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Missouri Ends Participation in Federal Pandemic-Related Unemployment Insurance In the state of Missouri, it ended at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, June 12. Of course, I am referring to the Governor’s decision to end participation in all federal pandemic-related unemployment insurance programs. In his official press release announcing the decision, the Governor said in his discussions…

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City of Cape Releases Updated Hotel/Motel/Restaurant Receipts Report It is important to celebrate meaningful accomplishments. The city of Cape just released the updated hotel/motel/restaurant receipts report, and it tells an amazing story. The last two months of hotel/motel receipts are the second and third highest in history. And the last two months of restaurant receipts…

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Retirement Announcement There is a Time for Everything This is a note to our awesome Chamber membership – past and present. Wanted to take just a few minutes and let you know I have decided this year, 2021, will be my last here at the Chamber. It has been a true honor and privilege to…

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Update from First Regular Session of Missouri’s 101st General Assembly The First Regular Session of the 101st General Assembly of the State of Missouri has ended and there are some changes coming that will affect the business community. After several years of efforts, the Wayfair bill passed. Missouri became the last of the 45 states…

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Acquiring Local Talent While the month of May is known for many things, one of these could be a real benefit for our regional business community. May is the biggest graduation month. In the Cape/Jackson metro we are blessed to have numerous public, private and parochial high schools as well as Southeast Missouri State University.…

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May is National Historic Preservation Month May is National Historic Preservation Month and understanding the purpose is good for business and community. The National Trust for Historic Preservation led the charge in 1973 to establish this recognition and many groups across the country celebrate the theme. Locally, the city of Cape Girardeau and Old Town…

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Mothers in the Workforce On this day after our country celebrated Mother’s Day, I thought it would be interesting to look at the role mothers play in our work force. Statistics tell us in January 2020, right before the pandemic, there were more women on payrolls in the U.S. than men. Working mothers made up…

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Promoting the Southeast Missouri Region to Potential New Business and Industry Many times people ask what we doing to actively market our area to potential new business and industry. Because our efforts are directed externally, they are not readily apparent to our local citizens. But through the Cape Girardeau Area MAGNET, we consistently strive to…

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National Small Business Week The President of the United States has issued a proclamation annually for more than 50 years announcing this…. Next week, May 3rd through May 9th, we will celebrate National Small Business Week which recognizes the critical contributions of small business owners and entrepreneurs. According to the Small Business Administration, more than…

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Missouri March 2021 Employment Numbers The Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC) released the Missouri monthly jobs report for March and it contains a lot of interesting information. According to the report, Missouri’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March decreased to 4.2 percent from 4.3 percent in February. This rate has declined or remained…

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