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There is a silent killer of many businesses in the United States and our area is certainly not immune.

Statistics show us 80 – 90 percent of the U.S. businesses are family owned. However, less than one third will survive into the second generation and roughly 10 percent will make it to the third.

Business succession planning is a process whereby owners research and decide upon a plan to move forward in case of the event of death, illness, or simply transition. It generally uses estate planning strategies and there is no “one size fits all” plan. Careful consideration must be given to determine the best options. Without a plan in place, there is a high degree of the possibility of failure.

Many factors must be examined. There are issues of estate taxes, liquidity, ownership percentages, family disagreements, and capabilities of management. The uncertainty of a transition can affect the business internally among employees and externally with customers. It is so important to develop a plan and communicate to your team you have one in place.

There are many succession planning vehicles and succession planning concerns. It is important to seek the advice of an expert on such matters and do it sooner rather than later. Many believe business succession planning is at least as important, and maybe more important, than individual estate planning. Employees, customers, and family members are relying on a smooth transition. Don’t let them down.
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Cape Girardeau Country Club
7:30 am and 1:30 pm


Grab your golf clubs and get ready to hit the links with The Friends of Saint Francis! New this year, The Friends will host a single signature golf outing, combining our popular Ken Hayden Memorial Golf Tournament and the annual Benefit Golf Tournament on Friday, August 17, at the Cape Girardeau Country Club. 

As a part of Saint Francis Healthcare System’s renewed mission to provide a ministry of healing, wellness, quality and love inspired by our faith in Jesus Christ, we are excited to use the proceeds of this tournament to feed hungry children in our area and fund other community service efforts.

This tournament will fill up quickly, so please register today. We look forward to this exceptional event on the green for a great cause!

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Wehking Alumni Center, Southeast Missouri State University 926 Broadway, Cape Girardeau
July 24, 2018
6:00 pm


The Southeast Alumni Association is organizing an 11-day, guided tour of Spain in 2019. The trip, scheduled for November of 2019, includes the experience of Spain’s colorful pageant of art, history and culture. Set against a backdrop that spans sunny Mediterranean shores and grand mountain ranges, this stunning destination is dotted with white pueblos and groves of oranges and olives. Explore the priceless treasures of the Royal Palace, one of Europe’s largest palaces. Visit the exotic and expansive Alhambra palace, resplendent with Moorish regal flair. See the Cathedral of Seville, the third largest in the world. Enjoy reserved seating at a flamenco show and feel the passion of this famous dance. Explore Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona, Granada, Cordoba and Toledo. Become part of an authentic “paella experience,” and learn how this rice dish is made and where it originated. Choose to marvel at Valencia’s “City of Arts & Sciences” and see how precious Lladro figurines are made by hand. Or choose to explore the old town of Valencia inclusive of its historic market and Gothic cathedral. View Antonio Gaudí’s architectural masterpieces, including La Sagrada Familia, and visit Parc Güell. Spain beckons.

The Southeast Alumni Association and 1st Class Travel will host a FREE TRAVEL SHOW about the trip:
Tuesday, July 24th at 6 pm
Wehking Alumni Center
926 Broadway, Cape Girardeau, MO

The Travel Show will include detailed information about the trip itinerary, accommodations, inclusions and costs.

To R.S.V.P. for the Travel Show or for more information about the trip in general, contact Shari Elfrink or Leigh Segraves at 1st Class Travel, 573-651-0088 or email

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Cape Jaycee Municipal Golf Course - 3280 Perryville Road, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
12:00 pm


"The 20th Annual RSVP/VIC Golf Tournament.
""Dedicated in Memory of Tina Nations""
4 Person Scramble - Friday, July 20, 2018
Cape Jaycee's Municipal Golf Course
Lunch served at 12:00 pm - Tee off at 1:00 pm
COST: $75 per person/$300 per team
INCLUDES: Green Fees & Cart Rental, Lunch, Beer & Other Beverages, Plus Goodie Bag!!
Try your luck:
* Longest Drive, Longest Putt, Closest to the Pin, Closest to the Line
* $20,000 Hole-In-One Prize
* plus 3 Other Hole-In-One Prizes awarding a TV, Airline Tickets, and Golf Irons sponsored by THE BANK OF MISSOURI

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Osage Center
1625 N Kingshighway, Cape Girardeau, MO 6370
June 30, 2018
9:30 am to 4:30 pm

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Cape Chamber
June 26, 2018
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Discover Your True Colors
Join your local advertising club as we welcome Kim Voelker, True Colors certified facilitator, to present our monthly luncheon workshop.

Voelker will describe the impact personalities play on our workflow and give you tangible insights to yourself and your coworkers that you can use to produce more results at work and maybe even more harmony at home.

Registration is required for this event, but seating is limited to 25 people. Priority seating for members is available through June 17–code required. 

Register here: 

Tri-State AMP is now AAF - Cape Girardeau
We're going through some exciting changes, but you can still reach us at or Facebook.

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Community Career Fair

Isle Casino Event Center
June 21, 2018
1pm - 6pm


All local employers invited to participate in our Community Career Fair. Registration is $175.00 and includes up to two lunches. Employers may start set-up at 10:30am. Register by June 7th to be included in advertisement to attendees.

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Dempster Hall- Southeast Missouri State University
June 14, 2018
8 am to 4:30 pm



Community Caring Council presents its 29th Annual Conference, Beyond Hunger: Food Insecurity in Southeast Missouri, bringing together leaders and supporters from the anti-hunger community to reflect on the services available to our city and how to move forward to address the challenges ahead. The conference will be packed with workshops informing and inspiring participants to offer new services, respond during crisis, improve efficiency, and get their messages out their.

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We are changing our name to better align with our national organization and with the area we serve. Tri-State Advertising and Marketing Professionals will now be known as American Advertising Federation - Cape Girardeau (AAF - Cape Girardeau). During this transition, our website will be under construction, but you can still reach us through and through Facebook.

We are also revising our fee structure to provide more opportunities to take advantage of membership perks. Moving forward professional development luncheons, AAF happy hours, and student networking events will be FREE for members.

We are also offering our members discounts on a new series of premium workshops, designed to train attendees on a wide range of topics, such as copywriting, design, digital marketing, and more.

Your board of directors has been hard at work to improve benefits and optimize every penny of your membership. Visit ( coming soon) for more information or to renew your membership.

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An innovative program that teaches high school students entrepreneurship will debut in Cape Girardeau at Central High School this fall. The year-long class helps prepare students for success in the workplace and in life by teaching entrepreneurial and life skills, by equipping them with the values, vision and life skills to pursue their dreams.

“We are extremely excited to be bringing this program to Central High School,” said Dr. Tony Robinson, deputy superintendent of secondary education for Cape Girardeau Public Schools. “I’ve always thought this was a great model. It provides an incredible opportunity for our students to learn all the ins and outs of creating a business, so they can become self-sustaining entrepreneurs.”

The Youth Entrepreneurs program blends experiential learning with economic and entrepreneurial principles, instilling self-confidence as students experience real market scenarios and learn how to turn their idea into a viable business. In addition to in-classroom and experiential learning, students are paired with mentors – business volunteers from the local civic community – who help guide them in developing their business plan and provide additional advice throughout the year.

“Our goal is for each Youth Entrepreneurs student to seek the knowledge of a business owner, pursue education beyond high school, and become successful – in business and in life,” said Priscilla McInnes, area director for Youth Entrepreneurs. “We aim to remove barriers to opportunity and our curriculum reinforces essential values such as responsibility, knowledge-seeking and principled behavior. We very excited to bring the program to Central High School and look forward to launching it this fall.” Approximately 17 juniors will enroll in the class this fall, the first one in the Cape Girardeau area with Pam Pensel as the teacher. Pam will be attending a teacher conference in Wichita, Kan this July.

Chamber and community members interested in supporting and learning more about the program should contact Brent Hogan, Development Director for Youth Entrepreneurs, at, 913-998-6945 or by visiting their website at

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