Fifteen individuals have been selected to the 2019 class of Outstanding Young Professionals, sponsored by The Missourian and the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce. The selection committee continues to receive many excellent nominations, making the job of selection tougher each year! Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit a nomination, and an extra "kudos" to the young professionals in the area that continue to embrace Washington's "service leadership" model of volunteerism!
During July, we will be doing "Quotes for Good". For every quote we provide, we will donate $10 (per business or household) to Franklin County Back to School Fair. This program provides school supplies and shoe vouchers to under resourced families in Franklin County. Please call us, visit our website or send a message today for your quote that can help make a difference!
When getting a quote, BE SURE and mention it is for Quotes for Good!
Don't need a quote? That is ok too, you can drop off school supplies in our office until Monday July 22nd and they will be delivered in time for the Back to School Fair that is being held on July 26th & 27th.
Please share this promotion, the more it is shared, the more we can help those in our own neighborhood!
We're wishing Neighborhood Reads a very Happy 2nd Anniversary! Stop by June 14-15 to celebrate!
If you haven't visited this charming addition to our local shop-scape, you need to make a point of stopping by! It's a book-lover's dream, and if you don't consider reading a hobby before you go in, you'll almost certainly leave with a changed perspective! The shop is open 7 days a week - plus, you can shop online and pick up your books at the store, or have them shipped!
There are so many things to love about Neighborhood Reads, but here is a not-nearly-comprehensive-enough list of some of my favorites:
401 Lafayette Street
Monday through Friday
We want to make sure our members are getting the most out of their membership, and feel comfortable giving suggestions for improvements. Our staff is implementing a plan to assign each member to a staffer who will try to reach out a few times a year with a personal contact. Of course, we always welcome you to visit our office, and we look forward to visiting at your place as well. With over 500 members, we want to do a better job of making sure no ne is getting lost in the shuffle!
Another way we are hoping to give more attention to our members is by recognizing membership milestones at some of our events! Beginning in 2020, we will implement the following schedule:
Business Breakfast Meeting (January)
New Members from Previous Year
25, 30, and 40-Year Anniversaries
Chairman's Circle (Members 50 years or more!)
Summer Mixer (June)
10 and 20-Year Anniversaries
One other new perk that we have started is a drawing at each event for two tickets to the following event. Each member business that has a representative at the event is entered into a drawing (one entry per member - you don't get extras for sending lots of people, although we always love that!). We'll choose a winner and announce it before the event is over. It's just another way we want to show our appreciation for the members that continue to support our Chamber and community. **Congrats to Bank of Washington, who won the drawing at the 2019 Summer Mixer - they get two free tickets to the Member Luncheon (Monday, October 7)!
As always, you also have opportunities to promote your business by updating your online member listing and submitting content for the blog (we always need more Member Features and Ask The Expert Columns), or sponsoring events. Plus, keep an eye out for advertising options in some upcoming publications as well!
It was great to see our members come together and enjoy a beautiful night at the fairgrounds. We celebrated our great community, networked, enjoyed a fantastic meal, and watched an amazing hockey game. Let's Go Blues, and Thank You Washington!
- Safety Town is also available for those children that are ages 3-5.
- Car seat safety inspections are also provided by staff from Mercy Hospital - Washingon.
- Missouri Child Identification and Protection Program (MOCHIP) is also on hand to give Missouri families protection against missing and abducted children.
This event is organized by the Washington Optimist Club and Washington Police Department, with support from local sponsors.
Previously, the Chamber website, www.washmochamber.org, has included community information, as well as business/industry information and resources. In an effort to make information easier to find, the community resource pages have been moved to a new domain, www.washmo.org. The washmo.org domain was previously utilized as a landing page directing visitors to relevant local sites. Those redirects will still be available in the footer of every page of the re-vamped community site.
The community site is a great resource for those currently living in, or looking to relocate to, the Washington area, featuring things to do, an overview of area demographics, and more. Soon, it will also include a printable Community Profile/Relocation Guide.
A great feature of the washmo.org site is the community blog. The blog will feature some information directly from the Chamber, City of Washington, and Downtown Washington, Inc., but will mostly include articles from Washingtonians. Topics range from favorite activities, events, real estate, and more!
People interested in submitting content for the blog can sign up HERE or contact Amanda at the Chamber Office – 636-239-2715 x106.
By now, members should have received their mailed invitations to the perennial member-favorite event, the Summer Mixer. The event is Thursday, June 6 at the Swine Pavilion at the fairgrounds. Tickets are $20 each and include drinks and dinner.
Please reserve your tickets by contacting Cheryl (636-239-2715 x102) by Friday, May 17.
Special Thanks to our Mixer sponsors:
Submitting an “Ask the Expert” column is simple! Just e-mail the text to Amanda, along with some pictures if you have them, and we will take care of the rest… Don’t forget to include a short biography and picture of yourself, along with links to your business website and social accounts.
Is something particularly exciting going on with your business? Maybe you have celebrated an anniversary, opened a second location, impacted the community, or run an out-of-the-ordinary promotion? Those are all great reasons for a Member Feature on our blog! Send information (a press release is a great start) and pictures to Amanda – the more detail you provide, the better!
Sausage King of Franklin County Contest
- 6-7 p.m. Check In
- 7 p.m. Judging
- 9 p.m. 2019 Sausage King Crowned
Bring in a sliced full stick and join in on the “Sausage Swap”
A sharing table will be set up for everyone who brings in a stick to try others sausage.
Enjoy a night out Swapping Sausage and Stories while knocking back a couple of cold ones.
The Creek Grill and Sports Bar
2000 Phoenix Center Dr. Washington MO
636 390 9393
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