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April 20, 2015 
This is ONE, the report from the St. Louis Regional Chamber to Board members and other key investors. ONE is published by the St. Louis Regional Chamber, One Metropolitan Square, Suite 1300, St. Louis, MO 63102.  To unsubscribe or change your address or method of delivery, reply to one@stlregionalchamber.com.

TAKE THE PLEDGE: GIVE YOUR BUSINESS A COMPETITIVE EDGE THROUGH THE REGIONAL CHAMBER'S DEGREES THAT WORK PROGRAM

On April 8, representatives from regional businesses and higher education institutions came together to officially kick off the Degrees That Work program for 2015.  The Degrees That Work program offers a business solution to accelerate college degree completion for working adults.

 

The Degrees That Work program is a St. Louis Regional Chamber-led initiative that will enable St. Louis to become a Top Ten region for educational attainment by 2025.  The program will give businesses in the region a competitive edge by enabling them to build the talents of their workforce, adapt to changes in the market demand for certain skills and knowledge, and ensure greater levels of productivity and innovation in their company.  Investing in your employees will yield a substantial return on investment.

 

Degrees That Work provides access to information through an employer toolkit, highlights best practices that enable employers to increase their company’s capacity to support working adults, and provides technical assistance and resources to make the process as simple as possible for companies committed to implement Degrees That Work in their workplace. 

 

Be a part of the movement to maximize the talent in your workforce and to see St. Louis become a Top Ten region for degree attainment.  To learn more about how Degrees That Work can affect your company’s bottom line and to join the movement, please visit http://www.degreesthatworkstl.com/

Take the pledge and become a Degrees That Work company today!

UNIVERSAL COMPONENTS GROUP CUTS RIBBON ON NORTH AMERICAN DISTRIBUTION CENTER
This past Thursday, our Chamber team celebrated the ribbon cutting and 31 new jobs at UK-based Universal Components Group’s first North American distribution center in O’Fallon, MO. UCG is the largest distributor of aftermarket vehicle parts in the UK, supplying to 1,000+ distribution outlets worldwide.

A commercial relationship with Wentzville-based Wainwright Industries was instrumental in the company locating its first U.S. presence in our region where UCG will distribute truck and trailer aftermarket parts throughout the U.S.

 

Louis Copilevitz led the Regional Chamber’s team on this project, working with the lead project partner, the Missouri Partnership; and the St. Charles County Economic Development Center; the City of O’Fallon; and the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

 

UCG's relationship with Wainwright is another example of how important corporate relationships are to our growth strategy. And, it’s a testament to St. Louis’ strength in logistics.

HELP RETAIN TALENT IN ST. LOUIS: URGE INTERNS TO JOIN THE STL ‘”I” EXPERIENCE PROGRAM THIS SUMMER

Add value to your internship programming with the STL “i” Experience Program. Interns discover St. Louis, meet other interns and area professionals, network and improve their professional soft skills with six free and uniquely St. Louis experiences. The STL ‘”i” Experience serves as a supplement to corporate internship programs.

Your junior level professionals are encouraged to join us by serving as mentors and guest speakers.

For more information, please contact Jeri Peterson, Program Manager, Talent, at
jpeterson@stlregionalchamber.com, or click here to apply.

The intern application deadline is May 11, 2015.

RECRUITMENT NOW OPEN FOR THE INITIATIVE FELLOWS PROGRAM YEAR TEN (2015-2016)
The St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative’s leadership program is designed to address the interests and challenges of professionals of color as they work to develop and advance their careers. The Initiative Fellows Program features a holistic approach that creates a safe and stimulating environment for participants to receive valuable feedback, self-reflect on the feedback, acquire effective leadership strategies and build relationships essential to their individual and collective growth.

The leadership program is for mid- to senior-level professionals of color. The Initiative Fellows Program establishes a framework to enhance leadership capacity. The program further refines leadership competencies through a strategic curriculum and the sharing of wisdom and best practices. This is a program for which a participant must be nominated.

For additional information and a nomination form, please click
here.

The nomination/application deadline is May 15, 2015.

HELP SUPPORT GLOBAL CITIES INITIATIVE BY TAKING THIS SHORT SURVEY
Did you know, St. Louis was one of only eight cities selected to participate in the Global Cities Initiative Exchange. This prestigious initiative is a joint Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase project that helps business and civic leaders grow their metropolitan economies by strengthening international connections and competitiveness. Over the next two years, St. Louis leaders will research, develop and implement strategies to position the region for high quality growth. 

 
First, the research - and we need your input. In order to better understand the region's international activities, we're asking selected companies to complete a brief, five-minute survey to direct a data-driven, locally tailored export plan. Even if you don't export, your input is still valuable.

 

Please click here to complete the survey: http://bit.ly/1MaeYbS 

(Participants are entered into a drawing for St. Louis Cardinals tickets. Surveys must be received by May 1, 2015 to qualify.)

 
For questions, contact Sean Mullins at 314-615-8141, or smullins@worldtradecenter-stl.com

CHAMBER POLICY PAPER - INCLUSIVE AND EFFECTIVE EMPLOYMENT LAW REFORM
Policy Statement

The St. Louis Regional Chamber is committed to attracting and retaining a highly-skilled and diverse workforce, and fostering an inclusive business community. We also support policies that will strengthen the region’s business climate by ensuring employers are provided a just, efficient and consistent legal system.

Therefore, the Chamber supports adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected classes in Missouri law in conjunction with important employment law reforms to achieve a fair and balanced legal system that better protects employees and employers. [read more]

2015 METRO EAST STARTUP CHALLENGE KICKS OFF APRIL 29
The 2015 Metro East Startup Challenge will kickoff at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, April 29.  Entrepreneurs and startups (less than three years in business) will have the chance to submit their business concept on-line for full consideration and extensive support.  Three competitive rounds and four months later, the Challenge will conclude on Friday, September 4 with a public announcement of the 2015 winners.

 

The PNC Foundation, University Park at SIUE, the St. Louis Regional Chamber, and SIUE School of Business are pleased to support this initiative.  Combined with assistance from the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois and local chambers of commerce, the Challenge will continue to bring attention to and build a network of support for our region's entrepreneurs and small business owners. 

 

All of this wonderful support should not be limited to only these partners. All Metro East community/economic development organizations, business service providers and financial institutions are encouraged to be involved to create a strong entrepreneurial culture within our region. 

Become involved by contacting the Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center at 618-650-2929.

 

For more information on the 2015 Metro East Startup Challenge, please go to:

https://app2.pitchburner.com/s1/site/metroeaststartup2015
IDEA LABS DEMO DAY 2015 COMING MAY 1 AT CIC ST. LOUIS, REGISTER TODAY 
The St. Louis Regional Chamber is proud to support Washington University IDEA Labs’ 3rd Annual Demo Day on Friday, May 1, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., at CIC, 4240 Duncan Ave.

Through IDEA Labs, a bioengineering design and entrepreneurship incubator, students, faculty, staff, and St. Louis entrepreneurs team up to tackle unmet needs in health care delivery and clinical medicine. During Demo Day, IDEA Labs teams will present solutions for problems in various medical fields, ranging from smartphone apps to medical devices. Physicians, entrepreneurs and engineers will provide the teams with feedback. Want to join us?

Please click
here to reserve your tickets for IDEA Labs Demo Day on May 1.
THE BALSA FOUNDATION ENTRY FUND PROGRAM, ENTER BY MAY 1
Do you have a business idea? Are you launching a new business? Do you need business advice or funding? The BALSA Foundation provides free business support and grant funding of up to $5,000 to individuals wanting to pursue their business idea through the Entry Fund program. If you submit your one-page application before May 1, you will receive in-depth feedback on your business idea and application.

The St. Louis Regional Chamber is pleased to support this initiative.

 

Deadline for Idea Support: Friday, May 1 at 5 p.m.
Deadline for Grant Application: Monday, June 1 at 5 p.m.

 

For more information and to submit an application, please visit www.thebalsafoundation.org or contact Maxim Schillebeeckx at maxim.schillebeeckx@thebalsafoundation.org.

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REINSURANCE GROUP OF AMERICA, INC.

A.Greig Woodring

President & CEO

RGA is one of the largest global life reinsurance companies in the world, provides clients with individual life reinsurance, individual living benefits reinsurance, group reinsurance, health reinsurance, financial solutions, facultative underwriting and product development

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Brian L. Hoelscher

Executive Director

MSD owns and operates a system of wastewater, stormwater and combined collection of sewers, pumping stations, and wastewater treatment facilities in its service area of the City of St. Louis and 90 percent of St. Louis County.

www.stlmsd.com

           
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CAMERON MACALLISTER GROUP
Clark S. Davis, FAIA,
Principal Consultant
Consultants & advisors for the design & construction industry
www.cameronmacallister.com

 upcoming events
CONNECT AT BREAKFAST
DELIVERING EXCEPTIONAL CUSTOMER SERVICE

April 24, 2015
7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
St. Louis Regional Chamber
Presenters:
Gina Collins, Chief Marketing Officer, Build-A-Bear Workshop
Mary Mahoney, Vice President, Insurance Replacement, Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
Alper Oztok, General Manager Four Seasons
Moderated by Elizabeth Tucker, Co-founder and Publisher, ALIVE Magazine
$10 members; $20 non-members
Register here


ILLINOIS HOUSE VS SENATE
SOFTBALL GAME
May 6, 2015

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Lincoln Park, Springfield


ST. LOUIS GREEN BUSINESS CHALLENGE
May 13, 2015
7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Missouri Botanical Garden EarthWays Center

Register here

CONNECT AT LUNCH
MOTHER-DAUGHTER CONVERSATION ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP FEATURING
LAURA AND LAUREN HERRING, IMPACT GROUP

Moderated by Kasey Joyce Grelle, Gateway Media
May 19, 2015
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Louis Regional Chamber
$25 (Chamber members receive complimentary 2 hour parking)
Register here