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The O'Fallon Business Connection newsletter distributed by email in a page-turning electronic format. The distribution reaches more than 1,100 Chamber members and community leaders each month. The content of this publication is about O'Fallon's business and professional community.

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  • BusinessConneCtion

    a publication ofthe OFallonChamber of Commerce

    deCemBer 2014

    2014 in review for your ChamBer

    ts hard to believe that 2014 is coming to an end. Im sure your office is the same, but here it feels like we just finished up our 2nd Annual Taste of Vegas. Time flies when youre having

    fun seems to be our motto at the OFallon Chamber. As we get ready to begin a new year, Id like to share with you some of the accomplishments by your Chamber that you may or may not be aware.

    Lets go at this in the order of our mission statement. First, we network our members together- ummya, we got this. In 2014 our average attendance at general membership meetings reached 165, jumping 17% over last year. The same increase was true of our Morning Schmooze


    Continued on pg 6

    ofallon ChamBer honors outstanding Businesses and Business leaders

    he OFallon Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the 2014 Annual Award winners in the categories of Small Business and Business of the Year,

    Community Servant of the Year and Sue Proost OFallon Chamber Person of the Year. Each year the Chamber solicits nominations among its members for businesses and people who have gone above and beyond to make OFallon a better place to do business.

    Continued on pg 11


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    Sponsored by:

    it has been another exciting and successful year for the ofallon Chamber of Commerce. Join us at the annual holiday & awards luncheon to celebrate the successes of 2014 and look forward to the opportunities that 2015 will bring!

    dont forget to register by 12/12/14 for only $16!

    awardsluncheon Tuesday, December 1611:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.Trigg banqueT CenTer



    Holiday Shoppe


    City of O Fallon

    When shopping this holiday season...

    Keep it in the O

    Find your shopping destination on the OFallonBusiness Map at www.ofallon.mo.us/business-map


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    2145 Bryan Valley Commercial DrOFallon, MO 63366Phone: 636-240-1818Email: info@OFallonChamber.orgwww.OFallonChamber.org

    Mission Statement:The OFallon Chamber of Commerce is committed to promoting economic vitality in OFallon and the St. Charles County Region while providing members with networking opportunities, education and advocacy in public policy decisions affecting business.

    Vision Statement:The OFallon Chamber of Commerce will be the catalyst for the prosperity of our community as a valued resource for businesses, organizations, and residents.

    Officers:Jeff Arneson, JLJ Technology, Chair of the BoardMichael Favazza, Favazza & Associates, 1st Vice ChairMark Crank, Marcos Productions, 2nd Vice ChairBrenda Lowder, Thomas Realty, TreasurerStacee Gilmore, Promotions Pronto, SecretaryAdam Hopper, PNC Bank, Past Chair of the Board

    Directors:Harold Bliggenstorfer, Missouri Baptist UniversityHeather Deatz, Community NewsCindy Elking, Quintessential CateringKim Jimenez, Elm Dental CareCarla, Klaskin, MercyDan Luigs, Insurance StoreBrian Richardson, KFAV 99.9 FMJan Stanczak, Jans Travel & CruiseSheles Wallace, Billionaire ThoughtsJohn Weeks, Mass Financial Group

    Staff:Erin Williams, President/CEOSara Henderson, Communications DirectorNina DeAngelo, Director of Member Engagement


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    2014 In Review ....................... cover & p 62014 Awards Winners ............. cover & p 9Chairmans Letter .................................. p 4Cornucopia Food Drive ......................... p 4Policy Committee .................................. p 5Ribbon Cuttings .................................... p 7Celebration of Lights ............................ p 8Calendar of Events ............................. p 10New Members ......................................p 11Member Events ....................................p 11Member Anniversaries ........................ p 12Electronic Recycling ........................... p 12Chamber Snapshot .............................. p 13

    ChamBer Partners


    & Shannon Norman Law

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    The holiday season is a wonderful time to reflect on the year coming to a close and look forward to the New Year. I want to thank each

    and every one of our members for making the OFallon Chamber what it is today. Year after year growth and having a reputation as a welcoming and giving group is something that we can all be proud of. Our organization is only as strong as its members and this year you proved just how strong we are. Not only did we grow in members, but all of our major fund raisers this year exceeded goal which is due to a fantastic staff, dedicated volunteers and the generosity of members who believe in what we are doing.

    I hope you can join us at our December Annual Awards luncheon where we will honor this years awardees. Congratulations to Component Bar Products, KFAV, City of OFallon Economic Development, Barb Koch, and Holly Murray. These people exemplify what makes this city great and youll be able to learn more about their accomplishments at this months luncheon. Its been an honor and pleasure to serve you as the Board Chairman this year and I look forward to handing the reigns over to Mike Favazza in 2015. Mike has shown his passion and dedication to our Chamber throughout many years of membership and I look forward to continuing to serve under his leadership.

    Take time to enjoy time with family and friends this month. Visit the Celebration of Lights. Check out our local businesses to see what they have to offer those on your Christmas list.

    I wish you all the best in the coming year and continued success in your business.

    Jeff Arneson2014 Chairman of the Board

    donate to loCal food Pantries through ofallons CornuCoPia of Care food drive

    You can help needy families and seniors by donating canned or boxed non-perishable food and personal care items to OFallons 14th Annual Cornucopia of Care Food Drive. The drive continues through Saturday, December

    13. donations can be made during regular business hours at the following locations:

    Anytime Fitness 7517 Mexico Rd, St. Peters, 63376 Autotech Auto Center, 10 Elaine Drive, OFallon, 63366 Elm Dental Care 3820 Elm Street, St. Charles, 63301 Firestone Complete Auto Care 504 S. Main Street, OFallon 63366 Lindell Bank 4521 Highway K, OFallon 63368 OFallon Crossing Chiropractic 2690 Highway K, OFallon 63368 OFallon Municipal Centre 100 N. Main Street, OFallon 63366 Renaud Spirit Center 2650 Tri Sports Cr, OFallon 63368 Rendezvous Caf & Wine Bar 217 S. Main Street; OFallon 63366 Thin and Healthys Total Solution 821 W. Terra Lane, OFallon 63366

    Contact Volunteer Services at 636-379-5417 or volunteer@ofallon.mo.us.


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    February 21, 20156:00 - 11:00 p.m.

    OFallOn City Hall100 north main st

    ofallon, mo 63366


    you are cordially invited to attendan evening of excitement

    & exhilaration at the ofallon Chamber of Commerces


    $40 per personCocktails, tastings from ofallon

    finest restaurants, live entertainment by nick Calandro and rhythm of the nite,

    gaming tables and Prizes. Cocktail attire required.

    tickets will not be sold at the door.

    presented by:

    PuBliC PoliCy Committee now forming!

    et involved in the issues that affect our business community by becoming a part of the OFallon Chambers Public Policy committee. The committee will review public policy requests as well as bring forth

    public policy that should be considered by the board of directors of the OFallon Chamber of Commerce.

    The Public Policy committee will be charged with researching both sides of public policy issues that are submitted to the Chamber in a timely manner. After researching, the committee will be able to make recommendations of support or non-support to the OFallon Chamber of Commerce board of directors in accordance with our by-laws and mission statement.

    The Board of Directors will have the final vote in whether or not the OFallon Chamber will support or not support a public policy request.

    The Public Policy committee will meet on an as needed basis. The OFallon Chamber of Commerce staff liaison will communicate with the committee via email and call meetings as needed to discuss recommendations.

    If you are interested in serving, please contact Erin Williams at 636-240-1818 or Erin@OFallonChamber.org.

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    ChamBer reviewConTinueD from Coverand Business After Hours networking events. Our Leads groups continue to grow with over 81 members between the three groups. The relationships being built by the OFallon Chamber is obvious in the number of member shout-outs that we have each month at our membership meetings. Lets keep them coming!

    The next action item in our mission statement is to provide educational opportunities. Check. Our educational programs have continued to strengthen this year. First our membership meeting speakers have given our members great take-aways on running their business better, whether it was on human resources, growing referrals or our amazing presentation on leadership from Dr. Benjamin Akande, weve all been able to learn from our speakers. The county-wide Tech/Comm committee hosted informative presentations each month for our members on new technology or ways to get more out of older software. Finally, a number of seminars were held at the Chamber from other members and companies on he