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Business Briefs: Dec. 6


On Thanksgiving Day, The Brass Rail Steakhouse donated and delivered dinners to 5,000 families in need within a 60-mile radius of the O’Fallon restaurant, located at 4601 Hwy. K. Aided by the help of more than 700 volunteers, the restaurant also was open and served 1,000 veterans, police, first responders and those in need inside the restaurant. Each family received a scratch-made meal that included turkey, ham and all the trimmings, including pie. Any leftover food was donated to local food pantries.


The Saint Louis Crisis Nursery honored long-time St. Charles resident Rev. Fran Pieper with the Guardian Angel Award at this year’s Over the Top for Tots event. Pieper has spent over 30 years helping women and children in St. Charles County who have survived sexual abuse, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect. She founded the Child Abuse Task Force, the predecessor to the current Family Stress Council of St. Charles County, and also helped organize the St. Charles Sexual Abuse Task Force. In addition, she served as a member and chair of the St. Charles Domestic Violence Board for 11 years, founded and facilitated the Adult Incest Survivors Group, started a recovery program for sexually abused children and served as a hospice volunteer.

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Lindenwood University’s Plaster School of Business & Entrepreneurship and the Hammond Institute for Free Enterprise recently announced that Craig W. Felzien has assumed leadership of the Duree Center for Entrepreneurship. Felzien worked for 35 years on the staff of the president of AT&T Missouri, where his primary responsibilities were in the areas of community engagement, media and public relations, and legislative affairs. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/linguistics from Ottawa University, a Bachelor of Science degree in communications/journalism from Southeast Missouri State University and a master’s degree in corporate communications/media management from Lindenwood University.

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McKnight Place Assisted Living announced the hiring of O’Fallon resident Tracy Cecil as executive director. In her new role, Cecil will oversee day-to-day operations for the McKnight Place Assisted Living Community. Before being named executive director, Cecil served as administrator of Parc Provence, and trained for almost four years as the assistant administrator both at Parc Provence and McKnight Place Skilled Nursing. She is a licensed nursing home administrator as well as a certified dementia care master clinician. Cecil earned her bachelor’s degree in health care administration from Lindenwood University.

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Mark Sutherland, vice president of marketing strategies at Missouri Partnership in St. Louis, was one of 34 individuals to recently graduate from the 27th Leadership Missouri program. Headed by Missouri Chamber Vice President of Education Brian Crouse, participants attend a series of seven two-day sessions where they meet with Missouri’s current leaders, travel the state and participate in panel discussions, presentations and service projects.

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Robin Owen recently joined Oasis Senior Advisors as a senior living adviser. The company is a free, local, community-based referral placement service that brings families and senior living communities together. Owen will work with seniors and their families to identify their needs and preferences [lifestyle, health care, location, finances] and match them with local elder care communities.


The Greater St. Charles Chamber of Commerce sponsors a Morning Brew networking event from 7:30-9 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at Lake St. Charles Senior Living Community, 45 Honey Locust Lane in St. Charles. There is no fee for chamber members. Contact Lori Tainter at lori@gstccc for more information.

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A Small Business Revenue Roundtable is held from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13 in the 1st Floor Conference Room at Midwest Bank Centre, 2299 Technology Drive in O’Fallon. Panelists will facilitate a strategy sounding board for small to mid-sized business owners and managers in attendance. Contact Milu Islam at (636) 530-3665 for more information.

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