Archive for Saturday, April 2, 2011

Around and about in local business

April 2, 2011


• Lawrence Automotive Diagnostics Inc. received the Green Star Facility Award at the Automotive Services Association Vision award ceremony March 5 in Overland Park. The award recognizes accomplishments of automotive repair shops in environmental practices and awareness. Technicians, service advisers and owners attended training classes at the conference.

• On March 22, Heritage Tractor, Baldwin City, earned the John Deere Financial “Medallion Dealer” status for 2011. To earn the award, the dealership successfully achieved a consistently high level of business performance with John Deere Financial. Heritage Tractor has been serving customers in the area for more than 12 years and also has locations in Lawrence, Topeka, Paola, Atchison, and Harrisonville and Clinton, Mo.

• Cheyenne Patton, a junior at Free Sate High School will head to Steamboat Springs, Colo., this summer for a youth leadership camp, courtesy of Leavenworth Jefferson Electric Cooperative. Patton participated in LJEC’s annual youth trip contest and will be joined by Tonganoxie High School student Aaron McIntyre. The camp includes students sponsored by electric cooperatives from Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Wyoming.

• KU Credit Union will conduct a “Shred Fest” event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Credit Union’s South branch, 2221 W. 31st St. Everyone is invited. Bring documents and computer discs containing sensitive information and have them securely shredded professionally. For more information, call the Credit Union at 749-2224.

• The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce will host a seminar, “Doing Business With the Public Sector.” The seminar, open to the public, will begin at 11:30 a.m. April 14 in the Big 6 Room at the Eldridge Hotel, 701 Mass. Confirmed panelists will include Jackie Waggoner, Alan Landis, Barry Swanson, Frank Harwood and Mike Lewis. Cost is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Reservations may be made through 5 p.m. April 12 online at

• Lawrence Medical Managers, a local group for health care administrators and managers, will host a lunch seminar, “Meaningful Use & HIE-KFMC.” The workshop, open to the public, will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 13 at Maceli’s, 1031 N.H. Featured speakers will be Donna Garwood and Laura McCrary. Cost is $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Deadline for registration is Wednesday,. To register or for more information, contact Mea Austin at 843-4210 or, or visit

• After three years of separate Lawrence offices, McGrew Real Estate has consolidated operations from its office at 4321 W. Sixth St. into its newly remodeled Lawrence office at 1501 Kasold Drive.

• Auto-Owners Insurance announces Hedges Insurance Inc., and Calvin Eddy & Kappelman Insurance Agency, both of Lawrence, were named in the Top 10 growth agencies for the company in the Missouri Region for 2010. The agencies were recognized March 22 at a luncheon meeting and reception in Columbia, Mo., where they and other recipients were presented with a plaque. Hedges has represented Auto-Owners since 2008 and Calvin Eddy & Kappelman has since 2007.

• Wells Fargo Advisors for the third consecutive year has designated David Mattern of Lawrence, senior vice president-investments, as a member of the firm’s “Premier Advisors Program.” To qualify, financial advisers must demonstrate a high level of production and a commitment to professional service. Mattern has been a financial adviser with Wells Fargo Advisers for three years and has 12 years experience in the brokerage industry.

• Linda Lester, owner of The Etc. Shop in Lawrence, traveled to mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan Feb. 16-28 to see firsthand where Brighton’s line of belts, watches, jewelry, sunglasses and small leather accessories are handmade. The trip with other Brighton retailers and Brighton sales representatives from around the nation was aimed at raising awareness about the artisanship that goes into Brighton products.

• Doorstep Recycling and Waste will start serving Lawrence residents Monday. The Connection at Lawrence, 3100 Ousdahl Road, will be the first full-service doorstep recycling and valet waste community in the city. DRAW Services works in partnership with Deffenbaugh to offer door-to-door recycling and trash pick-up for multifamily communities and apartment tenants. For more information, contact Armond Enclarde at,, or 554-9983; or Marina Burton, or 218-1626.


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