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Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce After Hours on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 at Ray's Banquet Center, sponsored by PC Wellness Centers and Leet EyeCare.
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SoutheastHEALTH proceeds with efficiency plans (11/21/14) 8
SoutheastHEALTH's executives say "financial improvement" and "operational refinement" are the goals of an initiative underway that recently has produced changes in leadership and will identify efficiencies needed to help its health-care organizations face a challenging time...
Missouri unemployment drops amid job growth (11/19/14) 1
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's unemployment dropped slightly to its lowest rate since June 2008. The state Department of Economic Development released data Tuesday showing the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped from 6.3 percent in September to 5.9 percent in October...
Rust Communications buys former bank building downtown (11/18/14) 3
A downtown Cape Girardeau property is under new ownership with the sale of the former bank building at 325 Broadway to Rust Communications Inc. The company, which owns the Southeast Missourian newspaper, the digital agency rustmedia and a minority share of Mississippi River Radio, closed on the building Oct. 31. It previously was owned by Merriwether Investments, which is run by John and Jerriane Wyman...
Business briefs (11/17/14)
CAPE GIRARDEAU PARTNERSHIP HAS NEW NAME The Cape Girardeau Partnership for Higher Education was renamed Cape College Center. The institution's advisory council approved the new name after the presidents of the three partnering institutions -- Southeast Missouri State University, Three Rivers College and Mineral Area College -- agreed to the change...
Empowering women to greatness: An interview with the ladies behind the annual Power of Women Luncheon (11/17/14)
Southeast Missouri State University will host its fourth annual Power of Women Luncheon on March 11, with the goal of connecting female students with opportunities, mentors and resources to enrich their education and entry to the career world. The event also raises scholarship funds for female students and highlights the accomplishments of female students and alumni...
Business licenses (11/17/14)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during October include the following: 3 Sons Construction, out of town; Amanda Miller, 1610 N. Kingshighway, Suite 107 (booth rental); Barbara Hammers, 301 Christine St. (booth rental)...
Bankruptcies (11/17/14)
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...
Tax liens (11/17/14)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, 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...
Health briefs (11/17/14)
ENDODONTICS PRACTICE OPENS IN NEW LOCATION Cape Endodontics moved its practice to 2502 Tanner Drive, Suite 203 in Cape Girardeau. The practice moved from Doctors' Park. COLBERT, CRAWFORD RECOGNIZED FOR SERVICE Angie Colbert, a certified paraoptometric at Leet EyeCare on North Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau, was named the business' Above and Beyond recipient for September. ...
Names in the news (11/17/14)
EDDLEMAN REAPPOINTED TO RIVER CAMPUS BOARD The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents reappointed Dr. William Eddleman as a university representative on the River Campus Board of Managers. His new term will expire Dec. 1, 2017. His current term expires Dec. 1 of this year. Eddleman is the provost at Southeast and holds the rank of professor in the department of biology. He is in his 20th year at Southeast...
Dr. Judee Gaeta of Vitality Clinic (11/17/14)
Dr. Judee Gaeta is a physician, and she's also somewhat of a lifestyle consultant. On the staff of Vitality Clinic, Gaeta counsels patients on how to live healthier lives based on her understanding of the body's hormones and how their balance or disproportion might affect the way they feel...
Sherry Yaeger, co-owner of Sherry Yaeger's Renaissance (11/17/14)
Sherry Yaeger feels as if she's come full circle. The Cape Girardeau shop that began as Renaissance in 2001 is now Sherry Yaeger's Renaissance -- Art. Style. Living. "Initially, I started the store to showcase my art. When we bought the building [139 Main St.] in 2002, the business basically exploded, and my husband, Mike, who had been in the insurance business 20-some years, stepped in to help in the operational side of it. ...
Becky Brown, owner of Cakes Reanimated (11/17/14)
Becky Brown developed a taste for cake decorating when she was only 16 and working at Dairy Queen. "My boss taught me a few things and directed me toward the Wilton cake decorating books, and I started teaching myself," she says. She decorated her first wedding cake at age 19 or 20, and after getting compliments on her work, she began considering cakes as a career path. She'd always enjoyed baking, and she was studying art and painting at Southeast Missouri State University...
Ashley Hahs, owner of BLAST! Event & Party Bus and Paws Pet Taxi (11/17/14)
When Ashley Hahs was a little girl, her father told her this: "I don't care what you do with your life, but do it to the best of your abilities. I don't care if you are a garbage collector -- you be the best garbage collector there is." Hahs didn't turn out to be a garbage collector after all, but she's applied her father's advice to all aspects of her life...
Susan Layton, attorney at Layton & Southard LLC (11/17/14)
As a little girl, Susan Layton often would spend Saturday mornings with her father, John Layton, at his law office. "I'd spend my time scribbling on legal pads," says Layton, now herself a lawyer, and in practice with her father. "He's a great mentor; he's patient and very knowledgeable. ...
Sikeston native Karla Bakersmith to speak at 2015 Power of Women Luncheon (11/17/14)
Karla Bakersmith, president and CEO of St. Louis-based Scrubs & Beyond, will be the keynote speaker at the fourth annual Power of Women Luncheon on March 11 at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau. "Women in business today make other women successful when they mentor and help them," says Bakersmith. ...
Can low oil prices help the environment? (11/17/14)
NEW YORK -- Deepwater drilling rigs are sitting idle. Fracking plans are being scaled back. Enormous new projects to squeeze oil out of the tar sands of Canada are being shelved. Maybe low oil prices aren't so bad for the environment after all. The global price of oil has plummeted 31 percent in just five months, a steep and surprising drop after a four-year period of prices near or above $100 a barrel...
Business Notebook: State sets higher minimum wage rate for 2015 (11/17/14)
Missouri's minimum wage starting Jan. 1 will be set at $7.65 per hour, according to a news release from the state labor department. All businesses except for retail and service businesses with annual gross sales of less than $500,000 are required to pay at least that amount per hour to employees...
People on the Move 11/17/14 (11/17/14)
Jane Unterreiner, nurse navigator for Women's and Children's Services at SoutheastHEALTH, recently received the Devoted Efforts Award from the Southeast Missouri Division of the March of Dimes. Unterreiner was presented with the award "for her big heart, her generosity and her devoted efforts" to the organization, said Beth Simmons, division director for the March of Dimes, in a news release from SoutheastHEALTH...
Small businesses step up social media game for holiday (11/17/14)
NEW YORK -- Monif Clarke didn't have a social media strategy for her women's clothing company until this year, when she hired a consultant to help build one. The holiday social media marketing plan for New York-based Monif C. Plus Sizes includes contests promoted on Facebook with prizes such as a $1,000 wardrobe. ...
AT&T stops adding Web tracking codes on cellphones (11/17/14)
WASHINGTON -- AT&T Mobility, the nation's second-largest cellular provider, said it's no longer attaching hidden Internet tracking codes to data transmitted from its users' smartphones. The practice made it nearly impossible to shield its subscribers' identities online...
Codefi shows a new form of entrepreneurship (11/12/14) 2
A concept known as coworking -- popular in urban centers for creating new businesses, fostering entrepreneurial growth and bringing independent workers into a community -- has begun in downtown Cape Girardeau. Codefi, a new coworking center and business community, is offering memberships at a state-of-the-art office inside the former federal building at 339 Broadway. ...
Zickfield's store soon will mark 75th year (11/10/14) 1
In today's bustling society, it's rare to find a business owner who remembers your name. Shop owners see so many faces daily, the chance they recognize a repeat customer is slim. But that's not the case at Zickfield's Jeweler and Gifts, owner Kent Zickfield said. There, he connects with his customers on a personal level and ensures his products are more than satisfactory. This is the result of placing 75 years of dedication into a line of work he finds rewarding, he said...
Business Notebook: Local businesses preparing for Small Business Saturday promotions (11/10/14)
Businesses in Cape Girardeau and Jackson are trying to draw holiday shoppers by participating in Small Business Saturday on Nov. 29. The day is designated the Saturday after Black Friday, and was established in 2010 by American Express to help encourage the patronage of small establishments, according to a news release from the local downtown revitalization organization Old Town Cape...
People on the Move 11/10/14 (11/10/14)
n Sara Gerau has been named executive director of the Southeast Missouri chapter of the American Red Cross. The appointment was effective Nov. 1, according to a news release from the organization. Gerau is a native of Southeast Missouri and has a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia. ...
Toy makers' new darlings: Tiny critics on YouTube (11/10/14)
NEW YORK -- A snaggletooth 8-year-old. A middle schooler with a punk rocker bob cut and big earrings. Tween siblings with a penchant for playing. These are among the young power brokers who will determine toys that will be under Christmas trees this year...
Business Notebook: Better Business Bureau opens Cape Girardeau branch (11/03/14)
Consumers and businesses will have local access to the services offered by the Better Business Bureau starting today with the opening of a new Cape Girardeau office. Services of the organization include alerting the public to scams and fraudulent business practices, fielding consumer complaints, accrediting local businesses and charity organizations, reviewing businesses and services for consumers and remediation services to facilitate fairness in trade...
People on the Move 11/3/14 (11/03/14)
n Nigel Holderby was named executive director of the American Red Cross Southern Missouri chapter. She was named interim executive director in September when Debi Meeds left the position to become president and CEO of the United Way of the Ozarks. Holderby's career with the American Red Cross began in 2007 when she was hired as the chief communications officer for the region. She has a bachelor's degree from Missouri State University and a master's degree in communication from Drury University...
Gasoline falling under $3 'stunning' even experts (11/03/14)
NEW YORK -- The sight is so surprising that Americans are sharing photos of it, along with all those cute Halloween costumes, sweeping vistas and special meals: The gas station sign, with a price of $2-something a gallon. "It's stunning what's happening here," said Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at the Oil Price Information Service. "I'm a little bit shocked."...
Wal-Mart ups the ante on holiday shopping (11/03/14)
NEW YORK -- Wal-Mart is doing whatever it takes to rope in holiday shoppers however they want to buy. For the first time, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is offering free shipping on what it considers the season's top 100 hottest gifts, from board games to items related to Disney's hit film "Frozen" items. The move comes as rival Target Corp. began offering free shipping on all items, a program that will last through Dec. 20...

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