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Workforce competency and availability continues to be an important issue in the Cape/Jackson metro as well as most of the United States.

Many independent research reports tell us at least 50%, and as many as 65% of new jobs over the next five years will require something less than a four year degree. The strongest job growth is projected in the healthcare, construction, and personal care fields. These are generally well-paid, benefit rich employment opportunities.

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Site selection professionals are important players in the economic development world.

Many business expansion and relocation projects are led by individuals and teams from the site selection profession. They are charged with finding the best location for a project based on a detailed set of criteria provided by their client. That process includes analyzing data and demographics, determining unique characteristics of a given area, evaluating incentives, and onsite visits.

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The President of the United States has issued a proclamation annually for more than 50 years announcing this….

Of course I’m talking about National Small Business Week. We just finished celebrating this yearly occurrence designed to recognize the contributions of small business owners and entrepreneurs. According to the Small Business Administration, more than 50% of Americans either work for or own a small business. And small businesses and start-ups create two out of every three new jobs each year.

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The last weekend in April was something special and hopefully just a preview of many more to come.

The Cape/Jackson metro was really humming all weekend and the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department was at the center of it all. In case you didn’t notice, let me tell what happened.

The Cape Girardeau SportPlex hosted the Reebok Series Midwest Super Showcase Basketball Tournament. At this full two-day event, 65 teams from Missouri and several surrounding states competed on the courts and then spent time and money enjoying the community.

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Do you celebrate enough?

At the Chamber, we are involved in so many things related to economic development and community betterment. Like many of you, we stay busy and both time and significant events can pass us by if we aren’t careful. So, we make sure we celebrate as often as possible.

Inc. Magazine tells us celebrating is very critical to success – even suggesting if you don’t celebrate, you are likely to burn out. Celebrating changes your physiology and psychology, strengthens your network, and attracts more success.