Annually on the second Saturday of November, the Rolla business community comes together to kick off the holiday shopping season with Rolla Unwrapped, A City Wide Christmas Open House.
Join us on Saturday, November 11 as nearly 30 businesses will host shopping specials, open houses, drawings for door prizes, refreshments while you shop, entertainment, and so much more!
This event is just the beginning of the all the holiday specials, open houses, and events that will continue all the way until Christmas. For a complete list of all the holiday events, be sure to visit the Calendar of Events on www.visitRolla.com.
This year the Rolla Chamber has partnered with the Phelps County Focus to print ‘Tis the Season, A guide to holiday shopping in Phelps County. This tab will be inserted in the November 1 edition of the Phelps County Focus.
This tab will also feature story listings of holiday projects, church events, craft festivals, and so much more. Be sure to pick up your copy as soon as they are available.
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.
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.
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 www.rollachamber.org.