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New Trends in Retail and Live Digital Shopping

By rgilligan_robgilligan | January 30, 2023

The retail shopping landscape is a constantly changing and evolving practice. Looking back through the trends of the last century that included catalog shopping pioneered by leaders like Sears Roebuck & Co, Montgomery Ward’s, and Eastbay, to the shift to retail centers and malls of the seventies and eighties, then the digital age and the…

Transportation and Workforce Investments

By rgilligan_robgilligan | January 30, 2023

A proposed $860 Million dollar investment to expand I-70 was the main headline following Governor Parson’s State of the State Address last Wednesday. This will certainly be a critical long-term investment to help transportation in the State of Missouri, but another proposal from the Governor is a key topic of need in Southeast Missouri. As…

Are You Falling for Performance Punishment?

By rgilligan_robgilligan | January 30, 2023

Staffing shortages, steady and growing business activity and the need to do more with less. This is a common topic of discussion among business owners and manager. As you do you best to manage expectations and get the most out of your team, watch out for the management pitfall that is “Performance Punishment.” Businesses in…

12th Annual SEMO Food Bank Golf Classic

By Chamber Member | January 13, 2023

September 18th, 2023 @ 12:00 PM Four-man scramble at Dalhousie; proceeds benefit Southeast Missouri Food Bank’s programs to fight hunger in southeast Missouri.   Save the date! More details to come! Questions? Contact

You CAN Fight Hunger

By Chamber Member | January 13, 2023

February is Canned Food Month and SEMO Food Bank is asking local businesses to help replenish the shelves at our partner agencies. It’s simple: Ask your staff and customers to bring in canned food during the month of February. If you have multiple offices or branches, hold a competition to see who brings in the…

The Friends Gala

By Chamber Member | January 11, 2023

Please join us for the Seventh Annual Friends of Saint Francis Gala on Saturday, March 4 at the Drury Plaza Conference Center. The event will feature live entertainment, a delicious plated dinner and open bar, fabulous live auction and other fun activities. The Friends Gala funds help make life a little easier for patients battling…

Technology Advancement in AI and the Impact on Business

By rgilligan_robgilligan | January 9, 2023

Business has always been impacted and many times enhanced with the advance of technology. As digital technology advances continue at a rapid pace, new innovations in areas like Artificial Intelligence or AI can mean new opportunities and even threats to business as usual. Growing up as a Sci Fi fan moves like 2001: A Space…

When Pigs Fly BBQ Bash

By Chamber Member | January 5, 2023

The 3rd Annual When Pigs Fly Indoor BBQ Bash returns to the Show Me Center on Saturday, January 14, 2023. Doors open at 10:30am and admission includes SAMPLING at ALL professional BBQ team booths for BBQ (Peoples’ Choice Judging) and the Hero’s Cup! This year’s Master of Ceremonies is the Winningest MAN in BBQ, Myron…

America’s Car-Mart New Year’s Tax Time Event

By Chamber Member | January 5, 2023

It’s tax season. Are you looking for a new vehicle? America’s Car-Mart can help! Take advantage of this great offer and keep your money working for you. Visit your local Car-Mart or get started on-line today. Learn more at  

KRCU Public Radio’s Valentine’s Fundraiser

By Chamber Member | January 5, 2023

Treat your valentine with sweets from My Daddy’s Cheesecake and support Public Radio. Give a gift basket of sweet treats from My Daddy’s Cheesecake for a $50 donation to KRCU Public Radio. All proceeds benefit KRCU Public Radio. Visit or call (573) 651-5070 to reserve your gift basket by February 7. Pick up at…