Capital Hill

12/02/2014 Women Owned Small Business Victory


Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) celebrates an enormous victory for women business owners. The final text of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was released with the authority for sole source contracts in the Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) Procurement Program. It was against all odds that the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) included a vitally important improvement to this program – sole source authority.


Ann Sullivan, President of Madison Services Group, Inc. represents the largest national association of women business owners and women in business, Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP).  The December edition of WIPP Works In Washington by Ann Sullivan indicates, “If you attended the hearing during WIPP’s annual leadership conference, you played a big part in this victory — THANK YOU. Also, special thanks go to those on Capitol Hill who shepherded this program through the Congressional system.”


Ricki McGuire, President, Optitek, Inc. attended the Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) Annual Leadership Conference, joining 150 small business and community leaders from across the country at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, Washington, DC. July 25th, 2014.


(Photo:  Inside Senate Room)




STL 250

12/01/2014 Cakeway to the West


Optitek, Inc. employees take part in the St. Louis 250 “Cakeway to the West”, celebrating in historic proportions the 250th birthday of St. Louis.


Cakeway to the West is one part public art exhibit, one part scavenger hunt and one part history lesson throughout the year 2014. Each two-tier ornamental birthday cake is four feet tall, and decorated by local artists.


Full location listing  has been released and can be found by visiting









11/26/2014 Giving Thanks 

Optitek, Inc. shared bountiful blessings remembering and giving thanks to community, family, friends, & neighbors.

Employees offered special prayers to those unable to be with us.  Tasty goodies were enjoyed by all.

We are thankful for your support & wish you a joyous & blessed Thanksgiving!


Food Drive

11/26/2014 Salvation Army Food Drive


Optitek, Inc. supports their local Salvation Army Corps Community Center in the spirit of giving, serving, and fellowship. Employees collect and deliver supplies for holiday meals throughout the month of November and December. The Salvation Army has been “Doing The Most Good” in the St. Louis region for 128 years.


The Salvation Army is an international movement and an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, The Salvation Army’s message is based on the Bible. The ministry is motivated by the love of God, its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, and its goal is to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. The Salvation Army is a global organization that started in London in 1865, and quickly expanded to St. Louis in 1881.



WBE Fair

11/18/2014 WBE Supplier Diversity Vendor Fair


Optitek, Inc. supports the 3rd annual diversity vendor fair hosted by Pinnacle Entertainment, parent company of Ameristar Casino Resort Spa and River City Hotel and Casino, at Ameristar’s Casino Conference Center Discovery Ballroom in St. Charles.


The event brings together more than 80 minority and women owned businesses from several states, providing a unique opportunity to feature their products and services to an audience of procurement and supplier diversity professionals.


A large part of the event’s success is a direct result of the participation and support from St. Louis area corporations.


Sonya Matzig, Regional Sales Support attends the event on behalf of Optitek, Inc.


Ranken Fair

11/05/2014 Ranken Job Fair


Ranken Technical College, St. Louis, Missouri presents: “Fall Job Fair 2014″ at the Finney location in the automotive area of the new Rodenheiser building.


Employers are invited to attend the twice-yearly job fair to talk to students about opportunities with their organizations.


Optitek, Inc. supports the event, featuring a booth open to past graduates, current day and evening school students, and internship students. The company is seeking a qualified, energetic, candidate for the position of Systems Administrator.


Sonya Matzig, Regional Sales Support attends the event on behalf of Optitek.

PWA Speaker

11/05/2014 PWA November Speaker Series


Jennifer Hummel, Senior Client Services Consultant, Optitek, Inc. attends the Professional Women’s Alliance November Speaker Series at the Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis, MO.


The Women of Distinction Series features speaker, Karla Bakersmith, President/CEO, Scrubs & Beyond, Life Uniform and Uniform City. Karla shares her life lessons:  overcoming self-doubt, finding your own brand of work & life balance, hiring the right employees and the need to “get it right the first time” for our customers and clients.


The Professional Women’s Alliance is an organization of women supporting each other in becoming more effective in both business and community. Members engage through:   networking, mentoring, leadership development, and the exchange of ideas and resources, while focusing on positively impacting the metropolitan area.


Optitek, Inc. is a member of the Professional Women’s Alliance.




10/31/2014 Pumpkins, Spiders & Snacks


Optitek, Inc. celebrated Halloween, ensuring all employees could participate in the fun.


Pumpkins, spiders, and snacks were scattered throughout the office.


Trick or Treat favorites were handed out to community visitors and shared among friends, family, & neighbors.





10/29/2014 Chili Cook-Off


Optitek, Inc. employees enjoy a lunch time Chili Cook-Off featuring four contestants competing for the title, and the grand prize of a Visa Gift Card.


Those not willing to brave the strict competition were eligible to sign up to contribute side-dishes, breads, and deserts.


Employees choose Larry Hayden’s all-time favorite chili and present him with his prize.










SBA Leaders

10/28/2014 SBA Emerging Leaders Graduation


Ricki McGuire, President, Optitek, Inc. accepts her award from the SBA Emerging Leaders Program during a graduation ceremony at Barnett on Washington, St. Louis, Missouri.


The SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative is a federal training initiative that specifically focuses on executives of businesses poised for growth in historically challenged communities. The initiative provides these executives with the organizational framework, resource network, and motivation required to build sustainable businesses and promote the economic development within urban communities.


SBA’s outreach in these communities has resulted in entrepreneurial success that generates new jobs, attracts investment, and provides a more sustainable economic base in distressed areas.


Government statistics confirm that underserved small businesses are the engines of sustained economic growth and job creation. Small businesses in underserved cities added close to three times as many jobs to their local economies as large companies over the last decade. SBA launched the Initiative to capitalize on this proven capacity for stimulating jobs and growth in America’s cities.