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Failure Is An Option

Recently, I had a big failure. It was really pretty minor in the grand scheme of things, but for me it was big. I put hours and hours into achieving this one goal and didn’t even get close!  

It all started in early 2016 when I decided to be a runner. I’ve never been interested in running marathons. I just wanted to run 5Ks (3.1 miles) and run them faster. I’ve always been pretty active and had run a few races in the past, but no serious training. My best time prior to 2016 was around 27 minutes. After a few months of consistent training, I finished my first 5k in under 25 minutes. The night of that race, I decided to go for a much bigger goal: sub-22 minutes sometime in 2017.

In April this year, I was surprised when I finished a downtown Cape 5k in about 23:40. This was the encouragement I needed to kick training into high gear. With growing confidence, I set my sites on the City of Roses 5k on Sept. 15. I’ll spare you the ugly details of the actual race, but ultimately, I hit a proverbial wall halfway. I walked and jogged the second half, finishing in an incredibly disappointing 26:40, which is close to my time before I started training.  

Once the physical pain subsided, I immediately began dissecting the race…desperately trying to understand what went wrong. How did I fail so spectacularly? By the end of the night though, I had already identified the next race and formulated an adjusted training strategy. But more than anything, I actually started to feel pretty positive about the whole experience.

Look, this isn’t my first failure and not even close to the biggest. And yes, I’ve grown from the journey, but ultimately this made me think about failure on a much broader scale in my world. Specifically, what are the roles I’m playing in business and as a parent in creating a culture where those around me are willing to fail? Are they excited to tackle a big challenge, knowing it might not work. Am I there at the end condemning them for getting something wrong, patting them on the back saying “it’s OK,” or instead cheering for them and saying “that was awesome and look at what we know now.” And that’s my challenge to you, how are your words, actions and reactions contributing to your employees, co-workers, children, even your own willingness to take on the next big challenge?    

When we can embrace, even encourage, the right kind of failure, we can help our organizations and our community grow. To dig a little deeper on this topic, here’s a great TED Talk on how Google X celebrates failure:

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Drury Plaza Conference Center


October 12, 2017


5:30 -7:30 p.m.


Join us as we celebrate businesses, charities, and students for their exceptional ethics and service to their community.



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Old Town Cape, Inc. Hosting Open House Event Highlighting Importance of Ivers Square’s Preservation October 6th


As a participant in the Partners in Preservation: Main Streets campaign, Old Town Cape, Inc. is encouraging the public to visit to help secure funding to preserve Ivers Square, the site many know as Common Pleas Courthouse Park.  Old Town Cape, Inc. has the opportunity through Partners in Preservation to acquire up to $150,000 in private grant funding to revitalize this historic public property.

On June 5th, 2017 the Cape Girardeau City Council officially named the park beside Common Pleas Courthouse ‘Ivers Square,” in honor of James Ivers and the Ivers family.  James Ivers, a former slave, received his freedom and went on to enlist in the Union Army on June 18, 1863.  The plan for the property includes signage to denote the park as Ivers Square, but also includes major improvements to the gazebo, fountain, landscaping, and seating. 

Alluded to above, funding for Partners in Preservation is determined by a voting campaign.  25 communities have been invited to participate in the program and only the top 10 vote-collecting communities will receive the full funding of up to $150,000.  Every individual can vote up to 5 times a day, so Old Town Cape, Inc. is relying on the public to visit to propel Cape Girardeau into the top 10.  The voting campaign will run from September 25th-October 31st.

Partners in Preservation is a community-based partnership, created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express, to raise awareness of the importance of preserving historic places and their role in sustaining local communities.

Partners in Preservation: Main Streets will award $2 million in grant funding from American Express to Main Street districts in need of preservation support across America. The public will determine which sites will receive funding by voting for their favorite main streets through October 31 at, the online voting portal hosted by National Geographic Travel.

Partners in Preservation: Main Streets Open House Weekend

Old Town Cape, Inc. will host an open house event on October 6th at 6:00PM at Ivers Square Park (formerly known as the Common Pleas Courthouse Park) for the public, highlighting the importance of Main Street preservation efforts in Downtown Cape Girardeau. Old Town Cape, Inc. is one of twenty-five historic Main Street districts across the country participating in the Partners in Preservation: Main Streets Open House Weekend.

As part of Old Town Cape, Inc.’s open house, residents and guests of Cape Girardeau will be able to enjoy a performance by Jerry Ford’s Dixieland Band, a group dance ensemble from Lauren Jones Maurer, and refreshments courtesy of Primo Brands.  Old Town Cape, Inc. will be there to provide information about the proposed project for Ivers Square. 

Delta Air Lines is the sponsor of the Partners in Preservation: Main Streets Open House Weekend. Open House Weekend activities in Downtown Cape Girardeau are one of many local events taking place nationwide between October 6 and 9.

Why Main Street Matters

According to 2016 data from Main Street America, investments in Main Street districts have a significant impact on local economies – encouraging real estate development as well as the creation of new businesses and jobs. In 2016, $4.65 billion reinvested in Main Street improvement programs resulted in 8,042 building rehabilitations, 5,616 business openings, and 27,462 new jobs.

Furthermore, according to a recent study from Morning Consult of 2,201 Americans commissioned by American Express, 79 percent of Americans say that preserving Main Street is important. Additionally, 79 percent of Americans say that the idea of Main Street is what makes America beautiful. Main Street is also seen as vital in connecting Americans to their local community – 82 percent of Americans say that Main Street is important to their ability to socialize with others in a community. A similar amount, 86 percent, say that Main Street is important to the well-being and the enjoyment of a community.

For more information and to vote daily for Downtown Cape Girardeau through October 31, visit and share the love via social media using #VoteYourMainStreet.


About Partners in Preservation

Partners in Preservation is a program in which American Express, in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, awards preservation grants to historic places across the country.

Through this partnership, American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation seek to increase the public's awareness of the importance of historic preservation in the United States and to preserve America's historic and cultural places. The program also hopes to inspire long-term support from local citizens for the historic places at the heart of their communities.

About American Express

American Express is a global services company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. Learn more at, and connect with us on,,,, and

Key links to products, services and corporate responsibility information: charge and credit cards, business credit cards, Plenti rewards program, travel services, gift cards, prepaid cards, merchant services, Accertify, corporate card, business travel, and corporate responsibility.

About the National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places:

About Main Street America

Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today it is a network of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, Inc., a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

About Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines serves more than 180 million customers each year. In 2017, Delta was named to Fortune’s top 50 Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the sixth time in seven years. Additionally, Delta has ranked No.1 in the Business Travel News Annual Airline survey for an unprecedented six consecutive years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 315 destinations in 54 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs more than 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 800 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry’s leading transatlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia as well as a joint venture with Virgin Atlantic. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with key hubs and markets including AmsterdamAtlanta, BostonDetroitLos Angeles, Mexico City, Minneapolis/St. PaulNew York-JFK and LaGuardiaLondon-HeathrowParis-Charles de GaulleSalt Lake CitySeattle, Seoul, and Tokyo-Narita. Delta has invested billions of dollars in airport facilities, global products and services, and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on the Delta News Hub, as well as, Twitter, and

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC, a joint venture between National Geographic Society and 21st Century Fox, combines National Geographic television channels with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic Studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, catalog, licensing and e-commerce businesses. A portion of the proceeds from National Geographic Partners LLC will be used to fund science, exploration, conservation and education through significant ongoing contributions to the work of the National Geographic Society. For more information, visit and find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

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Cape Regional Airport

Over the last several years, Cape Air has provided consistent commercial flights, which was a major improvement for our region. They served us well at that stage in the development of Cape Girardeau, but now it’s time to take a step forward.

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently approved plans for SkyWest Airlines to provide air service from Cape to Chicago starting this December. This announcement is big news. We are moving from a small propeller plane, to a 50-passenger jet with a flight attendant and a bathroom on board. SkyWest will be fully integrated with American, Delta and United at Chicago O’Hare Airport.

Last year we had around 5,500 passengers out of Cape, down from a peak of 6,500 in 2014. We hope to see those numbers grow significantly with the introduction of SkyWest. However, the economic impact of our airport goes well beyond just the passengers. According to MODOT’s most recent Missouri Statewide Airports Economic Impact Study, the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport is responsible for 202 total jobs with a payroll of $6.3 million and a total economic output of just under $20 million dollars.

Good air service is an economic engine, critical for business attraction and retention and good quality of life for a community. SkyWest is a great leap forward for our area and I encourage everyone to explore flying from Cape for business and personal travel. 

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This event is designed to raise funds to assist those reentering society from incarceration.  This assistance is in the form of obtaining work documents (i.e. social security cards, IDs, birth certificates, etc) and transportation assistance.  100% of profit stays within Cape, Perry and Bollinger Counties.  The event begins with a beautiful motorcycle ride through the counties, educational stopping points, plenty of food, door prizes and a Grand Prize for the completing bikers. 


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Career Fair


Osage Centre




10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


 Lunch will be provided.

Businesses reserve your booth today!

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920 Broadway




11:30 a.m.– 1:00 p.m.


Join us for a workshop on how to use U.S. Census Data to help start or grow your business. For example, get help with the following questions:

+ Where is the best location for my business?

+ How many businesses like mine are in the area?

+ What do the demographics of the area mean to me?

+ How do area residents spend their discretionary income?

Toni Pitchford, Data Specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau, began with the Census Bureau in 1996 as an information specialist and went on to become a Partnership Specialist, Survey Supervisor, Special Census Supervisor, Partnership Coordinator for a three-state region during the last two decennial censuses, and Special Projects Manager. Currently, she is the Data Dissemination Specialist for the States of Missouri, Kansas, and Arkansas.

Join us for this no-cost workshop to learn answers to the above questions and much more! Please bring your laptop or other device to make this an interactive experience. For more information & to register, visit:

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El Sol




11:30 a.m.– 1:00 p.m.


Tri-State Advertising & Marketing Professionals will host a jam-packed lunch event at El Sol Mexican restaurant. Multiple prizes will be awarded.

There will be a taco bar, followed by a “creative shootout” event where attendees will develop and pitch their creative campaign ideas for a mystery product. The panel will judge pitches onsite. The winning team will receive a gift basket of office-themed prizes. There will also be a non-member raffle for a free Tri-State membership – good for the remaining 2017-2018 membership year.

Attendees are encouraged to come in teams of two or more members. Individual attendees will be grouped into teams at the event. Once the mystery product is revealed, each team will have 10 minutes to discuss, strategize and develop their pitches. When time runs out, each team will send a representative to present their ideas to the group. Presenters will have no more than five minutes to deliver their pitch. All supplies will be provided.

This event will be fun, fast-paced and a little feisty – so don’t miss it! Taco bar opens at 11:30 a.m. and there will be a few quick announcements during this time. At high-noon, the Creative Shootout begins. Admission for members is $15 ($12 for students) and $20 for non-members.


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