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Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce After Hours on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 at BG's Olde Tyme Deli, sponsored by Fabick CAT Power Systems and Sam's Club.
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Entrepreneur competition to be held next month in Cape (01/21/15)
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 (01/19/15)
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 (01/19/15)
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 (01/19/15)
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 (01/19/15)
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 (01/19/15)
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? (01/19/15)
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 (01/19/15)
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 (01/19/15)
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)
Bankruptcies (01/19/15)
Bankruptcies filed through December 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...
Tax liens (01/19/15)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Drew Blattner, recorder of deeds, during December 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...
Health briefs (01/19/15)
GOLDEN LIVING CENTER EARNS BRONZE AWARD NEW MADRID, Mo. -- Golden Living Center--New Madrid received a Bronze Commitment to Quality Award from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living. The association's National Quality Award program honors centers across the nation that have demonstrated commitment to improving quality care for seniors and individuals with disabilities. ...
Names in the news (01/19/15)
BASLER APPOINTED COUNTY CORONER JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Eric D. Basler of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, as the new coroner for Ste. Genevieve County. He fills the vacancy after the October death of his father, Leo Basler, who had held the position for more than 30 years. Eric Basler is a licensed funeral director and embalmer, and part owner of Basler Funeral Home...
Business briefs (01/19/15)
BRIGGS AND STRATTON WINS ENGINE DESIGN AWARD POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Briggs and Stratton received an International Die Casting Design Award for a new engine base design that will be manufactured at the Poplar Bluff facility, the Daily American Republic reported. ...
Have a heart: February is American Heart Month - do you know the warning signs of heart trouble? (01/19/15)
There are plenty of observances tying health to a season or holiday in hopes of reminding people of annual screenings and other physical checks. Perhaps the most significant in terms of number of people affected is February. February is proclaimed American Heart Month each year by the president of the United States, and last year celebrated its 50th anniversary...
Pilates put the 'I' in fitness: Individualized routines can help improve strength, breathing and more (01/19/15)
It's the perennial workout dilemma: The spirit is willing, but the flesh is not quite up for CrossFit yet. Some people are able to forge through the first awkward months of an exercise regimen, but results can often be elusive, and many others become discouraged before the results appear...
A new lease on life: These health-care workers know firsthand the benefits of weight loss (01/19/15)
It's no secret that the United States has a problem with overweight and obesity. More than one-third of U.S. adults are obese, a number that has increased drastically in the past 20 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And it's not just adults who struggle: 17 percent of children and teenagers are also obese, says the CDC. The struggle is universal, affecting old and young, men and women, and all races and professions -- even health care providers...
Reaching your health potential: Dr. Matt Uchtman explains the keys to 'Maximized Living' (01/19/15)
Chiropractor Dr. Matt Uchtman is owner of Elevation Chiropractic/Maximized Living Health Center, a natural health care clinic in Cape Girardeau. He encourages following what are called the "5 Essentials" to identify health issue causes and allow patients to build health rather than mask or treat problems with medications and surgery. He holds certifications in nutrition, spinal correction and functional medicine. Here's a closer look at Uchtman's way of practice:...
Competition is meant to help area business startups (01/18/15) 5
A major startup business competition is launching in Cape Girardeau, led by a newly formed venture capital group and economic development partners. The co-working community and technology incubator Codefi, capital group Traverse Ventures and the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce are collaborating in the competition, called 1ST50K...
Record crowd expected for annual Jackson chamber banquet (01/15/15)
The Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce is expecting to see its largest crowd at the annual banquet Friday at the Bavarian Halle. Nearly 500 reservations had been made as of Wednesday afternoon, said Brian Gerau, the chamber's director. "This is our marquee event of the year," Gerau said, "and we are really excited that this looks like it will be the biggest one we've had."...
People on the Move 1/12/15 (01/12/15)
Rice "Pete" Burns Jr. will replace current chairman John M. Thompson on the Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority board as Thompson retires from the position, according to a news release from the port. Thompson, of Jackson, is president of the Bank of Missouri...
Business Notebook: Local developer breaks ground on townhomes (01/12/15)
Cape Girardeau native Kenny Pincksten, owner of Prestige Development, is building a five-unit town house complex on Cape Girardeau's North Main Street. The three-story town house row is the first part of a two-phase development Picksten is building on the west side of the street between Broadway and Isle Casino Cape Girardeau. A second phase will include a street-level, two-story commercial building, Pincksten said...
Big obstacles remain for drone revolution (01/12/15)
BOULEVARD, Calif. -- The drones are coming. Not as flying deliverymen that bring diapers, books or soup cans to your home, a vision put forth by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to much fanfare a little more than a year ago. Instead, drones will help spray crops, inspect high-voltage power lines and hover over movie sets to provide directors with new vantage points. They also will work for insurance companies, real estate agencies, ski resorts and dozens of other businesses...
Streak of solid hiring bolsters confidence about 2015 (01/12/15)
WASHINGTON -- A healthy month of hiring in December capped the best year for U.S. job growth since 1999, demonstrating that employers are more confident than they've been since the recession began. Nearly 3 million jobs were added in 2014, and continued solid hiring is expected to propel the economy this year to its fastest growth in a decade. The gains are putting distance between the strengthening American economy and struggling nations overseas...
Flying High: Cape Air closes out another growth year (01/11/15) 10
Now in its sixth year ferrying travelers between Cape Girardeau and St. Louis, Cape Air in 2014 experienced 6,511 boardings -- people flying from Cape Girardeau to St. Louis -- with 5,833 making the reverse trip. That compares to 6,431 boardings in 2013, and adds up to a nearly 37 percent increase in boardings since full-year service began in 2010...
KFVS12 gets new general manager (01/06/15)
Raycom Media announced multiple staffing changes to their stations Monday. Both Tim Ingram and Dave Thomason will be changing positions by the end of the month. Dave Thomason was announced as the successor to Tim Ingram, who has served as the vice president and general manager of KFVS12 and WQWQ, Raycom Media's CBS and CW affiliates in Cape Girardeau, since 2011. ...
Business Notebook: New members join Saint Francis boards (01/05/15)
Steve Dirnberger and Joey McLane were recently chosen to serve on boards that govern the Saint Francis Healthcare System. Dirnberger, an accountant and auditor at Stanley, Dirnberger, Hopper & Associates in Cape Girardeau, was appointed to the system's board of directors after previously serving on the system's health development board, according to a news release from Saint Francis...
People on the Move 1/5/15 (01/05/15)
Mike Nichols was recently was hired as the new chief information officer for SoutheastHEALTH. Nichols is originally from Missouri and holds a master's degree in computer resources and information systems management from Webster University, according to a news release. He also is a certified professional in health information technology and a certified information systems security professional...
Low oil prices unlikely to hurt railroads much (01/05/15)
The collapse in oil prices over the past few months won't derail the railroads' profit engine even if it slows the growth in crude shipments seen in recent years. Carloads of crude oil spiked well over 4,000 percent between 2008 and last year -- from 9,500 carloads to 435,560 -- as production boomed and the cost for a barrel of oil soared into the triple digits...
Fast-food resolution: Transform junk food image (01/05/15)
NEW YORK -- Fast-food chains have a New Year's resolution: Drop the junk. As people express distaste for food they think is overly processed, McDonald's, Taco Bell and other chains are trying to shed their reputation for serving reheated meals that are loaded with chemicals. That includes rethinking the use of artificial preservatives and other ingredients customers find objectionable...

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