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Westar Energy ends fees for credit, debit cards
December 19, 2014
The largest electric company in Kansas says it is no longer charging a $2.95 fee to customers who use credit or debit cards to pay their monthly bills.
KU center releases report saying state of banking in Kansas is greatly improved
December 18, 2014
The state of banking in Kansas is greatly improved, a newly released report by the Kansas University Center for Banking Excellence indicates.
Westar moves ahead on wind amid debate
December 16, 2014
Kansas’ largest electric company announced plans Tuesday to buy power from a wind farm under development to meet a state renewable-energy mandate, as legislators prepared for another debate over repealing the requirement.
Business briefcase for Dec. 15
December 14, 2014
The Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community was recently recognized by the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living for achieving all four of the AHCA and NCAL’s Quality Initiative goals.
KU partners with regional entrepreneurship program
December 14, 2014
Kansas University is partnering with a regional entrepreneur development program to translate more KU technologies into new products and startup companies, the university recently announced.
Lawrence man sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for filing false tax return
December 10, 2014
A 31-year-old Lawrence man was sentenced to 30 months – or two and a half years – in federal prison Wednesday for filing a false tax return, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said in a news release.
Business briefcase for Dec. 8
December 7, 2014
Kansas University named Gerald Holland to lead its marketing communications team. Formerly with Hallmark Cards, is also a graduate of KU.
Jenkins blasts Obama as House passes compromise tax bill
December 3, 2014
The U.S. House passed a bill Wednesday providing one-year extensions of several business and individual tax credits and deductions after the White House threatened to veto a more extensive tax bill. But the battle over tax cuts is likely to resume in January when Republicans take control of the U.S. Senate.
Students receive part of $1,800 records request seeking Kochs’ influence on hiring at KU
December 3, 2014
A student group investigating the Koch brothers’ influence on Kansas University has received some of the $1,800 worth of documents it requested from the university. Schuyler Kraus, KU senior and president of Students for a Sustainable Future, said that she believes the documents returned so far reinforce her group’s concern that the Kochs are buying their way into the university and spreading their political ideology under the guise of academia. School of Business representatives — including one of the faculty members students are looking into — dispute that theory. By Sara Shepherd
Business briefcase for Dec. 1
November 30, 2014
Lawrence Otolaryngology Associates has been identified as a “better performer” in a 2014 report from the Medical Group Management Association. This is the sixth year the locally owned medical practice received the designation.
Has Black Friday gotten too big for its own good? KU business experts discuss
November 27, 2014
Marketing concepts like scarcity — Limited time only! — and social proof — Everybody’s doing it! — made Black Friday the frenzied shopping phenomenon that it is, consumer experts say. But with all that popularity, is Black Friday’s bubble about to burst? By Sara Shepherd
Lawrence businesses gear up for holiday shopping extravaganza
November 25, 2014
For many big national retailers, Black Friday more or less starts Wednesday. Most locally owned businesses, however, will wait until, well, Friday.
Kansas has lower private-sector job growth than U.S. as a whole
November 24, 2014
Federal statistics show Kansas is seeing slower private-sector job growth than the U.S. as a whole, while unemployment in the state declined in October to 4.4 percent.
Business briefcase for Nov. 24
November 23, 2014
Sandy Praeger, the Kansas Commissioner of Insurance, recently received the President’s Award from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.
Creativity not just for creative types, KU business students learn
November 21, 2014
Cindy Maude, CEO of Lawrence-based marketing agency Callahan Creek, gave the keynote address at the Kansas University School of Business celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week on Friday at the Lied Center. The theme of this year’s event was Creativity and the Entrepreneurial Mindset. “To develop great, innovative products or services, you have to be creative,” Maude said. By Sara Shepherd
2014 Lawrence Holiday Gift Guide
November 19, 2014
With the holiday season fast approaching, it’s time to start strategizing for the hectic shopping season ahead. This year, avoid the big-box stores and shop local with our holiday gift guide featuring products from Lawrence shops.
Business briefcase for Nov. 17
November 16, 2014
Kansas University’s School of Business will present its 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Week at 9 a.m. Nov. 21 at the Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive.
With assist from local Slow Money group, Garnett farm wins at national event
November 14, 2014
Cedar Valley Farm, a family-run operation in Garnett, took home the top prize at the 2014 Slow Money National Gathering in Louisville, Ky. — a $60,000 zero percent, three-year loan.
Business briefcase for Nov. 10
November 9, 2014
The Lawrence Chamber of commerce welcomed five new members into its organization. They are: Dark Horse Group, Foster Care Technologies, KanPro, Pinot’s Palette Lawrence and Simcro-Innovate.

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