2014 Business of The Year Nominees

Following are the Nominees for the 2014 Business of the Year award.

We are pleased to have 6 nominees, each of whom help increase the profile of Maplewood and/or contribute significant time and resources to the Chamber and the community at large. We congratulate the nominees and thank the chamber members who put forth the effort to recognize the achievements of outstanding businesses.

The Book House

Citizens National Bank

DeSIGNery

Frontenac Engineering Group

Schlafly Bottleworks

Tiny Little Monster

The 2014 Business of the Year winner will be named in early January and the award will be presented at Annual Meeting and First Quarter Luncheon on Tuesday, January 27th at Schlafly Bottleworks.

The selection of the winner is determined by 9 votes. 8 votes will be made by fellow chamber members and the final vote is determined by the outcome of our public poll.

To take part in the public poll- cast your vote here.


New in 2015-Marketing Partnership Packages (Sneak Peak)

The Marketing Committee is in the final stages of unveiling new marketing and promotional opportunities with the Chamber for 2015.

Together with the office staff, the committee has developed all-inclusive marketing and sponsorship packages that range from $300-$600. Packages include website and newsletter advertising and opportunities to sponsor events like Quarterly Lunches, Business and Bagels and Mix and Mingles.

Packages will be available for purchase on a first come, first served basis beginning Monday, November 17th. Packages are secured upon payment and completion of registration form by Wednesday, December 10th.

Click Here the following link to view the 2015 Marketing Partnership Packages 2015 Chamber Marketing Packages

 


Seeking Nominations for 2014 Business of the Year

Overview
Established in 2011, the Maplewood Business of the Year Award is an award that recognizes a Chamber business who demonstrated an exceptional contribution to their industry or community within the past year.

Criteria
The nominees will have made a major or visible contribution in the past year in one or more of the following areas:

  • Industry Achievement
  • Revenue growth
  • Outstanding customer service
  • Innovative products or services
  • Creative marketing endeavors
  • Company-wide community involvement

Eligibility

  • Nominee must be a registered Chamber Member.
  • Nominee should be a licensed business, nonprofit and/or civic entity.

Selection
A selection committee will vote on the nominees. The committee will be made up of Chamber Members not affiliated with either a nominee or nominator. The recipient of the Business of the Year Award will be announced the first week in January and the award presented at the Annual Meeting/First Quarter luncheon.

Nomination Information
To nominate a business for the Business of the Year Award, please fill out a nomination form and submit a letter supporting your nomination.  You may also have a nomination form emailed, faxed or mailed to you by calling the office at 781-8588. Business owners and/or employees are welcome to self-nominate their business. Return the form along with a letter supporting the nomination. Nominations received withouta supporting letter will not be considered.

Nominations should be received by November 21st.

Click here for 2014 Business of the Year Nomination Form

PAST AWARD RECIPIENTS
2011-Kakao Chocolate
2012- The Post Sports Bar & Grill
2013- Vom Fass

 


13th Annual Maplewood Christmas Tree Walk- Vendor Information

MOS9127__KeyArtThe 13th Annual Maplewood Christmas Tree Walk will take place on Friday, December 5th from 6-9 p.m throughout historic downtown Maplewood. 

The Christmas Tree Walk is the official kick-off to the holiday season in Maplewood. The event drives over a 1,000 of people into Maplewood for an evening of shopping, dining and entertainment.  The event has been growing in popularity and attendance over the past several years with added features such as free carriage rides, visits and pictures with Santa Claus, carolers, and increased participation among the business community. Businesses and organizations may become a registered participant of the event and will be included in event program, on the event webpage, and in press materials. Registered participants are also part of the Maplewood Storefront/Window Decorating contest. Additional information available here 2014 Christmas Tree Walk Information
REGISTRATION INFORMATION
*Early Bird Discount for vendors registering by November 14th.
Register online OR by completing registration form and returning to Chamber office with payment.

Online Vendor Registration and Payment Here

2014 Christmas Tree Walk Registration Form  (Businesses registering online do not need to complete this form)

 Special thanks to our generous sponsors and event contributors:

CTW


RFQ-Designer

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS
Environmental/Industrial Designer
MAPLEWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
CITY OF MAPLEWOOD, MISSOURI

Introduction
The Maplewood Chamber of Commerce seeks an environmental design professional to provide conceptual design services for signage to be attached to the Big Bend Metrolink bridge and landscaping improvements to adjacent land.  The project will include re-use of historic sign letters to be incorporated into the new sign design.

Scope of Work
The scope of initial services will include preparation of conceptual designs, preparation of a rendering to be used for marketing purposes, and preparation of a budget cost estimate for this project.

Instructions
Provide the information in the order listed below:

  1. List and briefly describe the similar projects completed by your firm in the last five years and provide digital images if available.
  2. Explain how your firm is uniquely qualified to provide the requested services to the MCC on the project described in the scope of work above.
  3. Provide the name of the staff who will be assigned to this project and briefly describe their relevant work experience.
  4. Prepare at least two (2) un-bound copies of the submission (no larger than 11” x 17”) and submit the materials to:  Jeannine Beck at 2915 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood, MO  63143 or email them to:  Director@Maplewood-Chamber.com . Submissions may be sent via regular mail or hand-delivered.  Please note, more copies may be requested.

Qualifications Submission Deadline
Submissions, as described above, must be received no later than Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 3 PM.

Selection Process
The Maplewood Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee will review the qualification statements.  Firms deemed most suitable for the project may be asked to make an oral presentation within weeks after selection of the firm for the project.  If a fair price for services cannot be negotiated, the Chamber will select another firm.  Firms that are not selected will be contacted in writing.

Questions
Questions concerning the submittal requirements or the scope of work should be directed to Jeannine Beck at 2915 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood, MO  63143, 314-781-8588 or email:  Director@Maplewood-Chamber.com

Request For Qualifications Environmental-Industrial Designer

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Heading North on Big Bend

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Heading South on Big Bend

 

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Original use of the Maplewood Letters

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2014 Dinner/Auction Items Sneak Peak

Click the following link for a sneak peak at the 2014 Dinner Auction Items. 2014 Auction Donations Sneak Peak


2015-2016 Business Directory – Review your listing

Review your Listing By Service

Accounting Services – Automotive, Parts

Automotive, Repair – Coffeehouses

Computer, Development – Credit Unions

Dance Studios – Frozen Custard

Funeral Homes – Home Inspection Services

Human Resources – Martial Arts

Massage Therapy – Pawn Brokers

Personnel Services – Restoration

Retail Stores – Solar Energy

Specialty Food – Wireless Services

 

Review your Listing By Alphabetical Order

40 South News – Cheryl’s Herbs

Citizens Nat Bank – Focal Point

Freeman Mktg – LaCosecha

Landmark Builders – Mr. Wizards

MRH School Dist – Schlafly Corp

School of Metaphysics – Wells Fargo Advisors


Financial Focus-Online Security and Fraud Prevention

Provided by  Jennifer Ridgeway, Edward Jones

Security breaches seem to be big news these days – but smart consumers can fight back. You’ll want to be savvy when you surf the net. Following are a few tips for online safety:

  • Know who you’re dealing with. If you receive an offer that looks too good to be true, it probably is. Don’t click on pop-up ads or links in unsolicited emails. If you’re suspicious about the origins of an online ad, a website or an email, contact the company directly.
  • Stick with encrypted websites. Although no site is foolproof, a lock icon on the status bar or a web address beginning with https:// indicates a secure site. Some websites use encryption only on the sign-in page. Check to be sure the entire site is encrypted before you provide personal information.
  •  Create strong passwords – and then protect them. Keep in mind that longer passwords are more difficult to guess. Consider mixing letters, numbers and special characters – but make it easy to remember so that you don’t have to write it down. Don’t use an obvious password, such as your birth date, your mother’s maiden name or the last four digits of your Social Security number. And never use the same password for all your accounts. If a thief steals it, he has access to every account using this password.
  • Keep an eye on your accounts. Check your bank and other statements as soon as they arrive – or more frequently if you have access to your accounts online. With our Online Account Access service, you can check your Edward Jones accounts whenever and wherever you like.

For more helpful tips on fraud prevention, visit www.edwardjones.com/fraud or contact Jennifer Ridgeway, Financial Advisor, (314) 352-1253.


Financial Focus- What Vacations Can Tell Us About Investing.

Tips shared with us by Chamber Member, Jennifer Ridgeway of Edward Jones.

Summer is almost here — which means it’s officially vacation season. You may be looking forward to “getting away from it all,” but, as you know, vacations actually require a fair amount of planning. And it might surprise you to learn that some of the efforts required for successful vacations can impart some valuable lessons in other areas of your life — such as investing.

Here are some vacation-related moves that you may want to transfer to the investment and financial arenas:

Secure your home. If you’re going on vacation for a week or so, you may need to take some steps to safeguard your home: stopping your mail and newspaper, putting on a timer to turn on lights, alerting your neighbors that you’ll be out of town, and so on.  But while it’s important to secure your home today, you will also want to help ensure it will be there for your family in the future, should anything happen to you. That’s why you’ll want to maintain adequate life and disability insurance.

Know your route. If you are driving to your vacation destination, you will want to plan your route beforehand, so that you can avoid time-consuming delays and detours. And to reach your financial goals, such as a comfortable retirement, you will also want to chart your course — by creating an investment strategy that is designed to help you work towards those goals based on your specific risk tolerance, investment preferences and time horizon.

Keep enough gas in the tank. As you set out on a road trip, you need a full tank of gas in your car, and you’ll have to keep refueling along the way. And to “go the distance” in pursuing your financial goals, you will need to have sufficient “fuel” in the form of investments with reasonable growth potential. Without a reasonable amount of growth-oriented vehicles in your portfolio, you could lose ground to inflation and potentially fall short of your objectives — so, over time, you may need to “refuel” by reviewing your portfolio and rebalancing if necessary.

Protect yourself from getting burned.  If your vacation plans include a stay at the beach, you’ll need to protect yourself and your family from the hot sun — so make sure you’re all using sunscreen.  When you invest, you can also get “burned” if you are not careful — especially if you are inclined to chase after “hot” investments. By the time you hear about these so-called sizzlers, they may already be cooling off, and, even more importantly, they just might not be appropriate for your goals and risk tolerance. Instead of becoming a “heat-seeking” investor, focus your efforts on building a diversified array of quality investments appropriate for your needs. If you only own one type of financial asset, and a downturn hits that asset class, your portfolio could take a big hit. But by diversifying your holdings, you can help reduce the effects of volatility. Keep in mind, though, that diversification, by itself, can’t guarantee profits or protect against loss.

As we’ve seen, some of the same principles that apply to creating a vacation may also be applicable to your investing habits. So, put these principles to work to enjoy a pleasant vacation — and a potentially rewarding investment experience.


Seeking Nominations for 2014 Annual Awards

The Maplewood Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for our annual award including the Business Person of the Year and Citizen of the Year. While there is no shortage of individuals in deserving recognition, the Chamber has received few nominations in recent years. Please help us recognize and thank individuals who make a difference in our community by nominating them for one of our annual awards.  Winners will be recognized at the 28th Annual Dinner Auction on Friday, October 10th.

Details about the award, including nomination form, are included in the links below. Nomination forms must be accompanied by a letter of support for the nominees merit in receiving the award. All nominations must be received by Friday, September 5th.

2014 Business Person of the Year Award

2014 Citizen of the Year Nomination Form

List of Past Award Recipients

Contact the Chamber office at 314.781.8588 with questions about making a nomination.