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Business Briefcase (Published 10/19)

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Sikeston business to exhibit at expo

ST. CHARLES -- David's Rocking Chairs of Sikeston is among approximately 50 companies that will exhibit at the Log Home and Timber Frame Expo Oct. 31 through Nov. 2 at the St. Charles Convention Center.

Show hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 31; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 1; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 2. Tickets are $15 for a three-day pass, children 15 and under admitted free.

For more, go to www.logexpo.com or call 1-888-564-3976.

Dexter grad joins Big River Telephone

CAPE GIRARDEAU -- A Dexter graduate has joined the staff of Big River Telephone Company at at the company's headquarters in Cape Girardeau.

James Eakin is a graduate of Dexter High School as well as an honor graduate from the Army basic training and advanced school. Eakin is currently working on a Management Information Systems degree through Southeast Missouri State University and expects to graduate in December 2009. Eakin has a knack for systems and is well positioned to manage the systems in his role in the provisioning department.

Locals are elected to lead association

JEFFERSON CITY --As Missouri's corn harvest swung into high gear, the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council (MCMC) and the Missouri Corn Growers Association (MCGA) kicked off the new fiscal year with new leadership and several new board members.

The election of the MCMC officer team took place during the Council's annual meeting held at the Lake of the Ozarks. Re-elected as MCGA president was Mike Geske of Matthews, who will also preside as the incoming chairman of the NCGA Public Policy Action Team.

Representing Missouri corn farmers on U.S. Grains Council Action Teams will be Jim Stuever of Dexter.

SBA disaster loans are now available

SIKESTON -- Small, non-farm businesses in 96 Missouri counties may now apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

"These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by excessive moisture and flooding that began on March 1, 2008," said Alfred E. Judd, director of the SBA's Disaster Field Operations Center-West.

Businesses primarily engaged in farming or ranching are not eligible for SBA disaster assistance. Agricultural enterprises should contact the Farm Services Agency about the U.S. Department of Agriculture assistance.

Information and application forms are available from the SBA's Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, sending e-mail to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or going to the SBA Web site, www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.

The deadline to apply is May 5.