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Volume 2, Number 2

February 2013

HAPPY VALENTINE’s DAY February Spirit Award Winner: Taco John’s “We train our team members to understand that customer service is what makes a business. We get to know our customers by name as well as what they order. Our customers become our friends, we talk with them about what is going on in their lives…we truly care about them. Attitude is everything. We try to be sure our team members are trained to be able to help when our customers need help or have a question. It’s important they know our menu as well as our customers.

Taco John’s Dawn Cook 1409 E Malone Avenue

We also try to donate to just about any organization or fundraiser who asks for help by way of coupons, food or financial. Most recently we fundraised close to $3000.00 for the Relay for Life.” Click here to see past Spirit Winners!

Local Area Farmers Recognized In front of a packed house, several area farmers who have continuously made contributions to the regional agricultural community were honored at the annual Farmers Recognition ceremony during the Chamber’s January luncheon. Thanks to all who provided nominations, voted, and attended. Congratulations to this year’s Ag Winners! Farm Family of the Year—Mike and David Pearson Farm Woman of the Year—Laura Hunter Collins

Outstanding Young Farmer—Lance Lawson Ag Service Award—Dwight Crader


Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Executive Committee President: Scott Nichols, Health Facilities Rehab First Vice President: Mike McReynolds Mike Rentals Second Vice President: Justin Taylor, Edward Jones Investments Secretary/Treasurer: At Large: Lisa Heuring, Four Oaks Hospice At Large: Debbie Glenn, Manpower At Large: Rebecca Steward, Attorney At Law At Large: Mackenzie Scherer, Scherer Shelter Insurance Additional Voting Directors Beth Johnson, Mitchell Insurance Cindy Farrenburg, Slusher Inc. Jacob Priday, Monsanto Larry Eby, NewWave Communications Leslie Hardy, DeWitt Company Matt Tanner, First State Community Bank Mike Tomaszewski, Tetra Pak Patrick Douglas, Blanton Law Firm Sharon Urhahn, Missouri Delta Medical Center Terry Williams, Southern Bank Tim Mitchell, Heartland Wood Products Tracy Cookson, DJ’s Shoes & Things Ex-Officio Clyde Hawes, New Madrid Co. Commissioner Doug Friend, Sikeston City Manager Ed Dust, Sikeston Economic Development Frank Tatum, Mayor of Miner Jamie Burger, Scott Co. Commissioner Pastor Ira Sandefer, Smith Avenue Church of God Pastor John Neeley, Tanner Street Church of God Steve Borgsmiller, SEMO State Sikeston Tom Williams, Sikeston Public Schools Zach Fayette, Sikeston Jaycees

SACC Staff Executive Director: Susan Glasgow Lawrence Administrative Director: Berneatress Hunt AgBioworks Biomass Director: Chris Evans

Membership Drive Success SACC held its annual membership drive, named “The Amazing Race”, last month. Teams of 2 people saturated the community to sign up new members or pitch existing members for the 2013 calendar year. The winning team this year was Taylor Allen of Manpower and Dwana Leible of ARC Point. Thanks to all volunteers, sponsors, and businesses who helped to make “The Amazing Race” a great SUCCESS! Thanks to our new members and sponsors! DeWitt Company—Corporate Sponsor NewWave Communications— Corporate Sponsor Anderson Green—Event Sponsor Bohannon Financial Services— Membership

Kelley's—Membership Nast & Chouinard—Membership Sam's Club—Membership State Farm Insurance Joe Hennemann—Membership The Natural Image—Membership

Annual Awards Banquet Nominations The 2013 Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet will take place on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 6:30pm until 8:30pm. More details to come. In the meantime, please cast your votes for the following award categories: Business of the Year Citizen of the Year Civic Group of the Year Community Volunteer of the Year Educator of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award SACC Volunteer of the Year Small Business of the Year Please see succeeding pages of newsletter for details and nomination forms.

Monthly Spirit Award Nominations Please consider the Spirit Award Criteria listed below and submit your choices to us at chamber@sikeston.net. You can check out all the winners here each month and on our website at www.sikeston.net. Criteria: Superior Attitude, Customer Service & Community Spirit *The winner of this award will have 3 or more of the following qualities: Business has made improvements on the inside and/or outside of their building; Business shows outstanding customer service; Business is clean and has an attractive appearance; Employees are cheerful, neat, helpful and knowledgeable.

Don’t forget to email us at chamber@sikeston.net to automatically receive the SACC e-Newsletter each month!


CALENDAR O Present - 2/28/2013 - 38th Annual High School Student Art Show Tuesday-Saturday, 10 AM.-4:00 PM. Exhibit of student art work from over ten different area high schools. Free to the public. Sikeston Depot Museum, 116 W. Malone Ave. Contact Mike or Shari, 481-9967 - Email depotmuseum@sbcglobal.net

2/7/2013 - MBRC Scott County Local Council Meeting 6:00 PM 903 S. Kingshighway, Sikeston Contact 471-9400

2/1/2013 - 5/31/2013 - Concordia Lutheran School Open Enrollment Everyone who is interested in Extended Day Christian Preschool for 4/5 year olds or Kindergarten may contact us at concordialutheranchurch@gmail.com. We have limited class and various options to choose from for 4/5 year olds. For more information, call Concordia Lutheran Church, 471-5842 or Director/Teacher, Brenda Moore, 471-5592. Register your child by April 15 to receive the "Early Bird" discount.

2/9/2013 - Compost Site Opening 8:00 AM Compress Road will be open February 9 from 8 a.m. until noon.

2/5/2013 - 2/6/2013 - 2-Day High Impact Presentations Course 8:00 AM A presentation is one of the most important tools business people have to get things done. Whether individuals are persuading colleagues, selling a client, energizing a team or showing an idea to senior management, the power of a solid presentation often makes the difference between success and failure. It will take place on two consecutive days: February 5 – 6, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Southeast Missouri State University. www.hendricksonbusinessadvisors.com Contact 573.335.1885 2/7/2013 - Housing Initiative Committee Meeting 11:30 AM Sikeston City Hall, 105 E. Center Street. 2/7/2013 - Family Night at the Museum's 5:00 PM Enjoy an evening celebrating music, especially jazz. The Sikeston High School Jazz Band will be featured along with activities, stories, and more. Free to the public with special gifts for the kids. Sikeston Depot Museum, 116 W. Malone Ave. Contact Mike or Shari, 481-9967 - Email depotmuseum@sbcglobal.net

2/7/2013 - Scott County Local Council Meeting 6:00 PM 903 S. Kingshighway Contact 573-471-9400

2/11/2013 - Housing Authority Commission Meeting 12:00 PM Housing Authority Office, 360 Allen Blvd 2/11/2013 - Park Board Meeting 5:15 PM Clinton Community Building, 501 Campanella Drive 2/11/2013 - How to Have More Money than Month Class 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Fee $40. YMCA Community Room Contact 573-471-9737 - Email ffsinc@sbcglobal.net 2/12/2013 - Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting 4:00 PM Sikeston City Hall, 105 E. Center St. 2/20/2013 - Compost Site Opening 7:30 AM Compress Road will be open from 7:30 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. and from 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. 2/21/2013 - Rotary Chili Day Lunch 11-2; dinner 4-7. Tickets $6 each. Wesley Methodist Contact Jami Geske, 380-5890 2/21/2013 - Vision for Tomorrow Strategic Plan Implementation Commission 11:30 AM Council Chambers of City Hall, 105 E. Center St. 2/22/2013 - Youth in Government Day 11:00 AM Sponsored by the City of Sikeston, Sikeston Public Schools and the Sikeston Optimist Club


OF EVENTS 2/23/2013 - How to Have More Money than Month Class 8:30 AM Fee $40. 8:30 -- 10:30 am. YMCA Community Room Contact 573-471-9737 - Email ffsinc@sbcglobal.net 2/23/2013 - MANUP Becoming a Godly Man in an UnGodly World 6:30 PM Tanner Street Church of God 2/25/2013 - City Council Work Session Meeting 11:30 AM Council Chambers of City Hall, 105 E. Center St. 2/25/2013 - LCRA Commission Meeting 11:30 AM Sikeston City Hall, 105 E. Center St. 2/25/2013 - Board of Adjustments Meeting 4:00 PM Sikeston City Hall, 105 E. Center St. 2/26/2013 - Tourism Advisory Board 4:00 PM Sikeston City Hall, 105 E. Center St. 2/28/2013 - MBRC Regional Consortium Meeting 6:00 PM 600 Washington, Hayti Contact 471-9400

For the even months, we are looking for new networking ideas, such as, morning coffee meetings, afterhours mixers, etc. Contact us about hosting an event today! Please stayed tuned for more information!

BI-MONTHLY CHAMBER LUNCHEONS January 31

Clinton Building

March 28

Sikeston Jaycees

May 30

Cheers Bar & Grill

July 25

First Baptist Church

September 26 November 21

Tanner Street Church Concordia Lutheran Church

CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP MIXERS February 21 Afterhours Mixer 5:30-7:30pm February 22 Final Friday Coffee 7:30-8:30am April 11 Annual Awards Banquet 6:30-8:30pm April 26 Final Friday Coffee 7:30-8:30am June 28 Final Friday Coffee

Sponsor: Missouri Delta Medical Center—Bruce Medical Building Sponsor: Sikeston Board of Municipal Utilities Location: Sikeston Field House Sponsor: First State Bank and Trust Sponsor: SEMO Health Network


2013 Annual Banquet Award Nomination Form

-Business of the YearDeadline: March 1, 2013 at 4:30PM Award Criteria – Major employer in the community. Has staying power. Proven history and growth. Shows adaptability to the changing business scene. Shows excellence in management and employee relations. Demonstrates exceptional community service and customer satisfaction. Shows financial soundness and profitability. I WOULD LIKE TO NOMINATE: Business:_____________________________________________________________ Address:______________________________________________________________ Reasons for Nomination (attached additional information if required)_________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ Name of person submitting nomination:_____________Phone:________ Return to SACC, 215 N. New Madrid Street, Sikeston, MO 63801. Fax: 471-2499. Questions Call 471-2498.


2013 Annual Banquet Award Nomination Form

-Citizen of the YearDeadline: March 1, 2013 at 4:30PM Award Criteria - Individual (man or woman) who has made a lasting contribution to the community. Leadership ability. Works in the community. Demonstrates excellence in business, profession and/or a vocation. Active in community organizations. I WOULD LIKE TO NOMINATE: Citizen: _______________________________________________________________ Address: ______________________________________________________________ Reasons for Nomination (attach additional information if required)__________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ Name of person submitting nomination:_____________________Phone:____________ Return to SACC, 215 N. New Madrid Street, Sikeston, MO 63801. Fax: 471-2499. Questions Call 471-2498.


2013 Annual Banquet Award Nomination Form

-Civic Group of the YearDeadline: March 1, 2013 at 4:30PM Award Criteria – Clubs and other non-profit groups making significant contributions to the community. Active organization in the community. Promotes the quality of life in the community. I WOULD LIKE TO NOMINATE: Organization: _____________________________________________________ Address: _________________________________________________________ Reasons for Nomination (attach additional information if desired): ____________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ Name of person submitting nomination: __________________ Date: _________ Return to SACC, 215 N. New Madrid Street, Sikeston, MO 63801. Fax: 471-2499. Questions Call 471-2498.


2013 Annual Banquet Award Nomination Form

-Community Volunteer of the YearDeadline: March 1, 2013 at 4:30PM Award Criteria – Individual (man or woman) who donates his or her time to help a cause, event or goodwill concern, has made a lasting contribution to the community, shows leadership ability, volunteers in the community, and is active in community organizations. I WOULD LIKE TO NOMINATE: Organization: _____________________________________________________ Address: _________________________________________________________ Reasons for Nomination (attach additional information if desired): ____________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ Name of person submitting nomination: __________________ Date: _________ Return to SACC, 215 N. New Madrid Street, Sikeston, MO 63801. Fax: 471-2499. Questions Call 471-2498.


2013 Annual Banquet Award Nomination Form

-Educator of the YearDeadline: March 1, 2013 at 4:30PM Award Criteria – An outstanding area educator. He/she is an example of dedication and excellence to students and fellow educators. He/she is active in the community. The winner of this award is eligible for Missouri Teacher of the Year. I WOULD LIKE TO NOMINATE: Individual: ________________________________________________________ Address: _________________________________________________________ Reasons for Nomination (attach additional information if desired): ____________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ Name of person submitting nomination: __________________ Date: _________ Return to SACC, 215 N. New Madrid Street, Sikeston, MO 63801. Fax: 471-2499. Questions Call 471-2498.


2013 Annual Banquet Award Nomination Form

-Lifetime Achievement AwardDeadline: March 1, 2013 at 4:30PM Award Criteria – Person who has given of themselves unselfishly throughout their lifetime. Individual (male or female) 60 years or older with longtime achievement in professional life, as well as contributions in community service and has made a lasting impression on the community. I WOULD LIKE TO NOMINATE: Individual: _______________________________________________________ Address: ________________________________________________________ Reasons for Nomination (attach additional information if desired): ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ Name of person submitting nomination: ___________________ Date: ________ Return to SACC, 215 N. New Madrid Street, Sikeston, MO 63801. Fax: 471-2499. Questions Call 471-2498.


2013 Annual Banquet Award Nomination Form

-SACC Volunteer of the YearDeadline: March 1, 2013 at 4:30PM Award Criteria – Chamber member (non-Board member). Has been an integral part of the Chamber. Gives time and energy in Chamber service. Shows leadership and support of the Chamber. Contributes to the community’s growth. I WOULD LIKE TO NOMINATE: Organization: _____________________________________________________ Address: _________________________________________________________ Reasons for Nomination (attach additional information if desired): ____________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ Name of person submitting nomination: __________________ Date: _________ Return to SACC, 215 N. New Madrid Street, Sikeston, MO 63801. Fax: 471-2499. Questions Call 471-2498.


2013 Annual Banquet Award Nomination Form

- Small Business of the YearDeadline: March 1, 2013 at 4:30PM Award Criteria – Company in business for more than five years with typically less than 20 employees. Has staying power. Proven history and growth. Adaptability to the changing business scene. Shows excellence in management and employee relations. Demonstrates exceptional community service and customer satisfaction. Financial soundness and profitability. I WOULD LIKE TO NOMINATE: Business:_____________________________________________________________ Address:______________________________________________________________ Reasons for Nomination (attached additional information if required)_________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ Name of person submitting nomination:_____________Phone:________ Return to SACC, 215 N. New Madrid Street, Sikeston, MO 63801. Fax: 471-2499. Questions Call 471-2498.


There’s still space available! Become a Newsletter Sponsor Today! It is once again time to consider all the possibilities 2013 may bring. We would like to extend this invitation to your businesses, on a first come first serve basis, to sign on for the upcoming year. Our newsletters are currently distributed to over 680 recipients, businesses and individuals alike. This sponsorship opportunity includes your local and/or national business information, logo, link to your website, and any pertinent information you would like to include (advertisement, quote, tag-line, etc.) as seen below. Additionally, you will be given the opportunity to include a full page advertisement one month out of the year. IF INTERESTED, please contact SACC staff. DON’T MISS OUT!


SACC February 2013