FENTON FOCUS PRESENTED BY: FENTON AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WWW.FENTONMOCHAMBER.COM
OCT / NOV 2016
SAVE THE DATE NOW… GET INVOLVED EARLY
Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce
21st Annual Dinner Auction
4254 Telegraph Road | St. Louis
6:30 - 10:00PM
With so many opportunities available, there is something for everyone, no matter your budget or time commitment!
ATTEND · SPONSOR DONATE · ADVERTISE
2017 FACC SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS…………. 4
DONATION REQUEST FOR CARE PACKAGES ....….. 7
We’re getting ready to roll out events & opportunities for 2017! The Fenton Chamber staff and board strive to offer a wide variety of opportunities so that businesses of any size and budget are able to participate in some way. Keeping this in mind, make sure you save room for us in your budget, whether by renewing your membership or by taking advantage of additional opportunities!
SPONSOR A “CONNECT OVER COFFEE” …...... 16
“SHARPSHOOTER” MAJOR SPONSORS:
ABF Security Advanced Audiology Associates Allstate - Scott Combs Agency, LLC Denny Dennis Sporting Goods Edward Jones - Matt Thomason Hely Heating and Cooling K & K Supply, Inc. Leader Publications, Inc. Meramec Heights Collision Center, Inc. Mercy Clinic Urgent Care On Target For Profitable Growth Riley Spence & Associates River City Casino Rockwood Bank SAMMY J Balloon Creations SSM Health - St. Clare Hospital State Farm Insurance - Marty Wilder Agency Stiern Laser + Arch Engraving Suzie Paints Two Men And A Garden Web Techniques, Inc.
… a special thank you to… Suzie & Margeaux Smith of Suzie Paints for volunteering their time to take photos at the event.
Volunteers: Ashley Irby - Riley Spence & Assoc. & Linda Marshall - Mutual of Omaha
Donors: Advanced Audiology Assoc., Denny Dennis Sporting Goods, K & K Supply Inc., Meramec Heights Collision Center, St. Louis Skeet & Trap Club, Stiern Laser + Arch Engraving, Two Men And A Garden
SSM Health St. Clare Hospital
St. Anthony’s Medical Center & Fenton Urgent Care
2016 Board of Directors OFFICERS
Sporting Clays Challenge Recap
SW Regional Economic Summit A Success
Donations Requested for Care Packages
Fenton Logistics Park Breaks Ground
PRESIDENT Lori St. Clair - On Target For Profitable Growth 1st Vice President Paul Carcagno - Fortune Insurance 2nd Vice President Secretary Karen Fox - Karen THE Connector Treasurer Scott Borlinghaus - Fabick CAT
DIRECTORS Greg Bresler - Andre’s Banquets & Catering Joe Fischer, Jr. - Fischer, Christoff, Bartmess Dr. Nathan Free - Freedom Chiropractic Deb Fruend - Team Activities for Special Kids Ginny Goede - The Jewelry Connection
Improve Your Website Visitors’ Experience
Good News & Thank You’s
Upcoming Chamber Events
Welcome our Newest Members!
Ellis Hawkins - SSM Health St. Clare Hospital Mary Jauer - Realtor, EXIT Elite Realty Dale E. Roethemeyer - Edward Jones Laura Roth - UniGroup Chuck Winkle - Maritz Jim Winslow, Jr. - Sky Zone - Fenton Immediate Past President Greg Bresler
EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS St. Louis County Police Liaison Captain John Wheeler City of Fenton Liaisons Nikki Finkbiner Mayor Mike Polizzi Chamber Attorney David Davis, Davis Law LLC
OFFICE STAFF Executive Director
Director of Communications
Events Coordinator Administrative Assistant
Grand Rental Station
Scholarship Applications Scholarship Application for 2017 are now availableâ€Ś 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.
Inaugural Southwest Regional Economic Summit A Success! Crestwood/Sunset Hills, Fenton Area, & Kirkwood-Des Peres Area Chambers of Commerce hosted the inaugural Southwest Regional Economic Summit in October! Thank you to everyone who attended and to all of the sponsors and panelists who made this event possible! Special thanks to: Kadean Construction, SSM Health St. Clare Hospital & Express Employment Professionals
Jim Butler Chevrolet
MoDOT Closes Eastern Outer Road Connection to Route 141
Delmar Gardens of Meramec Valley presentsâ€Ś
Drivers who use the I-44 north outer road in Valley Park will need to allow a little extra time to get around starting next week. The Missouri Department of Transportation and its contractor, Pace Construction have closed the eastern connection between the outer road and northbound Route 141.
Thurs. December 1st from 4:30pm-7:00pm
This closure will help crews update and rebuild the connection between Route 141 and the north outer road as a part of the Route 141 Design Build project in Valley Park. The connection will remain closed until mid-summer 2017.
Delmar Gardens - Meramec Valley #1 Arbor Terrace; Fenton MO
The detour will use the new roundabout, the outer road and Maritz Drive to detour around closure.
There is no cost to attend Please RSVP to Fenton Chamber.
For complete information about the Route 141 / I-44 project, including latest updates, there is a link to the project website on the front page of the Fenton Chamber website: www.fentonmochamber.com.
To register, call (636) 717-0200
or at www.fentonmochamber.com
Express Employment Professionalsâ€”St. Louis South
Donations Requested for Police Care Packages!
Cricket Wireless New Location. Under New Ownership!
98 Gravois Bluffs Circle Dr. | Fenton Phone #: 636-326-1916 Contact: Andy Bazigian www.cricketwireless.com
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!
Sports Drinks Protein Bars Sweets / Candy Energy Drinks Cocoa / Coffee Mix Chips / Pretzels Grab & Go Snacks
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!
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!
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!
State Farm Insurance/Marty Wilder Agency
On October 20th, Fenton Chamber staff and Board Members joined KP Development execs, Paric Corporation, City of Fenton Mayor Mike Polizzi, several City of Fenton Aldermen, and St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger for a Groundbreaking Event to kick off construction on the first new building of what will be known as Fenton Logistics Park! What an exciting day for Fenton and the St. Louis region!
Edward Jonesâ€”Sean C. King
Westside Personnel Services
Annual Fenton Chamber Board of Directors Retreat
The Affordable Care Act & Your Business (what does it mean for you?)
Friday, December 9th 8:00am - 9:30am at St. Louis Soccer Park 1 Soccer Park Road | Fenton MO
$10 for Chamber Members ($15 for Non-Members/Guests)
This workshop will cover how the Affordable Care Act affects all businesses, along with updates for the upcoming 2017 year. This program is brought to us by the Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Center, a partner of the University of Missouri. By this session on December 9th, they hope to have the latest information available. Note: Since the election, it appears that we can expect the Affordable Care Act to change, however not in short term).
Register online | Call us at 636-717-0200
Edward Jones-Dale E. Roethemeyer Partner Club
Vogel Heating & Cooling
Information taken from an article provided by Bob Boles of SCORE St. Louis After working hard to make your website easier to find in online searches, the last thing you want is to drive visitors away because of a poor user experience after they’ve arrived. “Good design, usability, and user experience are more important than ever in website development,” shares SCORE mentor and technology professional, Matthew Krieger. Here are two basic things you can do to help give your website visitors a positive experience:
►PAY ATTENTION TO LOADING SPEED OF YOUR WEB PAGES Findings recently released by Akamai Technologies, Inc. revealed that nearly half of Internet users expect website pages to load in less than two seconds and 40 percent are likely to abandon a page if it doesn’t load within 3 seconds. If your website pages load slowly for visitors, your business certainly could be missing out on potential sales—that could hurt your bottom line. According to Krieger, “Page load time and, perhaps more importantly, page responsiveness are very important to visitor perception and can ultimately impact engagement. Additionally, Google considers page performance in their ranking algorithm. There’s a balance to be struck between the desire to include advertisements, analytics mechanisms, and other page widgets (all of which can benefit the business) and the necessity of creating a fast site and a good experience for the user.”
American Eagle Credit Union
►BE DIRECT AND CLEAR WITH YOUR WEB PAGE CONTENT Based on some studies on visits to the average web page, users have time to read at most 28% of the words during an average visit; 20% is more likely. To help make sure your readers are taking away what you want them to know about your company, products, and services, you need to get to the point. They don’t have time to sift through endless blocks of text or waste time on irrelevant content. Make it easy for readers to find what they want by breaking text into sections with clearly defined headings/subheadings. Also, give your web page text some white space to make it less cluttered and easier for visitors to read. “A website’s information architecture—the art and science of structuring and presenting digital information to achieve good usability—is important to consider when developing your content. Furthermore, the need for a clear and focused message is greater than ever,” explains Krieger. “Given the overwhelming amount of digital content competing for people’s time, delivering value quickly should be a focus.”
Martin-Jetco Heating & Air Conditioning
“CHAMBER 101” 2017 SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE! “CHAMBER 101” meetings provide an introduction to the Fenton Chamber for new members, prospective members, new company contacts, and many others! ► Sponsor will provide breakfast pastries/bagels for event attendees OR pay the fee of $25. Table signage will be provided; sponsor will receive recognition at the event and in FACC media. The following dates are available to sponsor:
February 23rd | April 27th | June 29th August 24th | October 26th | December 14th
To reserve: call us at 636-717-0200!
SERVPRO of Fenton/South Ballwin
Commerce Bank - Fenton Branch
Veterans Honored at Delmar Gardens The Fenton Chamber staff was proud to be a part of this yearâ€™s Veterans Day appreciation event hosted by Delmar Gardens - Meramec Valley! Thank you to everyone involved in the planning and execution of the event, as well as to all of the veterans and their families in attendance! What a great event!
Chemistry Multimedia, LLC
UniQue Ideas â€˜N More
November Luncheon & Mini Holiday Trade Show
SSM Health St. Clare sponsored the luncheon and paid for the catering!
Bott Radio Network
SAMMY J Balloon Creations
DEAF, Inc. and a team of national partners led by University of Texas and Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk have been awarded a $20 million, 5-year federal grant to establish the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of this year’s sporting clay event: sponsors, participants, donors, volunteers - you know who you are! (see pg. 2)
SSM Health St. Clare Hospital has been designated a Level 1 Time Critical Diagnosis (TCD) Stroke Center by the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services, making St. Clare one of only twelve Level 1 centers in the Missouri and one of six in the St. Louis region. The Level 1 designation recognizes St. Clare’s team of experts for assessing and treating the most complex stroke patients. According to the Missouri guidelines, a Level 1 Stroke Center is “a receiving center staffed and equipped to provide total care for every aspect of stroke care, including care for those patients with complications that also functions as a resource center for the hospitals within that region.” Will and Amber Hanke, the father-daughter team at Red Canoe Media, were selected as one of Small Business Monthly’s 2016 “Future 50” companies. Companies on this list are the leading, privately-held companies to watch, because they are strong contributors to regional business growth.
Thank you to all who attended the inaugural Southwest Regional Economic Summit and to all of the sponsors and panelists who made this event possible, including Chamber Members: Kadean Construction Co., SSM Health St. Clare Hospital, and Express Employment Professionals! Thank you to those who volunteered to assist the Fenton Chamber Staff at Delmar Gardens’ Veterans Day event: Deb Bokamper - Ageless Design, Karen Sullivan - Essential Spa Solutions, Marty Wilder - State Farm Insurance, and Darlys Preslar Thank you to the November Luncheon sponsor SSM Health St. Clare Hospital; as part of their lunch contribution as a sponsor, St. Clare footed the bill for the catering! Thank you to everyone who has signed up to participate in the Fenton Chamber’s brand new “Explore Fenton” lifestyle magazine… we are very excited about this publication! Thank you to those who currently serve on a committee for the Fenton Chamber… it is with your dedication and time commitment that we are able to grow as a Chamber!
to those who participated in the Mini Holiday Trade Show at the November Luncheon: Ad Source One CrossFit Xtra Mile Embroidery Town Essential Spa Solutions Fischer Christoff Bartmess, Advisors JCPenney - Fenton Lawn Groomers, LLC Mary Kay Cosmetics - Mary Tinsley Mel Goldman (Clearent Processing) Nothing Bundt Cakes - Town & Country On Target For Profitable Growth SAMMY J Balloon Creations Stems By Stacy Team Activities for Special Kids (TASK) UniQue Ideas ‘N More Walgreens - Bowles Ave & 141 Weis Comfort Systems Committed Member
On Target For Profitable Growth
- 2017 -
Join Us for Pancakes!
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.
~ 5th Annual ~
Pancake Breakfast at
Culver’s - 1024 Bowles Ave.
Friday, January 20th from 8:00am-9:15am $10 members; $20 non-members
The following dates are available: June 30th | Aug. 18th | Oct. 20th
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!
Contact the Chamber Office at 636-717-0200. Dates warded on a first come, first served basis.
Register online or call us at 636.717.0200!
Mary Jauer - EXIT Elite Realty
Farmers Insurance - Sparks Agency
Upcoming Chamber Events
► Thursday, December 1st—”Light Up the Valley” After Hours at Delmar Gardens Meramec Valley—4:30-7:00PM
#1 Arbor Terrace | Fenton MO—Join us for Delmar’s annual “Light Up the Valley” event when they turn on their lights for the first time! This event is always a great time… they sure know how to throw a party! Enjoy a variety of food, beverages, holiday music and activities, while connecting with fellow Chamber Members and meeting new people! There is no charge to attend; Please RSVP.
► Wednesday, December 7th—Annual December Awards & Holiday Luncheon at Fabick CAT—11:00AM-1:00PM
1 Fabick Drive | Fenton MO—It’s that time of year again… time for the annual Awards Luncheon at which we recognize those who have been chosen for several nomination categories. Join us for our last luncheon of the year as we look back on all that we have accomplished in 2016 and share information about the upcoming 2017 year.
► Friday, December 9th—The Affordable Care Act & Your Business at St. Louis Soccer Park—8:00AM - 9:30AM
1 Soccer Park Road | Fenton MO—This workshop will cover how the Affordable Care Act affects all businesses, along with updates for the upcoming 2017 year. (Note: Since the election, it appears that we can expect the Affordable Care Act to change, however not in the short term). This program is brought to us by the Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Center, a partner of the University of Missouri. By this session on December 9th, they hope to have the latest information available to present.
► Tuesday, December 13th—CHAMBER 101: Maximize Your Membership at Chamber Office—8:00-9:15AM
1400 S. Highway Drive, Ste. 99 | Fenton MO—Enjoy coffee and pastries while our team highlights the many benefits of Chamber membership, including tools and ways to maximize participation. You will leave the meeting with a better understanding about what the Chamber is, what we do, and how you can utilize opportunities offered by the Chamber to grow business and cultivate new business relationships. This event is complimentary to attend; we just ask that you please RSVP.
► Friday, December 23rd & Monday, December 26th—Chamber Office Closed All Day Due to Holiday ► Monday, January 2nd—Chamber Office Closed All Day for New Year’s Holiday ► Wednesday, January 4th—Membership Luncheon (first of 2017) —Location TBD—11:00AM - 1:00PM ► Friday, January 20th—5th Annual Pancake Breakfast at Culver’s Fenton—8:00AM - 9:15AM
Nathan W. Maurer Principal / Vice President
12955 Gravois Road Sunset Hills, MO 63127 Fax (314) 645-4731 Office (314) 645-4700 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
LifeXist - Fenton
1005 Majestic Drive | Fenton Phone: 636-517-1744 Contact: Steve LaFrance Find them on Facebook!
750-B Gravois Bluffs Blvd. | Fenton Phone: 636-533-4700 Contact: Shannon Campbell www.lifexist.com
Bott Radio Network
Current News Magazine (under new ownership)
1750 S. Brentwood Blvd | Ste 811 | St. Louis Phone: 314-961-1320 x4210 Contact: Tammy Perry www.bottradionetwork.com
230 E. Union St. | PO Box 371 | Pacific Phone: 636-271-0990 Contact: Deirdre Long, Publisher www.currentnewsmagazine.net
VonArx Engineering, Inc. 10785 Business 21 | Ste. A | Hillsboro Phone: 636-797-8425 Contact: Kelley Vonarx Find them on Facebook!
Pictured (left to right): Lori St. Clair - FACC Board President, On Target For Profitable Growth; Jeannie Braun - FACC Executive Director; Tammy Perry - Bott Radio Network; Andy BazigianCricket Wireless (Gravois Bluffs); Mary Jauer - FACC Membership Committee, EXIT Elite Realty Committed Members
Nolan Office Interiors
Verve Design Studio (formerly Rataj-Krueger)
Karen THE Connector
Thank You for Renewing! American Legion Post 400 - Fenton ∙ Americom Imaging Systems, Inc. BaumHouse design ∙ Coldwell Banker Premier Group - Michael Wood Coughlin, Donovan, Niehaus & Scherle PC ∙ Dacor Manufacturing, LLC Discovery Christian Church ∙ Economic Development Corp of Jefferson County Edward Jones - Tim Weber ∙ Electrical Connection ∙ Fenton Family Eyecare Fibrenew of Southwest St. Louis ∙ Head to Toe Studio ∙ Holt Electrical Supplies Jilly’s Café & Steakhouse ∙ Legacy Republic - Terri Cissi ∙ Mercy Clinic Urgent Care Mercy Clinic Women’s Health ∙ Midwest Regional Bank ∙ Miracle Method St. Louis Reinhold Electric, Inc. ∙ Romaine Creek Veterinary Center ∙ Show Me Weights Signature Signs & Graphics ∙ SPS Promotional ∙ Staging HELP ∙ St. Louis ARC St. Louis County Gov. - Workforce Development ∙ Suzie Paints, LLC Tuff Shed Storage Buildings & Garages ∙ Two Men And A Truck Viviano’s - Fenton ∙ Vietnam Veterans of America - Gary Hutchison Memorial
Stems by Stacy (Committed Member)
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
CHAMBER 101 Get the Most Out of Your Membership!
Wed. December 7th
Tuesday, December 13th
11:00am check-in, 11:30am start
Awards & Holiday Luncheon
Fabick CAT - 1 Fabick Drive, Fenton MO
1400 South Highway Drive Suite 99, Fenton MO 63099
It’s that time of year again… time for the annual Awards Luncheon at which we recognize those individuals/businesses chosen for various nomination categories. Join us for our final luncheon of the year as we look back on all that we have accomplished in 2016 and share information about the upcoming 2017 year.
Are you a new member of the Chamber? New contact for an existing member? Not yet a member and wanting to learn more? Find out all that the Fenton Chamber has to offer, including programs, opportunities and events! Think you know all that the Chamber has to offer? THIS EVENT IS FOR YOU!!! Coffee/pastries provided
$20 members; $25 guests
This event is complimentary.
Please RSVP for this event by calling (636) 717-0200 or register & pay online.
Please direct your reservations to the Chamber Office at (636) 717-0200.