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April 2014


Volume 3, Issue 4

Sikeston Regional Chamber “Where Southern Hospitality Begins”

In This Issue 2 Shop, Sell, & Support Local

Celebrating 100 Years of Service!

April Spirit Award: Do It Best, Corp CONGRATULATIONS to Do It Best, Corp for unveiling their new facility at 2600 Rose Parkway and opening the doors to the Sikeston community. Many, many Sikeston residents and business colleagues as well as state and local officials were on hand to welcome the most recent business development to the local scene. Do It Best Management, Staff and Corporate partners were also on hand to take part in the celebration.

Employing approximately 130 of our region’s workforce and occupying 550,000 square feet in the Industrial Park, Do It Best is a ware2 Calendar of Events house distribution retail service center which will serve its members in 3 SRC Members At-A eleven states. Again, congratulations and welcome to Sikeston! -Glance 3 Red Carpet, “Oscar” Nominees 4 SRC Shout-Outs, Membership, Spring Events 4- 5 Officers, Board of Directors & Staff 5 Introducing... 5 Spring Clean Your Business

Local Highlights Reserve Your Place on the Red Carpet Tickets and table reservations are still available for Friday, April 25. Come celebrate our winners and YOUR business at the SRC Annual Awards Banquet. For those that reserve a table, you are eligible to decorate a different table to highlight and feature what makes your business special. For tickets or questions regarding this event, please contact the Chamber.

Sikeston JC Crawfish Boil CRAWFISH, CRAWFISH, & MORE CRAWFISH! Not to mention music, activities, food, drinks, and did we mention crawfish? Saturday, April 26 212 midnight, Sikeston Rodeo Grounds 2,000 lbs of fresh Louisiana crawfish, hot dogs, & hamburgers - Kids Zone 2-6pm - Pre-Sale tickets $5 - Gate Entry $8


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Shop, Sell, & Support Local: ReStart Rehabilitation Services Mike Greene has been a proud member of the ReStart Rehabilitation Services team since March 2008, and the Director at ReStart since October of 2008. Though serving in a management role at ReStart, Greene still enjoys treating patients and helping them overcome limitations they have, and seeing them return to work, return to a particular sport, or just being able to return to life as they once knew it.

ReStart is very fortunate to work with such a great team that offers so many skilled services under one roof. ReStart offers several experienced and skilled therapists who are able to treat complex spine and joint conditions, as well as specialty trained therapists for treatment of the hand, lymphedema, women’s health, neurological and vestibular conditions, work rehab, swallowing therapy and more.

ReStart is proud to serve Sikeston and surrounding communities with highly skilled and specialty rehabilitation services close to home The team is thankful for the trust and support that patients and providers have placed in them, and they look forward to continuing to offer great care to those they serve. For more information, contact Mike Greene at 472-7375.

Sikeston Area Calendar of Events APRIL

ALL MONTH—The Depot Civil War Exhibition 14—Park Board Meeting 15-16—City Spring Clean Up ( TU/F Residents) on loan from St. Louis Science Center APRIL —Concordia Lutheran School Enrollment 16– Empower 2014, HR & Management Conf 20– Vision for Tomorrow Strategic Plan 1– Jr. Trailblazers Walking Club 3-6– Sikeston Public Library Book Sale

Implementation Commission Meeting

5—Compost Site Open

21—LCRA Committee Meeting

7– Sikeston City Council Meeting

22– VNA Grief Support Group

7&10- City Spring Clean Up (M/TH Residents)

22– MBRC Low Birth Weight Conference

8- Compost Site Open


8– Trailblazers Adult Walking Club

26– Sikeston Jaycee 5th Annual Crawfish Boil

8—DED Board Meeting

26– YMCA Healthy Kids & Community Fun Day

8—BMU Board Meeting

28– City Council Work Session

12—Trivia Match for Concordia Lutheran School 29—Tourism Advisory Board Meeting 14– Sikeston Housing Authority Commission Meeting Visit for more event details

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SRC Members At-A-Glance In case you missed it... Back by popular demand, BULL FIGHTING! Wednesday Night Only

Country Music Entertainers Wednesday, August 6: Josh Thompson Thursday, August 7: Thompson Square Friday, August 8: Dustin Lynch Saturday, August 9: TBA TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW 800-455-BULL

“And the Oscar goes to…” Please join SRC in “Rolling out the Red Carpet” for the nominees of the 64th Annual Awards Banquet. Winners will be announced on the evening of the event, Friday April 25th. In alphabetical order, here are your nominees: COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER


Tiffany ONeal Eastwood

Taylor Allen

Diane Eberhard

Rick Lovall

Jennifer Hartlein

Mackenzie Scherer



DeWitt Embroidery

Food Giant Supermarkets

Menz & Menz CPA

Missouri Delta Medical Center

Sweetgum Gallery

Orgill, Inc



Backpacks for Friday

Mr. Donald C. Bedell

Historic Downtown Sikeston

Mrs. Ellen Brandom

Kiwanis Club

Mrs. Teresa Bye

Corporate Sponsors

Board of Directors

& Staff

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Executive Directors President: Mike McReynolds Mike Rentals, Inc. Vice President: Justin Taylor Edward Jones Investments 2nd Vice: Mackenzie Scherer Shelter Insurance Secretary/Treasurer: Lisa Heuring Missouri Delta Medical Center At Large: Debbie Glenn Manpower & Larry Eby Clarity Telecom Past President: Scott Nichols Health Facilities Rehab

Additional Voting Directors Beth Johnson, Mitchell Insurance Cindy Farrenburg, Slusher Inc. Zach Fayette, Focus Bank Jacob Priday, Monsanto Matt Tanner, First State Community Bank Mike Tomaszewski, Tetra Pak Laura Collins, Willow & Co. Ben Alcorn, ESI.Comm


The Sikeston Regional Chamber would like to send a few shout-outs to our diligent and engaged members who have volunteered their time and efforts for the betterment of our organization. Mr. Jim Schwaninger—HUGE thanks for helping edit and improve our website content. Your meticulous and careful consideration to your numerous boards and committees is inspiring. Ms. Rebecca Steward—another SRC member who goes above and beyond for the Chamber as well as various other non-profit groups and entities she serves. Thank you for your expertise which has assisted the Chamber time and time again. Moll Printing—Thank you for your talent, proficiency and patience in sponsoring ALL of the printing for our Annual Banquet. Your experience and professionalism are out of this world! WE SINCERELY APPRECIATE ALL THAT YOU DO FOR THE SIKESTON-MINER COMMUNITIES 

Visibility & Promotion

Marketing & Networking Opportunities

Community Involvement

Member Exclusives

Special Sponsorships Available to



Spring Forward? There are so many things that the Spring season brings with it: daylight savings, flowers blooming, spring cleaning, etc. The vitality of Spring brings a renewed and refreshed outlook from the doldrums of Winter. Here are just a few of the things to look forward to this Spring, SRC is issuing a BOLO—Be On the Look Out—for these exciting upcoming events… Sikeston in Bloom Community Wide Spring Clean Up

Farmers Market Dogwood-Azalea Festival

Brooke Buchanan, Personal Expressions Terry Williams, Southern Bank Don Hart, Hart Electric & Men of Falkoff’s Mark Ponder, Do it Best Corp.

Ex-Officio Clyde Hawes, New Madrid Co. Commissioner Jon Douglass, City of Sikeston Ed Dust, Sikeston Economic Development Frank Tatum, Mayor of Miner Jamie Burger, Scott Co. Commissioner Pastor Rick Lovall, Ministerial Alliance Steve Borgsmiller, SEMO State Sikeston Shawn Towe, Sikeston Jaycees Michelle Reynolds, Three Rivers College Tom Williams, Sikeston Public Schools SRC Staff Executive Director: Susan G. Lawrence Assistant Director: Morgan Hough Contact Us 215 N. New Madrid Sikeston, MO 63801 Ph: 573-471-2498 Fax: 573-471-2499 E:

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Introducing Assistant Director Morgan Hough Morgan Hough has joined the staff of the Sikeston Regional Chamber of Commerce as the Assistant Director. A native of Sikeston, Hough graduated in August 2013 from the University of Mississippi with a bachelor's degree in graphic design. For the past 2 years, she has worked as a designer at Nest Paper Studio in Oxford, where she fine-tuned her design skills and gained experience meeting deadlines. When she's not working, she's loving on her nieces or designing something creative - either an invitation, a room or an outfit. Please feel free to contact Morgan for any of your Chamber needs or to welcome her back to Sikeston.

Spring Clean Your Business This season is not only a time to spring clean your home but when is the last time you dusted the cobwebs off of your business? Whether that is literal or figurative, all too often we find ourselves working IN our business that we forget to work ON our business. Here are a few ideas to recharge the batteries in your business: 

Toss Expenses that Don’t Deliver Value

Review Your Debit to Equity Ratio

Dust off your Strategic or Marketing Plan, if you don’t have one maybe it’s time to cultivate one

Organize and Prepare Your Growth Opportunities

Come see the Chamber for more ways we can help you and your business

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