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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Cape Chamber

2018 was a dynamic year for change and development. What will 2019 bring?

Yes, Missouri has a new Governor and elected a new Senator. Cape Girardeau has a new mayor and two new council members. Scott City has a new mayor and a new city administrator. The SEMO Port has a new director.

Cape Chamber

A BIG Christmas came early for the Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority.

Missouri U.S. Senator Roy Blunt and U.S. Representative Jason Smith announced in early December the SEMO Port will receive a $19.8 million dollar grant through the United State Department of Transportation. The grant is part of the BUILD program which stands for better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development. The money will be coupled with some additional funding to finish the loop track terminal.

Cape Chamber

Have you taken the necessary steps to safeguard your company and secure your physical assets? Every business should have a plan.

We’ve all heard the scary numbers relative to the number of small businesses that don’t recover from a major disaster. But today, I want to talk specifically about some small steps you should take to protect yourselves from smaller events that could still be devastating to the unprepared.

Review Insurance Coverage: Make sure you understand what is covered and what isn’t. Also consider how you will pay creditors, employees, and yourself.

Cape Chamber

Well, the new statistics are out and we are at or below record numbers for our area.

We recently received October unemployment numbers as they always run about 30 days behind. According to the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC), Cape County has a 1.9% unemployment rate. We have a workforce of 40,925 and 40,135 of them are working. Scott County has dropped to 2.4% and Perry County is at 1.7%.

Cape Chamber

It is a difficult thing to define but a very important component of a vibrant community.

Quality of life is a much used phrase in the marketing materials of just about every area. But exactly what is quality of life and how do you measure it? And are there basic components that matter to everyone?