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The 2018 Membership Blitz kicks off at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 18. Meet the ambassadors who are teaming up to recruit new members and learn some of their favorite parts of Chamber membership!

 

 

 

Team 1


Amanda Geske, Banterra Bank | Chamber member for 1 year
“I love the membership driven newsletter, Member News! I find it incredibly easy to follow and stay up to date on the latest news and events my fellow members have going on.”

Michelle Jones, Banterra Bank | Chamber member for 14 years
“I am proud to say I was with the Women’s Network committee from the start! I love this group because you can meet other women from other businesses that you may have not ever met in your circle. Also, it’s a great way to network with business women in the community. The morning coffee and the luncheons are great and the ones I have attended I have always taken something back. I might be a little biased but I love the women on this committee! I feel privileged to be a part of it.”

 


 

Team 2


Brandy McIntire, FOX 23 KBSI/MY 49 WDKA Compulse Digital | Chamber member for 4 years
“I serve on the Cape Chamber Board of Directors and I have to tell you that it has really been a wonderful experience to get to get a behind the scene look at how this board helps shape the organization and make decisions and recommendations for the members’ prospective interests. The Cape Chamber Board has helped me meet more prominent people in the community and has helped to build those connections that help me in my profession as well.”

Zane McClard, Southern Bank | Chamber member for 8 months
“Cape Girardeau is a tight knit community. I feel that it is important for local businesses to support the Chamber to be involved in the community – customers notice!”

 

 


 

Team 3


Brenda Newbern, Visit Cape | Chamber member for 2 years
“My favorite networking event is First Friday Coffee. It gives me the opportunity to sit at the table with 7 other people and connect. I love getting to sit with someone and have a conversation about what they do and how I may assist them. Sometimes Visit Cape is already promoting their business and we are both working towards a similar goal, even though we have never met! And if I need to make a connection with a current business, odds are they will be at First Friday Coffee and I have the opportunity to connect. It is also the place where I feel if someone wants to get involved and meet the movers and shakers I can bring them to the FFC and offer them the opportunity to be successful!! It's a tool all in and of itself!”

Becky Welch, Candlewood Suites/Courtyard by Marriott | Chamber member for 5 years
“The Cape Chamber is an investment not only into our business, but also the economy of the Cape Girardeau area. The Chamber has assisted us by offering networking, low cost advertising, training, information resources, and other opportunities. It has allowed me to get to know our local businesses to see what products and services they offer.”

 


 

Team 4


Bridget Miller, Isle Casino Cape Girardeau | Chamber member for 3 years
“My favorite program offered by the Chamber is Chamber Young Professionals. This is a great way not only for our young professionals to network, but to get some insight and advice from professionals who have been working in different industries for a long time. I wish there was a program like this when I was just starting out. I think it is just so beneficial and well worth the time to join Chamber Young Professionals.”

Ellen Carlson, Sinclair Broadcast Group/FOX23 | Chamber member for 10 years
“I joined and continue my membership with the Cape Chamber because I find a great deal of value being a Chamber member. I have found that attending the multitude of events the chamber puts on to be great networking tools. I have gotten to know so many people and have formed lasting friendships and business relationships.”

 


 

Team 5


Carole Kinsey, MidAmerical Hotels Corp. | Chamber member for 8 months
“Being new to the area, becoming a member of the Cape Chamber helped me to learn the city and meet great people. The Chamber does an excellent job connecting businesses together to help us all.”

Beth Keller, Saint Francis Healthcare | Chamber member for 25+ years
“I think it is important for business to support the Chamber because they are really the back bone of your communities. They have your back when you need support, they are a great resource when you are looking for something or someone, and they promote your businesses as well. The networking that you gain and just a feel of the community vibe is so important especially for a newer business and they provide that. I’m in a couple different Chambers in the surrounding area and they are all a bit different but again, they are where it’s happening! The mission of the Chamber should be important to you because they are the ones representing you and your community in so many ways!”

 


 

Team 6


Debbie Pensel, First Midwest | Chamber member for 3 years
“I frequently visit the News & Events section of the Chamber’s website to update my calendar with Chamber events and I utilize the membership directory to see who the contact person for a business is for calling efforts. It’s a great tool!”

Heather Short, First Midwest | Chamber member for 10+ years
“I believe businesses should not only support the Cape Chamber, but be actively involved. A few of the many reasons why it’s important to maintain a membership with the Cape Chamber include that Chamber membership helps build your business relationships in the community with several networking opportunities, offers your business exposure through their publications and they refer potential customers to their members."

 




Team 7

Tiffany Barr, Ray’s Plaza Banquet Center | Chamber member for 3 years
“I think the Chamber Young Professionals is a great group offered by the Chamber. It's helped me grow as a young business leader and get out of my comfort zone. Plus, it's also a great way to make new friends and build long lasting business relationships.”

Kim Voelker, Cape Chamber | Chamber member for over 15 years
“I became involved through a previous employer and quickly realized the value of being a member of the Chamber. I served as an ambassador for several years and participated in Leadership Cape. Most Chambers are typically viewed as organizations that just offer networking events but our chamber also puts a lot of effort into economic and workforce development. The work we are doing is essential to ensuring our region continues to thrive.”

 




Team 8


Greg Vaughn, Media Leaf | Chamber member for 2 years
“Leadership Cape is an incredible opportunity for local business people to gain access to everything “Cape”. Through this program, the Cape Chamber helps you dive deep into the education system, local industry, media, policy making, healthcare, history, infrastructure, police and fire departments, plus more. You are granted access to the things that make the city work...Things many citizens don’t normally see or even think about. Through the program you learn a lot about yourself and how to understand other personality types in the workplace. You learn how to listen, when to talk, and how to come together as a team to complete a project. Regardless of your background or profession, I highly recommend the experience!”

Alan Schoen, Pepsi MidAmerica | Chamber member for 4 years
“Pepsi MidAmerica has been a member for years but I felt our participation was lacking. I have worked to increase our participation because I believe a strong and active Chamber is beneficial to all. The Cape Chamber has helped me make contacts and form business relationships that continue to be beneficial to Pepsi as well as me personally.”

 




Team 9

Megan Frank, Credit Bureau Services | Chamber member for 1 year
“Having a ribbon cutting with the Cape Chamber is such a great experience! Not only do you get to celebrate a milestone with your team members, but you also get to include the community! Plus, social media is a huge marketing tool currently and a ribbon cutting allows you to share these milestones with everyone!”

Michele Litzelfelner, Cape Chamber | Chamber member for 30+ years
“The Chamber supports and advocates for all businesses in the area, not just their members. Why would a business not want to support an organization that works to create a better quality of life for our community and region through advocacy, business retention and expansion, economic development and a stronger workforce to name a few?”

 

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The Cape Chamber pleased to announce our new website, www.capeishome.com. Designed as a hub of information, this website will serve as a valuable tool for both human resources professionals and individuals looking to relocate to the Cape Girardeau Area. 


Talent attraction and retention is becoming increasingly challenging for regional companies competing with larger markets across the United States. Through retention visits with major employers in the Cape Girardeau Area, Cape Chamber staff confirmed the Cape Girardeau region is no exception to this trend.

With this in mind, the Cape Chamber developed the Cape Is Home talent attraction campaign. Capeishome.com hosts a variety of useful information including way of life, opportunities, things to do, options for education and housing, and more.

“We are excited about our new website launch and the robust information it provides for those looking to call Cape home,” said John Mehner, President and CEO of the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce. “We believe that this new site will allow visitors to better understand all that our community has to offer, while also serving as a tremendous tool for HR professionals recruiting new talent to our area as well.”

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For more information, contact:

John Mehner
President & CEO, Cape Chamber
220 N. Fountain
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
(573) 335-3312 | jmehner@capechamber.com

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Businesses that donate at least $500 to the Saint Francis Pink Up Campaign for expanded cancer screenings may qualify for a tax credit from the State of Missouri.  The Saint Francis Foundation has been approved by the Missouri Department of Economic Development's Neighborhood Assistance Program to provide tax credit opportunities for donors. Contact Christy LeGrand at 573-331-3950 for more information.
 
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Part-Time Jobs Needed

Southeast students are returning to campus for the spring semester, and they are looking for part-time jobs! Does your business or organization have openings available for student workers? We can help. We encourage you to register for an account in REDHAWKjobs.com, our online recruiting system. When you post a job on REDHAWKjobs.com, all current students  are able to view it.

 

Signing up is simple! Go to REDHAWKjobs.com > click EMPLOYER Registration/Sign-In > click Sign Up > enter your department’s information > click Submit

 

Once your registration has been approved, you may post any jobs or internships that you have available.

 

Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions, or if you need help setting up your account. Call 651-2583, or email us at careerservices@semo.edu.

 

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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.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-humane-society-raise-the-woof-3rd-annual-dinner-and-comedy-show-tickets-41151709872

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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 https://ev10.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventInfo?ticketCode=GS%3ATWSEMO%3ABB18%3ADSMC0203%3A&linkID=twsemo&shopperContext=&pc=&caller=&appCode=&groupCode=B&cgc=.

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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: http://bit.ly/2z5JlF2)
  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 

AT&T

 Banterra Bank

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri

Cape Girardeau Public Schools Foundation

Chap Arnold Insurance

Dille Traxel Architecture

Kohfeld Companies

Medicap Pharmacy

Mondi

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

Domino’s

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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