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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On Tuesday, October 3, the Cape Chamber is hosting the second annual Manufacturing Day at the Career and Technology Center in Cape.

Last year, several workforce professionals in our region came together to identify some of our greatest challenges and opportunities. Those meetings led us to create some more strategic efforts to support our advanced manufacturers. Specifically, what we hoped to do was positively affect the image our community has of manufacturing.

Shad Burner

Recently, I had a big failure. It was really pretty minor in the grand scheme of things, but for me it was big.

It all started in early 2016 when I decided to be a runner. Not a marathoner, I just wanted to run 5Ks and run them faster. I had run a few in the past, but nothing serious. My best time prior was around 27 minutes. After a few months of training, I finished one in under 25 minutes and decided to set a goal of running one in under 22 minutes.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation recently approved plans for SkyWest Airlines to provide air service from Cape to Chicago starting this December. 

Over the last several years, Cape Air has provided consistent commercial flights, which was a major improvement for our region. They served us well at that stage in the development of Cape Girardeau, but now it’s time to take a step forward.

The Impact of the SEMO District Fair on the Region

Sep 10, 2017

It's fair week in Cape Girardeau! This marks the 162 Annual SEMO District Fair.

SEMO District Fair Board Representative Darrell Aufdenburg shares some thoughts about how the fair impacts our region at the Cape Chamber's First Friday Coffee held on Friday, September 8, 2017, at Isle Casino Cape Girardeau. 

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Finding talent is certainly one of the most frustrating things facing employers. And I’ve found that as we talk about this challenge, invariably the topic of education, schools and children emerge. So today, let’s dive into this a bit.

First and foremost, I’m in constant communication with local educators at all levels. In fact, I’m married to one of them. These people do incredible work with our youth. And let’s not tackle the educational system as a whole today. Instead, let’s look at two specific ways our community and business leaders can get engaged.