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Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at Montgomery Bank in Jackson.
Small Business and Technology Development Center to offer first online-only Operation Jumpstart program
An eight-week session of Operation JumpStart, a training program for entrepreneurs, soon will be available online, which is new for the program. Southeast Missouri State University's Small Business & Technology Development Center hosts the program, which teaches participants to evaluate business ideas and complete a feasilibility plan, according to a news release from the university...
People on the Move
Adam Elfrink, a representative for Modern Woodmen of America in Cape Girardeau, recently completed a five-day educational training program at the company's home office in Rock Island, Illinois. The program covered helping families "plan for life" and "reach financial goals" with the company, according to a news release, and featured speakers on topics such as technology, fraternalism and underwriting...
Southeast to host Small Business Week presentation
In celebration of National Small Business week hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Missouri Innovation Corp. at Southeast Missouri State University will host a presentation, "Dream Big, Start Small," on May 6. The presentation is scheduled for noon in Glenn Auditorium of Dempster Hall and is open to students and the public...
State funds release means SEMO Port will add railroad tracks
A release of $3 million from Missouri's general revenue budget by Gov. Jay Nixon earlier this month means the Southeast Missouri Port Authority will move ahead this year on a project to add railroad tracks, accelerating development of the port's infrastructure...
Meat processor says pollution was unintentional
Owners of a Cape Girardeau County meat processing company accused of illegal water pollution by the Missouri attorney general's office say any release of slaughterhouse waste that may have affected a nearby creek during the past few years was unintentional...
Bjelich: Collaboration key to successful leadership
Steve Bjelich might have one of the most demanding positions in Cape Girardeau and the Cape Girardeau County region. As the president and chief executive officer of Saint Francis Medical Center, he oversees the occupations and responsibilities of 2,700 employees on a daily basis. ...
Business Notebook: Old Town Cape to host award celebration party, show video
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 the best example of commercial district revitalization, this year during a conference in Atlanta...
Bankruptcies filed through March 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...
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during March include the following: Hyperion Security and Logistics, 2850 Whitener St. A7 Olde Towne Cape Brewing LLC, 132 N. Main St. Meehan, Brenda K., 113 Independence St. Dosvita Designs LLC, 233 Bellevue St...
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Drew Blattner, recorder of deeds, during March 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...
LAGUARDIA JOINS SOUTHEAST HEALTH Dr. James J. LaGuardia joined SoutheastHEALTH's medical staff. He is affiliated with Southeast Neurology. He is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and before coming to Cape Girardeau served as a neurologist at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Marion, Illinois, according to a news release...
Names in the news
MONDI JACKSON HONORS EMPLOYEES Bradley Ahrens of Oak Ridge was employee of the month for March at Mondi Jackson Inc. Ahrens, a material handler, has been with the company since March 5, 2012. Mondi Jackson also recognizes the following employment anniversaries: Melody Burroughs, 15 years of service; Joshua Schultz, 10 years; and Terry Campbell, five years...
CONSIGNMENT, FURNITURE STORE OPENS IN JACKSON The Hidden Attic, a furniture and consignment store, opened March 16 at the former location of Ross Furniture on South High Street in Jackson. Owner Daniel Glasco said in a news release the store will offer furniture from store closeouts, factory overruns and local consignments of home décor. The store formerly operated in Marion, Illinois, but is moving to Jackson because of the attraction of the area and the market, Glasco said...
The digital age: From social media to geo-positioning, digital marketing has become commonplace - and continues to grow
Digital devices are everywhere and people are using them constantly -- so much so, that digital marketing has become commonplace. "There's so much digital that is going on in the world of advertising and promotion," says Dr. John Cherry, a professor at Southeast Missouri University, who teaches advertising, marketing, promotions and public relations. "Everybody is being buffeted by this technology."...
Stay focused: Tips on hosting a productive focus group event
Businesses that want to test a strategy or gauge perceptions and opinions of a product or service may turn to focus groups to help provide answers and clarity. But exactly how and why are focused groups used? And what goes into hosting a productive focus group event?...
Holding steady: Unemployment rates down, business formation up in Southeast Missouri
A steadying job market looks to have returned to Southeast Missouri as area unemployment rates recently reached the lowest mark in years, and some labor market summaries are unchanging -- but whether it will stay is uncertain. Unemployment during October, November and December in the Cape Girardeau metropolitan statistical area was below 5 percent, the first time since fall 2007 that rates have been so low for three consecutive months, according to data from the U.S. ...
Providing coverage: Hiring new employees this year? Here's what you need to know about the Affordable Care Act
This year the Affordable Care Act is prompting many changes for businesses -- for some, there is a new requirement to offer health insurance plans or face fines; for others, 2015 is marked as the year businesses can begin offering affordable plans to employees through the federally run marketplace exchange...
Get hired: Do's and don'ts for your next job interview
Job interviews can make anyone nervous and anxious. But, there are things you can do to set yourself apart from the other candidates and increase your chances of landing the job. There also are things you should never, ever do on a job interview. Below is a list of interview do's and don'ts from area experts...
Solving the information puzzle: Talking communications with Nicolette Brennan, public information manager for the City of Cape Girardeau
As public information manager for the City of Cape Girardeau, Nicolette Brennan is something of a vehicle between city operations and the community. Whether she's sending news releases and coordinating media interviews or fixing website bugs and programming errors, her goal is to provide access to all the information people need to make wise decisions and improve their quality of life...
Business notebook: Nearly 87,000 Missouri jobs supported by international exports, report says
A report released last week by the U.S. Department of Commerce touts export activity as a major support for jobs in Missouri during 2014. Goods exports from Missouri supported 86,602 jobs during the year, which is an 11.4 percent increase from 2009, according to the Department of Commerce's Jobs Supported by State Exports 2014 economic brief...
Seasonal-crop farms operate year-round
Every day the LeGrands have to move their electric fence about 40 feet down the field to provide fresh grass for their livestock. There's a daily routine Steven LeGrand, his wife, Geri, and their four children go through. They gather eggs, transfer their horses from one pen to another, and then scoot the electric fence down the pasture allowing the sheep and cows to graze...
People on the Move 4/13/15
Debbie Thurman of Coldwell Banker Abernathy Realty in Jackson recently was named the 2014 Realtor of the Year by the Cape Girardeau County Board of Realtors. Candidates for the award are nominated and selected by their peers and must meet strict application requirements, including service to the organization, their use of ethical business practices and their commitment to serving the community, according to a news release from the board. ...
People on the move 4/6/15
Richard R. Cuba, certified wealth strategist at Cuba Financial Group in Cape Girardeau, recently attended Circle of Excellence meetings in Aruba, where he met with senior management of the First Allied and Cetera Financial Group. Cuba, according to a news release, is a member of the adviser group Chairman's Emeritus Council, which serves the group for First Allied Securities Inc., and First Allied Advisory Inc...
Business notebook: Perryville KOA becomes Jellystone Park franchise
A campground in Perryville, Missouri, is reopening under a new name and management. The Perryville KOA campground now is 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 have upgrades with the reopening, including improved water, sewer and electrical hookups; a remodeled park store and restrooms; landscaping; and re-graveled campsites. ...
Automating the customer service experience: What does it mean for the service industry?
Many among us don't remember a time when ATMs were rare and banking took place face-to-face across a counter. There was a time when checking in for a flight or for a night at a hotel involved paper, people and patience. The first ATM made its debut at Barclay's Bank in London in 1967. Supermarket self-checkout stations were introduced in the 1990s and now are in use not only at grocery stores, but also at a range of big-box retailers...
Sitework nearly finished for Pepsi tenant at business park
Progress on a Pepsi MidAmerica customer service center at the Greater Cape Girardeau Business Park should become more visible soon, as sitework is nearly finished for the park's first tenant. "We are just waiting for the weather to break so we can begin full force," said Larry Chambers, director of facilities for Pepsi MidAmerica...
People on the move 3/30/15
Lucas Presson recently was named general manager of rustmedia, the full service advertising agency of Rust Communications. Presson previously was editorial-page editor for the Southeast Missourian and special projects manager. He continues to serve on the newspaper editorial board and work on other newspaper projects, including the Semoball Awards, Spirit of America Award and management of Arrow Digital, which produces the student newspaper and news website for Southeast Missouri State University.. ...
Internet outages reveal gaps in U.S. broadband
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed a glaring vulnerability in the nation's Internet infrastructure: no backup systems in many places...
Business Notebook: Nearly Perfect Shoes closing Jackson store
Nearly Perfect Shoes, a shoe store with four Southeast Missouri locations, will consolidate to three with the closing of its Jackson store on April 30. Robert Petch, a member of the ownership group for Nearly Perfect Shoes, said Jackson has been a good market for the store since it opened there in the early 1990s, but he sees more opportunity in growing the Cape Girardeau location...
Area port wants to keep growth going
Coming off a record-setting year for cargo shipped in and out of the Southeast Missouri Regional Port, officials are looking at the keys for turning expansion possibilities into solid plans. Local economic development representatives call the port one of the Mississippi River's "premier" small ports, with potential for continued growth...