by GSTCCC on February 18th, 2016

​The SPARK Program:
Spark! provides high school students in the Parkway School District with dynamic, immersion-based student learning experiences to ensure students can understand and respond to an ever-changing world. Spark! is an example of how business, community and public education can partner to produce personalized learning experiences that educate the workforce of the future, especially in high skill, high demand jobs.

PLEASE COME LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS DYNAMIC PROGRAM THAT IS HAPPENING IN ST. LOUIS COUNTY AND IN THE KANSAS CITY AREA!!! Our speaker will be Dr. Jennifer Stanfill (*Please read her bio below)

The meeting is Wednesday, March 2nd from 8:00am-9:30am at St. Charles Community College in the Student Center Room 205.

 * Dr. Jennifer Stanfill serves the Parkway School District as Director of Choice Programs. She has worked in Parkway in her current position and as a curriculum coordinator for Career & Technical Education since 2010. Prior to working in Parkway, Jennifer served Ritenour High School as a teacher, coach, A+ Coordinator and Assistant Principal. Jennifer enjoys working collaboratively with others in the district and the community to blur the lines between industry, community and education. Most recently, she has spearheaded Spark!, a profession-based, experiential learning program for high school juniors and seniors in the Parkway School District.  When Jennifer is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Steve and their two children, Audrey (10) and Charlie (8).
 
If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Terry McCrum at (636) 946-0633 or terry@gstccc.com    SEATING IS LIMITED!!!!


by GSTCCC on January 13th, 2016

We are currently seeking Silver, Gold and Platinum Sponsors for our 2016 Small Business of the Year Awards Program.  This event will take place on May 6th at the St. Charles Convention Center located at One Convention Plaza Drive in St. Charles, MO.  

In honor of Small Business Week (May 2nd-6th), The Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce will be selecting one outstanding small business at its Small Business of the Year.  The business must be a current member of the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce, have fewer than 50 people, must have been in existence since January 1, 2015 and have experienced growth or other measurable indicator of business success in the past twelve months.    

The recipient of the award will be honored at the GSTCCC/ City of St. Charles Employer of The Year Awards Luncheon.  If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please click here.


by GSTCCC on January 12th, 2016

​A Leadership Training Program Produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

​WASHINGTON, D.C.— Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is pleased to announce that Lori Tainter, VP of Member Services and New Media Coordinator, of the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce, has recently completed her first year at Institute for Organization Management, a four-year nonprofit leadership training program at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

“Institute graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their industries and organizations,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s vice president of Institute for Organization Management. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills, and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.”

Since its commencement in 1921, the Institute program has been educating tens of thousands of association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders on how to build stronger organizations, better serve their members and become strong business advocates. Institute’s curriculum consists of four weeklong sessions at five different university locations throughout the country. Through a combination of required courses and electives in areas such as leadership, advocacy, marketing, finance, and membership, Institute participants are able to enhance their own organizational management skills and add new fuel to their organizations, making them run more efficiently and effectively.

Institute for Organization Management is the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. It is the premier nonprofit professional development program for association and chamber professionals, fostering individual growth through interactive learning and networking opportunities.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness by addressing developments that affect our nation, our economy, and the global business environment.

institute.uschamber.com           @IOMeducates

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by Terry McCrum on January 4th, 2016

Nominations for the 2016 Small Business of the Year are currently being accepted by the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce.  If you know of a business either from the City of St. Charles or the City of St. Peters that you would like to nominate, and that meets the following criteria, please click here to complete the nomination form and send it to:  Terry McCrum, Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce, 2201 First Capitol Drive, St. Charles, MO 63301 by March 1, 2016.

Nominated businesses must:
  • be a member of the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce on the date of the application deadline.
  • have less than 50 full-time (two part-time employees count as one full-time employee).
  • have opened for fully operational business no later than January 1, 2014.
This year we will be recognizing five businesses in our area and will offer each one of them an opportunity to showcase their business at a business sponsored seminar.  The Small Business Luncheon will be held on Friday, May 6, 2016, at the St. Charles Convention Center, during which the winner of the Small Business of the Year will be announced.

by Terry McCrum, VP of Member Relations and Retention on December 17th, 2015

The School Business Partnership of St. Charles County Region (SBP) is pleased to announce that three teachers were recently awarded the following Mini Grants for the 2015-2016 School Year.  All projects funded by the SBP must focus on career development, career explorations and /or career readiness skills and must be completed by the end of the school year in which they are awarded.

Mr. Jack Williamson, from Hardin Middle School located in St. Charles, was awarded $500.00 to help fund a ‘Near Space Balloon Experiment’.  Mr. Jeremy Jackson, a teacher at St. Charles West High School, was awarded $491.98 to help with the funding of the ‘US First Tech Challenge Opportunity for Chief Robotics’ and Sarah Gerson applied for a Mini Grant to purchase a book series, ’We Can Be Anything’ for the Kindergarten classes at Discovery Ridge Elementary in Wentzville.  She was awarded $476.08.  The total amount awarded in Mini Grants by the School Business Partnership of St. Charles County Region was $1,468.06.

At the completion of the projects, all recipients must attend a chamber function to where they will do a presentation about their project.  If unable to attend, the award recipient will be required to create a video or some type of presentation to show how the students were impacted, which will then be shown at a chamber meeting.

The SBP is composed of members to serve voluntarily and will constitute a cross-section of the education community and local industry.  Other members of the committee include representatives from the following Chambers of Commerce:  The Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce, O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Western St. Charles County and the Cottleville-Weldon Spring Chambers of Commerce.

by Scott Tate, President & CEO on November 24th, 2015

Institute is a Leadership Training Program Produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

​WASHINGTON, D.C.— Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is pleased to announce that Lori Tainter, VP of Member Services & New Media Relations, of the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce, has been awarded a Regent Scholarship. Given to professionals across the country, the Regent Scholarships recognize each recipient for their involvement in industry professional organizations, community service, and professional background.

“Regent scholarships offer executives the opportunity to attend Institute and learn about emerging industry trends, expand their organizations’ influence, and grow their peer network,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, vice president of Institute for Organization Management at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. “We are pleased to help these talented professionals advance their careers and organizations.”

Since its commencement in 1921, the Institute program has been educating tens of thousands of association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders on how to build stronger organizations, better serve their members and become strong business advocates.  Institute’s curriculum consists of four weeklong sessions at five different university locations throughout the country. Through a combination of required courses and electives in areas such as leadership, advocacy, marketing, finance, and membership, Institute participants are able to enhance their own organizational management skills and add new fuel to their organizations, making them run more efficiently and effectively.

Each of the Regent Scholarship recipients will attend one of Institute’s five sites in 2015. At the completion of the four-year curriculum, each of the recipients will receive the IOM graduate recognition, signifying completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management and their commitment to the industry. In addition, all credit hours earned through Institute may be applied toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE) industry certification.

Graduates of Institute receive the IOM recognition, signifying completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management. In addition, participants can earn credit hours toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE) certifications. Nearly 1,000 individuals attend Institute annually.

Institute for Organization Management is the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. It is the premier nonprofit professional development program for association and chamber professionals, fostering individual growth through interactive learning and networking opportunities.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness by addressing developments that affect our nation, our economy, and the global business environment.

by Wendy Rackovan on November 20th, 2015

Randy Schilling, Merle Schneider, and Dan Foust to be recognized with Lifetime Distinguished Service Awards

​Since 1957, The Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce has recognized local leaders for their dedication to serving the St. Charles County community.  This year, the Chamber is pleased to announce that Don Boschert, Jr. has been named our 2015 Citizen of the Years.
  
A life-long resident of St. Charles County, Don has been an Investment Representative with Edward Jones in St. Charles since 1978, after receiving his Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance Banking from the University of Missouri – Columbia. 
 
Edward Jones has recognized Don’s great capacity for leadership by naming him Regional Leader of St. Charles and Lincoln Counties from 1998-2004 and also making him a  General Partner for Edward Jones from 2001- 2004. Under his leadership, Edward Jones expanded from 19 branch offices to 50 branch offices in the St. Charles County area.  Currently, Don serves as a limited Partner and works with his son Greg in an office on 5th Street in the heart of St. Charles.
 
Don has a hands-on approach to any cause he’s associated with that makes the organization that much stronger and it’s reflected in the organizations he’s involved with and the fact that he has served in a leadership position with most. He served as the President of the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce in 1991 and for 3 years as Chairman of the St. Charles County Convention Center and Sports Facilities.   Don has also served as President of the St. Charles Rotary, St. Peters Rotary and United Services and has served on the board of Crime Stoppers and on the Academy of the Sacred Heart Golf Outing Committee. 
 
He currently serves as a board member for the Boys & Girls Club of St. Charles and the Child Welfare Allocation Panel for the United Way.
 
Along with Don, the Chamber will also be recognizing our recipients of the Lifetime Distinguished Service awards which include:
  • Civic : Randy Schilling; has renovated several historic buildings on Main Street, most recently finishing a huge renovation on the Old Post Office, a 10,000 square foot facility, located on Main Street in the heart of Historic St. Charles.  His company, OPO Startups, provides regional startups with affordable workspace and access to mentors, potential investors, programming, educational resources and a community of local entrepreneurs. He is also active with Partners for Progress on the Education Committee and focusing on STEAM efforts.
  • Cultural: Dan Foust Sr.; In 2001, Dan chartered the First Capitol Lions Club (which currently have over 100 members).  They raise countless dollars each year which, in turn, is funneled right back into the community for different outreach programs. Lions Club International has awarded Dan the Melvin Jones Fellowship award for outstanding services and dedication to Lionism.  It is the highest honor one can receive as a Lions member. Dan is also Chairman of the Saint Charles Oktoberfest festival which raised over $150,000 annually for various civic clubs in our community.
  • Humanitarian: Merle Schneider; Volunteers his time and efforts for a list of charities longer than your arm.  He’s pedaled for cancer, walked for Alzheimer’s, he’s the Santa who rides around town on the back of the red Corvette convertible and appears at numerous events for the US Marines and Toys for Tots and Crisis Nursery.  He’s a self-taught auctioneer and has emceed countless charitable dinners and trivia nights raising over $1 Million with his live auction service.
Please join us in recognizing the selfless work that Don Boschert, Jr. has done for our community at our 2015 Annual Meeting & Citizen of the Years Awards, to be held on Friday February 19, 2016 at Ameristar Casino Resort Spa. Tickets are $85 per person or $850 for a table of 10.  Corporate sponsorships are available upon request.

by Scott Tate, President & CEO on September 15th, 2015

The Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted to change its programming beginning in January 2016.

The Chamber will no longer be hosting Business After Hours, Morning Networking Coffees, or General Membership Meetings.

Chambers have been doing the same programming for the past few decades.  As we transition from a local chamber to a broader more regional chamber, we wanted to look at how we can freshen our programming.  So the staff took a couple of field trips and did some brainstorming and presented our ideas to the board.  

In place of our previous programming we will be hosting a Speaker Series, Summit Series, and a concept we are calling FUSE.

Speaker Series:
We will hold 3 luncheons / breakfasts that will feature a speaker providing much more content than what we currently get at a membership meeting.  Topics could be motivational, sales, marketing, leadership, etc.  We have found that many speakers get on a Chamber circuit and speak to all the local Chambers, so we will be seeking speakers outside the St. Louis market.  We want to be different.  Additional information as well as information on individual pricing, season tickets, and sponsorships will be available soon.

Summit Series:
The main reason Chambers exist is to advocate on behalf of businesses.  We know there are many issues that are complex and difficult to understand for many business owners.  We will be addressing some of these issues through a summit series.  We will hold 3 summits in 2016; however, we will also be holding a half-day summit on September 29 beginning at 8:00am, which will focus on transportation - current conditions, the funding crisis, public transportation in St. Charles County, the future of transportation in the St. Louis region, and other types of transportation (air, water, freight, etc.).  Future summit topics could include Healthcare, Education, Workforce Development, Technology, etc.  Additional information as well as information on individual pricing, season tickets, and sponsorships will be available soon.

FUSE:
FUSE is a new concept designed to engage our members.  We chose the name because you use a fuse to ignite something, so we are using it to Ignite Discussions, Ideas, and Solutions.  FUSE will be held from 3:00pm to 7:00pm.  There will be an area where members can come and network and partake in some food and beverage (like a Business After Hours), but there will also be breakout rooms where members can listen to speakers / panels on topics and participate in the discussion on various topics.  This is different than a membership meeting - we want and encourage engagement from the membership.  This is a member benefit, so unless you are given a special ticket / pass, non-members will not be able to attend.  We plan to have 4-6 topics of various types discussed at each FUSE event.  Mark your calendar for our first FUSE on January 21 at 3:00pm.  You can come for the whole event or just the topics you want to share an opinion on.  Additional information as well as information on individual pricing, season tickets, and sponsorships will be available soon.

We are very excited to be offering these new programs to the membership and believe they will set us a part from many of the other Chambers throughout the region.

Don't hesitate to contact the Chamber office if you have any questions.

by GSTCCC on July 7th, 2015

​A Leadership Training Program Produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

​WASHINGTON, D.C.— Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is pleased to announce that Scott Tate, President & CEO, of the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce, has recently completed his third year at Institute for Organization Management, a four-year nonprofit leadership training program at the University of Georgia in Athens.

“Institute graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their industries and organizations,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s vice president of Institute for Organization Management. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills, and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.”

Since its commencement in 1921, the Institute program has been educating tens of thousands of association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders on how to build stronger organizations, better serve their members and become strong business advocates. Institute’s curriculum consists of four weeklong sessions at five different university locations throughout the country. Through a combination of required courses and electives in areas such as leadership, advocacy, marketing, finance, and membership, Institute participants are able to enhance their own organizational management skills and add new fuel to their organizations, making them run more efficiently and effectively.

Institute for Organization Management is the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. It is the premier nonprofit professional development program for association and chamber professionals, fostering individual growth through interactive learning and networking opportunities.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness by addressing developments that affect our nation, our economy, and the global business environment.

institute.uschamber.com          
@IOMeducates

by Scott Tate, President & CEO on June 19th, 2015

Scott Tate, President & CEO, wrote a letter to the St. Charles City Council on behalf of the board voicing their support for a change to a city ordinance that would allow for Transportation Network Companies such as Uber and Lyft.  Below is a copy of the letter.





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