President’s Report – August 2019
And then there’s August, my friends… the Sunday of Summer. The children are sun-kissed and ready for the first days of school and parents everywhere sigh in unison. How did we blink and most of 2019 is gone? I’ve already bought my 2020 planner! So far, it’s been a tremendous 2019! We’ve had a 94% retention rate in membership and a 15% increase in new membership. There are over 250 networking opportunities that the Chamber provides for its members and only 5 of those are fundraisers, the rest is to help build, connect and grow your business!
Thank you to all those that sponsored, participated, and volunteered in our 2019 Scholarship Bowl! We cannot do it without your support! Thanks to Crest Bowl for always doing a great job in making sure everyone’s having a great time! Funds raised go towards our 2020 Scholarships and since it’s inception, the Chamber has granted close to $90K in scholarships to our North County graduating seniors.
Our first ever Career Fair is August 24th from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Florissant Eagan Center! Thank you to event sponsor The City of Florissant and our presenting sponsor A Savvy Employment Solutions! The event will have seminars throughout the day including: Retooling Your Career; Resume Writing; and Selling Yourself: Resume Building, Interview Tips, and Soft Skills. Employer tables are still available for $150.
Ladies! Reserve your calendar for September 13th for the Chamber’s Annual Women’s Empowerment Seminar: Taking the Wheel of Your Life! Presented by The City of Ferguson and sponsored by SSM Health DePaul. We have lined up phenomenal speakers for the day with Dr. Betsy L. Krebs, surgeon, SSM Health; Lisa Moehlenkamp, Chief Talent Officer, FleishmanHillard; Dr. Joanna Thomas, owner, Lifestyle Chiropractic and Fitness; Diane Distl and Therese Throgmorton, Beck Estate Planning and Elder Lay; and Nettie Kelly, celebrity stylist, Nettie Kelly Boutique. Early bird pricing is $30! Call the chamber office today! Sponsorships are available.
Sign up now for our Membership Luncheon on August 21st at Norwood Hills Country Club! Our speaker is Judge Gary Gaertner, Jr. He will speak about the judicial process in the State of Missouri.
Please join us for August’s Business After Hours on Thursday, August 8th at the Hendels in Florissant from 5-7 p.m. Bring a friend, a spouse or a colleague! The more the merrier!
I leave you with this quote from Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Best of luck to all our students, parents, school districts and private schools! I hope you have a very inspiring and successful new school year.