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Business Briefs: Dec. 13


Nicole Lanahan, executive director, [left] and Kelly Felax, board secretary, [right] of Got Your Six Support Dogs with BECAUSE members Christine Scheer, Valerie Strickland, Matt Brinker, Emily Scheller, Jennifer Funk, Matt Funk and Brian Satterthwaite, president of Brinkmann Constructors.

Chesterfield-based Brinkmann Constructors  recently raised $28,000 through its annual employee charity initiative, BECAUSE [Brinkmann Employees Care About United Service Efforts], for Got Your Six Support Dogs, an organization that provides specially trained support dogs to veterans and first responders. The donation will be used to cover the costs of training and care of additional service dogs.

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Diamonds Direct St. Louis, located at 1619 Olive Blvd. in Creve Coeur, recently raised $5,200 for the Blues for Kids Foundation. For every engagement ring purchased during the month of October, Diamonds Direct donated $100 to the Blues for Kids Foundation. For the fundraiser, Diamonds Direct also created a collection of custom jewelry celebrating the work of the Blues in the St. Louis community. The collection included blue sapphire, birthstone and personalized jewelry. When a guest purchased a piece from this collection, $100 was donated directly to the Blues for Kids Foundation. The Blues for Kids Foundation’s mission is to positively impact programs and services that improve health and wellness of youth in the St. Louis area.

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The Knights and Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus Council 7119, St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church of Ellisville, recently distributed empty baby bottles and self-addressed envelopes to the parishioners of St. Clare of Assisi, who returned those bottles and envelopes filled with donations. Over $7,900 was raised and donated to two frontline street ministries – THRIVE St. Louis Pregnancy Resource Center and the Coalition for Life, St. Louis.



Valley Park resident Jonathan Bishop has joined Wiegmann Associates as a project engineer. Bishop will be responsible for designing and selecting HVAC systems for client facilities and providing mechanical engineering support on construction projects. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Missouri University of Science & Technology. Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor serving the commercial, industrial and institutional markets, and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects.

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St. Louis-based design firm PGAV Destinations announced the hiring of Ballwin resident Brian Bage as a landscape architect. Bage earned his bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of Missouri and his master’s degree in landscape architecture from Washington University in St. Louis. An ISA-certified arborist, Bage has worked on a wide variety of landscape projects with Loomis Associated Landscape Architects/Planners.

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Nasrallah Global RE Services and Rizzo Realty & Management Company announced the hiring of Brad Beracha. He will be involved in acquisition and development, along with new business relations. Beracha has had success in food and beverage concept development and is the former owner/operator of Miso on Meramec and ARAKA, both located in Clayton. He spearheaded the opening of the Biergarten at Anheuser-Busch and currently is president of REV Hospitality Group and director of culinary services for The Lawrence Group. In addition, Beracha is part owner of SHRED415.

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Ballwin resident Kathy Williams recently was awarded the 2017 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year award for Missouri and the Metro East in the education category. She currently works at St. Anthony’s Medical Center as an education specialist and is an adjunct faculty member at Webster University.


The West County Chamber of Commerce hosts 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 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, this program 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. To register, call (636) 532-3399.

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The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce sponsors a Business After Hours from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at StackHouse Pub & Grill, 14156 Olive Blvd. in Chesterfield. 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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A Business Roundtable is from 7:30-9 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21 at Midwest Bank Centre
500 Chesterfield Center, Suite 100 in Chesterfield. For more information, call (636) 532-3399 or email info@chesterfieldmochamber.com

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