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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Let's Talk Business: Right to Work

Apr 30, 2017
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

We celebrate the official ribbon cutting for a new location of one of our great, local businesses this Thursday.

Today’s feature company was founded in 1989 on Broadway. They later moved to their second location on Kingshighway, where they have spent the majority of their time in business.

In 2011 a long-time employee purchased the company from the original owners. This locally owned and operated business has three employees with more than 30 years of experience in their industry.

Let's Talk Business: Hiring Ex-Offenders

Apr 2, 2017

There are more than 31,000 people serving time in Missouri state correctional facilities. 97% of them will one day be released. What happens next?

Here’s a staggering statistic about the population of individuals who leave prison and reenter society: Of those who do not gain full-time employment, 72% return to prison within two years. Of those who DO gain full-time employment, only 27% return to prison within two years. This is incredible…full-time employment plays a major role in whether or not an individual returns to prison.

Let's Talk Business: Women in Business

Mar 26, 2017

This may surprise some of you, but I am not a woman. Regardless, I have the mic, and today and I want to talk about some really good stuff women are doing in Cape.

In the last 30 years, the number of women with full-time jobs in the U.S. has increased by more than 10% adding $1.7 trillion dollars to the GDP while the number of women-owned businesses has also grown to 9.1 million.

Let's Talk Business: Recruiting Businesses

Mar 19, 2017
Cape Chamber

The news hits, a new manufacturer announces they are moving to the Cape area. It just happens, right?

Business leaders and site selectors make decisions about where expansions will occur. Just imagine the number of factors they are considering and the number of locations that might fit. Think about buying a new car…all the options you have when you start. Make, model, color, new, old. Do you want an SUV, do you want a car, V4 or V6, is gas mileage important, is space important…the list goes on and on.