- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Community helps Jackson family with two cases of muscular dystrophy (9/19/16)
- Concealed-carry restrictions remain in Missouri despite new state law (9/18/16)22
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Children's exposure to meth via parents is growing; Mo. Children's Division seeing effects (9/18/16)8
- Eldorado Resorts to buy Isle of Capri Casinos (9/20/16)7
- Poplar Bluff man accused of beating a grandmother to death with baseball bat (9/18/16)
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Show Me Center upgrades may allow facility to draw more elaborate shows (9/21/16)17
We often refer to entrepreneurs and small businesses as the engine for jobs and economic growth. A recent study by the Delta Regional Authority confirms this.
Prepared by Dr. James Stapleton, executive director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Southeast Missouri State University, the study found that from 1992 to 2010, locally owned small businesses with nine or fewer employees created 91 percent of the net new jobs in the Delta region. This area includes Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.
The study did indicate, however, that while more small businesses were created in later years of the study, they did not create as many jobs.
Small-business owners face several challenges, but the work they do is critical to our communities. Stapleton, who was assisted in the study by graduate student Justin Pobst and undergraduate student Mitchell Brunson, is to be commended for his work with the Delta Regional Authority and the center.
The center is an excellent resource for entrepreneurs, and Stapleton and his staff do important work that helps our local economy. This study is another tool to help local leaders and chamber executives in development, and our hope is that more businesses, and the resulting jobs, will be cultivated.