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Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, at United Land Title in Jackson.
Yahoo's CEO is running out of time to turn things around
SAN FRANCISCO -- Marissa Mayer's nearly four-year quest to turn around Yahoo needs a turnaround itself, repeating a pattern of futility that has hobbled one of the Internet's best-known companies for the past decade. Like her predecessors as Yahoo CEO, Mayer has been unable to snap the company out of a financial funk despite spending billions on acquisitions and new projects. ...
Urban farmers find success often leads to eviction
OMAHA, Neb. -- After four years of growing and selling produce in the heart of Omaha, Ali Clark has become expert at yanking out her black raspberry bushes and replanting them at another site. It's a prickly chore Clark loathes, but one she can't avoid as her Big Muddy Farm has had to move from one vacant lot to another, even though the business was thriving...
Don't get Grinched by cybercrime during the holiday season
NEW YORK -- Online fraud spikes during the holiday shopping season, as people searching for the perfect gifts take to cyberspace and head to traditional stores armed with their smartphones. "The Pandora's box of cyberattacks is about to open," said Pete Tyrrell, chief operating officer for Digital Guardian, a Waltham, Massachusetts-based data-protection firm. "The cybercriminals are getting more and more creative -- and at the end of the day, it's your personal information at risk."...
People on the Move 11/30/2015
Saint Francis Medical Center has added board-certified neurologist Dr. Sisira Yadala to its medical partners. Yadala earned medical and surgical degrees at Osmania Medical College in Koti, Hyderabad, India, and finished her preliminary internal medicine residency at Westlake Hospital, Resurrection Health Care, in Melrose Park, Illinois. ...
Downtown goes bigger with Small Business Saturday promotions
Local shoppers headed downtown Saturday to partake in deals and giveaways during the second official Cape Girardeau Small Business Saturday. Thanks to a popular promotion from credit-card company American Express, the Saturday after Thanksgiving has been designated the mom-and-pop business version of Black Friday...
More than 30 downtown stores taking part in Small Business Saturday
Shoppers taking a calmer, more personal approach to holiday gift-buying will have an opportunity Saturday morning to support local businesses while possibly taking home a little something for themselves. For the second year, Old Town Cape has arranged a more organized Small Business Saturday for downtown businesses...
Cape stores will be on lookout for Black Friday thieves
'Tis the season for long lines, people camping for days outside a store waiting to get a good deal, and for thieves looking to take advantage of maximum shopping populations and a busy retail workforce. "You still get customers who love the excitement and the instant gratification. ...
Business Notebook: Cask lounge opens next to Primo Vino
Like many of the business' offerings, the concept for Cask is one that has aged. Proprietor Keller Ford said when he first started thinking about a companion business for Primo Vino about three years ago, the idea was for a high-end, full-service bar and lounge with comfortable seating...
People on the Move 11/23/15
Cape Girardeau native Rich Payne has been named a Leading Lawyer by the Law Bulletin Publishing Co., a distinction given only to the top 5 percent of lawyers. The honor is awarded annually through a rigorous peer review and vetting, according to a news release from Robinson Payne LLC. Payne was founding and managing partner of Richmond A. Payne and Associates in Cape Girardeau. He now lives and works in Hoffman Estates, Illinois...
Sugar, corn industries settle sweetener spat; terms remain secret
LOS ANGELES -- The sugar and corn industries ended their bitter billion-dollar dispute over sweeteners Friday in a secret out-of-court settlement. The deal midway through a trial in Los Angeles federal court put an end to dueling lawsuits that pitted sugar processors against the makers of high-fructose corn syrup over losses each side blamed on efforts by their rival to win over consumers...
EPA says VW cheating software is on more vehicles
WASHINGTON -- Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal widened Friday after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the German automaker used software to cheat on pollution tests on more six-cylinder diesel vehicles than originally thought. Volkswagen told the EPA and the California Air Resources Board the software is on about 85,000 Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche vehicles with 3-liter engines going to the 2009 model year...
Utilities see potential in drones to inspect lines, towers
BLENHEIM, N.Y. -- U.S. utilities see great potential in the use of remote-controlled drones to do the often-dangerous work of inspecting power lines and transmission towers, but strict regulations so far have slowed adoption of the technology. The remote-controlled devices make the work of linemen safer, more efficient and less expensive, according to the Electric Power Research Institute, which last month put on a three-day workshop to help nearly a dozen utilities choose the best machines for the job. ...
Business notebook: Area baker discovers sweet spot for sales
Michelle Chesser says this is has been "the year." The baker behind the popular cinnamon rolls and other sweet treats at Home Sweet Home Family Bakery said during 2015, her business has really taken off. Chesser said she used to get excited when she was able to sell four pans of the cinnamon rolls at the Cape Girardeau Farmers' Market...
Elizabeth (Lizbe) Knote: Cape Kil Pest Control
Bedbugs, beware -- Elizabeth (Lizbe) Knote has you on her radar! Knote, who has been working on a product to kill bedbugs since 2010, recently received a patent for her Bed Bug Baker. "I started working on the invention in September 2010," she says. "It went through several prototypes, and two years ago, I made the final design."...
Making payments with digital options from Venmo to Facebook
NEW YORK -- Cash is passe, say digital mavens. If you really want to pay your friends back for that pizza party, use an app to shoot money to their mobile-phone number -- or their Facebook account. Such technology-enabled peer-to-peer payments are growing quickly. Forrester Research predicts mobile peer-to-peer payments will hit $17 billion by 2019, growing an average of 26 percent annually...
People on the move 11/16/2015
Jomo Castro has been named regional director of external affairs at AT&T. He represents the company in Southeast Missouri, where he is the point of contact handling inquiries and legislative and community-affairs initiatives, according to a news release from AT&T. Castro will assist with new technology deployment and infrastructure investment. Castro has been with AT&T more than 15 years and lives in Webster Groves, Missouri...
Boats sit idle as algae threatens Dungeness crab season
San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf typically bustles this time of year as workers prepare to haul millions of pounds of Dungeness crab that are a tradition at Thanksgiving and other holiday meals. But crab pots are sitting empty on docks, boats are idled, and fishermen are waiting for California authorities to open the lucrative Dungeness crab season...
Consumers drive rapid shift to cage-free eggs in U.S.
WAUKON, Iowa -- Alert and curious, hundreds of hens with bright red crowns and faces strolled out of a large chicken house midmorning into the fresh air and a fenced pasture amid rolling fields of alfalfa, clover, corn and soybeans. They clucked and cooed, pecked and scratched at the ground...
Names in the news
STEPHENS NAMED TO CORN COUNCIL ADVANCE, Mo. -- Clint Stephens of Advance was elected to the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council board of directors. He has farmed for 35 years, producing corn, wheat, soybeans and rice with his brother in Stoddard County. Stephens replaces Jim Stuever of Dexter, Missouri, on the MCMC board. Stephens will be nominated to the Missouri Corn Growers Association board at the organization's annual meeting in January...
SAINT FRANCIS ANNOUNCES ADMINISTRATIVE CHANGES Calendar 2: Saint Francis Healthcare System announced several administrative changes in its organizational structure. The changes came Oct. 5 from Steven C. Bjelich, president and CEO. Teri Kreitzer, director of human resources, accepted a new role as vice president -- human resources and administrative services, Bjelich said. ...
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during October include the following: Take Out Express, 1833 Georgia St. Vending Palooza, 3049 William St. Dan the Lockman, 329 Albert St. Caring Touch Center, 3120 Independence St., Suite 3 Jimmy Cook contractor, 2721 Hawthorne Road...
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Drew Blattner, recorder of deeds, during October are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at (573) 243-8123...
Bankruptcies filed through October for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case numbers. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
SKYVIEW ANIMAL CLINIC CUTS RIBBON Skyview Animal Clinic, 2139 Megan Drive in Cape Girardeau, held a ribbon cutting on Oct. 9. KELLERMAN FOUNDATION CUTS RIBBON Kellerman Foundation and Museum, 102 N. Main St. in Cape Girardeau, held a ribbon cutting on Oct. 14...
Drs. Colleen Retz and Liza Jones: Bollinger County Veterinary Service
The veterinarians at Bollinger County Veterinary Service are closer than co-workers -- they're business partners, passionate about helping animals, and even sisters-in-law. "We're a family-owned business," Dr. Colleen Retz says. "We even went to veterinary school together."...
Malinda Milam: M Kay Supply
Malinda Milam of Benton, Missouri, had what you might call a banner year in 2014. On Jan. 28, she gave birth to identical twin daughters, and on Dec. 16 of that same year, she opened M Kay Supply, a farm, hardware and home store in Benton. "We were definitely on the fast track that year," she says...
Jo Gaul: Tribute Farms
Jo Gaul, along with her husband, Peter, and sons, Frankie and Josh, owns and operates a grass-fed dairy farm in Benton, Missouri, called Tribute Farms. Each family member has a specific role in the operation of the farm. "My husband, Peter, is the business manager," Gaul says. "Our oldest son, Frankie, is the operating manager. He oversees the feeding, grazing and on- farm operations. Our youngest son, Josh, is the herd manager. He oversees the herds and manages the milking and breeding."...
Laura Ritter: Ritter Real Estate
While Laura Ritter has been a busy, successful Realtor for the past 15 years, she "took it up a notch" on July 20, 2014, by opening her own company, Ritter Real Estate. A little over a year later, she opened an office in the old federal building on Broadway in Cape Girardeau...
Christy Smith: The Plant Lady
Two months ago, Christy Smith took over The Plant Lady, the business she had formerly co-owned with Beth Preston for the past 11 years. Debbie Naeter, who hired Smith in 1999, originally owned the Cape Girardeau store. "I have a biology background, so I came to work with Debbie because I was a mom, needing a job working," Smith says...
Dr. Patty Merkley: Southeast Smiles
Dr. Patty Merkley is a licensed dentist and owner of Southeast Smiles, a pediatric dentistry office new to Cape Girardeau. Merkley grew up in Cape Girardeau, but left for dental school and other opportunities. She returned with her family last year and decided to open her own practice...