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The Cape Chamber pleased to announce our new website, 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. 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.”


For more information, contact:

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

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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, our online recruiting system. When you post a job on, all current students  are able to view it.


Signing up is simple! Go to > 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


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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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