Archive for Sunday, July 30, 2000

Business Briefcase

July 30, 2000


Faces and places

Jason Van Nice has joined Landplan Engineering, Lawrence, as an engineer. He provides design support for stormwater collection/detention, wastewater collection, water distribution and street projects for municipal, commercial and residential clients.

Van Nice is a recent graduate of Kansas University.

Jennifer Smith is providing design support and construction documentation in the offices of GLPM Architects, Lawrence. Smith, a 2000 Kansas University graduate, is working on projects including Downtown 2000 in Lawrence.

Kara Bush has joined the company's interior design department. Bush, a 2000 Kansas State University graduate, provides assistance in material selection, furniture inventories and renderings and research.

Lawrence Sports Corp. and the city of Lawrence are featured in the July issue of Sports-Travel magazine. In an article titled "High Achievers," Lawrence is listed among smaller cities which are ideal for hosting big sporting events.

The article focuses on Lawrence's strong and flexible venue choices such as Sport 2 Sport and a new Olympic-size indoor pool being built at Free State High School. The Sunflower State Games and Lawrence's basketball tradition also receive mention in the magazine.

SportsTravel is a publication that devotes itself to providing information to decision-makers who are selecting sites for tournaments, competitive events, sports-related association meetings and trade shows.

Kathi and Bill Fair, of Bill Fair & Co. in Lecompton, recently attended the National Auctioneers Assn. 2000 national convention in Norfolk, Va.

The convention, July 18-22, offered auctioneers insight into the auction industry of the 21st century and to enhance their professional skills. Emphasis was placed on matters related to technology.

Alex Hamilton, Lawrence, was selected by the Kansas Restaurant and Hospitality Association Education Foundation's board of directors to receive a $1,000 Art Wolf scholarship. Hamilton is a student in the Johnson County Community College hospitality management program.

Lawrence-area sales associates for The Longaberger Co. are participating in a company program to help support breast cancer research and education

The associates Polly Sloan, Charlene Statler and Nancy Flavin, Lawrence; Cathy Gilges, Baldwin; and Janet Hunt, Topeka are offering baskets through Ohio-based Longaberger's 2000 Horizon of Hope campaign, "Live for Those You Love."

The company sells Horizon of Hope Baskets during July and August, with $2 of every sale going to breast cancer research and education through the American Cancer Society.

For more information call (800) 966-0374 or click on

Honors and awards

Richard Mueller, founder and CEO of Mission Woods-based MTW Corp., has received a 2000 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Kansas/Western Missouri region.

Mueller won in the information solutions category. Mueller now will compete in several national Entrepreneur of the Year categories and for the national Entrepreneur of the Year award at an Ernst & Young international awards gala in November in Palm Springs, Calif.

MTW provides information technology products and solution-oriented services to major insurers, state governments and large corporations.

Govin Misir, chairman and CEO of Lenexa-based, has been selected as a finalist for Ontario's Year 2000 Entrepreneur of the Year award. is a provider of end-to-end open system e-commerce solutions to financial institutions, governments and health care organizations.

The winner of the award will be announced Oct. 5 and will compete in a national contest.

The award program was founded by Ernst & Young and is sponsored by Canadian Business magazine, BMO-Nesbitt Burns and the Global Television Network. The program seeks to heighten awareness of the economic effect of entrepreneurial ventures.

Coming events

The government/utilities division of M.J. Harden Associates Inc. is offering free GISolutions seminars in several Midwest cities through October. Seminars focus on data management tips for ESRI's new ArcInfo 8.0.

Included in each one-day seminar: introductions and overview; hardware, software and networking requirements; navigating and using ArcCatalog; GeoDatabase design and development; implementing GIS with the GeoDatabase model; and editing features and tables in ArcMap.

To register for a seminar, point your browser to and click on GISolutions seminars. For more information, call Doug Leibbrandt at (816) 889-1150.

The 51st annual Midwest Roofing Contractors Assn.'s Convention and Trade Show will be Sept. 7-8 at Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison, Wis.

Students may attend the convention for free with a valid student identification card or proof of secondary or post-secondary enrollment. The convention allows students the opportunity to network and learn about the roofing industry from contractors, consultants, material manufacturers and other experts in the construction industry.

For more information on the programs that will be presented visit the MRCA Web site at or call (800) 497-6722.

The association is based in Lawrence.

Methods for adding value to Kansas agricultural commodities and products will be the focus for an Aug. 30 conference in Hays.

"Value-Added Opportunities in Agriculture: Are They Profitable?" will be conducted at Fort Hays State University.

A brochure on the conference is available by calling the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers office in Manhattan at (800) 748-8034. A printable registration form will be available at

Pre-registration for the one-day conference is $25 if paid by Aug. 18. The cost is $40 after that.

A "Small Business Workshop for Day Care Providers" will be conducted from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 12 in the Henderson Learning Resources Center at Washburn University in Topeka.

The free workshop is designed for day care providers operating a small business, or others thinking about doing so. Among topics to be covered: starting a business, record keeping, business use of the home, depreciation and federal tax reporting requirements.

The workshop is sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service, in cooperation with the Small Business Development Center at Washburn.

To register, or for additional information, call the center at (785) 231-1010, extension 1305.

A workshop, "The Business of E-Commerce, Lessons from the Trenches," will be conducted from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 15 in the Henderson Learning Resources Center at Washburn University in Topeka.

Discussions will cover how to improve online business.

Breakout sessions will cover how to set up, run and maintain a Web site; strategic planning and organizational development issues; targeting the right customers, tools and building brand equity on the Web; challenges of providing top quality service; and small business and non-profit issues.

For registration information, call Washburn University's Division of Continuing Education at 785-231-1010, extension 1399 or click online at

A Kansas Angus tour, "Angus in Post Rock Country," is set for Aug. 11-12 as part of Kansas Angus Week. The tour will feature Angus producers and a feedlot stop in west-central Kansas.

There is no cost for the tour. The registration deadline is Friday.

For more information or to pre-register contact Sharon Lindell, Kansas Angus Assn. secretary, at (785) 293-4909. Hotel reservations can be made by calling (785) 483-6660.

An Angus Information Management Software workshop will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 18 in Weber Hall at Kansas State University, Manhattan.

The week's events will conclude with Laflin Ranch celebrating its 100-year anniversary. The Laflin family is planning a day of activities Aug. 19 at its ranch near Olsburg.

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