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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…

Power of Women Luncheon & Expo

By Chamber Member | February 6, 2024

The Power of Women Expo kicks off at 10 a.m., featuring local businesses, community groups, and Southeast campus organizations. At 11:45 a.m., the luncheon will take place, headlined by keynote speaker Dr. Linda Godwin, former NASA astronaut and SEMO alumna. Tickets for the expo and luncheon are available for purchase at semo.edu/powerofwomen. Individual tickets are…

Nunnery Travels & Associates-Dream Vacations Earns Prestigious Award

By Chamber Member | February 6, 2024

Cape Girardeau franchise inducted into the “Circle of Excellence” by Dream Vacations Dream Vacations, the nation’s leading home-based travel agent franchise, recently named franchise owner Carol Nunnery a member of the 2023 “Circle of Excellence,” an elite program that recognizes agencies for top sales achievement. “When I embarked on this adventure in 2015, my goal…

Mercy Hospital Southeast Names New Chief Medical Officer

By Chamber Member | February 6, 2024

Mercy Hospital Southeast welcomes a new chief medical officer, Dr. Naresh Agarwal. Dr. Agarwal joins Mercy with an impressive background in health care leadership, including most recently serving as the associate chief medical officer of primary care with Intermountain Healthcare in Utah. “Dr. Agarwal comes to Mercy Southeast with a strong history of frontline leadership…

Why Clustering like Businesses Works

By rgilligan_robgilligan | February 5, 2024

Have you ever wondered why some areas seem to be a hotspot for similar businesses? Several restaurants in the same neighborhood, jewelry stores on the same block, or even similar business models opening in the same community. It’s not just coincidence – it’s called clustering, and it’s a game-changer for businesses and communities alike. So,…