Business

Startups dream big, talk ideas at weekly meetings
March 14, 2015
Leaders of Lawrence’s 1 Million Cups gatherings stress that their weekly meetings aren’t just another networking hour and that the presenters they invite aren’t just any new businesses. “There has got to be some innovation aspect to it,” said Suman Saripalli, one of five community organizers for the group, himself an entrepreneur and owner of Kalscott Engineering, a research and development startup focusing on drones. “There’s got to be something that’s unusual.”
4 renewable energy plans from Westar up for approval
01:33 p.m., March 9, 2015 Updated 08:23 p.m.
Utility regulators are weighing four renewable energy proposals from Westar Energy.
Kansas unemployment rate remained at 4.2 percent in January
01:42 p.m., March 6, 2015 Updated 10:41 p.m.
Kansas reports that its unemployment rate remained at 4.2 percent in January and the state’s private-sector employment grew over the previous year.
Westar requests rate increase for upgrades to Kansas nuclear plant
01:26 p.m., March 5, 2015 Updated 10:28 p.m.
Westar Energy has requested a $152 million rate increase from the Kansas Corporation Commission to pay for environmental upgrades and repairs at the state’s only nuclear plant.
Westar asking Kansas regulators for $152M rate increase
March 2, 2015
The largest supplier of electricity in Kansas is asking state regulators to increase its rates by $152 million annually to cover upgrades at power plants and other costs.
LMH named in top 100 hospitals for third year running
04:45 p.m., March 2, 2015 Updated 05:04 p.m.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital has been named one of the nation’s top 100 hospitals in the country for the third year in a row.
Regulators OK ‘net neutrality’ rules for Internet providers
February 26, 2015
Internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile now must act in the “public interest” when providing a mobile connection to your home or phone, under rules approved Thursday by a divided Federal Communications Commission.
Business Briefcase for Feb. 23
February 22, 2015
Sunflower Bank will present Yellow Ribbon Fund with a $50,000 check on Thursday to support injured service members and their families.
Hallmark to transfer printing work from Georgia to Lawrence
07:54 a.m., February 18, 2015 Updated 03:04 p.m.
Hallmark Cards has announced that it will shutter its Litho-Krome plant in Midland, Ga., which employs 50 people. Ten of the employees will be given the opportunity to relocate to Hallmark’s Greetings Production Center in Lawrence, said Julie Elliott, a Hallmark spokeswoman.
Business briefcase Feb. 16
February 15, 2015
The Chamber, Lawrence, Kansas welcomed these new members: Chris Millspaugh Design, LLC; Lawrence Community Shelter, Inc.; Tamara G. Cash; First Construction, LLC; Whole Life Nursing, LLC; Virtual Business Tours; Kids Calendar; Robinson Chiropractic; Baker University; Select One Security and Communications; RG Fiber.
Emergency personnel explain why trauma victims in Lawrence are not always taken to Lawrence hospital
11:02 a.m., February 11, 2015 Updated 10:17 p.m.
When three men suffered gunshot wounds Sunday in a residence along West 19th Terrace in Lawrence, they weren’t taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Lawrence businessman to spend two years in prison for embezzling about $1 million
10:16 a.m., February 9, 2015 Updated 09:56 p.m.
A 55-year-old Lawrence man was sentenced to two years in federal prison after admitting to embezzling about $1 million from his company, Pur-O-Zone at 345 N. Iowa St, and his business partners, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Monday.
Kathleen Johnson to lead Journal-World advertising team
February 8, 2015
Kathleen Johnson has been named advertising manager for The World Company’s Media Division.
Smucker purchases Lawrence plant that produces Kibbles N’ Bits
01:32 p.m., February 6, 2015 Updated 10:47 p.m.
J.M. Smucker Co. says it plans to add some animal food products made at plants in Topeka and Lawrence.
Praeger, Milstead recognized for service by Lawrence chamber of commerce
12:29 p.m., January 30, 2015 Updated 08:15 p.m.
A banking industry veteran and Kansas’ former insurance commissioner are being recognized for their contributions to the community by the Lawrence chamber of commerce.
LMH Endowment Association honors community members with Caring Awards
08:16 p.m., January 28, 2015 Updated 10:52 p.m.
Retired Kansas University professor William Coil began volunteering as a patient escort at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in 2002. After the 2009 death of his wife, Suzanne, Coil continued volunteering at the hospital as a way of getting himself out of the house.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association prepares for annual meeting
06:53 p.m., January 26, 2015 Updated 10:19 p.m.
The Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association will recognize local people and businesses committed to community healthcare at their annual meeting on Wednesday, officials said.
Business Briefcase for Jan. 26
January 25, 2015
Barber Emerson, L.C. has announced Bethany Roberts as the newest member of the firm.
Sin tax increases could hurt wallets, but unlikely to curb vices, Lawrencians say
January 24, 2015
In the town named the most hungover city in America this month by Business Insider, Gov. Sam Brownback’s new tax proposition, which would raise taxes on alcohol and tobacco products to balance the state budget, would have little effect on vices, but a big impact on pocketbooks, some Lawrencians said. To aid against the projected budget shortfalls of more than $710 million in the current budget and in the next fiscal year, Brownback suggested increasing the cigarette and tobacco product tax trifold and the alcohol tax by 50 percent. Under his plan, the state would raise $394 million over a period of two years, the Associated Press reported earlier this month.