Weldon Spring resident Don Clayton recently was named Southeast Missouri State University’s first Executive in Residence for the Fall 2015 semester, helping to mentor and prepare students for their careers from lessons learned throughout his own career at PricewaterhouseCoopers and HD Supply Waterworks. Clayton, a 1997 Southeast graduate, serves as a member of the Board of Directors and the Finance and Audit Committee for the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. He also serves on the Corporate Advisory Board for the Harrison College of Business.
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Michelle Walker, broker/owner of STL Buy & Sell, REALTORS® based in St. Peters, has been awarded the Performance Management Network Designation by the Women’s Council of Realtors. The PMN designation is based on a curriculum designed deliver the skills, knowledge and tools for success in an evolving real estate market.
Crisis Nursery raised a record $107,000 at its 10th annual Over the Top for Tots event, held Nov. 6 at the Ameristar Conference Center in St. Charles. The nonprofit also honored community advocates for their support of its work and their dedication to child abuse prevention. Crisis Nursery provides short-term safe havens to 7,500 children a year, birth through age 12, whose families are faced with an emergency or crisis.
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Owner Jackie Lynch recently opened a new bakery, SugarBot Sweet Shop, at 433 Jackson Street in St. Charles. The business offers local delivery as well as nationwide shipping, and is also the home of well-known St. Louis brand The Very Best Cookies LLC.
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St. Louis Cremation recently opened a new St. Charles County facility at 320 Jungermann Road in St. Peters, celebrating with a ribbon cutting. On hand were representatives of the city of St. Peters, along with board members and ambassadors with the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce.
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Iconic t-shirt and apparel company Big Dog Sportswear has opened a new 2,500-square-foot location at Taubman Prestige Outlets, 17057 N. Outer 40 Road in Chesterfield. The company offers reasonably priced graphic tees, Underdogs® boxers, apparel, and accessories for men, women and children featuring the “Big Dogs” logo. The store also features a “Your Dog as The Big Dog” photo upload kiosk for customers.
AWARDS AND HONORS
St. Charles Community College Director of Development Betsy Schneider recently received Streetscape Magazine’s 2015 Beyond the Best Award for her work with the SCC Foundation. The award recognizes executives, employees and board members in the St. Louis area.
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Designer and Lindenwood University faculty member Nasheli Ortiz recently won the St. Louis Fashion Week Wear It! Fashion Challenge, along with a $5,000 cash prize for her creation inspired by a work of art. Ortiz, an associate design professor for Lindenwood University’s fashion design program, holds a masters of fine arts degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
EVENTS AND NETWORKING
The Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce recently voted to change its member programming. Beginning in January, the chamber will no longer hold general membership meetings, business after hours or morning networking events. In their place, it will host a Speakers Series featuring speakers from outside the St. Louis market; a Summit Series of events designed to address complex business issues; and a new lineup of events called FUSE, which will address multiple topics in breakout sessions at each meeting and is designed to “ignite discussions, ideas and solutions.” FUSE sessions will be open to chamber members only.
The chamber’s first FUSE event will be held Thursday, Jan. 21 from 3-7 p.m. at the Foundry Art Centre, 520 North Main Center in St. Charles. Chamber members may register on the chamber’s website, www.gstccc.com; more information about the event will be available on the website soon.
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The O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce and Industries holds a Business After Hours networking event on Tuesday, Jan. 12, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Laser Lipo & Vein Center, 3449 Pheasant Meadow Drive, Suite 100 in O’Fallon. Appetizers and drinks will be provided at the event, which is free for chamber members. Register online at www.ofallonchamber.org; for more information, call Sara Henderson at (636) 240-1818.
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The Western St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce hosts “Awaken Your Force – Building Your Best 2016” Training Day on Wednesday, Jan. 20, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Ameristar Casino in St. Charles.
This event is designed to help chamber members discover what makes their business unique, build leadership skills, and anticipate business growth for 2016. Cost is $50 per person for chamber members and includes lunch, drinks and snacks. To register, call the chamber office at (636) 327-6914.
New in the neighborhood
Automobile dent repair company Dents Express has opened a St. Charles location at 223 Hughes Lane. Founded in 1992 by Matt and Laura Wilson, Dents Express provides paintless dent removal, hail damage repair and minor auto body repair. The business is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and can be reached at (636) 896-4093.