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Raise the Woof

The Humane Society of Southeast Missouri is hosting their 3rd Annual "RAISE THE WOOF" Dinner and Comedy Show which features three nationally touring comedians and a wonderful dinner. All proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri. Tickets are $50 each and are available at the Humane Society (573-334-5837) and online at Eventbrite.

Doors open @ 4:30 pm, Dinner @ 6:00 pm, Comedy at 7:00 pm. Cash Bar.

It is a great way to celebrate a special occasion and support the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri.

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The four and a half hour event (6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.) on February 9, 2018 includes a buffet dinner (salad, two entrees, two sides, and a dessert), open bar, music by Diamond Sound, a photo booth and more.  Cocktail hour begins at 6:30 with dinner starting at 7 p.m.  Dancing will start at 8 p.m.  Tables reserved in advance will receive preferred seating on a first-come, first-served basis.  An open bar is available from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Early Bird Tickets are $50 for individual tickets and $360 for a table of eight until January 12, 2018.

Tickets will go to $60 per ticket and $400 per table after the early bird deadline.

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Stripe Out the Show Me Center and cheer on the Redhawks! Odd sections wear RED. Even sections wear BLACK.

3,000 FREE t-shirts for fans seated in the 100-level sections, courtesy of SoutheastHEALTH. 

February 3, 2018

Women vs. Austin Peay, tip-off at 2 p.m.
Men vs. Austin Peay, tip-off at 4:15 p.m.

For tickets, visit

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“A look at the history books would put one or both of you at the top for biggest construction projects in the county, highest total salaries, most use of hotel rooms by clients and vendors, and the list goes on.”


The President and CEOs of both Saint Francis Medical Center and SoutheastHEALTH talked business and collaboration at December’s First Friday Coffee program. The two healthcare systems can be credited with much of our market’s success, and the future is only looking brighter!


 Listen to the full conversation

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"Getting Your Business Ready for the Holidays" Google Livestream Workshop

4 Things Your Small Business Should do in the Next Week

Small businesses are the growth engine of our economy, creating 2 out of 3 net new jobs, and businesses that are online grow 40% faster than those that aren’t. For this reason, The Small Business Administration, Google, Facebook, Square, and Constant Contact teamed up to help small businesses get online and grow with a free holiday, livestream workshop. The Cape Chamber, Old Town Cape, and Small Business & Technology Development Center hosted a viewing party for small businesses on November 1, 2017.

This workshop helps small businesses connect with more customers by teaching everything from search engine optimization (SEO) best practices, email marketing do's and don'ts, how to reach customers with mobile and video, and more.

While the workshop is available for viewing here, if you only have a few moments, here are four key takeaways that you should do in the next week to help prepare your business for the holidays:

  1. Build an inexpensive mobile lightbox to take quality photos of products. (Example:
  2. Don't wait! Grand plans and big ideas can often take a great amount of time and planning. Focus on what you can effectively do today.
  3. Use email marketing, and build that contact list.
  4. Train your staff on loading gift cards, taking tap payments and executing smooth transactions.
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The Cape Chamber named the 2017 Educators of the Year. They are as follows: 

• Ms. Jennifer Hecht, Cape Central Middle School

• Ms. Renee’ Peters, Notre Dame Regional High School

• Ms. Elizabeth Sterr, Alma Schrader Elementary

• Ms. Sarah Strohmeyer, Notre Dame Regional High School

• Dr. Dana Schwieger, Harrison College of Business Department of Accounting, Southeast Missouri State University

These five outstanding educators were honored at the Educator Appreciation Reception on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The honorees were given the prestigious Crystal Apple Award, a $500 check, resolutions of honor from the 

Missouri Legislature, and a commemorative video at the reception. The reception began at 4:00 p.m. with the program starting at 4:30 p.m. 

This is the twenty-fourth year the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce has honored well-deserving area educators with the Educator of the Year Awards. The selection process opened for nominations in late April and nominees submitted applications in July. A selection committee,made up of volunteers from the Cape Chamber membership, determine the winners every year. Selection criteria encompassed their efforts in professional development, educational history, teaching effectiveness, and community involvement. 

The Educator of the Year Award serves as a way for the business community to honor the hard work and dedication of educators in our area. The Educator Appreciation Reception is supported by very generous companies and organizations. The Cape Chamber thanks Wood & Huston for serving as the Title Sponsor for the event. The Chamber would also like to thank the following sponsors for helping make this event possible: 

Award Sponsors 


 Banterra Bank

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri

Cape Girardeau Public Schools Foundation

Chap Arnold Insurance

Dille Traxel Architecture

Kohfeld Companies

Medicap Pharmacy


Robinson Construction

bistro saffron

Southeast Missouri State University

The Dale & Hancock Center for Individual and Family Therapy

Friends of Education Sponsors

 Child Care Aware of Missouri

Cultural Exchange Network


Osburn, Hine, Yates LLC – Ross McFerron

Patrick Furniture

The Bank of Missouri 

The Chamber thanks the many volunteers who assisted in the selection of the honorees. The Chamber also thanks Southeast Missouri State University for hosting the event at the Show Me Center, Friends of the Cape Girardeau Public Library for donating books for guests to take with them, and Mr. Jonathan Fritzler with Sightnsound Media Services for producing videos of the honorees.

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The Friends of Saint Francis Mega Cash Raffle kicked off this month, with grand prizes being awarded at next year’s Friends Gala in March. Here are some the exciting cash raffle details:

  • Each ticket is $100 (nontax-deductible donation).
  • Tickets available August 1, 2017 through February 1, 2018.
  • Only 4,000 tickets in total will be sold.
  • Grand Prizes: First Prize: $100,000, Second Prize: $35,000, Third Prize: $15,000
  • And 97 other cash prizes – all winners need not be present to win.
  • All proceeds benefit Saint Francis Healthcare System Foundation GoNoodle Children’s Fund.
  • Cash, check or credit card options are acceptable.
  • For a complete list of rules, please visit

Fully funded by Saint Francis Healthcare System Foundation and The Friends of Saint Francis, GoNoodle’s online movement videos and games will boost physical activity and fight childhood obesity at 116 southeast Missouri schools for more than 30,000 kids.

To purchase your Mega Cash Raffle tickets or to learn more, go to or call the Foundation office at 573-331-5133. 


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Mineral Area College has been designated as a registered entity of apprenticeship programs for multiple occupations.

Thanks to a $67,000 grant from the Missouri Division of Workforce Development (part of the state’s Apprenticeship USA grant) MAC can now sponsor registered apprenticeship programs (RAPs), and it’s doing so now with Mondi in Jackson and Lee Mechanical in Park Hills.

Bev Hickam, MAC’s director of workforce development, said RAPs are a unique partnership between a business and, often, an educational entity like a community college or technical college. Participants in the apprenticeship program usually get on-the-job training and college credit simultaneously.

In Mondi’s case, the grant provides for the flexible packaging manufacturer to secure two registered apprenticeship programs (RAPs) for the positions of “Flexible Manufacturing Technician” and “Flexible Packaging Printing Technician.”

“These programs will help Mondi prepare with regards to hiring machine operators and printers, and teach them the skills they need in the business.  The programs also help the current workforce hone their skills and learn new skills in an ever-changing industry,” Hickam said.

MAC helped Mondi develop the Standards of Apprenticeship for the two apprenticeship programs.  MAC will also help recruit applicants, provide curriculum and training, maintain apprenticeship records, and serve as intermediary with other state and federal agencies.

Birdie LeGrand, training manager for Mondi, said she anticipates the partnership will have a solidifying effect on their present mentorship, internship and training efforts.

Hickam said Mondi’s apprenticeship programs range from two to three years. Participants enrolled in the program will get a minimum of 4,000 to 6,000 structured on-the-job training hours, 241 to 281 hours of related classroom instruction, 15 college credit hours, industry recognized credentials and pay increases based on their progression through the program. Completion results in a Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship Certificate.

Career & Technical Education Dean Roger McMillian said the college is excited to be able to serve area employers by sponsoring registered apprenticeship programs.

“We look forward to working with additional employers who wish to establish registered apprenticeships within their companies,” he said.

In addition to Mondi’s two programs, another has been developed in partnership with Lee Mechanical, a full-service mechanical contractor in Park Hills, for the position “combination welder.”  

The college’s workforce development department promotes economic opportunities and focuses on developing a skilled workforce for the region. Contact Bev Hickam, (573) 518-2182 or, for more information.

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