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Business Briefs: Feb. 21

By: Emily Redington


The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis [BAMSL] recently celebrated the 19 law firms that participated in the 2017 Hon. Richard B. Teitelman Memorial St. Louis Pro Bono Challenge and kicked off its 2018 effort. In 2017, BAMSL partnered with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri to implement this program, which encourages and supports pro bono legal services; it resulted in 32,054 hours of pro bono legal work provided to the St. Louis community. The 19 firms that participated in the 2017 Challenge include Brown & Crouppen, P.C.; Bryan Cave LLP; Capes Sokol; David B. Lacks, P.C. Law Offices; Dennis Buchheit, attorney; Dentons US LLP; Dowd Bennett LLP; Fox Galvin, LLC; Gray, Ritter & Graham, P.C.; Herzog Crebs LLP; Husch Blackwell LLP; The Jacob Law Firm, LLC; Lathrop & Gage LLP; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.; Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, P.C.; Polsinelli PC; The Simon Law Firm, P.C.; Stinson Leonard Street LLP; and Thompson Coburn LLP.

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Guild Mortgage has reached an agreement to acquire Chesterfield-based Cornerstone Mortgage, Inc., which has 19 offices in three states and had a loan volume of $1 billion in 2017. Cornerstone was founded in 1996 by Angi Stevenson, current president and CEO, and the late Jim Dean. Under Stevenson’s leadership, Cornerstone has risen to become the 10th largest woman-owned company in St. Louis. She will join Guild as regional vice president of its newly established Midwest region.

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Painefree Coaching & Consulting [formerly The Painefree Group], a St. Louis-based, full-service leadership and organizational effectiveness company, announced a rebrand and new location at 11628 Old Ballas Road in Creve Coeur. Founded by Marissa Q. Paine in 2012, the company’s move was precipitated by an expanding staff and growth. In 2017, Painefree Coaching & Consulting doubled its size and added multiple for-profit and not-for-profit organizations to its client roster.

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McBride & Son Homes recently donated $100,000 to the St. Louis County Library Foundation toward the construction of a new library in Eureka. SLCL announced plans to build a new Eureka Hills Branch and has purchased a 3.5-acre parcel, located at 500 Workman Road, from Six Flags St. Louis. The branch will be adjacent to a new McBride & Sons Homes housing development and Rockwood School District elementary school.



Mike Patton, adjunct instructor in economics at St. Louis Community College-Wildwood, has been selected as the campus recipient of the 2017 Faculty to Faculty Award. The annual award is presented to adjunct faculty members who demonstrate excellence in teaching and support of student success. Patton joined STLCC in 2004 as an adjunct instructor at the Meramec campus. In 2008, he moved to STLCC-Wildwood. Since then, he has taught a variety of economics courses for the college, both on campus and online.


The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce hosts a Business Over Breakfast meeting from 7:30-9 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at The Original Pancake House, 17000 Chesterfield Airport Road in Chesterfield. The topic will be Sexual Harassment – Protecting You and Your Workplace. Registration is $15 for members; $25 for non-members.

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A First Thursday Coffee is from 7:30-9 a.m. on Thursday, March 1 at Hampton Inn and Suites, 5 McBride and Son Center Drive in Chesterfield. The event is free for chamber members and $15 for guests. For more information, call (636) 532-3399 or email info@chesterfieldmochamber.com.

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The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Business Expo is from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 1 at Chesterfield Mall. Free to attend. For information about booth prices and space availability, visit chesterfieldmochamber.com or call (636) 532-3399.

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A First Friday Coffee is from 7:30-9 a.m. on Friday, March 2 at Block Advisors, 467 Lafayette Center in Manchester. Members and non-members are welcome to attend. Contact Heather Zerweck at (636) 230-9900 or hzerweck@westcountychamber.com for more information.

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The Creve Coeur Chamber of Commerce hosts a Small Business Networking Group from 8-9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 6 at the Paragon Building, 12400 Olive Blvd., 5th floor conference room in Creve Coeur.

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