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Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 at Saint Francis Medical Center's Fitness Plus.
Kmart, Sears woes not affecting local stores
Nearly 80 Sears and Kmart stores across the country may close before Christmas, many financial news outlets reported late last week, but Cape Girardeau's stores appear to be safe from the cuts despite few specifics on the parent company's planned closing list...
Business Notebook: Low-cost marketing education offered for small businesses
Small businesses needing help figuring out how to get the most out of their advertising dollar can find an inexpensive option through a class planned for November in Perryville, Missouri. The University of Missouri Extension Small Business Technology Development Center will hold a class called "Marketing? Think Before You Spend" at 6 p.m. ...
People on the Move 10/27/14
n Bill Joyce is the new pastor of Southside Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau. Joyce and his wife Ruth have lived in the area since 1981, and he has led several churches during that time. n Jessica Farrar of SOTO Property Solutions in Cape Girardeau now is a licensed real estate agent and Realtor. ...
Farm forges a long-term financial plan in black walnuts
Today, it's hard to believe the 288 acres of the Martin Walnut Tree Farm were nothing more than plowed ground when Dr. Richard Martin bought the land 26 years ago. It took about three or four years of seed planting by Martin, his family and volunteers to bring his groves of trees alive...
Osage Centre to host annual career fair
More than 40 area employers will participate in a career fair for job seekers Thursday in Cape Girardeau. Mike Berry, functional leader at the Missouri Career Center, which is hosting the event, said the annual fair has drawn 900 to 1,000 people, and the center is looking forward to a good turnout again...
Unemployment rates fall in 31 states
WASHINGTON -- Unemployment rates fell in 31 U.S. states in September, including in many where incumbent governors and senators face tough re-election campaigns. The report is the final data on state unemployment before the Nov. 4 elections. Tuesday's data may quickly find its way into late campaign ads and stump speeches. The economy is the top concern for voters in this year's congressional and gubernatorial races...
Cape to host weekly entrepreneurs' mixer starting in mid-November
Some business-minded organizers in Cape Girardeau are planning to offer more than just free coffee once a week with the November launch of a new entrepreneurial education program. 1 Million Cups, a weekly event that has grown to include more than 60 cities nationwide, offers budding entrepreneurs a chance to present their startup businesses to an audience and network with others who can offer mentoring and feedback...
Cooking from scratch: Jackson woman opens meal delivery business in her home
Standing in her commercial kitchen, surrounded by a heavy-duty oven, huge refrigerators and an assortment of cooking utensils, Barb Cagle fishes her homemade cinnamon rolls out of their metal tins to prepare for icing. She apologizes for working around guests, and, with precision, she's prepares icing and smothers a dozen cinnamon rolls before the average baker could pop the seal on a store-bought can of Pillsbury dough...
Business Notebook: Cape a semifinalist for Great American Main Street Award
A model for revitalization, economic development and historic preservation in Cape Girardeau spearheaded by the downtown organization Old Town Cape is being recognized by the National Main Street Center. Cape Girardeau was selected as one of 10 nationally accredited communities to be a semifinalist for the 2015 Great American Main Street Award, which honors achievements in strengthening downtowns and commercial districts...
People on the Move 10/20/14
Rodney Bridges, owner of Garber's Men's Wear in Cape Girardeau, was recently elected to board of directors for the N.W. Buyers, a menswear buying group that consists of 350 men's stores in the United States. Carlos De Jesus is the new executive chef of campus dining with the Chartwells dining service at Southeast Missouri State University. ...
Market turmoil may be a gift for mortgage refinancers
A sudden plunge in mortgage rates last week raised an urgent question for millions of Americans:Should I refinance my mortgage? Across the country, homeowners and would-be homeowners eager for a bargain rate fired off inquiries to lenders. The opportunity emerged from the tumult that seized financial markets and sent stock prices and bond yields tumbling. Rates on long-term mortgages tend to track the 10-year Treasury yield, which fell below 2 percent for the first time since May 2013...
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during September include the following:Cape Mart Convenience Store, 238 N. Fountain St. (liquor license) Celebrate the Season, 201 S. Mount Auburn Road Cup 'N' Cork, 11 S. Spanish St. Danetta L. Mason, 125 S. Broadview St...
Bankruptcies filed through September for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case numbers. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during September are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at 573-243-8123...
SOUTHEAST MEDICAL PLAZA OPENS IN DEXTER DEXTER, Mo. -- Southeast Medical Plaza in Dexter opened its doors to the public with grand-opening ceremonies on Sept. 24, marking completion of the new, 15,000-square-foot medical office building at Southeast Health Center of Stoddard County, according to a news release from Southeast. ...
Names in the news
SAFE HOUSE FOR WOMEN HIRES COUNSELOR Sharon Rouse was hired as counselor at the Safe House for Women in Cape Girardeau. She will provide counseling services to individuals and groups. Rouse is a board-certified counselor through the American Psychotherapy Association, nationally certified through the National Board for Certified Counselors and is a member of the American Psychological Association. ...
JACKSON CHAMBER HOLDS RIBBON CUTTINGS The Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting Sept. 8 for Nearly Perfect CrossFit, 414 E Main St. On Sept. 10, the chamber held a ribbon cutting for AT&T on Walton Drive, in front of the Jackson Walmart...
Give wisely: How to maximize your tax benefits from charitable gifts
You answer calls to support your alma mater, the local animal shelter and the American Red Cross with gifts of money and volunteer time. And after cleaning out the closets, dressers, kitchen cabinets and garage, you take a trunk load of donations to the thrift store...
Working for the community: Some area businesses work together on volunteer projects, fundraisers
At some area businesses, employees don't just go to work for a company. They work for the community, too. More employers these days are offering, and in many cases encouraging, their workers to use company time to do good -- to organize benefits, participate in community fundraisers and generally donate time toward charitable causes...
United Way launches fundraising program designed for small businesses
The United Way of Southeast Missouri has introduced a new fundraising program designed for small businesses. With the Live United 365 Small Business Circle, businesses become members by donating $365 per year in one of three ways: Making a direct contribution to the United Way, encouraging staff members to raise the money or hosting a fundraising event, such as an in-store benefit or sales promotion with proceeds benefiting the United Way...
Not-for-profits use social media to engage with the public, do fundraising, even train volunteers
As social media ebbs and flows with hashtag activism and viral donation drives, brick-and-mortar not-for-profits angle for ways to turn well-intentioned tweets into real-world change. "As far as social media presence goes, it's a way to react with the community in a way that's more personal," says Nigel Holderby, regional communications officer for the Red Cross in Southern Missouri. "It gives us a presence in the place where people are hanging out these days."...
Better Business Bureau to open local office this month
Plans to open a Better Business Bureau office in Cape Girardeau later this month are still on track. Chris Thetford, vice president of communications and marketing for the BBB of St. Louis, says the office is expected to open by the end of October. An exact date hasn't been set for the opening yet, however...
Leading a team of volunteers: An interview with Kelli Schenimann of the American Cancer Society
As specialist of community events at the American Cancer Society in Cape Girardeau, Kelli Schenimann works with some 100 local volunteers and oversees the organization's biggest fundraisers and projects, including Relay for Life, the Cure for Cape Cancer Gala, Look Good Feel Better and Road to Recovery. Here, she shares how individuals and businesses can get involved in their community, and why it's worth doing...
Farmers market season set to end on high note
Another season is drawing to a close for area farmers markets, and vendors and organizers say it's been a good one. A mild summer, combined with a burgeoning interest in buying locally grown foods and homemade products in an open-air setting, have meant success for Cape Girardeau's newest market and the oldest one still operating, despite its shift in location...
Ron's Butcher Shop and Grocery tries to be a cut above
Just a hop, skip and a jump off Interstate 55, on Route KK in northern Cape Girardeau County, is the unassuming forest green building that is Ron's Butcher Shop and Grocery. Open the door, and a cowbell alerts of a customer's presence. Step inside, and the aroma of simmering barbecued pulled pork causes a near-swoon...
Business Notebook: Saint Francis joins statewide network
Saint Francis Healthcare System has joined a statewide network of systems formed earlier this year to improve the quality and delivery of medical services. Saint Francis became the sixth member of the network after a vote by the founding members of the Health Network of Missouri in September. ...
People on the Move 10/13/14
n Brooke Hayden has joined Robinson Construction Co. in Perryville, Missouri, as a human resources/office assistant. Hayden graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and previously was a marketing intern at Perry County Memorial Hospital and an assistant manager for Walmart...
USDA increases expected record corn, soybean harvest
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The expected record corn and soybean harvest will be slightly bigger than previously estimated, the result of late summer warmth that helped fill cornstalks with ears and soybean plants with bean pods, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday...
Hiring imminent for Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market
The newest addition to Cape Girardeau's growing list of grocery stores, a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market, is planning a grand opening for early 2015 and will begin taking job applications Thursday. Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market is a scaled-down version of a full-sized Wal-Mart. The new Cape Girardeau store has been under construction since June at 2021 Independence St...
IHOP now accepting job applications
The new IHOP expected to open next month in Cape Girardeau is seeking an assistant manager, servers, dishwashers and cooks. Applicants can pick up applications at the new store, 2406 William St., said Mina Patel, human resources generalist for Apple Investor Group. Andy and Anissa Patel, who own the new IHOP, also own Apple Investor Group. In an email to the Southeast Missourian, Mina Patel said the IHOP is a separate business from Apple Investor Group...