On Wednesday, April 10th, the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce will host a “Crafting YOUR Elevator Speech” Workshop at the Chamber Office inside Maritz South– 1400 South Highway Drive, Suite 99, Fenton MO 63099 – from 8:00am to 11:00am. This one-of-a-kind workshop will be facilitated by Fred Miller, renowned speaker, coach and author of No Sweat Public Speaking: How to Develop, Practice, and Deliver a ‘Knock Your Socks Off’ Presentation… With No Sweat!
We have all had it happen… you are at a chamber meeting, networking event, or seminar, and the leader says, “Before we get started, let’s go around the room and introduce ourselves. Tell us who you are and what you do. Give us your Elevator Speech.” Many of us start sweating when we hear those words because our “Elevator Speech” always seems to be a “work in progress.”
This workshop will show you, floor-by-floor, how to develop a great “Elevator Speech” for all audiences and time considerations. Unlike others, this is truly a hands-on workshop at which you are GUARANTEED to leave with an “Elevator Speech” that you will be proud to deliver!
In the words of Mr. Fred Miller, “Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career and Leadership Opportunities.”
The cost for this event is $65.00. Registration is required. Please contact the Chamber Office at (636) 717-0200 or CLICK HERE to register and pay online.
The Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce will kick off 2013 with a money saving topic for local businesses. Beginning in 2013, Ameren Missouri will invest $147 million to improve the energy efficiency of their industrial and commercial customer base through the Ameren Missouri Business Energy Efficiency Program. The new Business Energy Efficiency Program, available to all non-residential electric customers of Ameren Missouri, offers cash incentives for the upgrade of equipment, control systems and process improvements that will save energy. Energy-efficiency improvements to commercial buildings have multiple benefits beside energy savings, including increased comfort for employees and customers, increased productivity, extended equipment life, and lower maintenance costs.
To help our members learn more about the Ameren Missouri Energy Efficiency Program, including how to apply for cash incentives for implementation of energy efficiency measures, a program representative will attend the monthly membership meeting of the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce on January 9th at AB Soccer Park- 1 Soccer Park Drive, Fenton, Missouri. Cost is $18 members; $20 guests. All attendees must RSVP by calling 636-717-0200.
On December 5th, the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce held its 8th Annual Awards & Installation Luncheon at Maritz in Fenton, Missouri. At this event, Chamber members were recognized for their achievements throughout the year. Julie Baum of BaumHouse design accepted the 2012 Small Business of the Year award. Sarah Roesslein, Area Sales Manager for Drury Hotels, accepted the company’s 2012 Mid-Size Business of the Year award. Keith Emms accepted the 2012 Large Business of the Year award on behalf of Wal-Mart in Fenton. Kim Litzau accepted the Service to the Chamber Award on behalf of Partners in Education (PIE)-Rockwood School District for, not only the organization’s dedication, but for her individual commitment to the annual Business and Community Fair held at Rockwood Summit High School. Chamber Volunteer of the Year award recipients included Deb Bokamper of Decorating Den Interiors along with Joe Fischer, Jr. and David Christoff of Fischer & Christoff, Independent Asset Consultants, in recognition of their valuable contributions to Chamber programs. Lisa Huseman and Jen McCook of Z Total Body, LLC accepted the Chamber Spirit Award for being a constant positive energy at Chamber events and true cheerleaders for the Fenton Chamber. New this year was the Ambassador of the Year award which was accepted by Russ Ahlheim of Ad Source One for his commitment to attending Chamber events and being an outstanding representative of the Fenton Chamber. Mark Sherman of Sherman Auto Sales, Inc. was recognized as 2012 New Member of the Year for his constant yearn for involvement and “what can I do for the Chamber” attitude since day one of his membership. Lastly, Scott Borlinghaus of Fabick CAT accepted the 2012 Board Member of the Year award for his dedication to the Fenton Chamber Board of Directors, most notably his role in the Fenton Days Festival this year. Congratulations to each of these award winners as well as to each and every member for their dedication and commitment to making the Fenton Chamber a great success!
On November 14th, Sherman Auto Sales, Inc. celebrated the Grand Opening of its new location in Fenton with a Ribbon Cutting celebration, accompanied by staff and members of the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce. This 66-year old company has been family owned and operated since its conception in 1946. Previously located in the downtown St. Louis area, owner Mark Sherman saw an opportunity to move to the Fenton area where there would be more room to show off his vintage treasures and to increase visibility within the community. One step into this facility –located behind JML Audio of St. Louis at 519B Rudder Road in Fenton, Missouri– brings back memories of a bygone era. Mark takes pride in everything that is brought in and displayed as he personally assists in each transaction; creating this gallery setting is truly a dream come true for Mark. Almost everything in the showroom is priced to sell so please stop by today and see what kind of trinkets and treasures Sherman Auto Sales has to offer! Don’t miss out on all that Sherman Auto has brought to the Fenton community. Store hours are Mon. thru Wed. & Fri. 10am-6pm and Sat. 10am-5pm. For more information, contact owner Mark Sherman at 636-326-1616 or visit the company website at www.shermanautosalesinc.com.
On October 1st, Game Monster Video Games celebrated the Grand Opening of its new location in Fenton with a Ribbon Cutting celebration, accompanied by staff and members of the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce. With another store in Crystal City, the company has opened a new location at 464 Old Smizer Mill Road in Dierbergs Plaza off of Highway 141. Co-owner, Mike Perez, is dedicated to providing customers as well as the community with a fun, friendly environment where you can buy, sell and trade new and used video games, systems and accessories. This company is unique in that they offer a “Good Game Guarantee” which allows customers to purchase a game and exchange it within five days for any reason with the receipt. Additionally, customers have the ability to try out any video game in the store before it is purchased. Students can bring in a current report card with three A’s and receive 10 percent off any used merchandise. To kick off the grand opening, Game Monster Video Games is giving away a free ‘Monster Rewards’ membership and one free t-shirt to the first 100 customers to make a purchase. Don’t miss out on all that Game Monster has to offer the Fenton community. Stop by their location M-F 10am-8pm, Sat 10am-6pm and Sun 11am-5pm. For more information, visit the store at Dierbergs Plaza, call 636-305-PLAY (7529) or go online to www.gamemonstermo.com.
On September 21st, UniQue Ideas ‘N More in Fenton celebrated the Grand Opening of its new location with a Ribbon Cutting celebration, accompanied by friends, family and members of the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce. Formerly located in Bentley Plaza, the company has outgrown that space and is now at 58 Fenton Plaza in Olde Towne Fenton. Locally owned and operated by two moms living in the Fenton area, Michele Van Tuyl and Gina Burlison, UniQue Ideas 'N More is a personalized gift shop that specializes in custom apparel, personalized items, spirit wear, promotional products, home decor and gifts that can be created uniquely for family, friends, businesses, events, team sports, groups, clubs and organizations for any season or for any occasion. They also offer a variety of personalization methods such as monogramming, embroidery, screen printing and vinyl detailing. Don’t miss out on all that UniQue Ideas ‘More has to offer the Fenton community. For more information, stop by their location in Fenton Plaza off of Gravois Road, call 636-343-220 or go to www.uniqueideasnmore.com.
On July 31st, The Little Gym of Fenton celebrated its re-opening under new ownership with a Ribbon Cutting. Accompanied by friends, family and members of the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce (see picture below), new owners, Peter and Heather Maurer, celebrated this exciting opening event. The Little Gym offers non-competitive, gymnastics-based classes for children ages four months to 12 years old. As a company, The Little Gym is committed to providing classes that are designed to build confidence and franchise owners, Peter and Heather, are dedicated to providing an exceptional experience for parents and children. The Little Gym is now enrolling for the new season! Choose from many available classes, including: parent/child classes (ages 4 mos.-3 years), gymnastics (ages 3-12), sports skills (ages 3-6), karate (ages 4-12) and dance (ages 3-12). The Little Gym also hosts events such as birthday parties, camps and a Parents’ Survival Night at which children ages 3-12 can be dropped off on select Friday and Saturday evenings. Bring your child to The Little Gym for some Serious Fun! For more information, stop by their location at 639 Gravois Bluffs on the east side of Hwy 141, give them a call at 636-343-5169 or visit them online at www.tlgfentonmo.com.
On July 26th, The Grounds Guys of Fenton celebrated its Grand Opening with a Ribbon Cutting, accompanied by friends, family and members of the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce. Owners, Rich and Cecelie Williams, met with fellow Chamber members and were eager to spread the word about their newly-purchased franchise. The Grounds Guys is a landscape management company that offers the Fenton community commercial grounds care, residential yard care, snow and ice control, landscape and landscaping design, outdoor lighting, irrigation and fertilization and pesticide services. As franchise owners, Rich and Cecelie are dedicated to exceeding customer expectations by providing an outstanding level of service, quality and care. You won’t regret hiring The Grounds Guys for your next grounds maintenance project! For more information or to find out about services, please contact Rich or Cecelie Williams at 636-203-9611.
On July 18th, Que Pasa! Mexican Restaurant celebrated its Grand Opening with a Ribbon Cutting, accompanied by friends, family and members of the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce (see picture below). Owners, Gabriel and Amy Gutierrez, and staff invite you to stop by their location in Fenton, Missouri at 1165 Gavois Road, Suite 100 in New Sugar Creek Plaza. Que Pasa! has much to offer the Fenton community, including a family-oriented restaurant with great food, awesome margaritas, non-smoking and smoking areas, an outdoor patio and a party room. You won’t regret stopping by this new restaurant in Fenton! They are open Monday thru Thursday from 11am to 10pm, Fri & Sat from 11am to 10:30pm and Sunday from 11am to 9pm. To-Go orders are available as well. For more information, you may contact Que Pasa! at (636) 600-1062.
The Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce presented 16 local high school seniors with scholarships at the annual Scholarship Luncheon on Wednesday, July 11th at Anheuser Busch Conference Center.
This year’s scholarship recipients included: Danielle Ader from Northwest High School, Katrina Burlison from Rockwood Summit, Sarah Crudden from Rockwood Summit, Matthew Hindrichs from Rockwood Summit, Audra Horn from Cor Jesu Academy, Emily Jones from Ursuline Academy, Brittany Keebler from Lindbergh High School, Alexandra Krus from Nerinx Hall, Sean Mueller from Lutheran South, Joseph Pace from Rockwood Summit, Michelle Quinn from John F. Kennedy Catholic High School, Peter Rankin, Adam Thrower from Rockwood Summit, Meagan Tucker from Rockwood Summit, Jacob Van Tuyl from Rockwood Summit and Ryan Woodland from Lindbergh High School.
Brittany Keebler was awarded the 2012 Ginny Goede Scholarship for her dedication to helping others as well as her passion for servicing and giving back to the community.
Members of the Fenton Chamber, along with the high school seniors and their families, were in attendance to honor the outstanding achievements of these 16 scholars.
This event was sponsored by Sean C. King – Edward Jones. The ceremony was kicked off with a few words from Matthew Helbig, co-founder of Big River Running Company and Rockwood Summit graduate. Sean King with Edward Jones and Ginny Goede with The Jewelry Connection followed with the scholarship presentations. To conclude, Representative Mike Leara and Representative John McCaherty awarded each of the scholars with a declaration of their achievements.
On June 14th, Meramec Heights Collision Center celebrated its Re-Opening under new ownership with a Ribbon Cutting, accompanied by friends, family and members of the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce (see picture below). New owners, Bob and Sheena Wagner, invite you to stop by their location in Arnold, Missouri at 645 Carriage Drive. Meramec Heights Collision Center specializes in auto body repair and, with over 30 years of combined experience, their certified technicians can restore your vehicle to “like new” condition. For more information, you visit their website at http://www.meramecheightscoll.com or call them directly (636) 296-7801.
On May 2nd, Neighbors Credit Union celebrated the Grand Opening of its new location with a Ribbon Cutting, accompanied by friends, family and members of the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce (see picture below). Mike Viviano of Viviano’s Festa Italiano, long-time neighbor of Neighbors Credit Union, provided goodies for the celebration event. Formerly located in Fenton Plaza, Neighbors Credit Union is now at 612 Gravois Road in Olde Towne Fenton. Neighbors Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial institution that offers savings/investment opportunities, checking accounts, loans such as home and auto, credit/debit cards, insurance and many other services! Stop by their new location today and visit with the personable staff at Neighbors Credit Union. For more information, you may go online to www.neighborscu.org or call the location directly (636) 305-8010.
On June 22nd, The Studio Corner celebrated its Re-Opening with a Ribbon Cutting, accompanied by friends, family and members of the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce (see picture below). Co-Owners, Catherine Blasse and Camille Smallwood, and staff invite you to stop by their new location in Fenton, Missouri at 14 Fenton Plaza (next to the Post Office). The Studio Corner features works by local artists and offers art classes in a variety of mediums, both public and private sessions. Camille provides her expertise in custom framing projects and more! For more information, visit their website at email@example.com or call them directly at (636)326-9100.
Registration for the 2012 FACC Golf Tournament is in Full Swing!
Executive Director, Jeannie Braun, was named to the Small Business Monthly list of "100 St. Louisans You Should Know" Jeannie was honored at a luncheon along with others who made the list. Please help in congratulating Jeannie as this is a tremendous accomplishment and quite deserved as she strives to make the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce better each day.
The Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce supports, promotes & encourages shopping local and keeping business in Fenton. The organization also serves as a link between our members and the community, providing members with tools to succeed in business through networking, marketing, and educational opportunities.