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Chamber Membership

The Cape Chamber has approximately 1,500 representatives with nearly 1,000 area business members. We are one of the top five largest Chambers in the state of Missouri. John Mehner, President and CEO for the last 25 years, is one of the most respected Chamber leaders in the State. 

We have approximately 300 business leaders attending First Friday Coffee every month and more than 100 attending business after hours monthly. I’ve talked to many Chambers and very few of them has this level of attendance.  

Additionally, the Cape Chamber is highly involved in so many other important activities in our community. Whether it is working with existing businesses to grow, playing a lead role in tackling community workforce challenges, leading the women’s network or even working with the Missouri legislature to support pro-business legislation, the Cape Chamber continues to be involved in innovative activities that help businesses grow.

I don’t say this because I work for the Chamber, I work for the Chamber because of all these things. Over the years, this organization has grown into a powerful force, supporting businesses and their leaders in ways many Chambers can’t. We can thank the vision of hundreds of individuals for pushing to strengthen our Chamber. Hopefully those of us fortunate enough to be employed there today can continue serving the business community well for years to come. If you know any business that isn’t a member and you think they might benefit, let our office know and we will reach out. Call 335-3312 or email

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Innovative Financial SolutionsInnovative Financial Solutions has been providing financial planning, insurance and investment services to individuals and business owners for 10 years! Thank you for letting us celebrate this milestone with you by having a ribbon cutting at your office located at 1923 North Kingshighway. Discover how they can help you reach your financial goals by calling (573) 332-7855 to set up an appointment.
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CTCThe Cape Girardeau Career & Technology Center (CTC), providing both career and technical training for high school students and adult students, celebrated the recent addition of a new facility located just behind their existing building on South Silver Springs Road with a ribbon cutting! Housing the Cape College Center and the adult health care programs, the expansion gives them the added space they have needed!

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Fresenius Kidney CareThe Cape Chamber had the opportunity to celebrate a new expansion in Cape Girardeau with a groundbreaking! Fresenius Kidney Care is in the process of building their new location in Cape Girardeau on Farrar Drive. As a leader in dialysis treatment, the local staff is very excited to see this new facility, for their patients, underway.
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Old Town CapeOld Town Cape, Inc. celebrated their recent relocation from 418 Broadway to their new space on the 4th floor of the Marquette Tower with a ribbon cutting. As a not for profit organization working towards revitalizing downtown, they work in many different capacities to make Downtown Cape Girardeau a better place to live, work, and play. Visit to find out more!

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Tales From The Top

Last week the Chamber Young Professionals had our annual tales from the top event. Three incredible area leaders spoke to our group and shared some great stories and advice. Here is a very SMALL taste.

The first speaker was Brian House, owner of Chick-fil-A in Cape. Anyone who’s even driven by his business knows he’s had success. Brian says the most important thing is the people, saying “I get to know my team and I invest in them.” This strategy has helped him create an incredible culture where team members extend that caring attitude to the customers. As Brian said, you can go anywhere and get a chicken sandwich, but the “handshake of the host improves the taste of the roast.”

Our next speaker was Abbie Crites-Leoni, U.S. Magistrate Judge. She has long been a fighter for law and justice. She says, “you have an opportunity on this earth to do something great.” Abbie shared some excellent advice with the group: “It’s important to say yes, but make sure you have a limit on it because time is the most precious resource we have as human beings.”

Finally, Dwain Hahs, the mayor of Jackson, spoke about his extensive business background with Bausch and Lomb, where he led a team of around 7,000 people at one point. Mayor Hahs says the best way to address conflict and get people on board is to “communicate, communicate, communicate!” He moved many times throughout his career, living all around the world, and with that perspective, he is very high on the quality of life in Jackson and Cape.

We are fortunate to have incredible people in this community who are willing to be a part of events like this and share their stories. A big thanks to these three and all those who continue to give back to Cape year after year. 

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“Sounds for Hounds”, a benefit concert to raise funds for the Cape Girardeau Police Department’s K-9 Unit will be held Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bedell Concert Hall at the Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus. Entertainment will be provided by the Missouri Arts Council’s Individual Artist for 2017 Jerry Ford, his orchestra and friends featuring Dr. Andrew Moore, Steve Schaffner, Tina Trickey, Brodrick Twiggs, and Bruce Zimmerman. They will perform a variety of musical styles including a military salute to service members. Todd Richards, Sports Director for KFVS-12 Heartland News, will be the MC for the night.

Both Cape Girardeau Police Department K-9s will be retiring soon; Reno this spring and Schupo in 2018. The Cape Girardeau Police Department is currently undergoing a fundraising campaign to pay for replacement dogs as this cost is not funded by the general revenue. We plan on not just continuing the proud tradition of our K-9 unit but also strengthening it with the inclusion of two additional K-9s. By expanding the K-9 unit to four certified police K-9s, it will allow a police K-9 to be assigned to each platoon ensuring a police K-9 is available and on duty around the clock. 

Tickets for the benefit concert are $12.50 per person and are available now at the River Campus Box Office.  Tickets can be purchased by calling the River Campus Box Office at 573-651-2265 or online at

To make a donation to the K-9 Unit, checks should be made payable to the “Cape Girardeau Public Safety Foundation” and mailed to the Cape Girardeau Police Department at 40 South Sprigg Street, Cape Girardeau, MO  63703.


For additional information contact:

Sgt. Rick Schmidt

573-335-6621, Extension 1129


More information will be posted as it becomes available. 



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Event name:

Travel Shows for Notre Dame Regional High School's Education Fund Foundation


265 Notre Dame Drive, Cape Girardeau, MO




6:00 pm


Join us to learn more about our Magical Christmas Markets (Austria & Germany) November 2017 trip, Pilgrimage to Fatima & Lourdes (Barcelona) Spring 2018 trip, and our Ireland Summer 2018 Trip! There will be a FREE TRAVEL SHOW about the trip at Notre Dame Regional High School. The travel show ill include detailed information about the trip itinerary, accommodations, inclusions and costs. To RSVP for the show or for more information contact Shari Elfrink or Leigh Segraves at (573) 651-0088 or email VISIT THESE SITES TOO!

Event Sponsor:

1st Class Travel & Notre Dame Regional High School's Education Fund Foundation

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New Name: Global Running Day… & Bike Day! 

New Date: Wednesday June 7th

New Times: Registration opens: 5:15 PM along with T-shirts, raffle entry, free helmets

                                Zumba Starts 5:30 PM

                                Bike Obstacle course opens 5:30 PM

                                Bike Tune Ups open 5:30 PM

                                Walk/ Run and Biking Begins 6 PM

                                Food opens 6:15 PM

                                Raffle prizes announced 6:30/ 6:45 PM

                                Bike Winners Announced 6:45 PM

New  Location: Capaha Park- Shelter #1

Cost: FREE!!!  Any Donations are donated to money towards the Cape Girardeau Youth Track Club

Event Changes/ Details: Come out and Celebrate Global Running Day… & Bike Day!  Don’t miss the endless fun while celebrating physical activity in the parks on Wednesday June 7th!  Register your bike with Cape Police Department, Bike Obstacle Course, Bike Tune Up, or Walk/ Run your way around the park, Zumba, t-shirts, food, games, prizes and more!  BONUS- TWO Bike giveaways!

Bring the family for a day of fun in the parks!


Wednesday, June 7th is Global Running Day… & Bike Day!  Like & Share the event on Facebook!


What is Global Running Day? Global Running Day is celebrated all over the WORLD!  People are gathering in parks everywhere to celebrate by walking, jogging, running, and just being active for Global Running Day!

Help us make this year a success by joining us at Capaha Park at 5:15pm on June 7th for a free fun day of Fitness in the Parks!


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