As a reminder, we spend 100% of our time on economic development and community betterment issues.
The Chamber is a stand-alone not for profit, membership organization. We are not part of any governmental entity. We exist because of, and FOR, our members. The Chamber is not simply the people who work with me at 220 North Fountain Street. The Chamber is our membership working in concert with our team.
It is an iconic building located on Broadway at the entrance to downtown Cape Girardeau.
Ah yes, the old Esquire Theater. Built in 1947, this building has a colorful Art Deco façade with a projecting marquee. It served as a movie theater for decades and was both a local favorite and a destination for out of town guests. However, in 1985, the Esquire closed its doors and the building has not seen an operating business since.
Did you know each of you can play an important role in the economic development efforts for our area?
A full economic development effort includes an existing business retention and expansion plan, recruitment of new business, entrepreneurial ecosystem development, AND the business of conventions, visitors, and tourism. YOU can play a direct role in that last category – the Tourism Industry.
Networking is defined by Businessdictionary.com as creating a group of acquaintances and associates and keeping it active through regular communication for mutual benefit.
The definition goes on to recognize networking is based on the question "How can I help?" and not with "What can I get?” As you’ve probably been told, it’s all about relationships. Certainly you would rather do business – any kind of business – with someone you know and trust. That’s what networking and building relationships is all about.