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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There are many things that make a business successful or unsuccessful. But this is arguably the most important factor.

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It may not feel like it but baseball season is upon us and we couldn’t be happier.

Maybe you’re wondering why I’m discussing baseball on Let’s Talk Business. It is because several local baseball teams affect our tourism industry. And the addition of a new one could have a great impact. Let me explain.


There is a lot of information out there forecasting business trends for 2019. Are you ready?

There are several central themes when looking at what to expect this year. And while the topics are plentiful, I’d like to highlight just a few.

Cybersecurity will continue to gain in importance as more and more information and banking functions are transferred and completed using intelligent devices. Protecting personal and financial information will be top of mind.

Cape Chamber

Dictionary.com defines “hub” as the effective center of an activity, region, or network.

We often talk about the Cape/Jackson metro as a regional hub. But exactly why do we say that and what does it really mean. Let’s dive deeper.

We are the largest city between St. Louis and Memphis north and south, and between Clarksville or Evansville and Springfield east and west. Our daytime population often approaches 100,000 as we become a bevy of activity.

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Many successful employers are using THIS to keep their employees engaged and happy in a time of workforce challenges.

In today’s world, employers must consider more than just monetary compensation when hiring and retaining employees.  Creative compensation describes a method of looking at an entire compensation package and including things other than actual dollars. Examples are job security, flexible hours, growth opportunities, praise and recognition, fun and friendships. It is true employees generally consider a total compensation package is indicative to how they are valued.