Biz Beat by Erin Ragan http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/ragan/ en-us August First Friday Coffee http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/ragan/entry/63276 The Semo Port will be featured during a monthly chamber of commerce event Friday at Isle Casino's Event Center. First Friday Coffee events, open to chamber members and the public, feature presentations from sponsors followed by programs covering community, civic and business issues. Sponsors this month are Merrill Lynch Wealth Management - Ozbun, Deimund, Beckham Group, and Southeast Athletics. Doors open and a continental breakfast is served starting at 7 a.m. The program begins at 7:40... Thu, 06 Aug 2015 15:29:15 -0500 This year's Cape Schools dress code http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/ragan/entry/63213 What can Cape Girardeau Public Schools students wear this year? Kyle McDonald, the district's school board president, today gave me details I hope will help clarify what clothing is permissible since the board relaxed the dress code a little bit over the summer. McDonald said students can wear tops with ANY colors and ANY patterns (stripes, plaid, etc.), and ANY logo, graphic or words, as long as the image and words are not offensive and do not promote violence and drug and/or alcohol use.... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 14:04:40 -0500 Jackson chamber to offer free social media training http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/ragan/entry/63056 Bob Clubbs of Jackson will lead a free training session on social media presence and strategy Wednesday at the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce. Clubbs, who recently began his own social media consulting firm, Clubbs Media, after successful outreach to thousands of followers with weather and local news Facebook pages, will lay out the basics of social media marketing for businesses, according to the chamber's newsletter. The session begins at 11 a.m. Wednesday. More information is available... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 10:41:44 -0500 Environmental quality committee plans meeting http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/ragan/entry/62978 During a meeting later this month, the Southeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission's Environmental Quality Committee plans to hear updates on ozone and air regulation issues, along with reports from commission staff and others on the Clean Water Act, hazard mitigation planning, a meeting with the St. Louis Chamber of Commerce and projects related to the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act, according to a meeting agenda. The committee's quarterly meeting, which is open to the public, will be... Thu, 09 Jul 2015 16:48:28 -0500 Cape Girardeau doctors move offices http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/ragan/entry/62941 Cape Medical Group and Cape Primary Care, medical partners of Saint Francis Medical Center with primary care physicians, are now seeing patients at the same clinic at 1702 N. Kingshighway. The clinic was constructed with expansion of primary care services in mind, a news release from Saint Francis stated, and has space to house 10 physicians and providers. Cape Medical Group primary care physicians Dr. Philip E. Tippen, MD, and Dr. Sandra Zakroff, MD, are seeing patients at the clinic... Tue, 07 Jul 2015 12:42:24 -0500 QC on job fair http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/ragan/entry/62804 QC Corporation, which was among three companies who held a job fair Wednesday in Cape Girardeau, sent the following statement Tuesday night. "QC Corporation, A Verdesian Life Sciences Company, is hiring individuals at all levels to join our production and maintenance teams. With steady annual growth and multiple plant improvement projects underway, QC is building for the future, and seeks individuals committed to helping us achieve our vision. For almost 40 years, QC Corporation has... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 11:45:28 -0500 First Southeast Missouri Dunkin' Donuts franchise to open in Cape Girardeau http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/ragan/entry/62673 A Dunkin' Donuts restaurant will open this fall in Cape Girardeau, said Carl Ritter, Jr., a member of an investor group who recently acquired a multi-county franchise territory with the national chain. The group is in the process of closing on a North Kingshighway property for the restaurant, which will convert an existing building into a Dunkin' Donuts. The investors received approval from the national chain to develop the location, and are currently working to find property in Poplar Bluff,... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 10:36:15 -0500 Three area companies look to hire over 100 people http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/ragan/entry/62610 Pepsi MidAmerica, QC Corporation and Mondi International will seek over 100 new employees during a targeted job fair on June 24. Cape Girardeau Area Magnet, an economic development organization, is hosting the job fair, which is open to all job seekers, according to a news release sent to the Southeast Missourian Thursday. The companies will offer a wide range of positions, including professional management, manager trainees, technicians, route drivers, sales representatives, merchandising... Thu, 04 Jun 2015 16:19:50 -0500 Downtown business owners to host tailgate flea market http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/ragan/entry/62602 A group of downtown Cape Girardeau's business owners are making an effort to drive more visitors to Main Street with a special shopping event planned for June 14. Paula Haas, owner of Somewhere in Time Antiques at 108 N. Main St., said the Downtown Tailgate Flea Market will stretch from a city-owned parking lot at the corner of North Main Street and Broadway to another lot at Main Street and Independence Street. The market will feature "a broad array of things," Haas said, including new and... Thu, 04 Jun 2015 11:09:53 -0500 Old Town Cape to host award celebration party; debuts video http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/ragan/entry/62072 Cape Girardeau's downtown revitalization organization, Old Town Cape, plans to hold a party Thursday to celebrate receiving the Great American Street Award from the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Old Town Cape was one of three organizations nationwide to receive the award, which recognizes best example of commercial district revitalization, this year during a conference in Atlanta. A video about progress in downtown Cape Girardeau... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:02:50 -0500 Perryville's KOA becoming Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resort http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/ragan/entry/61925 A campground in Perryville, Missouri is reopening under a new name and management. The Perryville KOA campground is now a Jellystone Park Camp-Resort, and will hold an official grand opening Memorial Day weekend, according to a news release. The park has 90 sites for RV and tent camping and will feature upgrades with the reopening, including improved water, sewer and electrical hookups; a remodeled park store and restrooms; landscaping and re-graveled campsites. There are also full-service... Fri, 03 Apr 2015 14:16:00 -0500 More downtown biz details http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/ragan/entry/61682 There were a few things I would have liked to include in the downtown businesses story we ran today, but I didn't have enough space. Here they are: - Owners of 36 Restaurant & Bar, John Eric and Vanessa Klein, were successful at getting a business loan to start their restaurant when they applied for a Small Business Administration loan through the Bank of Missouri. The couple described the development of their restaurant as a labor of love added personal touches wherever they could.... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 10:08:56 -0500 Biz briefs http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/ragan/entry/61412 Grass Roots BMW Husqvarna Motorcycles at 28 S. Spanish St. in Cape Girardeau will hold on open house Friday to introduce its newly remodeled showroom, 2015 motorcycles and accessories. The open house will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. The shop also offers service, parts and apparel. Hair Works, a beauty salon at 1231 Old Cape Road in Jackson, is celebrating 25 years in business with a customer appreciation event from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Elks Club in Jackson. The salon is owned by Cathy... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 14:21:19 -0600 36 Restaurant & Bar opens on Main Street http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/ragan/entry/61411 A new restaurant offering American-style fare with French and Italian influences opened Feb. 14 at 36 N. Main St. in Cape Girardeau. 36 Restaurant & Bar is owned and operated by John Eric and Vanessa Klein of Cape Girardeau. John Eric Klein said the restaurant offers daily made fresh in-house food and a dining experience with "elegant and comfortable ambiance." Space for private parties is available on the restaurant's second floor, where there is a view of the Mississippi River. The... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 14:19:50 -0600 Biz brief: William Street building will hold classic cars http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/ragan/entry/61147 Kenny Pincksten, owner of residential and commercial development company Prestige Development, is buying the building on the southwest corner of William and Sprigg streets in Cape Girardeau and will return it to an automotive-related use. The location, 701 William St., was originally a gas station and Buick dealership, and more recently a secondhand furniture and antique store. Pincksten said he intends to renovate the building and use it for displaying classic cars. Pincksten is also... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:11:26 -0600 Biz brief: New Stevie's Steakburgers restaurant opening soon http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/ragan/entry/61146 Improvements ongoing at the former Stevie's Steakburger restaurant at 600 Broadway in Cape Girardeau are in preparation for a new eatery. The location is now owned by Fonn Enterprises, which is owned by Dr. Sonjay Fonn. Stevie's Steakburgers is planned to be open 24 hours a day starting in April and will offer burgers and fast food menu items, according to a release from the company. Steve's Steakburgers opened in 2008 but closed in the past several years; the property had... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:08:23 -0600 Biz brief: Cape Walmart Neighborhood Market opens Wednesday http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/ragan/entry/61066 The newest Walmart Neighborhood Market store in the region will open Wednesday morning. A ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at 2021 Independence St. in Cape Girardeau. The newly constructed 41,000-square-foot store will feature a full line of groceries, including produce; departments with health, beauty, cleaning and pet supplies; a pharmacy with a drive-through lane; and a pickup service, where customers can shop online at Walmart.com for products not carried in the... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:38:36 -0600 Biz brief: BG's Olde Tyme Deli expands to Jackson http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/ragan/entry/61060 A popular local eatery now has a second location. BG's Olde Tyme Deli opened a restaurant at 252 E. Jackson Blvd. in Jackson earlier this month. The new restaurant has a menu similar to that of the Cape Girardeau location, where the potato skins are a best-selling item. It also has patio seating and serves beer and wine. Delivery and carry-out service are available by calling 243-1887. Jerry Lynn bought the Cape Girardeau location, at 205 S. Plaza Way, in 2013, and also owns the new... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:17:03 -0600 Biz brief: New medical supplier in Cape http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/ragan/entry/61025 A new company, Alpha 3 Medical Equipment, has opened in Cape Girardeau. The company offers durable medical equipment and medical supplies, according to a news release from Tom Kelsey of Lorimont Place, the commercial broker that handled the lease transaction for the company's location. Alpha 3 is located in the Auburn Park Place building, inside Suite 207 at 3065 William St. The equipment list for the company includes respirators, wheelchairs, hospital beds, home dialysis systems,... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:32:27 -0600 Ward 2 candidate http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/ragan/entry/56935 Cape Girardeau city council Ward 2 candidate Shelly Moore did send a response for the story we ran today about Tuesday's primary, but not in time for it to be included in print. Here is what she said, via email sent Friday: Please tell me about yourself - "I graduated from Cape Central High in 1970. I am a gospel recording artist, Realtor and I work with United Way in the River Corridor Connection; a program designed to address everyday problems faced by citizen in the South and Red Star... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 13:04:28 -0600