SBA Honors Local Small Businesses, Administrator Visits Cape Girardeau

SBA-Contreras_Sweet-Cape-Visit_070516 (1) WEBOn July 5, Cape Girardeau small business owners Laurie Everett (Annie Laurie’s Antiques and the Indie House) and Sherri Jennings (Mississippi Mutts) were honored by the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Maria Contreras-Sweet.
The Administrator’s tour of Cape Girardeau began at the Catapult Creative House on Broadway where she met with Southeast Missouri University President, Dr. Carlos Vargas, staff members of Old Town Cape, the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce, and local small business owners.
The tour of Cape Girardeau continued to Codefi, a technology incubator and small business co-working space located in the former Federal Building on Broadway, where Contreras-Sweet met with Dr. James Stapleton, the company’s co-founder. The group toured Codefi’s current location and learned about its new location in Marquette Tower set to open in fall 2016.
SBA-Contreras_Sweet-Cape-Visit_070516 (3) WEBThe tour ended with lunch at Minglewood Brewery.
Contreras-Sweet presented Everett, Jennings, Stapleton, and Minglewood’s founder, Stuart Matthews, with certificates thanking and honoring them for their assistance in the progression of small businesses and local economy in Cape Girardeau. Southeast Missouri State was also honored on behalf of the SBA for its work with the Catapult Creative House.
Conteras-Sweet visited Cape Girardeau as a part of her Delta Region Main Street Road Tour traveling through the Mississippi River Delta region. The SBA’s Road Tour was a five day long trip taking Contreras-Sweet through five states and 11 cities.. Throughout the tour, the Administrator met with small business owners and toured cities.
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