FENTON FOCUS PRESENTED BY: FENTON AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WWW.FENTONMOCHAMBER.COM | 636-717-0200
NOV / DEC 2016
At the December Luncheon, Mayor Mike Polizzi recognized Executive Director Jeannie Braun for the tremendous work that she does for the Fenton Chamber and, in turn, the community. Jeannie was presented with an official proclamation stating that, going forward, December 7th will be known as "Jeannie Braun Day"! Jeannie has been with the FACC since 2002 and Executive Director since March 2004. During this time, she has dedicated her time, her many talents and her commitment to the Fenton business community in order to grow the Fenton Chamber to what it is today! With that being said, please join us in saying…
Please accept our sincere apologies for the delay in getting this to you! You are important to us… we have been hard at work and have not forgotten about you! We apologize for any inconvenience that this delay may have caused.
A MESSAGE FROM CITY OF FENTON MAYOR…… 4
IMPORTANT PHONE SCAM INFORMATION .... 7
FENTON NAMED FIRST POW-MIA CITY …….... 11
Join Us for Pancakes!
Scholarship Applications Scholarship Application for 2017 are now available… Pick one up today! To be considered, scholarship applicants must be graduating seniors and plan to attend a college, university, technical, or trade school. Applicants must reside in the 63026 zip code (including City of Fenton and Unincorporated St. Louis & Jefferson Counties). Copies of the application have been sent to area high schools and are available for pickup via college guidance departments. Interested students may also acquire applications from the Chamber Office during the week. For more information, contact the Chamber Office at any time during normal office hours, Monday-Friday / 9am-4pm, at 636-717-0200.
SSM Health St. Clare Hospital
~ 5th Annual ~
Pancake Breakfast at
Culver’s - 1024 Bowles Ave.
Friday, January 20th from 8:00am-9:15am $10 members; $20 non-members Join us as Culver's opens it’s doors early for this annual Fenton Chamber networking event! Enjoy the company of your fellow Chamber members while feasting on flapjacks. You won’t want to miss it!
Register online or call us at 636.717.0200!
St. Anthony’s Medical Center & Fenton Urgent Care
2017 FACC Scholarships Available
2017 Auction: Fenton Fun in the Sun!
Important: Phone Scam Alert
December Luncheon Photos
Fenton, MO Named First “POW-MIA City”
Good News & Thank You’s
Upcoming Chamber Events
Welcome our Newest Members!
Grand Rental Station
A Message From…
Mayor Polizzi City of Fenton Dear FACC Members, Fenton has been blessed by the presence of a special woman here since 2002, when Jeannie Smith Braun began her career with the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce as Administrative Assistant. She became Executive Director of the organization in 2004. Under Jeannie’s strong leadership, the Fenton Chamber has grown from about 200 to nearly 500 members. Her group earned the “John Fabick Community Service Award” in 2007, and Jeannie continues to bring together community, businesses, and the city government on a daily basis.
Her passion for her job and compassion for her members shows in all of her actions. She is clearly an asset to Fenton as well as to the business community. It was my great honor to proclaim December 7, 2016, as “Jeannie Braun Day” in the City of Fenton. It was certainly an extra bonus that this was presented at the monthly Chamber Luncheon (at Fabick). Wishing you all a Blessed Christmas and Holiday Season,
on your Ribbon Cutting! America’s Incredible Pizza - St. Louis 5254 S. Lindbergh Blvd. | St. Louis, MO Ph: 314-842-0700 | Contact: Kristie Gabel
► DONATE AN AUCTION ITEM (think of an item you would want to bid on… then donate!)
► SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE (there are still sponsorships left, starting at just $100!)
► PURCHASE TICKETS TO ATTEND Early-Bird Pricing: $50/Person; $450/Table of 10 (early-bird pricing for tickets ends on February 15th!)
► “REVERSE RAFFLE” TICKETS $500 Grand Prize > 9 Additional Chances to Win! (pricing is as follows: $10/ticket - or - 3 for $25)
► PLACE AN AD IN EVENT CATALOG (advertising opportunities starting at just $25!)
► VOLUNTEER AT THE EVENT (it takes many volunteers to put on a successful event!)
Call us at 636-717-0200!
Jim Butler Chevrolet
Where can you find the latest updates regarding the Rte. 141 / I-44 construction? Visit the Fenton Chamber website and click on the logo!
Pick up the phone and make a phone call Send a hand-written note Create a customer anniversary database and use to say thank you Post a shout-out on social media
Send a relevant photo postcard Say it with a video & post / email Give thanks with a small “freebie” Host a customer appreciation event Give coffee via Starbucks “Tweet A Coffee” Showcase your customers’ businesses on your website (if possible) Last, but not least… Refer a customer! Does your business do anything unique / creative to say thank you to customers? Let us know!
Express Employment Professionals—St. Louis South
7 CALLERS PRETENDING TO BE STAFF MEMBER
We've recently been notified that phone calls are going out to our members (past & present) from someone stating that they are with the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce and are calling to collect money. Calls are coming from 1-888-011-4916 and is "temporarily unavailable" upon calling back. The Fenton Chamber does not have an (888) phone number. If you receive a call from this number or from a different number and the premise of that call resembles this scam, do not give them any information and hang up! If you receive a call of this nature, please contact the Chamber Office at 636-717-0200.
2016 FACC Award Winners
Russ Ahlheim |Ad Source One Angela Reynolds |U.S. Bank Jim Winslow, Jr. |Sky Zone - Fenton
Joe Fischer, Jr.
Fischer Christoff Bartmess, Advisors
Rob Schneider |Leader Publications Suzie Smith |Suzie Paints Nothing Bundt Cakes - Chesterfield Chuck Winkle |Maritz UniQue Ideas â€˜N More
State Farm Insurance/Marty Wilder Agency
Edward Jonesâ€”Sean C. King
Westside Personnel Services
Edward Jones-Dale E. Roethemeyer Partner Club
Vogel Heating & Cooling
City of Fenton Named First â€œPOW-MIA Cityâ€? On December 13th, the city of Fenton, Missouri was officially recognized as the first POW-MIA CITY in the United States! Fenton Chamber staff members joined Mayor Mike Polizzi and board members of the Jefferson Barracks POW MIA Museum for the acceptance of this proclamation - what an honor this is for the Fenton community and for all of those involved in this project!
American Eagle Credit Union
Martin-Jetco Heating & Air Conditioning
on the Fenton Chamber Website!
Go to www.fentonmochamber.com Click on the ‘Events Calendar’ button Click on the ‘Submit Your Event’ button Follow the prompts to enter details about your event (date, time, location, etc.) Yes, it’s really that simple!
to all of the Chamber Members who signed up and participated in our first-ever “Wrap A Wreath, Trim A Tree” holiday fundraiser! Ageless Design by Deb Bokamper Alphagraphics of St. Louis America’s Incredible Pizza Angela Reynolds’ Group JCPenney - Gravois Bluffs Karen THE Connector Meramec Heights Collision Center SAMMY J Balloon Creations Stems by Stacy UniQue Ideas ‘N More Everyone’s wreaths and trees looked amazing and, with the help of your generous donation for the fundraiser, we brought in approximately $450! These funds will be shared among the Fenton Chamber, Circle of Concern and Feed My People. Interested in participating next year? Let us know!
SERVPRO of Fenton/South Ballwin
Commerce Bank - Fenton Branch
Donations Requested for Police Care Packages! Fenton Chamber staff recently dropped off a bin full sports drinks and snacks/goodies to both Fenton & West County police precincts. With your help, we hope to continue refilling these bins as they run out.
THAT'S WHERE YOU COME IN!
Please keep Executive Director Jeannie Braun and her entire family (including Chamber Member Ray Bove of Fibrenew) in your thoughts and prayers during this time. Jeannie's dad, Gene, passed away peacefully at the age of 92 in the comfort of his home on Friday, December 16th.
Sports Drinks Protein Bars Sweets / Candy Energy Drinks Cocoa / Coffee Mix Chips / Pretzels Grab & Go Snacks
Nathan W. Maurer Principal / Vice President
12955 Gravois Road Sunset Hills, MO 63127 Fax (314) 645-4731 Office (314) 645-4700 email@example.com
Donate only if you can. The brave men and women of these police departments are incredibly appreciative of the support from the Fenton Chamber community!
If you would like to donate, you may drop off items to the Chamber Office M-F 9am-4pm!
Chemistry Multimedia, LLC
UniQue Ideas ‘N More
Bott Radio Network
SAMMY J Balloon Creations
Congratulations to everyone involved in Rockwood Summit’s student-run radio station (and Chamber Member) KFTN 92.7 FM… they’ve been selected as finalists for "Best High School Radio Station" by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System!
Thank you to our December Luncheon Sponsor: Fischer Christoff Bartmess, Advisors. Thank you to a great host, Fabick CAT. Thank you to everyone who brought in a donation for Circle of Concern and Feed My People… we made sure that scoop was overflowing with donations! Thank you to everyone who had a hand in making the luncheon a great success! (see pages 8 & 9).
Congratulations to Joe Fischer and David Chrtstoff, formerly of Fischer Christoff Bartmess Advisors, on their retirement! They have both since joined the Chamber as “Retired” members and will continue to support all of the efforts of the Fenton Chamber!
Thinking of You Sympathies to Stephen Burton with Waterpoof Solutions, along with his entire family, with the passing of his mother. We offer our condolences. We extend condolences to Diane Erlanger, the entire Erlanger family, and the staff at Sports Care Centre, with the recent passing of Diane’s husband and long-time business owner, Howard.
Thank you to all of our Chamber Members who attended this year’s “Light Up the Valley” event at Delmar Gardens of Meramec Valley … and thank you to Delmar staff for yet another great event! Thank you to the 2017 Auction Committee who is already hard at work to make sure that this year’s event is even better than the last! Get involved in this year’s Auction! Thank you to all of those Chamber Members who brought in goodies for the staff: Sherman Auto Sales, Bethesda Health Group, Express Employment Professionals, Friendship Village of Sunset Hills, State Farm - Marty Wilder Agcy, SAMMY J Balloons, Bob Boles - SCORE St. Louis, Joe Fischer - Fischer Christoff Bartmess, Edward Jones - Dale E. Roethemeyer, Bender Inc., Ginny Goede - The Jewelry Connection, Karen Fox Karen THE Connector.
We apologize for anyone we may have excluded from this list. We do our very best to thank everyone!
Please keep Chuck Winkle of Maritz in your thoughts during this time with the recent passing of his mother. We offer our sincere condolences. We offer our condolences to the Kriegshauser family with the passing of Herman Kriegshauser, Rockwood School District Board Member. Herman was a frequent attendee to our Fenton Chamber luncheons and we enjoyed having him! Please keep the family of Anita Thurman with Bender, Inc. in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time; Anita’s husband, Gary, passed away unexpectedly this month.
On Target For Profitable Growth
- 2017 -
Sponsorships Available Now! Do YOU want to sponsor a “Connect Over Coffee” breakfast networking event in 2017 by hosting it at your location? ► Host location must be able to comfortably hold and/or seat at least 30 people. ► Host will provide light refreshments for guests (pastries, bagels, coffee, juice, etc.) ► Host will be given the opportunity to speak to attendees, give facility tour, introduce staff, etc.
The following dates are available: June 30th | Aug. 11th | Oct. 20th Contact the Chamber Office at 636-717-0200. Dates warded on a first come, first served basis.
Mary Jauer - EXIT Elite Realty
85% of businesses are using social media for brand awareness
91% of businesses have used Facebook advertising 58% of businesses are still trying to figure out how to drive traffic to their website from social media 93% of businesses currently use Facebook with their social media marketing plan 58% of businesses will add video in 2017 30% adding Facebook video
Farmers Insurance - Sparks Agency
Upcoming Chamber Events
► Monday, January 16th—New Resident Mailing (first of 2017) Flyers Due to Chamber Office by 4:00PM
1400 S. Highway Drive | Fenton MO—Get noticed by new residents! Each quarter, the Fenton Chamber sends out a "Welcome Packet" to new residents in the communities of Fenton, Valley Park, High Ridge and Sunset Hills. To participate, just drop off/mail in 200 halfpage flyers plus $50 payment or 200 full page flyers plus $75 payment to the Chamber Office by this date... It's really that simple!
► Friday, January 20th—5th Annual Pancake Breakfast Event at Culver’s of Fenton—8:00AM - 9:090AM
1024 Bowles Avenue | Fenton MO—Join us as Culver's opens its doors early exclusively for the Fenton Chamber’s 4th Annual Pancake Breakfast event! Enjoy pancakes while networking with fellow Chamber members and guests in attendance. Last year we had 40+ in attendance - you won’t want to miss it! Cost: $10 for Members; $20 for Non-Members/Guests | RSVP by Wednesday, January 18th.
► Wednesday, January 25th—Small Business Success Group at Chamber Office—8:00AM - 9:30AM
1400 S. Highway Drive | Fenton MO— The Small Business Success Group offers educational opportunities and quality networking for all of our Small Business Owners! January’s topic will be " 5 Things Every Business Owner Should Know about their Website." Mark your calendars… this group will meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month… check online calendar for session topics.
► Wednesday, February 1st—Membership Luncheon at Andre’s West Banquet Center—11:00AM - 1:00PM
211 S. Old Highway 141 | Fenton MO—Join us as guest speaker Dan Coughlin shares how to "Accelerate Your Impact as a Business Leader"! In this session, Dan Coughlin will provide practical insights on effective business leadership that are based on his more than 3,000 executive coaching sessions with over 250 senior executives in Fortune 50 companies to family-owned businesses. More info about this speaker is available on the events page of the Chamber website. Luncheon Sponsored by: Waterproof Solutions
► Monday, February 20th—Chamber Office Closed All Day Due to Holiday ► Wednesday, February 22nd—Small Business Success Group at Chamber Office—8:00AM - 9:30AM
1400 S. Highway Drive | Fenton MO— The Small Business Success Group offers educational opportunities and quality networking for all of our Small Business Owners! Session Topic: What Social Networking can do for your Business.
Stems by Stacy
State Farm Insurance - Ryan Fico Agency
Join us in welcoming our newest Chamber members by patronizing their businesses or referring their business. Chamber membership reflects business integrity and demonstrates a commitment to the community.
David Christoff (retired) Manchester, MO 63011 Phone: 636-391-3100
Joe Fischer, Jr. (retired) St. Louis, MO 63128 Phone: 314-277-4120
Lifestyle Construction, LLC Ballwin, MO 63021 Phone: 314-393-2568 Contact: Karl McKay www.lifestyleconstructionstlouis.com
MassageLuXe - Fenton 672B Gravois Bluffs Blvd. | Fenton Phone: 636-349-5893 Contact: Jane Thomas www.massageluxe.com
PNC Bank (Rte 141 at I-44) Joined at the Partner Club level! 912 Meramec Station Rd, A1-N | Valley Park Phone: 636-825-7647 Contact: Tammy Price www.pnc.com
Restoration 1 of St. Louis 1302 W. Lark Industrial Dr. | Fenton Phone: 636-429-2228 Contact: Wroten McQuirter III www.restoration1.com
Rhino Hyde Productions 1625 Larkin Williams Road | Fenton Phone: 314-349-1222 Contact: Sarah Guldalian www.rhinohydeproductions.com
Pictured (left to right): Sarah & Jordan - Rhino Hyde Productions; Jeannie Braun - FACC Exec. Director; Shannon & Micky - LifeXist; Mary Jauer FACC Board Member, EXIT Elite Realty; Tammy Price - PNC Bank; Lori St. Clair - FACC Board Member, On Target For Profitable Growth; Kelley & David Vonarx - Vonarx Engineering; Deirdre Long - The Current News Magazine Committed Members
Nolan Office Interiors
Verve Design Studio (formerly Rataj-Krueger)
Karen THE Connector
Thank You for Renewing! Advanced Pool & Spa ∙ Affton Youth Hockey ∙ ATHLETICO Physical Therapy Bentley Animal Hospital ∙ Bill Dye Plumbing ∙ Circle of Concern Citizens National Bank ∙ Community Quick Cash ∙ Debra Weber Realty Derma Sciences, Inc. ∙ Edward Jones - Matt Thomason ∙ F2 Garage Door Solutions Fenton Fire Protection District ∙ Fenton Pediatrics ∙ First Community Credit Union Gravois Ridge Townhome Apartments ∙ Great Clips Gravois Bluffs ∙ Home Free Corp Krispy Kreme ∙ Lindbergh Schools ∙ The Little Greek Corner ∙ Luby Equipment Marciante Diversified, Inc. ∙ Missouri Department of Economic Development Mutual of Omaha - Linda Witte Marshall ∙ National Laser Inkjet & Cartridge Service NextStep For Life, Employment Services ∙ OMS Consulting Firm ∙ P.M. Leach Painting PC Tech ∙ ProSource Wholesale Flooring ∙ Rockwood Drug-Free Coalition Russell’s Café & Bakery ∙ Save-A-Lot - Fenton ∙ The Shade Tree Service Shelter Insurance - Mike Finney ∙ Sherman Auto Sales ∙ St. Louis Business Forms St. Louis College of Health Careers ∙ St. Louis County Library (Meramec Valley) St. Louis Economic Dev. Partnership ∙ Thirty-One Gifts - Misty Townsend Walgreens - Bowles & 141 ∙ Xtreme Krav Maga & Fitness ∙ Zipp Express
AUTCOhome Appliances | Carrollton Bank | Jefferson College Verve Design Studios | Westside Personnel Services
HealthMarkets Insurance - Jeffrey Wolf
FENTONFOCUS Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce 1400 South Highway Drive, Suite 99 Fenton MO 63099 (636) 717-0200 (636) 717-0214 Fax www.fentonmochamber.com
Join Us For Pancakes!
Wed. February 1st
Friday, January 20th 8:00am - 9:15am
Andre’s West Banquet Center
at Culver’s - Fenton
11:00am check-in, 11:30am start 211 S. Old Highway 141 | Fenton MO
1024 Bowles Avenue | Fenton MO
Guest speaker Dan Coughlin will share how to "Accelerate Your Impact as a Business Leader", providing practical insights on effective business leadership, based on his more than 3,000 executive coaching sessions with 250+ senior executives in Fortune 50 companies to familyowned businesses. You won’t want to miss it!
Join us as Culver's opens its doors early exclusively for the Fenton Chamber’s 4th Annual Pancake Breakfast event! Enjoy pancakes while networking with fellow Chamber members and guests in attendance. Last year we had 40+ in attendance - you won’t want to miss it!
$20 members; $25 guests
Cost: $10 members; 20 guests
Please RSVP for this event by calling (636) 717-0200 or register & pay online.
Please RSVP by Wednesday, January 18th online or contact the Chamber Office