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Get to Know Propositions J & P


his April, O’Fallon’s voters will be asked to decide on two ballot issues that will help to shape the future of O’Fallon: Proposition J(ustice) and Proposition P(arks). 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. The costs of these new projects total $52.73 million, and the City would need to Continued on pg 5 issue bonds to pay for the



his month’s Lunch ‘n’ Legislators featured speaker will be Tracy King, Vice President of Governmental Affairs for the Missouri Chamber of Commerce.

King oversees the six-member staff of the Missouri Chamber’s governmental affairs department, where she is responsible for developing the Missouri Chamber’s legislative priorities and implementing strategies to see those priorities successfully adopted by the Missouri General Assembly. With extensive background in tax policy, King has been responsible for Continued on pg 11

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General Membership LUNCHEON Tuesday, March 25 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Dardenne Presbyterian Church 7400 South Outer 364, Dardenne Prairie This annual City of O’Fallon update will inform you on the upcoming propositions, one way outer roads and more. Don’t forget to register for only $16!

Sponsored by:


O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce

s s e n i Bus fter A rs Hou Tuesday, March 11 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. THE BRASS RAIL 4601 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!


O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce

g n i n Mormooze Sch 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, March 20 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Chevy’s Fresh Mex 3005 Hwy K, O’Fallon, MO 63368

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

THIS ISSUE Propositions............................. cover & p 5


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

Lunch ‘n’ Legislators..............cover & p 11 Chairman’s Letter................................... p 4

Ribbon Cuttings..................................... p 4 Taste of Vegas Wrap Up......................... p 6 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


Staff: Erin Williams, President/CEO Sara Henderson, Communications Director Nina DeAngelo, Director of Member Engagement Shannon Norman Law


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Ribbon cutting ceremonies Welcome to O’Fallon! I would start this month’s letter by simply saying “thank you”! Thank you to the Taste of Vegas committee that has been working since October to make our first event of 2014 such a huge success. If you were there, you might guess that it took way more than nine committee members to pull of such an event. The food, the drinks, the raffle items, the entertainment, the photo booth, the gaming- Wow, and thank you! Now that Taste of Vegas is behind us, we begin to look forward to the Firecracker Run. Once again, we will be relying on our members to work together to pull off another successful event. As with Taste of Vegas, there are many areas for members to get involved with this committee. There are currently 30 committee members, with room for more. If you’re interested in becoming more involved through committee participation please contact the Chamber office to get signed up on the committee. Our 30th year will be our biggest yet! Finally, by now you should have received your 2014 Membership Directory & Community Profile. I’m sure you’ll agree that once again, our own Sara Henderson has done a great job designing this piece. I’d like to encourage each of you to use this directory daily, keep one in your car, one in your office and one at your house; only have one? Stop by the Chamber office to pick up more. This is such a wonderful resource to have readily available for all of your community and business needs. As always, I hope to see you soon. Jeff Arneson 2014 Chairman of the Board

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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.

Divine Finds 320 Sonderen, O’Fallon, MO 63366

Pain Relief Associates 2682 Babble Creek Ln, O’Fallon, MO 63368

Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings: Habitat for Humanity March 14 @ 9:00 a.m. Radical Resale April 25 @ 11:30 a.m. Alliance Credit Union May 15 @ 11:30 a.m.

Propositions J & P Continued from Front Page construction of these facilities. Those bonds must be approved by the voters tied to a property tax increase (see chart) that would be in place for 20 years. A 4/7 majority of those voting must vote in favor of these projects in order for the City to proceed. PROPOSITION J Proposition J asks voters to approve the construction of a new Justice Center in the City of O’Fallon. If approved, the Justice Center will provide the City with a 21st Century police and courts facility that will meet the needs of the City for decades to come. When the O’Fallon Police Station opened as part of the current Municipal Centre (City Hall) complex in 1999, the City of O’Fallon was approximately one quarter of the size that it is today. At that time, even the most optimistic projections called for the City’s population to grow to around 60,000 residents by 2015. Today, however, O’Fallon’s population exceeds 81,000, and it is only expected to increase over the next 40 years.

This growth means that the O’Fallon Police Department has had to expand at a much faster pace than was anticipated. The Department has outgrown its current home and needs more space to meet the needs of the community both now and in the future. The new facility also would provide a permanent home for the City’s Municipal Court, which presently meets in a temporary setting in a City Hall meeting room. City staff is researching possible locations for the new Justice Center so we can quickly begin building the new facility if voters approve the bonds. PROPOSITION P Proposition P will allow for the completion of two significant Parks and Recreation projects: improvements to Civic Park, including a new Civic Hall and expanded Alligator’s Creek Aquatic Center, and the construction of a brand new park off of Highway DD called O’Day Park. These Parks and Recreation projects will allow the Department to expand recreational opportunities on both the City’s north and south sides, and will increase the amount of parkland in the City by more than 10 percent.

THE IMPACT ON RESIDENTS If these projects are approved by O’Fallon’s voters, there will be an increase in the City’s property taxes. Based on the value of your home, the following chart shows the anticipated property tax increase if the City levies the maximum of $52 million for all three projects (beginning in 2015). For more information visit www. or contact Tom Drabell at

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huge thank you to everyone who made the 2nd annual Taste of Vegas casino night such a smashing success! Over 300 people were able to sample cuisine from the finest restaurants in O’Fallon, as well as sampling brews from Krey Distributing including their new Mang-O-Rita and RazBer-Rita drinks. Major Brands distributing brought in some of their top selling liquors, plus Mastermind Vodka made fabulous cosmos and chocolatinis. Guests were greeted with a tray and a stemless wine glass sponsored by Marshall Ford and entered the transformed gymnasium of the O’Fallon City Hall where Nick Calandro set the mood with a variety of Sinatra and Tony Bennett songs. After our party-goers were filled to the brim with delectable eats, the casino tables opened and guest really got into the Vegas spirit. While everyone took their turns on a variety of casino tables, some took a spin on the dance floor to the music of the Tom Christopher Band. Elvis made his grand entrance via spotlight and entertained everyone for the rest of the evening.

another succesful year for taste of vegas Not only were our attendees able to taste great food, sample from the best drinks available and dance the night away with a terrific band, they were also able to step into the photo booth and get silly with several props and funny accessories thanks to Trotter Photography. Cindy Wiltse with CPI Photography was also walking around capturing all of the casino action, and our beautiful guest dressed to the nines. After the casino tables closed, everyone traded in their winnings for prize tickets for a chance to win some of the fabulous prizes donated by several Chamber members. A separate raffle with prizes such as a flat screen TV and a set of tires were also sold. The casino committee was very excited to have had such a fantastic second year event go off so smoothly and couldn’t have done it without all of the sponsors, restaurants, volunteers, and chamber members. Thank you to everyone whose hard work made all of those goals a reality. Casino night proceeds benefit the mission of the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce and allow the Chamber to keep their dues low for all types of businesses to participate.

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Committee Members: Heather Patterson Anytime Fitness Chryl Brown Bates CPAs, PC Laura Maddox Daydream Pet Services Lilly Hunter First National Bank Regina Dowling Great Southern Bank Brian Richardson KFAV 99.9 FM Mark Crank Marcos Productions Mark Evans Event Productions David Monahan SealMaxx of Greater St. Louis Barb Koch - Chair The Bag Ladies Restaurants: The Brass Rail Bristol Seafood Grill Kitaro Bistro of Japan LongHorn Steakhouse Quintessential Catering Senora Espinos Taqueria Stefanina’s Restaurant Susie G’s Specialty Cakes

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Enterprise Massage Services 1001 Boardwalk Springs Pl, Ste 111 O’Fallon, MO 63368 314-884-0067

Member spotlight


y name is Bethany Brady, and I am the owner and operator of Enterprise Massage Services. I have a wonderful husband and two young boys. We enjoy camping, science fiction, ham radio operating, and crafts. My family moved to O’Fallon in 2010 from West County. Before that, we lived in Collinsville, IL, and Olathe, KS, due to the nature of my husband’s job. These moves were planned, so I took advantage of the opportunity to stay home with our young children and wait to pick up my massage therapy career. They often enjoyed the benefits of having a massage therapist in the house to help ease growing pains and headaches. I maintained my qualifications and volunteered at events though until our youngest son started preschool. I started work again at a spa in 2012 and really enjoyed working with clients and other massage therapists. I kept hearing from my clients that they wished they could get massage at work, especially when I would be working on the clients shoulders, back, arms and hands. So I asked the spa if there was a way I could stay employed by the spa and offer clients mobile chair massage at their offices. The spa said that was not part of the franchise business model. As a result, I left the spa in 2013 to start an independent practice with a dynamic business model: to offer both mobile services for short sessions

Bethany Brady

and a treatment room in a brick-andmortar location for longer sessions. I am passionate about helping my clients find relief through touch therapies like massage. Standard massage techniques are frequently modified for the individual client. Access and affordability are also just as easy to customize. I didn’t know why these services weren’t mainstream: so I took it as a challenge to try to make it so. One unique service I offer include a 20 minute full body stretching session which is gentle enough for children and seniors, and effective enough for the most competitive athlete. Another unique service offered is an open ended focused therapy session for acute pain events, where the goal is to help gently relieve discomfort and to guide home care choices until the client can be seen by a physician. This often involves more stress relief techniques related to frustration over being injured and anxiety about potential missed work or limited mobility. Techniques aim to interrupt the out of control pain cycle with relaxation, as well as using touch without movement to areas surrounding the injury which helps reduce swelling. It is important to note here that I am not qualified to diagnose, nor to treat certain conditions. I strive to follow Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics laid out by industry regulators, such as the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and

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Bodyworkers (NCBTMB) and the Association of Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP). This means I often check to confirm that services I offer are covered by my license to practice massage therapy. This is a burden of time and due diligence that I gladly bear for my client’s sake. And I often refer my clients to professionals like chiropractic physicians and family practice physicians for diagnosis and treatment plan recommendations before my service can continue. I consider myself an advocate for my clients, helping them to reach and maintain relief and wellness as much as I can within my scope of practice. I actively pursue connecting with health care providers to be able to refer my clients to others who are qualified to provide services needed that I cannot provide, such as registered dietitians, laser vein specialists, even to other massage therapists who specialize in techniques I have yet to learn or who have extended hours of availability. Proactively participating in the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce and visiting BNI groups and other networking events has provided me with amazing opportunities for education for myself and the community.

New members

A very special welcome! Frontenac Bank Banks 2625 West Clay St. Charles, MO 63301 636-724-2100

Mercy Road Fellowship Church 310 Cardinal Place St. Peters, MO 63376 314-596-2652

Great Clips - Salt Lick Center Salon & Spa 515 Salt Lick Center St. Peters, MO 63376 636-970-0173

Midwest Personal Protection Instructor: Fire Arms & Concealed Carry 636-582-0334

Light Bringer Foundation Non-Profit Organization 320 Crystal Brook Ct Lake Saint Louis, MO 63367 636-262-1227

STL Virtual Assistant, LLC Virtual Assistant 6311 Ronald Reagan Dr #175 Lake Saint Louis, MO 63367 636-856-1491

Radical Resale Retail Shopping 2110 Bryan Valley Commercial Dr O’Fallon, MO 63366 636-980-2110

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Chamber calendar March 2014 March 6, 2014 New Member Briefing O’Fallon Chamber Office 2145 Bryan Valley Commercial Dr O’Fallon, MO 63366 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM March 7, 2014 Tech/Comm Planning Committee ProTronics Technologies 19 Point W Blvd St Charles, MO 63301 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM March 10, 2014 O’Fallon Elite Leads Group IQ Fast Print 18 North Central Dr O’Fallon, MO 63366 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM March 11, 2014 Business After Hours The Brass Rail 4601 Hwy K O’Fallon, MO 63368 04:30 PM - 06:30 PM Ambassadors Meeting O’Fallon Chamber 2145 Bryan Valley Commercial Dr

O’Fallon, MO 6366 03:30 PM - 04:15 PM March 12, 2014 Masters of Business Leads Group Webster University WingHaven Campus 2299 Technology Drive O’Fallon, MO 63366 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM March 14, 2014 Leads 2 Success Leads Group Webster University WingHaven Campus 2299 Technology Drive O’Fallon, MO 63368 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM Ribbon Cutting Habitat for Humanity St. Charles County 186 Mid Rivers Center St. Peters, MO 63376 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM March 20, 2014 Morning Schmooze Chevy’s Fresh Mex 3005 Highway K O’Fallon, MO 63368 07:30 AM - 09:00 AM

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March 20, 2014 Tech/Comm Meeting Spencer Road Library Branch 427 Spencer Rd St. Peters, MO 63376 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM March 21, 2014 Lunch & Legislators Rendezvous Cafe 217 South Main St O’Fallon, MO 63366 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM March 24, 2014 O’Fallon Elite Leads Group IQ Fast Print 18 North Central Dr O’Fallon, MO 63366 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM March 25, 2014 General Membership Luncheon Dardenne Presbyterian Church 7400 South Outer 364 Dardenne Prairie, MO 63368 11:30 AM - 01:00 PM

March 26, 2014 Masters of Business Leads Group Webster University WingHaven Campus 2299 Technology Drive O’Fallon, MO 63366 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM March 28, 2014 Leads 2 Success Leads Group Webster University WingHaven Campus 2299 Technology Drive O’Fallon, MO 63368 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM March 31, 2014 Chairman’s Book Club 2145 Bryan Valley Commercial Drive Wright City, MO 63366 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM April 2, 2014 Firecracker Committee Meeting O’Fallon Chamber Office 2145 Bryan Valley Commercial Dr O’Fallon, MO 63366 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

Lunch ‘N’Legislators Continued from Cover

representing the Missouri Chamber on behalf of state employers before the Missouri General Assembly, Missouri’s Congressional Delegation, government agencies and the courts on bottom-line issues such as taxation, budget policy, utilities, economic development and unemployment insurance. Prior to assuming her current position in 2010, King served as Director of Taxation and Fiscal Affairs for the Missouri Chamber. In recent legislative sessions, King has been the lead lobbyist helping secure the passage of millions of dollars of tax relief for Missouri employers. In 2009, King took the lead on passing legislation that eliminated the franchise tax for small Missouri employers. That provision was passed as part of House Bill 191, an economic development bill. King also was a key lobbyist on Senate Bill 30, legislation that provided tax exemptions of sales tax on utilities, chemicals and inputs used by manufacturers. Her strong presence in the Capitol on these and numerous other tax issues has enabled Missouri employers to hold the line on taxes at a critical time for our economy.

Prior to joining the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, King served as the primary lobbyist for the Missouri Municipal League - a statewide association representing Missouri’s cities, towns and villages. She has also worked as a Legislative Coordinator for the Missouri Department of Revenue. Join us to hear Tracy speak on March 21 from 11:301:00 p.m. at Rendezvous Cafe located at 217 S Main St, O’Fallon, MO 63366. RSVP with Erin@ or call 636-240-1818.


leads were passed during the month of FEBRUARY 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

Interested in Advertising in the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce

Business Connection? Call Sara @ 636-240-1818 or March 2014 | Business Connection | 11

Member anniversaries Thank you!

Congratulations and thank you to the following companies who as of February 2014 have been O’Fallon Chamber members for... 1 Year

• Family Dental Care at WingHaven

4 Years

• Aflac - Jeff Hardie • B&G Lawn Care • Holly’s Bookkeeping & Notary • K-9 Creations

• Community Council of St. Charles County • Excel Performing Arts • Just 4 Us Childcare & Learning Center • McDonald’s - Crusher • McDonald’s - Hwy K & N • McDonald’s - O’Fallon Main • McDonald’s - Main St

3 Years

6 Years

2 Years

• AC Trucking • New England Financial/ MetLife Premier Client Group • The Child Center, Inc • Thomas Realty Group

• ServPro of St. Charles County

11 Years

• Commerce Bank - Hwy K

14 Years

• Midwest BankCentre

16 Years

• Kaspar Broadcasting / 99.9 FM KFAV

24 Years

• City of O’Fallon

7 Years

• Krey Distributing Company

Member Events

News from our members Keep up to date with news, sales, events and more from your fellow members. Check out for more member news and events. March 6, 2014 O’Fallon Rotary Club Meeting

Holy Cross Lutheran Church 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

Hiring Fair

Wingate by Wyndham 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

March 8, 2014 Trivia Night: Habitat for Humanity Larry Elms’ Training Center 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM

March 11, 2014 O’Fallon Business Builders BNI Morning Star Church 07:45 AM - 09:15 AM

March 12, 2014 Pay Yourself First Seminar

O’Fallon Family YMCA 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM

March 13, 2014 O’Fallon Rotary Club Meeting

Holy Cross Lutheran Church 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

O’Fallon Candidate Forum O’Fallon City Hall 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

March 20, 2014 O’Fallon Rotary Club Meeting

Holy Cross Lutheran Church 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

March 17, 2014 Networking @ The Rail

March 22, 2014 Open House Jam @ Mozingo

March 18, 2014 O’Fallon Business Builders BNI

March 28, 2014 Trivia Night: The Center for Autism Education

The Brass Rail 04:30 PM - 06:30 PM

Morning Star Church 07:45 AM - 09:15 AM

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Mozingo Music 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

O’Fallon Elks Lodge 06:00 PM - 10:00 PM

March 28, 2014 Progress 64 West Legislative Business Update 2014

DoubleTree- Chesterfield 07:30 AM - 09:30 AM

April 2, 2014 WingHaven Merchants Monthly Meeting Midwest Bank Centre 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

April 5, 2014 Trivia Night: FZN Band Boosters VFW Post 5077

Chamber Snapshot Cheese!

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

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