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.

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 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

October Business of the Month

Brewer Science is a global technology leader in developing and manufacturing innovative materials, processes, and equipment for the reliable fabrication of cutting-edge microdevices used in electronics such as tablet computers, smartphones, digital cameras, televisions, LED lighting, and flexible technology products. In 1981, Brewer Science revolutionized lithography processes with its invention of ARC® materials. Today, Brewer Science continues to expand its technology portfolio to include products enabling advanced lithography, thin wafer handling, 3-D integration, and chemical and mechanical device protection and products based on nanotechnology. Brewer Science recently unveiled a new high-volume manufacturing facility at the Rolla National Airport to accommodate increased product demand and demonstrate the company’s commitment to continuous improvement. With its headquarters in Rolla, Missouri, Brewer Science supports customers throughout the world with a service and distribution network in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Back to School Giveaway


The Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce would like to encourage Phelps County residents to shop local for your back to school supplies this year. If you do, you can enter for a chance to win $1,000!!

From July 20 through August 14, shop Rolla businesses for your school supplies and for each local receipt you can enter to win $1,000.

Official Contest Rules & Regulations:

  • Purchases must be made during the official contest timeline, July 20 – August 14, 2015.
  • Each entry shall consist of one original receipt from a Rolla business (no minimum purchase necessary). No photocopied receipts will be accepted.  Multiple entries per person will be accepted.  Each receipt must include school supplies. Examples include: pens, pencils, markers, crayons, erasers, glue, notebooks, loose leaf paper, folders, binders, backpacks, calculators, rulers, computers, and computer software.
  • Entries must be at the Chamber office no later than NOON on Monday, August 17.
  • Participants must be 18 or older by July 1, 2015.
  • Participants must live within Phelps County. (Winners will be required to provide valid ID and proof of residency.)
  • Receipts must be from businesses located within the city limits of Rolla, MO.

Click here to download an entry form or stop in the Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce office located at 1311 Kingshighway.

Rolla Daily News wins GateHouse award


The Rolla Daily News was a winner in the Best of GateHouse 2014 awards contest, according to the newspaper’s parent company, GateHouse Media.

The Rolla Daily News won second place in its division, based on circulation, in the Lifestyle Section/Page category for its Lifestyles section that runs in the weekend editions. Judges noted the mix of content in the newspaper’s lifestyle page entries submitted to the contest.

“I appreciate our production staff’s hard work, and it has paid off with this honor. I also appreciate the number of guest columnists who contribute to our lifestyles pages,” said Rolla Daily News Managing Editor Paul Hackbarth.

In the Best of GateHouse 2013 contest, the Rolla Daily News won second place in its division in the Project of the Year category for its coverage of record flooding in August 2013 and aftermath.

Gatehouse Media newspapers of all sizes entered their best work in 20 categories. Over 160 awards were given to newspapers this year for work done in 2014.

The Rolla Daily News division includes daily papers with a circulation of up to 4,999 that publish four times a week or more or weekly papers. The contest started in 2007.

Online Article – Click Here

Phelps County Bank Officially Dedicates its Solar Drive-Thru


Phelps County Bank’s downtown Rolla location is now drawing some of its power from the sun  – thanks to a partnership between the bank and Missouri University of Science and Technology. The historic four-story building at 718 N. Pine was once the Edwin Long Hotel and has been the home of Phelps County Bank (PCB) for more than 50 years. The bank officially dedicated its “solar drive-thru” this week with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Missouri S&T researchers and students worked with PCB for several months to measure sunlight and shading patterns on the drive-through roof. The researchers, local engineers and electricians used that information to design a solar-powered energy system for Phelps County Bank. That system now provides electricity for the ATM machine, lighting and other electric systems at the drive-through.

“Phelps County Bank has a strong interest in renewable energy applications, and they approached us for assistance,” says Dr. Curt Elmore, professor of geological engineering at Missouri S&T. He and Dr. Mariesa Crow, the Fred Finley Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering at Missouri S&T, were leaders on the project.

“Since our solar system went live a few months ago, we’ve generated enough energy to power 13,244 lightbulbs for one day” says David Connell, chief executive officer at Phelps County Bank. “It’s the equivalent of 352 gallons of gas. And even on a cloudy day like this, we are generating energy.

“Phelps County Bank sees this as a long-term investment and a unique opportunity to collaborate with Missouri S&T,” Connell adds. “During our first meeting with Dr. Elmore, we discussed realistic expectations. Our installation costs for the solar panel system will slowly be offset by lower utility bills over the next several decades.”

The professors enlisted the help of students from Missouri S&T as well as from other universities who were on campus over the summer as part of a National Science Foundation program. The NSF’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at Missouri S&T focuses on technologies for renewable energy application and management and is under the direction of Dr. Jonathan W. Kimball, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering.

“We also want to thank our local experts on the project: Bill Durrett with A.A. Electrical Company and Jeff Medows with Archer Elgin Surveying and Engineering,” Connell says. “We hope to continue this partnership and install additional solar systems at our other locations and stand-alone ATMs.

“Missouri S&T is a tremendous resource for this community and we won’t be shy about sharing our experience,” adds Connell. “Our mission is to be just one of many solar-powered Rolla businesses in the future.”


Contact: Linda Goff,