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
Business notebook: Nearly 87,000 Missouri jobs supported by international exports, report says
A report released last week by the U.S. Department of Commerce touts export activity as a major support for jobs in Missouri during 2014. Goods exports from Missouri supported 86,602 jobs during the year, which is an 11.4 percent increase from 2009, according to the Department of Commerce's Jobs Supported by State Exports 2014 economic brief...
Seasonal-crop farms operate year-round
Every day the LeGrands have to move their electric fence about 40 feet down the field to provide fresh grass for their livestock. There's a daily routine Steven LeGrand, his wife, Geri, and their four children go through. They gather eggs, transfer their horses from one pen to another, and then scoot the electric fence down the pasture allowing the sheep and cows to graze...
People on the Move 4/13/15
Debbie Thurman of Coldwell Banker Abernathy Realty in Jackson recently was named the 2014 Realtor of the Year by the Cape Girardeau County Board of Realtors. Candidates for the award are nominated and selected by their peers and must meet strict application requirements, including service to the organization, their use of ethical business practices and their commitment to serving the community, according to a news release from the board. ...
People on the move 4/6/15
Richard R. Cuba, certified wealth strategist at Cuba Financial Group in Cape Girardeau, recently attended Circle of Excellence meetings in Aruba, where he met with senior management of the First Allied and Cetera Financial Group. Cuba, according to a news release, is a member of the adviser group Chairman's Emeritus Council, which serves the group for First Allied Securities Inc., and First Allied Advisory Inc...
Business notebook: Perryville KOA becomes Jellystone Park franchise
A campground in Perryville, Missouri, is reopening under a new name and management. The Perryville KOA campground now is a Jellystone Park Camp-Resort and will hold an official grand opening Memorial Day weekend, according to a news release. The park has 90 sites for RV and tent camping and will have upgrades with the reopening, including improved water, sewer and electrical hookups; a remodeled park store and restrooms; landscaping; and re-graveled campsites. ...
Automating the customer service experience: What does it mean for the service industry?
Many among us don't remember a time when ATMs were rare and banking took place face-to-face across a counter. There was a time when checking in for a flight or for a night at a hotel involved paper, people and patience. The first ATM made its debut at Barclay's Bank in London in 1967. Supermarket self-checkout stations were introduced in the 1990s and now are in use not only at grocery stores, but also at a range of big-box retailers...
Sitework nearly finished for Pepsi tenant at business park
Progress on a Pepsi MidAmerica customer service center at the Greater Cape Girardeau Business Park should become more visible soon, as sitework is nearly finished for the park's first tenant. "We are just waiting for the weather to break so we can begin full force," said Larry Chambers, director of facilities for Pepsi MidAmerica...
People on the move 3/30/15
Lucas Presson recently was named general manager of rustmedia, the full service advertising agency of Rust Communications. Presson previously was editorial-page editor for the Southeast Missourian and special projects manager. He continues to serve on the newspaper editorial board and work on other newspaper projects, including the Semoball Awards, Spirit of America Award and management of Arrow Digital, which produces the student newspaper and news website for Southeast Missouri State University.. ...
Internet outages reveal gaps in U.S. broadband
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed a glaring vulnerability in the nation's Internet infrastructure: no backup systems in many places...
Business Notebook: Nearly Perfect Shoes closing Jackson store
Nearly Perfect Shoes, a shoe store with four Southeast Missouri locations, will consolidate to three with the closing of its Jackson store on April 30. Robert Petch, a member of the ownership group for Nearly Perfect Shoes, said Jackson has been a good market for the store since it opened there in the early 1990s, but he sees more opportunity in growing the Cape Girardeau location...
Area port wants to keep growth going
Coming off a record-setting year for cargo shipped in and out of the Southeast Missouri Regional Port, officials are looking at the keys for turning expansion possibilities into solid plans. Local economic development representatives call the port one of the Mississippi River's "premier" small ports, with potential for continued growth...
New Hampton Inn, Drury Lodge in the works for Cape Girardeau
Visitors to Cape Girardeau will have another overnight option when a new Hampton Inn opens this fall in the Park West Hospitality Complex east of Interstate 55 near the intersection of William Street and South Mount Auburn Road. While a September opening was planned, the new Hampton Inn likely will welcome guests a bit later...
People on the move 3/23/15
Jennifer Hendrickson, business broker and owner of Murphy Business office in Cape Girardeau, recently earned the designation of Board Certified Intermediary from the Murphy Business company. The designation is an industry recognition for skills, tenure and success in valuing businesses and serving as an intermediary between buyers and sellers of businesses, according to a news release...
Business Notebook: Missouri jobless rate stands at 5.5 percent
February's statewide unemployment rate was 5.5 percent, and Missouri's nonfarm payroll has increased by 40,400 jobs over the past year, the Missouri Department of Economic Development reported last week. In February, the state gained 8,400 jobs, down from the 11,200 gained in January...