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Upcoming Tourism Events in Cape Girardeau Area Let’s not forget this important part of our local economic development efforts. The tourism industry which includes meetings and conventions, visitors tied to events, and tourists or travelers, is really gaining additional steam in our area. As you may recall, we have talked about the importance of the…

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Professional Development and Business Success According to Zig Ziglar, “The only thing worse than training employees and losing them is not training them and keeping them.” Professional development is an important ongoing part of business success. It should permeate all levels of organizations large and small. And while most employers would agree with the importance,…

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Evaluating Workforce Needs for Southeast Missouri Questions about a quality labor force in our area are about to get a deeper dive. Certainly workforce needs are an ever evolving situation. And emerging from this pandemic, it will continue to be an important focus of any economy. Several months ago, a group of business people began…

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SEMO’s Harrison College of Business Reaccredited An important recent announcement affecting the local business community may have flown under the radar but that certainly doesn’t make it any less important. The Donald L. Harrison College of Business and Computing at Southeast Missouri State University was reaccredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.…

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New Job Creation There are several measurements of a strong economy and job creation is the one I get asked about most frequently. Measuring the results of economic development efforts is multi-faceted. We define economic development simply as the increase in capital flow to an area. So, higher wages, capital investment, tourism dollars and new…

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The Importance of the IT Sector This economic sector plays an important part in virtually every aspect of our lives. I’m talking about the information technology sector, or IT. The IT sector is made up of companies producing software, hardware or semiconductor equipment, and companies providing internet or related services. According to numerous sources, these…

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Importance of Disaster Planning in Your Business 2020 and this past week have reminded us about the importance of disaster planning in our businesses. Disasters can be man-made or natural. Either way, the percentage of businesses that don’t survive significant disasters is alarming. Many simply aren’t prepared and can’t make the recovery necessary to keep…

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Creative Compensation Packages Successful employers are looking at many different ways to hire and retain employees and keep them engaged and happy in a time of workforce challenges complicated by the pandemic. In today’s world, employers must consider more than just monetary compensation when hiring and retaining employees. Creative compensation is a method of looking…

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What Makes the Cape/Jackson Metro a Hub? We often refer to the Cape/Jackson MSA as a regional hub. Why do we say that? Let’s take a closer look. We are the largest metro between St. Louis and Memphis north and south, and between Clarksville or Evansville and Springfield east and west. Our daytime population often…

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Advocating for a Positive Business Climate Business success and growth in any region is dependent upon many things. Certainly, as we emerge from this pandemic, one critical factor is a positive business climate. Strong advocacy efforts go a long way in creating a positive business climate. It is important for advocacy groups and individuals to…

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