Rolla Chamber to Celebrate Small Business Saturday




Mark your calendars for the 7th annual Small Business Saturday that will be celebrated in Rolla on Saturday, November 26.  On this day, consumers can play a part in supporting our local economy and small business owners by shopping and dining local businesses.

By shopping local and small, the majority of the money stays within our community.  Small business owners support our community, our charities, create jobs, and we appreciate each and every one of them.   Small Business Saturday provides us an opportunity to honor and celebrate the hardworking business owners that are fueling our local economy.

The Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce would like to invite the public to attend a special ribbon cutting on Monday, November 21 at 10:00 a.m. at the corner of 7th & Pine.  During this ribbon cutting Mayor Lou Magdits will be presenting a special Small Business Saturday proclamation. 

For more information on this effort, or for a list of local businesses, please contact the Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce at 573-364-3577 or


2016 Bulldog Pride Night

The Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce will once again host Bulldog Pride Night on Friday, August 19 in the Rolla High School parking lot, prior to the first home football game for Rolla High School.

The event will start at 5:30 p.m. and continue to game time.  There will be free hotdogs, soda and lots of giveaways during the event.

To add to the excitement of the evening, the Rolla High School band and cheerleaders will be performing.  Plan to join the community to support our Bulldogs and show your pride.

June Business of the Month


Mark Riefer, Owner and CEO of Level Paths Investment Advisers, has 25 years of experience.  Level Paths goal is to help you find the straightest line to achieving your financial goals, they offer an array of financial planning and investment services, yet, three things set them apart:

Advice: They strive to generate clear planning and investment opportunities with significant cost savings versus our competitors. They have no minimum investment requirement; they simply desire long term ‘win/win’ relationships with their clients.

Behavioral Coaching: Getting the BIG financial principles (or habits) right has always been the greatest determiner of financial success. Thus they provide engaging financial training and progress reporting across 3 critical financial disciplines to develop greater investor insight and convictions. This Make It Level™ process is found at (available after July 1, 2016).

Convenient Services: see their ‘culture of convenience’ pledge in the “Our Team” portion of their site,

Meet The Staff…

Mark Riefer


Mark T. Riefer has over twenty five years experience in the investment industry, and serves as President of the Registered Investment Advisory (RIA) firm, Level Paths, LLC.  He was previously an Associate Vice President-Investments and Branch Manager with  Wachovia Securities (formerly A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc.) for ten years.  Prior to joining A.G. Edwards,  he was an Assistant Vice President with Merrill Lynch in Clearwater, Florida.


He holds a Bachelors of  Science in Education degree with cum laude honors from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.


He currently holds the Series 65 as an RIA Representative.  He also holds insurance licenses for life, health and variable annuities.  He formerly maintained securities related licenses Series 7, 9, 10, and 63.  His areas of emphasis include Estate and Financial Planning, Tactical Asset Management, and Business Financial Services including Qualified Retirement Plans.


Mr. Riefer consistently qualified for the Wachovia Securities, A.G. Edwards, and Merrill Lynch  Crest and Executive Club(s) respectively, and he attained four “Masters” awards for business development while at Merrill Lynch.


He serves as Past President and board member of the Rolla Noon Kiwanis Club and is a past board member of the Phelps Regional Healthcare Foundation, the Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Rolla Bible Church.  He is a Professional and Certificated member of Kingdom Advisors, a Christian Financial Professionals organization.  He has also volunteered with The Boy Scouts of America and the Rolla Youth Baseball, Basketball, and Football programs.


Mark and his wife Kelly enjoy their family of seven children and two grandsons.  Mark and his family relocated from Clearwater, Florida to a family property near Edgar Springs, MO.

Amanda Lenox

Branch Systems Administrator


Amanda L. Lenox has over eighteen years of office administration, audit, and marketing experience.  Amanda has worked as a Branch Systems Administrator with Mark Riefer for over six years.  Prior to joining Level Paths Investment Advisers, in August 2009, Amanda served part-time as Deputy Clerk and Deputy Collector with the Phelps County Courthouse.  In her volunteer time, she served as the Annual Dinner Auction Chairperson for the St. Patrick Catholic School.  She also has extensive audit experience after nine years as an Auditor with the Missouri Department of Mental Health and the Missouri Department of Social Services in Jefferson City, Missouri.


She holds a Bachelors of  Science in Accounting degree from Northeast Missouri State University (Truman State University) in Kirksville, Missouri.


Amanda currently serves as an active volunteer with the St. Patrick Catholic Church and has been a member of the Finance Committee.  She has served as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the St. Patrick Catholic School and as Chairperson for the Annual Dinner Auction fundraiser (raising over $100,000 in two years!).  She has been a member of the Rolla Master Gardeners Club and served as a member, with her husband, on the Rolla Lion’s Club Carnival Committee.  Currently, she is the Co-Chairperson for the Annual Thomas Whitefield 3v3 Soccer Tournament.


Amanda and her husband Mark have four children: Taylor (25), identical twins Megan and Hannah (17), and Jacob (15).  They reside in Rolla, Missouri.  Her hobbies include cooking, baking, DIY home/decorating projects, attending her children’s various track, soccer, and football and tennis games, hunting, gardening, and spending time with her family and friends.

Jo Ann Davidson

Administrative Assistant

Jo Ann Davidson started working with Mark Riefer in July of 2015. Prior to joining Level Paths Investment Advisers, Jo Ann was a stay at home mom and enjoyed volunteering for various activities her children were involved in, including Fine Linen Drama, Summer Reading Program, and church camps.


She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Youth Ministry from Colorado Christian University.


Jo Ann currently serves as the treasurer for Days of Hope Ministries and St. James Senior Citizen’s Corporation.  She was an inaugural member of the St. James Library board. She also enjoys sewing for Fine Linen Drama.


Jo Ann and her husband Joe have been married for 21 years.  They have 2 sons and reside in St. James, Missouri. In her spare time she likes to go to garage sales and thrift stores to find treasures. She also enjoys making handcrafted items for her Etsy store.


The Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce’s military relations committee, Phelps for the Fort, will once again host a community BBQ to raise awareness of the FLW Chapter of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA).

We would like to invite the public to join us on Friday, June 3 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Park (Southview Drive) for BBQ and music from the 399th Army Band.

The cost for the meal is $10/person and $5/kid 12 & under.  Tickets are available at the Rolla Chamber office and at the event.

For more information, please call the Rolla Chamber of Commerce at 573-364-3577.

Memorial Day Service

The Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you to attend the 2016 Memorial Day Service that will be held on Monday, 30 at 10:00 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Park (Southview Drive).

Local organizations will present memorial wreaths during the program.  Our guest speaker will be Cpt. John Theobald, click here for his bio.

Seating for the service will be limited; everyone is encouraged to bring a backup chair.

Book Drive for Parents as Teachers

For the second year, the RACC Education Committee has teamed up with Rolla Books & Toys to host a book drive for Parents as Teachers from May 18-June 15.

During the drive, new books can be purchased at Rolla Books & Toys at a 20% discount.  A list of recommended books can be found at Rolla Books & Toys and at the Rolla Chamber of Commerce, or by clicking on this link.

If you are unable to purchase a book, but would still like to help out, cash donations will be accepted.  All new and used books can be dropped off at both locations anytime during the drive.

As a way to help with this effort, the Chamber staff will be hosting a Chamber Chicks Do My Job on Monday, May 23 at Rolla Books & Toys from 9:00-11:00 a.m.  The Chamber would like to invite the public to stop in Rolla Books & Toys on May 23 to make their purchases and/or donations.

For more information on this effort, please contact the Rolla Chamber of Commerce at 573-364-3577.

Small Business Week


The Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce would like to urge all the citizens of Phelps County to recognize Small Business Week by doing as much business as you can with our local small businesses the week of May 1-7, 2016.

Schedule of Events:


Take a photo of your favorite local small business and share on social media with #rollasbw2016 all week long.

Shop Small Business Giveaway

Stop in the participating small businesses and register for a door prize all week long!  While you are there, thank them for being in our community.  CLICK HERE for a list participating businesses.

Small Business is the backbone of our community.  Being an entrepreneur is the American Dream!  Let’s show the local entrepreneurs that we appreciate them, not just this week but all year long!

Tuesday, May 3

Social Media Seminar

This three hour training session will show you how to implement the most important aspect of social media – building trust with the people you most want to do business with.
Location: Columbia College

Time: 1-4:00 p.m.

Cost: $25/person

RSVP: Rolla Chamber Office, 573-364-3577,

Wednesday, May 4

Ribbon Cutting

Merle’s Music

Location: 304 N. Bishop

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Celebrating 10 years of business in Rolla!!

Thursday, May 5

Networking After Hours

Kokomo Joe’s

Location: 10450 State Route V

Time: 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Free mini-golf for attendees!!

Friday, May 6

First Friday Coffee

The Flooring Nook

Location: 203 E. 6th Street

Time: 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Winners Announced for Shop Small Business Giveaway

Time: NOON




TIF and TAX Information

The Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors would like to keep everyone informed of what is taking place with the TIF discussion and two issues that will be on the April ballot for Phelps County.  The purpose of this email is to provide information to help you fully understand these specific issues; it is not intended to be an endorsement.


What is a ‘TIF’? Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is an economic development tool to assist communities with the elimination of ‘blighted’ conditions. TIF’s redirect a portion of the new project’s sales taxes and improved property taxes back to the developer to assist in covering extraordinary construction costs.

Why is a ‘TIF’ necessary? Due to the construction site’s rough terrain, the development costs and infrastructure is not financially feasible without TIF assistance.

How long will the ‘TIF’ stay in Effect? TIF projects are no longer than 23 years, often ending sometimes sooner.

The next TIF Public Hearing will be held at the Phelps County Courthouse on Wednesday, March 23 at 5:30 p.m.


Shall Phelps County, Missouri discontinue applying and collecting the local sales tax on the titling of motor vehicles, trailers, boats, and outboard motors that were purchased from a source other than a licensed Missouri dealer?  For full ballot language, click here.

  • To continue collecting local sales tax on the above, voters will have to vote NO on this issue.
  • To stop collecting local sales tax on the above, voters will have to vote YES on this issue.

Shall the County of Phelps impose a local use tax on out-of-state purchases at the same rate as the total local sales tax rate, currently one and one eighth percent (1.125%), provided that if the local sales tax rate is reduced or raised by voter approval, the local use tax rate shall also be reduced or raised by the same action?  For full ballot language, click here.

These issues will be voted on during the April 5 election.

Small Business Saturday

SBS Website

November 27, 2010 was the first ever (nationally celebrated) Small Business Saturday. This day was created to celebrate the Shop Small movement to drive shoppers to local merchants across the U.S. It is a national effort to help independently owned merchants gain more exposure during one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year.

  • There are an estimated 28 million small businesses in America.
  • Small businesses account for 55% of all jobs in the US.
  • Small business owners are our neighbors. They care about our community and give back to it. They support our local charities, causes, and youth sports.

Small Business Saturday celebrates the American Dream. Shop small on Saturday, November 28 and support our local entrepreneurs.

Rolla Unwrapped


Each year the Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce organizes Rolla Unwrapped as an effort to shop local and save as we kick off the holiday season.  Rolla Unwrapped is traditionally held the second Saturday of November.  This year, over 30 businesses will be hosting discounts galore and refreshments while you shop for that perfect gift.  Maybe you are looking for an item for a friend, family member, co-worker, or maybe something for yourself.  No matter what you are looking for you are sure to find it right here in Rolla!

Forget the hustle and bustle of the city!  Make this the best Christmas season by supporting local businesses and take advantage of discounts all weekend long!

Rolla Unwrapped Map