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11:19 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Entrepreneurs Overcome Obstacles, Boost Local Economy

Since the 1970s, small businesses have provided a net of two-thirds of all new jobs. Today, they create 55 percent of all jobs in this country. Three local entrepreneurs, who make up part of this trend, appeared on Up to Date to talk about about starting and sustaining a small business in the Kansas City area.

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6:00 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Kansas City Opens 'Dead Letter Office'

Kansas City is trying to clean out outdated laws from the books.
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Last month, the city of Kansas City, Mo., opened what they’re calling a 'Dead Letter Office,' which is actually a website where the residents and business owners can petition to repeal out-of-date city regulations.

Assistant City Manager Rick Usher focuses on small businesses and entrepreneurship. He says due to Kansas City’s long history, some of the old rules are still in the books.

“Kansas City you know we’re over 150 years old. The city has weathered every economic, political, social, environmental crisis that has occurred through those times,” Usher said.

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11:02 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Burns & McDonnell Breaks Ground on Headquarters Expansion

Missouri politicians – including Gov. Jay Nixon and Kansas City Mayor Sly James — were joined by more than 100 Burns & McDonnell employees in the engineering firm’s parking lot Thursday for a ceremonial groundbreaking of the company’s headquarter expansion.

The firm’s plans call for two building near its current Ward Parkway world headquarter site, adding an additional 450,000 square feet of office space.

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Up to Date
4:05 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Sprint And T-Mobile: How Corporate Mergers Work

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When Sprint CEO Dan Hesse appeared on a recent episode, he didn’t say much about the anticipated merger of his company with T-Mobile. Since then, talk of a merger between the third and fourth largest US wireless companies hasn't diminished. And one of the companies is based right in our backyard.

On Tuesday's Up to Date we explore the process of corporate mergers and what this one might mean for Sprint's Overland Park campus.


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2:06 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

What Are The Biggest Challenges Facing Kansas City's Entrepreneurship Scene?

Kate Weinstock
Credit Cara McClain / KCUR

Entrepreneurship group 1Week KC wants to make Kansas City a top destination for innovative businesses and start-ups, a goal they're promoting with a week-long celebration that began Monday.

The obstacles and challenges that entrepreneurs face are wide and varied, but here is what some of the people who attended this week's events had to say about the climate in Kansas City:

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Tue June 10, 2014

A Look At Sprint With Its CEO

Dan Hesse is the CEO of Sprint.
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When it comes to employment and industry, Sprint is a giant in Kansas City, but that status doesn’t come without some issues.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse joins us to talk about rumors of a potential merger with T-Mobile, what a recent quarterly report says about the company and what presses Hesse’s buttons when it comes to audio quality.

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Arts & Culture
8:33 am
Mon May 12, 2014

3 Questions For Prairiefire Museum Director Uli Sailer Das

Museum at Prairiefire opens to the public on May 12.
Laura Spencer KCUR

A new museum linked to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, opens Monday in Overland Park, Kan. The Museum at Prairiefire, at 135th and Nall, will feature two traveling exhibitions a year from the New York-based museum, as well as permanent displays, a hands-on children's discovery room, classrooms and a cafe.

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6:07 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Unilever To Make Big Investment In Independence Plant

Unilever is adding 70 jobs and investing $99 million at its Independence food manufacturing plant.

About 190 employees currently work at the plant, which for years has made Wishbone salad dressing. The jobs are above average wage. the kind Independence Economic Development Council President Tom Lesnak says the city tries to attract. But those jobs have been in jeopardy for a couple of months now.

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Central Standard
3:23 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Shopping Mall Closures And What They Mean For Our Cityscape

Bannister Mall, pictured here, was legendary in the rise and fall of the local shopping mall.
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Shopping malls across the city and across the nation are closing their doors or re-imagining their futures. With the recent closure of Metro North and a meeting called to gather community input on redevelopment possibilities for Metcalf South, Central Standard convened local experts to look back on the significance of the shopping mall, in our city and in our lives. 

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Central Standard
2:23 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

How To Successfully Negotiate A Salary

As a job hunter, we all want that great salary that pays us what we’re worth. But sometimes that means doing things most of us are uncomfortable with, like negotiating with your boss.

A study from the National Bureau of Economic Research indicates that women make up only 2.5 percent of the nation’s highest salaries, in part because they often avoid negotiating for better pay.

Additionally, company budgets can limit what employers actually offer, and negotiating too aggressively can actually backfire. 

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Up to Date
11:06 am
Tue January 21, 2014

How Women Make Their Mark In Male-Dominated Worlds

Mi-Ai Parrish, publisher of the Kansas City Star, and Kathy Nelson, president and CEO of the Kansas City Sports Commission talk with Steve Kraske about being women in a man's world.

The business world is infamous for its “glass ceiling.” And it’s true that being a woman in a man’s world can make it more difficult to succeed.

In the second part of Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with the president the Kansas City Sports Commission and the publisher of The Kansas City Star — both women — about how they reached the top and what advice they have for other women.


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Business & Tech
7:30 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Will 2014 Be The Year To End The Kansas-Missouri Border War?

A 1864 map of Kansas and Missouri.
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Kansas abolitionists and pro-slavery forces in Missouri fought a bloody border war in the 1850s, splitting the Kansas City region. Some 160 years later the states are still locked in economic combat that pushes businesses, and jobs, back and forth across the state line, with the companies themselves often the only clear winners.

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Up to Date
10:30 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Kansas City Business Development: A Year In Review

Kevin Collison joins Steve Kraske to discuss this year's business developments in Kansas City.
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We all know that Kansas City likes to be, well, up to date, and several new businesses are helping make that happen. 

In the first part of Tuesday's Up to Date, reporter Kevin Collison joins us to take a look at the top ten developments in Kansas City businesses this year. We'll examine Cerner's announcement for a new campus on Bannister Road, the GSA's move downtown, the sale of Boulevard Brewery to a Belgian company, and more.


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7:40 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Tell KCUR: What Are The Dos And Don’ts At Holiday Office Parties?

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Office holiday parties are in full swing in Kansas City.

And we want to know, how can you festively fraternize with your coworkers without jeopardizing your employment?

Tell KCUR: What are the dos and don’ts at holiday office parties?

Tweet us @KCUR, using the #TellKCUR hashtag.

You also can go to our Facebook page; leave us a voicemail at 816-235-2881, or write a comment below.

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Up to Date
9:30 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Former Costco CEO On His Company's Success


Not many retail companies can or want to boast that their employees are paid $21 an hour and given health insurance, but Costco is proud to do so. 

On Monday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with founder and former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal about the wild success and the almost unparalleled employee compensation that his company is known for. We'll find out why Sinegal decided to pay his workers over twice the national minimum wage, and what effects it has on their work ethic and shareholders' blood pressure.


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Business & Tech
8:24 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Local Probiotics Company Is Missouri’s Exporter Of The Year

The Governor’s Conference on Economic Development in Missouri has named a Kansas City company its Exporter of the Year. SCD Probiotics makes products used for human health, agriculture, veterinary medicine and industry.   

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Up To Date
5:05 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Social Entrepreneurship: Making Changes By Making Money

Red Dirt is a Kansas City-based social enterprise.

Imagine starting a business for any other reason but to make a profit. There is a subset of business owners who do just that ... social entrepreneurs.

These executives look to organize, create and manage a venture to make social change. On Friday's Up to Date we examine social enterprise: from what drives someone to start a business aimed at bettering the lives of others, to the process of taking an idea all the way to market, to how the funds find their way to worthwhile causes.


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8:26 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Kan. Increasing Awareness Of State Roofing Law

The state wants to crack down on fly-by-night roofers or scam artists, especially those that might visit an area after a storm.

There's a Kansas law on the books that took effect in July, requiring roofers to get a state license. But it looks like many companies may not be aware of the requirement, and state office is trying to get the word out.

The AG's office says they have not levied any fines against roofers for failure to comply with the new law, which the Kansas Attorney General’s Office administers.

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7:10 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Senior Citizens Targeted for 'Medical Alert' Fraud

An on-going scam to bill senior citizens for medical alert device service is gaining steam in Kansas and other Midwestern states.  

The Better Business Bureau says there’s been a significant increase in calls about the scheme.  The pre-recorded message claims that someone has purchased a medical alert device for the person as a gift.  Then the recipient is asked to verify his or her identity with a bank account or credit card number. 

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Managing An Online Business Reputation

Yelp and TripAdvisor logos

Do all those reviews on sites like Yelp or TripAdvisor really matter for small businesses

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Business & Tech
4:28 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Hydroponic Greenhouse To Grace KC Riverfront

Greenhouse developers brought examples of produce-products to Kansas City City Hall.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

This year the landscape will change dramatically along the banks of the Missouri River just Northeast of Kansas City’s downtown. A hundred thousand square feet of greenhouses are planned for growing produce for a local supermarket chain.

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Central Standard
10:01 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Local Butchers in KC

Visitors who walk in to The Local Pig, 2618 Guinotte Ave., in Kansas City are greeted by this mural, which explains exactly what they are about to buy.
Peggy Lowe Harvest Public Media and KCUR

The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker. Professions once so famous that they made it into nursery rhymes, but how does modern commerce accommodate traditional business? Butchers and meat shops are still present in town, but how has the independent butcher shop changed with meat preparation moved into grocery stores and other superstores?

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Up to Date
9:43 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Shaping The Corporate Landscape With Conscious Capitalism

Raj Sisodia

It's the new buzzword phrase, but just what is conscious capitalism?

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Job Market Predictions For 2013

Diane Stafford

What will the job market hold for 2013? Nobody has a crystal ball, but certain trends are giving us a hint.

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Up to Date
11:31 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

Area Development: 2012 Review & 2013 Preview

Work continues at Plaza Vista, future home of the Polsinelli Shughart law firm.
The Kansas City Business Journal

While the announcement that Swedish furniture retailer Ikea was the big story in area development for 2012 for its many fans in the metro, there was a lot more news about business growth the past year.

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KC Currents
5:25 pm
Sun December 30, 2012

Petty Theft Not So Petty To Area Businesses

Flickr Deependdriver

The Holiday Season is a time which brings joy to many. For business owners, that joy comes from peaks in profits. People are buying things, but they are also taking them.

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Central Standard
12:08 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Growing From Local to International Business

World Trade Center Kansas City

Are you a metro-area small business looking to expand into the global market?  Well you're in luck.

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Central Standard
2:04 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

The Biggest Deal

What does $20.1 billion get you?  Well, if you're Japan's SoftBank Corp., it gets you 70% of the third-largest wireless carrier in the United States.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Women Facing Challenges In Business

"Women Accessing Capital: Overcoming the Psychology of Small" takes place Oct. 16, 8a.m.-6p.m. at the Kauffman Foundation.

Women business owners have less access to outside capital than their male counterparts. 

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Up To Date
10:42 am
Wed September 26, 2012

UMKC Innovation Center To Create Digital Sandbox

University of Missouri - Kansas City

The announcement was made last week: a UMKC-led consortium claimed a winning spot in the third round of the federal i6 Challenge.

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