Archive for Sunday, November 25, 2001

Business briefs

November 25, 2001


Faces and places

The Kansas County Treasurer's Assn. has launched an expanded online property tax application for the 2001 tax year. The innovative application will give users the ability to pay their property taxes online. Taxpayers will need to have a copy of their tax statement from the county to log in to the application. Taxpayers may access the application from KCTA's Web site at or through the state Web site at Thirty-three counties are participating in the project, including Douglas, Leavenworth and Shawnee.

For more information, call Lisa Counts at (785) 296-5059 or (800) 452-6727.

Insulspan Inc. announces the addition of Michael Morley, author of "Building with Structural Insulated Panels," to its sales and service centers. Morley Inc. Builders, Lawrence, will offer design and installation services in Kansas and Missouri. Morley, whose experience building with SIPs began in 1995, built with several brand names of panels before turning exclusively to Insulspan.

RBE Company, a consulting company that specializes in providing project management and plant layout design to the printing industry, has moved its offices to Lawrence from Chicago, where it was founded in 1989 by owner and president Harold Ettinger. RBE has more than 100 projects throughout North America, Mexico City and Puerto Rico and is well recognized in the printing industry for providing print layout expertise to printers looking to expand or relocate operations. Ettinger is working on a book "Planning the Modern Printing Facility."

The Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, Lawrence, announces John Clint Bridges has joined the staff as new data entry supervisor. He previously worked for Woodward Publications.

Meanwhile, the center continues to expand its Working to Recognize Alternative Possibilities (WRAP) program with the aid of a federal grant. The program places mental health professionals in Douglas County public schools to target discipline referrals, absenteeism and dropout problems. The center welcomes the following WRAP specialists: Timothy Bonner, East Heights School; Emily Dorothy, Hillcrest School; and Andrew Brown, research assistant.

Lawrence-based GLPM Architects announces the hiring of three employees. Scott Hazelitt, project manager, coordinates a team responsible for design, construction documentation and contract administration. He is working on the renovation of the Kansas Department of Human Resources offices and the Midland Hospice, both in Topeka. Tracy Bertrand is marketing coordinator. Ekaterina Barybina is providing design and construction documentation.

Kansas Farm Bureau delegates reaffirmed the organization's commitment to a market-oriented national farm policy during its recent annual meeting in Wichita. They adopted new policy language to address emerging biosecurity and food safety concerns. The delegates also adopted policy encouraging new research and sound science to protect livestock and crop production in Kansas from the threat of bioterrorism or from the introduction of animal and plant pests or diseases through accidental infestation.

The Kansas Farm Bureau delegates also elected a number of two-year term leadership positions. Two new faces on the Kansas Farm Bureau's Board of Directors are Richard Felts, Montgomery County, elected to serve KFB's 3rd District of southeast Kansas; and Craig Stephenson, Saline County, chosen to serve from KFB's 5th District of north central Kansas.

Re-elected to two-year terms on the Board of Directors were Steve Baccus, Ottawa County, as Kansas Farm Bureau vice president and Helen Norris, Sumner County, chair of the Kansas Committee of Farm Bureau Women. Three sitting State Board members were re-elected: Jeff Grossenbacher, Nemaha County, from KFB's 1st District of northeast Kansas; Edie Dahlsten, McPherson County, from KFB's 7th District of south-central Kansas and Fred Askren, Finney County, representing KFB's 9th District of southwest Kansas.

Nikki Rhea and Shirley Dinkel, of Health Care Access in Lawrence, attended the annual conference of the Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved in Hutchinson. Dinkel, family nurse practitioner, presented patient outcome data on hypertension and diabetes at the conference. Rhea, executive director of Health Care Access, will begin the second year of her term as vice president of the association, which is a collective body of clinics in Kansas that serve the uninsured or low-income.

Honors and awards

Todd Brabender of Spread the News Public Relations Inc., Lawrence, recently returned from New York City, where a current client was named Best Consumer Electronics Product in the nationwide Hammacher Schlemmer Invention contest. The client's product, Herbie Hydrant, is a miniature electronic fire hydrant that converts to a flashlight and emits blinking strobes and an alarm to help children to safety or aid firefighters in locating a child in a home. In addition to generating media exposure for Herbie Hydrant, Brabender also will be signing publicity contracts with the grand prize winner of the contest as well as winners in the personal care and recreation categories.

Special research by Kansas Labor Market Information Services won a national second-place award for excellence at the National Association of State Workforce Agencies 2001 Labor Market Information Communication/Publications awards.

The Kansas Department of Human Resources division was named runner-up in the category of one-time/special research award for its publication "Licensed Occupations in Kansas." The publication includes information about licensed occupations. The Labor Market Information Services produces, analyzes and distributes work force information vital to economic, education and career decision making. For more information on the publication, call (785) 296-5058 or click on

The Lawrence Convention Visitors Bureau received a marketing award from the Travel Industry Association of Kansas during its annual conference in Kansas City, Mo. The CVB's award was in the following categories: Visitors Guide with a project budget of more than $20,001, and Web site Media. The awards recognize and honor organizations and individuals that have had an effect on the development and expansion of the travel and tourism industry in Kansas.

Coming events

Kenneth Goodpaster will discuss how business leaders can establish an ethical climate in their organizations when he presents "Stakeholder Thinking: Paradox and Practicality" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 in Mabee Theater on Rockhurst University's campus in Kansas City, Mo.

Goodpaster, a professor of business ethics at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., will identify practical ways for managers and leaders to foster a culture of ethical awareness. He is the author of six books and numerous journal articles on ethics and business.

The Visiting Scholar Lecture Series is free, but persons should register to attend by calling (816) 501-4828.

The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce announces the following upcoming ribbon-cutting ceremonies:

Russell Stover, 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, 1300 W. 23rd St.;

Classic Eagle, 11:30 a.m., Thursday, 800 N. Iowa.

Kansas International will conclude its fall 2001 series of breakfast seminars with "Understanding the Social and Cultural Climate of the Islamic World" at 7:30 a.m. Friday at Alvamar Country Club. The following people will serve on a panel discussion about Islam: Hossein Gerami, Beverly Mack and Ki-June Park. The discussion will be moderated by former U.S. ambassador David Lambertson.

The seminar costs $10 for Kansas International members and $15 for nonmembers. The deadline for registration is Thursday. Reservations can be made by calling 841-4685 or e-mailing tholverson@

The Non Profit Assn. is sponsoring a leadership forum "Insurance Issues of Interest to Nonprofits" from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Kansas Museum of History, 6425 SW Sixth St., Topeka.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn: information about the role of the Kansas Insurance Department; developments in the health insurance markets; results from a recent study of people without health coverage in Kansas; current developments and trends with general liability insurance and workers compensation issues; the role of the private insurance provider and insurance availability for nonprofits.

Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided. To preregister or for more information call (800) 582-1428.

Rachel White, of Go Connection in Kansas City, Mo., will present a seminar for the existing or prospective small business owner who needs additional or start-up business capital, ranging from $500 to $25,000. The seminar will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Kansas University Small Business Development Center's large conference room, 734 Vt.

The seminar will cover some of the following: who are the microloan program's target clientele; what information and documentation is required from the applicant; when does the small entrepreneur need credit; and how to repay loans from profits.

There is a $10 registration fee. To register or for more information, call 843-8844.

Tim Metz, a licensed attorney and director of Wakarusa Valley Development Inc., will present a seminar "Trademarks, Patents and Copyrights" from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Kansas University Small Business Development Center, 734 Vt.

"The topic of trademarks has become more complicated with the growth of e-commerce and the Internet," Randee Brady, director of KUSBDC, said. "This seminar will provide information and clarity on how you can protect your business name, your logo and your original work. Also, copyrights and patents will be discussed including whether or not it's worth it to get them for your business and products."

The cost is $25. To register or for more information, call 843-8844.

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