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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
Cape Riverfront Market meeting invites prospective vendors (02/26/15) 1
A meeting will be held March 5 for those interested in being a vendor for the Cape Riverfront Market's 2015 season. Vendors must be within 100 miles and produce their own goods. A news release from the market says it seeks a variety of vendors for farm goods, such as fruits, vegetables and meat; artisan crafts; value-added products such as jams, jellies and baked items; and prepared foods...
Strong reliability scores should help Buick brand's rebirth (02/26/15)
DETROIT -- Buick, the brand that once was the pace car for the drive to the senior center, has made a comeback by appealing to buyers not yet ready for retirement. U.S. sales rose 11 percent in 2014. In China, Buick's biggest market, sales gained almost 14 percent...
Two area funeral homes combine into one (02/23/15)
Two funeral homes with long family histories in the business have found a connection as one expands. Ford and Sons Funeral Home announced in early February it purchased Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home in Jackson, which brings a fourth funeral home under the Ford and Sons name...
36 Restaurant & Bar opens on Main Street (02/23/15)
A new restaurant offering American-style fare with French and Italian influences opened Feb. 14 at 36 N. Main St. in Cape Girardeau. 36 Restaurant & Bar is owned and operated by John Eric and Vanessa Klein of Cape Girardeau. John Eric Klein said the restaurant offers fresh food daily and a dining experience with "elegant and comfortable ambiance." Space for private parties is available on the restaurant's second floor, with a view of the Mississippi River. ...
Local businesses honored at advertising awards (02/23/15)
Local businesses and students were recognized Friday for their advertising creativity at the Tri-State Advertising and Marketing Professionals' American Advertising Awards Show. A total of 140 print, interactive, broadcast and multimedia advertising projects, all created, published or aired in the Cape Girardeau; Paducah, Kentucky; and Harrisburg, Illinois, markets in 2014, were considered in this year's competition...
Nixon to explore opportunities for agricultural trade with Cuba (02/20/15) 6
Missouri's governor recently heard Bootheel rice and cotton growers' hopes for a mission that will cover the potential for expanded agricultural trade between Cuba and the United States. Since January, Gov. Jay Nixon has been preparing for an early March trip to Cuba, where he plans to meet with members of the Cuban agriculture cabinet, government secretaries and public and private interests who represent transportation and commerce...
Business Notebook 2/16/15: Regional advertising award banquet is Friday (02/16/15)
The annual awards presentation for the best advertising pieces in Cape Girardeau and other area markets is set for Friday at Drury Lodge in Cape Girardeau. Tri-State Advertising & Marketing Professionals, a regional not-for-profit organization for people who work in advertising and marketing, is holding the "Gone Girl"-themed American Advertising Awards ceremony that begins at 5:30 p.m. The awards given at the ceremony formerly were known as ADDYs...
Google Startup competition a first for Cape Girardeau entrepreneurs (02/12/15)
Downtown Cape Girardeau's co-working community is planning to host the Southeast Missouri region's first Google Startup Weekend in mid-March, which organizers say will give aspiring entrepreneurs a chance to transform innovative ideas into something more...
Cape Girardeau RadioShack to close (02/10/15)
Cape Girardeau's RadioShack is closing its doors as the nationwide company recently filed for bankruptcy. The store is in West Park Mall's west wing. On Monday, the electronics retailer had a liquidation sale in progress at the mall with a sign out front indicating the store is in its last seven days of business...
Southeast media center planning begins this week (02/09/15)
Southeast Missouri State University's planning for a new Center for Excellence in Mass Media will begin this week with a meeting of the minds to determine what changes are required to transform the 51-year-old former First Federal Savings and Loan Building at 325 Broadway in Cape Girardeau into a state-of-the-art, hands-on media learning center...
People on the Move 2/9/15 (02/09/15)
Hendrickson Business Advisors, a firm providing management and marketing consulting in Cape Girardeau, recently hired Alison Niermann as its new director of business development. Niermann is from Chesterfield, Missouri, and has experience in employee recruitment, training and business development, according to a release from the firm, and has worked as a radio account representative, with hospitals in recruitment marketing and strategy, training and succession planning and created a successful online parenting publication.. ...
Business Notebook: Google weekend planned for Cape Girardeau (02/09/15)
Cape Girardeau's co-working community, Codefi, will host the first-ever Google Startup Weekend in March. From March 13 to 15, Codefi is inviting budding entrepreneurs to pitch ideas to a panel and form groups that will compete for prizes, according to a news release...
RadioShack store in Cape on list for possible closure (02/08/15)
The RadioShack store at West Park Mall in Cape Girardeau is among more than 1,700 slated for potential closure in the wake of the electronics retailer filing for bankruptcy Thursday. RadioShack on Friday posted a document called "potential store closures list." Its Cape Girardeau store at the mall was on the list...
Cape Farmers Market signs on to remain at mall site (02/04/15) 4
The seasonal Cape Farmers Market looks to have found a permanent home after a move last year from the location it used for 27 years. In 2014, the weekly market began operating behind West Park Mall instead of in the parking lot of the former Plaza Galleria retail center on Independence Street. The market moved to make way for construction of the new Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market store, which opened last week...
What slowing economy? Consumers in a mood to spend (02/02/15)
There's a good reason the U.S. economy is impressing the world despite a slowdown in the final three months of 2014: In a word, steadiness. Companies have hired at healthy rates for the past year. Layoffs hover near historic lows. Auto sales are strong. Gas prices have sunk. Congressional budget fights have faded. Americans are increasingly confident...
Business Notebook: Ford and Sons buys Cracraft-Miller in Jackson (02/02/15)
Ford and Sons Funeral Home announced Friday it has purchased Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home in Jackson, effective at the end of January. "We have great respect for the Cracraft-Miller tradition of service and feel it's a good fit for the way we do business," Kevin Ford, president of Ford and Sons, said in a news release...
Hatfields, McCoys make up to make legal moonshine (02/02/15)
GILBERT, W.Va. -- After generations of bootlegging, direct descendants of the Hatfields have teamed with the McCoy name to produce legal moonshine in southern West Virginia with the state's blessing -- the start of a new legacy for the families made famous for their 19th-century feud...