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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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.

Cape Chamber

We recently hosted three local entrepreneurs for a panel conversation and I want to share a few key takeaways. 

Skip Wrape, CEO of River City Biologicals helped us understand entrepreneurship. He said, “Being an entrepreneur, people don’t understand you completely. They look at you and think you want to make a lot of money, be your own boss and do this and that. To be honest, you’re scared to death. You’re running hard.”

Cape Chamber

As a kid, I never imagined I would eat food served from the back of a truck, but not only is that now a reality, the food is delicious!

Food trucks are not a terribly recent phenomenon. From chuck wagons of the 1860s, to portable hot dog carts and ice cream trucks, the U.S. has a rich history of selling food out of a mobile structure. In more recent history, food trucks were known as Roach Coaches or Gut Trucks and served construction sites, factories and other places where many blue-collar workers were gathered.

Cape Chamber

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs. We need more jobs! You hear it all the time, but where do they really come from?

Our region has worked hard over the years to bring in new businesses and keep the ones we have. All in an effort to help bring jobs. In fact, since 1992, an organization called Cape Girardeau Area MAGNET has led the way.

Cape Chamber

A promising career path and a company with a promising new employee, new trainings are emerging to help solve workforce challenges. In the final part of my three-part series on workforce, we look at how we move forward given the tremendous challenges facing businesses.