SIKESTON -- Semo Electric Cooperative has brought in Glen Cantrell to be their new communications manager.
Cantrell moves into this new position after having spent the past year with the Southeast Missourian and before that, he spent several years in radio in the local area.
Cantrell will be working closely with members, coordinating the Grassroots political team, which will lobby the legislature in Jefferson City and Washington D.C. He will also be informing the members of what's going on at the Cooperative through its newsletter, which is attached to the Rural Missouri Magazine every month.
Cantrell's current priority is planning for the Youth and Cycle Tours. "These two tours give juniors a chance to learn more about cooperatives and how our government works." Cantrell said. Area juniors write an essay with the chance to win a trip to tour Washington D.C. or Jefferson City.
If you want to know more about the tours and if your high school junior qualifies for the contest, contact Cantrell at (573) 471-5821 or you can e-
mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Essays are due in the cooperative office April 9.
SIKESTON -- Ozark Fitness recently held a customer appreciation day. Gym patrons were treated to snacks, in addition to a deejay during their workouts. There was also a drawing for prizes, Winners were: Rose Mary Bradley, who received one month's free membership; and Jimmy Reynolds, who won one month of tanning as well as five sessions with a personal trainer.
Ozark Fitness is located at 508 N. West St. in Sikeston. The phone number is 472-6185.
CHARLESTON -- Many people want to live the American dream by owning their own business. In fact, over half of all new businesses started are small business owned by local people.
One of the biggest hurdles they face is planning their new business venture and is why over 70% of new business fail in their first year.
A class being offered by the University of Missouri Extension called "The Basics of Writing a Business Plan" is being held at 6 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Mississippi County Library in Charleston.
The class will teach key parts of a business plan and while providing guidelines for styles and appearance of the plan. The importance of a business plan will also be covered as well as who needs to write one. To register for the upcoming class, please call 573-243-3581. Seating is limited.
SBDC/Extension business programs are also sponsored by the Small Business Administration and University of Missouri and are open to all interested residents. Requests for special accommodations will be considered if made two weeks in advance by calling 573-243-3581 and asking for Richard Proffer.