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
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

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.
This is the site set-up by the government to help businesses and individuals with questions about HealthCare Reform laws.
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 offers an overview, timeline, and glossary of terms that will help you to understand HealthCare Reform.

by Scott Tate on September 3rd, 2013

Last week, we had numerous members contacting the Chamber regarding Texas Governor Rick Perry's visit. 

I want to remind everyone that all Chambers work independently of one another.  I also want to let everyone know that the Greater St. Charles County Chamber did not take a position on the Governor's visit or on HB-253.

We did send a quick 1-question questionnaire to see where our members stood.  We only received a 5% response rate. I was very surprised at the low response given how controversial his visit was and how controversial HB-253 still is.   These are issues that are important to business.  The board / the Chamber represent the voice of our members. 

Below are responses from the questionnaire.   The responses were mixed.  

The Chamber has subscribed to Votility Advocacy Software and will be launching it to the membership soon.  This will allow us to easily follow the issues important to business and help us to educate you on each of those issues.


The Missouri House is considering an override of the Governor's veto of HB-253.

Supporters promote it as a tax cut, putting money back in to the pockets of citizens and businesses. (link to info on the bill -

Opponents fear its passage could harm education and public services. (link to Governor's veto letter -

I support the Governor's Veto: 18
I support an override of the Governor's Veto: 9
I support an override, but not Gov. Perry's visit: 2
I support an override and Gov. Perry's visit: 16
Other: 3

Please share any thoughts:

Wake up Mo
With family members in both Texas and Kansas (who passed similar legislation), they have seen adverse effects of reduction of income tax. Kansas especially has experienced many reductions in governmental services.
Perry's visit has nothing to do, or very little, with this bill. You are wrong to assume this is the only reason for Perry's visit. And it's embarrassing when our own chamber of commerce thinks this. I am going to rethink being a member. I simply cannot believe that anyone would with a true heart would listen to Perry since he is here to recruit companies to Texas. The Missouri Chamber of Commerce are evidently not interested in protecting Missouri interests, only their own. I don't get it. To go dramatic on you, it's like the people of the Missouri Chamber, or those supporting Perry's visit, have signed a deal with the devil. That's my best analogy. For God's sake, stand up for Missouri!!!!
Our currant Government feels that it can tax us into oblivion and spend it recklessly with no accountability.... I believe we do a better job responsibility spending our money because if we spent money like Washington we would be bankrupt! What happened to common sense?
Missouri is not currently working hard enough to compete with other states, like Texas.
Since I am a Capitalist at heart, I believe in Free Enterprise. Not crazy about the Tx Governer but someone needs to let our Gov Nixon know that he sucks in more ways than one. 
As business persons we need to recognize that it would be irresponsible to ruin the State's credit rating, and further erode education just to try to race Texas to the bottom. Why would we give Gov. Perry a platform to criticize Missouri? What were these folks thinking? Politics over performance?
Probably businesses will not leave Missouri to go to Texas if HB-253 passes. If it doesn't, then some businesses may go to a state where the government is more friendly to businesses and I don't blame them.
Why not learn from them. Unlimited funding for education and public services is coming to an end.
Like others, I would like more information before making a decision. I am also disappointed since I understand that the Missouri Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring him.
Too much uncertainty and lack of clarity. We need a thoughtful conversation with everyone at the table.
Governor Nixion has done the right thing to stop the legilature's move to make Missour a third world state.
I work in education and the loss of funding is a serious issue.
Governor Perry is a joke and should worry about the problems in Texas. There is no income tax in Texas because they get their revenue from oil. The money has to come from somewhere. MO has serious needs in infrastructure and education. Where will the money come from if taxes are cut? The legislators in Jeff City should focus on fixing the school problems in St Louis & KC.
Its very easy for Texas to talk about the absence of income tax when they are sitting on trillions of dollars worth of Oil. Missouri does not have that luxury. 
The rich get richer and the poor get poorer and morer if we fall for the logic of Perry and others who care only for themselves and the wealthy elite. Paying taxes to support "our schools, city, county, state and nation" should be a source of pride. Greed is evil and has no place in government, our government, for the people, by the people.
Their are forces outside of the legislature that is funding this. Thankfully we have term limits.
This is a classic move by the supply siders. This would merely shift the tax burden from one wallet and into another wallet. Or, it would force the state to cut programs. I am not sure that either outcome is good for the state as a whole.   Also, it is simply not true that the overall tax burden in Missouri is high, especially not compared to neighboring states. If the Chamber is right that high taxes cause businesses to move, especially in border counties, then we should have seen lots of businesses move from Kansas to Missouri when the tax burden was higher in Kansas. It didn't happen. In fact it went the other way. This is a pig in a poke.
I'm glad the MO Chamber is shaking things up!Gov Perry ran for President and might make another run...he has the right to visit any state he wants to. MO has a lot it can learn from how TX is governed.
I think Govenor Perry's visit sparked a great debate. As a small business owner, ER Nurse, Founder of a Global Humanitarian non-profit, mother, and tax payer I do not agree with taxes in the first place. Many people argue that without taxes many social programs would not be funded. I disagree, and have more faith in humans than that. I believe companies, small businesses, organizations and faith based organizations, as well as individuals would step up to form private humanitarian aid, and would ensure more accountability for where the money comes from, where it goes and how it is used. My small business will not be affected, but as an ER Nurse in north county I see tremendous abuse by those who benefit from the taxes taken from us, both by the benefactors as well as the government. This is a great debate, and I am glad it has a platform. I do not believe Govenor Perry's remarks are for the goal to take companies and work from Missouri, I think his goal was to encourage other states and Govenors to follow his governing plan and ideals. However, I cannot speak for certain what his intentions were.
I also think Gov Perry's visit is pretty tacky. 
Education is already seriously underfunded. We need to fully fund Education - that is a very important economic development issue.
Instead of fearing information,I think Gov Nixon should take a look at business policies in states that are attractive to business and implement here. Learn from the best practices of others.
As a realtor, I know that hurting our education or public services will negatively impact home values. When home values fall, so does everything else.
It's an embarrassment to live in a state that has allowed the business atmosphere to deteriorate to the point that it is fertile ground for another state's governor to advertise and recruit as Gov. Perry has. Maybe Gov. Perry's visit will wake people up to what's going on.
Having Perry as a guest speaker, is like inviting the Chinese, to talk about how fortunate we are that they are buying Missouri farms.
I know nothing about this. I take absolutely no stand on this issue.

by GSTCCC on August 30th, 2013

MoDOT and area leaders and elected officials cut the ribbon to celebrate the opening of the Gutermuth Road overpass.  This overpass is part of the Highway 364 construction and is the first project completed as a part of this new county highway.

by GSTCCC on August 30th, 2013

We are pleased to announce the mortgage on the Chamber was PAID OFF on Thursday, August 29, 2013.  We have been at our current location for 10 1/2 years. The board voted to do so at their meeting on Monday.  We will be celebrating soon!!

by GSTCCC on August 30th, 2013

The Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce will begin doing short interviews with businesses who proudly display their Chamber member sticker.  Check out the video as Scott Tate, President & CEO, shares details.

by GSTCCC on August 14th, 2013

This year, the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce is working with the O'Fallon and Western St. Charles County Chambers of Commerce to develop a countywide Legislative Agenda.

We are asking our members, our leadership and our committees to consider local and state-wide issues of importance that should be added to the Chamber of Commerce Legislative Agenda.  As we continue our efforts to become more politically active, your input is needed to help us shape our agenda for the coming year.

During August and September, every member and/or chamber committee is asked to submit items they would like the Chambers to consider. Once all information is gathered, we will begin working with our committees to establish our positions for final approval by each Chamber's Boards of Directors.

If you are interested in submitting anything for our review, please contact Scott Tate or Wendy Rackovan at 636-946-0633.  Thanks and we look forward to your feedback!

by GSTCCC on August 9th, 2013

Officials cut the ribbon commemorating the opening of the newly constructed Westbound I-70 Blanchette Bridge.  The new bridge replaces the original constructed in the 1950's.  The project was completed 2 months ahead of schedule!!

by GSTCCC on August 7th, 2013

Sip & Savor St. Charles County
September 5, 2013 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
370 Lakeside Park

Tickets on sale now

The Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce is excited to host the 15th Annual Sip and Savor St. Charles County Taste Event. This year is once again open to the public and everyone attending can satisfy all of their senses at one event - for one ticket price and listen to live entertainment!
This year's Sip and Savor will host local restaurants waiting to dish out their finest!  We’ll spend the evening sipping wine or brews while sampling zesty barbecue, gourmet pizza, delicious pasta, sweet treats, and so much more. Try what you like or try it all! We’re expecting a fabulous turnout for an evening of fun, food, and drinks while listening to live music!
Enjoy the light breeze at this outdoor event that will be utilizing the new & beautiful 370 Lakeside Park in St. Peters, near the intersection of Highway 370 and Truman Road.  Plenty of seating will be available. Additional tables & seating will be brought in.
Guests who purchase their tickets in advance will receive a discount; ticket pricing will go up the week of the event.  Group ticket pricing will also be available for groups purchasing 10 or more tickets together in advance. This is a one price admission for all food, beverage and entertainment. You won’t want to miss out!
All this takes place on Thursday, September 5th from 5:30-8:30pm. Please call the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce at 636-946-0633 for more information, to purchase tickets or for Vendor Booth information. To purchase tickets online, view a continuously updated list of participating vendors, or view photos from previous years, check us out at

by Scott Tate on July 30th, 2013

Last week, Terry and I had the opportunity to network with Chamber executives from all over the United States as we attended the annual conference for American Chamber of Commerce Executives in Oklahoma City. 
As many of you do when you return from conferences related to your industry, we got the opportunity see what others are doing in their Chambers, share what we do in our Chamber, and hear from experts on trends and ways to improve our operations.  Upon returning, we are always energized and full of new ideas.
Over the next year, you will see some of our ideas implemented with a greater emphasis on advocacy, improved communication, and more input from our membership.  Staff will also gain greater knowledge of our organization and the Chamber industry as we pursue accreditation from the United States Chamber of Commerce, something our Chamber has never sought in the past.  Additionally, we will be pursuing opportunities for more staff development allowing the entire staff to obtain their IOM (Institute for Organization Management) and / or CCE (Certified Chamber Executive) designations - something that only very large Chambers typically do.
We are ready to grow our membership; we are ready to play with large Chambers across the country; and we are ready to become one of the best Chambers in the United States.  Will you help us?

by GSTCCC on July 19th, 2013

Thank you to Ken Tucker for presenting on sCRM (Social Customer Relationship Management) at this week's Techcomm meeting.  You can view video of the meeting below.  Ken was also gracious enough to share his presentation online.

If you have not had the opportunity to attend a TechComm meeting, we encourage you to attend - you do not have to be a "techie".  This committee is a wealth of knowledge for any business looking to improve and incorporate technology to help their business run more efficiently.  They meet on the third Thursday of each month at noon.

You can also "Like" their Facebook page.

Next month, there will be a representative from Microsoft presenting.

by GSTCCC on July 18th, 2013

2013 Back to School Sales Tax Holiday - August 2-August 4

Missouri's Annual Back to School Sales Tax Holiday, held the first weekend in August, will be August 2-August 4 this year.  

You can download a list of items that are exempt by visiting the Missouri Department of Revenue website.

Shoppers will be exempt from paying Missouri, St. Charles County, & City of St. Charles sales taxes on the designated items during this period.  The City of St. Peters has opted out, so shoppers in St. Peters will still pay city sales taxes.

by GSTCCC on July 17th, 2013

Chamber and Cities Welcome Students Through
“Paint The Town Gold”

The Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to once again host a program in conjunction with Lindenwood University and the Cities of St. Charles and St. Peters called “Paint The Town Gold”.

Many people do not know what the economic impact is of having a major midwestern university in their community. Lindenwood University now serves more than 17,000 students per fiscal year and has an estimated economic impact of $600 million in St. Charles County alone.

“Lindenwood University has contributed a lot to St. Charles County and we want to show our appreciation,” said Scott Tate, President & CEO of the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce. “They now house more than 4,000 students on their campus.  These are students that shop in our stores, eat in our restaurants, gas up at our convenience stores, and volunteer in our community.  Students appreciate knowing that their patronage is welcome by local businesses.”

This year, Freshmen Orientation begins on Wednesday, August 21, with classes beginning on August 26; however, many of the student that play in sports will be moving in on August 13. The Chamber is encouraging local businesses to hang banners and signs, paint their windows, or display their own unique way of welcoming students back to campus from August 13 through the first home football game on September 5.

The Chamber is very excited this year as Lindenwood University will officially become an active member of the NCAA Division II on September 1, 2013.  If you would like to be involved with planning of "Paint The Town Gold", contact Terry at the Chamber office.

Two reusable banners designs are available for purchase at the following member businesses (price does not include sales tax):
  • Classic Signs - 636-978-4664. Cost is $45 for the banner or $60 for a banner kit which includes the banner, poles, and plastic ties.
  • Topaz SIGNworks - 636-949-2200.  Cost is $47.87 for the banner.
Plans are currently underway.  The most current information and printable posters are available through the Chamber website,

by GSTCCC on July 12th, 2013

Reason Foundation recently released its 20th annual report on the performance of state highway systems, a report that tracks the performance of state-owned highway systems in the United States from 1984 to 2009. The study is based on spending and performance data submitted by the state highway agencies to the federal government, and measures eleven indicators to make up each state’s overall rating, including highway expenditures, interstate and primary road pavement conditions, bridge conditions, and fatality rates, among several others. This year, Missouri ranked No. 8, maintaining the same high ranking it held in last year’s annual highway report. With 33,638 miles under state control, Missouri has the seventh largest state-administered highway system. Some of Missouri’s highlights in the report include its No. 1 ranking for rural interstate pavement condition, and No. 3 ranking for administrative disbursements per mile. Please click here to view Missouri's rankings in each of the 11 indicators used to compile this report, as well as data from the past two reports.

by GSTCCC on July 9th, 2013

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 first year at Institute for Organization Management, a four-year nonprofit leadership training program at the University of Georgia in Athens.

"Institute participants are recognized across the country as leaders in their communities,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, vice president of Institute for Organization Management at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills, and dedication 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.

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.            @IOMeducates         


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