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Saying goodbye
Posted Monday, December 31, at 12:08 PM
I want to let readers know this is my last blog post as business editor at The Southeast Missourian. I'll soon be starting a new job as a senior communications specialist in the public relations department at Nestle-Purina's St. Louis headquarters. Throughout my career, I've bounced back and forth from newspapers to public relations and then back to newspapers...

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New sports bar coming to Jackson
Posted Saturday, December 1, at 12:18 PM

Work began last week on a new sports bar and restaurant in Jackson...

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Chick-fil-a opens in West Park Mall
Posted Thursday, November 15, at 4:02 PM

Chick-fil-a opened a location inside West Park Mall in Cape Girardeau today. Mallrats will remember Chick-fil-a's previous West Park Mall food court location, which closed in 2006. Chick-fil-a is now located just inside the main mall entrance, where Cinnabon and Durango Deli operated previously. It will be open six days a week...

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Isle app available for Apple & Android users now
Posted Monday, October 29, at 3:38 PM

UPDATE: As of Oct. 31, the Isle Casino Cape Girardeau app is now available on iTunes for Apple users. Here's the link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id570064612?mt=8 The casino opened yesterday to a large crowd, with about 3,600 people coming onto the gaming floor during the first six hours of opening, said Jill Alexander, Isle spokeswoman...

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More casino details to be revealed tomorrow
Posted Tuesday, October 23, at 2:34 PM

After writing about plans for a casino in Cape Girardeau since the spring of 2010, tomorrow I'll get my first look inside the nearly finished Isle Casino Cape Girardeau project. In the morning, the Missouri Gaming Commission will meet in Cape Girardeau to hear both city and casino officials make presentations required under the state's licensing process. You can read more about that here: http://www.semissourian.com/story/1905972.html...

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New art studio opens in Cape Girardeau
Posted Sunday, October 21, at 4:59 PM

The Cateye Glasses Studio is now open at 401 N, Clark St. in Cape Girardeau. Owner Rosetta Whitten has a bachelors degree in fine arts from Southeast Missouri State University specalizing in sculpture and several years of experience teaching art and craft classes to children and adults. ...

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Southeaast's MBA Program Recognized by Princeton Review
Posted Saturday, October 13, at 5:00 PM

Southeast Missouri State University's Master of Business Administration (MBA) program has been recognized in The Princeton Review in the new 2013 edition of its annual guidebook, "The Best 296 Business Schools." "We consider Southeast Missouri State University one of the best institutions a student could attend to earn an MBA. ...

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Local dealership sponsors Cancer Aware Harley Dare
Posted Friday, October 12, at 3:03 PM

Brian Wians and Mike Taylor of McClure, Ill., will be riding their Harley Davidson motorcycles non-stop covering 1,000 miles in 24 hours in a challenge to raise awareness for cancer. The two riders will hold a news conference & send off event Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Bootheel Harley Davidson in Scott City as they begin their journey to Naples, Fla...

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New sporting goods retailer coming to Cape
Posted Thursday, October 11, at 10:34 AM

Work is beginning on a new $1.8 million retail development in Cape Girardeau, located between Sam's and Kohls off Siemers Drive. Academy Sports + Outdoors will build a new 71,680 square-foot store at 270 Shirley Drive, according to a building permit application filed with the City of Cape Girardeau...

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New online form for People on the Move Items
Posted Friday, October 5, at 1:29 PM

If you have a news item for our People on the Move section that you would like to share with our readers you can now submit these on our website. People on the Move news items include new jobs, awards, or new certification/training you may have received...

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Southeast to release economic impact study
Posted Wednesday, October 3, at 12:00 PM

Results of a new study looking at the impact Southeast Missouri State university has on the area economy will be revealed at the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber's First Friday Coffee this week. The study is titled "The Economic Impact of Southeast Missouri State University on the Cape Girardeau Area and its Service Region."...

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Bank of Advance to add Chaffee branch
Posted Friday, September 21, at 12:06 PM

The Bank of Advance has acquired the Chaffee branch of Montgomery Bank. Bank of Advance has entered into an agreement to purchase the branch located at 102 East Yoakum in Chaffee. In addition to Advance, the bank currently has branches in Bell City and Dexter...

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Mehner votes against Ballpark Village incentives
Posted Wednesday, September 19, at 6:19 PM

Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO John Mehner of Cape Girardeau, a member of the Missouri Development Finance Board cast the lone vote Tuesday against a $17 million incentive package for the long-awaited Ballpark Village adjacent to Bush Stadium in St. Louis...

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Keeping up with rising gas prices
Posted Wednesday, August 29, at 1:51 PM

The combination of Hurricane Isaac and the Labor Day holiday weekend is sending gas prices soaring. Gas in the Cape Girardeau area has jumped 20 cents in the past two days at many local stations. Currently, Missouri's average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline is $3.72. Missouri's highest average price was recorded in July 2008 at $3.94, according to AAA...

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Contest features downtown businesses
Posted Monday, August 20, at 10:27 AM

Sloan & Themis, a custom jewelry store, has partnered with several other downtown businesses for the "Where is Maxime?" contest. The contest, which starts today, features Maxime, the store's mannequin, wearing the store's jewelry at eight downtown businesses. ...

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World of Honda-Yamaha closing
Posted Saturday, August 18, at 12:01 PM

World of Honda-Yamaha in Cape Girardeau will close next month, said owner Robert Ford. He and is wife Marty Ford have owned the business since February, 1979, and have decided to retire. The building, 1728 N. Kingshighway, has been sold, Robert Ford said, but he declined to say who has bought the property because the sale has not closed officially yet. ...

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Locals show their support for Chick-fil-a, traditional marriage and free speech
Posted Wednesday, August 1, at 2:34 PM

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Cape Girardeau wins two Missouri Main Street awards
Posted Tuesday, July 31, at 11:52 AM

Old Town Cape brought home awards for Best Economic Restructuring Project and Volunteer of the Year during the Missouri Main Street conference in St. Louis last week. The Operation Main Street: Business Success Series was named the 2012 Best Economic Restructuring Project by the Missouri Main Street organization. ...

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Southeast Missouri's hospitals behind in adopting electronic health records
Posted Thursday, July 26, at 4:13 PM

A special report from the Missouri Hospital Association revealed Southeast Missouri's hospitals ranked the last in the state when it comes to the number of electronic health record functions being used. Among the 19 hospitals in Southeast Missouri that participated in the survey, hospitals are using an average of 9.4 out of 24 core electronic health record functions. ...

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Cape makes Forbes' list of Best Small Places for Business
Posted Tuesday, July 24, at 2:13 PM

Cape Girardeau was ranked as one of the Best Small Places for Business and Careers by Forbes.com. The city's history, substantial health care industry, numerous murals, and a university are all mentioned in the article ranking Cape Girardeau No. 74 in the list of 184 cities...

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Melissa Miller is business editor at The Southeast Missourian. A graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School, she's worked as a reporter, photographer, editor and as the executive director of two not-for-profit organizations. After living in Michigan and then Indiana, she moved back to her hometown of Jackson, Mo. In addition to writing daily stories for The Southeast Missourian, Melissa coordinates editorial content each month for Business Today. Business Today is a monthly publication for southeast Missouri's business community. Monthly themes include health care, agriculture, women in business, technology and more. Business Today is direct mailed to business owner and managers throughout southeast Missouri and southern Illinois. Follow her updates on local business developments at www.twitter.com/semissourianbiz or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MelissaMillerSoutheastMissourian

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