|April 20, 2015
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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
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
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
COMPONENTS GROUP CUTS RIBBON ON NORTH AMERICAN DISTRIBUTION
|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
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
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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org, or click here to apply.
The intern application deadline is May 11,
OPEN FOR THE INITIATIVE FELLOWS PROGRAM YEAR TEN
| 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
For additional information and a nomination form,
please click here.
The nomination/application deadline is May 15,
|HELP SUPPORT GLOBAL CITIES INITIATIVE BY TAKING THIS
|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.
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,
|CHAMBER POLICY PAPER - INCLUSIVE AND EFFECTIVE
EMPLOYMENT LAW REFORM
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
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:
DEMO DAY 2015 COMING MAY 1 AT CIC ST. LOUIS, REGISTER
|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
|THE BALSA FOUNDATION ENTRY FUND PROGRAM, ENTER BY MAY
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
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 email@example.com.
REINSURANCE GROUP OF
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
METROPOLITAN ST. LOUIS
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
Consultants & advisors for the
design & construction industry
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DELIVERING EXCEPTIONAL CUSTOMER
April 24, 2015
7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
St. Louis Regional Chamber
Gina Collins, Chief Marketing
Officer, Build-A-Bear Workshop
Mary Mahoney, Vice President,
Insurance Replacement, Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
Alper Oztok, General Manager Four
Moderated by Elizabeth Tucker, Co-founder and
Publisher, ALIVE Magazine
$10 members; $20 non-members
|ILLINOIS HOUSE VS SENATE
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
|CONNECT AT LUNCH
MOTHER-DAUGHTER CONVERSATION ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP
LAURA AND LAUREN HERRING, IMPACT
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