our life’s journey for some time and where the future might take us. If the time was right, we planned to move to the next stage of my life and career around the age of 60” said McClure. “UniGroup is well positioned for future growth, enjoying market leading positions in the segments in which we compete, innovative technology, and a very strong management team,” said McClure. “This is the right time for me personally to make a transition. Sharon and I have a sense that we will land in one or more new roles. We don’t know what that looks like, but as we pray and think about the future, we want to be available to tackle new challenges at a time in our lives when we have energy and passion for a variety of causes,” McClure said. UniGroup Chairman, H. Daniel McCollister said, “We are very grateful for Rich’s service to our customers, our agents and our Shareholders. Rich has worked with the board leadership over the past several years to establish a robust succession planning process. We thank him for giving us a year’s notice prior to his departure, which provides ample time for the board to implement our plan in which we will select a new UniGroup president.” McClure joined UniGroup in 1995 after a career in the public policy arena during which he served governors in two states. McClure was named president of UniGroup in 2002.

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Edward Jones-Dale E. Roethemeyer Partner Club

Vogel Heating & Cooling


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Join us for a National Speaker Event!

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: • Recognized as a leader in fighting the declining American work ethic and increasing entitlement mentality, Glenn Shepard is in the top 5% of professional speakers (based on speaking fee) and in the top 1% of authors who have had a #1 Best-Seller (six books overall). • His weekly newsletter, "Work Is Not for Sissies!", has subscribers in 23 countries. • His management seminars are extremely popular with business owners and have been hosted at more than 200 universities and Chambers of Commerce around the world.

Partner Club

American Eagle Credit Union

YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS IT!

Tuesday, April 22nd Maritz Conference Center & Theatre 1400 S. Highway Drive, Fenton MO

8:30am - 12:00pm Cost: $129 for members ($149 for non-members) When 3 or more from a company register, the 4th person attends at no charge.

Partner Club

Coughlin, Donovan, Niehaus & Scherle, P.C.


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Welcome Our Newest Partner! Nancy Cross with Kitcheneez recently joined the Chamber at the Committed Member level!

PARTNERSHIP MEMBERS: 38

On Target Bookkeeping “On Target” for Growth In addition to accommodating for growth in its client base, On Target has added space for QuickBooks training as well as business programs, both designed to help its clients with the most pressing issues that they face. The business series began in the first quarter of this year and are open to the public. “Referrals from clients and network resources are the keys to On Target’s growth” says Lori St. Clair, founder of On Target Bookkeeping. “We’re grateful for the confidence our clients and colleagues have placed in us and will continue to earn their trust and confidence every day.” Key to On Target’s success is its ability to go beyond the providing of accurate financial information, helping clients to improve their bottom line performance through more efficient business processes. “We go beyond debits and credits, we’re not simply a data entry firm,” says St. Clair. On Target Bookkeeping Services, LLC is located at 1592 Gravois Road in High Ridge, although it serves clients throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. For a listing of upcoming events and seminars visit www.getontargetnow.com/events or call 636-677-3710.

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State Farm Insurance/Marty Wilder Agency

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Jefferson College


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Financial “Spring Cleaning” Can Brighten Your Investment Picture The days are getting longer and warmer — a sure indication of the arrival of spring. Another sign of the season may be the urge you get to do some spring cleaning. But you might not have realized that some of the same spring-cleaning techniques that can be used on your home can also apply to your investments and your overall financial strategy. Here are a few ideas to consider:

GET RID OF “CLUTTER”: As you do your spring

cleaning, you may well find some clutter—a bunch of items you no longer need. As an investor, you might look at your portfolio and also find “clutter” in the form of investments that are no longer appropriate for your objectives. For example, perhaps some of them are virtual duplicates of other investments that you own, thereby diminishing your potential for diversification. Or maybe some investments are now too risky for your needs. In any case, you may be better off rebalancing your portfolio.

GET ORGANIZED: As you clean your home, you might

find ways to organize your belongings and furniture more efficiently. And you may also be able to organize your investments more effectively. One possibility: Consider consolidating your investment accounts with one provider. If you have an IRA here, another one there and some other investments scattered about, you may be paying more in fees and commissions than is necessary. By consolidating these investments, you might save money and paperwork — and more importantly, you may find it easier, with all your investments under one “roof,” to follow a single, unified investment strategy.

have developed some “cracks” or “chips.” Specifically, has your life insurance kept up with changes in your family situation? Events such as marriage, remarriage, or the arrival of a new child can all trigger the need to review your life insurance. You’ll also want to make sure you have adequate disability insurance. Consult with a financial professional for information on appropriate protection vehicles.

DO SOME “DUSTING”: As part of your spring cleaning, you may need to dust furniture, shelves and other surfaces in your home. And if you’ve been investing for a long time, you may need to metaphorically “dust off” your financial strategy to “freshen it up” to reflect changes in your life. To cite one possibility, as you get close to retirement, you may need to shift some — but certainly not all — of your growth-oriented investments into income-producing ones. But you may also need to review and revise your financial strategy at other points in your life, such as when you begin saving for your children’s college education.

SEAL “CRACKS”: Over time, the grout between your

kitchen or bathroom tiles can crack, so you’ll need to re-grout to protect your flooring. And you may find that, in looking at your overall financial strategy, your “protection” component —primarily in the form of insurance— might

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Edward Jones—Sean C. King

Just as spring cleaning can bring more light into your home, sprucing up your investment picture can help you brighten your financial outlook. And these improvements can help you in all seasons of your life. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor

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Westside Personnel Services


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Local Community Events FREE BINGO (FOR SENIORS (55+) AT DELMAR GARDENS

Tuesday, March 18th; 2:30-3:30pm; 1 Arbor Terrace; Fenton MO. Free Bingo for seniors 55 and over. Every 3rd Tuesday of each month. Delicious snacks and drinks. Seating is limited so please RSVP! Call 636-343-0016 for more information or to RSVP.

VEGAS SHUFFLE 2014 TO BENEFIT T.A.S.K.

Saturday, March 29th; 6:30-11:00pm; Team Activities for Special Kids; 990 Horan Drive; Fenton MO. Vegas Shuffle 2014 to Benefit T.A.S.K…Whether you like to shuffle your feet, or an occasional card or two...We’ve got the event for you! Join TASK and Trilogy for a great night of dancing, poker, blackjack, and roulette! Tickets include food, beer, soda, wine, “play”ing money, and live music! Cost is $30 each. Sponsorships are also available. To purchase tickets go to www.tasksports.org or call 636-343-8275.

MISSOURI CCW CONCEAL CARRY PERMIT CLASS

Sunday, March 30th; 8:00am-5:00pm; Xtreme Krav Maga & Fitness; 639 Gravois Bluffs Blvd, Suite C, Fenton MO. The CCW course is designed for people who wish to obtain their Missouri concealed firearms permit. The course goes over basic handgun safety and range rules, proper firing techniques, Missouri laws pertaining to concealed carry and live-fire at the range. For more information contact Steve Suize at 314-974-5728 or visit them on the web at www.xtremetacticaldefense.com.

6th ANNUAL FAMILY TRIVIA NIGHT AT SSM ST. CLARE

Saturday, April 5th; 7:00pm-10:00pm; SSM St. Clare Health Center; 1015 Bowles Avenue; Fenton MO. Sponsored by St. Clare Auxiliary. All proceeds will go to help purchase new birthing beds for the Family Birthplace at SSM St. Clare Health Center. $20/person (ages 12+) or $200/table of 10. Cost includes: soft drinks, water, popcorn, and attendance prizes. A cash bar will be available. Call Ginny Goede at 314-660-3026 for more information or to RSVP.

FENTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY SPRING LUNCH AND ANTIQUE APPRAISAL SUNSET HILLS BANQUET CENTER Saturday, April 26th at 12:30 pm; Sunset Hills Banquet Center; 13366 W. Watson Road; Sunset Hills MO. Do you have any antique or items in your family you’ve always wondered about? Bring them with you to our luncheon. Each person is allowed two items for a free appraisal. Tickets will be available soon. Look for the display at RiverChase! Call 636-326-0808 for more info or to RSVP.

2ND ANNUAL GET ORGANIZED EVENT

Saturday, April 26th; 9:30am-4:00pm; St. Charles Community College; 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr.; Cottleville MO. Local professional organizers to educate the public at the Get Organized St. Louis event on April 26, 2014. This year’s event is a full day workshop featuring two general education sessions, an “Ask the Organizers” Q & A panel. A box lunch is included with the event fee. For more information please contact Sheila DeHart at 314-422-0635 or email at Sheila@tidyuporganizing.com.

CELEBRATE FENTON! BUSINESS/COMMUNITY FAIR

Wednesday, May 28th; 4:30am-6:30 pm; Rockwood Summit High School; 1780 Hawkins Road; Fenton MO. Visit more than 100 booths with Restaurants and Businesses from around the Fenton area. This event is FREE and Open to the public. Hosted by the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce and Partners in Education Rockwood School District.

Do you have a Community Event to share? Email it to exdir@fentonmochamber.com Partner Club

SERVPRO of Fenton/South Ballwin

Partner Club

Martin-Jetco Heating & Air Conditioning


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Registration Available Now!

BID REQUEST

Wednesday, May 28th

We are looking for bids to produce approximately 500

Rockwood Summit High School - 1780 Hawkins Road, Fenton MO -

3:30 - 4:30pm

4:30 - 6:30pm

Business to Business Networking

Event Opens to the Public

SPONSOR.

PARTICIPATE.

Spotlight Sponsor - $1000

6 ft. Exhibitor Booth - $150 4 ft. Mini Booth - $100 Restaurant - $150* deposit

Premier Sponsor - $500 Restaurant Sponsor - $500

*Refundable . Provide food samples *

ADVERTISE.

VOLUNTEER.

1/8 pg. - $75 1/2 pg. - $250 1/4 pg. - $135 Full pg. - $500

Setup • During Event Breakdown/Cleanup

Ad will appear in May 21st ed. of The Current News Magazine

Committed Member

If you can volunteer at any time on the day of May 28th, please let us know!

Schmersahl Treloar & Company CPA’s

die-cut handle bags (approx. 12”w x 15”h) that would be able to have event sponsor logos printed on them for this event. Please submit all requests via email, exdir@fentonmochamber.com

or fax, 636.717.0214

Committed Member

Midwest BankCentre


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Thank you to everyone who brought donations for the “Backstop of Beer” to the March Member Luncheon! AFLAC / Nicholas DeFelice Ageless Design by Deb Bokamper American Eagle Credit Union Bark Park at Unger Bon Vivant Adult Day Club Breakthrough Pain Relief Clinic CIRRUS SOLUTINZ Commerce Bank Drury Inn & Suites - Fenton Jilly's Cafe and Steakhouse Lutheran Senior Services at Meramec Bluffs Mercy Clinic Urgent Care SAMMY J Balloon Creations Space + Form Architects, LLC St. Louis County Police - Fenton Precinct Sunnyhill, Inc. Team Activities for Special Kids, Inc. Travelers Lane UniQue Ideas 'N More

MAKE A DONATION TODAY!

Committed Member

Extra Space Storage Committed Member

SAMMY J Balloon Creations


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Good News

Thank You !

St. Luke’s Hospital announced that it has been named one of the nation’s “50 Best Hospitals” by Healthgrades, putting them in the top one percent of hospitals nationwide out of over 4,500 hospitals; this achievement was received based on evaluation of clinical performance over 7 years.

Thank you to everyone who has “pledged” their support of the “Find it in Fenton First” campaign! (see front page)

St. Louis At Home recently announced winners of the 7th Annual At Home Architect and Designer Awards. Congratulations to Rataj-Krueger Architects who took third place in Architecture & Interior Design for the Commercial Space category. What an achievement! They, along with other winners, have been featured in the February 13th Spring edition of At Home. Congratulations to Our Savior Lutheran Christian Academy on their success in this year’s Buffalo Wild Wings “Spirit Bracket Challenge”. This friendly competition helps local schools raise money to purchase much needed items in their classrooms and to complete activities that they otherwise would not have been able to. Congrats! Congratulations to Diane Bade of UniQue Ideas ‘N More who was recently appointed by the Board of Aldermen to replace her late husband, Harold, in the vacant Ward 1 seat. Congratulations again, Diane, on your appointment!

Send us your Good News!

Thank you to our February Luncheon sponsor, Schaefer Autobody Centers… we appreciate your support! Thank you to the following who donated a door prize at the February Membership Luncheon: Traveler’s Lane/Pat Lane, The Jewelry Connection, SSM St. Clare Auxiliary, Bark Park at Unger, American Eagle Credit Union, Lutheran Senior Services at Meramec Bluffs, Z Total Body LLC, David’s Guitar Loft, & SAMMY J Balloon Creations. Thank you to Louis Henry of Space + Form Architects for donating his 50/50 winnings of $55 back to the Chamber for the AED Machine fund. Thank you to CJS Roofing Company for donating back two Dinner Auction tickets which were used for the “Backstop of Beer” fundraising prize at the March Luncheon. Thank you to our March Luncheon sponsor, SERVPRO of Fenton/South Ballwin! What a great program! Thank you to speakers at the March Luncheon: Gina Joly & Deane Adams of American Red Cross who spoke about the ReadyRating program and Captain McCarthy with Fenton Fire Protection District who spoke about the brand new PulsePoint smartphone application! Thank you to the following who donated a door prize at the March Membership Luncheon: Organization in Bloom, Prism Touch Massage, SERVPRO of Fenton/South Ballwin, UniQue Ideas ‘N More, Traveler’s Lane, SAF Company, Leader Publications, American Eagle Credit Union, Z Total Body, Kristy Carder Enterprises, Mercy Clinic, SAMMY J Balloon Creations, & The Jewelry Connection. Thank you to Linda Wulf of Sunnyhill, Inc. who donated her 50/50 raffle winnings of $59 back to the FACC for the AED Machine fund. Thank you to everyone who made the STEM Summit a great success: committee, sponsors, all attendees, volunteers & more… see next month for recap and photos. Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far to this year’s Dinner Auction! Contact us to find out how you can get involved!

Committed Member

On Target Bookkeeping Services, LLC

Committed Member

Carrollton Bank


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Tracy Mills American Eagle Credit Union Why are you an Ambassador? “I wanted to be more involved with the Chamber and wanted to have a chance to share all of the great Chamber benefits with new members, current members, and guests.”

What is your favorite part about the Fenton Chamber? “My favorite part about the Chamber is meeting new people and making new contacts at various Chamber events.”

Name two things many people do not know about you. “I am currently pursuing my MBA at SIUE. I am hoping to complete my Master’s in February of 2015.” “I am a movie fanatic. I own more than 1,000 movies!!!

Committed Member

McManus Construction Inc.

Committed Member

Capital Source Solutions, LLC


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* Upcoming Calendar of Chamber Events * ► Tuesday, March 18th—Connect Over Coffee at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers ► Wednesday, March 26th—Ribbon Cutting at EPIC 6 Laser Tag & Sports Arena—10:00-11:00am; 601 Gravois Bluffs Blvd, Ste. G, Fenton MO. Join us as we celebrate the opening of Fenton's newest entertainment venue and one of the Chamber’s newest members with a Ribbon Cutting! Take a tour of the facility and find out what EPIC 6 has to offer the community! What a great way to show support of a fellow Chamber Member; all are welcome and encouraged to attend.

► Friday, April 4th—”Baseball is Back” Dinner Auction at Andre’s South Banquet Center—6:30pm-10:30pm; 4254

Telegraph Road; St. Louis, MO 63129. Funds raised at this event help us with the cost of running an ever-growing Fenton Chamber and allow us to continually give thousands of dollars each year to Fenton area students through our Scholarship program. Donate an item! Purchase your tickets! Cost $50/person or $450/Table of 10. Please contact us at (636) 717-0200 for more information.

► Wednesday, April 9th—Membership Luncheon at Andre’s West—11:00am-1:00pm; 211 S. Old Highway 141, Fenton MO.

Sponsored by: Waterproof Solutions. This month’s luncheon will include a program focused strictly on networking with fellow Chamber members. We have an interactive program planned for everyone in attendance so join us for a great lunch and even better networking! Watch for more information. Cost: $20 members; $25 non-members/guests.

► Tuesday, April 15th—New Resident Mailing Flyers Due to Chamber Office by 4:00pm—Get noticed by new residents to the Fenton and surrounding communities! Each quarter, the Fenton Chamber sends out a "Welcome Packet" to new residents within the previous three months. To participate, just drop off/mail in 200 half-page flyers and $50 payment to the Chamber Office by this date... It's really that simple! Please RSVP if you plan to include flyers for the April mailing. Call 636-717-0200 or register online.

► Tuesday, April 22nd—Glenn Shepard: “How to Lead People & Supervise a Team” at Maritz—8:30am-12:00pm; Maritz Conference Center & Theatre; 1400 South Highway Drive, Fenton MO. Join Kirkwood/ Des Peres & Fenton Chambers of Commerce as we host national speaker, Glenn Shepard. He is recognized as a leader in fighting the declining American work ethic and increasing entitlement mentality. Cost: $129 for members; $149 for non-members/guests… when 3 or more enroll, 4th person is no charge!

Register for these and other events online at www.fentonmochamber.com or call 636-717-0200

Committed Member

Rataj-Krueger Architects, Inc.

Committed Member

Mary Kay Cosmetics-Linda Branham


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Welcome Our Newest Members! Join us in welcoming our newest Chamber members by patronizing their businesses. Chamber membership reflects business integrity and demonstrates commitment to the community. AFLAC Nicholas DeFelice

Eagle Publications, Inc.

Mertz Auto Body, Inc.

Allstate-Kuhn Agency, LLC

EPIC 6 Laser Tag & Sports Arena

Pro Care Landscaping, LLC

601 Gravois Bluffs Blvd, Ste. G Fenton, MO 63026 Phone: 636-600-1890 www.epic6fun.com

Fenton, MO 63026 Phone: 314-698-7449 Eric Wehner, Owner www.pro-carelandscaping.com Landscaping Maintenance

American Red Cross, Greater St. Louis Chapter

Kitcheneez - Nancy Cross

SAF Company, LLC

10195 Corporate Square Drive St. Louis, MO 63132 Phone: 314-516-2800 www.redcross.org/mo/st-louis

St. Louis, MO 63126 Phone: 314-412-0664 www.kitcheneez.biz/nancycross Healthy Options; Spices/Meal Mixes Joined as a Committed Member!

Eagle Land Development

Leader Publications, Inc.

Fenton, MO 63026 Phone: 314-623-1391 Insurance/Supplemental Insurance Employee/Employer Benefits 12982 Maurer Industrial Dr, Ste. D Sunset Hills, MO 63127 Phone: 314-843-4443 agents.allstate.com/stephenkuhn-saint-louis-mo.html

1855 Bowles Avenue, Ste. 110 Fenton, MO 63026 Phone: 314-221-2792 Contact: Ryan Zeitler Property Management

# 2 Eastport Plaza Collinsville, IL 62234 Phone: 618-345-5400 Contact: Shelley Norton eagleon-line.com

P.O. Box 159 Festus, MO 63028 Phone: 636-931-7560 Contact: Rob Schneider myleaderpaper.com

Pictured (left to right): Jeannie Braun—FACC Ex. Director; Lori St. Clair— On Target Bookkeeping Services /FACC Board of Directors; Stephen Kuhn—Allstate/Kuhn Agency, LLC Becky O’Neill—REMAX Gold/Becky O’Neill; Dr. Nathan Free— Freedom Chiropractic; Henry & Carrie Mertz—Mertz Auto Body; Nicholas LaRosa—CMIT Solutions of St. Louis Southwest; Deanne Adams & Gina Joly—American Red Cross; Rob Schneider—Leader Publications; Nicholas DeFelice— AFLAC; Nancy Cross—Kitcheneeze; Greg Bresler—Andre’s Banquet Facilities & Catering/FACC President; Committed Members

Z Total Body, LLC

989 Gravois Road Fenton, MO 63026 Phone: 636-326-2100 Contact: Carrie Mertz Automotive Repair/Service

Phone: 314-435-0987 Rui (Rae) Yin, Owner safcompany.com Jewelry, Educational Programs Advertising, Market Research

February Luncheon New Members!

Pictured (left to right): Jeannie Braun—FACC Ex. Director; Dr. Vito Vricella— Fenton Family Eyecare; Wayne Meyer—Eagle Publications; Dana Ianazzo—Fenton Post Office; Louis Henry—Space + Form Architects; William Munroe—Gander Mountain; Matt Wayne—Virtual Media Group; Greg Bresler—Andre’s Banquet Facilities & Catering/FACC President; Lori St. Clair— On Target Bookkeeping Services /FACC Board of Directors

Nolan Office Interiors

Kitcheneeze—Nancy Cross


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MARCH 2014

FENTON FOCUS

Renewing Members for February American Family Insurance/Eric Ward • AT&T Missouri Dental Recruiters, Inc. • Durham Park & Catering • Grant Masonry Contracting The Guys Hair Shop • JML Audio of St. Louis • Juice Plus & Tower Garden Ken Winston/Realty Executives of St. Louis • Lohman Wrecker Service Manpower International • McAlister’s Deli • McAvoy & Bahn, L.C. Miken Technologies • Neighbors Credit Union • Penfold Enterprises P.M. Leach Painting Company • Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Rieger Landscaping & Gardening • Rodeway Inn and Suites Sanford-Brown College • Speed-e-Way Printing • St. Louis County Government Tapawingo National Golf Club • Xtreme Krav Maga & Fitness • Zipp Express

Thank you to our renewing Partnership Members... American Eagle Credit Union • Edward Jones/Dale E. Roethemeyer Jefferson College • Extra Space Storage • Schmersahl, Treloar & Co. CPAs

Committed Members

AXIUS Financial

Construction Appliance

HealthMarkets Insurance - Jeffrey Wolf


FENTONFOCUS Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce 1400 South Highway Drive, Suite 99 Fenton MO 63099

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PAID Fenton MO Permit No. 119

(636) 717-0200 (636) 717-0214 Fax www.fentonmochamber.com

Membership Luncheon

New Resident Mailing Due!

Wednesday, April 9th* 11:00am—1:00pm

Flyers due to the Chamber by 4pm

Andre’s West Banquet Center 211 S. Old Highway 141, Fenton MO

1400 South Highway Drive Suite 99, Fenton MO 63099

Sponsored by: Waterproof Solutions This month’s luncheon will include a program focused strictly on networking with fellow Chamber members. We have an interactive program planned for everyone in attendance so join us for a great lunch and networking! Watch for more information.

Get noticed by new residents to the Fenton and surrounding communities! Each quarter, the Fenton Chamber sends out a "Welcome Packet" to new residents to the area within the previous three months. To participate, just drop off/mail in 200 half-page flyers and $50 payment to the Chamber Office by this date... It's that simple!

Cost: $20 members; $25 guests

Cost: $50, Provide 200 flyers

Please RSVP by Friday, April 4th online or contact the Chamber Office.

Please direct your questions to the Chamber Office at (636) 717-0200.

Tuesday, April 15th


March 2014 Fenton Focus Newsletter