Antique store owner recognized
, owner of Annie Laurie's Antiques in downtown Cape Girardeau, was recognized for her entrepreneurial initiative at the October Cape Area Chamber of Commerce First Friday Coffee. Everett is a recent graduate of the Operation Main Street: Business Success Series, a training program offered by the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Southeast Missouri State University and funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of Labor. The CIE, in partnership with Old Town Cape and the chamber, provided classes specifically to meet the needs of Cape Girardeau downtown business owners. Before classes began in July, all businesses participating in the program agreed to a mystery shopper report, financial analysis and an overall business assessment as part of a business development strategy. They later sat down with the CIE's business counselor, Justin Pobst, to discuss the results. After graduating from Operation Main Street: Business Success Series, Everett submitted an action plan to the CIE for the chance to win a business expansion grant for $1,000. Everett said she plans to use the funds to upgrade her computer network to help make her business more competitive and improve customer service.
Hickey joins Audiology Associates
Dr. Sarah A. Hickey
Dr. Sarah Hickey
has joined the practice of Dr. Linda M. Hurt, owner of Audiology Associates Balance and Hearing Center. Hickey is originally from Poplar Bluff, Mo., and completed her master's in audiology in 2002 at the University of Mississippi and her doctorate in 2006 at Pennsylvania College of Optometry, now Salus University. She has nine years of experience in audiology, including four years locally. She is board-certified by the American Speech/Language/Hearing Association, American Board of Audiology and the state of Missouri. Audiology Associates offers pediatric and adult diagnostic testing, including newborn testing. It offers vestibular testing and rehabilitation, hearing aids and other devices. Audiology Associates has offices in Cape Girardeau and Poplar Bluff.
SoutheastHEALTH hires executive
Dr. John V. Mackel
Dr. John Mackel
has joined SoutheastHEALTH as executive director of physician practices. Mackel comes to Southeast from Continental Wound Care, a specialty practice operated in partnership with his wife, Dr. Laura E. Holmes. Mackel will have executive responsibility for all SoutheastHEALTH physician practices. He will directly oversee seven specialties -- family medicine, internal medicine, OB, pediatrics, gastroenterology, otolaryngology and endocrinology. Mackel received his MD degree in family medicine at Queen's University Belfast School of Medicine in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He completed a rotating internship at Misericordia Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Mackel is board-certified in the United States and Canada. He has more than 30 years of experience as a physician and also has undergone additional training in wound healing and hyperbaric medicine. He also has a master's degree in health administration from the University of Alberta in Edmonton and has extensive administrative experience in the health care field.He is an adjunct professor in the Harrison College of Business at Southeast Missouri State University, where he teaches health care systems and quality in the university's MBA program.
Northwestern Mutual promotes two
Joshua James LaMouria
and Cole Burton
have been appointed financial representatives by Northwestern Mutual in Cape Girardeau. They will be associated with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network The Hahs Group. Before joining Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, LaMouria was owner and operator of LaMouria Landscape in Cape Girardeau. He is a native of Millersville. He was a 2002 graduate of Notre Dame Regional High School in Cape Girardeau. He then received a bachelor's degree in agribusiness from Southeast Missouri State University in 2006. Burton is a native of Anna, Ill., Burton received a bachelor of arts degree from Southeast Missouri State University in 2004. He comes to Northwestern Mutual Financial Network from Major Brands in Cape Girardeau.
Missouri Enterprise taps Humprey
Missouri Enterprise has appointed Russell Humphrey as area business manager responsible for the southeast portion of the state. Humphrey will be located in the company's Cape Girardeau office. He will represent Missouri Enterprise's business and technical assistance services to manufacturing, agricultural and technology based companies. Humphrey began his career in technical sales for a large multinational company in the semiconductor industry. He has also owned and operated a small business. Most recently, Humphrey has been a business counselor, helping clients develop business plans and providing business training. Humphrey earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University and a master's in business administration from Pepperdine University. Missouri Enterprise helps manufacturing companies meet challenges while transforming themselves with manufacturing productivity improvements, ISO/quality management systems and growth strategies.
Birk continues his education
Kelvin Birk of Birk Law Firm in Cape Girardeau recently attended a continuing education course titled "Advanced Asset Protection Strategies." The course covered domestic trusts, foreign trusts and using entities such as LLCs and corporations in conjunction with trusts to protect assets. Birk is a lawyer and CPA and devotes a large portion of his practice to estate planning and business law.
Jackson's Gerau sits on board of executives
Brian Gerau, executive director of the Jackson Chamber of Commerce, was elected to the board of the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Missouri at its annual conference Oct. 5 to 7 in Columbia, Mo. The Chamber of Commerce Executives of Missouri was organized to strengthen chamber management throughout the state and promote increased efficiency of management skills by chamber of commerce executives. The organization's past president, Tim Arbeiter, vice president of community development for the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce, was also recognized at the annual meeting.
West attends Redkin Artist Connection
Joseph West of Joseph West Design Studio in Cape Girardeau recently attended the 2011 Redkin Artist Connection in Orlando, Fla. He participated in innovative education classes focusing on new texturizing services and color techniques. In addition, West received training to improve presentation skills, participated in a hands-on workshop in color and texture, and learned about financial success with Michael Cole's Over The Top training. Joseph West Design Studio is at 1405 Thomas Drive in Cape Girardeau.
Jateff get 17th free car from Mary Kay
Jana Jateff, future executive senior sales director with Mary Kay Cosmetics, recently earned the use of her 17th free car. Jateff has been with Mary Kay for 29 years.
-- From staff reports