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Student Perspectives and a Welcoming Community

By rgilligan_robgilligan | May 6, 2024

Last Friday, the Cape Chamber hosted a panel of students at or near the end of their academic careers here at SEMO and Mineral Area College. The goal of the conversation was to learn more about what attracted them to the area, how they were engaged, and what strategies would help to keep more students…

New FTC Rule on Non-Compete will be challenged

By rgilligan_robgilligan | April 29, 2024

Last Tuesday, in a 3 -2 vote, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued the Non-Compete Clause Rule (“the final rule”), that would effectively eliminate millions of business agreements currently in place, pending litigation fighting against the rule. In its rule release issued April 23, the FTC stated, “The final rule provides that it is an unfair method…

Codefi Launches Innovate SOMO Funds

By growthzone | April 19, 2024

Codefi, a leading venture and tech-based development organization based in Cape Girardeau announced last week a pioneering new hybrid venture capital model that will blends seed funding and venture philanthropy to support startup growth across Southern Missouri. Innovate SOMO Funds are the latest in a series of developments led by Codefi and efactory at Missouri…

Venture Philanthropy Meets Venture Capital: Codefi Launches New Co-Investment Funds

By growthzone | April 19, 2024

Pioneering Hybrid Model Blends Seed Funding and Venture Philanthropy to Catalyze Startup Growth in Smaller Metropolitan Areas and Rural Communities Across Southern Missouri [Springfield, MO]: Codefi, a leading venture and tech-based development organization, today launched a groundbreaking regional venture investment solution – Innovate SOMO Funds. Innovate SOMO Funds represent a first-of-its-kind regional approach combining a…

Business Development is Strong in Southeast Missouri

By growthzone | April 15, 2024

The start of April brought with it the opening of the newest hotel property in Cape Girardeau, the Riverview Hotel at the Century Casino. This is just one of several large commercial investments underway in the region that will help improve the overall quality of life and add a nice little boost to business in…

Mental Health Awareness Month

By growthzone | April 10, 2024

We are turning our community green for Mental Health Awareness Month in May. Will you help us? Start thinking about how you can ”get your green on” at your business. We can help! Business sponsorships are available that include yard signs, feather banners, and MHA Month t-shirts for your staff. Wearing green on Fridays in…

Open House – Options for Women, Help for Families

By growthzone | April 10, 2024

Options for Women, Help for Families is an inter-denominational, faith-based not-for-profit organization committed to serving pregnant women and families in need. Our vision is to see life valued and families strengthened. We recently purchased a new building allowing us to expand services and would like to welcome the community to our Open House on Saturday,…

Cape Jaycees Golf Tournament

By growthzone | April 10, 2024

Cape Jaycees golf tournament helps provide fund for our annual Toybox. That’s provides Christmas gifts/clothing/etc., for at-risk kids in the Cape Girardeau area.


By growthzone | April 10, 2024

Music on the River is a fundraiser for KRCU Public Radio. The event will take place under the stars and tents at River Campus Park on Saturday, May 4th from 5:30 – 9 p.m. The evening includes dinner, open bar and dancing to the music of Sam + Jess, The SEMO Steel Drum Band &…

MoDOT to Hold Public Meeting to Discuss Route K Corridor in Cape Girardeau County 

By growthzone | April 10, 2024

The Missouri Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 18 to discuss plans to improve the Route K corridor in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The meeting will be held at Notre Dame High School, located at 265 Notre Dame Dr. in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.  A traffic study was…