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.”

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.


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