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Business Notebook: Charter digital conversion prompts some complaints
After Charter Communications last week switched its customers from analog to all-digital service, a story from the Southeast Missourian about the conversion prompted some complaints from Charter customers regarding the switch and its aftermath...
People on the Move 4/21/14
Dr. Jean Diemer is the newest medical partner and pediatrician at Cape Physician Associates of Saint Francis Medical Center. She joins 11 other physicians at the practice. Diemer is a native of Anna, Ill., and attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. She is board-certified in pediatrics, and has a special interest in newborns, preventive care for children and adolescents and childhood obesity...
Missouri House votes to expand sales tax exemptions
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Pizza parlors, doughnut shops and even convenience stores all could be in line for a tax break on the food that they make and sell as a result of a measure moving through the Missouri Legislature. The bill would create a new sales tax exemption on utilities used to produce food that is sold to customers at restaurants, bakeries and grocery and convenience stores. ...
Wal-Mart jumps into money transfer business
NEW YORK -- Wal-Mart is delving deeper into financial services at its stores and shaking up the money transfer business. The world's largest retailer introduced a new money transfer service last week it says will cut fees for its low-income customers by up to 50 percent compared with similar services elsewhere. The Walmart-2-Walmart service is being rolled out in partnership with Ria Money Transfer, a subsidiary of Euronet Worldwide Inc...
Fiat, Chrysler to build 3 Jeep models in China
ROME -- Fiat and Chrysler announced plans Saturday to build three new Jeep models in China for that market, the biggest for the vehicles outside the United States, as they attempt to boost sales in a country where they lag behind their competitors...
Bankruptcies filed through March for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. 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...
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during March include the following: All About Hair, 3049 William St. 9151 Auto Doctor, 1300 N. Water St. Basic Home Improvements, 1200 N. Spanish St. Carlisle Land Management, out of town China Star, 3049 William St. 167...
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during March 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...
Names in the news
__PARKS SWORN IN AS POSTMASTER__ Thomas Parks was sworn in as the new postmaster of Jackson on Feb. 27. BURGER NAMED LEADER OF TOMORROW Nicholas Burger, commercial banking relationship manager for U.S. Bank at 325 N. Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau, was named a Leader of Tomorrow by the bank. ...
__HEART SURGERY RESULTS TOP NATIONAL AVERAGE__ POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A report from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons at Duke University revealed operative mortality rates for heart surgery at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center are half of the national average, the Daily American Republic reported. ...
__SCOTT CITY WELCOMES PLASTIC FIRM, 28 JOBS__ The Missouri Department of Economic Development announced Select Plastics LLC, a custom plastic sheet extrusion manufacturer of Fort Worth, Texas, is expanding to Scott City. The facility will be the company's first expansion outside the Fort Worth area and will create 28 jobs, according to a news release from the agency. Select Plastics' Missouri location will put it closer to its Midwest customer base, the release said...
Facebook being used more and more in the professional world
After recently starting at a different job, you are looking through Facebook and see a friend request from your new boss. Should you accept the request or pretend you didn't see it? If you don't have anything on your Facebook that you wouldn't want your boss to see, then "friending" him or her should not be a problem, says Rhett Hendrickson of Hendrickson Business Advisors in Cape Girardeau...
Tips on marketing your business at trade shows, special events and expos
When considering whether to set up shop at a trade show or business expo, local marketing professionals recommend doing your research on the event and coming prepared to network with hundreds of potential customers. "The beauty in each specific local and regional business expo event is that no one is particularly alike," says John Reith, strategic marketing coordinator at The Wright Group in Cape Girardeau. ...
Marty Platz, co-owner of Coast to Coast Signs, explains how to make a first impression that lasts
A sign is often the first thing people notice about your business, so if you want more than a passing glance from potential customers, you've got to have a "wow" factor. That's what Marty Platz specializes in at Coast to Coast Signs LLC. ...
Local organizations provide employment assistance to people with disabilities
When Frank Crow meets with individuals at Alternative Opportunities Inc. Employment Services, he says the conversations are more about the clients' abilities than their disabilities. AO helps people with all types of disabilities find employment, which involves screening clients to make sure they're capable of doing the job, teaching them resume and job interview skills, providing job coaching and retention services after hiring, and working with employers on job accommodations.. ...
Pepsi MidAmerica to bring more than 70 jobs to local area
Pepsi MidAmerica will be the first tenant at Greater Cape Girardeau Business Park, a move that's expected to bring about 74 jobs to the region. A $3.1 million customer service center will be built on 18 acres within the park at Interstate 55 and LaSalle Avenue, with construction beginning in the next six months. The center is planned to be open by mid-summer 2015 at the park bought by the city from Southeast Missouri State University in late 2012...
Perryville Industrial Park becomes certified AT&T Fiber Park
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- In the 1800s, railroads changed the local economy by connecting Perryville to Ste. Genevieve, Mo., and Chester, Ill.
Charter's digital conversion goes 'as anticipated'
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...
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?"...