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May 7, 2015 
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REGISTER TODAY FOR CONNECT AT LUNCH: A MOTHER-DAUGHTER CONVERSATION ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP ON MAY 19

Connect at Lunch is the Regional Chamber’s flagship business education seminar series designed to help companies fund, run and grow their businesses. Please join on us on Tuesday, May 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Regional Chamber offices at One Metropolitan Square, to hear Laura and Lauren Herring of the IMPACT Group share their perspectives on entrepreneurship.

The IMPACT Group, a WBE (Women Business Enterprise)-global leader in career transitions for 26 years, specializes in relocation support, talent development and outplacement services with operations in more than 30 countries. Under Laura’s leadership as founder and chairwoman, IMPACT Group earned a spot on the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies List and the Top 500 Woman-Owned Business Award from DiversityBusiness.com.

As CEO, Lauren has transformed IMPACT Group into a global leader and acquired long-time competitors Vandover and Sally White & Associates, in addition to three corporate outplacement acquisitions. The conversation on May 19 will be moderated by Kasey Joyce Grelle of Gateway Media.  Kasey is a former award-winning news anchor and reporter for KSDK-TV.

For more information and to register, please go to
www.stlregionalchamber.com/events.

   
Laura Herring, Founder & Chair of IMPACT Group Lauren Herring, CEO of IMPACT Group  

TEDxST.LOUISWOMEN TO BE PRESENTED ON MAY 28
The Regional Chamber is proud to be a Community Partner for TEDxSt.LouisWomen to be held on Thursday, May 28 from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Union Station in St. Louis. With the theme “MOMENTUM”, TEDxSt.LouisWomen will celebrate the meaningful impact women are making here in St. Louis and across the globe.

The world-class line-up of speakers includes Dr. Victoria Fraser, Chair, Department of Medicine, Washington University and world-renowned infectious disease expert; as well as live, simulcasted speakers from the 2015 TEDWomen conference in Monterey. The result will be a truly global conversation -- from San Francisco to São Paulo to Seoul -- celebrating inventors and designers, thinkers and makers, local problem-solvers and global leaders.  

Regional Chamber members receive discounted tickets by using the promotional code EarlyBird15. Excellent VIP packages are available. To purchase tickets, please go to http://www.tedxstlouis.com/tedxstlouiswomen/

           
DANNY LUDEMAN AND WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY LAUNCH CONCORDANCE INITIATIVE
Danny Ludeman, immediate past-Regional Chamber Board Chair and former Wells Fargo Advisors CEO, along with leaders from Washington University’s George Warren Brown School of Social Work and regional elected leaders, announced a joint initiative on April 29 to offer assistance to those returning from prison, as well as innovation in research and best practices relevant to public policy issues.  The Concordance Academy of Leadership and the Concordance Institute for Advancing Social Justice represents the first public, private and academic partnership focused on lowering incarceration rates in the country.

 

“The issue of incarceration has long existed in the United States, with re-incarceration rates continuously rising, impacting not only the lives of the returning prisoners themselves, but also their families and children, as well as the community and country as a whole. The men and women returning from incarceration need our help in order to rebuild productive and successful lives,” Danny noted. “Through this model, we will be able to significantly reduce crime and successfully re-integrate individuals into society, impacting the safety and vitality of the St. Louis region.”

 
Dr. Carrie Pettus-Davis of Washington University and Danny Ludeman launched the Concordance Academy of Leadership and the Concordance Institute for Advancing Social Justice at an April 29 news conference at the Missouri History Museum. 
           
Danny will serve as CEO and president of the Concordance Academy of Leadership, which will offer comprehensive integrated and holistic services to men and women returning to the community from prison. An expansion of St. Louis-based non-profit Project COPE, the Academy will offer services such as education and job-readiness, employment, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, cognitive and life skills education, housing, life in the community, and care coordination.

 

The Concordance Institute for Advancing Social Justice will be operated and staffed by the Brown School at Washington University, and Dr. Carrie Pettus-Davis will serve as executive director. The work of the Concordance Institute will focus on accelerating the feedback loop of research, practice and policy engagement, which in traditional contexts takes years to occur. The institute will conduct rigorous real-world research to better understand factors that dramatically reduce the cycle of incarceration. The Concordance Institute’s efforts will also include innovation of sophisticated services designed for criminal justice-involved adults and the development of evidence-driven public policy statements. 

 

They announced the launch of the Concordance Academy and Concordance Institute at a press conference at the Missouri History Museum, with St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger and St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann providing their support.  Following the press conference, Dr. Pettus-Davis served as a moderator for a panel discussion about prisoner re-entry featuring Edward Lawlor, Dean and William E. Gordon Distinguished Professor, Washington University’s Brown School; George Lombardi, Director of the Missouri Department of Corrections; Daniel Isom, E. Desmond Lee Professor of Policing and the Community, University of Missouri – St. Louis, and former Chief of Police for St. Louis City; and John Robinson, Board Member, the Concordance Academy of Leadership, and former Project COPE participant.

 

To learn more about the Concordance Academy and its services, please visit http://www.concordanceacademy.com/, and to learn more about the Concordance Institute and its research, please visit http://www.concordanceinstitute.com/.


REGIONAL CHAMBER HOSTS MORE THAN 70 AREA LEADERS AT ACCeLERATE ST. LOUIS QUARTERLY MEETING

On April 28, more than 70 leaders and influencers within the St. Louis startup ecosystem gathered at the Regional Chamber offices for the quarterly Accelerate St. Louis meeting. Regional Chamber Vice President of Entrepreneurship & Innovation & General Counsel Jason Hall and St. Louis Economic Development Partnership Vice President of Entrepreneurship & Innovation Dr. Christine Karslake, both of whom co-faciliate the Accelerate St. Louis collaborative, welcomed the attendees and provided a briefing on Accelerate initiatives to grow the startup ecosystem.

Jason noted that Accelerate St. Louis is here to pursue a shared agenda, including increasing regional venture development capacity, strengthen the network and amplify communications about the St. Louis ecosystem.

                  

Jason Hall speaks at the quarterly Accelerate St. Louis meeting at the Regional Chamber on April 28.
                       
Following the updates, four startup entrepreneurs "pitched" the attendees: Eateria; Benson Hill Biosystems; HealthyMe Mobile; and Eureka.  Eateria is a digital loyalty marketing tool for the restaurant, food and hospitality industry. Benson Hill Biosystems is an agricultural biotechnology company dedicated to delivering substantial production gains to the agriculture sector. HealthyMe Mobile is a patient-centered 30-day transition care SMS texting program specifically designed to aid patients with chronic disease and reduce hospital readmission rates. And Eureka is a technology company developing a website and software application that enables easier and more efficient patent searches.

Matt Crisp, CEO of Benson Hill Biosystems, told the regional leaders they moved to St. Louis because of the infrastructure, talent and capital, and that other companies like them are noticing how much St. Louis has to offer.

Aaron Perlut of Elasticity updated the leadership on the AccelerateSTL.org website and other communication efforts. He reported robust growth in SEO, impact, audience and engagement online, along with successful national placements of opinion pieces by thought leaders in the St. Louis startup ecosystem.

The meeting concluded with presentations by St. Louis Economic Development Partnership President Rodney Crim, Arch Grants Executive Director Ginger Imster and BioSTL President & CEO Donn Rubin. The team updated the regional leaders on coordinated efforts to increase startup funding in the region through the Missouri Technology Corporation and other initiatives.

Accelerate St. Louis engaged with allies across the state, including the Missouri, Greater Kansas City, and Springfield Area Chambers along with the Missouri Biotechnology Association, to advocate with Governor Nixon and the Missouri General Assembly for strong support of MTC. This joint effort resulted in the Governor releasing over $17 million in current funding and the legislature passing the highest-ever level of MTC core funding in its 2016 budget.

For more information on the St. Louis startup ecosystem, please visit www.acceleratestlouis.org.
          
REGISTER YOUR TEAM FOR GATEWAY DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
It’s dragon boat racing time and the Regional Chamber is gearing up the One Team for the competition on Creve Coeur Lake Park to be held on Saturday, June 27.  Whether you are looking for a day of fun-filled events or an alternative to the usual company picnic, try this ultimate team-building event!  During the festival, teams of 20 paddlers of all ability levels paddle 40-foot long boats on a 400-meter course. (Early registration prices good until May 15 for teams and June 1st for sponsorships.) Proceeds to benefit Operation Family Help, an initiative of the Signature Healthcare Foundation.

To find out more about this fun event, please go to http://www.gatewaydragonboat.org or call event co-chair, John Marshall, at 314-843-1445 (ext.7).  Paddles Up! 

 

St. Louis Regional Chamber One Team paddling through the 2014 Dragon Boat Race Festival at Creve Coeur Lake Park.


NOMINATION/APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THE INITIATIVE FELLOWS PROGRAM YEAR TEN (2015-2016) IS APPROACHING
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.

ST. LOUIS SPEAKER SERIES PRESENTED BY MARYVILLE UNIVERSITY RETURNS ON OCT. 13, REGIONAL CHAMBER MEMBERS RECEIVE SEASON SUBSCRIPTION DISCOUNT
The 18th season of the St. Louis Speaker Series presented by Maryville University returns to Powell Hall on October 13 with American Novelist and Academy Award-Winning Screenwriter John Irving. The 2015-2016 Season also includes: Neurosurgeon and CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta; marathon swimmer, Diana Nyad; renowned American Diplomat, Dennis Ross; Astronaut and former Congresswoman, Mark Kelly and Gabby Giffords; former CIA Director and U.S. Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta; and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Columnist and Author, Dave Barry

 

We are pleased to once again participate as a Speaker Series sponsor for the upcoming season, along with Polsinelli, PNC Bank, Nine Network and St. Louis Public Radio. As members of the Regional Chamber, the Series has extended a special invitation to you to subscribe to the 2015-2016 series at a special 10 percent discount. The subscription includes all seven lectures. 

 

To reserve your subscription(s), please call the Powell Hall Ticket Office at (314) 534-1700. Simply mention your Regional Chamber membership to receive the 10 percent discount.


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BANDURA SYSTEMS
Suzanne Magee, Founder-CEO
Integrated mobile solutions for public funds investment managers 
www.bandurasystems.com


BRADEN ROOFING
Braden Castaner, Owner
Roofing service, insulation & roof repair 

www.bradenroofing.com

DAVO TECHNOLOGIES
Owen Brown, Founder- CEO
Payments Solutions
www.davotechnologies.com


FINLOCKER
Peter Esparrago, CEO
Loan Services
www.finlocker.com


MED-SEARCH RECRUITING NETWORK, INC.
Tim Charow, President
Healthcare sales, marketing & management recruiter
http://www.medrecruiters.com


NEW CONSTRUCTS LLC
David Trainer, Founder-CEO
Financial Services
http://www.newconstructs.com


PUBLIC FUNDS INVESTMENT TRACKING AND REPORTING, LLC
Jim Koetting, Founder-CEO
Mobile solutions for public funds investment managers
www.pfitr.com


RANGE LOGISTICS
Nathan Chew, President, Supply Chain Solutions
Third Party Logistics
www.rangelogistics.com


RIPPLESHOT
Lucas Ward, Co-Founder
Mobile solutions for public funds investment managers
www.rippleshot.com


STRATEGIC STAFFING SOLUTIONS

Justine Dugan, Branch Manager
Information technology/staff augmentation
www.strategicstaff.com


TACTAS
Brittany Burke, Principal
Public Relations and Government Advocacy
www.tactas.com


TRAILNET
Ralph Pfremmer, Executive Director
Making bicycling, walking and transit a way of life
www.trailnet.org


WEST PINE LOFTS, LLC
Julie Ward, Property Manager
New development - housing
www.westpinelofts.com

 upcoming events
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


CONNECT AT BREAKFAST
What It Takes To Become A Best Place To Work

June 2, 2015
7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
St. Louis Regional Chamber
$15 (Chamber members receive complimentary 2 hour parking)
Register here


DEGREES THAT WORK WORKSHOP
Emphasize the Importance of College Completion in the Workplace

June 11, 2015
8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
St. Louis Regional Chamber
Free
Register here


PUBLIC POLICY SPEAKER SERIES
Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander

June 11, 2015
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Louis Regional Chamber
$40
Register here

ILLINOIS PUBLIC AFFAIRS NETWORK
Session Wrap-up with Legislators

June 12, 2015
7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Collinsville Doubletree Hotel
Free
Register here


MISSOURI PUBLIC AFFAIRS NETWORK with State Senator Kurt Schaefer
June 19, 2015
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
St. Louis Regional Chamber
Free
Register here