Columbia College – Rolla Named October Business of the Month




Established in 1992, Columbia College-Rolla was originally an extension of Columbia College-Fort Leonard Wood. In 1996, due to enrollment growth, Columbia College-Rolla was established as a separate location. In September 2011, Columbia College-Rolla received a substantial gift from Springfield, Mo.-based philanthropist, Jim D. Morris. Morris made a donation of property with a building he owned in Rolla West, which houses the new Columbia College-Rolla location. Columbia College-Rolla offers six associate degrees, seven bachelor’s degrees, three certificate programs and one master’s degree program on campus as well as 23 associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees online.

        Founded in 1851 in Columbia, Mo., Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for more than 160 years. As a private, nonprofit institution, the college takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs. With more than 30 campuses across the country, 17 of which are on military installations, students may enroll in day, evening or online classes. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Columbia College educates more than 20,000 students each year and has more than 86,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit

RE/MAX Named September Business of the Month


RE/MAX Heart of America opened in November, 1991, and will soon celebrate 26 years of serving the Rolla area’s real estate needs.  When they first opened people would call asking what is an R  E  M  A  X and what do you do there?  A few years later, people would call and tell them they were traveling and they saw RE/MAX everywhere!!  Now they have people call because they are RE/MAX.  RE/MAX stands for real estate maximums and was started in 1973 in Denver.  RE/MAX is known world wide for professionalism and high producing, well educated agents.

The last 26 years have definitely brought lots of changes to the world of real estate.  Technology, being at the forefront of those changes, has streamlined the process. Owner, Joyce Thomas started in 1983 typing contracts on a manual typewriter using carbon paper to produce 4 copies which all needed original signatures.

Joyce has served the local, state, and national Realtor organizations throughout most of her career; including serving on committees at the local level, to being a Director at the National level. Joyce serves her fellow Realtors in many ways, including serving as President of the Missouri Association of Realtors in 2011, she was also  named to the National RPAC Hall of Fame in 2015.

Joyce and her daughter, Shelley Klossner, formed the Mother Daughter Team in 2001 and continue working hard for their clients as a team.  Their emphasis is on helping people with their real estate decisions rather than just making a sale, both former teachers in the Rolla Public Schools, they believe in educating their clients as well as themselves. 

RE/MAX is a full service real estate office located at 2250 N. Bishop in front of Kohl’s.  Whether you are looking for residential, commercial, land, or property management, RE/MAX is ready to serve your real estate needs.

Integrity Engineering Named August Business of the Month


In the mid 1990’s Terris Cates and Jack Mentink, both employed by other engineering entities, began to have separate desires to start an engineering company that provided professional services with honesty and integrity. They communicated the ideas to one another and shortly thereafter in March of 1996, Integrity Engineering, Inc. was incorporated. Integrity had its humble beginnings in the basement of Terris Cates’ residence located just east of Rolla, Missouri.

Both of the principals made an early commitment to start and operate the company without debt. In order to accomplish this goal, the company started with Terris working full time while Jack, still employed full time as a City Engineer in Sullivan Missouri, worked nights and weekends to establish the company. The company continued to grow, gain additional clients, and within nine months, the basement of the Cates’ residence was too small to house the growing business.

Within eighteen months, Integrity Engineering moved to an office on South Rolla Street, and hired its first two employees. Within a year this office was outgrown, and the company had the opportunity to purchase a building on South Rolla Street. This office quickly was out grown, and in early 1999, the owners of Integrity Engineering purchased its present 4700 square foot corporate headquarters, located at 1714 East Tenth Street in Rolla, that includes a dedicated space for the materials testing lab as well as office space for the growing company.

Integrity Engineering is a service-driven, problem-solving broad based Professional Services firm that partners with thier clients to provide cost effective and practical solutions. They make every effort to listen to their client’s needs and recognize what is individually important to them. Their goal is to design solutions and facilitate their implementation to help their clients turn dreams into reality. Services provided by integrity Engineering, Inc. include:

Building Design Services

  • Architecture
  • Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing Engineering
  • Civil and Site Engineering
  • Structural Engineering

Infrastructure Engineering

  • Water and Wastewater systems
  • Streets and bridge design
  • Storm drainage

Land Surveying

  • Phelps County Surveyor
  • Boundary surveys
  • Topographic surveys

Environmental services

  • Phase I,II & III environmental surveys
  • Asbestos, Lead, and Mold inspections
  • Underground storage Tank removals

Integrity Engineering has been a member of the Rolla Chamber of Commerce since 1999.

Rolla Chamber Presents Outstanding Educator Award to Jessika Zink



The Education Committee of the Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce would like to recognize the efforts of Jessika Zink as the 2017 Outstanding Educator.

This award is designed to honor an educator who exemplifies creativity, enthusiasm, commitment and development of positive learning environment. Positive learning environments have proven to prepare students for success beyond the classroom.

Ms. Zink was nominated by several community members, outlining her dedication to her students and commitment to the community. Ms. Zink serves as the science and math leader for 5th grade.  She provides in-service training for kindergarten through ninth grade teachers in the Rolla Public Schools system.  In addition, she is a PLTW (Project Lead the Way) facilitator; students from Missouri S&T and surrounding school districts observe her teaching Project Lead the Way  lessons.  She is very active in community efforts such as, SWAG (Students Willing and Giving), Pennies for Polio, visits to St. James Veterans’ Home, First Responders’ Luncheon, and the RMS Trach Pick Up Committee.


Please join us in congratulating Ms. Zink on this recognition.

RACC Book Drive Benefits Parents As Teachers

RACC Parents As Teachers Book Drive Presentation


On Wednesday, July 26, 2017 the Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce Education Committee and Rolla Books & Toys presented Laura Brown, Director of Rolla Parents as Teachers, with 100  books valued at $743.56.

Books and donations were collected in May and June; with Rolla Books & Toys as a partner, selling the recommended books at a discount and collecting the books at their retail location. All monetary donations were used to purchase books from the approved book list.

Parents as Teachers in the Rolla area visits children ages 3 and under – books are presented to the children by Parent Educators that visit them in their homes.

We would like to thank everyone in the community who donated books and cash donations to support the book drive.


Rolla Junior High School students put leadership in practice during Missouri Chamber education program


There’s no better way to develop leadership skills than to practice, practice, practice. That is exactly what Dathan Mickem and Wyatt Parks, students at Rolla Junior High School, did while recently attending the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Leadership in Practice program.

These students joined more than 120 high school students who were selected as future leaders from schools across the state. Held on June 25 to 28 on the Westminster campus in Fulton, Mo., Leadership in Practice is designed to provide young Missourians with the opportunity to learn what it takes to be an effective leader in their schools and communities.

All participants were students between their freshman and sophomore years in high school. With help from Missouri business leaders, civic leaders and educators, the students learned firsthand about how to successfully work together as a team and individually as a leader.

“They were immersed in leadership activities that simulated real-life situations,” said Dan Mehan, Missouri Chamber President and CEO. “Working in diverse, collaborative groups, these student leaders gain key insights into how to effectively lead in challenging situations.”

Working in small groups, the students developed business plans for a new product or service during the Entrepreneurship Challenge. During a Model UN simulation, students engaged in debate on nuclear weapons. Participants were also encouraged to set goals to further develop their leadership skills and were challenged to go back to their schools and communities to play more active roles leading their peers. 

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry applauds the efforts of these future leaders and the potential that they bring to our state. Leadership in Practice is part of a youth leadership educational program that was created by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce in 1962.  It is funded through scholarships provided by state businesses and civic organizations.  This year’s program was co-hosted by the Jenny and Warren Erdman Foundation, the KC Southern Foundation, and sponsored by Edward Jones Investments and The Doe Run Company.

Williams, Robinson, Rigler & Buschjost Named June Business of the Month

With roots that date back to 1930, Williams, Robinson, Rigler & Buschjost, P.C. is a full-service law firm that delivers exceptional representation to clients in the south-central Missouri area. Their lawyers handle all types of legal challenges and are focused on delivering the best possible results to the region’s individuals, families and businesses. Located in Rolla, they have the ability and experience to litigate complex actions, but maintain a small-firm atmosphere that emphasizes personalized service.


For decades, they have earned the respect of clients, colleagues and judges by obtaining strong results even during difficult circumstances. People they represent often recommend them to others because they are:

  • Established — Firm attorneys J. Kent Robinson and Joseph W. Rigler have earned AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Ratings by Martindale-Hubbell®, a recognition of their legal ability and ethics by attorneys familiar with their work. Their firm is also proud to be one of only two law firms in the region listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, considered the definitive guide to the most distinguished law firms in America.
  • Focused — They provide individualized attention to each client and carefully prepare a strategy that is tailored to your particular objectives.
  • Skilled — Their lawyers have the legal and practical knowledge to identify and execute unique solutions to legal concerns. In both trial practice and appellate proceedings, the firm’s civil litigation attorneys deliver exemplary advocacy.

Williams, Robinson, Rigler & Buschjost, P.C. has been a member of the Rolla Chamber of Commerce since 1965.




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 Thursday, June 1 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 2017

The Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you to attend the 2017 Memorial Day Service that will be held on Monday, 29 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. Robert L. Schwaneke, SC, USN, 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 third year, the RACC Education Committee has teamed up with Rolla Books & Toys to host a book drive for Parents as Teachers from May 17-June 21.

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.

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