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Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hour on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 at Katy O'Ferrell's in Cape Girardeau.
Cape Riverfront Market meeting invites prospective vendors
A meeting will be held March 5 for those interested in being a vendor for the Cape Riverfront Market's 2015 season. Vendors must be within 100 miles and produce their own goods. A news release from the market says it seeks a variety of vendors for farm goods, such as fruits, vegetables and meat; artisan crafts; value-added products such as jams, jellies and baked items; and prepared foods...
Two area funeral homes combine into one
Two funeral homes with long family histories in the business have found a connection as one expands. Ford and Sons Funeral Home announced in early February it purchased Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home in Jackson, which brings a fourth funeral home under the Ford and Sons name...
36 Restaurant & Bar opens on Main Street
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 fresh food daily and a dining experience with "elegant and comfortable ambiance." Space for private parties is available on the restaurant's second floor, with a view of the Mississippi River. ...
Local businesses honored at advertising awards
Local businesses and students were recognized Friday for their advertising creativity at the Tri-State Advertising and Marketing Professionals' American Advertising Awards Show. A total of 140 print, interactive, broadcast and multimedia advertising projects, all created, published or aired in the Cape Girardeau; Paducah, Kentucky; and Harrisburg, Illinois, markets in 2014, were considered in this year's competition...
Nixon to explore opportunities for agricultural trade with Cuba
Missouri's governor recently heard Bootheel rice and cotton growers' hopes for a mission that will cover the potential for expanded agricultural trade between Cuba and the United States. Since January, Gov. Jay Nixon has been preparing for an early March trip to Cuba, where he plans to meet with members of the Cuban agriculture cabinet, government secretaries and public and private interests who represent transportation and commerce...
Business Notebook 2/16/15: Regional advertising award banquet is Friday
The annual awards presentation for the best advertising pieces in Cape Girardeau and other area markets is set for Friday at Drury Lodge in Cape Girardeau. Tri-State Advertising & Marketing Professionals, a regional not-for-profit organization for people who work in advertising and marketing, is holding the "Gone Girl"-themed American Advertising Awards ceremony that begins at 5:30 p.m. The awards given at the ceremony formerly were known as ADDYs...
Google Startup competition a first for Cape Girardeau entrepreneurs
Downtown Cape Girardeau's co-working community is planning to host the Southeast Missouri region's first Google Startup Weekend in mid-March, which organizers say will give aspiring entrepreneurs a chance to transform innovative ideas into something more...
Cape Girardeau RadioShack to close
Cape Girardeau's RadioShack is closing its doors as the nationwide company recently filed for bankruptcy. The store is in West Park Mall's west wing. On Monday, the electronics retailer had a liquidation sale in progress at the mall with a sign out front indicating the store is in its last seven days of business...
Southeast media center planning begins this week
Southeast Missouri State University's planning for a new Center for Excellence in Mass Media will begin this week with a meeting of the minds to determine what changes are required to transform the 51-year-old former First Federal Savings and Loan Building at 325 Broadway in Cape Girardeau into a state-of-the-art, hands-on media learning center...
People on the Move 2/9/15
Hendrickson Business Advisors, a firm providing management and marketing consulting in Cape Girardeau, recently hired Alison Niermann as its new director of business development. Niermann is from Chesterfield, Missouri, and has experience in employee recruitment, training and business development, according to a release from the firm, and has worked as a radio account representative, with hospitals in recruitment marketing and strategy, training and succession planning and created a successful online parenting publication.. ...
Business Notebook: Google weekend planned for Cape Girardeau
Cape Girardeau's co-working community, Codefi, will host the first-ever Google Startup Weekend in March. From March 13 to 15, Codefi is inviting budding entrepreneurs to pitch ideas to a panel and form groups that will compete for prizes, according to a news release...
RadioShack store in Cape on list for possible closure
The RadioShack store at West Park Mall in Cape Girardeau is among more than 1,700 slated for potential closure in the wake of the electronics retailer filing for bankruptcy Thursday. RadioShack on Friday posted a document called "potential store closures list." Its Cape Girardeau store at the mall was on the list...
Cape Farmers Market signs on to remain at mall site
The seasonal Cape Farmers Market looks to have found a permanent home after a move last year from the location it used for 27 years. In 2014, the weekly market began operating behind West Park Mall instead of in the parking lot of the former Plaza Galleria retail center on Independence Street. The market moved to make way for construction of the new Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market store, which opened last week...
What slowing economy? Consumers in a mood to spend
There's a good reason the U.S. economy is impressing the world despite a slowdown in the final three months of 2014: In a word, steadiness. Companies have hired at healthy rates for the past year. Layoffs hover near historic lows. Auto sales are strong. Gas prices have sunk. Congressional budget fights have faded. Americans are increasingly confident...
Business Notebook: Ford and Sons buys Cracraft-Miller in Jackson
Ford and Sons Funeral Home announced Friday it has purchased Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home in Jackson, effective at the end of January. "We have great respect for the Cracraft-Miller tradition of service and feel it's a good fit for the way we do business," Kevin Ford, president of Ford and Sons, said in a news release...
Hatfields, McCoys make up to make legal moonshine
GILBERT, W.Va. -- After generations of bootlegging, direct descendants of the Hatfields have teamed with the McCoy name to produce legal moonshine in southern West Virginia with the state's blessing -- the start of a new legacy for the families made famous for their 19th-century feud...
Governor touts workforce training designation during visit
A Wednesday visit from Gov. Jay Nixon to a Jackson company brought Cape Girardeau County an official designation as a Certified Work Ready Community, or one that successfully matches workforce training with economic development needs. While speaking to a group of local businesspeople, elected officials and community organization representatives at Mondi, a packaging company, Nixon said the county is one of only 12 in the state that has received the designation through an initiative led by American College Testing, or ACT.. ...
Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market opens
Cape Girardeau's newest grocery store looked about like the weekend before a major holiday as shoppers flocked to Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market on Wednesday. The new store on Independence Street celebrated with an early morning ribbon-cutting and opened for business, marking a fourth Wal-Mart store to operate in the Cape Girardeau/Jackson area...
Area advertising products judged at competition over weekend
Three advertising professionals from Missouri and Nebraska spent about 10 hours Saturday judging the annual Tri-State and Jonesboro, Arkansas, Advertising and Marketing Professionals best advertising in the tri-state area competition. And by 3 p.m. that day, their spirits were still high...
Business Notebook: Cape Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market opens Wednesday
The newest Wal-Mart 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 new 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 Wal-Mart pickup, where customers can shop online at Walmart.com for products not carried in the store and have the items delivered there for free.. ...
$2 gasoline: Good times keep rolling at the pump
NEW YORK -- At some point this will end, perhaps even soon. The price of gasoline will not fall to zero. But for the first time since 2009, most Americans are paying less than $2 a gallon. Just three months ago experts were shocked when it fell under $3...
Entrepreneur competition to be held next month in Cape
Local entrepreneurs who compete in a new Delta Regional Authority pitch competition could become part of a regional network designed to promote business growth. Cape Girardeau also will hold a Delta Challenge competition event planned for five regional states in February and March. ...
Region's chambers assist young pros with networking
For those newly graduated from college or starting as entrepreneurs, the business world can be an intimidating place. Between building the right image, finding the best location and networking within the community, it often seems like a daunting task...
Healthy for life: Four health improvements you can make today that will pay off for a lifetime
Four health improvements you can make today that will pay off for a lifetime Improving your health and wellness can seem like a daunting task, especially if you know you have some bad health habits to break. But, several improvements you can make today can result in tremendous health benefits...
Business Notebook: River City Biologicals to develop sister company in Brazil
River City Biologicals, a local manufacturer of raw animal products, recently announced an international expansion. The company's partners, George "Skip" Wrape and Jerad Busch, recently purchased a share of the Brazilian company FBS Do Brasil Biotecnologia LTDA. The new company, according to a news release, collects and processes animal serums used in biotechnology similar to the Cape Girardeau company. The Brazilian company will take on the name of the Cape Girardeau company...
People on the Move 1/19/15
Keith Boeller was named chief executive officer of Cape Retirement Community Inc., which owns The Chateau Girardeau independent and assisted-living and nursing facility in Cape Girardeau. Boeller is a certified public accountant and business leader. He is a member of the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce and a board member of First State Community Bank...
Buck up, profits down: High dollar dents U.S. company earnings
WASHINGTON -- The victims vary: Fast-food colossus McDonald's. Technology giant Oracle. Medical device maker Cooper Cos. The culprit's the same: A surging U.S. dollar. A symbol of American economic might, the rising dollar is denting the earnings of U.S. companies that operate overseas. The damage started showing in results for the July-to-September period, and the picture will likely get uglier as companies report earnings for the final three months of 2014...
What has happened to the Swiss franc?
NEW YORK -- One of the world's safest investments -- the Swiss franc -- swung wildly last week after the central bank in Switzerland announced it would scrap its policy of limiting the rise of the currency. It may seem like an arcane move, but it's not. The Swiss National Bank's surprise decision Thursday caused the franc to surge against the euro and dollar, sending shock waves through the global financial system...
Monsanto awarded U.S. approval for new GMO seeds
ST. LOUIS -- Agriculture business giant Monsanto Co. said Thursday it received approval from the Department of Agriculture for new cotton and soybean seeds designed to be used with a new herbicide. Monsanto's business is built on genetically modified seeds and herbicide. The company's seeds are designed to increase yield, deter pests and tolerate weed-killing chemicals, particularly the company's Roundup, a staple for farmers...
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during December include the following:
KT Power Systems, out of town
The Bar, 117 Themis St.
The Bar, 117 Themis St. (liquor license)