Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce
by Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce on July 27th, 2018

Meeting community leaders was a priority during my first 100 days as the Executive Director of the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce. During that time, I've had the privilege to represent the Chamber while making presentations to the Board of Education of the Rockwood, Lindbergh and Northwest school districts. While specific remarks were made for each audience, here's the speech made to all districts:

​I was recently named the Executive Director of the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce.  Jeannie Braun retired from the position after 16 years of service to our community. 
I appreciate the opportunity to introduce myself and speak briefly on the importance of relationships between our educational institutions and our businesses, their employees and their customers.

The mission of the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce is to promote, support and represent business for the betterment of our members and the community.  Our footprint includes the Rockwood, Fox, Lindbergh and Northwest School Districts.

We all know the integral role our schools play in strong and vibrant economies and communities.  In addition to achieving mandated educational outcomes, our future workforce must also possess outstanding leadership abilities and improved problem-solving skills.

Our businesses are focused on improving their ability to serve our community and region.  They know future success depends on a properly trained and educated workforce. 

I come before you tonight on behalf of our 475 members and the regional business community.  WE PLEDGE OUR SUPPORT and will advocate for the each of our school districts and all of our educational institutions.

One way we are expanding our support is through the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce Scholarship program.  More than $287,000 in college scholarships have been awarded by our Chamber since the program’s inception in 1989.  This year, we expanded our scholarship outreach beyond the Fenton zip code of 63026.  We now accept scholarship applications from any student who has a parent working for a business with a membership in our Chamber.

Our scholarship program is one way the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce is creating, maintaining or enhancing our relationship with the leadership of our school districts and their students and families.

Our Chamber is comprised of a diversity of businesses.  Our members include everyone from one-person, home-based business to a multi-million dollar organization with hundreds of employees.  This mosaic of business and industry creates a strong and stable economy.  The needs of each individual business are very different.

However, they all are united in serving their customers, employees and the community.  They also are united in supporting our educational institutions as we nurture a strong, vibrant and wholesome community.
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Interested in learning more about the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce? Contact me at exdir@fentonmochamber.com or (636) 717-0200.

Joe Mueller
Executive Director

by Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce on July 20th, 2018

The highlight of my week was visiting a day of summer camp at T.A.S.K. (Team Activities for Special Kids) Deb Fruend, the organization's executive director and a member of the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce's (FACC) Board of Directors, organized dozens of volunteers to assist campers as they swam, completed craft projects, played games and prepared for a week-ending performance of a play for parents, grandparents and friends.
"I am so grateful for all that members of the Chamber have done to help throughout the years," Fruend said. "Being a member and serving on the Board helped me make connections to help this organization in so many ways."
And Deb Fruend serves a special segment of our population in many ways. T.A.S.K. provides wonderful opportunities to children who wouldn't typically be able to participate in activities enjoyed by most young people. The organization is a cornerstone in our community and one example of how Chamber members work together to contribute to the greater good for all.
(Angie Kavanaugh, Events Coordinator at FACC, Deb Fruend and Kelly O'Daniel, Communications Coordinator, pose with a hobby horse craft made from a foam cylinder.) 
CRANES EQUAL GROWTH: ​"Your community isn't growing or thriving unless you can see crane," is an old saying in economic development. Well, here's a photo of a crane at the site of the Meramec Valley Branch of the St. Louis County Library under construction at Highway 141 and San Simeon. There's an effort to build a walkway to enable pedestrians and cyclists to safely cross the six-lane highway. Read the story in the South County Times...
EXPECT RIPPLE EFFECT OF PGA: Some changes in traffic patterns and volume on the outer roads in Fenton will occur during the PGA Championship on Aug. 6-12 at Bellerive Country Club in Town and Country. It's a homeland security event, so no spectator parking is allowed within approximately two miles of the site.
Tournament officials are investing $250,000 to improve an area for parking near the Fenton Logistics Park. It will serve as one of 13 parking areas for an estimated 6,000 to 8,000 vehicles each day. At peak times, approximately 100 shuttle buses will take spectators via Highway 141 to the course and back. Read more in South County Times...
The Chamber worked with the City of Fenton to produce a one-page advertisement for the PGA Championship program. It promotes our region and encourages spectators to enjoy our community.
WHO WOULDN'T WANT TO GOLF WITH THESE GUYS?: The committee organizing the 29th annual Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament is organizing another fun and memorable event. Please join us on Monday, Aug. 20, at Tapawingo Golf Course. This tournament sells out and only a few foursomes remain. If you don't play golf and still want to participate or network, you're welcome to serve as a volunteer. (Left to right, David Adams, Jim Nottleman, Kelly O'Daniel, Joe Mueller, Angie Kavanaugh, Greg Bresler, Thad James and Jim Wanko.)
Click here to register your foursome...
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Interested in learning more about the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce? Contact me at exdir@fentonmochamber.com or (636) 717-0200.

Joe Mueller
Executive Director

by Joe Mueller, Executive Director of the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce on June 22nd, 2018

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Welcome to the first edition of Fenton MoJoe, a blog post I'll be publishing to help members of the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce tell their stories and report on interesting news and developments from around the region.

New City Administrator: The City of Fenton is close to announcing the hiring of a new City Administrator in the coming week. We're looking forward to working with the new administrator and will introduce them to you as soon as we're able.

We Made The List: The St. Louis Business Journal published its annual, "Largest Chambers of Commerce," list in late May. Our Chamber was ranked 14th--up one from 2017--on the list of the region's 25 largest chamber organizations ranked by annual budget. In the "Closer Look" section, it noted the annual budgets of the largest 25 chambers of commerce decreased more than 10 percent during the last year, from $20.94 million to $18.77 million.

Hello and Good-Bye: I introduced myself as the new Executive Director of the Chamber during public comments at the Lindbergh School District Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, June 12. It also marked the last meeting for retiring superintendent Jim Simpson. (Read article from the South County Times.) ... After the meeting, it was great to meet Philip Carlock, a resident of Fenton who once led St. Louis Community College and Southwestern Illinois College. 

Helping Others: Maritz published its second annual Community Impact Report. It highlights many of the ways we Maritz helped our communities in the past fiscal year, including corporate grants, in-kind services or employee contributions and community service hours. Our Chamber offices are located on the Maritz campus and we're grateful for the support provided to our organization and our members throughout the years. Included in the report are two great videos. One is on a partnership with the St. Louis Special School District and the United Way Days of Caring project helping The Little Bit Foundation with a book fair at Hodgen Elementary School. 

Who's On Top of the News To Get More Business? Within hours of after a Supreme Court ruling paved the way for states to start collecting sales taxes from online vendors, the Accounting Solutions Group of St. Louis posted the following question on Facebook as they shared our Chamber's post on the subject. Their simple but thought-provoking post: Sales tax on online purchases is coming. Is your business ready? 

Pizza time: Kadean Construction is building Missouri's first Peel Wood Fired Pizza restaurant, according to a report on rejournals.com. The 8,200-square-foot restaurant in Clayton is scheduled to open later this summer. 

Managed Within 1 Percent: It was an honor to attend the ribbon cutting at the new Highway 141 and Interstate 44 interchange in late May. Tom Blair, a resident of the Fenton area and the District Engineer for St. Louis, said the $22 million design-build project was completed within 1 percent of budget. That's an outstanding example of project management, leadership and stewardship of taxpayer dollars.

Have An Item For This Blog? Send me a note or media release for consideration at joe@fentonmochamber.com.

Have a great weekend!
State and local elected officials, the Missouri Department of Transportation and members of Pace Construction cut the ribbon at the Highway 141 and Interstate 44 interchange project on May 24.

by Paul Carcagno, FACC Board President on April 23rd, 2018

​The Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest and strongest chambers in the St. Louis metropolitan region.  Throughout the years, our volunteer leadership has provided a clear strategic direction to increase promotion, support and representation of our businesses for the betterment of our members and the community.  In addition to a dedicated Board of Directors and an active and engaged membership of more than 470 businesses and individuals, our Chamber benefits from a talented and dedicated staff.

After more than 16 years of leading our Chamber as its Executive Director, Jeannie Braun will be retiring on May 25.  We hope you can join us at Jeannie’s last membership luncheon as we thank her for her commitment, vision, and most of all, friendship. The luncheon will be held on Wednesday, May 2 from 11:00am to 1:00pm at Andre's West in Fenton - 211 S. Old Hwy 141.

As our region and community continued to grow and change during Jeannie’s tenure, she provided steady and thorough guidance to the organization and its members.  Our members benefited from continuing education and training provided through a variety of Chamber programs.  Jeannie quickly saw the need to bring together community leaders for collaboration on many projects. She helped make critical connections by relying on the strength and depth of the Chamber’s network.

Jeannie will be the last one to point out her accomplishments, but our Chamber’s many achievements can be directly attributed to her vision, planning, execution and follow-through.  Like many successful leaders, she lifts up others.  She avoids the spotlight and redirects any praise toward the Board of Directors and other volunteers throughout our membership.

We will miss Jeannie’s work ethic and positive attitude.  We look forward to seeing her occasionally as she will continue living in the area.  However, she will soon be very busy as her son and daughter-in-law in Quincy, Ill., are expecting twin boys in June.  We will expect to see many photographs of her with a grandson on each knee.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, our members and all of our stakeholders throughout our region, we wish Jeannie all of the best in her retirement. We hope you will join us on Wednesday, May 2, at our luncheon so you can personally congratulate Jeannie and thank her for her years of service to the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce.

by Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce on June 9th, 2017

​The Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce presented 13 local high school seniors with scholarships at the annual Scholarship Luncheon on Wednesday, June 7th at Andre’s Banquets & Catering at Sunset Hills Golf Course. Since 1987, the Fenton Chamber has had the privilege of awarding 335 high school graduates with over $275,000 in scholarship funds to further their education.
This year’s scholarship recipients: from Rockwood Summit – Lauren Bishop, Jacob Burlison, Gianni Carcagno, Rachel Cooper, Clayton Lieberman, McKenna Mitchell, Michaela Murphy, Cody Sehie, Daniel Voss; from Lindbergh High School – Kieran Holbrook; from Northwest High School – Haley Miller & Donnazia Trigg; from Cor Jesu Academy – Kathleen Curran.
Kathleen Curran was awarded the 2017 Ginny Goede Scholarship, established in 2002 as a tribute to her untiring dedication to the Chamber, to helping others and to giving back to the community.  Kathleen spent the summer before her senior year at Cor Jesu Academy helping build and repair homes in Appalachia; she was also a group leader for the Teen ACTS retreat at Sacred Heart parish. In addition community service, Kathleen was President and Founder of the Spanish Club, Vice President of the History Club and achieved a High Honors Award for her Grade Point Average. Kathleen plans to major in Computer Science with a specialization in Cyber Security, her dream job being to work for the government, serving to protect our national security. Kathleen will attend DePauw University in Indiana this fall.
Members of the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce along with the high school graduates and their families, were in attendance to honor the many outstanding successes and accomplishments of these scholars from the 63026 zip code.
This event is sponsored by Edward Jones – Sean C. King.  Awards were presented by Sean King (Edward Jones), Ginny Goede (The Jewelry Connection) and Missouri House Representative Shamed Dogan (District 98). Scholarship Recipients were also awarded with an official proclamation from the Missouri House of Representatives, recognizing each recipient’s achievements, including their receipt of a 2017 Fenton Chamber Scholarship. 
​Pictured (left to right): Michaela Murphy – Rockwood Summit; McKenna Mitchell – Rockwood Summit; Clayton Lieberman – Rockwood Summit; Rachel Cooper – Rockwood Summit; Jacob Burlison – Rockwood Summit; Haley Miller – Northwest High School; Lauren Bishop – Rockwood Summit; Deb Fruend – T.A.S.K., FACC Scholarship Committee; Ginny Goede – The Jewelry Connection, FACC Scholarship Committee; Rep. Shamed Dogan – Missouri House Representative (District 98); Kathleen Curran – Cor Jesu Academy; Sean King – Edward Jones; Jeannie Braun – FACC Executive Director