Rolla Unwrapped – A City Wide Christmas Open House Event

 

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. 

Happy Shopping!!


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.


Small Business Week Activities 2017

In celebration of Small Business Week (April 29-May 5), the Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce has put together a few events to both educate small business owners and encourage the community as a whole to shop local.

 

Shop Local Punch Card

For every $10 you spend at participating businesses from April 29-May 5, you will get a “punch” on the shop local punch cards.  When all five shopping bags are “punched”, you can turn in your completed card to the Rolla Chamber office (located at 1311 Kingsghighway) and you will be entered in a drawing for door prizes from these participating businesses. 

Participating Businesses Include: #TheWeekendTrend, All God’s Flowers, Alternative Hospice, Angie Dell Foster Agency – State Farm, Boutique Unique, Central Missouri Sportscards, CenturyLink, Cricket Wireless, Elissa’s at Benton Square, Front Porch Boutique, Hands On STEAM Studio & Gallery, Kent Jewelry, Kent’s Pest Control, Key Sport Shop, Lavish Salon & Spa, Lord’s Library-Christian Book Store, Mid Missouri Surplus, More Red Door Boutique, Morfar Pottery, Papa Murphy’s, Peace of Mind Productions, Peacock Stained Glass, Red Door Gifts, Revived Clothing Exchange, Rolla Books & Toys, Something Special Florist, StoneCrest Dance Center, Summer Birth Services, The Community Partnership Resale Shop, The Stitch Niche, Trips & More Travel Agency, Uptown Bridal & Florist

 

Getting Your Register to Ring Seminar

In today’s society, consumers don’t just want to buy items; they want to buy experiences.  That means building relationships to create long-term customers.  In this seminar, we will look at six basic influencers to increase the likelihood that consumers will buy, while maintaining the integrity that motivated your customers to shop with you in the first place.  

 

Whether you are selling a product or a service, this seminar is for you!  Reserve your spot today by contacting the Chamber office (573) 364-3577 or rollacc@rollachamber.org.

May 2

Columbia College

8:30-10:30 a.m.

$15/Chamber Members

$20/Non-Members

Speaker:  Tricia Skyles, Educational Consultant

 

Speed Networking

Would you like to meet new business contacts in the area?  If you said YES, then you should join us for this opportunity to network with some of Rolla’s most driven professionals.  Connect with new people, promote your brand, and create new business opportunities.

Seating is limited; please reserve your seat today by contacting the Chamber office (573) 364-3577 or rollacc@rollachamber.org.

 

May 4

Sidney’s

5:30-7:30 p.m.

No Cost to Attend

*must be a Chamber member to participate*


Rolla Chamber to Celebrate Small Business Saturday

 

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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.

 


Phelps County Bank Officially Dedicates its Solar Drive-Thru

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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, linda.goff@mypcb.com