Archive for Monday, January 21, 2013

Around and about in local business

January 21, 2013


• Jayhawk SHRM Chapter, an affiliate of Society for Human Resource Management, will host the Career Education Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Pinnacle Career Institute, 1601 W. 23rd St. It will feature companies looking to hire full-time and part-time personnel, as well as workshops on topics including “Career Shifts & Training,” “Using Internet and Social Media” and “Hear from HR Experts.” There will also be a “Clothes for Work” event to offer members of the community free work attire. Email for details.

• Kaitlyn Peine has joined Kansas State University Research and Extension Douglas County as a 4-H Club youth development agent. She previously worked as a 4-H Club youth development agent in the Johnson County extension office in Olathe and as the Kansas 4-H Club horse program coordinator. Peine earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications and journalism at Kansas State University.

• The Kansas Department of Health and Environment Bureau of Water recently certified Patrick Bartlett of McLouth recently as a water supply operator.

• Maceli’s Banquet Hall & Catering, 1031 New Hampshire St., has been selected as a winner of the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards 2013 for Venues and Catering in Lawrence. The annual awards program recognizes the top 5 percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. Maceli’s was selected based on the positive experiences expressed by past clients on

• Ila Jean Traudt, Eudora, has become an independent designer with Origami Owl Custom Jewelry, a direct sales company.

• Matthew P. McClorey has joined the board of directors of KU Credit Union, a division of 66 Federal Credit Union, filling the unexpired term of Curt Sorenson. McClorey is chief operating officer of Crititech Inc., an early stage pharmaceutical company that develops small-particle drugs for humans and animals. He previously was president of the Bioscience & Technology Business Center at Kansas University. McClorey holds a law degree and a Master of Business Administration from KU.

• The Kansas University Small Business Development Center will host a free seminar for startup entrepreneurs. Exploring Entrepreneurship will be presented from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 29 at the center, 646 Vermont St. Preregister by calling 843-8844 or sign up for the event at The seminar will focus on a number of topics, including permits and licenses, funding, taxes, marketing and writing a business plan.

• David Price has been named chief executive officer of Brown Industries LLC in Lawrence. He has more than two decades of industrial, operations and process management experience. Price received his Master of Science in industrial management and his Bachelor of Science in electricity/electronics from the University of Central Missouri. He holds Master Electrician and Electrical Contractor’s licenses. In 2010, Price was the chairman of the board for the Heart of America chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) as well as a member of Young Presidents’ Organization. He lives in Lenexa.

• An upcoming event for farm operators and landowners in Douglas, Franklin, Osage and Shawnee counties will focus on marketing, navigating the challenges of a drought, Kansas’ leasing, fencing and eminent domain laws, the 2012 Farm Bill and more. The conference will start at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 15 at Grace Community Church, 310 E. Eighth St., Overbrook. The event is free, and lunch will be provided. To register by the Feb. 8 deadline, contact the conservation district in Lyndon at 785-828-3458.

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