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Archive for Saturday, July 16, 2011

Around and about in local business

July 16, 2011

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• The Jayhawk Chapter of SHRM and the Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority are sponsoring “Clothes for Work” from noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 19 at Barbara Huppe Community Building, 1600 Haskell Ave., Unit 149-150. Item drop-off will be from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. New or gently used work-related clothes for men or women are needed, including business casual slacks and blouses, khakis, jeans, polo shirts, business blouses, white/light-colored dress shirts, medical scrubs, work shoes, steel-toe work boots, etc. This event is focused on offering members of the community assistance by providing free clothing for interviewing and re-entering the workforce. All remaining items will be donated to the Suitable for Work Closet at Penn House. Items may be dropped off in advance Express Employment Professionals, 1000 Iowa, Attn: Kate Turner, 749-7550.

• Pinnacle Career Institute, Lawrence, was among a group of career colleges deemed to be the best, based on peer evaluation reviews during the last 12 months, by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools as Honor Roll Institutions. Representatives from the 37 institutions received awards June 4 at the 2011 ACICS Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting in Texas.

• Just Food/ECKAN announces Jeremy Farmer is its new executive director. His first day was July 5. Farmer, a Lawrence native, worked for the past two years at the Project Hope Food Bank in Hot Springs, Ark.

• New Junior Achievement officers recently elected for the Lawrence District for 2011-2012 are:

Board chairman: Brad Burnside, Lawrence Market President, US Bank.

Treasurer: Michelle Hammann, vice president, Summers Spencer & Company.

Vice president program: Roger Scott, Owner, Scott Temperature.

Chairman of the 2011 Lawrence Business Hall of Fame is Dale Willey, CEO Dale Willey Automotive; Co-chairwomen of the 2011 Junior Achievement Bowlathon are Hammann and Brenda McFadden, president of The McFadden Group.

• Penny Annie’s, which closed its location at 845 Mass. in Lawrence, is heading to downtown Eudora. Monica Bowers-Istas, an owner of the business, said the store hopes to be open by Aug. 1 at 704 Main St. The store still will sell candy, fudge and ice cream, but it doesn’t plan to keep its lunch counter business. The location will feature a new kitchen area where patrons can watch store employees make fudge and flavored popcorn.

• Recovery and Hope Network, Inc. elected two new officers to its board of directors July 7 at the Annual Member’s Meeting. La Tonya Johnson became the new board president, and Lesa Weller was elected to be the secretary/treasurer. Joey Ostrander became the vice-president after two years as president.

• Douglas County Bank will celebrate the completion of the remodel of the Orchards Branch at 1444 Kasold Drive with an open-house week and a reception. The reception will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. July 26. The public is invited to attend. The celebration will continue with an open house during regular business hours July 27 through July 29. Refreshments will be served and attendees will have the opportunity to sign up for prizes.

• Rachel Monger, J.D., of Lawrence, has been named the new director of government affairs for the Kansas Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, the statewide association representing not-for-profit aging service providers. Monger was previously a partner in Farley and Monger, PA of Lawrence.

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