FENTON FOCUS PRESENTED BY: FENTON AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WWW.FENTONMOCHAMBER.COM | 636-717-0200
Through the Fenton Chamber's investment in the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and with YOUR investment in the Fenton Chamber, we are excited to announce that we now offer a Group Health Insurance plan through Anthem for FACC businesses with 2-50 employees. >>> SEE PAGE 7 FOR DETAILS <<<
Need a quiet place to work? You’re invited to stop by the Chamber Office… grab a cup of coffee, use our Wi-Fi! Need a private room to conduct interviews or meetings? Out and about and need to charge your electronics? Whatever the reason is, you are welcome to stop by and use our facilities at any time!
Through a partnership with FACC Member DDI Media, Chamber Members can purchase advertising on the north-facing billboard at Route 141 and I-44 for just $100 per month! We will sell out… Very limited availability >>> SEE PAGE 6 FOR DETAILS <<<
The Fenton Chamber has made a significant change to it’s application requirements & can now truly be considered as a benefit of FACC membership. New for 2018… the children of Fenton Chamber members/Fenton Chamber businesses can now apply for a scholarship! >>> SEE PAGE 7 FOR DETAILS <<< HOST “CONNECT OVER COFFEE” IN 2018 ……… 4
NEW EVENT! GROOVE & GIVE FUNDRAISER ….. 11
CONGRATS, 2017 FACC AWARD WINNERS ….. 13
Join Us for Pancakes! ~ 6th Annual ~
Pancake Breakfast at
Culver’s - 1024 Bowles Ave.
Friday, January 19th 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 | Call 636.717.0200
2017 Board of Directors OFFICERS
6th Annual Pancake Breakfast
Fabick CAT: “Champion of Enterprise”
2018 Scholarship // Group Health Insurance
Social Media “New Year Checklist”
PRESIDENT Paul Carcagno - Fortune Insurance 1st Vice President Mary Jauer - EXIT Elite Realty 2nd Vice President Secretary Deb Fruend - Team Activities For Special Kids Treasurer Lori St. Clair - On Target For Profitable Growth
DIRECTORS Scott Borlinghaus - Fabick CAT David Burlis - Express Employment Professionals Mike Diffley - The Corner Butcher Dr. Nathan Free - Freedom Chiropractic Ginny Goede - The Jewelry Connection
NEW!!! Groove & Give Fundraiser
Good News & Thank You’s
Upcoming Chamber Events
Welcome our Newest Members!
Ellis Hawkins - SSM Health St. Clare Hospital Laura Roth - UniGroup Rob Schneider - Leader Publications, Inc. Chuck Winkle - Maritz Jim Winslow, Jr. - Sky Zone - Fenton Immediate Past President Lori St. Clair
EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS St. Louis County Police Liaison Captain John Wheeler City of Fenton Liaisons Nikki Finkbiner Mayor Josh Voyles Chamber Attorney David Davis, Davis Law LLC
OFFICE STAFF Executive Director
Director of Communications
Events & Membership Administrative Assistant
Angie Kavanaugh Betty Rottler
PINNACLE CLUB| Fabick CAT • • • Maritz • • • SSM Health - St. Clare Hospital • • • St. Anthony’s Medical Center
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Sponsorships Available Now! Do YOU want to sponsor a “Connect Over Coffee” breakfast 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 29th | Aug. 10th | Oct. 26th Contact the Chamber Office at 636-717-0200. Dates warded on a first come, first served basis.
PINNACLE CLUB| St. Anthony’s Fenton Urgent Care • • • PRESTIGE CLUB| Drury Inn - Fenton
Fabick CAT Named 2017 “Champion of Enterprise” by Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry If something big is taking shape in Missouri, it’s a safe bet that Fabick Cat is part of the effort. In the regions Fabick serves, the company’s dealerships are synonymous with the Caterpillar brand of heavy equipment. Machines from the company helped build the Gateway Arch. They aided the construction of Bagnell Dam at the Lake of the Ozarks. They even helped make Missouri the crossroads of the nation as the interstate highway system was developed. This year, the company is marking its 100th year in business. With 37 locations in four states, Fabick Cat has grown tremendously since it was founded by John Fabick Sr. However, even with all the changes over the years, the company remains committed to the motto established by Fabick Sr. at the very start: “To ever serve our customers better.” In 1972, the company moved its headquarters to Fenton, where it remains today. Another pivotal moment happened in 1982 when then-president Joe Fabick was chosen by Caterpillar to lead the Fabco Inc. dealerships in Wisconsin and upper Michigan. With experienced Fabick leaders at the helm, Fabick Cat and Fabco thrived in their respective regions. Then a 2015 merger brought the companies together — the Fabick company was united and larger than ever. Now, 100 years after its founding, Fabick Cat remains an important member of the Missouri business community and a critical part of many of the biggest building projects happening around Missouri and the nation. The Missouri Chamber of Commerce & Industry honored Fabick as the 2017 Champion of Enterprise during the Missouri Business Awards at Busch Stadium.
PRESTIGE CLUB| Drury Inn & Suites - St. Louis Southwest • • • Hampton Inn - St. Louis Southwest • • • His & Hers Construction
Digital Billboard Advertising for Just $100/Month The FACC has partnered with Member DDI Media to offer digital billboard advertising for just $100/month! Only 30 spots are available each month - many slots have already been claimed - reserve yours now! Billboard Details: Route 141 at Interstate 44… a high traffic location! The billboard faces north meaning it is visible to drivers headed into Fenton via SB 141 as well as those traveling past Fenton via WB I-44. Ads will show: 28 days, 40 times/day, 10 seconds at a time... that's a total of 1,120 times that your ad will appear for just $100! Don’t wait - reserve your spot at www.fentonmochamber.com/events!
PRESTIGE CLUB| Jim Butler Chevrolet • • • On Target For Profitable Growth • • • Pear Tree Inn - Fenton • • • UniGroup
Scholarship Applications Scholarship Applications are available to print via the Fenton Chamber website: - - www.fentonmochamber.com - Applicants must be graduating high school seniors (Class of 2018) who plan to attend a two or four-year college, university, technical or trade school. They must also meet ONE of the following requirements: (a) reside in the 63026 zip code, (b) have a parent that is a Fenton Chamber member, or (c) have a parent that is employed by a FACC member business. For more information, contact the Chamber Office at any time during normal office hours, Monday-Friday / 9am-4pm, at 636-717-0200.
Through the Fenton Chamber's investment in the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and with YOUR investment in the Fenton Chamber, we are excited to announce that we can now offer all Chamber Members a Group Health Insurance plan: The plan is offered through Anthem for businesses with 2-50 employees. On the flyer inserted in this newsletter, you will notice that there are 11 brokers listed, however J.W. Terrill is the Fenton Chamber member. Please direct all questions to J.W. Terrill.
All inquiries can be directed to J.W. Terrill: Call 800-279-7728 | Send an email to email@example.com >>> see insert
PACESETTER CLUB| cHb Advisors, LLC • • • Edward Jones - Sean C. King • • • Edward Jones - Dale E. Roethemeyer
A big “THANK YOU” to the Express Employment Professionals team who sponsored this event! They helped us put together a successful open house, including their donation of refreshments. We certainly couldn't have done it without their assistance - thank you, David, Marianne & staff!
PACESETTER CLUB| Express Employment Professionals • • • Fortune • • • Grand Rental Station • • • Jefferson College
1. MAKE A PLAN: People often underestimate the time and effort that goes into social posts. Sitting down at the top of 2017 to plan your posts and put them in a calendar will ultimately save you time and help you accomplish lots via social media this year. What should you include in your plan?
How many hours per day… per week can you commit to social media efforts? Be realistic!
What kinds of posts will your audience enjoy and (most importantly) interact with? Search your competitors. What contests and promotions would attract new fans or followers? What has worked in the past? How much money can you set aside for social media marketing (i.e. post boosting and advertisements)? 2. UPDATE YOUR GRAPHICS: Does your profile or cover photo look outdated? Is it the right size for mobile view? Do your graphics compliment your business/speak to your audience? Professional graphics can upgrade your image for little money. You may consider using a graphics building website application like Canva. Need additional ideas? Contact the Fenton Chamber at 636-717-0200.
3. REVIEW PROFILE INFORMATION: Social media platforms seem to change their formats on a regular basis, so if you haven’t updated your profile/page information for a while, you’re due for a review. Look for updated URLs, phone numbers, addresses and contact information. Take a look at your profile or page description – does it still convey your company’s message accurately? 4. TRY NEW FEATURES: As said before, social platforms are constantly changing and adding new & exciting features that could benefit your company. Keeping up with and taking advantage of these changes could mean more followers, more website visitors, and ultimately more leads. You can find out about updates on social media blogs or even on the platform’s own news feed. Follow feeds/turn on notifications to stay informed of features. 5. BECOME A SHARER: Sharing content is crucial to social media. Your “followers” want to receive updates and interesting information and be able to pass it on. If you don’t have a blog, start one. Original content promoting your company/industry is a valuable tool as it can be shared across all social platforms!
PACESETTER CLUB| Westside Personnel Services • • • PARTNER CLUB| American Eagle Credit Union - Fenton
Thank you to everyone who purchased raffle tickets at the December Luncheon… we raised a total of $317 that will go directly into the Scholarship Fund to support future scholarships!
PARNTER CLUB| Commerce Bank - Fenton Branch • • • PNC Bank - Valley Park • • • SERVPRO of Fenton/South Ballwin
… A Little
► This year we will be doing a Spring Fundraiser in place of the Dinner & Auction… we are very excited to bring you a new, fresh event! ► And we’re bringing it back to Fenton! This year’s fundraiser will be held at Andre’s West. ► A portion of the proceeds from this event (along with every “major” event) will go directly to the FACC Scholarship Fund. ► Yes, we will still be requesting donation items (gift baskets, gift cards, etc.).
… A lot of
Friday, March 2nd at Andre’s West 6:00 - 10:00pm Cost: $40/Person
includes dinner & open bar
► We’ve hired an entertainment professional to run the event… you’re going to have a blast! ► Mark your calendars to save this date.. this will be an event you won’t want to miss!
PARTNER CLUB| Vogel Heating & Cooling • • • COMMITTED CLUB| AUTCOhome Appliances • • • AXIUS Financial - David Adams
Thank you to everyone who donated a decorated wreath for the December Luncheon raffle! Bentley Animal Hospital Farmers Insurance / Sparks Agency Ideal Pediatrics - Zoe Cangas Meramec Heights Collision Center Feed My People Karen THE Connector American Family Insurance Loren Stuckmeyer Agency Rapp Payroll Solutions Sam’s Club - Crestwood EXIT Elite Realty - Mary Jauer
COMMITTED CLUB| Bott Radio Network - St. Louis • • • Carrollton Bank • • • Chemistry Multimedia, LLC
Nominated by fellow Chamber Members for their contributions to the FACC! Ambassador of the Year: Jeff Wolf - HealthMarkets Insurance Rising Star: Courtney Hoff - Express Employment Professionals Lifetime Achievement Award: Scott Borlinghaus - Fabick CAT Chamber Spirit Award: Teresa Sparks - Farmers Insurance Volunteer of the Year: Karen Mize - Carrollton Bank
New Member of the Year: Divine Energy Studio New Member of the Year: Rhino Hyde Productions Board Member of the Year: Lori St. Clair - On Target For Profitable Growth Service to the Chamber: Michele Van Tuyl & Diane Bade Business of the Year: Fabick CAT - Celebrating 100 Years!
COMMITTED CLUB| Divine Energy Studio • • • Farmers Insurance - Sparks Agency • • • Fenton Untied Methodist Church
► 2018 “Lifestyle Magazine” Pick Up Copies will be available for pickup in early spring - watch for details on this.
► Ladies’ Luncheon - June 12th
Celebrating all of our women in business. Watch for sponsor & vendor opportunities.
► Human Resources Seminar
A half-day educational event which will focus on various aspects of HR.
► 2018 Member Plaque Inserts
Upon renewing, you will be sent a new insert for your existing member plaque.
► Business Fair & STEM Summit Watch for event information as well as sponsor & vendor opportunities.
COMMITTED CLUB| HealthMarkets Insurance - Jeff Wolf • • • Karen THE Connector • • • Mary Jauer - EXIT Elite Realty
Congratulations to Scott Borlinghaus on his recent retirement from Fabick CAT! Scott contributed a great deal to the Fenton Chamber, including his service to the Chamber as a Board Member!
Thank you to everyone who participated in the mini trade show at November’s Luncheon and thank you to TASK for hosting our group at their awesome facility!
Congratulations to Central States Bus Sales on their move to a brand new facility in Fenton! Be sure to join us for a Ribbon Cutting in January.
The Corner Butcher was recently featured in a video about former NFL player, Will Witherspoon that aired on ESPN during Monday Night Football Countdown… wow, way to go!
Congratulations, Office Furniture Resources… the company recently announced that they are certified as a Women Business Enterprise (WBE) through Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation's largest third party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the United States. In addition, OFR has also been certified as a Woman Owned Small Business.
Thank you to everyone who donated a door prize at the November & December Luncheons. A special “thank you” to those who donated a decorated wreath for the holiday raffle at the December luncheon (see pages 10 & 12) Thank you to Express Employment Professionals for all of their hard work in sponsoring our first (hopefully annual) Fenton Chamber Open House event - we truly couldn’t have done it without them! Also, thank you to all of the Chamber Members and guests who stopped by that day! Thank you to Nothing Bundt Cakes - Chesterfield for the donation of desserts for our Chamber Open House! Thank you to Bethesda Health Group for the delicious Pumpkin Pie and Whipped Cream that was brought by the Chamber Office staff for Thanksgiving! Thank you to Delmar Gardens of Meramec Valley for yet another amazing “Light Up the Valley” after hours event – they always impress us with their hospitality! Thank you to those who gave us a live video testimonial a at the November Luncheon: Kathy Barnes - Barnes LTD Support Services, Tasha Knight - Web Design by Knight, Jill Malcom-Meramec Heights Collision Center Thank you to Jeff Wolf who volunteered and accepted a new role as chairperson of the “Ambassadors Group”. A big shout out to all of our amazing FACC Ambassadors!
COMMITTED CLUB| Midwest BankCentre - Fenton • • • Mutual of Omaha - Linda Marshall • • • Rapp Payroll Solutions
Ribbon Cutting: American Family Insurance - Maitland & Associates
November Membership Luncheon & Mini Trade Show at T.A.S.K
13th Annual Awards & Holiday Luncheon at Fabick CAT
COMMITTED CLUB| SAMMY J Balloon Creations • • • Stifel Financial - Scott Link • • • Verve Design Studio
Upcoming Chamber Events
► Saturday, December 30th—McDonald’s Bowles Avenue Grand Re-Opening Event—10:00AM
1867 Bowles Avenue | Fenton—Join the Fenton Chamber along with McDonald's - Bowles Avenue ownership & staff for their Grand Re-opening after a complete remodel of the facility. Come show your support for a fellow Fenton Chamber Member!
► Monday, January 1st—Fenton Chamber Office Closed for New Year’s Holiday—ALL DAY ► Wednesday, January 3rd—Membership Luncheon at Andre’s West… 2018 Kick-Off! —11:00AM - 1:00PM
211 S. Old Highway 141 | Fenton—Help us kick off another fantastic year with our Fenton Chamber members! Our guest speaker will be Pat Kelly, Executive Director of the St. Louis County Municipal League. Pat will share his input on the City/County Merger. You will also find out everything NEW FOR 2018... group heath insurance, change to scholarship applicant requirements, billboard advertising, meeting room availability at the office, and more! Cost: $20 Members, $25 Non-Members | RSVP by Friday, December 29th.
► Monday, January 15th—New Resident Mailing Flyers Due to Fenton Chamber Office by 4:00PM
1400 S. Highway Drive | Fenton—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!
► Wednesday, January 17th —Ribbon Cutting: Central States Bus Sales (New Location)—10:00AM
1200 Sugar Creek Square | Fenton—The Fenton Chamber participated in their groundbreaking earlier this year... now it's time to celebrate again with a Ribbon Cutting! Join the Fenton Chamber as we celebrate the new home of Central States Bus Sales which is located at the corner of Highway 30 & Sugar Creek Rd (behind Walgreens). Show your support for a fellow FACC Member!
► Friday, January 19th—6th Annual Pancake Breakfast at Culver’s Fenton—8:00AM - 9:15AM
1024 Bowles Avenue | Fenton—Join us as Culver's-Fenton opens it's doors early exclusively for what has come to be a widely popular Annual Pancake Breakfast event! You will enjoy pancakes and coffee while networking with fellow Chamber members and guests in attendance. Cost: $10 Members, $20 Non-Members | RSVP Required by Wednesday, January 17th… Pre-Payment is required.
► Wednesday, January 24th—Business Success Group: Protect Your Computer Network—8:30AM - 9:30AM
1400 S. Highway Drive | Fenton—Join your fellow Chamber Members for a monthly group meeting at which you will network with fellow business colleagues and learn/discuss a different, relevant topic each month. The first session of 2018 will be lead by Nick LaRosa with CMIT Solutions—he will be speaking about how to "Protect your Computer Network using Ballistic Vest Tactics".
To register for any of the above events or for a complete list of events:
1558 S. Broadway St. Louis, MO 63104
INTERESTED IN BECOMING A PARTNERSHIP MEMBER??? CONTACT THE FENTON CHAMBER… CALL 636-717-0200!
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. The Axe House - St. Louis Axe-Throwing Venue
20 Meramec Valley Plaza | Valley Park Phone: 314-338-6171 Contact: Tina Flower www.theaxehousestl.com
Buffalo Wild Wings Gravois Bluffs 150 Gravois Bluffs Circle Dr. | Fenton Phone: 636-326-5000 Contact: Teesha Maupin www.buffalowildwings.com
Computer St. Louis 1650 Headland Drive | Fenton Phone: 314-821-3237 Contact: Nicole Russell www.computerstlouis.com
The Natural Way - Fenton 468 Old Smizer Mill Rd. | Fenton Phone: 636-343-4343 Contact: Katie Thomas www.thenatway.com Winner of a FREE MEMBERSHIP from the Fenton Chamber Open House!
Realtor, RE/MAX Results Phone: 314-616-5136 www.rebeccatrokey.com
Riverside Golf Club 1210 Larkin Williams Rd | Fenton Phone: 636-343-6333 Contact: Walter Wolfner www.golfriverside.net
Welcome back to the FACC!
Robert D. Arb, Attorney
809 Meramec Station Rd | Valley Park Phone: 636-225-6500 www.arblawfirm.com
Comprehensive Health Center 227 Main Street | Festus Phone: 636-232-2339 Contact: Kim Elbl www.comtrea.org
DDI Media - St. Louis 8315 Drury Industrial Pkwy | St. Louis Phone: 314-423-5040 Contact: Jeff Waple www.ddimedia.net
Fox Run Golf Club 1 Putt Lane | Eureka Phone: 636-428-8883 Contact: Celeste Starkey www.foxrungolfclub.com Referred by: Fabick CAT / Andre’s
J.W. Terrill St. Louis
a Marsh & McLennan Agency 825 Maryville Centre, #200 | Chesterfield Phone: 314-594-2637 Contact: Clay Stockwell www.jwterrill.com
Welcome back to the FACC!
ST Evans, Inc. Phone: 314-267-4064 Contact: Scott & Clayton Evans remodelingstlouismo.com Referred by: Angela Reynolds - U.S. Bank
Usha’s Alterations 624 Gravois Road | Fenton Phone: 314-238-4612 Contact: Kumar Bishnupuri www.ushaalteration.com Referred by: Dale Roethemeyer - Edward Jones
Warehouse Solutions, Inc. Phone: 314-585-2626 Contact: Bob Clubb warehousesolutions.com
ZFit Studio 300 Biltmore Drive, Ste. 340 | Fenton Phone: 636-336-6648 Contact: Greg Bott www.zfitstudio.com
Thank You for Renewing! 3 Margaritas Mexican Restaurant ∙ 3D Pest Control ∙ Advance Mailing Services, LLC Advanced Audiology Associates ∙ Advanced Pool & Spa ∙ Ambassador Baptist Church Ameriprise Financial - Tim Kohn ∙ ATHLETICO Physical Therapy ∙ BaumHouse design Coldwell Banker Premier Group - Michael Wood ∙ Central States Bus Sales ∙ Clayton Corporation Dirxion Software ∙ Economic Development Corp of Jefferson County ∙ Edward Jones - Matt Thomason Elite Cuisine, LLC ∙ Fenton Historical Society & Museum ∙ Fenton Lions Club ∙ Fenton Logistics Park Fenton Masonic Temple ∙ Fenton Pediatrics, LLC ∙ First Community Credit Union ∙ Furniture Marketplace Great Clips - Dierbergs Crossing ∙ H&R Block - Dierbergs Crossing ∙ Head to Toe Studio ∙ JCPenney - Fenton Jilly’s Café & Steakhouse ∙ K&K Supply, Inc. ∙ The Little Greek Corner ∙ M. Carder Industries, Inc. Marciante Diversified, Inc. ∙ Mercy Clinic Women’s Health - Fenton ∙ Midwest Regional Bank NextStep For Life ∙ Northwest School District ∙ OMS Consulting Firm ∙ Paint Saint Louis, LLC Partners Financial Services, Inc. ∙ PC Tech ∙ PPM/Cassens Court, LLC ∙ ProSource Wholesale Flooring Reinhold Electric, Inc. ∙ Retired Member - David Christoff ∙ Retired Member - Joe Fischer, Jr. Rockwood Drug-Free Coalition ∙ SCORE ∙ The Shade Tree Service ∙ Shelter Insurance - Mike Finney Sherman Auto Sales ∙ Show Me Weights ∙ Snyder’s-Lance ∙ South County Times ∙ Spectrum Business Speed-e-Way Printing ∙ Stems by Stacy ∙ Sugar Creek Family Dental ∙ Telle Tire & Auto Service Vietnam Veterans of America - Fenton ∙ Viviano’s Festa Italiano ∙ Walgreens - Gravois Bluffs Weir Minerals - Lewis Pumps ∙ Xtreme Krav Maga & Fitness
Bott Radio Network · Carrollton Bank · Drury Hotels · Edward Jones - Sean King Fortune · Krieg Lohbeck & Company CPAs, LLC · Mutual of Omaha - Linda Marshall
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!
Wednesday, January 3rd
Friday, January 19th 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 Help us kick off another fantastic year with our Fenton Chamber members! Our guest speaker will be Pat Kelly, Executive Director of St. Louis County Municipal League. Pat will share his input on the City/County Merger. You will also find out about new opportunities for2018 year!
1024 Bowles Avenue | Fenton MO
* $5 late fee for registrations made after Fri. 12/29 *
Join us as Culver's opens its doors early exclusively for the Fenton Chamber’s 6th 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 Tuesday, January 16th online or contact the Chamber Office