by GSTCCC on April 3rd, 2014

At their March meeting, the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted to endorse the following ballot initiatives:

St.  Charles County Ambulance District
City of St. Charles School District
Orchard Farm School District
“We expect the bond initiatives that aren’t seeking a tax increase to pass,” said Scott Tate, President and CEO of the Greater St. Charles County Chamber.  “They deal primarily with important and much needed capital improvements.  However, we need them all to pass.  The economic downturn has had an impact on the budgets of the Ambulance District and local school districts.  The Chamber Board believes they have all done a great job of making cuts where they can, but continued cuts will begin to negatively impact their operations and services.”

As a result of their tax increase proposal being defeated in 2013, the St. Charles County Ambulance District has already had to close some locations throughout the county resulting in increased response times.  Their call volume also continues to increase.  “When it is an emergency situation, seconds can make the difference,” added Tate.

Regarding the City of St. Charles School District, “Nobody likes to see taxes increased, but in order to recruit and maintain quality educators and lower classroom sizes, Proposition L must pass,” said Tate.

“The passage of all these initiatives is important because quality schools and health services are essential to business attraction and the continued growth of the region.”

by GSTCCC on March 11th, 2014

This Sticker Patrol business spotlight features Mary Morak, Owner of Incredible Engravings, Inc..  Mary shares a little about her business - how they got started and some of the products they sell.  

Businesses featured in our spotlights are randomly selected from a list of those who proudly show their affiliation with the Chamber.  To be considered, take a picture of your membership decal hung in a prominent door or window at your business and post it to the Chamber’s Facebook wall or tag the Chamber (@gstccc) in a Tweet or Instagram photo.  If selected, staff will visit your business, take pictures, and interview you or a designated representative.  Once the spotlight has been edited, it will be posted to the Chamber’s YouTube Channel for everyone to view.  Two to four businesses will be featured each month.


by GSTCCC on January 30th, 2014

NerdWallet considers income, affordability, population growth, and unemployment rates

San Francisco, CA (January 29, 2014) – NerdWallet, a consumer advocacy website, recently conducted a study to find the best places for job seekers in Missouri – and both St. Charles and St. Peters made the list.
 
As many people continue searching for employment in this recovering economy, NerdWallet wanted to help residents of the Show-Me State find the best places for jobs. To do so, NerdWallet evaluated the state’s cities using the following criteria:
  • Median household income
  • Monthly homeowner costs
  • Population growth of those ages 16 and older
  • Unemployment rates 

NerdWallet ranked St. Charles and St. Peters as the 13th and 17th best places for job seekers in Missouri, respectively. St. Charles experienced a 3.5 percent increase in the working-age population between 2009 and 2012, while St. Peters’ working-age population grew by 3.3 percent during that same period. St. Charles residents make a median household income of $57,428; the median household income in St. Peters is $70,859. Major employers in the area include Ameristar Casinos and Barnes St. Peters Hospital.
 
Other places that made the list include O’Fallon, Wentzville, and Chesterfield. See the full study here.
 
For more information about NerdWallet, visit www.nerdwallet.com.
 
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About NerdWallet
NerdWallet is a consumer-friendly financial literacy website that helps consumers make better decisions about their personal finances and more. We have been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Reuters; our products have been recommended by consumer advocates Liz Weston and Clark Howard. 



by GSTCCC on January 24th, 2014

This Sticker Patrol business spotlight features Greg Greenwald, President of Scarab Printing Arts.  Greg shares a little about his business and the printing industry. 

Businesses featured in our spotlights are randomly selected from a list of those who proudly show their affiliation with the Chamber.  To be considered, take a picture of your membership decal hung in a prominent door or window at your business and post it to the Chamber’s Facebook wall or tag the Chamber (@gstccc) in a Tweet or Instagram photo.  If selected, staff will visit your business, take pictures, and interview you or a designated representative.  Once the spotlight has been edited, it will be posted to the Chamber’s YouTube Channel for everyone to view.  Two to four businesses will be featured each month.


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.


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