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Business Notebook: Cape a semifinalist for Great American Main Street Award (10/20/14)
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 (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 (10/20/14)
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 (10/20/14)
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 (10/20/14)
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...
Tax liens (10/20/14)
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...
Health briefs (10/20/14)
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 (10/20/14)
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. ...
Business briefs (10/20/14)
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 (10/20/14)
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 (10/20/14)
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 (10/20/14)
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 (10/20/14)
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 (10/20/14)
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 (10/20/14)
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 (10/17/14)
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 (10/13/14) 1
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 (10/13/14)
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 (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 (10/13/14)
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 (10/12/14) 17
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 (10/08/14)
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...
Halloween spending just might spook some wallets (10/06/14)
Only 26 shopping days till Halloween. The run-up to Halloween has become one of the highest-spending holiday periods in the country. For retailers, it kicks off the fourth fiscal quarter that -- with spending for Thanksgiving, followed by Black Friday and the gift-giving season of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa -- has the potential to make or break their fortunes...
Business Notebook: New hotel geared toward corporate clients, large groups (10/06/14)
Cape Girardeau soon will become home to a new Hampton Inn by Hilton, said Joel Neikirk, vice president of operations at Cape-based MidAmerica Hotels Corp. The 85-room Hampton Inn Cape Girardeau is scheduled to open next summer. "We're slated for a July time frame for 2015," he said, although a soft opening could occur in late June...
Information at bank may not be safe from hackers (10/06/14)
NEW YORK -- Hackers stole personal information from 76 million JPMorgan Chase customers this summer, in one of the biggest breaches of a financial company. The bank says only nonfinancial data was taken -- names, addresses, telephone numbers and email. But that's still a lot, and experts warn that customers need to be vigilant about identity theft in the next several months...
U.S. job growth rising solidly; pay falling behind (10/06/14)
WASHINGTON -- Where are the pay raises? Employers in the United States are hiring at a brisk pace. Unemployment has sunk to a nearly healthy rate. Jobs are being filled across a range of industries. Yet the September jobs report released Friday contained a puzzling fact: Paychecks still aren't growing...
IHOP expected to open by early November (10/03/14)
Cape Girardeau IHOP fans will have to wait a little longer to get their Rooty Tooty Fresh 'N Fruity fix. The new IHOP initially was scheduled to open Oct. 1 in the former Pasta House restaurant at 2046 William St., but construction delays have set the opening date back a few weeks, said Mina Patel, human resources generalist for Apple Investor Group, which owns the restaurant...
Tax panel leans to endorsing sports complex (10/02/14) 25
The committee evaluating possible facilities to be funded by Cape Girardeau's restaurant and hotel/motel taxes soon will make its final decision, but is leaning to advocating for an indoor sports complex. The City of Cape Girardeau/Midamerica Hotels Corp. ...
Regulators reject Noranda's challenge to Ameren rates (10/02/14) 7
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State utility regulators rejected a complaint from a Southeast Missouri smelter that alleged Ameren Missouri earned more than it's entitled on electricity rates. The Missouri Public Service Commission voted unanimously to dismiss a case brought by Noranda Aluminum of New Madrid, Missouri, and various individual customers asserting that Ameren Missouri's electricity rates should be reduced based on allegations it has earned more than regulators allowed...
Sikeston, Mo., chamber warns businesses of counterfeit bills (10/01/14)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Sikeston Regional Chamber is alerting area businesses about an individual using counterfeit money. A counterfeit $20 bill was used at a Sikeston restaurant Tuesday, according to the chamber. The counterfeit bill's serial number was je92389464b, and other phony bills might be similar...

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