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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This is very hard to accurately gauge but very important to the economic success of any area.

Business climate is what I’d like to address this week. It is comprised of several different things and how they interrelate. An area’s business climate is the general economic environment related to government, politics, business activity, labor union relationships, tax policy, inflation, lending institutions, workforce, and more.

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Wednesday, October 3, was a big day for several local manufacturers and many local students.

We’ve been talking about the challenges facing local manufacturers in their quest to hire workers. Manufacturing Day was another step in the right direction. It is a statewide event held at regional campuses. The Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center served as host to seven area companies and more than 250 students from grades seven and eight, and high school juniors and seniors.

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One of the most important factors of a successful chamber of commerce is a strong on-line presence.

A powerful and effective website is a must for our industry. Not only is it important to our membership, it serves as one of the front doors to our region. Our website, capechamber.com, offers tremendous value to our membership and great information for everyone.

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Did you know more than 11% of the private sector workforce in Cape Girardeau County is employed in the field of manufacturing?

Almost 4,000 people work in more than 180 manufacturing facilities in our county. The average weekly wage for these jobs was a little more than $1,000 in 2017 accounting for more than 203 million dollars ($203,000,000) in payroll. That’s a lot of buying power and a significant piece of our local economy.

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Are chambers of commerce part of a national or state governing structure?

This is a question I hear regularly. The simple answer is …. NO.

The Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce is a stand-alone, not-for-profit membership corporation with a more than 100 year history. We exist for, and because of our membership. Unlike many other non-profit groups, we are not a subset of a national group.