Let's Talk Business

Every Monday at 6:31 a.m. and 8:31 a.m., John Mehner provides information on what's happening in the area of regional development in Southeast Missouri. John is the President and CEO of the Cape Chamber.

Local support for Let's Talk Business comes from Banterra Bank, a locally-owned bank located at 1650 North Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau. Details at Banterra.com. Member FDIC

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Cape Chamber

At the recent Chamber Annual Dinner, we announced the Small Business and Ambassador of the Year awards. 

You may have met some of the Chamber ambassadors out and about in the community. This group of incredibly dedicated individuals represent our Chamber every single day. They do so much to strengthen our entire business community…giving tons of time and energy. So, coming out on top in this group is a major accomplishment.

Professional Development in the New Year

Jan 21, 2018
Cape Chamber

Some leaders say “what if we train our people and they leave?” Others say, “what if we don’t train our people and they stay?” 

As we move into a new year, like many, I find myself thinking about professional development. The saying about training isn’t new, but it is certainly still relevant. And there’s really no better time to think about professional development than the beginning of the year.

Cape Girardeau's Status as a Regional Hub

Jan 14, 2018
Cape Chamber

Cape’s regional hub status has long been an important part of our identity, one we must work to maintain in the years ahead. 

Growing up in Bernie, Mo., we made trips to Cape a few times a year. We shopped for clothes, books, cars, ate at the restaurants and enjoyed much of the retail offerings in town. It was an hour-long drive for us and this was certainly something many people from the area did on a regular basis.

Job Creation

Jan 7, 2018
Cape Chamber

In economic development, our number one goal is for our community to have more jobs. So, how exactly does that happen? 

Politicians always talk about job creation as if the government is responsible. I can tell you this, there is only one group truly responsible for job creation and that is businesses. In my roles as an economic developer, I certainly don’t create jobs, but rather simply work to clear the way for those jobs to be created.

Let's Talk Business: Entrepreneurship in Cape

Dec 31, 2017
Cape Chamber

The 1st50k startup competition has gone through 3 rounds, receiving hundreds of applications representing 31 states and 39 countries.

A substantial part of our economic future will be built on the shoulders of entrepreneurs. Fortunately, when I speak with other small metro markets, it’s clear this is one area where we really shine. Cape has a rich history of entrepreneurs. Today, the heartbeat of that activity is in the Marquette Tech District and nothing more exemplifies this than the 1st50k competition.

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