Archive for Sunday, April 29, 2012

Around and about in local business

April 29, 2012


• Kathleen Morgan, executive director of the Lawrence Public Library Foundation, has received a Kansas Library Association Presidential Award. Cited in the nomination and award were her successful efforts to re-energize the foundation, her work on last year’s capital campaign and her ongoing fundraising events, including Caddy Stacks and After Hours.

• Britt Crum-Cano, Lawrence economic development coordinator, recently completed the Heartland Economic Development Course in Blue Springs, Mo. The course included concepts, information, methods and strategies oriented toward practical application. Black Hills Energy awarded her a partial scholarship to attend.

• Lawrence Medical Managers will host a lunch seminar from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 9 on “The New Leadership” at Maceli’s, 1031 N.H. Thomas Stanley, program associate for the Kansas Leadership Center, will speak about facing difficult leadership challenges and opportunities. Cost is $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers. To register by the deadline of 5 p.m. Tuesday, email or visit

• Cottonwood Inc. will celebrate its consumers, staff and members of the community Monday night during the Cottonwood Classies. The event begins at 7 p.m. at Free State High School’s auditorium. Among awards to be presented: Dale Glenn and Dr. Phil Godwin, lifetime achievement; Phil Bentzinger and Heather Thies, caring and commitment; Walter Greene, shining star; Redemption Plus, Cottonwood’s business partner of the year; Royal Crest Lanes, JobLink employer of the year.

• Following an annual evaluation of the job performance of Gene Meyer, Lawrence Memorial Hospital president and CEO, hospital board members approved a 2.5 percent pay increase, bringing his salary to $454,692. Meyer, who has worked at LMH for 15 years, received the same percentage pay increase that all LMH employees received this year. He oversees the 173-bed hospital, its outpatient services and about 1,300 employees. Judy Keller, chairwoman of the board, said LMH has excelled in the areas of quality, safety, service, technology and finances under Meyer’s leadership. She noted that during the past year, LMH has added physicians and expanded services, including opening a new 10,500-square-foot medical building in Eudora. Meyer also was recently recognized as the state recipient of the American Hospital Association’s Grassroots Advocacy Award.

• The Kansas University Small Business Development Center will host a free seminar on starting a business. It’s planned for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the center, 646 Vt., Suite 200. Preregister by calling 843-8844. The seminar will focus on a number of topics, including permits and licenses, funding, taxes, marketing and writing a business plan.


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