• St. Louis Press Pass

    Nov 20, 2015
    Regional Chamber joins with Minority Business Council
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/20/15)
    The St. Louis Minority Business Council is merging with the St. Louis Regional Chamber, which will provide services for the smaller organization, the groups announced Friday. The council, which promotes the growth of minority-owned businesses, will still maintain a separate identity. It also gets a new board, which will include two top Regional Chamber officials. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Chamber study says stadium good for STL economy
    (KSDK, 11/16/15)
    Another twist in the showdown over a new NFL stadium in St. Louis. The St. Louis Regional Chamber is out with a study that says the stadium would be an economic boost to the city and would generate more than 7,000 jobs. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Chamber study calls new stadium 'critical,' adds 7,500 jobs
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/13/15)
    Events held at a new riverfront football stadium would have a $200 million annual impact on the region and a $177 million yearly impact on the state, according to a study commissioned by the St. Louis Regional Chamber and released Friday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Square’s gone public. Now the hard part begins.
    (The Washington Post, 11/19/15)
    Square has officially gone public, and now the payments-processing company needs to put its money where its mouth is. With its market debut, chief executive Jack Dorsey had a lot to celebrate Thursday. His mother Marcia rang the bell for the market’s open — even though the IPO happens to fall on his 39th birthday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Jack Dorsey (left), co-founder and CEO of Twitter, and of mobile payments company Square, waits for Square
    stock to open on it first day of public trading on the New York Stock Exchange, Nov. 19, 2015. (Andrew Gombert/EPA)

    These 16 companies were winners at Startup Connection
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/19/15)
    More than 1,000 people attended Wednesday’s Startup Connection at Washington University. The event showcases some of the best and up-and-coming startup companies St. Louis has to offer. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Five companies win Accelerate St. Louis prize
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/18/15)
    The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership on Wednesday named the five young companies that will share $120,000 in prizes in this year's Accelerate St. Louis Challenge.. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Arch Grants bringing start-up businesses to St. Louis area
    (KTVI, 11/16/15)
    A rainy day for most, but a bright future for these entrepreneurs. 'Scopio is Getty images in real time,' says Christina Hawatmeh, Founder & CEO Scopio. 'We're the first solution to find and license images from social media in under ten minutes.' >> CLICK FOR MORE
    The winners at Startup Weekend
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/16/15)
    A company that hopes to sell ready-made, vacuum-sealed meals in local grocery stores was named the winner of Startup Weekend, the annual event that builds startup companies over a 54-hour period. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis software company Gainsight raises $50 million
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/12/15)
    Gainsight, a Software as a Service (SaaS) company that provides a system for customer intelligence analysis, has raised $50 million from a group of investors led by private equity and venture capital firm Insight Venture Partners. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis area got a raise last year
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/19/15)
    The St. Louis area got a raise last year, the government reported Thursday. Per capita personal income rose 3.3 percent to $47,391 in 2014, according to figures from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. That puts the area slightly ahead of the national per-person average of $46,049, up 3.6 percent last year. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Regional Business Council distributes $100,000 in grants
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/17/15)
    The St. Louis Regional Business Council announced it would distribute $100,000 in grants to 24 organizations for 2015 from the It’s Our Region Fund. The It’s Our Region Fund supports capital improvement projects at nonprofits and community agencies by making one-time grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    United Way makes history
    (The St. Louis American, 11/19/15)
    United Way of Greater St. Louis announced on November 12 that people in the St. Louis region rallied to raise the most ever in the agency’s history – $74,352,108 – to help local residents through its community campaign.. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    New effort urges St. Louis business community to champion investment in early childhood
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/16/15)
    More than half of the region’s child care centers are subpar, and the ones that are high quality are often too expensive for parents who need them the most. On Tuesday, PNC Bank will begin a campaign with the St. Louis Regional Early Childhood Council to draw awareness to the state of child care in St. Louis. Michael Scully, St. Louis regional president of PNC, hopes business leaders will take a greater interest. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Teacher Janet Koch holds Jaelle Ball, 9-months-old, in the infant room of SouthSide Early Childhood Center, on
    Friday, May 23, 2014, in St. Louis. Koch is one of two teachers in the room of the state-licensed and accredited center.
    Photo by Huy Mach, hmach@post-dispatch.com

    Report: St. Louis banks improving outreach to underserved communities 
     (St. Louis Public Radio, 11/17/15)
    St. Louis area banks are becoming more accessible to low-income and minority neighborhoods. That’s according to a new report released by the St. Louis Equal Housing and Community Reinvestment Alliance. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Monsanto Could Take Lead Role in Agchem Acquisitions: Executives
    (Reuters, 11/17/15)
    Monsanto Co. executives are discussing whether they should acquire rivals, including top pesticide maker Syngenta AG, company executives said on Tuesday, as talk of consolidation continues in the global agrochemical industry. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Arnold Defense wins $19 million rocket launcher contract
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/17/15)
    Arnold Defense has been awarded a $19 million contract to supply several hundred rocket launchers and other equipment to the U.S. Navy. Arnold Defense manufactures rocket launchers for the military and has just under 50 employees at its Arnold, Missouri, headquarters. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Jet Aviation Basel, St. Louis, Perform Avionics Firsts
    (AIN online, 11/17/15)
    Jet Aviation Basel has signed an agreement to perform the first installation of a Ka-band satcom system on a Boeing 747-400, using Honeywell’s JetWave fuselage-mounted MCS-8200 antenna. The completions and aircraft engineering specialist will develop a Ka-Band supplemental type certificate (STC) for the 747-400 installation. Jet Aviation is located at NBAA Booth N5131. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Wind Power Project Approval
    (WBGZ Radio 11/14/2015)
    All aboard the Grain Belt Express? The Illinois Commerce Commission Thursday approved a "certificate of convenience and necessity," which the company overseeing the overhead wind power transmission proposal says is the final regulatory approval in Illinois. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Chameleon wins $9.5 million defense contract at Scott Air Force Base
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/18/15)
    Chameleon Integrated Services, a St. Louis-based IT services firm that in October won a $54 million bid to do work for the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), has added another IT consulting services contract worth $9.5 million to the mix. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Clair County offers 200 more acres by proposed Scott AFB site, legislators support plan
    (The Alton Telegraph, 11/16/15)
    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., joined with St. Clair County Chairman Mark Kern Monday to announce that the county is prepared to offer an additional 200 acres to the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency for future expansion. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Rallying businesses to develop the Metro East
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/20/15)
    The Metro East has more than 500,000 people, heavy industry, a river port, rail and highway connections that make it a hub for making and shipping things. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SIUE pharmacy school, Senior Services Plus join on hospital-to-home grant 
    (Illinois Business Journal, 11/15)
    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy and Senior Services Plus have jointly received a grant for a two-year project that is in search of improving the safety and effectiveness of medication use during care transitions from hospital to home for older adults treated for venous thromboembolism. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    City of St. Louis savings program helping ease college expense burden
    (KMOV, 11/18/15)
    A new program in the City of St. Louis is aiming to ease a little bit of the college expense burden for families. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    EDITORIAL: Renovated Gateway Arch will benefit St. Louis, Missouri
    (The Kansas City Star, 11/17/15)
    With recent renovations, the 630-foot Gateway Arch dominating the St. Louis skyline will look the same, and the trams that take visitors to the top will run just as they always have. But nearly everything else about the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial will change. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Blues commit $2 million to youth hockey
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/19/15)
    The St. Louis Blues on Thursday announced a new campaign to grow youth hockey by committing $2 million to various local programs by the year 2020. The goal is to grow the number of kids playing hockey by 70 percent in that time by making it cheaper to play the sport — according to Kids Play USA Foundation, youth ice hockey can cost as much as $10,000 per year per child when taking into account equipment, facility costs, enrollment fees, and coaches. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Korte Company enters strategic partnership agreement with OSHA
    (Illinois Business Journal, 11/15
    The Korte Company has entered into a strategic partnership agreement with OSHA region 10 Bellevue (Wash.) Area Office and the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries On-site Consultation Program, on three projects underway at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, Wash. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Starbucks embarks on national diversity initiative in Ferguson, partners with local bakery Natalie’s Cakes and More
    (The St. Louis American, 11/20/15)
    Community leaders, entrepreneurs, residents and corporate employees gathered Thursday, November 19 for the groundbreaking ceremony for a new Starbucks in Ferguson. >> CLICK FOR MORE
  • St. Louis Press Pass

    Nov 13, 2015
    Illinois legislators among honorees at 'Championing a Greater St. Louis' dinner
    (Illinois Business Journal, 11/9/15)
    Missouri Speaker of the House Todd Richardson delivered the keynote speech at The St. Louis Regional Chamber's "Championing a Greater St. Louis" Dinner on Monday night. The event recognized the service of members of the Illinois and Missouri General Assemblies, and acknowledged legislators who exhibited outstanding dedication and support for the Chamber's legislative priorities.
    Gov. Nixon announces $1 million in Arch Grants funding 
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/13/15)

    The nonprofit Arch Grants program, which provides funding and services to boost startups in St. Louis, will receive $1 million in state funding through the Missouri Technology Corp., Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced late Thursday. The news came as Arch Grants announced its latest class of 11 grant recipients. The new startup companies, which compete for the grants, come from around the world, with six lured here by the program. They each will receive $50,000 non-equity grants from the organization as well as mentoring and support services. >> CLICK FOR MORE

    Winter 2015 Arch Grant recipients announced
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 11/12/15)
    Eleven more startups are receiving Arch Grants Thursday. In exchange for locating in St. Louis, the businesses will receive $50,000 and a year of support in areas ranging from accounting to marketing. Some companies receiving the grants are already located in St. Louis, such as the recent Washington University and Saint Louis University graduates behind Chrona Sleep. Other companies are relocating, including two international companies. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis aldermen plan public input session on proposed riverfront stadium for Saturday 
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/11/15)

    An alderman said on Wednesday the city will hold a rare weekend public input session on the proposed riverfront football stadium.Alderman Steve Conway, who chairs the city's Ways and Means Committee, said the meeting will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at 1230 North Second Street. The location is an empty building within the footprint of the proposed $1 billion stadium on the city's riverfront north of downtown. >> CLICK FOR MORE

    FOCUS St. Louis applies to advance Ferguson Commission's work

    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/10/15)

    The Ferguson Commission is considering an application from FOCUS St. Louis to serve as a "core intermediary" for efforts initiated by the commission, which is set to be dissolved after Dec. 31.  FOCUS St. Louis was the only organization that replied to a request for proposals that the Ferguson Commission put out in September, St. Louis Public Radio reports. The Ferguson Commission heard from FOCUS St. Louis on Monday about its plans to forward the commission's work. The group said it wants to "provide infrastructure and support to advance the work of the Ferguson Commission." >> CLICK FOR MORE

    Stifel to buy advisory firm Eaton Partners 
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/09/15)

    Stifel Financial Corp. said Monday it has agreed to buy Eaton Partners LLC, a Connecticut-based global fund placement and advisory firm that has raised over $68 billion since its founding.>> CLICK FOR MORE

    Royal Banks of Missouri, Frontenac Bank merging
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/13/15)
    Two locally based banks, Royal Banks of Missouri and Frontenac Bank, are merging. Royal Banks, which has five full-service branches in the region and two limited service locations, has $415 million in assets. Frontenac has four St. Louis area branches and $285 million in assets. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Danny Ludeman’s Concordance Academy adds execs
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/10/15)
    The Concordance Academy of Leadership, the effort by former Wells Fargo Advisors CEO Danny Ludeman to reduce the number of prisoners who are re-incarcerated after committing more crimes, has added two executives to its leadership team. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    AB InBev, SABMiller Formalize $108 Billion Deal
    (The Wall Street Journal, 11/11/15)
    Anheuser-Busch InBev NV has formally agreed to buy SABMiller PLC for £71.4 billion ($107.7 billion), a deal that creates a brewing behemoth that will sell roughly one in three beers world-wide. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis to land 700 new jobs with Boeing 777x commercial airliner work 
    (Labor Tribune, 11/9/15)

    Construction is underway on Boeing’s new composites center where work on parts for the company’s newest commercial airliner the 777x – is expected to create 700 new jobs. The 367,000-square-foot building, which is an expansion of Boeing’s current tooling center in North St. Louis County, is scheduled to be complete by September 2016. The company is investing more than $200 million in the facility, which includes construction costs and equipment. >> CLICK FOR MORE

    Boeing looks for first maritime spy plane order in next 2 years 
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/10/15)

    A senior manager with Boeing Co.'s military aircraft division said Tuesday that the company is likely to get the first order for its Maritime Surveillance Aircraft in the next year or two.>> CLICK FOR MORE

    This St. Louis Startup Helps Colleges Stay In Business 
    (Forbes, 11/12/15)

    St. Louis is among this group, and, having recently visited there, I can attest to the startup culture having generated a substantial buzz in town. But just like anywhere, the leaders of this movement want their buzz and their place in tech to transcend the city’s limits.>> CLICK FOR MORE

    Local schools rank among best for entrepreneurs 
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/12/15)

    Two local schools earned spots on a recent ranking by the Princeton Review of the top schools for entrepreneurs. >> CLICK FOR MORE

    Washington University graduate raises $32 million for startup 
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/11/15)

    Schoology, a classroom management software company that originated in a Washington University entrepreneurship course, has raised $32 million from a group of investors led by JMI Equity, a growth equity firm that invests in software and services companies.>> CLICK FOR MORE

    St. Louis area construction industry recognizes key projects
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/13/15)
    Projects at the Old Cathedral, the Laclede Group and a hospital in Joplin, Mo., are among the 2015 Keystone Award winners from Associated General Contractors of Missouri. The annual awards recognize a contractor’s success in resolving construction challenges faced on a project. Also recognized are industry leaders “whose skill, teamwork and spirit of innovation make a lasting contribution to a community,” the AGC said. Safety and workforce diversity also components of project performance. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Mathews-Dickey names new president & CEO
    (KSDK-TV, 11/10/15)
    The Mathews-Dickey Boys' & Girls' Club announced its new president and CEO. Wendell Covington Jr. was appointed at the club's board meeting Monday night. Covington succeeds interim executive Debra Denham, who will train Covington for his new duties.  
    LCCC & SIUE Nursing Partnership
    (Alton Daily News, 11/11/2015)

    There's a new partnership between Lewis and Clark Community College and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s School of Nursing.   The partnership agreement will enable community college students to finish their associate degrees and a majority of the general education requirements toward their Bachelor of Science in Nursing from SIUE at Lewis and Clark.>> CLICK FOR MORE

    Our education: Engineering school adds robotics degree 
    (The Telegraph, 11/09/15)

    The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering is adding a bachelor’s program in mechatronics and robotics engineering. The Illinois Board of Higher Education approved the program earlier in August. >> CLICK FOR MORE

    Jennings schools readies to open its own foster home for homeless students
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/10/15)

    Jennings Superintendent Tiffany Anderson has no problem getting her hands dirty with unique projects. On Monday, there she was: on her knees laying a carpet, dragging a desk into place, teetering atop a bed to reach old curtains that needed to come down, hanging paintings, putting books on a shelf. This was after her usual morning job in the district: working as school crossing guard.>> CLICK FOR MORE

    Local deals make list of ‘most interesting’ health care transactions 
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/11/15)

    Three deals involving local health care providers ranked on a new list of the 10 most interesting health care transactions of 2015.  >> CLICK FOR MORE

    Drones and Agriculture 
    (Alton Daily News, 11/09/15)

    Southern Illinois University at Carbondale is incorporating them into the agricultural curriculum. Chris Clemons is one of the instructors and says, “The idea of not only presenting to our students that this is the technology, but, really, it's the application of the technology, when students have that first job out of college, they can speak to this. They know the science that is behind this, and they can explain that science to a potential employer.”>> CLICK FOR MORE

    Metro Transit may extend services further into Wildwood
    (KMOV, 11/12/15)

    The City of Wildwood wants Metro Transit to expand its services west to include St. Louis Community College’s Wildwood Campus and the Wildwood YMCA.>> CLICK FOR MORE

    NEW ADMINISTRATOR TASKED WITH MAKING ST. lOuis more accessible to walkers, bikers
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 11/09/15)

    St. Louis’ first Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator plans to start collecting data on bicycle traffic as the city ramps up its efforts to improve alternative modes of transportation.>> CLICK FOR MORE

    MCT to Implement Fixed-Rate Fare
    (Alton Daily News, 11/08/15)

    Madison County Transit will be making some adjustments to several routing changes near the River Bend. There will be changes to the number six Highland shuttle, the number seven Alton-Edwardsville, and the number twelve Bethalto shuttle. MCT will also begin enforcing a new fixed-route fare zone boundary and begin selling 2-hour passes. MCT Spokesman SJ Morrison tells The Big Z exactly what will be changing.>> CLICK FOR MORE

    Metro testing fourth electric bus
    (St. Louis Post Dispatch, 11/09/15)

    Metro is testing another electric bus on three routes — the #32 ML King-Chouteau, #57 Maplewood-Manchester and the #99 Downtown Trolley — through Tuesday.>> CLICK FOR MORE

    Renovations for Veterans Memorial to Begin in Spring 
    (KMOX, 11/11/15)

    One of the region’s most notable memorials to Veterans is getting a big facelift. As the Missouri Historical Society took over management of the Soldiers’ Memorial downtown on Wednesday, there are more details about the nearly $30 million renovation.>> CLICK FOR MORE

    IDOT building connection from MLK bridge to southbound Illinois 3 
    (Belleville News Democrat, 11/12/15)

    About a half mile east of the closed Martin Luther King Bridge, workers spread rock to form the base of a new ramp that is being put in place. Other workers pour concrete foam within concrete panels forming a wall.>> CLICK FOR MORE

    3 St. Louis companies among nation’s best workplaces for diversity 
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/10/15)

    Two St. Louis-based companies are among the nation’s very best when it comes to workplace diversity, according to new rankings from Fortune and Great Place to Work.>> CLICK FOR MORE

    Missouri Botanical Garden’s Garden Glow features 1 million lights, family night pricing
    (The Telegraph, 11/11/15)

    The Missouri Botanical Garden’s annual light exhibit, Garden Glow, Now in its third year, the expanded event features 1 million lights as well as additional interactive installations for guests.>> CLICK FOR MORE