John Mehner

Host, Let's Talk Business

John Mehner is the President and CEO of the Cape Chamber.

Ways to Connect

Cape Chamber

Chambers of commerce are the go-to organizations for business support and promotion. 

Many ask – are local chambers just a part of the state and national group? The simple answer is …. NO.Local chambers like we have in Cape, Jackson, Perryville, Sikeston and Poplar Bluff are stand-alone, not-for-profit membership corporations with strong local histories. We exist for, and because of, you – our membership. Unlike some other non-profit groups, we are not a subset of a national group.

Cape Chamber

Many people ask about the economic health of our local manufacturing sector.

In Cape County, more than 11% of the private sector workforce is employed in the field of manufacturing. This puts us even with the state of Missouri average.

According to the latest statistics, about 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 2018 accounting for more than $200 million dollars in payroll. That’s a lot of buying power and a significant piece of our local economy.

With this recent announcement, let me just say delivering good news will get even better.

In case you missed the exciting news, the Board of Regents of Southeast Missouri State University announced KRCU Public Radio will expand its service region to include Poplar Bluff, Missouri. The Board approved acquiring the FCC license and equipment from KBIY 91.3 FM in Van Buren. Plans are to move the station to Ellsinore to expand broadcasting to Butler County.

flickr user Dan (

Is it possible that what happens in this final week of the Major League Baseball season could affect business in the Cape/Jackson metro?

For decades we have been able to measure the positive affect on the local economies of cities whose teams make the playoffs in their respective sports. Certainly hosting playoff games provides for a direct infusion of additional capital to a local economy. But what about an extended regional market like our area? Do we benefit if the Cardinals make the playoffs?

Cape Chamber

Is it ever too early to begin preparing today’s youth for tomorrow’s jobs?

When it comes to preparing tomorrow’s workforce, education and training must start at an early age and continue throughout life. The Chamber is very focused on doing our part to help in this process and working with our partners to achieve a better outcome.