Let's Talk Business

Every Monday at 6:31 a.m. and 8:31 a.m., Shad Burner provides information on what's happening in the area of regional development in Southeast Missouri. Shad is the Vice President of Business Development with 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 F-D-I-C

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Cape Chamber

The Cape Chamber has approximately 1,500 representatives with nearly 1,000 area business members.

I don’t often talk specifically about the Chamber on this show, but as our membership drive wraps up this week, I felt it was appropriate to share a few things.

Cape Chamber

On Thursday, May 11, 2017, the Chamber Young Professionals had our annual "Tales from the Top" event. Three area leaders shared some great stuff with our group and I want to give a few highlights today.

Cape Chamber

The Cape Girardeau area’s median household income has grown by 8.5% in the last three years, outpacing the state and the nation.

According to the most recently available U. S. Census data, the median household income for our area is $47,824. While the total number falls behind Missouri and the U. S., growth of 8.53% over the last year far outpaces both.

Cape Chamber

On Monday, Feb. 6, Missouri became the 28th state to pass Right to Work legislation.

Right to Work has long been a controversial issue in Missouri. It nearly became law a few years ago, but the legislature was unable to overturn Governor Nixon’s veto. With the election of a Republican governor, it was not surprising to see this legislation quickly pass both houses and become law.

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.