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Business Briefs: Feb. 7

Total Access Urgent Care celebrates the opening of its second O’Fallon location with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.


Total Access Urgent Care recently opened its second location in O’Fallon at 507 S. Main St., making O’Fallon the only municipality in the St. Louis area with two locations.

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The GM Wentzville Assembly UAW Local 2250 sponsored a gift drive during the holiday season for low-income and abused or neglected children in the St. Charles area. The gift deliveries were made to local shelters, schools and foster care providers. More than 250 children were “adopted” through this year’s program.

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The Boys & Girls Club of St. Charles County garden ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The Boys & Girls Club of St. Charles County recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of its new vegetable gardens. Participating were Linda Sanchez, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of St. Charles County; Molly Dempsey with St. Charles County government; Travis Wilson with the city of Saint Charles; staff of the Boys & Girls Club; members of the St. Peters Rotary Club, who funded and installed the gardens; and ambassadors and board members of the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce. This spring, master gardeners with St. Charles County Community College will be on hand to help clients plant and cultivate their crops.

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Coldwell Banker Gundaker recently held its 32nd Annual Celebration and Auction to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities [RMHC] of St. Louis. Over the past 30 years, Coldwell Banker Gundaker has raised more than $2 million for RMHC. The event was held at The Foundry Arts Centre in historic Saint Charles, where Coldwell Banker-affiliated agents, managers, employees and volunteers raised $120,000.

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2018 HBA President Dale Black of CMS Homes [left] presents a check to Sts. Joachim & Ann Care Services Executive Director Jack Lipin and Karen Grant, director of development.

The Home Builders Association’s charitable foundation recently awarded a $5,000 grant to Sts. Joachim & Ann Care Service’s Repairing Home Restoring Hope [RHRH] program, which provides repairs and accessibility modifications to help low-income homeowners avoid the threat of homelessness. The RHRH program addresses HVAC repairs and replacements, repairs to roofs and floors, window and door replacements, plumbing and electrical problems, and correcting city/county code violations.

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Knoebel Construction has completed construction of the $54 million The Shoppes at Mid Rivers in St. Peters. The project is the largest mall to be built in St. Charles County since 2008 and is estimated to employ 750 full- and part-time employees. The 270,000-square-foot shopping center includes 14 buildings on 28 acres. Academy Sports + Outdoor, Burlington, Marshalls, Home Goods, Ulta Beauty, Carter’s-OshKosh B’gosh, Five Below, Famous Footwear and Aspen Dental are open. Ross Dress for Less, Sleep Number, Sprint and World Financial will open in early 2018. The project, which broke ground in March 2017, employed an average of 75 construction workers a day at the St. Peters site.


William “Bill” Edwards

William Edwards Jr. has been promoted to executive vice president and chief information officer at Midwest BankCentre. He also joins the bank’s executive management committee. Edwards continues to lead the deposit operations and information technology teams. He is responsible for defining and delivering the technologies and systems required to support the bank’s strategic goals and for ensuring compliance with regulatory agencies. Edwards earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Missouri and his master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance from Saint Louis University. He is a board member of Encore Building Solutions and is on the advisory board of Covenant Technology Partners.

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Jason Kuhl

The St. Charles City-County Library District Board of Trustees announced the hiring of Jason Kuhl as its new library director. Kuhl began his library career working for St. Louis County Library. In 2008, he became the information services manager at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library in Arlington Heights, Illinois. He served in three positions there, most recently as executive director, leading a staff of 240 and overseeing a budget of $14 million.



Inspire 70 Coworking, a free networking event is from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 12 at Inspire 70 Coworking, 2173 W. Terra Lane in O’Fallon. Complimentary cocktails. Contact Shanna Palans at (636) 294-8538. Inspire 70 Coworking is a shared office space concept for entrepreneurs and small businesses in western St. Charles County to grow their businesses.

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The O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce & Industries’ Business After Hours for chamber members is from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at Habitat for Humanity, 2041 Trade Center Drive in St. Peters. Appetizers and drinks provided. Register online or contact Cathy Bounds at (636) 240-1818 for more information.

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A Small Business Revenue Roundtable is from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14 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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The Greater St. Charles Chamber of Commerce hosts its 2017 Year End Celebration honoring Citizen of the Year Mike Sommer. Lifetime Distinguished Service Award recipients Jerry Hollingsworth, Civic; Richard Baum, Cultural; and Denise Liebel, Humanitarian also will be recognized. The event takes place from 6-10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16 at Ameristar Casino Resort Spa, Discovery Ballroom, 1 Ameristar Blvd. in St. Charles. Cocktail/business attire. Contact Wendy Rackovan at (636) 946-0633 or wendy@gstccc.com for more information. Cocktail hour and dinner, $95 per person; table of 10, $950.


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