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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.
Hometown Lawrence: Operation Homefront provides Baldwin City home to wounded vet, family
November 7, 2014
On Oct. 14, just three days before giving birth to her second son, wounded veteran Keara Torkelson and her husband, Joe, received the key to their mortgage-free home in Baldwin City. The home was awarded to them through the national non-profit Operation Homefront, which partnered with Wells Fargo Bank in Baldwin City to donate the home.
Report: American Royal threatened developer with lawsuit over Kemper Arena
November 4, 2014
A letter obtained by The Kansas City Star shows a developer withdrew plans to renovate Kemper Arena after the American Royal Association threatened a lawsuit.
Business briefcase for Nov. 3
November 2, 2014
Great American Bank, formerly Lawrence Bank, has promoted Bob Underwood to assistant vice president and loan officer. Underwood has worked for the bank since 2006 in various roles, most recently as a credit analyst. Bob is a 2010 graduate of Kansas University.
Hometown Lawrence: Local real estate market stays consistent
October 31, 2014
September’s modest drop in overall home sales, coupled with sluggish new construction sales, reflects what has been the general course for Lawrence home sales in 2014.
Local Finds: Marvelous mugs
October 29, 2014
Now that fall has officially arrived, there’s no better time to curl up with a steaming cup of coffee, tea or hot cocoa. Just add a crackling fireplace, your coziest sweater and one of these cool mugs from Lawrence stores. Cheers!
KU launches student-run strategic communications agency
October 27, 2014
News and Information majors in Kansas University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications have practiced their crafts for years at a working student newspaper, radio station and TV station. Now Strategic Communication majors have a similar opportunity for real-world experience in The Agency, a student-run strategic communications business. By Sara Shepherd
Longtime pediatrician remembered for helping kids, community
October 27, 2014
Mary Loveland knows it’s an invented word but said it’s the best way to describe her late husband, Chuck: “He was the goodest man I ever knew.” Chuck Loveland, a longtime Lawrence pediatrician who donated his time to many professional and community organizations, died Friday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital from complications of a cardiac condition. By Sara Shepherd
Business briefcase for Oct. 27
October 26, 2014
The Kansas Association of Broadcasters recognized Great Plains Media four times in the Medium Market Radio category. Programs from Great Plains took home two first-place awards, one second-place and one honorable mention. Great Plains operates on Lawrence radio stations KLWN-AM 1320, 105.9 Kiss FM and 92.9 The Bull.
United Way volunteers pack 40,000 meals for Douglas County food banks
Volunteers create 40,000 servings of food for those less fortunate
October 25, 2014
At the fourth annual United Way of Douglas County Great Start Pack, more 200 people helped make 40,000 servings of a fortified rice and bean meal that will be distributed by Just Food to area food pantries.
Hometown Lawrence: Local market features many homes with historic appeal
October 24, 2014
Lawrence is a city rich in history, and with 11 officially designated historic districts, the city offers ample opportunities for those interested in purchasing historic homes.

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