by GSTCCC on January 9th, 2014

The Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce has subscribed to Votility® political advocacy and bill tracking software to assist in our efforts to follow and educate members on federal, state, and local legislative issues important to business and the community.  
 
At their December meeting, the Chamber’s 2014 Board of Directors voted to support a list of issues identified as priorities by Chamber members and staff.  Members can now easily follow these issues and contact their legislators by logging into Votility®.
 
To set up a Votility® account and begin following the issues, members need to:
  1. Go to the Chamber’s website homepage (www.GSTCCC.com)
  2. Click on the “Member Login” button on the right side of the screen and using your username and password, log into the Chamber Nation member dashboard (if you do not have a username and password, contact the Chamber office)
  3. Once logged in, scroll down the members dashboard and click on the Votility® logo
  4. After clicking on the logo, complete and submit the online demographics form 

You are now ready to begin viewing proposed bills.  Getting member comments and votes will help guide the board in taking official Chamber positions on specific bills.  Staff and members can now easily provide feedback with legislators prior to them voting on a bill.


by GSTCCC on January 2nd, 2014

At their December meeting, the Chamber Board of Directors passed a resolution supporting proposed access improvements along I-70 between the Cave Springs and Mid Rivers Mall Drive exits.  Before coming to the full board, the resolution was discussed at the Chamber's GET (Governmental Affairs, Economic Development and Transportation) Committee meeting where they made recommended that the board take a position in support of the resolution.  Below is a copy.

by GSTCCC on January 2nd, 2014

The Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce has begun doing short interviews with businesses who proudly display their Chamber member sticker.
 
Click here to see Frank Polston from EPC, Inc. as he participate in our Sticker Patrol.

by GSTCCC on January 2nd, 2014

The Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that their solar panel installation was completed on Friday, December 20, with the changing of the meter. 

Earlier this year, due to the rebate that was offered through Ameren, the Chamber board voted to proceed with purchasing solar panels - a move that will save the Chamber more than $90,000 in utility costs over the next 25 years.

Chamber Member Real Goods Solar and their subcontractors completed the installation.

by GSTCCC on January 2nd, 2014

The Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce will be recognizing Ms. Lisa Baue as the 2013 Citizen of the Years at the Citizen of the Years Gala, taking place on Friday, February 21, 2014, at Old Hickory Golf Club and Conference Center.

Lisa Baue has been the Third Generation Owner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Baue Funeral Homes, Crematory and Cemetery in St. Charles County since 1987.

The company, which was founded in 1935 by her grandfather, Arthur C. Baue, continued under her father David until his death in 1987.  Lisa had been a licensed funeral director for 8 years when she took over the reins.

She and her staff of over 100 team members, have grown the family owned business to three funeral home locations, an onsite crematory, flower and gift shop, two reception centers, a memorial gardens cemetery, a pet tribute and cremation company and a cremation society that serves over 1,800 families each year.  Services provided include webcasting funerals, dove and butterfly releases, motorcycle and horse drawn hearses, which all provide a unique and special service to meet the growing and diverse needs of the community.

Lisa was instrumental in developing Baue’s anti-drug/ anti-drink ad campaign, which received commendations from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Midwest Division.

Lisa’s community service contributions are extensive and include serving as the current board president of Preferred Funeral Directors International and Vice President of Hope Lutheran Church Parish Council.  She is the current board chair of the Partners for Progress in St. Charles County, and serves on St. Charles County Athena as a board member, as well as a board member and Former Board Chairman of the Economic Development Center in 2007-2008.

She is a former chairperson for the American Heart Association Heart Walk for St. Charles County, founding president of the St. Charles Crimestoppers Program, former board member for St. Charles DARE Program and former board chair of the St. Charles County Salvation Army Council.

Lisa is the past president, and current member of the Rotary Club of St. Charles, past president of the St. Charles Business and Professional Women and past president of the St. Charles Jaycee Women.

Lisa is a graduate of St. Charles High School and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia.  She is a graduate of the National Foundation of Funeral Service Management School, where she served as a member of their board of directors and an instructor of its Management School.  She has three children – her son John Devaney (fourth generation Funeral Director in the Baue Company), her daughter, Erin, who attends Kendall College in Chicago and Lucy, her 3 year old Golden Retriever. 

Please join us as we honor Lisa Baue, at the 2013 Citizen of the Years Gala on Friday, February 21, 2014 at Old Hickory Golf Club and Conference Center.  Other award recipients include William (Bill) Rupp for the Lifetime Distinguished Service award in the Cultural category; James P. Devereux Sr., our recipient of the Lifetime Distinguished Service award in the Humanitarian category; and in the Civic category, our Lifetime Distinguished Service award goes to Jan Beardsley. Russ Lake of Insperity will be recognized as the 2013 Chamber Champion.
 
Tickets are $85 and include dinner and an open bar.  Tickets may be purchased through the Greater St. Charles County Chamber office or online by clicking here.

Sponsorships for the 2013 Citizen of the Years Gala are now available. 
  • $200 - Your logo on the home page of the website, event registration page and on signage at the gala.
  • $500 – Includes 2 tickets to the event plus logo on home page of the website, event registration page and on signage at the gala.
  • $1,000 - Includes 6 tickets to the event plus logo on home page of the website, event registration page and at galaIf your business is interested in any of these sponsorships or if you would be interested in a custom package, please contact Wendy Rackovan, Vice President of Marketing & Communications at 636-946-0633 or by email at Wendy@GSTCCC.com.
If your business is interested in any of these sponsorships or if you would be interested in a custom package, please contact Wendy Rackovan, Vice President of Marketing & Communications at 636-946-0633 or by email at Wendy@GSTCCC.com.

by GSTCCC on November 15th, 2013

Last week, former Citizen of the Years Award recipients and past Chamber Chairmen of the Board met to select the recipients of this year's awards.

The Chamber would like to congratulate the following individuals (additional information and photos to follow):

2013 Citizen of the Years
Lisa Baue

2013 Lifetime Distinguished Service Awards Recipients
Civic - Jan Beardsley
Cultural - Bill Rupp
Humanitarian - James Devereux, Sr.

These individuals along with the 2013 Chamber Champion (yet to be announced) will be honored at the Citizen of the Years Gala on Friday, February 21, 2014, at 6:00pm, at Old Hickory Golf Club.  Please mark your calendar and plan to join us in celebrating their contributions to our communities.

by GSTCCC on October 15th, 2013

When the Chamber staff asks members “Why did you join the Chamber?”, the most common answer is to network and meet other business people.  Although the Chamber is a great place to network, don’t get hung up on that, the Chamber is so much more.
 
Quite often, we see businesses that join the Chamber become really active the first few months.  They soon stop their participation and later drop because they didn’t see immediate results.  I want to remind business owners – results will not be seen overnight.  The development of business relationships takes time and requires regular attendance - people do business with people they know and trust.
 
The Chamber is much more than a place to network.  We are the front door to the community, an advocate for local businesses, an inexpensive way to promote your business, and a credible and trusted organization.  The Chamber also helps to educate members on local issues and ways to make businesses more efficient.  If the Chamber did not exist, who would you look to for these services? 
 
Did you know, that a recent study conducted by The Schapiro Group shows that consumers are 80% more likely to buy from chamber members?   The results also show consumer opinions toward restaurant franchisees, insurance companies, and automotive companies, who are members of their local chamber.  What are you doing to show your affiliation with the Chamber?  We provide multiple ways – a door sticker, button / link for your website, online directory, and mobile app.  What can you do to help us become a stronger organization / advocate for business?  Think about it. Can you be doing more?
 
More than half of the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce is made up of small businesses with fewer than 10 employees.  This keeps many from being able to attend Chamber functions.  If you are not able to attend meetings, look at the ways the Chamber can benefit you online – set-up your Traffic Catcher Page, offer a coupon, set-up your online advertising module to sell online, advertise through the Chamber website, post a new release, etc. 
 
The bottom line is we know you need to be working at growing your business; we are here to help you and to promote your business.  We can provide the tools, but many of these things require some effort from you.  This Chamber operates very efficiently with a staff of four.  The challenge is - We are a staff of four trying to service 800 members. That is why we rely heavily on electronic communication.  If you or your business needs something from the Chamber, please don’t wait for us to call you, reach out to us.
 
The Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce is the St. Louis Region’s second largest business association and the largest in St. Charles County.  Our strength is in our numbers – the larger we are, the more influential we can be.  If you know of a business which would benefit by being a member, give us a call and we’ll be happy to reach out to them.

by GSTCCC on October 8th, 2013


The Greater St. Charles County Chamber is cancelling its mobile app contract with Chamber2Go and is using the Chamber Me app that is integrated with our membership software.  There are many more features through this app for members to utilize and we will be enabling new public features.  Advertising on this app will be available soon!!

To download the new app, you can visit the following:

Android - Requires Android 2.2 (Froyo) or higher.

iOS - iOS 5 optimized (but supports iOS 3.0+). Devices supported: iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, and 4S iPad and iPad 2 iPod Touch

HTML 5 - Works on any mobile html5-compliant mobile device.  Android, Apple(iOS), BlackBerry, Windows Phone, Symbian, Web OS, and More!

by GSTCCC on October 8th, 2013

Recently, the City of St. Peters, the St. Charles County Highway Department  and the Missouri Department of Transportation hosted a public open house at St. Peters City Hall to gain feedback on a study that will improve access and traffic flow between Cave Springs and Mid Rivers Mall drive. 

Currently, there is no access to the underutilized outer roads through this 3-mile stretch along I-70.  The proposed improvements will convert the outer roads to one-way outer roads with multiple slip ramp between these two intersections, thus improving the traffic flow through this part of the county.

There was a great turnout and feedback has been great!  If you did not get the opportunity to attend the Public Open House last week, you can view the boards and comment online. 



by Scott Tate on September 24th, 2013

Like it or not, the Affordable Care Act continues to be implemented and effective January 1, 2014, everyone will be required to have health insurance, whether it is through their employer or an exchange.
 
There is one important deadline coming up on October 1.  This is the date that has been set which employers subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act are required to educate their workers about the Health Insurance Marketplace and subsidies (as well as upon employment for all new employees).
 
If you are a business owner, please check out the following resources to ensure your business is in compliance with the new laws.
 
HealthCare.gov: https://www.healthcare.gov/
This is the site set-up by the government to help businesses and individuals with questions about HealthCare Reform laws.
 
Aflac: http://www.aflac.com/healthcare_reform/
The Chamber has partnered with Rachel Zimmerman on numerous seminars to help educate members about the new HealthCare laws.  Aflac offers some great tools including videos, an employers guide, and a customizable HCR Communication Toolkit which can help you understand and comply with the October 1 communications deadline.
 
Insperity: http://www.insperity.com/health-care-reform
Insperity offers an overview, timeline, and glossary of terms that will help you to understand HealthCare Reform.


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