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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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Fastest Growing in the Next 10 Years in Southeast Missouri Can you guess what occupations are projected to be the fastest growing in the next ten years for the southeast Missouri region? The Missouri Economic Research and Information Center – MERIC – has released the latest projections for fast growing occupations in our part of…

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Early Priorities for President Biden & Governor Parson January 2021 marks the beginning of the State of Missouri legislative session and a new administration in Washington, D.C. Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on Wednesday of this week. His first 100 days agenda includes special attention to…

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Preparing for Changes in Our Region’s Economic Drivers Before the pandemic, technology visionary Leonard Brody called what we are experiencing today a complete reset of the operating system of our planet. And today, it’s only been accelerated. In a recent presentation, Brody said change today is occurring unlike anything we have experienced in the last…

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Missouri Minimum Wage Increases to $10.30 per hour on January 1 2021 is a new year and with it comes a new set of laws, rules, and guidelines. Are you prepared? The Minimum Wage Rate in Missouri for private employers changed effective January 1, 2021. The Governor’s office announced the new rate is $10.30 per…

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Near the end of each year, I do research to determine what experts believe will be the top trends in business for the coming year. It is interesting how most agree with several leading concepts. Let’s take a look at a few.

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