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Business briefs: July 5


In celebration of Autism Awareness Month, Easterseals Midwest partnered with Valvoline Instant Oil Change to raise awareness and support for children, teens and adults with autism. Participating Valvoline locations hosted Easterseals’ Bright Futures for Autism campaign, which allowed customers to make donations and sign hundreds of colorful pennants that decorated each store’s walls. The Bright Futures campaign raised $15,000 to support Easterseals’ therapy, training and support services for people with autism.

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Marketplace at The Abbey, a European lifestyle boutique, recently teamed up with the St. Louis Cardinals Wives for Wishes and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri to produce “Boots and Bling” at Flemings Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. The event raised funds to help grant wishes to local children battling life-threatening medical conditions.

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Coldwell Banker Gundaker, with locations in Chesterfield and Ellisville, ranked fourth in the 2017 Top Workplaces survey conducted by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Creve Coeur-based Daugherty Business Solutions, a strategic management and technology consulting company, was ranked fifth. Missouri Baptist University came in as the 10th best workplace.



Eureka resident Shelly Beckemeier was named director of workplace strategy at Arcturis, where she will direct the management of growth, mergers and divestitures, among other duties. Beckemeier brings 33 years of industry experience to the firm.

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The United Way of Greater St. Louis has added Ed Bryant as its vice president of stakeholder engagement. In his new role, Bryant will oversee United Way’s youth development impact efforts through the programs Ready by 21 St. Louis and East Side Aligned. In addition, Bryant will serve as United Way’s liaison with national, state and local Missouri government entities and legislators. Bryant has more than 15 years of expertise developing and executing integrated stakeholder engagement, communications and public affairs, and minority economic inclusion solutions. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Memphis and a master’s degree in public policy from Regent University.



The Creve Coeur Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Networking Group meets from 8-9 a.m. on Tuesday, July 11 in the 5th Floor Conference Room of the Paragon Building, 12400 Olive Blvd. in Creve Coeur. For more information, contact Jeremy Hodess at (314) 569-3536.

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The West St. Louis County Working Warriors veteran’s group meets from 9-10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 12 at Lucky’s Market, 15830 Fountain Plaza Drive in Ellisville. Members and non-members are welcome at this free networking event. Register online at www.westcountychamber.com; call Deb Pinson at (636) 230-9900 for more information.

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A West County Young Professionals meeting is from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursday, July 13 at Walnut Grill, 1386 Clarkson-Clayton Shopping Center in Ellisville. Members and their guests are welcome. There is no fee, individuals pay for their own lunch. Register online at www.westcountychamber.com; call Deb Pinson at (636) 230-9900 for more information.

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The West County Chamber of Commerce hosts a Business After Hours networking event in conjunction with Wind Down Thursday STL on Thursday, July 13 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Fox and Hound, 17416 Chesterfield Airport Road in Chesterfield. Members and non-members are welcome. Hot appetizers will be provided; attendees pay for their own drinks. Pre-registration is not required. Call (636) 230-9900 or email dpinson@westcountychamber.com for more information.

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A Second Friday Coffee is from 7:30-9 a.m. on Friday, July 14 at Summer Classics, 15977 Manchester Road in Ellisville. Members and non-members are welcome to attend. Call (636) 230-9900 or email dpinson@westcountychamber.com for more information.

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The Creve Coeur Chamber of Commerce hosts Coffee Connection from 8-9 a.m. on Friday, July 14 at CycleBar Creve Coeur, 11623 Olive Blvd., Suite A, in Creve Coeur. The event is free to attend. Call (314) 569-3536 to register and for more information.

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