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Labor Day and Workforce

By rgilligan_robgilligan | September 5, 2023

On June 28, 1894, President Grover Cleveland singed Senate Bill 730 formally establishing Labor Day as a Federal Holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. “Labor” is a key part of our regional economy and critical for business success, today is a great day to reflect on that. Historically Labor Day started as a…

Recognition for work can boost business!

By rgilligan_robgilligan | August 28, 2023

The end of summer and the start of the school year brought with it a fast and furious return to activities, meetings, and projects at the Cape Chamber. As I was reflecting on the variety of events, planning, and programs that our staff and volunteers work to coordinate I realized I needed to take some…

Understanding Economic Development Tools – What is a CID?

By rgilligan_robgilligan | August 21, 2023

Last week the Cape Girardeau City Council held a public hearing for the creation of River City Centre Community Improvement District (CID). If approved, this would be the sixth CID created in Cape Girardeau to support development activity and growth. Understanding how and why to use various financing and incentive tools is a key to…

Return of the School Year Means New Customers and Opportunity

By rgilligan_robgilligan | August 14, 2023

Next week school will resume throughout the region as the fall semester begins. For a college town like Cape Girardeau, the addition of hundreds of new students to the community creates a nice buzz, and an opportunity for business to make a first and hopefully lasting impression. It can sometimes be easy to gloss over…

Cape Chamber Introduces New Monthly Publication

By Maggie Piper | August 9, 2023

The Cape Chamber is thrilled to announce a brand new publication for our members: Cape Engage. Distributed on the fourth Wednesday of each month, Cape Engage is a brand new publication created by the Cape Chamber to share information and promote opportunities for members to plan for and engage with activity and special events in…

Ziglin Signs Acquires Canedy Sign

By Chamber Member | August 8, 2023

Ziglin Signs proudly announces the successful acquisition of Canedy Sign, Southeast Missouri’s prominent sign company of over 85 years. This acquisition significantly broadens Ziglin’s service territory to deliver top-notch sign solutions to Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, and Arkansas while bolstering its national presence. ”We are thrilled to announce the acquisition of Canedy Sign,” said Doug Lands,…

Leadership Skills Training

By Chamber Member | August 8, 2023

This one day training session is designed to provide critical management skills to perform duties and responsibilities of a lead or supervisor. Contact Kathy for training agenda and content:

KRCU/American Red Cross Blood Drive

By Chamber Member | August 8, 2023

Help save lives by joining KRCU in partnership with the American Red Cross and the St. Louis Cardinals at our upcoming blood drive, Tuesday, August 22 from 10am to 2pm at the Student Recreation Center on SEMO’s campus. All donors will receive a free St. Louis Cardinals/Red Cross t-shirt.

Field Rows to Food Bank

By Chamber Member | August 8, 2023

Southeast Missouri Food Bank invites farmers and others in the agriculture field to join us at our Sikeston location for an update on the 2023 Farm Bill from Matt Bain, district director for Sen. Josh Hawley, and information about state tax credits for farmers from Brian Menz, CPA. Sen. Holly Thompson Rehder will also give…

Extending Summer with Baseball Tourism

By rgilligan_robgilligan | August 7, 2023

As the Month of August gets underway Summer is starting to wind down and the focus is turning to the upcoming school year. Fortunately, there are still a few days of summer left and that allows time for Baseball and more visitors to Cape Girardeau! Last night the Cape Catfish kept summer rolling as they…