Business Briefs

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

U.S. Highways 60 and 67

Mike Marshall, Sikeston Area Regional Chamber of Commerce and Area Economic Development Corporation president and CEO, spoke Oct. 31 to the Delta Grassroots Caucus (DGC) in the Arkansas State Capitol Rotunda on the future designation of Highways 60 and 67 to Interstate 57 from Little Rock, Arkansas, to Sikeston, Missouri. A team representing Dexter, Poplar Bluff and Sikeston, Missouri, continue to push for funding and designation with Missouri state and federal officials to bring U.S. Highways 67 and 60 up to interstate grade from the Missouri/Arkansas state line to Sikeston at the junction of Interstates 55 and 57. An Arkansas delegation led by U.S. Senator John Boozman has already laid the groundwork to continue to upgrade Highway 67 in Arkansas to interstate grade to the Missouri state line just south of Poplar Bluff.

180 Healthcare

180 Healthcare has partnered with Missouri Delta Medical Center to expand and offer more services. In addition to 180 Healthcare’s coverage area in Cape Girardeau, Jackson and Perryville, Missouri, the Missouri Delta Medical Center partnership will allow employers and individuals in Sikeston, Dexter, New Madrid, Benton, Chaffee, Portageville and Charleston, Missouri, to receive the benefits of 180 Healthcare.

Recruiters Websites

Recruiters Websites, a Cape Girardeau company, was named Vendor of the Year, the top honor at the October 2018 MRINetwork Global Conference in St. Louis. A survey of nearly 400 MRINetwork member businesses selected Recruiters Websites as the top vendor with the highest scores in all categories, beating out such established companies as LinkedIn, CareerBuilder, Monster, ZoomInfo and other recruiting-specific vendor companies. Recruiters Websites was also named Best in Category for Website Design.

Square One Wellness

Square One Wellness, founded by registered dietician and mom Ellen Gipson, provides workshops to teach new parents about complementing breastmilk or formula with real, whole, nutritious foods. The local startup held workshops at the Discovery Playhouse in Cape Girardeau on Oct. 27 and Nov. 17.

The Bank of Missouri

R. David Crader will retire from The Bank of Missouri in Perryville, Missouri, after 44 years in the banking industry on Dec. 31, 2018. He will continue serving the bank as chairman and president of the holding company, Reliable Community Bancshares, Inc. His focus will be on shareholder relations and acquisitions.

Bite Squad

Bite Squad, an on-demand restaurant delivery service, began services in Cape Girardeau by waiving delivery fees for a year with the placement of an order during the weekend of its grand opening, Dec. 14-16. Bite Squad is a leading independent provider of online and mobile food delivery services in the United States. Founded in 2012 in Minneapolis, Bite Squad partners with more than 10,000 restaurants across more than 300 cities to deliver fresh food straight to the customer’s door, quickly and hassle-free.

Southeast Missouri State University

The Princeton Review ranked Southeast Missouri State University's MBA program among the nation's outstanding business schools, recognizing 252 on-campus MBA programs in the United States. The MBA Program in Southeast's Harrison College of Business and Computing is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), an honor held by only 20 percent of colleges in the country and fewer than 400 MBA programs worldwide.

Red Letter Communications

Red Letter Communications, a full-service marketing communications agency, recently consolidated operations into one facility, restructured its management team and added a new division to the company. Having outgrown its downtown Cape Girardeau facility, the company operated out of two locations for three years. Its expanded location at Regents Parc on Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau reunites all departments under the same roof.

Early Prevention Impacts Community (EPIC)

Run the last race of the year, the EPIC Glow 5K, on Dec. 31. Early Prevention Impacts Community (EPIC) works within Southeast Missouri to educate youth and adults about the risks of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, while promoting healthy attitudes and behaviors of youth in Southeast Missouri. The race will start at the Osage Center at 6 p.m. The cost is $25; register at

St. Jude

The 8th Annual St. Jude New Year’s Eve Benefit will take place Dec. 31 at Ray’s Plaza Conference Center in Cape Girardeau. Tickets are $60 per person or $700 for a table of eight and include all-inclusive food and drink and live music with Brothers Walker.

Information summarized from Southeast Missourian business articles and contributions from B Magazine readers. To contribute business briefs for the next issue, email