• St. Louis Press Pass

    Feb 26, 2016
    St. Louis Regional Chamber announces Arcus award winners
    (St. Louis Post Dispatch, 2/26/16)
    The St. Louis Regional Chamber recognized local businesses and organizations for making the region a better place to live, work and invest. Recipients of this year's Arcus Awards are: >> CLICK FOR MORE
    For more local coverage of the Arcus Awards:
     >> St. Louis Business Journal
    >> CBS Local
    Joe Reagan speaks with Charlie Brennan about Arcus award winners
    (KMOX NewsRadio 1120, 2/26/16)
    Charlie talks with Joe Reagan about the winners of the ARCUS Awards, celebrating achievements and honoring leaders who inspire a greater St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Report: St. Louis ‘poised to be a new tech center’
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/24/16)
    A new report analyzing the tech industry’s impact on local real estate has found the St. Louis-area could be poised to be a new tech center in the United States. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis has strong climate for small business: Report
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/23/16)
    St. Louis has a strong small business environment, mirroring that of the nation and the majority of 25 big cities, as measured in a new study. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Venture deals with St. Louis health care tech companies jump 212%
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/19/16)
    Funding to St. Louis-area health care technology companies increased 23 percent in 2015 to $129.1 million while the number of venture capital deals in the sector increased 212 percent to 25. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis house prices end year with 5 percent gain
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/25/16)
    House prices in metro St. Louis last year posted their biggest calendar-year gain since 2005, according to new figures from the federal government. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Regions to invest millions in high-tech branches
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/26/2016)
    Regions Bank plans to invest tens of millions of dollars in the St. Louis region to build new high-tech bank branches that replace teller lines and safe-deposit box keys with video tellers and retina scanner. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    World Wide Technology wins slice of $5 billion Army contract
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/23/16)
    World Wide Technology was one of 17 contractors picked by the U.S. Army this month to participate in a $5 billion project to provide servers, workstations, laptops, networking equipment and other IT products to the Army and other buyers. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    MasterCard’s ‘Selfie Pay’ to roll out this summer
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/22/16)
    Technology that will allow users to make a purchase by taking a selfie was partially developed in the St. Louis area. It will roll at this summer across the globe. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis IT firm lands $22 million federal project
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/24/16)
    ​Chameleon Integrated Services, a St. Louis-based IT services firm, has won a third contract with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), this one valued at $22 million. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Microloan program planned for small businesses in Madison County
    (Illinois Business Journal, 2/24/16)
    Madison County Chairman Alan J. Dunstan announced Thursday that the county has joined forces with the nonprofit organization Justine Petersen to create a microloan program for small businesses and entrepreneurs in Madison County. >> CLICK FOR MORE 
    Arch Grants notes successes, seeks to broaden base
    (InnoVox STL, 2/22/16)
    The executive director of Arch Grants is inviting everyone to be part of her organization’s story. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    FinLocker raises $2.25 million in capital
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/24/16)
    FinLocker, a Clayton financial-technology startup that wants to automate the process of loan applications, has raised $2.25 million from investors led by Cultivation Capital. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Network security startup raises $1.6 million
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/22/16)
    St. Louis network security firm Observable Networks has closed on $1.6 million in convertible debt from investors led by DH Capital. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis University will host million-dollar GlobalHack
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/25/16)
    St. Louis University has agreed to sponsor and host a $1 million GlobalHack programming competition this fall. The organization, based in St. Louis, has hosted five hackathons since 2013 and has given away $275,000 in prize money. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    LouFest founder leaves event to start new multifaceted festival
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/25/15)
    "LouFest founder Brian Cohen has said goodbye to the 6-year-old music festival in Forest Park. He’s moving on to a brand-new festival.
    Cohen and Cortex president and CEO Dennis Lower have teamed up to create Murmuration, a multifaceted three-day event that will include music along with science, technology and art."
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    ButcherJoseph & Co. Advises Triad Manufacturing on Sale to Employees
    (Yahoo Finance, 2/23/16)
    ​ButcherJoseph & Co. (“ButcherJoseph”) served as the exclusive financial advisor to Triad Manufacturing (“Triad” or the “Company”) in its sale to the Triad Manufacturing Employee Stock Ownership Plan (“ESOP”). Headquartered in St. Louis and led by Co-Presidents Mike McCormick, Bob Hardie and Dave Caito, Triad has been manufacturing custom fixtures and retail store environments for almost 25 years. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Reliable Biopharmaceutical Expands Production Capacity at St. Louis, Missouri, Plant
    (Area Development News, 2/16/16)
    Reliable Biopharmaceutical expanded its manufacturing capacity for Lithium Dodecyl Sulfate (Lithium Lauryl Sulfate) and Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate), at its production facility in St. Louis, Missouri.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Developer plans redo of long-vacant Jefferson Arms
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/24/16)
    Mike Sarimsakci, founder and president of real estate developer Alterra International, said he’s got the Jefferson Arms building under contract and has plans for a major renovation. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    2016’s Best & Worst Cities for Women-Owned Businesses
    (WalletHub, 2/22/16)
    St. Louis ranks as the 14th best U.S. city for woman-owned businesses.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Chamber official talks to Belleville business community about moving forward through Ferguson
    (Belleville News Democrat, 2/25/16)
    During an Issues and Eggs breakfast Wednesday St. Louis Regional Chamber President and CEO Joe Reagan spoke about the needed actions in the area to help bring about prosperity to the region.

    “If something happens in Belleville, good or bad; if something happens in Ferguson, if something happens in Chesterfield, something happens in Washington, or Union, or Mascoutah, it has effect throughout the entire region,” Reagan said.
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    For The First Time, Ferguson Has A Majority Black City Council
    (Huffington Post, 2/24/16)
    ​Laverne Mitchom made history on Tuesday night when she became the fourth African-American member of the Ferguson City Council, giving the six-person body its first black majority.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Announcing the 2016 Travelers’ Choice Favorites Awards
    (TripAdvisor, 2/11/16)
    St. Louis-based Enterprise Rent-A-Car wins TripAdvisor's 2016 Traveler's Choice Award for Travel Favorites in the car rental agency category. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Minnesota could offer clues, contrasts for possible MLS stadium in St. Louis
    (KTVI, 2/24/16)
    As momentum continues building behind the scenes and in public for St. Louis to land a Major League Soccer franchise, there are still lots of questions. Who would lead the ownership group, where might a soccer-specific stadium be located, and who would pay for it being chief among them. >> CLICK FOR MORE

  • St. Louis Press Pass

    Feb 19, 2016
    AAIPharma Services Corp. / Cambridge Major Laboratories Moves To Larger Quarters In St. Louis, Missouri
    (Area Development News, 2/18/16)
    AIPharma Services Corp. / Cambridge Major Laboratories, Inc., will invest $10.7 million to move its headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri. The company will relocate to the city’s Cortex Innovation Community. The company plans to add 30 employees in the next five years to bring its full-time head count to about 110 associates. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Danforth Plant Science Center expansion to open in April
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/17/16)
    An additional 100 plant scientists will have a new home when the expansion wing of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center opens April 15. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    World Wide Technology continues fast growth as revenue rises 9%
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/17/16)
    Maryland Heights-based World Wide Technology continued hiring at a rapid pace in 2015, adding nearly 1,000 jobs to help support its revenue growth, which jumped 8.8 percent from 2014 to $7.4 billion. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    KPMG leads $10 million investment in Label Insight
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/17/16)
    Label Insight, which has assembled a database of nutrition information from food labels, has raised $10 million in capital from KPMG and other investors. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Sam Altman: “We Want To Hire More St. Louis Startups.”
    (EQ, 2/12/16)
    Y Combinator, one of the most prestigious startup incubator in the world, wants to invest in more St. Louis startups. That’s according to the Silicon Valley incubator’s president, Sam Altman, who participated in several Q&A sessions Thursday at the Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Innovation Heaven: The Cortex Innovation Community
    (Ladue News, 2/18/16)
    Reshma Chamberlin feels a renewed sense of efficiency and enthusiasm at work these days, and the chief executive officer of B/C Designers, a business consulting firm, credits much of it to location. Since she moved her company to the Cortex Innovation Community, a 200-acre innovation district in Midtown, Chamberlin is thriving on the creative vibes and individuals around her and the convenience of having all of it available to her within a passionate community. >> CLICK FOR MORE
     
    Cancer research in Argentina leads to startup in St. Louis
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/18/16)
    With funding from BioGenerator, a new cancer-treatment company based on research in Argentina is setting up shop in St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Growing Fast: Gainsight’s Expansion
    (EQ, 2/12/16)
    ​Customer success is a popular term these days. Companies are focusing heavily on not only acquiring customers, but maintaining their happiness and expanding the relationship. Gainsight is being hailed as the industry leader in that space, and has rapidly grown from early mover to one of St. Louis’ biggest startups. And we mean rapidly. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Hatchbuck helping small businesses grow revenue without growing the team
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/16/16)
    It’s a difficult cycle to breakthrough: small businesses want to grow, but can’t grow until they hire more sales associates but can’t hire until they grow sales. A St. Louis startup says it has developed a way to help small business owners stay top of mind with current and potential customers without growing the team. >> CLICK FOR MORE 
    Pixel Press signs retail agreement with national chain
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/16/16)
    Pixel Press, the St. Louis-based startup that developed create-your-own video game technology, has signed its first retail partnership with Marbles: The Brain Store, a retailer focused on games and puzzles with nearly 40 locations nationwide. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Maker Series with Jason Hall
    (Black&White Gingham, 2/18/16)
    Some people are just meant to help steer a city in the right direction...Right now, that leader is Jason Hall. While he may not be trading furs or hitting home runs, he is helping attract a new thread of businesses to St. Louis, businesses that will allow for our city to grow in size, economy, and reputation. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Express Scripts' profit, retention rate climb
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/17/16)
    Express Scripts Holding Co.’s earnings climbed 33 percent in the fourth quarter to reach $773.5 million, as the company reported its strongest year ever for business retention. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Mercy signs virtual medicine deal with UNC
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/19/16)
    Mercy is taking the next step in its multi-million dollar push into virtual medicine, inking a deal to provide virtual care for the University of North Carolina Health Care system. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Monsanto discloses stake in Israeli biotech company
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/16/16)
    Monsanto Co., the Creve Coeur-based agribusiness giant, has disclosed a significant stake in an Israeli biotech company that it’s partnered with for more than a decade. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Washington U's Schaal takes helm of national science group
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/16/16)
    Barbara Schaal, dean of Washington University's faculty of arts and sciences, takes her post this month as president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    TriStar Properties launches two more spec buildings at Gateway Commerce Center
    (Illinois Business Journal, 2/17/16)
    ​TriStar Properties has begun development of two more speculative distribution centers initially totaling 1.13 million square feet on the eastern side of Gateway Commerce Center in Edwardsville. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Hotel planned for International Shoe building downtown
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/17/16)
    A Milwaukee developer plans to turn the International Shoe Co. building in downtown St. Louis into a boutique hotel. >> CLICK FOR MORE
      
    The 10-story, 140,000 square-foot building at 1501 Washington Ave. is now slated for conversion into a 140-room boutique hotel.
    Shake Shack to anchor $31 million Central West End development
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/12/16)
    Shake Shack, one of the hottest restaurant concepts over the past few years and the creation of native St. Louisan Danny Meyer, will be the anchor tenant of the Koman Group’s $31 million Central West End mixed-use development on Euclid Avenue. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Reception welcomes Gen. Darren W. McDew to new role at Scott Air Force Base
    (Riverbender.com, 2/12/16)
    Gen. Darren W. McDew and his wife, Evelyn, were the guests of honor at a February 10th reception celebrating his recent appointment as Commander of the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) at Scott Air Force Base. The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, Civic Progress, Regional Business Council, St. Louis Regional Chamber and the Belle Scott Committee partnered to host the event.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Edward Jones commits $4.7 million to support mission of Alzheimer's Association
    (News Medical, 2/16/16)
    ​The Alzheimer's Association today announced an historic partnership with St. Louis-based financial services firm Edward Jones. Edward Jones has committed $4.7 million over two years to support the mission of the Alzheimer's Association. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Peacock, other local execs form group to bring MLS to St. Louis
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/19/16)
    A group of local business and sports leaders, including St. Louis Cardinals President Bill DeWitt III and St. Louis Blues CEO Chris Zimmerman, has formed to help bring a Major League Soccer team to St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Convention Center study recommends almost twice the space
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/18/16)
    The city's convention center complex should expand to more than 900,000 square feet of "function space," almost double its current size, according to a report given on Thursday to the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission board. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Area chefs and restaurants named James Beard Award semifinalists
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/17/16)
    The regional semifinalists for the prestigious James Beard Foundation Awards have been announced, and one new face joins four other previous nominees. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    More than 50 musicians from 15 countries collaborate on album in St. Louis
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 2/17/16)
    Last year local musician Louis Wall decided to record and produce an album pairing St. Louis-born with immigrant musicians. At the time, he didn’t know it would expand to include roughly 50 people from 15 countries across five continents. Wall says the key to making an album with that many contributors is keeping it accessible to everyone. >> CLICK FOR MORE