Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce
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.

by Fenton Area Chamber of Commerce on April 21st, 2017

On Wednesday, April 19th, the Fenton Chamber of Commerce joined Crestwood/Sunset Hills Chamber, South County Chamber and Affton Chamber to celebrate new area business, JDog Junk Removal and Hauling, with a Ribbon Cutting! JDog is owned and operated by proud military veteran, William Megl.

Per company website: “The JDog brand is about our Military Veterans! When you see our camo- wrapped trucks and our uniformed teams you know you can expect quality service while supporting your Veteran community. When our teams enter your home, you can have peace of mind knowing that your home and belongings will be respected. The price you were quoted is what you will pay, and when our teams leave your home or business, it will be swept clean and clutter free. You will be amazed at your new space, sense of freedom and that you supported a military Veteran!”
 
JDog provides Commercial & Residential pickup services: downsizing and clean-outs, construction debris, donation hauling, local moves, recycling, appliances and furniture, swing sets and sheds, hot tubs and pools, mattresses and box springs, carpeting, TVs and more!
 
For more information, to get a quote, or to schedule a pickup, call JDog Junk Removal & Hauling of South County at 314-882-5589. You can also visit them online at www.jdogjunkremoval.com or find them on social media!