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Missouri Legislature Passes Fuel Tax Increase

By John Mehner | July 12, 2021

The Missouri legislature did something this year they haven’t done since 1996. That is correct. It has been a quarter of a century since the state of Missouri passed and implemented a fuel tax increase. Senate Bill 262 changed history as it passed both the House and the Senate and Governor Parson is touring the…

Visit Cape Update at First Friday Coffee

By Taylor Laws | July 12, 2021

First Friday Coffee, or should I say Second Friday Coffee, was held July 9 at the Century Casino Event Center.┬áIn case you missed it, here’s a brief recap… This month’s program featured an update from Visit Cape, Cape Girardeau’s Convention & Visitor’s Bureau and designated Destination Marketing Organization (DMO). Presented by Senior Director of Sales…

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Cape Area Magnet Announces Reorganization

By John Mehner | July 6, 2021

This local economic development organization has reorganized and is focused on maximizing future opportunities. The Cape Girardeau Area MAGNET recently announced it has not only expanded its investors and board of directors, but there is much more on the horizon. As a reminder, MAGNET is a regional organization charged with several aspects of economic development.…

Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Reached

By John Mehner | June 28, 2021

In case you missed it, there was a little sign of hope last week out of Washington D.C. for future progress. For many years, both citizens and elected representatives have agreed it is increasingly necessary to address this country’s infrastructure. But for those same many years, there has been no significant progress on what that…

Women in Business

By Taylor Laws | June 21, 2021

Women have been in the work force for more than 100 years. While 2019 numbers reflected nearly there were 77 million women in the labor force, representing close to half of the total labor force, January 2020 statistics tell us, right before the pandemic, there were more women on payrolls in the United States than…

Juneteenth Becomes America’s 12th Federal Holiday

By John Mehner | June 21, 2021

It is the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King, Jr. day was established in 1983. Last Thursday, President Biden signed legislation into law making Juneteenth, or June 19th, the 12th federal holiday. Juneteenth recognizes when Union soldiers delivered the news of freedom to slaves in Galveston, Texas – some two months after the…

Missouri Ends Participation in Federal Pandemic-Related Unemployment Insurance

By John Mehner | June 14, 2021

In the state of Missouri, it ended at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, June 12. Of course, I am referring to the Governor’s decision to end participation in all federal pandemic-related unemployment insurance programs. In his official press release announcing the decision, the Governor said in his discussions with business owners from across the state, they…

Member-to-Member Deals

By Taylor Laws | June 14, 2021

As you know, the Cape Chamber is committed to helping our members lower the cost of doing business. Over the past few years, we have opted into participation in the Chamber Benefits Plan to assist with lower health coverage, offered discounted room rentals and training sessions, and more. Moving forward, the Cape Chamber is offering…

1st Class Travel to Host Travel Shows in JULY!

By Chamber Member | June 9, 2021

It’s time to travel again & start planning! Join us in July for Travel Shows about our upcoming trips to Greece, Portugal, Alaska and Ireland in 2022. Tuesday, July 13th – Greece & Its Islands Travel Show – 6pm at Notre Dame Regional High School (west door entrance) at 265 Notre Dame Dr. Cape Girardeau…

10th Annual SEMO Food Bank Golf Classic

By Chamber Member | June 9, 2021

August 30, 2021 at 11:00 Dalhousie Golf Club   Registration is open for sponsor teams for this four-man scramble. Open registration will begin June 14. The entry fee includes lunch, golf cart, and snacks and drinks along the course. The roster is limited to 25 teams for the par-72 Jack Nicklaus designed course. Sponsorship and…