Let's Talk Business

Every Monday at 6:42 a.m. and 8:42 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 SEMO CPA Company, located in Downtown Cape Girardeau.

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Cape Chamber

Redevelopment is a very important piece of an area’s economic development success.

In many ways, the Cape area is experiencing a renaissance. Certainly everyone is familiar with the redevelopment of the former Marquette Hotel, H&H building, and the old car dealership adjacent to the north. Those buildings now are home to a Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, Baristas, the Chamber of Commerce, the CVB, Old Town Cape, Codefi, and many other businesses. But have you noticed what’s happening at the Town Plaza? Some new ownership has brought exciting changes to this mid-town location.

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Who was it that said so many people ….so little time.

This week we celebrate Thanksgiving and I want to take this opportunity to offer my thanks. First, thank you to our membership. Because each of you are so committed to your role in your businesses and professions you make this place special. Thank you for your investment in our community, your growth in jobs, and your desire to always go the extra mile.

Next, thank you goes to all our new area investors and project creators. You have made 2018 a great year for new businesses and expansion. We welcome you!

Cape Chamber

The Mission of the Cape Girardeau Area MAGNET is to foster a strong economic environment resulting in the retention, expansion, creation, and attraction of jobs and new investment in the area. 


Holiday shopping season is upon us. November and December are huge months for the retail industry. You play an important role in the success of our retail businesses. I realize it is very easy to order from Amazon or some other mega online retail source. But before you do so, please consider what the local shops have to offer.

Jason Brown, KRCU

The newest segment of economic development is alive and well in the Cape Girardeau area.

For a long time, economic development was all about recruitment of new business and industry – period. Then the importance of business retention and expansion was realized and tourism entered the discussion resulting in economic development efforts being described as a three legged stool.