Shad Burner

Host - Let's Talk Business

Shad Burner is the Vice President of Business Development for the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce. He serves as the Chamber’s lead in the areas of business retention, workforce development, entrepreneurship, talent attraction, and health and human services. He serves on the public policy and business recruitment teams at the Chamber. He is also on the state board for the Missouri Economic Development Council.

Burner holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications: public relations and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Southeast Missouri State University. He lives in Cape Girardeau, Mo., with his wife, Layne, and two children.

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Cape Chamber

Have you ever stood on the banks of the Mississippi and watched the barges? They’re really incredible to see. Well, until the early 90s, those barges represented tremendous economic activity for our region that we could only watch as they floated by.

In 1990, the SEMO Port opened it’s 1800’ harbor and forever changed what those barges on the Mississippi would mean to us. Today, the port has several tenants covering approximately 70 acres and they move 1.2 million tons of material by barge each year…an incredible amount.

Cape Chamber

Less than 20% of Southeast Missouri State University graduates will make their life and career in the Cape Girardeau area. That’s a number I’d like to change.

Cape Chamber

As retail continues to be challenging nationwide, the West Park Mall in Cape Girardeau is working to add new shopping opportunities.

It’s been a rough year for big box stores. With the proliferation of e-commerce, many national brands have struggled to maintain revenue in their physical locations. This challenge has been visible in malls all across the country. Many cities even have large vacant properties where malls once stood.

Hendrickson Business Advisors

Ten years ago, an up and coming community leader left her secure banking job to start her own business working out of the family home. Just months later, the great recession hit.  

Cape Chamber

It’s Tech Week in Cape Girardeau and we will be celebrating the area’s emerging technology and startup ecosystem all week.

Tech Week kicked off this weekend with the "Hack and Help Hackathon" for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Developers and designers came together for this 36-hour hackathon to create tangible solutions to technology problems faced by the nonprofit. $5,000 in prizes were awarded as well as a chance to work with Big Brothers Big Sisters to fully implement the solution.