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September 14, 2003

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David Workman has joined Douglas County Insurance, Lawrence, as a multi-line agent. He will be responsible for home, auto and business insurance. Workman worked 14 years in sales and management at a Topeka auto dealership.

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Hilary Bailey has accepted a position as account coordinator at Callahan Creek, Lawrence. She will work on accounts for Kansas Travel & Tourism, Kansas Department of Commerce, Children's Mercy Hospital and The Sunflower Foundation. She received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Kansas University. She previously worked in marketing and merchandising for The Gap Corp. in Leawood.

Chris Cook has been promoted to account executive from account coordinator at Callahan Creek. He will continue to work primarily on Callahan Creek's account with the domestic division of Hill's Pet Nutrition.

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Winter wheat and barley producers in Kansas have until Sept. 30 to sign up for federally subsidized crop insurance.

Kansas farmers were paid nearly $447 million in crop insurance indemnities for last year's crop losses. Nationwide, crop insurance paid out more than $4 billion for losses suffered in 2002. For the first time, crop insurance surpassed federal disaster programs to become the largest part of the nation's safety net for farmers.

Both wheat and barley can be insured with the traditional Multiple Peril Crop Insurance. Winter wheat also can be insured with Crop Revenue Coverage, Group Risk Plan, Revenue Assurance and Income Protection.

Not all crops or all types of policies are available in every county. To sign up for crop insurance or to make changes to existing policies, producers must contact a private crop insurance agent before the Sept. 30 deadline.

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The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center is assisting producer groups in applying for the USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service value-added agriculture grants. The deadline for application is Oct. 20.

AgMRC, a partnership between Iowa State University and Kansas State University, is a library of specific agricultural commodity, business development and consulting resources for producers involved in value-added agriculture, located at www.agmrc.org. Producers can investigate specific commodity information and can locate specific laws, consultants and individual contacts within their state to assist them in the grant application process.

RBS recently announced the availability of $27.7 million in competitive grant funds for fiscal year 2003 to help independent agricultural producers enter into value-added activities.

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Michelle Douglas Hardeman, portrait design consultant, has joined the The JGladman Gallery, Lawrence. She previously provided consultation services for Strauss Peyton and the Kelly Gallery. Hardeman will meet individually with clients to plan the details of the sitting and then provide assistance in selecting the final images for framing.

Honors and awards

The Longaberger Company has recognized Charlene Statler, Lawrence, as a 2003 national top sales award winner at is annual convention in Columbus, Ohio. Statler has been a consultant since 1985 in Lawrence.

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Sunflower Broadband's "River City Weekly" has been named a winner of a National Mature Media Merit Award. The winning episode featured efforts of area residents to attract purple martins. Greg Hurd was the show's host and co-producer and Brian Powell was the show's co-producer and director.

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Lawrence photographer Laura Wolfe, of The JGladman Gallery, had her image "Shine On" selected as part of the elite Loan Collection and displayed at the Professional Photographers of America's 112th International Print Exhibit. Wolfe received the additional honor of having "Shine On" chosen to open the awards ceremony on July 29 in Las Vegas.

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Coldwell Banker McGrew Real Estate was recognized in July as being in the Coldwell Banker national top 100 offices for adjusted gross commission and total units out of 2,415 offices.

Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corp., a subsidiary of Cendant Corp., has more than 3,000 independently owned and operated residential and commercial real estate offices with more then 72,000 sales associates globally.

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Kansas magazine received a silver award in cover design for its fall 2002 issue at the 23rd annual International Regional Magazine Assn. awards ceremony Aug. 27 in Wintergreen, Va.

Nancy Nowick Ramberg is the editor. Freelance photographer Kevin Sink took the photograph for the cover. Sean Duggan, of Callahan Creek in Lawrence, designed the magazine. The magazine competed against 27 other entries.

Kansas magazine is a four-color, quarterly periodical and has been published as the official state magazine since 1945 by the Travel and Tourism Development Division of the Kansas Department of Commerce.

Coming events

The Kansas Women's Business Center is sponsoring a 9-part series "FastTrac New Venture for Women" at the center, 8527 Bluejacket St., Lenexa. The series begins at 6 p.m. Sept. 23.

This course is for women who have an innovative idea for a business or an opportunity to buy a business, but are not sure how and where to start assessing options. The course is designed to help entrepreneurs define and evaluate business concepts.

The cost is $300. Scholarships are available. To register or for more information, click on www.KansasWBC.com or call (913) 492-5922.

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The Twilight Chapter of the American Business Women's Assn. will have its monthly meeting Monday at the American Legion, 3408 W. Sixth St. Networking begins at 6 p.m. and dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Sharon Roberts from the Jazz Chapter of ABWA in Kansas City will present a motivational program. To make reservations, call Wanda Easterwood at 841-1552.

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Anyone interested in learning about downtown revitalization is encouraged to attend the annual Kansas Main Street conference Oct. 7-9 in Emporia. The highlight of the conference will be the presentation of the Governor's Awards of Excellence.

Community leaders from throughout the state will attend the conference, which opens at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 7. The theme of this year's conference is "Camp Main Street." Some of the topics to be addressed include: team building, strategic planning for downtowns, fund-raising efforts and leadership.

The deadline to register is Friday. To register, call (785) 296-3485 or e-mail skampschroeder@kansascommerce.com.

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The Kansas University Small Business Development Center is sponsoring a state tax workshop for small businesses from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce office, 734 Vt. It will cover sales tax and employee tax processing. The cost is $20.

The center also is sponsoring a seminar "Bumping Up Your Performance and Fuel Efficiency" from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce office. The seminar will be delivered in a workshop setting and will include a 100-point assessment that will allow participants to evaluate their businesses' efficiency. The cost is $40.

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Fort Scott Community College is offering a fund-raising and marketing workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 2 at 1710 Industrial Park Drive in Paola. The presenters will be Shannon Thom and Heather Fuesz, of SHE-Enterprises.

The topics will include fund-raising 101, long-range planning, special event planning, grant writing basics, and publicity and marketing techniques.

Registration for the workshop is $99. The fee includes the cost of a resource packet. To register, or for more information, contact the FSCC-Paola campus at (913) 294-3379.

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