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

Ways to Connect

Let's Talk Business: Have you tried a food truck?

Jul 2, 2017
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.

Let's Talk Business: What Is MAGNET?

Jun 25, 2017
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.

Let's Talk Business: Workforce Series (part 3)

Jun 18, 2017
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.

Let's Talk Business: Workforce Series (part 2)

Jun 11, 2017
Cape Chamber

Many sources predict that 40% of our workforce will be freelance in the coming years. This is part 2 of my 3-part series on Workforce.

The “gig economy” is changing the face of work in the U.S. Currently about 1/3 of workers are doing part or all of their work from home. This number is expected to rise, and as I said at the top of the show, 40% of all workforce will likely be freelancers in the coming years.

Let's Talk Business: Workforce Series (part 1)

Jun 4, 2017
Cape Chamber

Workforce is a major challenge facing businesses across the country and we are no exception.

I can think of no topic that has received more attention from our business community than workforce. In fact, I would say it is what I spend more of my working time on than anything. Because of that, this is something I’ve really wanted to focus on in this show. This is the first of a three-part series on workforce.