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The newest segment of economic development is alive and well in the Cape Girardeau area.

For a long time, economic development was all about recruitment of new business and industry – period. Then the importance of business retention and expansion was realized and tourism entered the discussion resulting in economic development efforts being described as a three legged stool.

In the last decade, a fourth major area of prominence has made its way into these conversations. Entrepreneurship is a critical focus for all successful job creation efforts. Creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem and supporting start-ups plays a prominent role in long lasting job creation.

The Chamber is invested in local efforts along these lines. We work closely with Southeast Missouri State University which now has a major in Entrepreneurship and also operates Catapult Creative Center. Giving students both in class teaching and hands-on learning opportunities is reaping benefits.

Codefi is a private co-working space solely focused on providing the infrastructure and support needed to develop and maintain the environment necessary for entrepreneurs. Through Codefi’s efforts, the area has benefitted from 40 start-ups resulting in more than 130 jobs and more than $14 million in equity investments. The Chamber is a significant investor in Codefi and their programs.

This piece of economic development is here to stay and we are looking forward to our continued partnerships.
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Show Me Center
11/9/2018 at 6:00 pm
11/10/2018  at 2:00 pm & 6:00 pm
11/11/2018 at 2:00 pm

It’s the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger, but Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found. PAW Patrol Race to the Rescue! Ryder summons Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma and Everest to rescue Mayor Goodway and to run the race in her place.

Show Times:
Friday, November 9th at 6pm
Saturday, November 10th at 2pm & 6pm
Sunday, November 11th at 2pm

Friday at 5pm
Saturday at 1pm & 5pm
Sunday at 1pm

Parking Fee:
Parking will be $5 per car and $20 per car in the VIP lot.

Ticket Prices:
$54, $38, $27 & $23
VIP Tickets - $128
Be a VIP - Very Important Pup! The VIP Package includes a premium seat, special souvenir gift and exclusive access to Meet & Greet with Ryder and two PAW Patrol Characters after the show. Each Adult & Child (age 1 & up) in a group must have a VIP ticket. Pick up your VIP Packet at the VIP Check in table prior to the show."

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3230 Blattner Drive
1-6 pm


Come by on November 8th from 1-6 pm to our Blattner Drive location for our annual Designer Eyewear Event. In addition to our wide selection of frames, we will also have top sellers from Tory Burch, Ellen Tracy, BCBG Maxazria, and Tiffany & Co.
The sale includes:
40% OFF all prescription eyewear and sunglasses
20% OFF all non prescription sunglasses

Call our office 573-334-2020 or follow us on Facebook for more details! We cannot wait to see you there!

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Southeast Missouri State University - Economic and Business Engagement Center
920 Broadway Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


MoDOT’s DBE Supportive Services Program invites you to an important seminar on Thursday, June 14, 2018. Please join a team from MoDOT’s Supportive Services Program and MoDOT External Civil Rights in a discussion on opportunities for doing business with MoDOT. This seminar will have a special focus on opportunities for DBE firms and minority and women-owned businesses.

Topics covered in this seminar will include:

Key areas for doing business with MoDOT including construction, design and commodities
MoDOT’s bidding and procurement process
Steps to get certified as a DBE firm with MoDOT
Prime contractor expectations
Tips for business development and growth
Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For questions, contact MoDOT’s DBE Supportive Services consultants, Philips & Associates, at 636-394-4430 or

For information about the Economic and Business Engagement Center at SEMO, please contact Jakob Pallesen at 573-651-5156.

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Show Me Center
7:30 pm


Theresa Caputo, medium and star of the hit TLC show, Long Island Medium, will be appearing live where she will share her incredible ability to communicate with the dead. Witness Theresa’s amazing gifts first-hand as she gives live readings to audience members throughout the show. In addition, Theresa will share personal stories about her unique and fascinating life balancing the unpredictability of her psychic gifts while maintaining her role as a typical Long Island wife and mom. For Theresa, this is not just her job….this is her life. See Theresa Caputo live for an unforgettable and potentially life-changing evening. Learn more at

Doors: 6:30pm
Event: 7:30pm
Parking: $5 per car. $20 VIP Lot

Tickets: $42.75, $62.75, $72.75, $92.75 (ticket prices subject to change)
*Limit 8 tickets per person*
Theresa will do live readings at the show but they are not pre-arranged; a ticket does not guarantee a reading.

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Osage Center
6:30 p.m.


Attend this show where travel specialists from Holland America Line and AAA will help you discover amazing itineraries to Alaska.

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2430 Myra Drive, Cape Girardeau
2-5 p.m.


Anyone who is curious about the network of nonprofit agencies and programs supported by United Way of Southeast Missouri (UWSEMO) is encouraged to join the Live United Agency Tour on October 19th from 2-5 p.m. and ‘Get on the Bus!’ The Live United Tour allows donors and volunteers to get a first-hand look at the collective power of the United Way network throughout Southeast Missouri.

The tour will incorporate visits and information on 8-10 programs represented by 5 different agencies demonstrating the many initiatives UWSEMO invests in that support Southeast Missourians at every stage of life. Participating agencies and programs include Read to Succeed, the Community Caring Council, Educare, APPLE, and Voices for Children/CASA with the American Red Cross serving as the starting and ending point for the tour. Each stop will include a guided tour by a staff member of that agency with additional information shared between stops.

The Live United Tour is free and open to everyone, but registration is required by visiting:

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518 S Fountain St
Dinner @ 5:30 / Performance @ 7:30


Art Cuisine Dinner

An evening of performance & fine dining

Chinese Warriors of Peking (10/16/2018)
Menu: Peking Chicken or Twice Cooked Pork


Visit the website for tickets:

Contact Lisa Sykes to make your reservations with Chartwells @ 573-651-2536

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Montgomery Bank Training Center
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Live2Lead Southeast Missouri is a live simulcast leader development experience designed to equip you with new perspectives, practical tools and key takeaways. You’ll breathe new life into your leadership during this information-packed simulcast. Learn from world-class leadership experts and return to your office ready to implement your new action plan and lead with renewed passion and commitment. Live2Lead Southeast Missouri is hosted by GlennView, in partnership with Montgomery Bank, and will be held October 12, 2018, at the Montgomery Bank Conference & Training Center in Jackson, MO.

The 2018 Live2Lead event has been approved for 3.75 Professional Development Credits (PDCs) through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and .35 General CEUs through the University of North Georgia.

Members of the following participating chambers of commerce will receive a discounted registration rate: Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce, Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce, Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce, Perryville Chamber of Commerce, and the Sikeston Regional Chamber and Area Economic Development Corporation.
View the informational video, including the lineup of speakers, and register at

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3125 E. Jackson Blvd. Jackson Mo.
4:00-7:00 p.m.

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