Archive for Sunday, January 29, 2012

Around and about in local business

January 29, 2012


• The KU Small Business Development Center is hosting a seminar for anyone interested in starting a business. The seminar, called “The Right Start,” will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the center, 646 Vt., Suite 200. Among topics to be covered are permits and licenses, accounting, taxes, marketing, financing and business plans. The center asks that attendees pre-register by calling 843-8844. For more information, visit

• Alison Kiefer represented Kief’s Audio/Video from Jan. 10 to 13 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

• Kathy Jorgensen recently began work as the new director of community programs at TFI Community Services. Jorgensen has been with the organization for more than 10 years and has 15 additional years of experience in child welfare. Jorgensen will oversee community programs such as TFI community child care centers, visitation and exchange services, international adoption, early interventions services and grants. Before coming to TFI in 2000, Jorgensen, a Lawrence resident, worked as a child care center director for four years, earned a Bachelor of Social Work from Washburn University and earned both a Bachelor of Arts in human development and family life and a Master of Social Welfare from Kansas University. She is pursuing a Master of Business Administration.

In addition, Judy Solomon, Lawrence, has been named assistant to the CEO/director of training for the company. Solomon has been with the company more than 11 years and has more than 25 years of experience working in child welfare. She comes to her new position after serving as TFI’s director of data management. Before coming to TFI in 2000, Solomon worked as a quality assurance analyst and in multiple office administrative positions.

• Peggy Patton, Meriden, manager of TCG CHEX eLearning in Overland Park, has completed the certificate for OASIS Specialist-Clinical exam. TCG CHEX eLearning offers eight courses focused on OASIS knowledge and competency.

• Reggie Robinson, Lawrence, has been named to the Capitol Federal Financial Inc. and Capitol Federal Savings Bank boards of directors. Robinson, who is a professor at the Washburn University law school and inaugural director of the school’s Center for Law and Government, Topeka, replaces B.B. Andersen, who reached the board’s mandatory retirement age. Before joining Washburn in 2010, Robinson served as president and chief executive officer of the Kansas Board of Regents between 2002 and 2010. From 1998 to 2002, he held dual positions at Kansas University, serving as chief of staff to the chancellor and as a visiting associate law professor. From 1993 to 1998, he held several senior positions with the United States Department of Justice. From 1988 to 1993, Robinson was an associate law professor at KU.

• Mid-States Materials LLC, a Topeka aggregate producer, was recently awarded the 2011 Governor’s Mined Land Reclamation Award at the Kansas Aggregate Producer’s Association annual convention. The company won the award for reclaiming an overburden pile of more than 100,000 cubic yards of soil and rock that had been abandoned by a prior mine operator at the Big Springs Quarry at the Shawnee-Douglas County line. In addition to reclaiming the pre-existing overburden pile, Mid-States was recognized for creating a wildlife habitat on the property.

• TherapyWorks will be hosting a free workshop about fitness and nutrition at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the center, 1311 Wakarusa Drive, Suite 1000. Speakers will be Dr. Karen Evans of Mt. Oread Family Practice, and Cindy Johnson of TherapyWorks. For more information, call 749-1300.


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