July 2017 Volume 21  Issue 4
Featured Investor
Prairie Farms Dairy
5145 Flat River Road
Farmington, MO 63640
Phone: 573-431-0446

Thank you to Dave Parmley and the entire Prairie Farms Dairy Crew for hosting the July 2017 First Friday Coffee! 

Thank you for sharing your delicious products with us at both the First Friday Coffee and Investor Meeting!!
 We really enjoyed visiting with you!

Inside this Edition
Ribbon Cutting: Ashley HomeStore
Ribbon Cutting: Cafe Redux
Ground Breaking: Fairgrounds Drive
Ribbon Cutting: Auto Plaza
City Wide Yard Sale
Commercial Open House
Battle of the Badges
August First Friday Coffee
Battle of the Badges
Investor News
Investor Events
Investor Job Listings
Investor Deals
Seminars, Training, & Workshops
All About Business: Management - "Half of All Employees Quite Because of Managers"
All About Business: Leadership - "6 Ways to Make Anyone a Great Leader"
All About Business: Personal Growth - "Make Your Personal Brand More Personal"

Welcome NEW 2017 Investors!!

Wizzard Carpet Care

Louie Seiberlich

Culver's of Farmington

Coljac Artisan Cafe


St. Francois County
Fair Board

Cafe Redux


Thank You for Continuing to Invest in Our Chamber!!

American HomeCare
Since 2015

Battlefield Laser Tag
Since 2016

Bottoms Up
Since 2016

Cape Electrical Supply
Since 2014

Central Methodist University
Since 2011

Country Mart
Country Mart
Since 1997

First State Insurance Agency
Since 1984

Mineral Area College
Since 1984

Since 1988

Pleasant View Estates
Since 2015

RP Lumber
Since 1986

Rob's Guns, LLC
Since 2016

Since 2014

Southeast Missouri Behavioral Health
Since 1997

University of Missouri Extension
Since 2015

Giggle Break!

Write it Down...

There was an elderly couple who in their old age noticed that they were getting a lot more forgetful, so they decided to go to the doctor.

The doctor told them that they should start writing things down so they don't forget.

They went home and the old lady told her husband to get her a bowl of ice cream. "You might want to write it down," she said.

The husband said, "No, I can remember that you want a bowl of ice cream." 

She then told her husband she wanted a bowl of ice cream with whipped cream. "Write it down," she told him, and again he said, "No, no, I can remember: you want a bowl of ice cream with whipped cream." 

Then the old lady said she wants a bowl of ice cream with whipped cream and a cherry on top. "Write it down," she told her husband and again he said, "No, I got it. You want a bowl of ice cream with whipped cream and a cherry on top."
So he goes to get the ice cream and spends an unusually long time in the kitchen, over 30 minutes. He comes out to his wife and hands her a plate of eggs and bacon. 

The old wife stares at the plate for a moment, then looks at her husband and asks, "Where's the toast?"

Visual Giggle

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Hefner's Ashley HomeStore Opens!!

Just when you thought June couldn't get any more full, guess what!?? One last Ribbon Cutting to wrap up the month!!

Congratulations to Slug Hefner, Owner of Hefner Furniture & Appliance - Farmington, and the entire Hefner Furniture Crew on the opening of the BRAND NEW - Ashley HomeStore!!!

We kept the rain away and even brought in some sun so that members of both the Park Hills - Leadington Chamber and Farmington Regional Chamber could be on hand to show their excitement for this beautiful new addition!
Cafe Redux Celebrates Official Grand Opening!

A beautiful day and exceptional attendance for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to kick off the Grand Opening of the new Cafe Redux on June 29!

Members of the Park Hills - Leadington Chamber of Commerce were excited to help owner Gary Robinson, and Store Manager, Nicole Brewer to celebrate the "official" opening of the newly "re-done" (hence the "Redux") restaurant.

Cafe Redux boasts fine dining at competitive prices, a full-service bar, three banquet rooms - including a VIP room, and the hope that they will serve this community for many, many years to come!

The Grand Opening Celebration is Friday, June 29th, and features: Lunch Specials from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Dinner Specials 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.; Beer and a Wine Tasting. Stop in and congratulate them on their new endeavor!!
Ground Broken for Fairgrounds Drive Extension

The Park Hills - Leadington Chamber is excited to have been a part of the official Groundbreaking for the new Fairgrounds Drive Extension on June 28!

Chamber board members, ambassadors, and investors, along with members of the media, were on hand to help Park Hills City Officials, Park Hills IDA Members, the Property Owner, the Property Developer, and the Project Engineering Firm to celebrate the beginning of this long awaited, highly anticipated project. This groundbreaking marks the first step toward the development of the new St. Joe State Park Trail Head!

Much appreciation was expressed to all those involved in the project during the ceremony. Aside from the property owner, developer, and engineering firm, it was noted that much thanks is due to both the Park Hills IDA and Park Hills Economic Developer, Norman Lucas for their key roles in developing the idea and working diligently for many years to make the dream a reality. Special thanks was also expressed for the Cities of Leadington and Leadwood for their monetary contributions to the project.

Thank you to everyone who attended! We hope you are as excited as we are to have been a part of this moment in history!!
Auto Plaza - Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram Celebrates New Ownership!

Congratulations to Auto Plaza - Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram of Farmington MO!! The Park Hills - Leadington & Farmington Regional Chambers helped to celebrate the official change of ownership with Shawna and all the Auto Plaza crew on June 9!

At Auto Plaza Farmington, they have a strong and committed sales staff with many years of experience satisfying our customers' needs. Feel free to browse their inventory online, request more information about vehicles, set up a test drive or inquire about financing!

From the moment you walk into one of their showrooms, you'll know their commitment to Customer Service is second to none. They strive to make your experience with the Auto Plaza Group a good one for the life of your vehicle. 

Whether you need to Purchase, Finance, or Service a New or Pre-Owned car, you've come to the right place.

They did a fabulous job hosting the event and we are excited to have them as a member of our family!
City Wide Yard Sale Permits Go On Sale Monday, July 24th for the August 12th Event

Park Hills/ Leadington City Wide Yard Sale Permits on Sale July 24, 2017 - August 7, 2017

The two-city sale is slated for Saturday, August 12, 2017.   

Sponsored by the Park Hills - Leadington Chamber of Commerce.   There were 86 Sales Registered in 2016

Park Hills residents  must  purchase a permit in order to sell.  Leadington residents are not required to purchase a permit to sell, however, to be included in the map and advertising opportunities, a special permit is required. 
  1. $5.00 - Basic Option: Includes Sellers Permit and Address is Placed on a List of Area Sales.
  2. $6.00 - Premium Option: Includes Sellers Permit and Address is Placed on a List of Area Sales, and is Pin-Pointed on a Local Street Guide.
  3. $7.00 - Ultra Option: Includes Sellers Permit and Address is Placed on a List of Area Sales, and is Pin-Pointed on a Local Street Guide, and is Allowed Space to List 5 Major Items of Sale.
  • Permits MUST be purchased at Chamber Office.
  • Does NOT count toward resident's annual yard sale limit in Park Hills.
  • Permits will be sold during office hours, July 24, 2017 - August 7, 2017.
  • All permits MUST be purchased by August 7th in order to be included on the Map.
  • Maps will be available for purchase August 9, 10,  & 11 for $1.00 at the Chamber Office and Park Hills River Mart Convenience Store located at 10 Flat River Drive in Park Hills.
  • The City Wide Yard Sale info will be published in The Daily Journal's "Community Calendar" & "Yard Sale" sections; on two local radio stations; on the local cable channel, and the Chamber's Website and Facebook Pages as well as on posters placed throughout the two towns.
All permits must be purchased prior to 4:30 p.m. Monday, August 7th

Maps featuring area sales will be available at the Chamber Office & Park Hills River Mart August 9 th  thru the 11 th  for $1.00. 


Visit the Chamber Office at 12 Municipal Drive in Park Hills to purchase a permit or call 573-431-1051 for more information.
Downtown Park Hills Association Hosts 2nd Annual Commercial Open House

The Downtown Park Hills Association will be hosting the area's second Commercial Open House from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursday, August 10, 2017.

The goal of the event is, according to association members is the promotion of the downtown area as a desirable place to establish a business.

The open house is an opportunity to showcase a few of the available buildings for sale or lease in the downtown Park Hills business district. The focus is to give interested established and/or new business owners the opportunity to talk with property owners, real estate agents, and financial investors about potentially locating or relocating their business in the downtown area.

Buildings Featured this year Include:
  • 206 West Main Street (Former Steven's Brothers Printing Company)
  • 508 East Main Street (Former Nash Realty Office)
  • 512 East Main Street (
    Former Ragsdale's Building
  • 202 East Main Street (Former Mac's Gym)
  • 204 East Main Street (Currently Mad Monk's Fabrics - Both the Building and/or the Business is for sale.)
  • 10 South Coffman Street (Former Charter Communications Building)
  • 528 East Main Street (Next to Family Video)
There will be a  reception with refreshments at the 528 East Main Location  with representatives from First Bank and Nash Realty on hand to answer any financial for real estate questions you might have, as well as representatives from the Downtown Park Hills Association, The City of Park Hills, and the Park Hills - Leadington Chamber of Commerce.

This event is hosted by the Downtown Park Hills Association and the Park Hills - Leadington Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by First Bank and Nash Realty.
Only 150 Pairs Left at the Chamber Office!!

Experience The First Total Eclipse in Park Hills and Leadington since 1442!!

The total solar eclipse will take place on Monday, August 21, 2017. The partial phase will begin at in the late morning at 11:52 a.m. Totality will last from 1:16 p.m. - 1:19 p.m. The eclipse will end at 2:44 p.m. All Missourians are encouraged to go outside during lunchtime and observe the eclipse.

The last total eclipse in this area was in 1442! 

This will be first time since 1918 that a total eclipse has crossed from coast to coast!

This total eclipse will be the first to be seen only in the USA and no other country since 1776!

Even those who know what's happen can be caught off guard by a total eclipse.  It is eerie, awe-inspiring, unsettling, beautiful, and often emotionally overwhelming!

It's HISTORICAL!  You won't want to miss it!

Local Viewing Destinations: 
  • Mineral Area College
  • St. Joe State Park
  • Park Hills Sports Complex

To watch the partial stages of the eclipse, you must have proper eye protection. 
Eclipse glasses are affordable (
Just $1.00 Per Pair
safe, and make great keepsakes too!
It's smart to get your supply early!
Avoid inevitable shortages and price increases!
Purchase Your Viewing Glasses at one of the following locations:
  • The Park Hills - Leadington Chamber of Commerce, Park Hills
  • The City of Leadington, Leadington
  • American Home Care
  • Lemonade Stand Boutique, Farmington
  • The Park Hills Public Library
  • New Era Bank (All 3 Branches)
  • KFMO/B104 Radio, Park Hills
  • First Bank, Park Hills
  • Claddagh Irish Dance Studio
  • Rob's Guns, Leadington
  • Battlefield Laser Tag, Leadington
  • Parkland Health Mart Pharmacy (3 Locations)
Find out more information about the upcoming eclipse on our website at: 2017 Total Solar Eclipse
August First Friday Coffee Hosted By The River Worship Centre

Join us at The River Worship Centre at 300 West Main Street in Downtown Park Hills (AKA the former Movie Theater Building!)for the August First Friday Coffee!  Join us for coffee, pastries, and a look at all the great things DJ Edwards has done with this historic Park Hills building!

First Friday Coffee Events are held the first Friday of each month. They are hosted by Chamber Investors, are held at various investor locations, and include coffee and morning refreshments.

This is a relationship building event for Chamber Investors, clients, and potential clients.

Visit with other investors and members of the business community and learn about the sponsoring business or organization and their products and/or services while enjoying coffee, a light breakfast provided by the sponsoring business or organization.

Register Your Attendance Here:  August First Friday Coffee
"Battle of the Badges" Registration Now Open!

The Park Hills - Leadington Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce a new event coming to the Parkland on September 9, 2017, called "Battle of the Badges" .  The event will be held at the brand new Sgt. Darrell S. Cole Memorial Shooting Range at St. Joe State Park. 

This event will invite law enforcement from around the State of Missouri to participate in a shooting competition involving handguns and rifles. A limited number of civilian teams will also be invited to participate.  There will be a limit of 24 law enforcement teams and 12 civilian teams competing that day. Spectators are also welcome!


Poker Tournament with $600 in Cash Prizes Sponsored by:

Special Thanks To:
Hub's Pub - Our Cruiser Sponsor
KFMO/B104 Radio - Our Double Tap Sponsor

As part of our focus to honor our law enforcement officials, we will also be including a  "9/11 Remembrance" during the closing ceremonies.

Our main goal for this event is to honor our police and first responders. Our second is to ensure that a significant portion of the proceeds goes into the Chamber's scholarship fund.  With this, we plan to create a second, brand new, annual scholarship, which will be given to an individual planning to attend either the Law Enforcement Academy or seek a Criminal Justice degree from Mineral Area College. 

Other Major Sponsors Include:


Registration is now OPEN! Register online or download the registration forms and return them today: Battle of the Badges

Investor Announcements
Share your News, Events, Job Openings and Deals with us and we'll share them with others! Login to your member center and add as many as you'd like!  In a hurry? Email your announcements to info@phlcoc.net or drop the information off at the Chamber office, and we'll help put it in front of thousands!
Investor News
Investor Events
How often do you check the Chamber Events Calendar?
Looking for something to do?  One of the best places to get you event fix is on the Chamber's website.  Click the event link to find out more about some of the great events coming soon:
And this is only a few of several events coming in August!  See the entire list on the Chamber's Online Event's Calendar !

Investor Job Listings
Your fellow Chamber Investors have Employment Opportunities available now!
Are you, or is someone you know, looking for employment?  We've got the low-down on some of the area's current job openings!  Look who's hiring right now:
Find out what other local companies are in need of employees on the Chamber's Job Listings page!  

Investor Deals
Have you checked out this month's Hot Deals 
on the Chamber's website yet? 
Don't miss out on these Chamber Investor's "Hot Deals" available on the Chamber's Website!
Check our Hot Deals page often -  New Deals Added Regularly!!

Would you like to receive notifications each time new deals are added to the website?  If so, CLICK HERE and subscribe to the "Hot Deals eNewsletter" and we'll send you an email each time a new Hot Deal is available!

Seminars, Training & Workshops  
Are you looking for opportunities to improve on something old or learn something new?  We have several learning opportunities, business and personal interests, for you and your employees listed on the Chamber's Event Calendar!
Various training opportunities are offered by Chamber Investors and the St. Louis SCORE ( St. Louis SCORE offers free business counseling and resources, low-cost workshops, and free business scan services. ) See what benefits YOU!
F ind out more about these and other upcoming seminars, training opportunities and workshops on the Chamber's  Seminars, Training, and Workshops page!

All About Business 
Interesting business related articles to help exercise your brain, peek your curiosity, increase your knowledge, or simply to make you smile; all intended for finding ways to enhance you and your business.
Half of All Employees Quit Because of Managers: Why the Best Managers Have This Trait

By: Jeff Miller, Senior Director of Talent Magazine, Cornerstone on Demand
Image Credit: Getty Images
It's time to recognize individual contribution as a career path.

During one of my first corporate learning roles, a senior executive at our company approached me about the most talented developer in the organization. The employee in question was in line for a promotion that required managing a large team, and the executive asked if I could put together a management training to help him get to the next level. Easy enough, I thought -- until we sat down for our first meeting.

As I asked the developer questions about his role, aspirations and concerns, I started to sense some hesitation. And that's when I asked a simple question that I've realized all too often gets ignored.

"Do you want to be manager?"

He hesitated, and then said, "Not really."

He was one of the top employees at the company, and since our conversation, I've spent a lot of time thinking about the role management should play in the modern workplace. Because the truth is, if you want to cultivate a culture of great management at your organization, then you also need to make it optional.

6 Powerful Ways to Make Anyone Into A Great Leader

By: Lolly Daskal, President & CEO, Lead From Within
Image Credit: Getty Images
The function of a leader is to produce more leaders, not more followers.

If you work or study in the field of leadership, you already know there's a glut of information and ideas. We already have thousands of articles about leaders and leadership, and countless thoughts on what leadership is and isn't--not to mention a constant stream of new articles, blogs and information.

With so much going on, it becomes more important than ever to stay focused on what's most important.

For me, that central message of leadership is this simple, clear thought: Within everyone there is a leader.

If you're helping to develop new leaders -- whether they're rising executives, entry-level employees or 10-year-old students--you're doing leadership right.

If you're not sure, or if you want to be more effective at leadership development, here's a quick review of the basic steps for bringing out the leader in anyone:

1. Let them know they're a leader. The first step is to let them know that whatever their title or their position, their actions affect someone else and that puts them in a position to lead. Help them see what lies within them and understand that they can learn to unlock it and leverage it; establish the expectation and the belief that their influence makes them a leader. Show them that leadership begins within.

Continue reading here:
Make Anyone Into A Great Leader

7 Tools That Will Help Make Your Personal Brand Online More Personal

By:  Nicholas Cole, Contributor, Inc.com
Image Credit: Getty Images
It's not about your follower count. It's about loyalty.

The methodology for building a personal brand online is actually quite simple.

Take those two words, "personal" and "brand" and look at what they symbolize. When something is personal, deeply personal, it leans more on on the side of art, expression, and story. A brand, then, is how that story is packaged, distributed, and represented in the eyes of audience members. It is more concerned with the external, while personal expression focuses primarily on the internal.

Where most people go wrong in thinking about their personal brand is in putting one hundred percent of the emphasis on the "brand" side of the equation. They spend all their time talking the talk, growth hacking their way to a status of credibility, only to end up with a glossy "brand" with absolutely no substance. They might look professional from afar, but upon closer inspection they are nothing more than a talking head.

That's not a personal brand.

I have been in the personal branding space for almost a decade--and for many of those years, I didn't even realize what a personal brand was, or that I was even building one for myself. The first personal brand I built was around my gamer tag in high school. I was one of the highest ranked World of Warcraft players in North America as a teenager, and also one of the most e-famous World of Warcraft bloggers on the Internet. I didn't know the term for it, this thing we now call a "personal brand," but at seventeen years old I knew that having ten thousand people reading my blog every day was valuable. I knew the power of building an audience.

Thank You Again to July's Business Spotlight!