[SeMissourian.com] Fair ~ 62°F  
River stage: 21.25 ft. Rising
Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014
Biz tips
Have a business story tip or some information for our weekly Business Notebook? Email news@semissourian.com or call 573-388-3620.
Send us your news and events

Let us know what's happening in your organization. Contact us by e-mail at businesstoday@ semissourian.com or call 388-3633. Photos can be submitted by e-mail or taken in our studio.

Submit an announcement for People on the Move

Tell us about your recent promotion, award, or certification. Use our online form.

Subscribe to Business Today

Business Today is available for $1.50 at the Southeast Missourian offices in Cape Girardeau and Jackson. To subscribe, contact Cheryl Ellis at 388-2785 or cellis@semissourian.com.

Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce First Friday Coffee on April 4 at Isle Casino Cape Girardeau.
Headlines
Charter's digital conversion goes 'as anticipated' (04/16/14) 17
As of Tuesday, Charter Communications officially switched its customers from analog to all-digital service via a set-top box that is required for customers to continue receiving the cable operator's services. Those who did not upgrade to the box by Tuesday turned on their TVs to a black screen that morning. The line of Charter customers needing assistance Monday crept out the door of the Cape Girardeau location off Silver Springs Road...
From farm to market: First Cape farmers market opens Thursday; others will follow (04/14/14)
Within the week, area farmers will pack up their produce and make their way to West Park Mall for the opening day of Cape Girardeau's farmers market season. Beginning Thursday, the Cape Farmers Market will set up shop from noon to about 5 p.m. each Thursday until Thanksgiving at its new location in the back parking lot of West Park Mall...
Business Notebook: New GMO labeling legislation introduced (04/14/14) 2
Legislation last week was introduced to establish a federal voluntary labeling standard for foods made with genetically modified organisms, according to a news release from the American Soybean Association, which approves of the legislation. According to the release, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act would direct the U.S. Food and Drug Administration:...
People on the Move 4/14/14 (04/14/14)
Laura Saupe, medical quality analyst at SoutheastHEALTH in Cape Girardeau, received her Professional in Healthcare Quality certification. The certification is issued by the National Association for Healthcare Quality, signifying professional and academic achievement by individuals in the health-care quality management field...
Family Dollar planning to close almost 400 stores (04/14/14)
NEW YORK -- Dollar stores are feeling the pinch from mounting financial pressures on low-income shoppers. Family Dollar said Thursday it will cut jobs and close about 370 underperforming stores as it tries to reverse sagging sales and earnings. The discount store operator will also permanently lower prices on about 1,000 basic items...
Fees may shrink 401(k) plans (04/14/14)
WASHINGTON -- It's the silent enemy in our retirement accounts: High fees. And now a new study finds the typical 401(k) fees -- adding up to a modest-sounding 1 percent a year -- would erase $70,000 from an average worker's account over a four-decade career compared with lower-cost options. To compensate for the higher fees, someone would have to work an extra three years before retiring...
Committee reviews possible hotel, restaurant tax projects (04/08/14) 9
Another step was taken Monday down the path toward determining the next project to be funded by the hotel/motel and restaurant taxes in Cape Girardeau. The City of Cape Girardeau/Midamerica Hotels Corporation Feasibility Study joint committee gathered Monday for its first meeting to review and discuss four possible projects, one of which will be approved by the group and brought before the Cape Girardeau City Council for consideration. ...
Business Notebook: Women First partners with SoutheastHEALTH (04/07/14)
Women First obstetrics and gynecology practice in Cape Girardeau partnered with Southeast Medical Group of SoutheastHEALTH, effective April 1. Joining the medical group from Women First are Dr. Eric Morton, Dr. Chris Rosenquist, Dr. Heather Cugini and Marianne Cook, APRN, BC-FNP, according to a news release from SoutheastHEALTH...
People on the Move 4/7/14 (04/07/14)
Lucas Presson has been named general manager for Arrow Digital, which produces the student newspaper and news website, southeastarrow.com, for Southeast Missouri State University. Arrow Digital is operated as a partnership between Southeast and Rust Communications, the parent company of the Southeast Missourian...
Growing demand for U.S. apartments pushes up prices (04/07/14)
These are good times for U.S. landlords. For many tenants, not so much. With demand for apartments surging, rents are projected to rise for a fifth straight year. Even a pickup in apartment construction is unlikely to provide much relief anytime soon...
U.S. regains the jobs lost during the recession (04/07/14) 1
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy has reached a milestone: It has finally regained all the private-sector jobs it lost during the recession. Yet it took six years, and unemployment remains stubbornly high at 6.7 percent. The comeback figures were contained in a government report Friday that showed a solid if unspectacular month of job growth in March...
7M enrolled doesn't secure health law success (04/07/14)
WASHINGTON -- Seven million people signed up, so there is an appetite for President Barack Obama's health-care law, but that doesn't guarantee success for the country's newest social program. Big challenges are lurking for the next enrollment season, which starts Nov. 15. Chief among them are keeping premiums and other consumer costs in check, and overhauling an enrollment process that was advertised as customer-friendly but turned out to be an ordeal...
Number of business startups, optimism are on the rise (04/06/14) 10
While Lonnie Chapman grew up in Jackson, he wished there was a local business where he could buy used video games. The only way for him to do so was by traveling to neighboring Cape Girardeau. Chapman spent about a year and a half forming a 29-page business plan and shopped his idea around to different banks...
Welcoming atmosphere attracts Cape visitors, bureau chief says (04/06/14) 2
The top three things people within a 150-mile radius look for in a vacation destination are warm, welcoming people, a laid-back environment and a variety of activities -- all of which Cape Girardeau offers, said Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director Chuck Martin during the bureau's presentation at First Friday Coffee...
Area farmers prepare to grow more cotton, less corn (04/03/14)
If they haven't already, Southeast Missouri farmers are about to get their hands dirty as they begin planting this year's crops. But many are waiting until the soil warms up and the April showers go away. April is the traditional month for planting corn, cotton and rice, and May is better to plant soybeans, said Dr. Michael Aide, professor and chairman of the Department of Agriculture at Southeast Missouri State University...
Missouri health policy enrollment to miss goal (04/01/14) 21
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Last-minute efforts across Missouri were expected to boost the number of consumers gaining coverage through the new federal health insurance law, but organizers said they still don't expect the state to hit anticipated enrollment targets...
Business Notebook: Missouri comes out on top in gross job gains last year (03/31/14)
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released business employment dynamics for the state, showing that from March to June last year, gross job gains exceeded gross job losses by more than 12,500 in private sector establishments. Gross job gains totaled 131,513 and gross job losses were 119,004...
People on the Move 3/31/14 (03/31/14)
Dennis Lewis joined SoutheastHEALTH as senior operations manager. He will be responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations of SoutheastHEALTH's physician practices outside the hospital. Lewis has a bachelor's degree in communication from Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo., and a master's degree in health administration form the University of Phoenix...
Microsoft's Office apps for iPad ushers in new era (03/31/14)
Microsoft has released an iPad version of its popular Office software suite, a breakthrough heralding a new era under a CEO who promises to focus more on the devices that people are using instead of trying to protect the company's lucrative Windows franchise...
$270M chocolate plant is proof of U.S. sweet tooth (03/31/14) 1
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Americans aren't losing their taste for chocolate. Need proof? Look to Kansas, where candy giant Mars Inc. is operating its first new plant in 35 years to churn out millions of sweets every day. Company officials had a grand opening Thursday for the sprawling, $270 million chocolate plant -- which they say exists mostly to meet U.S. demand for its M&M's and Snickers-brand candy...
Safety agency missed Cobalt clues (03/31/14)
DETROIT -- For years, the U.S. government's auto safety watchdog sent form letters to worried owners of the Chevrolet Cobalt and other General Motors small cars, saying it didn't have enough information about problems with unexpected stalling to establish a trend or open an investigation...
Some of the proposals for tackling student debt (03/31/14)
President Barack Obama and lawmakers in Congress are debating how to address the issue of rising student loan debt, something experts say is contributing to the widening gap between the rich and everyone else. Some of the proposals:n Obama has proposed extending the "pay-as-you-earn" repayment plan to all student borrowers. The program limits student loan payments based on income but is only available to borrowers who took out loans after October 2007...
Cape hospitals buck trend of cutbacks (03/30/14) 13
Though lack of money has become a problem in many hospitals throughout the state, officials from two medical facilities in Cape Girardeau say they have been wise with their pocketbooks. The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and the Missouri Hospital Association on Wednesday released results from a survey of Missouri's hospitals. The report gave a bleak outlook on the state's future in health care...
Mo. hospitals cut positions, construction, group says (03/27/14) 44
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri hospitals have eliminated about 1,000 positions and put a hiring freeze on more than 2,100 vacant positions in the past six months, the state hospital association said Wednesday while pushing for an expansion of the state's Medicaid program...
Missouri House OKs Sunday motorcycle sales (03/25/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri House has advanced legislation allowing Sunday sales of motorcycles at dealerships. Missouri law now prohibits the sale of cars, trucks and motorcycles on Sunday. The House legislation would be limited to motorcycles...
People on the move 3/24/14 (03/24/14) 1
Shauna Hoffman joined SoutheastHEALTH and was named director of marketing. Hoffman is a retired member of the Army National Guard and has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Mankato State University in Minnesota. She most recently served as director of marketing and health-care consultant for Stamats Communications Inc...
Solar power gains popularity among Cape Girardeau businesses (03/24/14) 31
Seeing solar panels on roofs of businesses and homes is becoming more commonplace in Cape Girardeau. The latest major installation of solar technology took place on the roof of John's Pharmacy and RX at 2001 Independence St. Abe Funk, a pharmacist at John's Pharmacy, said the business began looking to solar power as an option last fall. Construction began in January and installation of the solar panels finished early last week...
Health law gives some workers freedom to do what they want (03/24/14)
For uninsured people, the nation's new health care law may offer an escape from worry about unexpected, astronomical medical bills. But for Stephanie Payne of St. Louis, who already had good insurance, the law could offer another kind of escape: the chance to quit her job...
Business Notebook: Employers add jobs; jobless rate increases (03/24/14)
The Missouri Department of Economic Development recently released data showing Missouri employers added 1,300 jobs in February, though the state's unemployment rate rose to 6.4 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate was 6.7 percent during the same month, according to a news release from the agency...
Just 11 percent of long-term unemployed find jobs (03/24/14)
WASHINGTON -- A new study documents the bleak plight of Americans who have been unemployed for more than six months: Just 11 percent of them, on average, will ever regain steady full-time work. The findings by three Princeton University economists show the extent to which the long-term unemployed have been shunted to the sidelines of the U.S. economy since the recession. The long-term jobless number 3.8 million, or 37 percent of all unemployed Americans...
Arthritis (01/24/14)
The word arthritis comes from the Greek arthron meaning "joint" and the Latin itis meaning "inflammation." Yes, I know: that just brought new meaning to the phrase, "It's all Greek to me!" Let's face it: When suffering, no one cares about word origins; they care about solutions. Arthritis is a common cause of suffering, the onslaught of which drives people to seek those solutions. Physical therapy is one answer to the question those inflicted with arthritis ask: "What can I do about this?"...
Stock quotes
Symbol:
Market charts
AP Business news
Videos