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Business Briefs: March 20

PLACES

Spire Science Lab, now open as part of the Emerson STEAM Center at The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum

The Magic House has received a $1 million contribution from Emerson, the global technology and engineering company headquartered in St. Louis, to support the development and operation of the museum’s new STEAM Center, including offering free educational programing for children in need. Emerson’s gift is in conjunction with the Museum’s Reimagining Our Future $15 million comprehensive campaign to update and improve the museum’s building, grounds and exhibits, as well as to increase community outreach and strengthen its financial sustainability. 

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Timber & Ash Design Co. celebrated its grand opening on March 15. The showroom is located at 141 Chesterfield Industrial Blvd. in Chesterfield and offers full-service kitchen and bathroom design.

PEOPLE

Operation Food Search [OFS], a nonprofit hunger relief organization, recently named Kristen Wild as its new executive director. Wild succeeds Sunny Schaefer, who served as executive director for 22 years. Peviously, Wild was executive director of the Ladue Education Foundation and Alumni Association where she increased annual revenue from $45,000 to $1.9 million in five years.  

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Sandra Van Trease, BJC HealthCare group president and president of the BJC HealthCare Accountable Care Organization [ACO], has been elected to the board of directors for The National Association of ACOs [NAACOS]. As a board member for NAACOS and chair of the policy committee, Van Trease will help shape priorities, such as advocating on behalf of ACOs with Congress and the executive branch, educating ACOs in operational and clinical practices, and providing education to the public about ACOs. 

EVENTS

The West St. Louis Chamber of Commerce hosts its general membership meeting from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursday, March 28 at The Wildwood Hotel, 2801 Fountain Place in Wildwood. Michelle Corey, president/CEO of the Better Business Bureau, will be the guest speaker. Admission is $25 for members; $30 for nonmember guests. There is a $5 surcharge for registration less than 48 hours prior to the luncheon and for walk-ins. To register, call (636) 230-9900  or visit westcountychamber.com.

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The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce hosts its general membership meeting at noon [doors open at 11:15 a.m.] on Wednesday, March 27 at Persimmon Woods Country Club, 6401 Weldon Spring Road in Weldon Springs. Admission is $30 for members; $35 for guests. A $5 discount applies for registrations through March 22; a $5 surcharge applies to day-of walk-ins; walk-ins will not be guaranteed a meal. Register online at chesterfieldmochamber.com or by calling (636) 532-3399. 

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Progress 64 West hosts its Legislative Update on Friday, March 29 at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton at 11:15 a.m. The event will feature a panel of representatives, including Pat Kelly from St. Louis Municipal League and a representative from Better Together, discussing the proposed St. Louis City-County merger. Tickets are $50, with lunch included. To register, call (314) 795-2200 or email progress64west@gmail.com

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