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The Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce First Friday Coffee on July 11 at Isle Casino Cape Girardeau.
Small businesses experience revenue gains, hire workers
NEW YORK -- The long-awaited surge in hiring at small businesses appears to be underway. Owners who resisted hiring after the recession are taking on workers to keep up with rising demand for products and services. Companies began stepping up their hiring pace in the spring...
Perry County's low jobless rate comes mainly from a growing corporate sector
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Perry County has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Southeast Missouri. In June, the area's unemployment rate was 5.2 percent, compared to the state's average of 6.8 percent, according to the latest data. "Historically, Perry County has always been very low [in unemployment rates]. ...
Business Notebook: State scores so-so in business-friendliness
For the past three years, the web service Thumbtack.com has worked with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to conduct a survey of more than 12,000 small businesses nationwide. The survey measures the most and least friendly states and cities toward small businesses...
People on the Move 7/28/14
Steven Wessel of Chaffee, Missouri, has been named as Merchman Seeds' regional agronomist for Southern Illinois and the Missouri Bootheel. Wessel, who graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in agricultural business in 1998 and has been a certified crop consultant since 2002, will continue to serve as the company's area sales manager for the Bootheel...
Global tensions don't dent enthusiasm for stocks
A war breaks out between Israel and Hamas. An airliner is shot out of the sky in Ukraine. A Portuguese bank's finances look shaky. And the U.S. stock market's response? After dipping briefly on the bad news, it climbs higher. The market's resilience this year -- which has pushed it to a series of records and extended its five-year bull run -- is driven by investors' optimism over the growth of the U.S. ...
Amazon.com worker flies drone around Seattle's Space Needle
SEATTLE -- An Amazon.com employee from out of town was the operator of a drone that buzzed the Seattle Space Needle last week, police said. Witnesses told police they saw the craft fly back into a fifth-floor room of a nearby hotel. Police contacted the man, and he admitted operating the drone equipped with a camera Tuesday. He told authorities he wanted to try out the craft he purchased at a hobby shop...
Regulators offer compromise rate to Noranda plant
ST. LOUIS -- A day after regulators said they opposed a request by Ameren Missouri's biggest customer for a rate reduction of about $50 million a year, a panel that advocates for retail ratepayers proposed a deal that would give the company just over half of what it was seeking...
Venture into retail becomes passion for Ophelia owner
Owning a business was not something Patrice Parson had envisioned for herself, let alone beginning a franchise. She began teaching 18 years ago and is a behavior specialist in the Farmington School District. But last summer, Parson took a leap of faith and joined the retail world...
Grass-fed and family-owned: Bachmann brothers partner with Brian Meyers at Three Spring Farms in Perry County
Editor's Note: A few inconsistencies in the spelling of a name have been corrected below. Three Spring Farms also was corrected in several photo captions. Bryan Meyers felt farm soil for the first time while working on a farm for a brief stint in high school. He said there was something about the experience that stuck with him; something he appreciated. It was something he later found he had in common with Andrew and Jacob Bachmann...
Fungus likely to take a hit on banana crops worldwide
If a banana is part of your daily breakfast fare, you may want to brace yourself for this news: A fungus is making its way across the globe, destroying banana crops and threatening to deplete the world's supply of the popular fruit...
Business notebook: Missouri's jobless rate inches down
In June, Cape Girardeau County's unemployment rate was 5.8 percent, or 2,238 people, according to data released by the Missouri Department of Economic Development. That's lower than the unemployment rate in June 2013, when it was 5.9 percent, or 2,309 people unemployed...
People on the Move 7/21/14
Dr. Steven J. Joggerst is joining Cape Cardiology Group as an interventional cardiologist. Joggerst, with seven other cardiologists, will be a part of Saint Francis Medical Center's new heart valve center. Joggerst, from St. Louis, earned his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York and completed his residency in internal medicine and first fellowship in advanced heart failure and transplantation at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. ...
Axed Nokia X phones suffered from lack of identity
NEW YORK -- The Nokia X phones that Microsoft discontinued last week blend two rival operating systems, but leave out the best of each. As a result, the devices didn't become a runaway hit as Nokia's low-cost answer to serving emerging markets...
Fox bid for Time Warner sparks content merger race
LOS ANGELES -- Even though Rupert Murdoch's $76 billion bid for rival media giant Time Warner Inc. was rejected, that doesn't mean how you watch TV shows and movies will stop changing anytime soon. The cash-and-stock bid by Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. was partly meant to counter consolidation among TV distributors like Comcast-Time Warner Cable and AT&T-DirecTV...
Bankruptcies filed through June 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...
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during June include the following: Airbrush Studio, 3049 William St. 165 Aqua Pro Water Systems LLC, out of town Cafe 'N' Me, 820 N. Sprigg St. 5 Clean Pros, 234 N. Lorimier St. 5 Curb Appeals, 2068 Silver Campine Lane...
__Cape Girardeau County__ Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during June 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...
__COMMUNITY COUNSELING CENTER MARKS 40 YEARS__ Community Counseling Center - Southeast Regional Mental Health Services celebrated its 40th anniversary in June. At its celebration event, the center presented Lifetime Achievement Awards to Mary Ann Otto, Dr. ...
Names in the news
__MONDI JACKSON HONORS EMPLOYEES__ Kyle Kieninger of Jackson was employee of the month for June at Mondi Jackson Inc. Kieninger, an ink tech, has been with the company since Oct. 28, 2013. Mondi Jackson also recognized Paul Cavaness and Roy Schaupert for 15 years of service...
__BANK OF MISSOURI CUTS RIBBON__ POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting June 9 for The Bank of Missouri, 1465 N. Westwood Blvd. in Poplar Bluff. __ALLIANCE BANK BREAKS GROUND FOR NEW LOCATION...__
Land, equipment and technology add up to a hefty startup cost for young farmers hoping to branch out on their own
Tyler Powell, 33, says he's been a farmer ever since he could walk, but he first raised his own crop in 2003 on the family farm in LaCenter, Kentucky. He was 22 at the time. "On this plot of land, there was my dad, my granddad and my great-granddad," he says. "So that makes me fourth-generation."...
Saxony Lutheran High School will introduce agriculture curriculum this fall
In a move that could attract more students to Saxony Lutheran High School, the campus will offer an agriculture science curriculum this fall. Danny McCrite, a Southern Illinois farmer who taught the subject for 23 years in the Egyptian School District at Tamms, Illinois, will lead the program...
FFA chapters mirror growth and changes in the agriculture industry
As the field of agriculture has expanded and become more technnology-based, so has the scope of Future Farmers of America chapters. FFA started at Kelly High School in Benton, Missouri, when the school opened for the 1956-57 school year. At the time, many FFA participants went on to farm for a living, says Jeff Scherer, agriculture teacher and FFA adviser at Kelly High School...
Crop outlook for 2014: So far, so good for the region's corn, other crops
Row crops and yields this year are looking good so far, but that could change as soon as the weather does. A slow start on planting because of cool, wet weather doesn't seem to have affected Missouri farmers' crops too much, but a wetter-than-usual May brought disease damage to some who farm wheat, experts say...
Scott City mill showcases three new train tracks
Today was a milestone for Semo Milling LLC in Scott City. The staff at Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority hosted a grand opening for the company's three new train tracks on the north side of the mill that will be used to transport corn flour to more than 300 customers in the United States...
Real estate market begins favoring sellers; foreclosures fall
With the economy constantly changing and interest rates increasing and decreasing, finding the best deal on a new home can be a challenge. Right now, Cape Girardeau seems to be moving more toward a seller's market, said Rick Sinclair, president of the local Multiple Listing Service of the Cape Girardeau County Board of Realtors and a broker for Century 21 Ashland Realty...
Old federal building takes on another tenant
The former federal building in downtown Cape Girardeau now boasts two tenants. Lorenz & Lorenz LLC Attorneys at Law announced Tuesday its office will move from 1353 N. Mount Auburn Road to the building recently purchased by Councilman Joe Uzoaru. Adam R. Lorenz and his wife, Alexa C. Hart-Lorenz, both attorneys, have been practicing in the area for more than a year. They previously spent 12 years practicing in St. Louis before returning to their hometown...
Car washing is a high-volume business, weather permitting
Rain is usually seen as good thing in the middle of summer, as flowers need watering and crops need a boost. But for local car washing and detailing companies, the first sign of rain means a slow day. "Last couple weeks, we've been doing about 60 to 80 [car details]," said Joe Russell of Waterworks Car Wash and Detail Center in Cape Girardeau. "It's pretty fair, it keeps us busy, keeps us going. But when it rains, it really puts a damper on us."...
People on the Move 7/14/14
Dr. Aaron Andrews, a chiropractic neurologist with Jackson Healing Arts, again has been awarded recognition as one of America's top chiropractors by the Consumers Research Council of America. The selection process was based on postgraduate education, years in practice, affiliations with professional and local social associations, and peer and patient reviews. This is Andrews' fifth time receiving the award...
Business Notebook: AT&T adding 40 jobs to Southeast Missouri
It was announced Wednesday that AT&T is hiring about 40 new employees in Southeast Missouri. The company is hiring in Cape Girardeau, Sikeston, Poplar Bluff, Farmington and Sikeston. The reason for the increase in jobs is because of AT&T's ongoing 4G LTE rollout. ...
The age-old expression says "practice makes perfect," and most of us believe it to be true. It sounds like common sense. If you want to do something well, the key is to do it often. That generally works when it comes to sports, artwork or other activities we want to master. However, sometimes the same repetitive actions that make our mind and skill-set better, don't improve the condition of our bodies...