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Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014

Talking Shop

Talking Shop with Dr. James Stapleton of the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (05/28/13)
Dr. James Stapleton is executive director of the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and associate professor of management at Southeast Missouri State University. He researches business dynamics, including the factors associated with job creation, rural innovation and entrepreneurial development. He sat down with the Southeast Missourian to talk about how local communities can encourage a healthy "entrepreneurial ecosystem."...
Talking Shop with Matt Huber of the John A. Huber Brewing Company (05/20/13)
The Huber family calls Hubrew Beer, "Beer the way it should be." They have a variety of beverages available in area stores and restaurants. Matt Huber, CEO and business manager of the John A. Huber Brewing Company, shared his thoughts about business and family...
Talking Shop with Gary Stroder of Gary & Company Hair Designers (05/13/13)
Gary Stroder celebrated his 50th year of hair design and styling in April. Stroder said he loves it as much as the day he started. Q: How did you become interested in hairstyling? A: Surprisingly, I wanted to be an architect. My parents wouldn't send me to school for it so I went [in Cape Girardeau] and you could be a teacher, accountant or get a fine arts degree. ...
Talking Shop with Ralph LeGrand of Sears (05/06/13)
Ralph LeGrand finished 50 years at Sears. He reflected on a long, successful career. Q: How did you come to be employed by Sears 50 years ago? A: I worked at the Red Star shoe factory on Main Street until it closed in 1963. It was tough when it closed. ...
Talking Shop with Jory Rapps of Fashion Friday (04/29/13)
Jory Rapps graduates in two weeks from Southeast Missouri State University. As the culmination of an independent study, he organized Fashion Friday, a fashion block party that's the first of its kind for Downtown Cape Girardeau. The event takes place Friday. Rapps is an interdisciplinary studies major with an emphasis in fashion merchandising, business and interior design...
Talking Shop with Debbie Hadler Statler of Grandma Bea's All-Natural Products (04/08/13)
Debbie Hadler Statler has had a long-running interest in natural products and home remedies. She created Grandma Bea's All-Natural Products and recently opened a storefront in an old bank in Perryville. She specializes in homemade, all-natural products, home remedies, produce and more...
Talking Shop with Mike Sprouse of River City Coins (03/25/13)
Running a small business is tough, but Mike Sprouse of River City Coins & Jewelry wouldn't have it any other way
Talking Shop with Sharon Penrod of the Pie Safe Bakery and Cafe (03/11/13)
What was once the Bank of Pocahontas has become a bakery where members of the community gather
Talking Shop with James Coley of the Rose Bed Inn (03/04/13)
The house at 611 S. Sprigg St., now the Rose Bed Inn, was condemned when James Coley and partner Eldon Nattier acquired it. The two now operate a five-building block that includes the Rose Bed Inn bed and breakfast, Rosewater Spa and Aartful Rose event center. Co-owner Coley serves as chef and described the Rose Bed Inn as "the hardest work I've ever loved." He sat down to answer some of our questions...
Talking Shop with Jeff Augustine of Jeff Augustine Voice Overs (02/18/13)
Q: What is your business? A: I started between five and six years ago and left broadcasting. I always liked the creative side; writing and voicing commercials always appealed to me. I love writing and producing commercials so it seemed like a natural progression. ...
Talking Shop with John Koepp of Addiction Calls (02/11/13)
Award-winning duck, turkey and goose call business owner dealing with success.
Talking shop with Cora Lee Sample of Pop's Pizza (01/14/13)
Cora Lee Sample is celebrating Pop's Pizza's 20th anniversary. Pop's recently added a game room to serve area families, and continues to make the same homemade pizza and provide the quality service they always have. A: The place is named after Doyle Sample. ...
Talking Shop: Renaissance: A shopping experience that feels like home (12/17/12)
For Sherry and Mike Yaeger of Renaissance, having a store in downtown Cape Girardeau is all they have wanted. For 11 years Renaissance has served as their canvas for creating a different kind of shopping experience that feels more like a home than a store. To the Yaegers, having a store is more than merchandise on shelves. They want to inspire people to see things differently. Here, Sherry responds to questions...
Talking Shop with Michael Davis of Melo-Dee Guitars (12/10/12)
Michael Davis is a retired Methodist pastor whose love of music and guitar-making led him to start a business, Melo-Dee Guitars. Davis handcrafts guitars from scratch, and sees music as a way of sharing life with others. Q.: Tell us about yourself and your business....
Talking Shop with Charlie Bertrand of Spanish Street Mercantile and Ice Cream Parlor (10/22/12)
Charlie Bertrand of the Spanish Street Mercantile antique shop and Ice Cream Parlor has a vision for downtown Cape Girardeau that is as unique as his store. Q: Where do you find your items? A: We get them from everywhere: estate sales, auctions, any place that has something interesting. ...
Talking Shop with Justin Kertz of Habitat for Humanity (10/08/12)
Justin Kertz was selected as the executive director for Cape Area Habitat for Humanity just over a month ago. Kertz volunteered with Habitat while attending Southeast Missouri State University. Habitat started in Cape Girardeau in 1985, and, with the help of volunteers, it continues to provide affordable options to give people in need a place to call home...
Talking Shop with Jon Craiglow of Craiglow's River Delivery (10/01/12)
Jon Craiglow of Craiglow's River Delivery has made his career on the Mississippi River as a pilot and currently helps barge lines by running deliveries out to boats on the river. Craiglow said he'll deliver groceries, supplies, crew members and everything else needed, out to a crew on the water...
Talking shop with Ken Enke, president of Winnelson (09/24/12)
Ken Enke was a drummer in need of a day job when a fellow band member told him Winnelson, a wholesale plumbing supply company, was hiring for its warehouse. Fifty years later, Enke is now president and just opened the Bath and Kitchen Idea Center on North Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau to showcase plumbing products for home and commercial use...
Talking Shop with Steve Seyer of S&W Cabinets (08/27/12)
S&W Cabinets company president Steve Seyer was born the same year his father and grandfather started the company. Now S&W has grown from two men in a shop in Chaffee, Mo., to three divisions with a nationwide client base and continues to grow. S&W is run by the same family and operates by the same traditions and workmanship that it was founded on...
Talking Shop with Bruce Qualls of Real Baseball Instincts (08/13/12)
Bruce Qualls opened Real Baseball Instincts to help area athletes reach the next level. Whether it's moving up from tee-ball to little league, or from playing in high school to college and the pros, RBI's goal is to help develop the complete player, Qualls says. RBI features coaching, camps, clinics and speakers throughout the year. Qualls says he works with players to improve fundamental skills, mental toughness and leadership. Most of all, Qualls says they have fun...
Talking Shop with Rick McLeod, market director of Procter & Gamble (08/06/12)
Former Cape Girardeau Procter & Gamble plant manager Rick McLeod returned to the city Wednesday to speak at the United Way of Southeast Missouri's annual CEO Breakfast. McLeod, who now works as go-to-market director for family care product supply for P&G in Cincinnati talked about his time in Cape Girardeau, his hopes for the future for the local plant and the importance of giving back to the community...
Talking Shop with David Grimes, deputy director of the Southeast Missouri Regional Planning and Economic Development Commission (07/09/12)
David Grimes, deputy director of the Southeast Missouri Regional Planning and Economic Development Commission in Perryville, Mo., does a little bit of everything in his job, from transportation planning to environmental issues to homeland security. He loves researching new topics and says his job is the closest thing he can find to school while still getting paid. ...
Talking shop with Pat Patterson, owner of Pat Patterson Photography (07/02/12)
Pat Patterson has been in the business for 30 years, but his interest in photography started at a young age. Now the owner of Pat Patterson Photography, he takes senior, wedding, family and special event portraits for the Cape Girardeau area. He has created a collection of 60 images of Cape Girardeau, which are available for purchase in various formats. Although the vast majority of his work is digital, he does have the capabilities to produce film photographs...
Talking Shop with Tyler and Rick Cuba of Cuba Financial Group (06/25/12)
Looking for a change, Rick Cuba left his career in manufacturing to become a financial planner in the early 1980s. He opened the Cuba Financial Group in Cape Girardeau in 1983 and his son Tyler joined him in 2009. The father and son now work together to help clients plan for their futures...
Talking Shop with Bill Zellmer, owner of Buffalo Wild Wings and Bagger Dave's (06/18/12)
Buffalo Wild Wings and Bagger Dave's owner Bill Zellmer started several businesses of his own before he found success as a franchisee. Zellmer didn't take no for an answer and kept pursuing his dream of owning a successful business. Today, he operates six Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants and just opened his second franchise concept, a burger joint called Bagger Dave's in Town Plaza in Cape Girardeau...
Talking Shop with Danny Essner, executive vice president at Capaha Bank (06/11/12)
Editor's note: This story originally appeared in Business Today, the Southeast Missourian's monthly business magazine. To receive a copy of Business Today, email Cheryl Ellis at cellis@semissourian.com or call 388-2785. Danny Essner is a banker by trade -- he's the executive vice president and senior lender at Capaha Bank -- but he works tirelessly to make Cape Girardeau an even better place to live...
Talking shop with Don Illers, owner of Illers Top of the Hill Berry Farm (06/04/12)
Although Illers Top of the Hill Berry Farm in Millersville is only open for picking a few weeks each year, it's a year-round job for Don Illers. "You prune, you spray, you fertilize, there's something to do just about all year long. There's more than people realize," said Illers, who's been growing berries for 31 years...
Talking Shop with Wayne Turley, owner of Courtesy Cleaners (05/21/12)
Wayne Turley, owner of Courtsey Cleaners in Cape Giraedeau, has a long history in the dry cleaning business, but says he's embracing the future by converting to a new "green" cleaning system. The SolvenK4 has different properties than conventional dry cleaning solvents. It's an organic solvent with a pureness of 99 percent. Wayne Turley says he's just doing his part to protect the planet...
Talking shop with Joe Rozier, vice president of marketing and merchandising with Workforce Employment Solutions (05/14/12)
Editor's note: This story originally appeared in Business Today, the Southeast Missourian's monthly business magazine. To receive a copy of Business Today, email Cheryl Ellis at cellis@semissourian.com or call 388-2785. Born and raised in Ste. ...
Talking shop with Scott Pietreface, Fumatore di Sigaro (04/09/12)
Scott Pietreface, owner of Fumatore di Sigaro Premier Lounge and Cigar Shoppe, opened his business to share his passion for hand-rolled cigars with others. After gathering ideas from other cigar lounges around the country, he decided to operate one in Cape Girardeau complete with Spanish cedar and mahogany cabinets, leather sofas, big-screen televisions and a poker table. His retail store sells cigars from around the world as well as accessories...
Talking shop with Robbie Britt, owner of Dynamite Coffee (04/02/12)
When it comes to coffee, Robbie Britt is competitive. The owner of Dynamite Coffee just finished in the top six at the Big Central Regional Barista Competition held in Chicago in March. This qualified him to compete in the United States Barista Championships in Portland, Ore., later this month. ...
Talking Shop with Conrad Klusmeier, EMA Alert inventor (03/19/12)
Conrad Klusmeier wanted to protect his father, who had just been released from the hospital. His background as an emergency responder told him his father's home could be hard for an ambulance to find. He knew helping emergency responders to find his father's house could save them precious seconds, and possibly save his life. ...
Talking Shop with Michael Peters, inventor of Myfloatingbar (03/12/12)
Michael Peters is in the business of fun. With his invention, Myfloatingbar, he says he's taking the party to the water. Now, his creation is competing in an online contest, "Get on the Shelf," sponsored by Wal-Mart. He's hoping to be one of three winners with the most votes to get a shot at selling his product on Walmart.com or in physical Walmart stores...
Talking shop with Lauren Jones of The Source - Yoga 'n More (02/20/12)
Lauren Jones was initially skeptical about yoga. She stumbled into her first yoga class by accident. Years later she's now turned her passion for sharing yoga's healing abilities into a thriving business. Jones, a former model, earned MBA degrees from Columbia Business School and London Business School. ...
Talking Shop with Dr. Jon Hagler, director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture (02/06/12)
With his trademark cowboy hat on, Dr. Jon Hagler, the director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture, travels the state working with farms and agribusinesses. After the Birds Point levee breach last May, Hagler was one of the first state officials on the scene meeting with Mississippi County farmers. Friday he was back in Southeast Missouri, discussing the effect of Missouri's No. 1 industry and the challenges facing it with members of the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce...
Talking Shop with Gina Jansen, owner of the Andrew Jackson Bridal & Tuxedo (01/16/12)
Gina Jansen has been helping brides and grooms plan for that special day for more than 20 years as owner of The Andrew Jackson Bridal & Tuxedo. She worked at the store for several years before purchasing it from Tom Schulte 20 years ago this month. Through the years, she has expanded the store's selection to include bridal and prom dresses. Jansen also organizes the annual Own the Night prom show set for this Sunday at the Plaza Conference Center in Cape Girardeau...
Talking Shop with Dan Mehan, president of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry (01/09/12)
For more than a decade, Dan Mehan has been at the helm of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry working to make Missouri a better state to do business in. He visited and spoke at the Show Me Center Friday at the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce's First Friday Coffee...
Talking shop Stacy Busch-Heisserer, owner of Busch Pet Products (12/12/11)
As the daughter of kennel owners and dog handlers, it's no surprise Stacy Busch-Heisserer ended up in the pet care industry. Her business, Busch Pet Products, got its start strictly with online sales. It has expanded to include both a retail store and self-service dog wash in addition to its website...
Talking Shop Matt Goehman, owner of local Huddle House (12/05/11)
Matt Goehman got his start flipping foreclosed houses and soon added an apartment complex and two hotels to his property portfolio. Three years ago, he got into the restaurant business and now owns two Huddle House franchises in Cape and Jackson. Q: Today you own an apartment complex, two hotels and two restaurants. How did your business career begin? ...
Talking shop Sharon Ebersohl, owner of Kid Biz in Town Plaza (11/28/11)
After being downsized from her job as a department store manager, Sharon Ebersohl decided to take her retail experience and open her own children's resale store, Kid Biz in Town Plaza. Not only did she create a job for herself, she now employs four others as her business continues to grow...
Talking shop with Martha Brown, owner of Ms. Martha's Cookies (11/07/11)
When Martha Brown isn't working in the city of Cape Girardeau's planning department, she can be found in her kitchen baking up a batch of specialty cookies or cupcakes. Brown started Ms. Martha's Cookies last year and since then, her business has grown and expanded to include cinnamon rolls, cupcakes and other specialty desserts...
Talking shop with the Geis family of Culver's (10/24/11)
The Geis family loved going to Culver's in their hometown of Fond du Lac, Wis. In fact, there are three Culver's in Fond du Lac, not far from where the restaurant chain got its start in Sauk City, Wis. When Rick Geis decided he was ready for a career change, he along with his wife Barb and their son Aaron, decided to move to Cape Girardeau to open a Culver's here and share the food they loved with a new market...
Talking Shop with Elizabeth Knote, inventor of Bedbug Baker (10/17/11)
Bedbugs don't stand a chance against Elizabeth Knote. She's invented the Bedbug Baker, which heats luggage or furniture to a fatal temperature of 122 degrees. The owner of Cape-Kil Pest Control in Cape Girardeau will be showing off her creation at the National Pest Management Association's annual conference in New Orleans being held Wednesday through Saturday...
Talking shop with Justin Denton, owner of Burrito-Ville (10/03/11)
Justin Denton, owner of Burrito-Ville in Cape Girardeau, turned his passion for Mexican food into a restaurant where they'll wrap up almost anything in a tortilla and serve it to you as a burrito. Q: What was your motivation behind opening Burrito-Ville?...
Talking Shop with Lee Schlitt of Broadway Prescription Shop (09/12/11)
After more than a decade in the banking business, Lee Schlitt of Cape Girardeau is now a small-business owner after teaming up with friend and pharmacist Kevin Wood to buy Broadway Prescription Shop. Schlitt says he enjoys giving back to a community that has given him so much over the years and he's looking forward to seeing what the future holds for downtown Cape Girardeau...
Talking shop with Miki Gudermuth of SADI (09/06/11)
Miki Gudermuth, founder and executive director of SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence, has dedicated her career to helping others, who like her, have struggled with a disability. SADI provides services to those with disabilities with the goal of enabling them to live independently in their own homes within their community...
Talking shop with Dana Hukel of BOLD Marketing (08/29/11)
Dana Hukel took a bold step when she started her own business, BOLD Marketing, in her basement. After spending several years in health care marketing, she serves many health care clients in her business as well as other local companies and not-for-profit organizations. Her business and staff continue to expand, at a time when many other businesses are scaling back...
Talking shop with Rob Stephens, marketing director at ServPro (08/22/11)
Rob Stephens, marketing director for ServPro of Cape Girardeau and Scott Counties, has seen more than a few messes in his day. Whether it's lipstick in a carpet, a flooded basement or a school's music room drenched after a storm blew off the roof, he helps coordinate the cleanup. Stephens not only serves ServPro's customers, he's a dedicated volunteer serving the community with his involvement in a number of local organizations from Rotary to the Red Cross and both local chambers of commerce...
Talking shop with Nick and Angegiki Sakarelos (08/15/11)
Nick and Angegiki Sakarelos came to Southeast Missouri from Greece in search of the American dream. In 1983, the couple bought the Grecian Steak House in Cape Girardeau. The restaurant recently reopened after undergoing 10 months of extensive renovations to repair damage from a devastating fire in September. The fire was caused by a compressor in the salad bar...
Talking shop with Adam Ross of Ross Furniture (08/08/11)
Twenty-four-year-old Adam Ross of Ross Furniture in Jackson manages the store his father and grandfather started in 1979. The Cape Girardeau native said his store's tradition of offering quality furniture has helped the business grow and made it a continuing success...
Talking shop with Rick Hetzel, developer of Insta Golf Shoes (08/01/11)
After a 30-year law enforcement career and his development of a successful property management business, entrepreneur Rick Hetzel is shifting his focus to a sport he's loved since childhood -- golf. He's developed Insta Golf Shoes and is now marketing the product to golfers and sporting goods retailers across the nation...
Talking shop with Larry Angle, Bank of Missouri (07/25/11)
Larry Angle, vice president of consumer lending for the Bank of Missouri, has spent the past 50 years working in the profession and has seen it change with new technology and fluctuations in the economy. The Cape Girardeau native said that although he is proud of his many professional accomplishments, spending time with his wife and family bring him the most satisfaction...
Talking shop with Scott Bryan, director of horticulture at Dalhousie (07/18/11)
Scott Bryan's goal is that golfers at Dalhousie Golf Club get a sense of nature and awe along with their 18 holes. For the past three years, it's been Bryan's job as director of horticulture to keep Dalhousie beautiful. Q: How did you become interested in horticulture?...
Talking shop with Dr. Edwin Noffel, Center for Orthodontics (07/11/11)
For half a century, Dr. Edwin Noffel has made the smiles of local children and adults beautiful. The Portageville, Mo., native said the biggest thrill he gets from practicing orthodontics is seeing how his work affects the lives of his patients and forming lifelong friendships with them. ...
Talking shop with Debbie Below, director of admissions at SEMO (07/05/11)
Debbie Below got some good advice as a teen, the kind that changed her life. The Washington, Mo., native took her first trip to Cape Girardeau her senior year in high school after a Southeast Missouri State University student recommended she tour the campus...
Talking Shop with Gary Elders, Walmart Supercenter general manager (06/27/11)
Gary Elders, general manager at Walmart Supercenter in Cape Girardeau, grew up in Southeast Missouri, so he knows what shoppers here like. After climbing the company's corporate ladder for more than 20 years, he returned home last year to head the Cape Girardeau store and spend more time with his extended family...
Talking Shop with Lynn Spriggs, CEO/administrator of The Chateau Girardeau (06/13/11)
Lynn Spriggs' first experience with Chateau Girardeau was visiting her grandfather when he lived there. Today, after working in several different capacities, she serves at CEO/administrator of the retirement community in Cape Girardeau. Question: How has your career evolved to get you to where you are today?...
Talking Shop with Sandy Ladd, owner of Sandy's Place (06/06/11)
Since 2008, Sandy's Place at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport has been serving hungry customers who fly or drive to the restaurant. With help from some of her family, owner Sandy Ladd serves up Southern favorites like catfish, fried chicken and barbecue ribs to customers she feels are part of her family, too...
Talking shop with Ron Rosati, Southeast Missouri State University provost (05/31/11)
Ron Rosati once dreamed of being a dairy farmer before he embarked on his career path in higher education. Rosati, Southeast Missouri State University's provost and well-traveled academic, said after some experience in the field, so to speak, he earned a fresh respect for farmers. The first thing he learned was cows never take a break...
Talking shop with Billy Sisco, owner of Sisco's Barber/Hairstyling (05/23/11)
After 50 years of service, Billy Sisco feels as though he has never worked a day in his life. Following in his father's footsteps as a barber, Sisco received his certification from Moler's Barbering College in St. Louis on June 12, 1961. He has worked at five locations in downtown Cape Girardeau, where he has also lived his entire life. For the past 17 years, Sisco's Barber/Hairstyling has maintained its current location at Broadway and Sprigg Street...
Talking Shop with Scott Starzinger and Drew Balsman of HD Media Systems (05/16/11)
Scott Starzinger and Drew Balsman have grown HD Media Systems from a part-time job to make extra money on the weekends into an award-winning business. The company received the 2011 Electronic House magazine Home of the Year Award for audio, video, lighting and home automation systems installed in the Cape Girardeau home of Shannon and Angie Davis. ...
Talking Shop with T. Robin Cole of The Rite Group (05/02/11)
T. Robin Cole of The Rite Group left a Wall Street career to come home to Cape Girardeau and take over the family business. He is an advocate for small businesses in Southeast Missouri and works to help local low-income families through his efforts with Habitat for Humanity...
Talking Shop with the Lysell family of State Beauty Supply (04/25/11)
The Lysell family's wholesale beauty supply business has grown steadily in an economy where many others have struggled. It was recognized as State Beauty Supply Store of the Year for 2010 out of 225 State Beauty Supply stores in 18 states. Siblings John, Lindy and Emilie Lysell started working together 19 years ago and continue to see the business grow...
Talking Shop with John M. Thompson, Bank of Missouri president (04/11/11)
John M. Thompson, president of Bank of Missouri, knows that if the community where he lives is successful, then his bank will be too. Throughout his career in finance, he's been dedicated to working to improve his community in a variety of ways, from serving on the SEMO Port Authority board to coordinating fundraising drives for local Boy Scouts...
Talking Shop with Bob Cerchio, assistant director of the River Campus (04/04/11)
When Bob Cerchio was 15 the guy who had the locker next to him in junior high asked him if he wanted to work "on the stage." He's been there ever since. Cerchio, assistant director of Southeast Missouri State University's bustling River Campus, is Southeast's Mr. Entertainment -- the guy responsible for bringing to town everyone from blues legend B.B. King to the zany "Spamalot."...
Talking Shop with Fred Elias, owner of Elias Ace Hardware (03/28/11)
Fred Elias was born into the hardware business and growing up never considered anything but following in his father and grandfather's footsteps. Now that spring is here, he's gearing up for the busiest time of the year at Elias Ace Hardware in Cape Girardeau...
Talking Shop with Thomas M. Meyer, real estate agent (03/21/11)
Growing up in the real estate business in Cape Girardeau, Thomas M. Meyer says he always knew he'd follow in his father's footsteps. He's been involved with some of the largest commercial real estate transactions in the city in recent years and feels giving back to his community is an important business philosophy...
Talking Shop with Rodney Bridges, owner of Garber's (03/14/11)
While many fashion trends have come and gone, Rodney Bridges' menswear store Garber's, located in the Town Plaza shopping center, has been a constant in Cape Girardeau for nearly 40 years. When Garber's opened, there were nine men's stores in the city and today it's the only one left...
Talking shop with Tim Arbeiter, vice president of community development with the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce (03/07/11)
Tim Arbeiter recently received the Charles L. Hutson Visionary Award from Old Town Cape Inc., in recognition of his commitment to revitalize downtown Cape Girardeau. He previously served as the organization's director and now works as vice president of community development with the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce...
Talking Shop with Janet Esicar (02/21/11)
This year's Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce Rush H. Limbaugh Award winner is Janet Esicar. The award is presented annually to a successful professional who gives back to the community. Esicar is the second woman to receive the award since it was created in 1989. ...
Talking Shop with Dr. Greg Leet (02/14/11)
Dr. Greg Leet has been examining patients eyes in Cape Girardeau since 1987. Leet Eye- Care is one of Cape Girardeau's fastest-growing small businesses. It has experienced growth of more than 65 percent in the last five years and was named Small Business of the Year at the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce annual dinner Feb. 4...
Talking Shop with Wes Kinsey, co-owner of My Daddy's Cheesecake (02/07/11)
Wes Kinsey knows a thing or two about cake, whether it's a layered wedding cake or a dense, rich cheesecake. After 35 years in the baking business and thousands of cakes, he's retiring and has sold his interest in well-known Cape Girardeau bakery and restaurant My Daddy's Cheesecake to his partners, Kevin and Susan Stanfield...
Talking Shop with science educator Jason Lindsey (01/24/11)
Jason Lindsey has used his science skills to inspire area children to become "Hooked on Science" with his demonstrations, articles and television segments for the past seven years. He's worked as a meteorologist and science reporter, but says he loves working with children most of all...
Talking Shop with Corey Bullard of Southeast CrossFit (01/17/11)
Jackson native Corey Bullard and his wife, Ellen, returned to his hometown about two years ago to bring a new concept of fitness and nutrition to Southeast Missouri. At Southeast CrossFit, Bullard works to improve the health and lives of people of all ages and athletic skill levels...
Talking Shop with Kevin Keith, Missouri Department of Transportation director (01/10/11)
Kevin Keith's career with the Missouri Department of Transportation spans more than 25 years. Since being appointed director of the department in November, he has been working to convince Missourians it's time to invest more in infrastructure. Most recently, Keith served as MoDOT's chief engineer, and engineering is something he says he's know he wanted to do from an early age. ...
Talking Shop with David Knight, president of Ole Hickory Pits and partner in Dream Big LLC (01/03/11)
Cape Girardeau businessman David Knight is half of Dream Big LLC, the company that brought Isle of Capri to Cape Girardeau and owned much of the property that makes up the new casino site. Before courting a casino, he got his start in the barbecue business by first opening Port Cape Girardeau and later translating his barbecue know-how into barbecue oven manufacturer Ole Hickory Pits. Throughout his career, he's been committed to revitalizing downtown Cape Girardeau...
Talking Shop with Maj. Ben Stillwell of the Salvation Army (12/27/10)
Maj. Ben Stillwell leads the Salvation Army in Cape Girardeau all year long, but his organization is most visible during the Christmas season. Salvation Army bell ringers stand next to red kettles around the region raising money to help those in need...
Talking Shop with Nick Underwood (12/20/10)
Nick Underwood knows a thing or two about cars. He was born into the car business and today carries on the family tradition at Lutesville Motor Co. in Marble Hill, Mo. This year, his family's dealership is celebrating 75 years in business. Question: Share the history of Lutesville Motor Co. ...
Talking Shop with Ellis Bradshaw (12/13/10)
When General Sign closed in June, Ellis Bradshaw, general manager Canedy Sign & Graphics, saw an opportunity for his company to expand. Bradshaw started his career at General Sign and his company, based in Sikeston, Mo., purchased the former General Sign facility on Nash Road this fall as well as its St. Louis office. From billboards to animated LED signs to vehicle wraps, Canedy Sign helps businesses, churches and schools throughout the area share their message...
Talking Shop with Toshihiko Hirao, BioKyowa CEO (12/06/10)
BioKyowa CEO Toshihiko Hirao, a native of Japan, is guiding his company's Nash Road plant in an effort to keep up with growing demands for products made here in markets abroad. The company opened in 1982, producing chicken food additives. In the past 10 years, however, the company has converted most of its operations to producing human-grade amino acids. ...
Talking Shop with Trisha Wischmann (11/29/10)
Trisha Wischmann has operated a bed-and-breakfast in Jackson since 1988, but in recent years has shifted her focus to holistic health practices. She now incorporates her wellness programs and massage therapies into her patrons' experience at TLC Bed and Breakfast...
Talking shop with Mary Ann Sample, owner of Crystal Cowgirl (11/22/10)
Mary Ann Sample started her business in a kiosk at West Park Mall in 2003, and through the years it has grown into a wholesale company she calls Crystal Cowgirl. She was motivated to start her own business as a way to earn extra money to pay for therapies and hearing aids for her two children, who both suffer hearing loss as Ludwig van Beethoven. Earlier this year she opened a retail store, Imagine That, at the mall featuring her crystal designs on boots, hats, mirrors and more...
Talking Shop with Brenda Warner, Women Inspiring eNtrepreneurship conference speaker (11/15/10)
Brenda Warner -- author, mother, philanthropist and wife of former St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner -- will share her life story Saturday during the Women Inspiring eNtrepreneurship conference at Dempster Hall at Southeast Missouri State University. The conference will wrap up a full week of Global Entrepreneurship Week activities sponsored by the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship that begin today. For a complete schedule, visit www.semo.edu/gew or call 651-2010...
Talking Shop with Karen Green (11/08/10)
The upcoming holiday season is a time of joy and giving for many people, but its an extremely busy time of the year for the Southeast Missouri Food Bank, executive director Karen Green said. Her job is both a personal challenge and a God-given privilege, she said...
Talking shop with Carl Kasell (11/01/10)
National Public Radio's veteran broadcaster Carl Kasell recently lent his famous voice to local NPR affiliate KRCU's fall fundraising campaign. Since retiring from NPR's "Morning Edition," Kassel now travels the country as NPR's reaving ambassador and serves as judge and scorekeeper for the weekly news quiz show "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me." During his more than 60 years in radio, he's seen many changes but says radio will continue to be a valuable medium...
Talking Shop with Donnie Beggs (10/25/10)
While Phobia Farm is only open for business one month out of the year, Donnie Beggs works year-round to make sure those who pass through his 12,000 square feet of frightful scenes come out screaming. After hosting family-friendly fall harvest festivals at Beggs Family Farm in Blodgett, Mo., for many years, the Beggs family is now trying to reach an older audience with the fight-filled Phobia Farm...
Talking Shop with Mike Smythe (10/18/10)
Mike Smythe, KFVS12 vice president and general manger, received an Emmy Award for his ViewPoint segment at the annual National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences regional banquet Oct. 9 in St. Louis. His entry in the Commentary/Editorial category competed with television stations in markets of all sizes throughout the Midwest, including St. Louis, Kansas City, Little Rock, Ark., and Springfield, Mo...
Talking Shop with Elizabeth Hileman, director of the Safe House for Women Thrift Shop (10/11/10)
Elizabeth Hileman, director of the Safe House for Women Thrift Shop, runs a business where all the profits go to support a cause close to her heart. Because of the thrift shop's success under Hileman's direction, the Safe House has been able to expand its programs and help more women struggling as a result of domestic violence...
Talking Shop with Stan Crader, president of CDC-BME (10/04/10)
Stan Crader of Jackson started out screwing nuts onto bolts at his grandfather's International Harvester tractor dealership in Marble Hill, Mo. He soon graduated to refilling the GoJo dispenser and cleaning the toilets at Crader Equipment Co. The company's focus turned to growing its Stihl chain saw distribution, and after returning from college Crader started working with his father full time at what was then called Crader Distributing Co. ...
Talking Shop with Cheryl Mothes, financial adviser with Edward Jones (09/27/10)
As a former nurse, Cheryl Mothes looked after people's physical health, but since joining Edward Jones as a financial adviser 11 years ago, she has focused on her clients' financial health. She became interested in investing when she couldn't understand her own retirement statement and now helps others build their own wealth...
Talking Shop with Angie Umfleet of Chap Arnold Insurance (09/20/10)
Along with helping her customers with their claims, Angie Umfleet of Chap Arnold Insurance in Cape Girardeau helps make a difference in the community through her involvement with the United Way of Southeast Missouri and the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce...
Talking Shop with Dr. Steven Hoffman, coordinator of the Historic Preservation Program at Southeast Missouri State University (09/13/10)
Dr. Steven Hoffman, coordinator of the Historic Preservation Program at Southeast Missouri State University, has played an important role in the revitalization of downtown Cape Girardeau. He said restoring historic buildings not only improves aesthetics and quality of life but also creates to jobs and new opportunities for commerce...
Dennis Vollink logs a lot of time in the air as president of Drury Southwest Inc. (09/07/10)
Dennis Vollink, president of Drury Southwest Inc., got his start with the company as a pilot and engineer. Although his role with the company has evolved over the years, he still flies regularly as he travels to tend to business at Drury properties in several Western states...
Talking Shop with Mike Rust, owner of Rust & Martin (08/30/10)
Mike Rust, Rust & Martin president, is busy coordinating the transition to its new location in the Regents Parc building at 1610 N. Kingshighway. Rust is carrying on the family business, started by his grandfather, that continually evolves as styles change...
Talking Shop with John Selby, owner of Stereo One in Cape Girardeau (08/23/10)
John Selby, owner of Stereo One in Cape Girardeau, has seen countless advances in technology since he began selling stereos in the 1970s. Today his store sells much more than stereos, including home theater equipment and home automation systems that allow people to control everything from alarm systems to thermostats on their iPhones...
Talking Shop with David Soto of SOTO Property Management (08/16/10)
When David Soto started investing in rental property, he hired a property management firm to help him. About three years ago, he bought the company and now he's managing properties all over Cape Girardeau, matching property owners with potential tenants...
Talking Shop with Karen Freeman, founder, Avery's Amazing Marinade (08/09/10)
Karen Freeman of Gordonville turned a recipe she created into a new career and growing business with Avery's Amazing Marinade. Freeman now sells and demonstrates the product at several local stores and hopes to soon take the product, named after her dog, to stores nationwide...
Talking Shop with Cheryl Klueppel, executive director, American Red Cross Southeast Missouri Chapter (08/02/10)
As executive director of the American Red Cross Southeast Missouri Chapter, Cheryl Klueppel makes sure that her organization is there to help. Each year, under Klueppel's direction the Red Cross helps about 725 people who have lost their homes to a fire and 275 families who need to contact loved ones who are serving in the military. Another 16,000 people receive medical or disaster preparedness training...
Talking shop with Dr. Sean Byrd, DVM, Skyview Animal Clinic (07/26/10)
Dr. Sean Byrd, DVM, considers himself "your other family doctor." After all, pets are part of the family too. Since joining Skyview Animal Clinic in 2002, his practice has continued to grow. In the last five years, Skyview's patient load has increased from 11,000 to 18,000 clients annually and the staff has grown from five to 18. Earlier this year the clinic was named Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the year...
Talking shop with Eric Gooden, owner of Cape Bicycle Cycling & Fitness (07/19/10)
Eric Gooden came to Cape Girardeau just to go to college, but soon bought a house, then a small bicycle shop and decided to stay. Thirty-two years later, Cape Bicycle Cycling & Fitness Inc. continues to grow and expand while encouraging people to add cycling as part of a healthy lifestyle...
Talking Shop with John Lichtenegger of Lichtenegger, Weiss & Fetterhoff LLC (07/12/10)
John Lichtenegger is a Jackson lawyer whose practice of real estate law complements his second job, developer. Since starting in the development business in the late 1970s, he has developed subdivisions and other areas and has seen growth in the Jackson housing market. In 2004 he donated land for the Jackson Senior Center and continues to monitor the center's growth...
Talking Shop with Kevin Priester, manager, Alliance Water Resources (06/28/10)
Kevin Priester makes sure Cape Girardeau residents have clean water to drink, but he's also committed to improving opportunities for area children through his work with the Discovery Playhouse Children's Museum and the Southeast Missouri Soccer Club...
Talking Shop with Rick Hoffman of Hoffman Family Fireworks (06/21/10)
Rick Hoffman of Hoffman Family Fireworks in Cape Girardeau helps local families celebrate Independence Day with fireworks he imports directly from China. Hoffman recently retired as superintendent of Altenburg School District 48 after 28 years and now devotes himself year-round to his fireworks business...
Talking Shop with Kent Zickfield (06/14/10)
Kent Zickfield, who after learning the jewelry business from his father, William, says he never considered doing anything else. Zickfield's Jewelry and Gifts has been a fixture in downtown Cape Girardeau since 1939 and Kent Zickfield is carrying on the family tradition...
Talking Shop with Karen Hendrickson, vice president and chief nursing officer, Southeast Missouri Hospital (06/07/10)
As a vice president and the chief nursing officer at Southeast Missouri Hospital, Dr. Karen Hendrickson, EdD, RN works with more than 600 nurses to help ensure quality patient care. Her career as a nurse has taken her from the bedside to the boardroom and even to hospitals across the world...
Talking shop with Kathy Swan, owner, JCS/TEL-LINK (06/01/10)
When she's not running her own business, Kathy Swan is a tireless advocate for others through her roles with the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education and her newest role as a member of the Cape Girardeau City Council...
Talking shop with Sarah Holt, administrator, Doctors' Park (05/24/10)
As administrator of Doctors' Park in Cape Girardeau, Sarah Holt works to make sense of one of the country's most complicated issues: health care. She's actually read all 2,409 pages of the federal health care reform bill, recently signed into law. After successfully overseeing multiple medical billing operations, she recently wrote a book to help other clinics with their billing issues...
Talking Shop with Bill Burke, plant manager, Nordenia USA (05/17/10)
Nordenia will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its plant in northeast Cape Girardeau County this weekend. Plant manager Bill Burke says through the years the business has diversified and, in addition to making parts for neighboring Procter & Gamble's diapers, they also manufacture packages for other everyday items from pet food to fertilizer...
Talking Shop with David Hahs, managing director, the Hahs Group (05/10/10)
David Hahs, managing director of Northwestern Mutual Financial Network's Hahs Group, helps clients make financial decisions and uses his nearly 40 years of experience in the business to help develop new representatives at his company in Cape Girardeau...
Talking Shop with David Barklage, political consultant (05/03/10)
Former Cape Girardeau businessman David Barklage is now a major player in Missouri politics. In the mid-1990s, after managing a radio station and chain of convenience stores, he got tired of selling air time and Twinkies. He approached the Missouri Republican Party about representing it and founded his own political consulting firm. ...
Talking Shop with Phil Penzel of Penzel Construction (04/12/10)
This month Penzel Construction of Jackson celebrates 100 years as a family-owned business. Phil Penzel, the fourth generation of his family to run the company, founded in 1910 by his great-grandfather Linus Penzel, talks about the company's past and shares his outlook on the future...
Talking Shop with Dr. Edward Bender, cardiothoracic surgeon, Saint Francis Medical Center (04/05/10)
Dr. Edward M. Bender, cardiothoracic surgeon and section chair of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Saint Francis Medical Center, recently developed five applications for the Apple iPhone to help doctors and patients predict the risks associated with heart surgery. ...
Talking Shop with Leon Pendarvis (03/29/10)
"Saturday Night Live" musical director Leon Pendarvis recently conducted a digital music production demonstration and impromptu recording session for students at Southeast Missouri State University. He shared with students how new technologies like Apple's Logic Pro software allow musicians to produce their own music for thousands of dollars less than traditional recording studios...
Talking Shop with Jack Rickard, electric car conversion entrepreneur (03/22/10)
Cape Girardeau entrepreneur Jack Rickard is working to educate the world about electric car conversions through his website, www.evtv.me, a YouTube video series and online blog. He says someday we'll all be driving electric cars. Q: How did you get interested in electric cars?...
Talking Shop with Donna Cook, co-owner of Main Street Flooring and Interiors (03/15/10)
When she was a student at Jackson High School, Donna Cook never dreamed of owning a business, but years later the Jackson native and her husband, Dennis, purchased a flooring business in 2008. The owner of Main Street Flooring and Interiors in Jackson, Cook sat down with Jackson reporter Brian Blackwell to share why she purchased the business and other details of her life...
Talking Shop with Bill Holland, executive director of SEMO Foundation (03/08/10)
Telephones, Italian meat and Redhawks are just a few words to describe Bill Holland's business interests. A former director of marketing for SBC and John Volpi & Co. meat company in St. Louis, Holland became executive director of the Southeast Missouri State University Foundation in June 2009. Business reporter Brian Blackwell recently visited with Holland to learn more about his past experiences with various companies and his view of what challenges lie ahead for the foundation...
Talking Shop with Jeff Martin of The Martin Group of Realty Executives of Cape County (03/01/10)
Jeff Martin recently was named president of the Cape Girardeau County Board of Realtors for 2010, but before he began his career in real estate in 2003, Martin was a sales manager and a special education teacher. Business reporter Brian Blackwell recently sat down with Martin to learn how a career in teaching turned into seven years of selling homes in the area...
Talking Shop with Steve Bjelich, CEO of Saint Francis Medical Center (02/22/10)
Mention health care just about anywhere in the country and you'll likely get some sort of opinion on the subject. And Southeast Missouri is no different. With two major hospitals, health care is a major piece of the area's economic puzzle. Last week business reporter Brian Blackwell visited with Saint Francis Medical Center chief executive officer Steve Bjelich to learn his views about the industry as well as more about his success as a track star in college and life away from the hospital...
Talking Shop with John Mehner, chief executive officer and president of the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce (02/15/10)
John Mehner is the leader of the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce. But before he was leading commerce efforts in the city, Mehner spent time chasing down criminals as a police officer in St. Louis. Business reporter Brian Blackwell visited with Mehner about his love for Cape Girardeau, his time as a police officer and his thoughts about business activity in the area.
Talking Shop with Bruce Loy, manager of Cape Girardeau Regional Airport (02/08/10)
Three months have passed since Cape Girardeau's newest commercial air carrier began operations. Through Jan. 31, 735 passengers used Cape Air's service to and from Cape Girardeau, compared to Great Lake Airlines, the last airline to service the area, which carried 833 passengers in 19 months. Airport manager Bruce Loy recently sat down with business reporter Brian Blackwell to discuss the airline's performance in Cape Girardeau, his path to the city and why he chose a career in airlines rather than the rodeo.
Talking Shop with Mike Rowe, host of "Dirty Jobs" (02/01/10)
Mike Rowe, founder of the Emmy-nominated television series "Dirty Jobs," paid a visit to Cape Girardeau last week. Before his talk, as more than 3,100 people gathered inside the Show Me Center, Rowe visited with reporters for about 25 minutes. Business reporter Brian Blackwell and Southeast Missourian junior reporter Bryce Dickerson were among those who asked Rowe, who previously worked on such networks as QVC, questions at the press conference...
Talking Shop with Mitch Robinson, executive director of the Cape Girardeau Area Magnet (01/25/10)
He's the director of Cape Girardeau Area Magnet, but those closest to Mitch Robinson also know him as a University of Kentucky basketball fan and the chairman of the local CrimeStoppers organization. A native of Owensboro, Ky., Robinson first came to Southeast Missouri in 1993, when he was hired as director of the Cape Girardeau Area Industrial Recruitment Association. ...
Talking Shop with Byron Glenn, M.D., Cape Urgent Care (01/18/10)
On Monday many Southeast Missourians paused to reflect on the life of Martin Luther King Jr., an African-American remembered by some for his fight and struggle for equality among the discriminated. While Byron Glenn never fought that battle, the Cape Girardeau physician overcame a different battle as a boy in the poor section of San Francisco, Calif. ...
Talking Shop with Jummie Ready, property manager of Landmark Properties and the Venue (01/11/10)
After more than 14 years as a flight attendant, Jummie Ready has embarked upon a new journey she hopes will lead to revitalization of midtown Cape Girardeau. As property manager of Landmark Properties and the Venue wedding and event center, Ready said that since she assumed the role in November 2008 it's been quite a ride. ...
Talking Shop with Jim Riley, founder, Red Letter Communications (01/04/10)
He's hit holes-in-one at three golf courses in the area, written children's books and started a marketing company that continues to grow. But despite his success, Jim Riley says he's remained grounded thanks to his father and his Midwestern values. Brian Blackwell recently visited with Riley to learn more about his many hobbies and his inspiration for Red Letter Communications, the company he founded in 1981. A native of St. Louis, Riley spent most of his life in Cape Girardeau. Married to Michaele for 17 years, Riley has several children, including his son, Anthony, who works with his dad.
Talking Shop: Eldon Nattier, innkeeper, Rose Bed Inn, took a long and winding road to get where he is today (12/28/09)
Eldon Nattier has worn many hats in his life, including real estate agent, gas station attendant, teacher and, for the last 10 years, innkeeper of the Rose Bed Inn. Nattier and chef James Coley purchased the early 20th-century-era home at 611 S. Sprigg St. in 1995 and renovated it as a bed and breakfast. Business reporter Brian Blackwell sat down at the inn with Nattier to learn more about his life and how the Southern Illinois native became innkeeper of the Rose Bed Inn...
Talking Shop with Teresa Meier, co-owner of Meier Horse Shoe Pines (12/21/09)
A few days from now many families will gather to share a feast, sing Christmas carols or trade gifts. And a big part of the holiday tradition is the Christmas tree, whether purchased from a retail store or picked out from one of the area's many tree farms, such as Meier Horse Shoe Pines in Jackson. Business reporter Brian Blackwell sat down with co-owner Teresa Meier to learn her views on tree farms, life in Oak Ridge and the magic of Christmas...
Talking Shop with Drew Janes, founder of Relentless Media Productions (12/14/09)
Drew Janes grew up in the Bootheel community of Qulin, Mo., where he spent many a day working for his father's business. It was there that Janes realized he longed to work in media in a larger city. That realization led to the launch of Relentless Media Productions in 2004. ...
Your Business: Talking Shop with Loyd Ivey, founder of Mitek Corp. (12/07/09)
Loyd Ivey may be a world traveler, but the chairman and CEO of Mitek Corp. still has a special place in his heart for Southeast Missouri. A native of Marble Hill, Mo., Ivey started his business before he was 25 years old and has since grown it into a multibillion-dollar company with more than 850 employees. ...
Talking Shop with Dave Kinder, owner of Kinder Motor Co. (11/23/09)
Like many teenage boys, Dave Kinder had a love for the automobile. That passion for cars turned into a career that has taken him to owner of Kinder Motor Co. in Jackson. Business reporter Brian Blackwell recently visited with Kinder to learn more of his life's work and a little bit about his personal life. ...
Talking Shop with Joyce Cooley of Miracle-Ear (11/16/09)
Ear tone wave hear hear Sound philosophy or sound practice / sound advice / sound effect / sounding off Joy is in the ear that hears Joyce Cooley may be a native of South St. Louis County, but one trip to Cape Girardeau caused this big city girl to fall in love with the its rolling hills and small-town atmosphere. ...
Talking Shop with Donnie Harris (11/09/09)
Donnie Harris has had his share of business ventures. The Marble Hill, Mo., native has owned a night club, limousine service, entertainment system company, sports card business, entertainment center and several restaurants. Today, Harris is still in the restaurant industry with McAlister's locations in three states, plus Just Kids, Just Babies and Senior Benefit Services insurance. ...
Talking Shop with Veronica McCormick, co-owner of Sign Master, 360 S. Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau (11/02/09)
The scenery of a drive just about anywhere in the United States will include signs advertising businesses or causes. From the mom-and-pop store down the street to a plea to visit a church on a particular Sunday, signs remain a vital part of reaching the consumer. ...
Talking Shop with Kathy Sindel of HavenHouse St. Louis (10/19/09)
Kathy Sindel, the executive director of HavenHouse St. Louis, was in Jackson last week for a charity golf tournament at Kimbeland Country Club. The HavenHouse is a 25,000-square-foot facility with 33 rooms on Olive Boulevard in St. Louis. The facility and organization welcomes families of patients in St. ...
Talking Shop with Ashley Beggs, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters in Cape Girardeau (10/12/09)
Ashley Beggs spent most of her childhood at the family farm and the Thomas W. Kelly softball field in Benton, Mo. The oldest of six children, Beggs has always valued family time. Her "extended" family is much bigger today, as she oversees Big Brothers Big Sisters in Cape Girardeau as its new executive director. Business reporter Brian Blackwell recently learned how she became the head person at the organization that serves children and their families and more about her personal life...
Talking Shop with Laurie Everett, owner of Annie Laurie's Antiques, 536 Broadway in Cape Girardeau (09/28/09)
Laurie Everett has worked in just about every job imaginable and traveled around the world, yet the Cape Girardeau native longed to return to her roots. An avid antique collector, Everett combined her hobby with business when she purchased Annie Laurie's Antiques. Business reporter Brian Blackwell recently learned a little more about interest in the world of antiques...
Talking Shop with Danea Johnson, owner of Concepts Styling Salon in Cape Girardeau (09/14/09)
New York Fashion Week kicked off Sept. 10, and among the stylists attending the eight-day event was Danea Johnson, owner of Concepts Styling Salon in Cape Girardeau. A native of Cape Girardeau, Johnson and her husband, Mike, have a daughter, Grace. Southeast Missourian business reporter Brian Blackwell visited with Johnson to learn more about her life and how she became the owner of the salon...
Talking Shop with James Stapleton, director, Southeast Missouri State University Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (09/08/09)
James Stapleton's path to success began on a Kansas farm and eventually led to a decade-long entrepreneurial career that has resulted in his current role as director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Southeast Missouri State University. Southeast Missourian business reporter Brian Blackwell last week learned more of what shaped Stapleton and his views on the importance of entrepreneurship...
Talking Shop with Marc Schoch, plant manager, P&G Baby Care (08/24/09)
This article originally appeared in its entirety in a special section Sunday. This is an abridged version of the interview. Procter & Gamble has been a major part of Marc Schoch's life. Schoch been with the company for 30 years, including the last two years in Cape Girardeau as the Brian Blackwell sat down to talk with Schoch and learn more about his life, start in Procter & Gamble and the affect the plant has had on the area in its 40 years here...
Talking Shop with Jennifer Hendrickson of Hendrickson Business Advisors (08/17/09)
Hendrickson Business Advisors is a Southeast Missouri business success story. Started in 2007 by Jennifer Hendrickson, the business has grown from her home to an office at 1729 William St. in Cape Girardeau.
Talking Shop with Rich Payne, director of Career & Technology Center (08/10/09)
This week marks the beginning of school for students in Cape Girardeau. Among the Business Today reporter Robyn Gautschy recently sat down with Rich Payne, director of the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center. The interview originally appeared in the July edition of Business Today, which can be ordered by calling 388-2781...
Talking shop with Laura Younghouse, owner of Midwest Energy (08/03/09)
Cape Girardeau native Laura Younghouse is the owner of Midwest Energy, which has 11 Amerimarts under the Sinclair and BP brands.
Talking Shop with Dan Woods, general manager of radio station KRCU (07/27/09)
Southeast Missouri has its fair share of radio stations, one of which is KRCU, a National Public Radio station on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. General manager Dan Woods, born in Neelyville, Mo., in the Bootheel, grew up with a keen interest in communications and learning. ...
Talking shop with Wendell Miller (07/13/09)
Pizza remains a staple food of many Americans, and there's nothing like the convenience of having it delivered to your door. One friendly face greeting customers of Domino's Pizza is Wendell Miller, who was recently named the company's delivery expert of the year. He works at Credit Bureau Services in Cape Girardeau and part time at Domino's. Southeast Missourian business reporter Brian Blackwell visited with Miller last week to learn more about his secret to success...
Talking shop with Tom Kelsey, commercial property broker (07/01/09)
Real estate never interested Tom Kelsey as a young man. But today the Scott City native is broker at Lorimont Place Ltd., a Cape Girardeau firm that handles mostly commercial property throughout the region. Business reporter Brian Blackwell sat down with Kelsey last week to discuss his life and the ins and outs of the commercial real estate business...
Talking shop with Tom Kelsey, commercial property broker (06/29/09)
Real estate never interested Tom Kelsey as a young man. But today the Scott City native is broker at Lorimont Place Ltd., a Cape Girardeau firm that handles mostly commercial property throughout the region. Business reporter Brian Blackwell sat down with Kelsey last week to discuss his life and the ins and outs of the commercial real estate business...
Talking Shop with John Cai, owner of Beijing Chinese restaurant (05/11/09)
Southeast Missourian residents can experience a taste of the Orient close to home at Beijing Chinese restaurant, 1815 E. Jackson Blvd. Owner John Cai has been serving cuisine from his homeland since he moved to Southeast Missouri in 1992. Born in Shoaxing province, Cai worked as an electrician, mechanic and welder before working in a dining room. ...
Talking shop with Jason Wray, owner of Creative Edge in Jackson (05/04/09)
Creative Edge is celebrating its 10th year in business. The full-service marketing and video production agency serves mostly real estate clients, though it has clients in a range of other industries. Business editor Brian Blackwell recently sat down with owner Jason Wray to learn more about the company's rise from a house to a 14,000-square-foot facility in Jackson, where its 14 employees work. ...
Traveling salesman: CVB director Chuck Martin discusses selling the city of Cape (02/22/07)
By Liz Bertrand Business Today Ever since Chuck Martin was a little boy, he has loved to travel. So it makes sense that he chose a job where he meets travelers every day. As director at the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitor's Bureau, he gives visitors tips on sights to see while their visiting the area...
The music man: Bill Shivelbine talks about life in the music business (01/19/07)
There's a bass guitar propped up next to the desk in Bill Shivelbine's office. A banjo on the floor. A clarinet and saxophone sitting atop book shelves. Not the kind of shiny, untouched instruments you might see in a museum. Real instruments, well-worn and respected by the touch of rhythmic fingers...
Jim Limbaugh: Banking on the future (12/18/06)
Ask well-known Cape Girardeau banker Jim Limbaugh what people don't know about him and he'll joke that there are many, many things. "But it will be our secret," he said, with a laugh...
NARS founder got his start in Cape (11/21/06)
Chris Buehrle is president and founder of an international company that has more than 1,000 employees. He has call centers in St. Louis, Jamaica and Panama. His client list includes more than 25 Fortune 500 companies. But Buehrle got his start right here, born 39 years ago at Southeast Missouri Hospital and attended St. Mary School...
Marla Mills: Sparking the downtown (10/24/06)
If you see a woman sitting on the back of a Harley tooling around the Cape Girardeau County countryside, there's an off chance it may be Marla Mills. "That may surprise people about me," Mills said in early October, 2 1/2 weeks after she assumed her newest role as executive director of Old Town Cape. "My husband has a Harley and we went on a 10-day motorcycle trip with him. We went 3,300 miles."...
Bob Hahn: The art of the deal (09/22/06)
A few decades ago when working in New Orleans, Bob Hahn was taking a ride with his family along Lake Pontchartrain when he spied some construction work being done by a company called R.B. Potashnick Construction of Cape Girardeau. "We were wanting to get back close to home, so we thought, let's send in a resume and see what's going on," Hahn said...
Steven Bjelich: Keeping a hospital healthy (06/21/06)
A nursing shortage. Tort reform. Long-term health-care. In addition to the formidable job of overseeing a 254-bed regional medical center and its 1,800 employees, Steve Bjelich knows running a hospital means you have to be well versed in a lot of issues...
Home-grown lieutenant governor works to push state economy skyward (05/16/06)
Peter Kinder doesn't see his job of lieutenant governor as an idle one -- especially when it comes to doing whatever he can that will benefit the state's economy and keep Missourians working. The Cape Girardeau native and former state senator is a member of several boards and commissions that have a direct impact on the state's bottom line...
Technically speaking, Jones knows computer services, payroll (04/20/06)
Frank Jones can tell you the exact moment he knew he wanted to work in the computer industry. He was a senior in high school and a teacher pulled out a mechanical calculator that was about the size of a fax machine. "This is where the technology's going," the teacher told the class...
Cape Girardeau mayor tackles issues with fine touch (03/22/06)
In 1989, a U-Haul truck rumbled into Cape Girardeau carrying with it an ambitious Minnesota businessman who at first thought he was being transferred to the East Coast. Jay Knudtson was climbing the corporate ladder and taking relocations along with promotions regardless of where they were, thinking his stay in Cape Girardeau would be temporary...
Cape family practitioner partial to Medicare/Medicaid patients (01/17/06)
The American Academy of Family Physicians reports that nationally 17 percent of family doctors no longer take new Medicare patients. The reason is Medicare reimbursements don't cover the actual costs of treating those eligible for the government program, according to the academy...
Rebuilding Bella: Dirnberger uses fire as motivation to build better restaurant (11/21/05)
In the early morning hours of March 19, Mark Dirnberger sat on the curb and watched somberly as his dreams went up in smoke. His Bella Italia was burning. "Fire is relentless; it's mean," Dirnberger said. "It has no mercy. There's no way to explain the feeling of emptiness you have. There's not a thing you can do. I was thinking, 'Oh my God, there go all of my dreams.'"...
As head of international trade group, David Ross is making a difference (10/18/05)
Show Me Center director David Ross is in the midst of one of the most successful seasons that he can remember. He's booked big-name acts like country crooner Willie Nelson, red-neck comedian Larry the Cable Guy, the always popular mainstay Sesame Street Live and the Transiberian Orchestra...
Where Ed Dust goes, jobs and development follow (09/19/05)
SIKESTON -- For 32 years, Ed Dust has gathered no rust as he improved the employment situation in towns and cities in Arkansas and Southeast Missouri. The director of the Department of Economic Development in Sikeston since June 2004, Dust came to the job after a 20-year stint as executive vice president of the Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce...
Pete Poe: An 18-year love of fair (08/15/05)
For nearly two decades, Pete Poe has been the man behind the magic of the SEMO District Fair. Curious thing, too, considering that before Poe became involved with the fair 18 years ago, he rarely went. "It wasn't something that I did very often," said Poe, the president of the fair board. "It wasn't until I got there and met the people who put it on. Then, I realized they were some of the greatest people in the world. I knew immediately it was something I wanted to be a part of."...
MoDOT's new district engineer counts on cooperation, not confrontation (07/18/05)
Mark Shelton's a student of tae kwon do martial arts, but in his job as the new district engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation in Southeast Missouri he's counting on cooperation and communication, not confrontation. "We certainly don't want to go beat anybody up," he said...
Marybeth Williams carries on chamber's work in Jackson (06/18/05)
The bookshelves behind her desk are still empty but the surface looks well-used, as Marybeth William begins to settle into her new office and role as executive director of the Jackson Chamber of Commerce. A month since starting the position, Williams has had little time to make her office reflect her gregarious and energetic personality. A few plants and a picture sit atop the table and desk corner, but the office doesn't have a "lived-in" feel yet...
Marchi celebrates 20 years as Cape Schnucks manager (05/18/05)
When Dennis Marchi was a boy, his grandfather Dory took him out in the back yard of Marchi's Crestwood, Mo., home and taught him to play baseball. His grandfather knew his way around a bat and ball -- he had even played in the minor leagues for a bit. He also knew to be successful in this finicky sport, you had to be able to acclimate yourself to the constantly changing situation and think quickly on your feet...
Paul Dobbins talks about running a mall world (04/18/05)
After six months on the job, Paul Dobbins said he's learned that running a mall is like being a contestant on "Jeopardy." "You have to know a little bit about a lot," said Dobbins, who became general manager of Westfield Shoppingtown West Park in September. "A lot of people say their job is different every day, but this one truly is. It's just interacting with so many different types of people inside and outside the organization."...
Marsha Haskell: Keeping up with changes in communication (03/14/05)
Marsha Haskell knows what it's like to look down from a telephone pole. In her early days with Southwestern Bell, the company that would later become SBC, Haskell had a job traditionally held by men: Installation foreman...
Setting the stage for selling downtown Cape Girardeau (02/14/05)
By The new director of Old Town Cape has his sights set on recruiting more businesses to downtown Cape Girardeau. Tim Arbeiter, 29, has been on the job for about two months. A soft-spoken optimist, Arbeiter thinks the downtown area is an increasingly attractive location both to businesses looking to locate in Cape Girardeau and to existing businesses...
Serving seniors earns Sikeston man top honor (01/15/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Richard Montgomery wants to make sure husbands and wives aren't separated as their health care needs change. Montgomery, owner of Americare, is trying to change the way rural communities deliver elder-care services. And for that approach, among many other reasons, Montgomery was recently honored with the Missourian Award. ...