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a publication of the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce


2014 Vision Program Graduates Tomorrow’s Leaders

Midwest Machine Tool Training Center now open in O’Fallon, MO

ision St. Charles County Leadership held their graduation ceremony for the class of 2013 on Monday, March 31, 2014 at Bemo’s located in Cottleville, Missouri. Alumni, business leaders and class graduates honored the 2014 Visionary of the Year, Nancy Cope with Habitat Humanity St. Charles County, the 2014 Mentor of the Year award to Rich Metz with Commerce Bank, and inducted the Class of 2014 into the alumni association.

or taking the visionary step of building and operating the new Midwest Machine Tool Training Center (MMTTC) on the high tech Interstate 64/Highway 40 corridor in St. Charles County, Troy Pohlman, president of Component Bar Products, has received the Business Spotlight Award from the EDC’s Economic Development Roundtable.


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April 2014

General Membership Meeting Tuesday, April 22 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Old Hickory Golf Club

1 Dye Dr, St. Peters, MO 63304 Do you feel stressed out, overwhelmed, out of balance and powerless to change it? No more! S.P.A.R.K! is an acronym for 5 easy tools that are your key to living out loud, reaching any goal and enjoying the ride. Each one is powerful in its own right – together they can lead to unstoppable success! Join us as Patty Cook speaks about SPARK! Living a Life on Fire Without Burning Out! register before Saturday, April 20th for the early registration price!

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Tuesday, April 8 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cupcake Amore

also sponsored by JLJ Technology, Nails on K and Mike’s Grill & tap

2443 Hwy K , O’Fallon, MO 63368 Stay for 5 minutes or 2 hours, whichever fits into your schedule best. Our free monthly Business After Hours are a great way to build relationships with many of your fellow Chamber Members. Average attendance at these free events is around 60 Chamber Members! 2 | Business Connection | APRIL 2014

O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce

Rise & Shine...

to join us for the O’Fallon Chamber’s Morning Schmooze, a FREE monthly, networking event open to Chamber members. Arrive ready to network with a pocket full of business cards and a 1 minute infomercial.

Thursday, April 17 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Location TBA

Mission Statement: The O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce is committed to promoting economic vitality in O’Fallon and the St. Charles County Region while providing members with networking opportunities, education and advocacy in public policy decisions affecting business. Vision Statement: The O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce will be the catalyst for the prosperity of our community as a valued resource for businesses, organizations, and residents. Officers: Jeff Arneson, JLJ Technology, Chair of the Board Michael Favazza, Favazza & Associates, 1st Vice Chair Mark Crank, Marcos Productions, 2nd Vice Chair Brenda Lowder, Thomas Realty, Treasurer Stacee Gilmore, Promotions Pronto, Secretary Adam Hopper, PNC Bank, Past Chair of the Board Directors: Harold Bliggenstorfer, Missouri Baptist University Heather Deatz, Community News Cindy Elking, Quintessential Catering Ron Epps, Citizens National Bank Kim Jimenez, Elm Dental Care Dan Luigs, Insurance Store Brian Richardson, KFAV 99.9 FM Jan Stanczak, Jan’s Travel & Cruise Sheles Wallace, Billionaire Thoughts John Weeks, Mass Financial Group Staff: Erin Williams, President/CEO Sara Henderson, Communications Director Nina DeAngelo, Director of Member Engagement

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2145 Bryan Valley Commercial Dr O’Fallon, MO 63366 Phone: 636-240-1818 Email:

cover & p 11 Chairman’s Letter................................... p 4 Ribbon Cuttings..................................... p 4

Props J & P............................................. p 5

Economic Award.................................... p 5 Member Spotlight.................................. p 8 New Members........................................ p 9 Calendar of Events.............................. p 10 Member Mentions................................ p 12 Member Anniversaries......................... p 12 Chamber Snapshot............................... p 13


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Ribbon cutting ceremonies Welcome to O’Fallon! Did you know that in last year’s municipal election only 12% of registered voters cast their ballot? I encourage you to do whatever you need to do to get out and vote on April 8th. In the City of O’Fallon we will be electing City Councilmen and voting on Propositions J & P. The St. Charles County Ambulance District is asking for their first rate increase in their 40 year existence, as well as electing a member to their Board of Directors. Also seeking Board members are all of our local school districts and the O’Fallon Fire Protection District. I’d like to take this opportunity to encourage you to do some research and vote for whom and what you think will move O’Fallon in the right direction. As our community continues to grow, it is immensely important that we have residents who are knowledgeable and engaged in the elections that affect our day to day lives.

The O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce and the City of O’Fallon are excited to welcome these new businesses to the community and to help them celebrate with a with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony.

O’Fallon Modern Dentistry 3009 Hwy K O’Fallon, MO 63368

As a reminder, your Chamber Board of Directors has voted in support of Propositions J & P for the City of O’Fallon. We believe that both of these propositions are important in order to sustain and improve the high quality of life that we have come to expect and the economic vitality of our community. To learn more and be prepared for the ballot box, visit the St. Charles County Election Authority at As always, I hope to see you at one of our upcoming functions and remember to Shop Chamber First! Jeff Arneson Chairman of the Board

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Habitat St. Charles County ReStore 186 Mid Rivers Center, St.Peters, MO 63376

Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings: Beltone Hearing Aid Center April 15 @ 3:30 p.m. Bryan Road Animal Hospital April 16 @ 11:30 a.m. Radical Resale April 25 @ 11:30 a.m.


ollowing a presentation and discussion on Propositions J & P at the March 18 O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce board meeting, the O’Fallon Chamber Board of Directors voted to endorse Propositions J & P. The O’Fallon Chamber encourages its members and the community to vote “Yes” in the April 8, 2014 election to support Propositions J & P.

O’Fallon Chamber Board Endorses Propositions J&P If approved by the voters, these two Propositions will allow O’Fallon to issue bonds for the construction of a new Justice Center, improvements to Civic Park, including a new Civic Hall and expanded Alligator’s Creek, and the construction of a brand new passive park off of Highway DD called O’Day Park. O’Day Park also will include a new lodge for banquets, meetings and recreational opportunities.

Learn more at the Prop J & P website at building-our-future-propositions-j-p or contact Tom Drabell at 636-379-5508 or

O’Fallon’s Economic Development Department wins metro-area planning award


’Fallon, Missouri, recently received the Outstanding Award for Best Planning Practice for the City’s “Grow in the O: A Strategic Plan for Economic Development.”

methods and practices help to create communities of lasting value.” The SLMS-APA is a local organization of professionals involved in planning and community building throughout the eight-county, bi-state region.

The award was presented by the St. Louis Metro Section of the American Planning Association (SLMS-APA). The organization created the award to recognize “…a specific planning tool, practice, program, project or process that emphasizes results and demonstrates how innovative, state-of the-art planning

In accepting the award on behalf of the City, Economic Development Director Mike Hurlbert said, “O’Fallon’s Strategic Plan sets the course for a collaborative effort towards the City’s economic growth, planning the most effective way to address the City’s needs and moving our community forward.”

O’Fallon’s Strategic Plan focuses on four main goals: business retention, business attraction, marketing and regulations. In pursuit of those goals, the plan lays out 38 recommended strategies or action items, a list of special project locations and a schedule of implementation. To read a copy of O’Fallon’s Economic Development Strategic Plan, visit www. Or, contact Economic Development Director Mike Hurlbert, AICP, at or 636-3795510.

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Vision Class

Continued from Front Page Class members include: Ashley Fears, St. Charles County Government; Bev Moore, Community Living Inc.; Brandi Dewald, Willows Way; Brian Richardson, KFAV 99.9 FM; Chad Treacy, UMB Bank; Greg Neunuebel, SSM St. Joseph Health Center; Heather Deatz, Community News; Jennifer Donley, Claria Clean; Jim Fingerhut, St. Charles County Ambulance District; John Callahan, No Hunger Holiday; Josh Banes, Commerce Bank; Lori Kehoe, Habitat for Humanity ReStore; Mike Favazza, Favazza & Associates; Mike Hurlbert, City of O’Fallon; Missy Naumann, Sts. Joachim & Ann Care Center; Sonya DeMerchant, Developmental Disabilities Resource Board; Tony Bryan, Center for Autism Education; Tony Sneed, Alliance Water Resources/ PWSD #2 ; Vito Lucido, Delta Center; and Windy Spalding, United Services for Children. Vision St. Charles County Leadership is currently accepting applications for the Class of 2015. Vision’s mission is to educate community and business leaders by providing experiences that

will increase awareness, develop leadership skills and motivate participants to be actively engaged in St. Charles County. The Vision St. Charles County Leadership program works to: Inform leaders about the challenges and opportunities facing our state and to encourage solutions and collaboration. Inspire leaders to become active in organization, community, or statewide efforts that make Missouri a better place to work and live. Challenge leaders to increase their awareness about themselves and their state and to maximize their leadership potential. Provide an opportunity to network with a variety of individuals to strengthen personal and organizational clout. The class meets one day a month from August 2014 to March 2015 with the exception of a two day retreat in August and a two day trip to Jefferson City in February. Some of the topics covered include civic leadership, economic development, education and health care. Applicants for the program must have the support and commitment of their business or organization. Every March applications of emerging and established leaders

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are sought from all segments of the community. Individuals representing a broad community spectrum will be accepted as members of the Vision St. Charles County Leadership program. Applications are available on the Vision website at www. and are due by May 31, 2014.

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ow long have you been in the O’Fallon area? My family and I moved from St. Ann, Missouri to Wentzville, Missouri in 2007. Tell us about your family. I am married to my husband John, after a 23 year engagement. I have two boys, Kory is 29 years old and Tyler is 21 years old, and I have a 10 year old granddaughter named Krista, who is the highlight of my life. What is your educational background? I received a degree in Dental Office Management in 2012 from (F.A.A.D.O.M.) Fellowship of the American Association of Dental Office Managers. I work full time as the Office Manager at Elm Dental Care. Tell us about your organization. Big Fun Inflatables is a family run business. We rent inflatables also known as bounce houses, for any occasion including birthday parties,

Kim Jimenez

school carnivals, corporate and union events and more. Big Fun Inflatables has a variety of themed inflatable perfect for any event and any age. If you have kids (and adults) that need to be entertained we would be happy to help make your event a success. We can also rent a generator, popcorn maker, cotton candy maker, snow cone maker and more. Big Fun currently serves St. Charles, St. Louis, Warren and Lincoln counties. What is the mission/vision of your organization? To create a fun atmosphere by providing safe, reliable and clean inflatables. What do you do to serve your clients best? Our outstanding customer service, high quality rentals, and prompt delivery are what set us apart from other party inflatable rental companies. We personally handle every detail to make sure your event runs smoothly.

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What are you most looking forward to in the next 5 years for the company? We are looking to expand into a full, family friendly, one stop shop for all your party rental equipment. We belong to the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce and the Western St Charles Chamber of Commerce.

New members

A very special welcome! Abundance of Love Home Care Home Health Agencies 9101 Gedde Ave St. Louis, MO 63134 314-477-7057 Beckerle Preferred Properties Realtors: Commercial 2260 Bluestone Dr St. Charles, MO 63303 636-940-2260 Becky Robbins Designs Interior Design 8111 Knights Crossing Ct O’Fallon, MO 63368 636-544-4612

Compressed Air Parts Company, LLC Industrial Supplies 3400 E Terra Ln O’Fallon, MO 63366 636-278-5400 www.compressedairpartscompany. com Gateway Lock & Security Locksmith 17667 Wild Horse Creek Rd Chesterfield, MO 63005 636-778-1135 Hut No 8 Resale 331 Winding Woods Dr O’Fallon, MO 63366 314-225-8723

Nails on K Nail Salon 2445 Hwy K O’Fallon, MO 63366 636-294-6406 O’Fallon Modern Dentistry Dental Health 3009 Hwy K O’Fallon, MO 63368 636-379-7552 The Tallented Agency Advertising: Promotional Products 625 Coppinger St. Louis, MO 63135 314-583-8306

McBride & Son Homes Weatherby Landing Realtors: Residential 104 Weatherby Landing Dr O’Fallon, MO 63366 636-272-5388 ofallon/296/weatherby-landing.html

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Chamber calendar April 2014 April 3, 2014 New Member Briefing O’Fallon Chamber Office 2145 Bryan Valley Commercial Dr O’Fallon, MO 63366 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. April 4, 2014 Tech/Comm Planning Committee ProTronics Technologies 19 Point W Blvd St Charles, MO 63301 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. April 8, 2014 Business After Hours Cupcake Amore 2443 Hwy K O’Fallon, MO 63368 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. April 9, 2014 Masters of Business Leads Group Webster University WingHaven Campus 2299 Technology Drive O’Fallon, MO 63366 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

April 11, 2014 Leads 2 Success Leads Group Webster University WingHaven Campus 2299 Technology Dr O’Fallon, MO 63368 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. April 14, 2014 O’Fallon Elite Leads Group IQ Fast Print 18 North Central Dr O’Fallon, MO 63366 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. April 15, 2014 Board of Directors Meeting O’Fallon Chamber Office 2145 Bryan Valley Commercial Dr O’Fallon, MO 63366 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Ribbon Cutting Beltone Hearing Aid Centers 2969 Hwy K O’Fallon, MO 63366 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

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April 16, 2014 Ribbon Cutting Bryan Road Animal Hospital 1161 Bryan Rd O’Fallon, MO 63366 11:30 AM - 12:30 p.m.

April 25, 2014 Ribbon Cutting Radical Resale 2110 Bryan Valley Commercial Dr O’Fallon, MO 63366 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

April 17, 2014 Morning Schmooze Location TBA 7:30 - 09:00 a.m.

April 28, 2014 O’Fallon Elite Leads Group IQ Fast Print 18 North Central Dr O’Fallon, MO 63366 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Tech/Comm Meeting Spencer Road Library 427 Spencer Rd St. Peters, MO 63376 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. April 19, 2014 Lunch ‘n’ Legislators Rendezvous Cafe 217 South Main St O’Fallon, MO 63366 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. April 22, 2014 General Membership Luncheon Old Hickory Golf Club 1 Dye Dr St. Peters, MO 63304 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Chamber Office Closed Staff Training April 29, 2014 Chamber Office Closed Staff Training May 1, 2014 New Member Briefing O’Fallon Chamber Office 2145 Bryan Valley Commercial Dr O’Fallon, MO 63366 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

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2014 in the O’Fallon Corporate Center, adjacent to Component Bar Product’s 75,000-square-foot facility. It is part of Pohlman’s desire to “give back to the community” and help young adults 18 to 28 who only have high school diplomas or GEDs to get the basic training needed to start a well-paying industrial job. The lack of skilled industrial workers is becoming more apparent as baby boomers retire without their ranks being replenished by the upcoming workforce. In response to that reality, the MMTTC offers hands-on, project-based learning that includes robotics, metallurgy, quality control, team work, and soft skills. Currently about 30 local businesses have agreed to partner with the MMTTC when it comes to internships, job placement, and continuing education. “This is an exciting new addition to O’Fallon’s high tech corridor in St. Charles County, and a great example of a successful entrepreneur willing to fill a niche that could make an important difference in the lives of local residents and local companies looking for skilled workers,” said Mike Hurlbert, Economic Development Director for the City of O’Fallon. “Component Bar Products has been a great business partner in O’Fallon, and now they are an even bigger pillar in the community, thanks to the new Midwest Machine Tool Training Center.”

Each month a different business in St. Charles County is selected for the Business Spotlight Award by the Economic Development Roundtable (EDR) based on criteria such as economic impact, entrepreneurial success, job growth, and civic involvement. The EDR is a standing committee of the Economic Development Center (EDC) of St. Charles County with the local cities, St. Charles County Government, and the St. Charles County Department of Workforce Development.

For more information about the Midwest Machine Tool Training Center, please visit or call 636-939-5582. For more information about the EDC’s Economic Development Roundtable, call 636-441-6880 or visit


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Would you like to join of the groups to build closer business relationships? • 636-240-1818 • O’Fallon, MO

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Member anniversaries Thank you!

Congratulations and thank you to the following companies who as of March 2014 have been O’Fallon Chamber members for... 1 Year • Butler Chiropractic • CBC Bank • Holy Cross Lutheran Church & Preschool • Isagenix • The Blind Broker • The Sparrow’s Nest Maternity Home • Vogelsang Pest Management 2 Years • AR Bystrom Contracting • Dos Primos Mexican Restaurant • Fitness Plus Equipment Services, Inc. • Holly’s Bookkeeping & Notary, LLC • Northside Gymnastic Academy

• O’Fallon Community Athletic Club • O’Fallon Firefighters Community Outreach • Staybridge Suites • Summit Community Church • WingHaven Orthodontics 3 Years • Amante Jewelers • Big River Running Company - Manchester • Nails on Main, LLC • O’Fallon Kiwanis Club • WB Industries • Ann Carden - Business Success Coach • Asian Cafe Bar & Grill • Phoenix Textile Corporation

6 Years • Lou Fusz Chrysler Jeep Dodge • Travel Leaders/Jan’s Travel and Cruise 7 Years • After Hours Pediatric Urgent Care • Southernside Apartments 9 Years • Autotech Auto Center • Family Eyewear Gallery

13 Years • Cee Kay Supply, Inc. • Planet Tool & Engineering • Sam’s Club 15 Years • Hazelwood & Weber LLC 18 Years • St. Johns Bank & Trust 19 Years • O’Fallon Fire Protection

10 Years • Reliance Bank 12 Years • Hot Shots

Member Events

News from our members Keep up to date with events from your fellow members. Check out for more member news and events. April 5, 2014 Trivia Night: FZN Band Boosters

April 16, 2014 Your Own Home Seminar

VFW Post 5077

O’Fallon Family YMCA 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

April 5, 2014 Ronald McDonald Fundraiser @ Chevy’s

April 17, 2014 O’Fallon Rotary Club Meeting

April 10, 2014 O’Fallon Rotary Club Meeting

April 21, 2014 Networking @ The Rail

Chevy’s Fresh Mex 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Holy Cross Lutheran Church 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Holy Cross Lutheran Church 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.

The Brass Rail 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

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April 26, 2014 Open House Jam @ Mozingo

May 9, 2014 Billionaire Thoughts Speaker Series

May 3, 2014 WingHaven May Days

May 10, 2014 Baby-Kid Expo

Mozingo Music 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

WingHaven Boardwalk

May 8, 2014 Take Charge of Your Financial Future Cupcake Amore 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

St. Charles Family Arena 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

St. Charles Convention Center 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

May 11, 2014 “Run Like a Mother” 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run Anytime Fitness St.Peters 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Chamber Snapshot Cheese!

Check out our members in action at this month’s O’Fallon Chamber events!

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