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Community Foundation of the Ozarks

By Chamber Member | March 4, 2024

Multiple grant opportunities for non-profits, government entities and school districts available for the Southeast Missouri Region. Please use link provided to search all current open grants:

Spring Retreat – Summer Camp

By Maggie Piper | March 4, 2024

We are expressive equine therapy and horse program for kids. We are year-round but our camps are spring and summer. All kids 7 and up welcome. We have 3 retreats in April and May. Then, we start 7 weeks of horse camp in June.

Revised 2023 Jobs Data shows some positive trends

By rgilligan_robgilligan | March 4, 2024

Last week, the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC) released the January 2024 jobs report for the state and with-it annual revisions to 2023 estimates. There were some positive trends to watch in our region. Each month, labor data is reported at both a national level and later at the State and local level…

The Coming Solar Eclipse could mean Big Business!

By rgilligan_robgilligan | February 26, 2024

Six weeks from today millions of people across North America will turn their gaze towards the sky as a total solar eclipse passes overhead. With Southeast Missouri right in the path of totality that means a big opportunity for visitors and business is coming this way. As most of you are aware, on Monday April…

An early spring of new business in Cape Girardeau

By rgilligan_robgilligan | February 19, 2024

While we are still technically four weeks away from the official start of Spring, it’s hard not to notice several new businesses springing up here in Cape Girardeau lately. New business growth is the lifeblood of a local economy and as I have highlighted in previous stories, they are often the largest driver of job…

MRV Banks Contributes $5,000 to Foster Adopt Connect For Inaugural Office Chair Games Event

By Chamber Member | February 14, 2024

MRV Banks is proud to announce its generous donation of $5,000 to Foster Adopt Connect in support of their inaugural event, the “Office Chair Games.” This significant contribution reflects MRV Banks’ commitment to community engagement and underscores their dedication to the well-being of foster youth. The Office Chair Games, organized by Foster Adopt Connect, is…

What is a NAICS Code?

By rgilligan_robgilligan | February 12, 2024

According to the Small Business Administration as of 2024, there are approximately 33.2 million business recognized in the United States. Keeping track of that many organizations for statistical and economic purposes can be overly complicated, luckily, we have an organization system called NAICS to help with the process. The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)…

New Workforce Transportation Program Seeing Results

By Chamber Member | February 6, 2024

It’s no secret, finding and maintaining employment, or hiring reliable workers, is nearly impossible when transportation is unavailable. Personal vehicles require monthly payments, insurance, and maintenance. Carpools are difficult to coordinate due to schedule differences. Public transportation may be unavailable in certain areas and can quickly become costly for those with a limited income. United…

Strollin’ Through the Colon

By Chamber Member | February 6, 2024

Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in the United States. In conjunction with the American Cancer Society and the Missouri Cancer Consortium, Saint Francis Healthcare System will host a Strollin’ Through the Colon one-mile walk at Saint Francis Medical Center Entrance 6 on Saturday, March 9. Registration will start…

Saint Francis Foundation Accepting 2024 Healthcare Scholarship Applications

By Chamber Member | February 6, 2024

Applications for the 2024 Saint Francis Healthcare Scholarship Program funded by Saint Francis Foundation and Auxiliary are now available. The program awards more than 20 scholarships of up to $2,000 annually to students pursuing a healthcare-related career. The Steven C. Bjelich Executive Scholarship is available for students pursuing a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration and…