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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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Scott City Chamber getting its own place (12/22/14)
For the first time in its history, the Scott City Chamber of Commerce is adding a central hub for its members. "It was just good for our needs," incoming chamber president Mary Ann Farmer said. "We've always wanted one, and with the chamber growing, it's perfect. ..."...
Business Notebook: Missouri sees lowest jobless rate since 2008 (12/22/14)
The state's November unemployment rate reached 5.6 percent, according to a jobs report last week by the Missouri Department of Economic Development. That rate is three-tenths of a point below October's rate and according to a news release, the lowest since May 2008...
Sales for holiday shopping go down to the wire (12/22/14)
NEW YORK -- Despite an early start, sales data provided to The Associated Press shows stores again may have to rely on procrastinators to save the holiday shopping season. Sales were up 1.8 percent from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15 compared with the same period a year ago, according to payment technology company First Data Corp., which declined to provide sales figures...
Missouri Chamber: State faces economic challenges (12/19/14) 4
Missouri's Chamber of Commerce and Industry conducted its first regional initiative in Cape Girardeau on Thursday to discuss the state's future. Nearly 20 people gathered at the Drury Lodge to hear John Mehner, president of the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce, Karen Buschmann, vice president of communications at the state chamber, and Ted Abernathy, leader of the initiative, speak about their findings...
Area counties to receive $150k to improve workforce (12/17/14) 2
Nearly $150,000 will be infused into four Southeast Missouri counties to help build a more connected, comprehensive workforce system. The funds are part of a $1.7 million workforce development initiative by the Delta Regional Authority, which started this summer in efforts to identify opportunities and implement strategies to improve workforce systems across its eight-state footprint...
SoutheastHEALTH names new CEO (12/16/14) 30
A former chief executive for a New Jersey healthcare system was named the new president and CEO of SoutheastHEALTH Monday. Kenneth W. Bateman was hired for the position with a unanimous vote of the health system's board of directors. The choice was announced by the health system's executive team at a news conference at Southeast Missouri Hospital...
'Gone' shopping: Local businesses stock up on 'Gone Girl' merchandise (12/15/14) 1
Shopping for a holiday gift this year with a little hometown flavor and a Hollywood-size flair? Local businesses and a downtown organization have "Gone Girl"-inspired items available, based on the best-selling book turned big-screen success filmed partly in Cape Girardeau last year...
Alcohol codes get another look from Cape Council (12/15/14) 3
Before the year ends, the Cape Girardeau City Council will take another look at amending a section of codes regarding alcoholic beverages. The council has considered tightening the city code in past years, and recently took the issue up most in August...
Hello and goodbye: A look at the comings and goings of 2014 (12/15/14)
In 2014, Southeast Missouri said 'hello' to ... Retail options in downtown Cape Girardeau In downtown Cape Girardeau, Yearing 4 Yarn, Tangled Yarn, Lattitudes, Ophelia and Muriel's Secret Garden were new additions for 2014. Additionally, Cup 'n' Cork relocated from its longtime location on Main Street to the corner of Spanish and Independence streets. ...
Business Notebook: State chamber of commerce tour to kick off in Cape (12/15/14)
The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry will introduce a new initiative, Missouri 2030: An Agenda to Lead, on Thursday in Cape Girardeau during the first of a series of meetings to be held throughout the state. The initiative consists of a 15-year plan designed to improve Missouri's competitiveness, according to a release...
People on the Move 12/15/14 (12/15/14)
Cheryl Mothes of Jackson, a financial adviser for Edward Jones Financial, attended the annual Winner's Circle Top Women Advisors Summit in Palm Beach, Florida, this month. This year's trip was the third consecutive for Mothes, according to a news release. Attendance at the conference is reserved for top female financial advisers...
Like low gas prices? So does the station owner (12/15/14)
NEW YORK -- So you think you are finally getting one over on the gas stations as you pay well under $3 a gallon for the first time in four years? Guess again. Gas stations love low prices, too -- and not just because customers are nicer when they are paying less...
Tax liens (12/15/14)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during November 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...
Business licenses (12/15/14)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during November include the following: Brake Away LLC, out of town Dave's Studio-Visual Art Services, 1764 Pemiscot St. Dazspell Creations, 5 N. Main St., Suite D Family Dollar Store of Missouri Inc., 736 William St...
Bankruptcies (12/15/14)
Bankruptcies filed through November 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...
Health briefs (12/15/14)
CAPE MEDICAL WEIGHT LOSS UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP Cape Medical Weight Loss and Family Practice, 2132 William St. in Cape Girardeau, changed ownership. Debbie Evans is the new owner. ROCKWELL DENTAL CUTS RIBBON POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce and Dr. Stuart Rockwell held a ribbon cutting for Rockwell Dental, 1125 Herschel Bess Blvd., Suite 2...
Stories of the year: Business moves that made headlines in 2014 (12/15/14)
Pepsi MidAmerica will be the first tenant at Greater Cape Girardeau Business Park, a move that's expected to bring about 74 jobs to the region. Construction of the $3.1 million customer service center is set to begin in the coming weeks, says Molly Hood, assistant city manager and director of development services. The 18-acre site is within the park at Interstate 55 and LaSalle Avenue, land purchased in 2012 by the city from Southeast Missouri State University...
A team effort for development: Talking shop with Chauncy Buchheit, executive director of the Southeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission (12/15/14)
Over a three-decade plus career, Chauncy Buchheit, executive director of the Southeast Missouri Regional Planning Comission, has played a vital role in economic development for Southeast Missouri. He began with the commission, also known as the SEMO RPC, in 1980, as a planner and leader of a job training program. ...
Stories to watch: What's next in Southeast Missouri business (12/15/14)
As the world faces a new year in 2015, businesses face new challenges, ranging from agricultural commodity prices to the political environment. Here's a look at business stories you'll want to watch in the coming year: Agriculture Despite increased 2014 yields over previous years, Southeast Missouri farmers could face a bleak economic picture because of increased supply in the market...
Names in the news (12/15/14)
AMOS NAMED NEW MEMBER LEADER SIKESTON, Mo. -- Patricia Amos of Sikeston, a financial representative with Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial, was new member leader in the Missouri East region in October. She has been with the company since October. EMPLOYEES HONORED AT CENTURY 21...
Business briefs (12/15/14)
WEBCURRENT OPENS IN CAPE Webcurrent Communications, 339 Broadway in Cape Girardeau, opened Nov. 3. The business is a web developer service owned by Julie K. Wolpers. FIREPLACE CENTER TO CLOSE The Fireplace Center at 1028 N. Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau plans to close its doors at the end of the year because of the retirement of its owners, David and Noretta Blattner. Sales at the store will be ongoing until all merchandise is sold. After closing, the location will be available for rent...
Fiber-optic lines being installed in business park (12/10/14) 2
Calling it the "final piece" of infrastructure needed to develop Greater Cape Girardeau Business Park, a group of local officials and economic development representatives on Wednesday toured a large fiber-optic cable installation project by AT&T. AT&T employees led Cape Girardeau Mayor Harry Rediger and assistant city manager Molly Hood, Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce president and CEO John Mehner, state Rep. ...
Small businesses take advantage of new funding program (12/09/14) 17
Just over $75,000 may not seem like much -- but a little can go a long way for a small business. Minglewood Brewery in Cape Girardeau and Parengo Coffee in Sikeston, Missouri, plan to create new jobs as a result of money loaned to them by a locally based economic development organization's new program...
These retailers could use Christmas cheer (12/08/14)
The holiday shopping season is always a make-or-break period for struggling retailers. But this year, the fight to grab shoppers has intensified, making it difficult for stores to use the season that accounts for about 20 percent of the retail industry's annual sales to bounce back...
Business Notebook: National jobless rate remains at lowest level in six years (12/08/14)
The Associated Press reported Friday that the jobless rate in the U.S. was 5.8 percent for the second month in a row and that 2014 is on track to be the best year for job growth since 1999. A November jobs report showed a 321,000-jobs gain during the month, which was the largest jump in almost three years. ...
People on the Move 12/8/14 (12/08/14)
Dr. Aravind Pothineni is a new member of Southeast Hospital's medical staff, according to a release from the organization. Pothineni, MD, obtained medical degrees through study in India, Pennsylvania and New York, and is now affiliated with Dr. Khalid Khan at Southeast Pulmonology. He is board certified in internal medicine, critical care and pulmonology...
Japan: Auto recall overhaul needed for global woes (12/08/14)
TOKYO -- The top Japanese auto safety official acknowledged Friday that Japan's recall system needs an overhaul to better respond to global problems highlighted by the debacle over Takata air bags that can explode. "The framework in place now doesn't allow for that," Masato Sahashi, director of the recall office at the transport ministry, said in a telephone interview. "Japanese people are very worried about the safety of their cars."...
Tree farmers move product from field to family rooms (12/01/14) 1
One of the busiest shopping places in Southeast Missouri on a weekend leading up to the holidays isn't in any mall. It's down a country road outside Jackson, where the Meier family takes their customers by horse-drawn wagon up a hill to pick a Christmas tree...
Business Notebook: Consumer survey shows growing confidence (12/01/14)
A fall survey by a banking group shows Missourians' collective opinion on the economy is improving. The Arvest Consumer Sentiment Survey, which is conducted by the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Arkansas twice annually, reported Missouri's consumer sentiment index jumped from 68.6 in June to 77.4 through the end of October...
People on the Move 12/1/14 (12/01/14)
Steven C. Bjelich, CEO and president of the Saint Francis Healthcare System, was chosen for the list of "CEOs to Know" for 2014 by Becker's Hospital Review, a magazine for hospital business news and analysis. Bjelich and others on the list were "selected based on their experience, professional achievement and involvement in their communities," according to a news release from Saint Francis...

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