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Learning from Consumers this Holiday Season

By rgilligan_robgilligan | November 21, 2022

The National Retail Federation (NRF) is predicting a healthy holidays shopping market with estimated spending in the U.S. between $942.6 billion and $ 960.4 billion. How consumers choose to spend their money can be informative as we look to grow the region. The Thanksgiving holiday has become the unofficial kick-off to the holiday shopping season…

Small Business Grant Program Opens Wednesday

By rgilligan_robgilligan | November 14, 2022

The State of Missouri has allocated $10 Million for a one-time Small Business Grant Program that is designed to aid those still recovering from the pandemic. If your business was in operation prior to January 1, 2020, and experienced a loss in year over year revenue you may be eligible. The Missouri Department of Economic…

VFW 3838 Operation Veterans Outdoors

By Chamber Member | November 9, 2022

Ritter Communications Celebrates $5.5M Cape Girardeau Expansion with Donation to Codefi

By Chamber Member | November 9, 2022

Ritter Communications is celebrating the company’s recently announced $5.5 million expansion project bringing its telecom service and advanced cloud solutions to businesses, manufacturers, healthcare and schools in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, with a $15,000 donation to locally-based Codefi. Ritter Communications contribution benefits the Youth Coding League, a program that introduces computer science and coding to area…

Give the Gift of Hope

By Chamber Member | November 9, 2022

Southeast Missouri Food Bank’s Holiday Hope Cards make a wonderful, thoughtful gift for everyone on your list, while also helping families facing hunger. With a minimum contribution of $25, the food bank will address and mail this special holiday greeting to everyone on your list! Or, you may purchase 10 cards to send yourself for…

Elite Travel, Inc. attends ALG Ascend Conference in Cancun

By Chamber Member | November 9, 2022

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — Elite Travel, Inc. advisors Tonya Blunt, Jamie Shultz and Katherine Businaro attended the ALG Vacations Ascend Conference in Cancun October 21-23, 2022. The Ascend conference is an annual learning opportunity for leaders in the travel industry. This year, approximately 550 travel advisors from around the world attended the 3-day conference along…

Transportation Survey

By Chamber Member | November 9, 2022

A newly formed Transportation Coalition, led by United Way of Southeast Missouri (UWSEMO), invites the public to complete a survey to help determine needs and solutions surrounding transportation in Cape Girardeau County. To collect quantitative data, the coalition is asking all Cape Girardeau citizens, whether utilizing public transportation or not, to complete a brief survey…

Southeast Hospital College of Nursing Offering New PN Track

By Chamber Member | November 9, 2022

The Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences is accepting applications for a new, bi-level Practical Nursing track beginning in January 2023. The program is designed to help meet a growing shortage of PNs in Missouri. Program Director Vickie Schnurbusch, MSN, RN, CHPN, says a Missouri Hospital Association Workforce study in 2021 shows…

SoutheastHEALTH Receives Rural Healthcare Training & Retraining Initiative Grant

By Chamber Member | November 9, 2022

The Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences has received a nearly $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor for the SoutheastHEALTH Rural Healthcare Training & Retraining Initiative. The five-year, $1,394,535 grant will allow College of Nursing and Health Sciences representatives to work with unemployment offices, county health departments, healthcare providers…

SEMO Basketball Noon Years Eve Doubleheader

By Chamber Member | November 9, 2022

Join us for the Noon Years Eve doubleheader to support the Redhawks as SEMO Women’s Basketball faces SIUE at 12:00 PM and SEMO Men’s Basketball faces SIUE at 2:00 PM at the Show Me Center! Save on admission by purchasing tickets online at!