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Business briefs: Aug. 9

By: Emily Redington


Dancing Thru Life Owner Christine DeHart

Dancing Thru Life, located at 109 Ballpark Drive in Ballwin, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. This adults-only dance studio offers classes from beginner to advanced-plus. Throughout the nine-month program, which runs Sept. through May, technique and dance combinations are taught, and students advance through the levels according to their ability and progress.

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The Parkway School District and  Rockwood School District recently were awarded the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials International [ASBO] for having met or exceeded the program’s standards for financial reporting and accountability. They received the award, which is ASBO’s highest recognition for school district financial operations, for the 2016 fiscal year. This is the 15th consecutive year Parkway has received this distinction. Recognition through this program helps strengthen a district’s presentation for bond issuance statements and promotes a high level of financial reporting.

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In celebration of its fourth anniversary, Natalie’s Cakes & More recently opened its second storefront. Located on the lower level in the center court of Chesterfield Mall, the 200-square-foot bakery kiosk offers signature bakery items for which Owner/Operator Natalie Dubose is known, such as her top-selling caramel cake, caramel cinnamon rolls and dessert cups, as well as daily, fresh-baked cookies.



Erica Steen

Give Kids A Smile announced the hiring of Chesterfield resident Erica Steen as its new executive director. In this role, she will lead the nonprofit, which is known for providing more than 15,400 local underserved children with $8.6 million worth of free comprehensive dental services since 2002. Steen has 22 years of community outreach, volunteer management, service project development and event planning experience. She most recently served as the deputy director of outreach at the Alper Jewish Community in Miami, Florida. Steen holds a degree in human development and family life from the University of Kansas. She previously served on the board of the Washington, D.C., Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster coalition and the Emergency Food and Shelter Program. She also is a participant, endurance athlete and fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, a recruiter for the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation and a community volunteer for Support the Girls.

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Chris Pedigo

Chris Pedigo has been promoted to director of construction for Chesterfield-based Hibbs Homes. He has worked in construction for more than 25 years and has been with Hibbs Homes since 2014. In his new role, Pedigo will work with superintendents and other team members to help clients through the home building process. Prior to this position, he worked as a construction manager at Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County.

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The Rossman School Board of Trustees has elected the following new members for the 2017-18 school year: Farhaan A. Ahmad, M.D., cardiologist at St. Anthony’s Medical Center; Barbra J. Giljum, speech language pathologist; and Stephen W. Ott II, IT Manager at Express Scripts. Board officers for the upcoming school year are: President Steven A. Busch, president of Krey Distributing; Vice President Quinn T. Kiley, managing director at Advisory Research; Treasurer David E. Kantrovitz Jr., chief executive officer/owner of Lexington Partners, Inc.; Secretary Diliane C. Pelikan, physician at NW Healthcare; and Assistant Secretary G.T. Cozad III, president of Cozad Commercial.



The Creve Coeur Chamber of Commerce hosts a Coffee Connection from 8-9 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 11 at St. Louis Bridge Center, 1270 N. Price Road, Suite D in Olivette. The event is free to attend. Contact Nancy Gray at (314) 569-3536 to register and for more information.

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The American Eagle Credit Union Foundation hosts a Dorm Essentials Drive through Saturday, Aug. 12. Donations will be distributed to St. Louis area college-bound students in need, via a collaboration with Lift for Life Academy and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois. To donate, drop off newly purchased items such as bedding, laundry essentials, toiletries and school supplies at any metro-area American Eagle Credit Union or Anheuser-Busch Employees’ Credit Union branch.

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The West County Chamber of Commerce presents its 2017 Chamber Trivia Night from 6:30-10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12. Hosted by Jay Wolfe Toyota of West County, the event features eight rounds of trivia covering a variety of categories. First, second and third-place cash prizes for trivia winners, plus prizes for best table and attendance. Beer, wine and soft drinks provided; guests are encouraged to bring their own snacks. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and trivia begins at 7 p.m., with a silent auction throughout the evening. $30 per person [guests will be assigned to tables with fewer than eight people] or $240 for a table of eight. RSVP to Caroline Deacon at cdeacon@westcountychamber.com or call (636) 230-9900. There also are several sponsorship opportunities available; contact Lori Kelling at lkelling@westcountychamber.com or (636) 230-9900.

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The city of Ellisville hosts a Government Affairs & Transportation Forum from 7:30-9 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 18. The event is open to the public. Location to be determined. For more information, contact Deb Pinson at (636) 230-9900 or dpinson@westcountychamber.com. Register online at www.westcountychamber.com.

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The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce sponsors a Business After Hours, hosted by The Sound Room, 17373 Chesterfield Airport Road in Chesterfield,  from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24. The event is free for members and $15 for guests. For more information, call (636) 532-3399 or email info@chesterfieldmochamber.com.

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