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Business Briefs: Nov. 4

Operation Roundup
Turning Point, a women’s shelter in Warren County, was recently awarded a $3,282.94 Operation Round Up grant to purchase a bed bug heater system. (Source: Cuivre River Electric Cooperative, Inc.)


Turning Point women’s shelter was recently awarded a $3,282.94 Operation Round Up grant to help cover the project of implementing a new bed bug system to help exterminate lice, bed bugs and other contaminants from client belongings. Turning Point operates an emergency shelter for victims of adult sex trafficking and domestic and sexual violence. 


On Oct. 21, Lindenwood University President Dr. John Porter and St. Charles Community College President Dr. Barbara Kavalier signed a memorandum of agreement to strengthen the relationship between the two institutions and expand the number of transferable courses. The agreement will develop dual admissions and reverse transfer processes between the two schools and ensure transferability of courses within students’ degree programs. Additionally, Lindenwood University provided special tuition rates for St. Charles Community College graduates with up to $12,000 in scholarships.

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Midwest BankCentre, Inc. has acquired Taylored Analytics to launch a new subsidiary, Rising Analytics. The firm helps small to mid-sized businesses harness the power of data to drive business strategy, processes, efficiencies and profitability. Taylored Analytics, founded in October 2007 by the husband-wife team of Kelvin and Tamila Taylor, enabled Fortune 500 companies in the financial, retail, restaurant, utility and telecommunications sectors to capitalize on their data. 


McKelvey Homes, LLC, New Home Builder announced the promotion of Gia Linville to director of sales and marketing. Linville started her career in 2002 as a community sales manager and was awarded Rookie of the Year by the Home Builders Association. She is a member of the association’s Sales and Marketing Council and was chair of the council for three years. For her contributions to the association’s council, she has been awarded the Hugh L. Pettus Award on multiple occasions.

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The Economic Development Council of St. Charles County has selected Stacey Putnam Ross as the organization’s new Director of Communications and Marketing, effective Oct. 30. Ross has spent the last 12 years in the St. Louis airline industry, including an internship at the World Trade Center St. Louis and several years as a marketing and business development Specialist at St. Louis Lambert International Airport. Since 2014, she has led the communications efforts at Trans States Holdings in St. Louis County. 

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Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County recently promoted Leah Manis to director of marketing and annual giving. In the new role, Manis will spearhead efforts on donor stewardship and provide direction on the affiliate’s communications and strategies – including branding, marketing and public relations – to staff members, ReStore staff and members of committees. Manis also currently serves as vice chairman of the board of directors at Community Council of St. Charles County, which focuses on improving human services in St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren counties. 


The O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce and Industries holds its membership luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Nov. 17 at Trigg Banquet Center, 300 O’Fallon Plaza in O’Fallon. Registration is $20 in advance; $25 after the Friday before the event and includes lunch. Preregistration is required online at ofallonchamber.org or by calling Cathy Bounds at (636) 240-1818. Social distancing will apply. 

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The Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce hosts its 2020 Small Business of the Year Awards from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at the St. Charles Convention Center, 1 Convention Center Plaza Drive. Awards will be announced for the 2020 Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year. The luncheon will be held in conjunction with the city of St. Charles Employer of the Year Awards. Cost is $35 for members; $40 for guests. For more information, email Terry McCrum at terry@gstccc.com. To register, visit gstccc.com.

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