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Celebrating 60 Years

BUSINESS

a publication of the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce

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O’FALLON CHAMBER OFFERS ELECTRONIC DOCUMENT CERTIFICATION

O’FALLON JAYCEES TO HOST ELECTRONICS RECYCLING DAY

The O’Fallon Chamber has launched eCertify, an automated web-based Certificate of Origin processing service, to make life easier for hundreds of exporters and freight forwarders.

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The innovative new service, provided by global trade software company eCertify, is the first solution to eliminate the cumbersome manual processes of stamping and signing, and has been endorsed by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. Chambers have carried certification responsibility since 1923. Continued on pg 13

o you have a TV taking up closet space? Are the junk drawers filled with cell phones and other gadgets? If so, please join the O’Fallon Jaycees and Managed Computer Services on August 24, 2013 at the Shops at Laura Hill Plaza parking lot located at 2300 Hwy K O’Fallon, MO 63368 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm for a free and open to the public Electronics Recycling Drive. Adonis Electronics Recycling will be onsite to provide a responsible recycling solution for the electronics being dropped off at the recycling drive. Adonis ensures all customers Continued on pg 13

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AUGUST 2013


General Membership LUNCHEON Tuesday, August 27 @ 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. O’Fallon Elks Lodge 1163 Tom Ginnever Blvd | O’Fallon, MO 63366 Networking! Grab your business cards and get ready to meet lots of your fellow Chamber members at our quarterly networking luncheon. Remember to practice your one minute infomercial including who would be a great lead for you; you never know how your next client will find you! Don’t forget to register in advance and save $5!

Sponsored by:

O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce

Tuesday, August 13 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. BRUNSWICK XL ZONE

8070 Veterans Memorial Pkwy | St. Peters, MO 63376 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!

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, August 15 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Midwest Bank Centre

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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: Adam Hopper, PNC Bank, Chair of the Board Jeff Arneson, JLJ Technology, 1st Vice Chair Michael Favazza, Favazza & Associates, 2nd Vice Chair Ron Epps, F&M Bank and Trust, Treasurer Stacee Gilmore, Promotions Pronto, Secretary Cindy Elking, Quintessential Catering, Past-Chair Directors: Harold Bliggenstorfer, Missouri Baptist University Mark Crank, Marcos Productions Heather Deatz, Community News Tim DeGhelder, St. Charles City-County Library Julie Feast, Ameren Missouri Brenda Lowder, Thomas Realty Dan Luigs, Insurance Store Kim Michaels, Charter Business Brian Richardson, KFAV 99.9 FM Beth Simmons, Visiting Angels Jan Stanczak, Jan’s Travel & Cruise Staff: Erin Williams, President/CEO Sara Henderson, Communications Director Sam Byers, Membership Services Director Nina DeAngelo, Member Engagement Director

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Electronic Recycling ......................p cover Certificates of Origin ......................p cover Member Spotlight ................................. p 4 Ribbon Cuttings .................................... p 5 News from the Chairman ...................... p 5 Firecracker Wrap Up .......................... p 6-7 Golf Tournament ................................... p 8 New Members ....................................... p 9 Lunch & Legislators ............................. p 9 Calendar of Events ............................. p 10 Member Anniversaries .........................p 11 Member Mentions ............................... p 12 Chamber Activities............................. p 14

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1650 Des Peres Rd, Ste 300 St. Louis, MO 63131 314-440-1445 www.chartermedia.com

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

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s is the case with many of the important figures in US History, I was born in Doniphan, Missouri, okay so that might be a stretch to say many. My childhood was spent in Piggott and Berryville, Arkansas, and attended college at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro until I joined the Naval Reserve. After training, I moved to Little Rock, and in 1989 made my way to St. Louis; however didn’t find St Charles County until 1992. My wife Jennifer is a Maryland Heights native, and in a moment of weakness agreed to marry me. Twenty two years later we have three wonderful children and I’m still alive, which I count as a sign that I have been a successful husband. Our oldest son will be heading to Lindenwood University this fall to major in communications, while my next son begins his Junior Year at Fort Zumwalt West, and my daughter finishes her career at Twin Chimneys elementary. With the exception of the time I spent at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center, being trained as a Navy Corpsman, the past thirty years have been working in the communications industry. For the first ten years, I was an on-air personality in various radio formats from Country to Urban to Rock. The next ten years were spent as a creative services director for two radio groups with multiple stations. These latest ten years have been in the world of media sales with the last four plus with Charter Media. This long and varied career has

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given me a unique view of the changing marketing landscapes, and today I have the opportunity to work with a client base of small and regional businesses in creating campaigns that help grow their customer base and their bottom lines. My curious nature has served me well to dig into the problem areas of a clients business, which you need to fully understand before you can craft a plan that addresses the challenges, and gives a clear path to achieve your goals. Few things give you a more satisfied feeling then helping a client confront a problem and see the solution you craft together bring the success their business desires. Along with my marketing position, I also enjoy an active voice-over career with many local and a few national clients. It feeds my fire from my first days in radio and allows another outlet for creativity which I love. So whether its Bandana’s BBQ, UMSL, Pundmann Ford, or others, there is a good chance you hear my voice everyday on St Louis Radio or TV. In April of this year, I was appointed to the St Charles County Council representing District 3, and began my career in politics. It has been a great education in how our County Government works, but perhaps the most enlightening so far has been how few people have any idea who their County Council person is or what district they live. District 3 stretches from O’Fallon/Dardenne Prairie through Cottleville and Weldon Spring on the south end and St Peters to the North. I’m enjoying this new challenge and

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I look forward to working with my neighbors on ways to keep our County growing and thriving. The one common thread in my activities is my love of working with people. Whether it’s through the many roles I have been honored to serve with Rotary clubs in St Charles County and throughout our district of Eastern Missouri, or the Barnes St Peters Progress West HealthCare Foundation board, or others, I find the people you get to meet along the way make all the difference in your life. Everyone has a story, and according to my wife, I am on a mission to hear them all. If you can make time in your busy life to stop and listen to the stories people all around you carry with them, you’ll find you can make a new friend because you were interested in what they had to share, but almost every time you learn something that can help you grow as well. In my position as an Account Executive at Charter Media, I find my greatest joy in meeting a small business owner and learning why they would risk so much to open the business they are building. Most love what they are doing and appreciate someone willing to lend a hand to help them overcome challenges which help grow their passion...their business. I’m looking forward to getting to know the stories we are lucky enough to have within the O’Fallon chamber and the people behind them. The knowledge we have to share will make all of us better, if we just stop and listen.


RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONIES WELCOME TO O’FALLON! The membership of the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce continues to amaze and impress me! At the beginning of this year I issued a challenge to all of our members to become an active member of their Chamber of Commerce and to make it a priority to attend networking and committee functions. Well, I’m excited to tell you that for the second quarter in a row our participation numbers are increasing, this time by 14% over last year! This is no surprise to those of you who have made Chamber functions a priority, you’ve witnessed month after month of packed Business After Hours, Morning Schmooze attendance doubling and full banquet centers at our Membership Meetings. Once again, I’ll ask that you keep up the good work in attending our functions to get the greatest return on your chamber investment.

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.

JLJ Technology 2427 Hwy K | O’Fallon, MO 63368

Speaking of ROI, have you checked out our new calculator? Yes, the O’Fallon Chamber now has a tool online to help our members calculate the return on their Chamber membership. The calculator takes into consideration the average annual value of each new customer, the amount of leads from membership, and the amount that is converted to a sale. If you have a moment check it out at www. OFallonChamber.org/Membership-ROI, I’m sure that you’ll be astounded as to the value of your Chamber membership! As the Chairman of the Board I can assure you that your ROI is something that we are always thinking about and striving to improve. At the July Board of Director’s meeting, after a couple months of discussion and research, the Board approved the opportunity to begin issuing Certificates of Origin. Although you may not have had the need for a COO yet, all businesses who ship oversees are required to have one. By offering the certificates the O’Fallon Chamber is now better able to serve our member exporters while also helping to generate non-dues revenue for our organization. You can read more about this new step for the Chamber on par 1 and 13.

Max Muscle Sports Nutrition 2508 Hwy K | O’Fallon, MO 63368

Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings: August 22 @ 3:30 p.m. Crown Luxury Resale

Until next month, Adam Hopper Chairman of the Board AUGUST 2013 | BUSINESS CONNECTION | 5


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hank you to everyone who made the 29th Annual Firecracker 10K, 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run on Thursday, July 4th a huge success! Over 1,400 runners and a couple hundred spectators made this the biggest year ever. With unheard of July weather, (it was 68 degrees when the run started) all of our runners had a fantastic morning and then were treated to a plentiful runners only area full of eats and drinks from donations from local businesses. A very special thank you to our presenting sponsor Mercy and our sponsors and vendors for their kind support and time. A Health Expo was held following the race and was full

29TH ANNUAL FIRECRACKER RUN WRAP UP of great vendors offering a variety of great information and goodies. With an event this large we couldn’t have done it without all of our committee members and volunteers who showed up early and worked hard. We truly appreciate all of the help from the City of O’Fallon, and the O’Fallon Police Department. The Firecracker Run is held each year in order to promote our members as well as raise funds for the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce so that we can keep our membership dues at a level that is affordable to all of our businesses. With such success the run exceeded the budgeted goal. We are already planning an even netter 30th annual run!

Absolute Comfort Systems | Ameren | Assistance Home Care | Bank of Old Monroe | Basset Construction | Baue Funeral Home | Brunswick Zone XL | Cupcake Amore | F&M Bank | Great Southern Bank | Iverson-Tomasino-Goers | Jacobson Financial Group | Lawn & Landscape Solutions| Jehling Hardware | Jeremy’s Market & Meats | Kumon Math & Reading | Living Word - Christian High | Maryville University | Mexico Road Florist | Morning Star Church | NutritionStl/Isagenix - Beverly Sloan | O’Fallon Nutrition | O’Fallon Rotary Club | SSM Physical Therapy | Thrivent Financial | Training Effect | Vantage Credit Union | West County Day School | Westinn Kennel, Inc | YMCA 6 | BUSINESS CONNECTION | AUGUST 2013

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Photos and more details will be posted at www.facebook. com/firecrackerrun. Committee Members: Emily Hadsall, Kacie Derby, Pat Hamel, David Harrington, Jennifer Donley, Megan Grzechowiak, Kim Jimenez, Kristy Boschert, Bob Engert, Ron Epps, Jeremy Jacobs, Regina Dowling, Holly Murray, Stephanie Loveless, Brian Richardson, Beth Simmons, Ethan Eitel, Dr. David Hadden, Dr. Aaron Mohr, Laura Matlock, Russ Miller, Amber Tierney, Dan Dial, Richard Oliver, Don Loughridge, Terry Herring, Aaron Patterson, Christine Trotter, and Sarah Christian

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JOIN THE CHAMBER FOR A DAY ON THE GOLF COURSE

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he O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the 21st Annual Golf Tournament will be held at The Falls Golf Course. This annual event is open to the public. Everyone is encouraged to participate in this opportunity to enjoy eighteen holes of golf and all of the extra tournament fun at a great price. Monday, September 9, 2013 10:30 am – Registration 11:00 am - Lunch 12:00 am – Start The Falls Golf Club 1170 Turtle Creek, O’Fallon, MO 63366 $100 per person $400 for a foursome All golfers will receive an insulated tote filled with great donations from O’Fallon Chamber members, 18 holes of spectacular golf with cart and drinks on the course, lunch catered by Quintessential Catering, and an awards dinner sponsored by Charter Business. On course activities planned include the ever popular Cooler of Fun from Delmar Gardens, and a hole offering a “shot” for Free tires courtesy of Firestone Complete

Auto Care plus many more activities. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top three teams in two flights following the tournament. New this year will be the Most Outrageous Golf Attire Contest and the option to register as a team Caddy. “Caddying for the day allows those who don’t know how to play golf to still participate in the tournament and network with some of our players” says Erin Williams, O’Fallon Chamber President/CEO. Don’t miss this opportunity to play an amazing course. Call the Chamber office at 636-240-1818 or go online to www.ofallonchamber.org/golf to register. A big thank you to the 2013 sponsors; Charter Business, Delmar Gardens of O’Fallon, Quintessential Catering, City of O’Fallon, Country Side Flooring America, Print and Web People, CenturyLink, Progress West Health Center and Rothman Furniture. Golf Tournament proceeds benefit the mission of the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce: 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.

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NEW MEMBERS

A VERY SPECIAL WELCOME! CPR Cell Phone Repair Cellular Retailer/Provider 1600 Mid Rivers Mall Drive #2088 St. Peters, MO 63376 678-517-8555 www.cpr-stpeters.com

KSLQ-104.5 Radio Station 1000 Mid Rivers Mall Dr St Peters, MO 63376 314-280-8880 www.kslq.com

Topaz SIGNworks Sign Manufacturer 3513 New Town Blvd St. Charles, MO 63301 636-949-2200 www.topazsignworks.com

Grainger Industrial Supply Business Services 9 Commerce Drive O’Fallon, MO 63366 636-696-4040 www.grainger.com

PCS Debt Relief Debt Counseling 16024 Manchester Rd Ellisville, MO 63021 636-594-2215 www.pcsdebtrelief.com

UltraTech Resources Information Technology 16401 Swingley Ridge Road Suite 250 Chesterfield, MO 63017 636-736-2111 www.utrstl.com

Interventional Pain Care, LLC Physicians 1001 Hwy K, Ste #3 O’Fallon, MO 63366 636-352-4628 www.ipaincare.com

Premier Civil Engineering Engineering Services 308 TCW Court Lake St. Louis, MO 63367 314-925-7444 www.pcestl.com

U.S. CONGRESSMAN ANN WAGNER TO SPEAK AT LUNCH N’ LEGISLATORS

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he O’Fallon Chamber is proud to host U.S. Congresswoman Ann Wagner as the featured speaker for the August 16 Lunch n’ Legislators event.

Congresswoman Wagner became the 2nd District’s representative in the House of Representatives in November of 2012. Ann Wagner’s career is both deep and broad in service to her hometown, state and nation with over 25 years of work in the private sector, community and public service, and the political arena. Ann received her BSBA from the Business School with an emphasis in Logistics from University of Missouri-Columbia and. After college, Ann went to work in the private sector and held management positions at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City and Ralston Purina in St. Louis. Ann’s most important jobs, however, have always been as a wife and mother. Ann and Ray have three children: Raymond, Stephen and Mary Ruth.

Ann serves on the House Financial Services Committee – a key committee for the 2nd District and St. Louis region. St. Louis and its suburbs are national and regional centers for financial services activity. Over 84,000 people in St. Louis and its suburbs are employed in the financial services industry with a total payroll of around $4.57 billion. Lunch n’ Legislators will be held on Friday, August 16, Noon at Rendezvous Café & Wine Bar. RSVP for this great discussion to Erin@OFallonChamber.org or by calling the Chamber Office at 636-240-1818. AUGUST 2013 | BUSINESS CONNECTION | 9


CHAMBER CALENDAR AUGUST 2013 August 7, 2013 Trivia Committee Meeting O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce Office 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. August 9, 2013 Leads 2 Success Leads Group Webster University in Winghaven 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. August 12, 2013 O’Fallon Elite Leads Group IQ Fast Print 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. August 13, 2013 Business After Hours Brunswick Zone XL 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. August 14, 2013 Masters of Business Leads Group Webster University 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. August 15, 2013 Morning Schmooze Midwest BankCentre 7:30 AM - 9:00 a.m.

Tech/Comm Meeting Spencer Road Library Branch 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. August 16, 2013 Lunch & Legislators Rendezvous Cafe & Wine Bar 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. August 20, 2013 Board of Directors Meeting O’Fallon Chamber Office 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

August 26, 2013 O’Fallon Elite Leads Group IQ Fast Print 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. August 27, 2013 General Membership Luncheon O’Fallon Elks Lodge 11:30 AM - 1:00 p.m.

September 5, 2013 New Member Briefing O’Fallon Chamber Office 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. September 6, 2013 Tech/Comm Planning Committee ProTronics 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

August 28, 2013 Masters of Business Leads Group Webster University 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

August 22, 2013 Ribbon Cutting Crown Luxury Resale 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. August 23, 2013 Leads 2 Success Leads Group Webster University in Winghaven 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. August 24, 2013 Free Electronic Recycling Fundraiser Event Shops at Laura Hill Plaza 8:00 AM - 5:00 p.m.

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O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce presents

A Night at the Movies

TRIVIA NIGHT Friday, November 1 @ 7:00 p.m. Doors open @ 6:00 pm Knights of Columbus Hall www.ofallonchamber.org/trivia


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MEMBER ANNIVERSARIES THANK YOU!

Congratulations and thank you to the following companies who as of July 2013 have been O’Fallon Chamber members for...

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1 Year • Initial Independence • Insurance Store • Mid Rivers Promos • Pac Van • Valley Home Improvements 2 Years • Angelo’s Chicago Taste • Midtown Home Improvements 3 Years • Alpha Real Estate Group • Jeremy’s Market & Meats

11 Years • Dennis Schulze DDS, PC • Schneider Construction Services 13 Years • Oasis Office Automation / IT Division 15 Years • Country Club Car Wash 16 Years • Economic Development Center of St. Charles County

Now, there is an even better reason to attend O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce events!

4 Years • Jerry Kelly Heating & Cooling • Legacy Plumbing • Swiss Air

17 Years • Rothman Furniture • St. Charles County Ambulance District

You’ve always had the opportunity for networking, building referrals and learning from your fellow members; now you could mwin the vacation of a lifetime!

6 Years • First National Bank • West County Day School

18 Years • CenturyLink • Commerce Bank - E Elm

7 Years • Midwest Agency

23 Years • Mick’s Exterminating

Throughout 2013 each time you attend a General Membership Meeting, Business After Hours or Morning Schmooze (35 chances), your name will be entered into a drawing. The winning vacation recipient will be drawn at the Annual Awards luncheon held on December 17, 2013. The more you attend, the better your chance are of winning!

Call Travel Leaders/Jan’s Travel & Cruise for other great travel opportunities! 636-561-2626 www.travelleaders-janstravel.com

9 Years • Berry Company

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leads were passed during the month of JULY by the members our leads groups!

Would you like to join of the groups to build closer business relationships? Contact Nina at 636-240-1818 or Nina@OFallonChamber.org AUGUST 2013 | BUSINESS CONNECTION | 11


MEMBER MENTIONS NEWS FROM OUR MEMBERS

Keep up to date with news, sales, events and more from your fellow members. Contact Sara at sara@ofallonchamber.org to submit your information for future newsletters. Check out www.ofallonchamber.org for more member news and events. August 18, 2013 Tour De Wellness St. Luke’s Desloge Outpatient Center 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. August 25, 2013 The Center for Autism Education 10th Annual Golf Tournament Bear Creek Golf Club 158 Bear Creek Dr Wentzville, MO 63385 11:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

September 7, 2013 Chocolate, Wine & All that Jazz Yacht Club of St. Louis 105 Lake Village Drive St. Charles, MO 63301 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. September 13, 2013 3rd Annual Sparrow Scramble The Links at Dardenne 7000 Brassell Drive O’Fallon, MO 63366 11:30 a.m. - 06:00 p.m.

August 30, 2013 Cornerstone UMC & Red Cross Blood Drive Cornerstone United Methodist Church 1151 Tom Ginnever O’Fallon, MO 63366 2:00 - 06:00 p.m.

Walter Knoll Florist Announces Community Blood Drive On Thursday, August 15, Walter Knoll Florist is sponsoring a community blood drive at their O’Fallon, MO location - 2516 Highway K, 63368, in the Hutchings Farm Plaza. Hours of the blood drive are from 10am to 4pm. Each donor will receive a FREE dozen roses and a freshly cooked Kenrick’s Meat Market bratwurst or salsiccia plus other snacks. This blood drive is being held in coordination with the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center. “Blood cannot be manufactured, you can only get it from human donations and the need is constant. Hosting a blood drive is a great, no-cost way to give back to your community,” say Vikki Czech, Donor Relations Consultant with Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, who is working on this event. “Just one blood donation can help save the lives of up to three patients in our area hospitals. The work we do helps to keep families whole.”

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St. Charles County’s Largest Senior Fair As a growing portion of our population continues to age, many communities are joining forces with local organizations in an effort to promote healthy senior living. Baue Funeral Homes, Crematory and Cemetery, has been at the forefront of the initiative for the past several years with their annual Silver & Gold Healthy Living Senior Fair. The free event, now in its 9th year, will be held Tuesday, August 13 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the St. Charles Convention Center. Attendees of this year’s Senior Fair will be able to take advantage of a variety of free health screenings such as blood pressure and blood sugar testing as well as physical evaluations of balance and coordination. Attendees will also enjoy an array of free entertainment including music in the lobby prior to the event, the YMCA Silver Sneakers from 10:15 AM – 10:40 AM, and the St. Louis Strutters from 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM. This year’s guest speaker will be presenting on the main stage from 12:50 PM – 1:45 PM. Also, representatives from Essence Health Care, SSM Health Care, and Visiting Angels will be speaking from 10:45 AM – 12:10 PM. In addition, the fair will feature free parking, free admission, free shuttle service from the parking lot, and attendance prizes donated by fair exhibitors. Job Openings: All job postings and full descriptions can be found at www.ofallonchamber.org/classifieds Marketing Manager - Visiting Angels Certified Public Accountant - Favazza & Assoc. Web Development - Print & Web People Hairstylists, Estheticians, Massage Therapists & Nail Tech - Spa WingHaven & Medical Day Spa


RECYCLING

ECERTIFY

that all electronics are properly handled and recycled, and that all hard drives are wiped.

Certificates of Origin are mandatory to validate goods for export to most countries, however mailing or sending them via courier, or traveling to the chamber offices for manual processing has proven inefficient and costly. Through eCertify with the O’Fallon Chamber, exporters can submit their certificates electronically which will eliminate courier costs, reduce administration costs, reduce errors, improve turnaround time, and provide prompt notification of acceptance via the same electronic method.

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Electronic items will be accepted at no charge no matter how old or in what condition they are in. CRT Monitors and Tube Televisions will only be accepted with a $15 donation. Items accepted includes: PC towers, Laptops, Networking equipment, CD/DVD and floppy drives, Cell phones, Satellite receivers, Wire, Cables, AC Adapters, Lithium Ion batteries, Memory, Medical Equipment, Power supplies, UPS, PC Fans, VCR, DVD Players, printers, Phones and Phone systems, Heatsinks, Basically any type of computer equipment. The O’Fallon Jaycees and Adonis Recycling would like to partner with any local businesses to provide them with electronic recycling services year round when the time comes to upgrade office equipment. “We realize that not everyone can take advantage of the single recycling day and want to be able to provide businesses with a green and secure way to get rid of their old office equipment.” said Joe Freeman, President of the O’Fallon Jaycees. Proceeds from the event will go to the O’Fallon Jaycees. The O’Fallon Jaycees is a non-profit organization serving as the Young Professionals group of the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce in the St. Charles County region. The mission of the group is to provide the opportunity for young individuals to develop the leadership skills, social responsibility, entrepreneurship, and fellowship necessary to create positive change.

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“Our exporters and freight forwarders are looking for ways to increase efficiency, reduce time and speed up delivery when it comes to Certificates of Origin,” said Erin Williams, CEO/President, O’Fallon Chamber. “eCertify allows us to provide a proactive approach for an overall community beneficial service. This strategic process results in fewer manual processes and errors through user-friendly technology that takes just minutes, enabling exporters to increase profitability and gain a competitive advantage.” O’Fallon Chamber members can process through eCertify for $25 per certificate. The non-member price is $45 per certificate. All certificates will be processed within 24 hours, between the hours of operation: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. For more information, to take part in free webinars being arranged, or to register, go to the eCertify page at www. ofallonchamber.org/ecertify or contact Erin Williams at 636-240-1818 or Erin@OFallonChamber.org.

Interested in Advertising in the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce

BUSINESS CONNECTION? Call Sara @ 636-240-1818 or Sara@OFallonChamber.org

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CHAMBER ACTIVITIES

New members are welcomed at the July General Membership Meeting held at Whitmoor Country Club!

Mayor Bill Hennessy speaks to members during the Lunch ‘n’ Legislators.

One-on-ones held at the Morning Schmooze at the Falls Golf Club.

Tom and Steph at Rendezvous hosted a great Business After Hours!

All smiles at our July Business After Hours!

Thanks to Jeff Boraz with Firestone for giving away a free set of tires at our GMM!

Over 140 O’Fallon Chamber members attended the July General Membership Meeting at Whitmoor Country Club.

Early bird members at our Morning Schmooze networking event.

Councilman Rose Mack reads a proclomation to Jeff and Liddy with JLJ Technology.

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