by GSTCCC on January 20th, 2015

The Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce recently took the pledge to support Missouri Veterans.  The Show-Me Heroes Chamber Challenge is a friendly competition among chambers across the state to become one of Missouri's next certified bronze, silver, or gold Show-Me Heroes Chamber.  Levels are determined based on the number of members who also take the pledge.

Show-Me Heroes is the state’s premier workforce development initiative that has already connected more than 4,100 businesses with more than 7,100 highly-skilled, highly-trained military job seekers. 

We encourage you to take the pledge to also support Missouri Veterans.  For more information or to pledge to become a Show-Me Heroes employer, visit http://showmeheroes.mo.gov.


by GSTCCC on January 19th, 2015

Recently, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry is announced a major new initiative aimed at positioning Missouri as a global leader for economic growth. It's a 15-year plan called Missouri 2030.

For far too long, Missouri has rated as a mid-range state - at best - in many economic and competitiveness rankings. As a result, our economy is struggling compared to the nation and our neighboring states.

Missouri actually lost more than 17,000 jobs from 2002 to 2012 and our state ranked 39th in job growth during the last decade. Over that time, our economy has grown at the 47th slowest rate among all 50 states.

We need leadership to turn this around. With Missouri 2030, the Missouri Chamber is asking the state's business community to step into this leadership role and help move our state forward.

Over the past 10 months, the Missouri Chamber has been working alongside nationally-respected economic planning expert Ted Abernathy as well as the industry-leading Gallup organization. The chamber has also collaborated with Missouri CEOs and local chamber executives as we began laying the groundwork for Missouri 2030.
 
Today, we unveiled the first piece of the Missouri 2030 plan, a groundbreaking Gallup survey of more than 1,000 Missouri business leaders. Click here to read the full report from the survey.

Here are a few highlights:
  • Only 15 percent of Missouri businesses believe Missouri's high school graduates are prepared for the workforce.
  • Fewer than one in three businesses thinks that Missouri attracts top talent.
  • Only 37 percent of business leaders said they are satisfied with Missouri's basic infrastructure, including roads.
  • Businesses said their three biggest obstacles to growth are government regulations, the availability of a skilled workforce and the state's tax environment.
  • Only 20 percent of Missouri businesses agree that Missouri politicians are committed to improving the state's business climate.
The release of this Gallup survey is only the first step. Next, the Missouri Chamber and business leaders from across the state will begin drafting an ambitious plan to address Missouri's shortcomings and build on our opportunities for growth. We will release the next part of our plan in early 2015.

As members of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, you are critical to the success of this plan. We welcome you to share your thoughts about this plan and let us know how you would like to be involved.

Please watch for more updates on Missouri 2030 as we move forward.

Watch Missouri Chamber President and CEO Dan Mehan introduce Missouri 2030 in this video.

by GSTCCC on January 15th, 2015

In honor of Small Business Week, the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce will be selecting one outstanding small business as its 2015 Small Business of the Year.

The nominees must have contributed to the community by being a successful and profitable business.  In addition, the business must be a member of the Chamber and have been involved in community projects by giving time, energy and resources.  If your business meets these guidelines, or you would like to nominate another deserving Chamber member, please complete and return the nomination form no later than February 13, 2015.
 
*Must be a current member and in good standing with the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce and have fewer than 50 employees.
 
*Must have been in existence since January 1, 2014.
 
*Must 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 Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year/ City of St. Charles Employer of the Year Awards Luncheon on Friday May 8, 2015 at the St. Charles Convention Center, One Convention Plaza Drive, St. Charles, MO 63303.  For more information please call the Chamber at (636) 946-0633.
 
Call the Chamber or log on to the chamber website www.gstccc.com to register.   We will not be able to accommodate walk-ins.
$30.00 per person. (Table of 10 $300)
Deadline is May 1, 2015.

Click here to attend or for information on sponsoring this event.
 

by GSTCCC on July 11th, 2014

NerdWallet considers availability, affordability and growth

San Francisco, CA (July 11, 2014) – NerdWallet, a consumer advocacy website, recently conducted a study to find the best places for homeownership in Missouri. We examined 84 communities and discovered five in St. Charles County ranked among the top 20, with Dardenne Prairie ranked first overall.
 
As renting becomes less affordable, NerdWallet wanted to give potential homebuyers a look at the current housing market. NerdWallet based its rankings on the following criteria: 
  •  Homeownership rate
  • Selected monthly homeowner costs
  • Monthly household income
  • Population growth 

NerdWallet ranked Dardenne Prairie as the best place in Missouri for homeownership. This city northwest of St. Louis is an affordable area with the state’s highest homeownership rate of 98%, and median monthly homeowner costs are $1,907. Homeowners here spend just 22.7% of their median household income on monthly mortgage and utility costs. Dardenne Prairie grew by 10.2% between 2010 and 2012.
 
Wentzville, O’Fallon, St. Peters and Lake St. Louis all ranked among the top 20 as well, ranking second, fifth, 13th and 15th, respectively. Wentzville experienced the greatest population increase of any place on the list, growing 13.8% from 2010 to 2012. Residents of every St. Charles community in the top 20 spend less than 28% of their median household income on monthly homeowner costs.
 
Other cities that made the top 20 include Raymore and Eureka. Read the full study online.
 
For more information about NerdWallet, visit nerdwallet.com/cities.
 
 
 
About NerdWallet
NerdWallet is a consumer-friendly financial literacy website that helps consumers make better financial decisions and save money on CD rates, checking accounts, credit cards and more. NerdWallet has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Reuters; our products have been recommended by consumer advocates Liz Weston, Clark Howard and Consumer Action.


by GSTCCC on June 30th, 2014

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

“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 GSTCCC on June 24th, 2014

The Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce today joined with organizations from across the country in sending a letter urging Congress to swiftly reauthorize the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im).  The bank, which provides loans and loan guarantees when other financing is not available, will see its charter lapse on September 30 unless Congress acts. The letter, led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Association of Manufacturers, was signed by more than 800 chambers, companies and associations across the country, showing the overwhelming support for Ex-Im from American companies of every size, sector, and region. 

“The benefits that the Export-Import Bank provides for businesses in Missouri are vital for maintaining competitiveness and expanding opportunities for growth,” said Scott Tate. “For these companies, especially small businesses, to be able to compete globally, they need Ex-Im’s help to reach foreign markets and customers.  If Congress fails to reauthorize Ex-Im, American companies would be put at a disadvantage in global markets, resulting in lost sales and lost jobs. We are urging members of Congress to act quickly to support American jobs and reauthorize Ex-Im.”
 
As the letter states, last year Ex-Im supported $37 billion in exports that in turn sustained more than 200,000 American jobs at 3,400 companies. The Bank’s support is especially important to small and medium-sized businesses, which account for nearly 90 percent of the Bank’s transactions. More information on how Ex-Im benefits state and local economies is available here.


by GSTCCC on May 6th, 2014

The Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to recognize Cliff Heitmann, Bax Engineering, Co., Inc., as their 2014 Small Business Person of the Year.  Congratulations Cliff!!

by GSTCCC on April 15th, 2014

The Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that three local businesspersons have been selected as finalists for the 2014 Small Business Person of the Year Award. (See below)

This annual award is presented each year in May, during small business month.

The winner will be announced at our 2014 Small Business Person of the Year and Employers of the Year Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, May 6, at the St. Charles Convention Center. Registration will begin at 11:00 am with lunch and awards presentations beginning at 11:30 am. The cost to attend is $25 per person. The City of St. Charles will also be recognizing their 2014 Employers of the Year.

Luncheon reservations can be made online by clicking here or by calling 636-946-0633.

City of St. Charles 2014 Employers of the Year:
Manufacturing / Industrial - TLD Concepts
Service - Global Spectrum at the St. Charles Convention Center
Retailer - Safe Way Tire
Jack Heck Award - Molly O's Tropical Sno & Chili Shack
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by GSTCCC on April 4th, 2014

At their March meeting, the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce Board voted to support Federal funding for additional Boeing EA-18G Growlers.

From www.supportgrowler.com:

The Growler is a proven fighter with the unique and essential ability to dominate in any threat environment, making it a critical national asset and needed companion to all combat aircraft. Currently there is no replacement plan or alternate option for the Growler. If the Growler production line ends, so does the ability to produce electronic attack escorts.

Derived from and built on the same production line as the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, the Growler embodies engineering innovation and efficient manufacturing. Production synergies put an affordable price tag on both aircraft and allow for simultaneous capability upgrades, ahead of future threats. It is a secure, dual investment with a proven track record of meeting or beating schedule and cost requirements.

The Super Hornet and Growler production line guarantees competition within the U.S. industrial base. Ending this line would leave our nation with a single manufacturer for critical tactical aviation across the Department of Defense. Robust competition ensures more innovative, cost effective, and capable resources for fighter aircraft. Our men and women in uniform deserve that. And so do taxpayers.

The Growler is a wise investment for our national and economic security that is proving itself in combat today and positioned to evolve faster than its adversaries. Continuation of Growler production will support highly skilled jobs and sustain hundreds of companies throughout the U.S., including small businesses. It also will guarantee investment in innovative technology and engineering for the future. The Growler is the right investment for our national and economic security as well as a healthy industrial base.

The challenge is essential national security capability delivered affordably. The solution is adding the Growler electronic attack aircraft to the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget.

F/A-18 Informational Website

The Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce urges President Obama and Congress to support the addition of Growlers to the FY15 budget to protect our national security and to ensure American manufacturing remains competitive and robust in this industry sector.

The Chamber encourages members to also contact their legislators and sign the online petition by visiting www.supportgrowler.com.

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.”


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