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Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015
From the editor: People of vision
This year we decided to do something a little different with our annual Progress publication. Instead of highlighting the projects going on in Cape Girardeau -- and there are many of them -- we decided to spotlight some of the people who are shaping our communities...

Southeast Missourian business headlines
Governor touts workforce training designation during visit (01/29/15) 3
A Wednesday visit from Gov. Jay Nixon to a Jackson company brought Cape Girardeau County an official designation as a Certified Work Ready Community, or one that successfully matches workforce training with economic development needs. While speaking to a group of local businesspeople, elected officials and community organization representatives at Mondi, a packaging company, Nixon said the county is one of only 12 in the state that has received the designation through an initiative led by American College Testing, or ACT.. ...
Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market opens (01/29/15) 24
Cape Girardeau's newest grocery store looked about like the weekend before a major holiday as shoppers flocked to Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market on Wednesday. The new store on Independence Street celebrated with an early morning ribbon-cutting and opened for business, marking a fourth Wal-Mart store to operate in the Cape Girardeau/Jackson area...
Area advertising products judged at competition over weekend (01/26/15)
Three advertising professionals from Missouri and Nebraska spent about 10 hours Saturday judging the annual Tri-State and Jonesboro, Arkansas, Advertising and Marketing Professionals best advertising in the tri-state area competition. And by 3 p.m. that day, their spirits were still high...
Business Notebook: Cape Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market opens Wednesday (01/26/15)
The newest Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market store in the region will open Wednesday morning. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at 2021 Independence St. in Cape Girardeau. The new 41,000-square-foot store will feature a full line of groceries, including produce; departments with health, beauty, cleaning and pet supplies; a pharmacy with a drive-through lane; and Wal-Mart pickup, where customers can shop online at Walmart.com for products not carried in the store and have the items delivered there for free.. ...
$2 gasoline: Good times keep rolling at the pump (01/26/15)
NEW YORK -- At some point this will end, perhaps even soon. The price of gasoline will not fall to zero. But for the first time since 2009, most Americans are paying less than $2 a gallon. Just three months ago experts were shocked when it fell under $3...
Entrepreneur competition to be held next month in Cape (01/21/15)
Local entrepreneurs who compete in a new Delta Regional Authority pitch competition could become part of a regional network designed to promote business growth. Cape Girardeau also will hold a Delta Challenge competition event planned for five regional states in February and March. ...
Region's chambers assist young pros with networking (01/19/15)
For those newly graduated from college or starting as entrepreneurs, the business world can be an intimidating place. Between building the right image, finding the best location and networking within the community, it often seems like a daunting task...
Healthy for life: Four health improvements you can make today that will pay off for a lifetime (01/19/15)
Four health improvements you can make today that will pay off for a lifetime Improving your health and wellness can seem like a daunting task, especially if you know you have some bad health habits to break. But, several improvements you can make today can result in tremendous health benefits...
Business Notebook: River City Biologicals to develop sister company in Brazil (01/19/15)
River City Biologicals, a local manufacturer of raw animal products, recently announced an international expansion. The company's partners, George "Skip" Wrape and Jerad Busch, recently purchased a share of the Brazilian company FBS Do Brasil Biotecnologia LTDA. The new company, according to a news release, collects and processes animal serums used in biotechnology similar to the Cape Girardeau company. The Brazilian company will take on the name of the Cape Girardeau company...
People on the Move 1/19/15 (01/19/15)
Keith Boeller was named chief executive officer of Cape Retirement Community Inc., which owns The Chateau Girardeau independent and assisted-living and nursing facility in Cape Girardeau. Boeller is a certified public accountant and business leader. He is a member of the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce and a board member of First State Community Bank...
Buck up, profits down: High dollar dents U.S. company earnings (01/19/15)
WASHINGTON -- The victims vary: Fast-food colossus McDonald's. Technology giant Oracle. Medical device maker Cooper Cos. The culprit's the same: A surging U.S. dollar. A symbol of American economic might, the rising dollar is denting the earnings of U.S. companies that operate overseas. The damage started showing in results for the July-to-September period, and the picture will likely get uglier as companies report earnings for the final three months of 2014...
What has happened to the Swiss franc? (01/19/15)
NEW YORK -- One of the world's safest investments -- the Swiss franc -- swung wildly last week after the central bank in Switzerland announced it would scrap its policy of limiting the rise of the currency. It may seem like an arcane move, but it's not. The Swiss National Bank's surprise decision Thursday caused the franc to surge against the euro and dollar, sending shock waves through the global financial system...
Monsanto awarded U.S. approval for new GMO seeds (01/19/15)
ST. LOUIS -- Agriculture business giant Monsanto Co. said Thursday it received approval from the Department of Agriculture for new cotton and soybean seeds designed to be used with a new herbicide. Monsanto's business is built on genetically modified seeds and herbicide. The company's seeds are designed to increase yield, deter pests and tolerate weed-killing chemicals, particularly the company's Roundup, a staple for farmers...
Business licenses (01/19/15)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during December include the following: KT Power Systems, out of town The Bar, 117 Themis St. The Bar, 117 Themis St. (liquor license)
Bankruptcies (01/19/15)
Bankruptcies filed through December for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case numbers. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Tax liens (01/19/15)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Drew Blattner, recorder of deeds, during December are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at 573-243-8123...
Health briefs (01/19/15)
GOLDEN LIVING CENTER EARNS BRONZE AWARD NEW MADRID, Mo. -- Golden Living Center--New Madrid received a Bronze Commitment to Quality Award from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living. The association's National Quality Award program honors centers across the nation that have demonstrated commitment to improving quality care for seniors and individuals with disabilities. ...
Names in the news (01/19/15)
BASLER APPOINTED COUNTY CORONER JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Eric D. Basler of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, as the new coroner for Ste. Genevieve County. He fills the vacancy after the October death of his father, Leo Basler, who had held the position for more than 30 years. Eric Basler is a licensed funeral director and embalmer, and part owner of Basler Funeral Home...
Business briefs (01/19/15)
BRIGGS AND STRATTON WINS ENGINE DESIGN AWARD POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Briggs and Stratton received an International Die Casting Design Award for a new engine base design that will be manufactured at the Poplar Bluff facility, the Daily American Republic reported. ...
Have a heart: February is American Heart Month - do you know the warning signs of heart trouble? (01/19/15)
There are plenty of observances tying health to a season or holiday in hopes of reminding people of annual screenings and other physical checks. Perhaps the most significant in terms of number of people affected is February. February is proclaimed American Heart Month each year by the president of the United States, and last year celebrated its 50th anniversary...
Pilates put the 'I' in fitness: Individualized routines can help improve strength, breathing and more (01/19/15)
It's the perennial workout dilemma: The spirit is willing, but the flesh is not quite up for CrossFit yet. Some people are able to forge through the first awkward months of an exercise regimen, but results can often be elusive, and many others become discouraged before the results appear...
A new lease on life: These health-care workers know firsthand the benefits of weight loss (01/19/15)
It's no secret that the United States has a problem with overweight and obesity. More than one-third of U.S. adults are obese, a number that has increased drastically in the past 20 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And it's not just adults who struggle: 17 percent of children and teenagers are also obese, says the CDC. The struggle is universal, affecting old and young, men and women, and all races and professions -- even health care providers...
Reaching your health potential: Dr. Matt Uchtman explains the keys to 'Maximized Living' (01/19/15)
Chiropractor Dr. Matt Uchtman is owner of Elevation Chiropractic/Maximized Living Health Center, a natural health care clinic in Cape Girardeau. He encourages following what are called the "5 Essentials" to identify health issue causes and allow patients to build health rather than mask or treat problems with medications and surgery. He holds certifications in nutrition, spinal correction and functional medicine. Here's a closer look at Uchtman's way of practice:...
Competition is meant to help area business startups (01/18/15) 5
A major startup business competition is launching in Cape Girardeau, led by a newly formed venture capital group and economic development partners. The co-working community and technology incubator Codefi, capital group Traverse Ventures and the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce are collaborating in the competition, called 1ST50K...
Record crowd expected for annual Jackson chamber banquet (01/15/15)
The Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce is expecting to see its largest crowd at the annual banquet Friday at the Bavarian Halle. Nearly 500 reservations had been made as of Wednesday afternoon, said Brian Gerau, the chamber's director. "This is our marquee event of the year," Gerau said, "and we are really excited that this looks like it will be the biggest one we've had."...