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8:02 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Boulevard Sale Shows American Beer Makers Have Turned The Tables On Europe

Most Boulevard beer produced today is consumed in the Midwest, but that may be changing.
Frank Morris KCUR

People in Kansas City may not be too thrilled about it, but the pending sale of Boulevard Brewing company to Belgian beer maker Duvel Moortgat says a lot about how the American craft beer industry has grown up and gone global.

Kansas Citians are proud of lots of things, their barbeque, the Chiefs, Sporting Kansas City, even lately, the Royals, and most beer lovers in this town would add Boulevard Brewing to that list.  

“I think Boulevard is, is one with Kansas City,” says Bob Ellis, standing in line for a Boulevard Tank 7, at the Bier Station, in Kansas City.  

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KC Currents
4:42 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Tech KC: History, Startups, Digital Divide

Google Fiber has set up a display room in Westport.
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Tell KCUR
1:25 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

How You Filled In The Blank: You Know You’re A KC Techie When …

You know you’re a Kansas City techie when “@KCUR wants to know.”

That’s how Kansas City Startup Village (Twitter: @KCSV) filled in the blank on Twitter when we asked our listeners and followers on social media to complete this sentence: You know you’re a Kansas City techie when …

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KC Currents
10:45 am
Thu December 12, 2013

The Benefits And Disadvantages To Launching A Startup In Kansas City

Kansas City startup, EyeVerify, uses technology to scan eye veins as a mobile security mechanism.
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The Kansas City metro area has become home to numerous tech startups over the last few years, in part because of  Google Fiber, but also because low rental prices and large cutting-edge tech companies that call the city home.

Out of his single floor office space in Kansas City's startup village on 45th and Stateline, in Kansas City, Kan., Toby Rush gives a demo of the mobile phone application he’s developing, and it is like something out of a spy movie.

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Business & Tech
9:49 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Google Fiber And Kansas City's Digital Divide

Issac Wilder (right) and assistant add a dish to a tower at Posada del Sol to send bandwidth over to the 18th and Vine district.
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While Google has cast a spotlight on Kansas City that has the country excited about high speed internet, like most cities around the country, access is not equally available.

Internet activists believe that the arrival of Google Fiber has highlighted the so-called digital divide. But Google says it wants to work with the communities and organizations involved in bridging the gap.

Digital training, a life necessity 

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KC Currents
9:12 am
Thu December 12, 2013

How Far Has Kansas City Come As A Tech Town?

The Home for Hackers in the Kansas City Startup Village welcomes tech developers from around the country to live rent free for three months and experiment with a gigabit internet connection.
Credit Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

Long before Google Fiber arrived in 2011, Kansas City has had a thriving technology sector, with cutting-edge companies like Cerner, Garmin and Sprint (whose roots go back to 1899 in Abilene, Kan.). Many of these companies have spawned other technology startups, which you can see on this impressive KC tech genealogy map.

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Business & Tech
6:40 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Kansas City Council Endorses New Downtown Hotel Project

After years of discussion, Kansas City is on the way to having more downtown hotel space. A city council committee has endorsed a $46 million, 10-story venture at 16th and Baltimore.

Developer Rob Schaedle told the council committee that the city and the site are so promising that his company won't even have to ask for financial help from the city in building the hotel.

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Central Standard
9:55 am
Tue December 10, 2013

A Look At What's Next As KC Chamber Checks Off Animal Health From Big 5 List

It’s been a little over two years since the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce announced its Big 5 goals – their plans for, as they said, “making Kansas City one of the greatest communities in America.”

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Tell KCUR
9:29 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Tell KCUR: You Know You’re A Kansas City Techie When …

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As we prepare to take a deep look at where Kansas City is as a technology town, we want to know what it means to be a techie in this town.

Tell KCUR: You know you’re a Kansas City techie when _________.

How would you complete that sentence?

Is it when you work or live in the Kansas City Startup Village? Perhaps it’s when you’ve installed Google Fiber at your house? Or is it when you know what a ‘hackathon’ is?

Tell us how you'd fill in the blank at @KCUR, using the #TellKCUR hashtag.

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Business & Tech
9:18 am
Tue December 10, 2013

One Million Cups, The Heartbeat Of Kansas City's Startup Community

Hundreds of people often show up for 1 Million Cups. An ongoing twitter feed is projected on the wall.
Credit Laura Ziegler

One Million Cups, a weekly showcase and get-together for Kansas City's startup community, a has become the place to be and be seen. Every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m., the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation opens its doors, puts on coffee, and some weeks, welcomes as many as 400.

Last week, a few of the regular entrepreneurs, Brendan Reilly, Jonny Kot and George Brooks, join others hovering around the Kauffman Foundation’s long coffee bar before presentations begin. Engrossed in excited conversations, they trade twitter handles and the occasional business card.

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Central Standard
7:19 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Missouri And Kansas Bid For Boeing 777x Plant

Artist rendering of the planned Boeing 777x.
Credit Boeing

In what is typically a very divided legislative hall, Missouri lawmakers submitted on Dec. 6, a overwhelmingly bipartisan proposal to offer aerospace company Boeing approximately $1.7 billion in incentives over the next 20 years if they were to locate their planned 777x plant in the state.

A contending proposal is also in the works in Kansas. Wichita Eagle reporter Molly McMillin joins us to help make sense of these proposals and what their impact could be.

Guest:

Molly McMillin, aviation reporter for the Wichita Eagle

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Business & Tech
5:44 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Former Chiefs Players Sue Team Over Brain Injury

Five former Kansas City Chiefs players are suing the team over brain injuries they say resulting from concussions they sustained playing in the late 1980s and early 1990s.    

The suit alleges that Chiefs leadership understood the long-term risks of concussions back then, but didn’t take them into account.  

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Up to Date
10:05 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Techsperts: 11 Nerdy Holiday Gift Ideas

Samsung's Galaxy Gear Smart Watch is one of the gadgets catching our Techsperts' eye this season.
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If you're always losing your keys or you're concerned about the efficiency of your driving habits, well, there's an app for that. 

In the second part of Monday's Up to Date, the Techsperts offer their gift guide for the newest gadgets, perfect for your favorite techie.

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Business & Tech
12:17 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

Kansas City Black Friday Shoppers Feel Mixed About Deals

Ryan and Terissa Chavers didn't mind waiting last night for a deal on flat screen TV
Credit Laura Ziegler

Black Friday was  ….well… Thanksgiving Thursday as many stores opened their doors for the holiday shop-a-ganza anywhere between 3 and 9 p.m.

I went out to Best Buy and Wal Mart at 10:30 p.m. expecting to find the fabled Black Friday frenzy. Instead, I found what looked to be a pretty typical Saturday or Sunday’s parking lot and customer traffic.

The craziness, I was told, happened earlier in the day.

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Business & Tech
8:16 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Auto Manufacturing Expanding In Kansas City Area

The Kansas City city council is expected to approve tax incentives for an expansion of the area's automotive manufacturing industry this afternoon.

Wednesday, a council committee endorsed ten-year tax abatement and $10.5 million in industrial revenue bonds to help turn a building in the east bottoms into a manufacturing facility for auto interior components. Troy Curran of Grupo Anolin says the company already has 2700 people working n North America.

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Business & Tech
10:56 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Your Guide And Glossary For This Week's Global Entrepreneurship Events

What is Global Entrepreneurship Week?

It’s a mash-up of dozens of classes, speakers, workshops and competitions that extend through Saturday in Kansas City. Other cities across the U.S. and 139 different countries also are sponsoring a Global Entrepreneurship Week to celebrate innovators and startups.

Some of the highlights from the week in Kansas City:

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Business & Tech
10:39 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Global Entrepreneurship Week Highlights Innovation In Kansas City

A kind of entrepreneurial love fest is happening across the world this week. Global entrepreneurship is being celebrated in Kansas City, across the United States and in 139 countries around the world.

The event, called 'Global Entrepreneurship Week,' is a mash up of events, workshops and competitions celebrating innovative startups.

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KC Currents
5:33 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Should Entertainment Venues Encourage Cell Phone Use?

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Should entertainment venues, like theaters, sports arenas and music halls allow smartphone use?

More than 56 percent of Americans own smartphones and many use them at events like concerts and movies, or at least try to.

Rather than discourage or prevent their use, some venues in Kansas City are trying to take advantage of the new connectivity.

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Central Standard
4:10 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Hotel Sorella Opens In West Plaza

Hotel Sorella rooftop in Houston
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General Manager, Robert Leyva, talks about the opening of luxury hotel, Hotel Sorella, job creation, and the development of the West Edge area. 

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Central Standard
9:37 am
Wed November 6, 2013

The Minimum Wage Debate And The Legacy Of E. Grey Dimond

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Working two jobs, for a total of 60 hours a week, at federal minimum wage, you would bring home roughly $22,600 a year. That’s almost one thousand dollars under the federal poverty level for a family of four.

On today's Central Standard, Brian Ellison talks with two economists who have differing views on minimum wage. How much does raising minimum wage hurt businesses, but how much could it improve the lives of those working at minimum wage?

We also look back on the life of E. Grey Dimond, founder of the UMKC school of medicine, with some of his former colleagues.

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Business & Tech
5:17 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Hallmark Will Eliminate Up To 250 Jobs, Most In KC

Hallmark Cards has announced plans to eliminate as many as 250 positions, the Kansas City Business Journal reports. The article says 100 of the job cuts will come this year.  The staff reductions involve "the greeting card development process" and an exit from the party goods market.

Business & Tech
8:47 am
Thu October 31, 2013

United Terminal Change At KCI Delayed

United Airlines and Air Canada were supposed to move Wednesday night from Terminal A to Terminal C at Kansas City International Airport, but those plans got delayed. 

KCI spokesman Joe McBride says technical issues were to blame.

“As they were getting into the eleventh hour of the move, the computer technology was not all coming on line,” said McBride. “So it looked like the airline was not going to have the ability to check people in be it at the ticket counter or the kiosk.”

McBride says he expects the terminal change will take place early next week. 

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KC Currents
7:25 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

What Should The West Bottoms Look Like?

The Union Depot was Kansas City's original train station, located in the West Bottoms. The building was torn down in 1915.
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The West Bottoms is an industrial area directly west of downtown Kansas City, located at the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers.  It is one of the oldest areas of the city, and the original home of two of the region's key industries: beef and railroads.

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Central Standard
2:00 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

3 Things You Should Know About Marketing To Millennials

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Millennials, those born between 1980 and 2000, are increasing their economic presence and power. Companies are investing in research to understand this group, which makes up 25 percent of the U.S. population. There might be a lot we still don't know about this significant segment of society, but according to our experts, here's what we do know:

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Central Standard
2:03 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Boulevard Brewery Founder John McDonald Discusses Exit Strategy

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Boulevard Brewery grew from humble beginnings to be ranked 12th in the nation for craft beer companies. The Kansas City favorite announced October 17 that it had been sold to a 142-year old Belgian company called Duvel Moortgat Brewery.

When Boulevard Brewery founder John McDonald started his micro-brewery 24 years ago, he wasn't even thinking of an exit plan. His original business plan included 7,000 barrels per year and seven employees. He now produces 190,000 barrels and has 125 employees.

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

Former Costco CEO On His Company's Success

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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.

Guests:

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Economy
7:49 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Orgs Seek Alternatives To Powerful, Expensive Payday Loans

Pay Day loans are typically 2 week loans for under $500 that carry borrowers from pay check to pay check
Credit Laura Ziegler

Missouri is in the crosshairs of a national debate over payday loans. This is partly because the industry is huge and wields a lot of political power in the state, but also due to a growing, grass- roots consumer movement. Payday lenders say they provide necessary alternatives to more costly bank overdrafts and credit card debt, but consumer activists aren’t buying it, and are working to provide alternatives for short term loans.

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Central Standard
10:00 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Cash Money Crew: Exploring The Myths of Financial Planning

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October is Financial Planning Month, so it's as good a time as any to start thinking about your financial future. However, when you start really digging deep, you might find lots of information and advice. How do you know who to trust? Who is the most reliable?

Bill Anderson and the Cash Money Crew examines some of these so called "Rules of Thumb" for financial planning and determine what advice is actually useful.

Here are some "Rules of Thumb" which may need to be given a second look:

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Business & Tech
1:38 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Boulevard Beer 'Ingrained in Kansas City' Sold to Duvel of Belgium

Credit Laura Spencer / KCUR-FM

The owner of Kansas City’s Boulevard Brewing Company has sold a majority stake in the business to a Belgian brewery. Still John McDonald, Boulevard’s founder, says the deal with Duvel Moortgat will only allow the brewery to accelerate its Kansas City expansion.

Charting a new path

John McDonald just turned 60, and that got him thinking about stepping back from the beer business. He began looking for partners.

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Business & Tech
2:07 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Boulevard President Sells Majority Of Company To Belgian Brewery

Credit Laura Spencer / KCUR-FM

The Kansas City Business Journal reports that Kansas City-based CEO of Boulevard Brewing Co., John

McDonald has sold the majority interest in the company to Belgian brewery Duvel Moortagat.

McDonald started Boulevard in 1989 and brought the company to national acclaim. McDonald told the Kansas City Business journal that he turned 60 this year and needed to figure out what he was going to do with the brewery.

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