Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce
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

by Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce on May 23rd, 2017

​Recent flooding events have put a huge strain on many businesses in Fenton and surrounding communities. The Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce is committed to providing assistance to these businesses, many who were also affected by the 2015 flooding, through a “Dress Down to Dry Out” flood relief fundraiser.
How does the fundraiser work? During the first week of June, June 5th through 9th, participating businesses will choose one day out of the week to have their employees “dress down”, meaning casual attire, for a small monetary donation ($1, $5, etc.). If employees already wear casual attire, participating businesses may choose to host a themed dress day instead: St. Louis Cardinals day, college colors days, Hawaiian shirt day, patriotic colors day, etc.
The Fenton Chamber invites all local businesses to participate in this fundraiser! Upon registering to participate, businesses will nominate a “captain” to oversee donation collection and will also receive a flyer to hang up at their location. This fundraiser is an easy way for area businesses to help raise money and provide assistance to those businesses affected by 2017, and 2015, flooding events. When a business is affected in this capacity, it is not merely structural with the challenge of rebuilding, but it also has a direct impact on employees and, in turn, the community.
To register your business as a participant or for additional fundraiser information, please visit www.fentonmochamber.com or contact the Fenton Chamber office directly at 636-717-0200. Thank you in advance for your participation in this fundraiser.

by Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce on April 24th, 2017

​The Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to share a brand new publication with the community: the “Explore Fenton” 2017 Lifestyle Magazine. This publication aims to provide quick reference tools and information about living, working and playing in the Fenton area in addition to a categorical Fenton Chamber business membership directory.
The “Explore Fenton” Magazine includes the following information: Local Attractions & Family Entertainment, Outdoors/Parks & Recreation, Lodging, Shopping, Restaurants, Helpful Numbers, Education Opportunities, Healthcare Services, “Made in Fenton” Products and more!

Copies of the magazine can be picked up at the following convenient area locations:
Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce
1400 South Highway Drive, Ste. 99 (Maritz) – Fenton MO
Phone: 636-717-0200
St. Louis County Library – Meramec Valley
625 New Smizer Mill Road – Fenton MO
Phone: 314-994-3300
Fenton City Hall
625 New Smizer Mill Road – Fenton MO
Phone: 636-343-2080
RiverChase of Fenton Recreation Center
990 Horan Drive – Fenton MO
Phone: 636-343-0067
Please patronize those businesses advertised in this publication who made the printing of this magazine possible. Inclusion in this publication’s directory, as well as the opportunity to advertise, is a benefit of membership in the Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce. If you are interested in being listed in the 2018 “Explore Fenton” Magazine, please contact the Fenton Chamber for membership information: call 636-717-0200 or visit www.fentonmochamber.com.