Cape Girardeau Co. restaurant owner worried about closing again as COVID-19 cases rise

  Historically low fertilizer prices could save farmers money in the future

Gov. Beshear signs agreement, task force created to launch Kentucky AgriTech

  Carbondale restaurants preparing to open for Illinois’ Phase 4 with indoor seating

  How the job interview process has changed since COVID-19

Gov. Pritzker releases guidelines to reopen more businesses in next phase of Restore Illinois plan

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IDES: unemployment decreases, payrolls rise as industries reopen

  Ill. proposal to have 50 percent capacity at events in Phase 4 of reopening

  Goodwill taking safety precautions

Tipping increase in service industry following closures due to COVID-19 pandemic

  Cleaning service regains strength after closing due to COVID-19 pandemic

  Safely buying fireworks during the pandemic

  Heartland campground reports increase in business

The manager of Castor River Ranch Campground said they have made a few operational changes due to COVID-19.

Liquor to-go approved in Carbondale, Ill.

Liquor to-go has officially been approved by the city of Carbondale.

  Tru-Que BBQ reopens after fire

Thanks to the helping hands of the community, Tru-Que BBQ has reopened after a fire.

  University Mall having trouble holding onto stores

The last few months have been tough economically on the mall.

Paducah’s Market Square to be closed to vehicle traffic all summer for outdoor dining

  New salon experience in Illinois

  JCPenney in Cape Girardeau reopens

  Crab Orchard Golf Club in southern Ill. up for sale

  Heartland couple talks Coronavirus impact on their Airbnb locations

  Illinois daycares set to reopen when Phase 3 begins

  Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Cape Girardeau to close

The business shared an announcement about the closure on Facebook on Wednesday.

2 Heartland businesses to receive grant money from Heinz for Diners

Heinz is giving out 500 grants to local diners across the country and two Heartland businesses are on the list.

SIUC releases survey results on effects of COVID-19 on small businesses

A total of 224 business owners from Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Perry and Williamson Counties responded to the anonymous survey.

  Marion, Ill. mayor issues order to help bring back local business

Marion Mayor Mike Absher relaxes city ordinances to allow additional outdoor dining.

  Heartland restaurant stands up for employees after receiving negative comments

A Heartland business owner wont tolerate negativity during COVID-19.

  Kentucky restaurants set to reopen May 22

Restaurants are set to open Friday, May 22 in Kentucky, but with some requirements from Governor Andy Beshear.

  Hauling stayed the same, but truck driving changed during pandemic

Hauling things has stayed the same. The main thing now is cleanliness and staying healthy.

  Southern Illinois restaurants keep hope alive by finding new ways to stay afloat

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted small businesses across the country, especially in the restaurant industry.

  Dexter, Mo. company taking part in building U.S. border wall

A southeast Missouri company was contracted to help build a U.S. border wall.

  Southern Illinois farmer’s meat sales increase

Big Muddy Hogs in Hurst, Illinois is busier than ever.

  Century Casino in Cape Girardeau to reopen

Century Casino General Manager Lyle Randolph said the casino will be open in two weeks.

Path light kits recalled due to shock hazard

According to CPSC, the company received one report of the light’s power supply plug blade detaching in an AC outlet.

Baby, toddler swings recalled due to fall hazard

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 3,000 units of the Swurfer Kiwi Baby and Toddler Swings.

  Businesses at Wappapello Lake prepare for campground to open before Memorial Day weekend

Businesses are eager to see customers.

Group to renovate, revitalize former hospital

The mayor of Kennett announced Thursday a group has agreed to renovate and revitalize the former Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center.

  Southern Illinois small businesses find ways to increase sales despite pandemic

Two southern Illinois companies are finding creative ways to increase sales and stay afloat.

  Mount Vernon, Ill. mayor not stopping businesses from opening up

Many cities across the world are waiting to reopen. Some businesses in southern Illinois, may be doing so without the governor's permission.

  Blue collar workers just as essential during the coronavirus pandemic

Blue collar workers are also essential during the pandemic

  Herrin, Ill. restaurant reopens, defying Gov. Pritzker’s orders

A southern Illinois restaurant decided to reopen despite Governor JB Pritzker telling non-essential businesses to stay closed.

  Cinco de Mayo in the Heartland

Many people are still ordering take out and carry out options. Some are using delivery apps as well.

  Heartland businesses stay safe as restaurants reopen to public

Heartland restaurants are opening their doors to the public.

  Illinoisans react to Mo. reopening businesses

As Missouri reopens for business, does that mean Illinoisans are going to head across the river?

Schnucks limits amount of fresh beef customers can buy

Schnucks is limiting the amount of fresh beef customers can buy.

Cape Girardeau SportsPlex reopens with social distancing plan

The Cape Girardeau SportsPlex opened on Monday, May 4 with a social distancing plan in place.

  Help McDonald’s donate to food pantries in southeast Mo.

McDonald's gives back to health care workers and first responders.

  Mo. hair salons make changes to gear up for Monday’s reopening

As Missouri's re-opening day gets closer, some local salon owners are making changes to keep each client safe.

$8M granted to St. Louis, southern Ill. airports

The Department of Transportation awarded more than $8 million in grants to two Illinois airports.

  University Mall in Carbondale to reopen, follow retail-to-go guidelines

The mall will operate on limited hours of 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  Sen. Hawley calls on FTC to open antitrust investigation into meatpacking, processing industry

In a letter to the FTC, Senators Hawley and Baldwin argue the domination of four companies in the meatpacking and processing industry creates an anti-competitive atmosphere and undermines the stability of United State’s meat supply.

  Is it time to start re-opening businesses in Harrisburg, Ill?

Multiple business owners entered the Harrisburg courthouse individually to share the impact of the COVID-19 shutdown on their business.

  How COVID-19 affects cattle harvest

The food industry is seeing a loss of meat production due to the coronavirus pandemic, which could lead to a shortage of beef at your dinner table.

  Local business reacts to Parson’s reopening plan

A local coffee shop is looking forward to seeing customers walk through the doors again.

  Poshard Foundation COVID Grant helps local non-profit organizations

One Heartland foundation is helping Southern Illinois non-profit organizations in need. The Poshard Foundation has received a $300,000 grant from the State of Illinois.

  Cape Girardeau mayor: Internet sales tax would ‘level playing field’ for small businesses

Stay-at-home orders and social distancing have pushed commerce online.

Paducah Board of Realtors donates $5K for small business relief fund

The City has provided $150,000 for the Fund, but will provide up to an additional $100,000 to match what is raised by the community.

  Southern Ill. restaurant applies for small business loan, not sure if they will keep it

Many small businesses are in the same boat as 17th street BBQ in Murphysboro and Marion.

  Tips for closed businesses

An area building inspector says owners should pay their establishment a visit to check on potential hazards after non-essential businesses were forced to close their doors due to the coronavirus.

  Changes to your grocery store experience due to COVID-19

Things may look a little different when you walk into the grocery store these days.

  Mount Vernon, Ill. hotel rooms available for nursing home workers

Many communities across the Heartland have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Mount Vernon is no different.

  Businesses come together to offer free gas in Scott City to those in need

Free gas for anybody at Scott City gas station.

  Sikeston, Mo. restaurants helping the most vulnerable

Local restaurants in Sikeston are paying it forward during tough times to help some of the people who are most vulnerable to the virus.

  Officials say before you spend your stimulus money, think about small businesses

If you're getting a check from the government and plan on spending that money, one Heartland chamber president said she hoped you think about spending it in your hometown.

  Southern Illinois gun shop owners adapt to changes amid coronavirus

While gun shops in Illinois are deemed essential, two gun shops owners in Marion are still feeling the impact of the pandemic.

  Heartland business isn’t just serving up food for the community

One Heartland business is changing what it's all about, not just to stay afloat during the pandemic, but to help the community as well.

Drivers offered percentage off auto insurance premiums due to COVID-19

Some insurance providers recognize there are fewer people driving and they are compensating customers.

  Are farmers in the Heartland being forced to dump milk because of coronavirus closures?

With schools and restaurants being closed, many dairy farmers are being forced to dump their milk. But Is it happening here in the Heartland?

Prairie Farms milk caps support food banks during COVID-19

Prairie Farms will quadruple the points for its milk caps redeemed at food banks.

Grants available for some Carbondale small businesses affected by COVID-19

A small businesses stabilization grant is available to some Carbondale small businesses affected by COVID-19.

  How the pandemic is affecting the housing market

How the pandemic is affecting the housing market.

Paducah Charity League donates $5K for small business relief fund

The Charity League of Paducah virtually presented a check for $5,000 to the mayor for the Small Business Relief Fund.

Heartland restaurants offering drive-thru, curbside services

With some states closing restaurants and bars, several businesses are now offering drive-thru or curbside services.

  Free drinks for medical professionals

McDonald's offers free drinks to first responders and health care workers.

Nearly $36 million in recreational pot sales for March in Ill.

Medical and adult-use marijuana dispensaries are allowed to stay open during the state’s stay at home order.

Heartland Open for Business

Learn how you can support local business.

1ST50K Startup competition accepting applications for 2020

The competition helps turn startup ideas into ventures.

  Avoid scams while working from home

Working from home presents concerns when it comes to cyber security.

Kroger offers ‘Hero Bonus’ for hourly associates

The Kroger Company has announced that all hourly associates will be rewarded with a “Hero Bonus” for working during the coronavirus pandemic.

‘Beshear Gear’ raises funds for Kentucky COVID-19 relief, offers merchandise sporting Gov. Beshear’s quotes

Some of Governor Beshear’s most popular quotes have been placed on T-shirts and mugs, with proceeds going to Kentucky’s COVID-19 relief funds.