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Business Briefs: Dec. 6

By: Emily Redington


The Pony Bird Blue Crew [from left] Kathy Dickerson, Joe Schlereth, Laura Hockensmith Schlereth, Pony Bird Co-founders Sue Johnson-Hockensmith and Dana Hockensmith, and Denise Fitzgerald

For 40 years, Pony Bird, Inc. has provided home care, day programs, recreation and community integration, and respite for individuals with profound to severe mental and physical disabilities. A 501[c]3 nonprofit, the organization relies on support from its donors, who recently were honored at its 40th anniversary celebration. Pony Bird is the only private, not-for-profit organization in the greater St. Louis metro area to support individuals of all ages and has been recognized by the Missouri Department of Mental Health for its outstanding level of care.

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Leadership USA St. Louis, a recently created region of Leadership USA, is an organization that seeks to provide senior- and middle-management executives with up-to-date leadership skills. Leadership USA St. Louis soon will begin conducting monthly, full-day leadership seminars featuring professional presenters with extensive leadership expertise. In addition to monthly seminars, Leadership USA St. Louis will offer quarterly webinars, an online learning portal, a women-in-leadership program and member benefits. The offerings of Leadership USA St. Louis are designed to supplement member companies’ established leadership programs and provide an outsourced leadership development resource for small-to-medium-sized companies.

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Farmers Insurance has opened a new agency in Wildwood, led by insurance professional Jennifer Goskie. Located at 16753 Main St., the Farmers Insurance Goskie Agency features a full array of products to meet clients’ needs, including home, auto, life, business, condo and renters insurance.

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Honoring a legendary coach with the naming of the Paul Tobin Tennis Center at Chesterfield Athletic Club.

The Chesterfield Athletic Club, located at 16625 Swingley Ridge Road in Chesterfield, recently named its tennis courts  the Paul Tobin Tennis Center in honor of its tennis director, Paul Tobin. The club encompasses over 90,000 square feet with indoor and outdoor tennis and swimming pools; racquetball and pickleball courts; fitness, cardio and weight rooms; a yoga studio; spa and coffee/pro shop.



Reverend Phil Hargrove recently was hired as senior pastor of Bonhomme Presbyterian Church, located at 14820 Conway Road in Chesterfield. Hargrove and his family relocated from Greenville, South Carolina, where he served as associate pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Greenville for approximately nine years. As senior pastor, Hargrove will lead all business, personnel and worship endeavors at Bonhomme, while pastorally ministering to the congregation and local St. Louis community.

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Robin Owen recently joined Chesterfield-based Oasis Senior Advisors as a senior living adviser. The company is a free, local, community-based referral placement service that brings families and senior living communities together. Owen will work with seniors and their families to identify their needs and preferences [lifestyle, health care, location, finances] and match them with local elder care communities.


The Creve Coeur Chamber of Commerce hosts a Coffee Connection event from 8-9 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 8 at 2020 Exhibits, 1241 Ambassador Blvd. in St. Louis. The event is free to attend. Contact Nancy Gray at (314) 569-3536 to register and for more information.

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The West St. Louis County Working Warriors veteran’s group meeting is from 9-10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at The Sheridan at Chesterfield, 16300 Justus Post Road. Members and non-members are welcome at this free networking event. For more information, call Deb Pinson at (636) 230-9900 or to register ,visit westcountychamber.com.

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The Eureka Chamber of Commerce hosts a General Membership meeting from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at Holiday Inn Six Flags, 4901 Six Flags Road in Eureka. $15 fee. Register at eurekachamber.org/events.

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The West County Chamber of Commerce host its Holiday General Membership Meeting from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14 at Forest Hills Country Club, 36 Forest Club Drive in Clarkson Valley. Featuring Secret Santa drawings and a performance by the Marquette High School Jazz Band. Members and non-members welcome, members may register on the West County chamber website. Prices range from $25-$35. Contact Deb Pinson at (636) 230-9900 or dpinson@westcountychamber.com for more information.

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A Small Business Coaching group is held from 9 a.m.-noon on Thursday, Dec. 14 at 17295 Chesterfield Airport Road, Suite 200 in Chesterfield. This group targets business owners who run organizations with 10 or fewer employees. Facilitated by an experienced business coach and features the expertise of fellow business owners and specific learning/sharing modules on various subjects pertaining to running a small business. Contact Milu Islam at (636) 530-3665.

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The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce hosts a Government Affairs meeting from 8-9 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 15 at the chamber office, 101 Chesterfield Business Parkway. The event is open to the public. St. Louis County Councilmember Mark Harder [R-District 2] will lead a discussion alongside the government affairs committee. Location to be determined. For more information, call (636) 532-3399 or email info@chesterfieldmochamber.com.

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