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Lutesville Solar Project

Lutesville Solar Project Last week representatives with NextEra Energy were in the area to continue work on their planned Lutesville Solar Project. The 200-megawatt utility-scale solar powered-electric generation facility that represents an investment of more than $297 million. While the project is still in its final stages of planning and approvals, once started the benefits…

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The Importance of Business News Coverage

The Importance of Business News Coverage Last week Jeff Long, Business Reporter for the Southeast Missourian retired from the role he has held locally for many years. As Jeff moves into his retirement adventure it gave me cause to reflect on the importance of local news coverage for business and community success. Local news coverage…

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An Opportunity to Elevate your Stage 2 Business

An Opportunity to Elevate your Stage 2 Business According to the Edwards Lowe Foundation, citing data from YourEconomy.org from “2005 to 2015 second-stagers [businesses] only represented 17 percent of all U.S. businesses, but they generated more than 37 percent of jobs and 36 percent of sales.” A new partnership with Innovate SOMO and the Missouri SBDC is expanding…

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A Lot of Development in Cape Girardeau

A Lot of Development in Cape Girardeau Last week the City of Cape Girardeau gave final approval of the development agreement for the West Park Mall Project, starting the clock on Phase 1 getting underway in the next six months. This great new redevelopment project is joining into a string of great private sector developments…

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Consumer Confidence in the 4th Quarter

Consumer Confidence in the 4th Quarter Last week the University of Michigan released their US Consumer Confidence sentiment rating of 63 for October indicating a more than five-point decline from 68.1 in September. Stick around for a quick over view of what the Consumer Confidence sentiment score is and what it means for the upcoming…

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Business & Community

Business & Community Last week at the Cape Chamber First Friday Coffee one of our panelists mentioned the broader importance of a healthy community for their business success and the role they play in supporting and investing in the community in different ways. Aligning business values and goals with community support can be a great…

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Seek First to Understand

Seek First to Understand In an age of constant communication with social media, messaging, and a phone in virtually everyone’s hand or pocket, it is easy to get small amounts of information and react or even overreact quickly. From a business perspective understanding and clear communication is critical both internally and externally, maybe reflecting on…

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Celebrating American Business Women’s Day

Celebrating American Business Women’s Day Last Friday September 22nd was American Business Women’s Day, a holiday recognizing the founding of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) in 1949. The Holiday was officially recognized by Congressional Resolution and Proclamation by President Ronald Reagan in 1983 and 1986. According to a 2021 article titled Research: Adding Women to the…

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Planning Ahead for Rising Business Cost

Planning Ahead for Rising Business Cost The latest US Consumer Price reports for August revealed that some prices are rising again, despite the ongoing decline of core inflation. A notable example is Auto Insurance, which saw its highest annual increase in almost half a century. Businesses should be aware of these rising costs and plan…

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Powering through Challenges

Powering through Challenges Last Thursday the 2023 NFL Season kicked off in Primetime with the defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs playing host to the upstart Detroit Lions. As a lifelong Chiefs fan, I was certainly hoping for a better outcome, and while the “Monday Morning Quarterbacking” started on Friday I still think there…

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