Business in brief

Park University’s School of Business earns accreditation

Updated: 2013-04-25T02:03:48Z

Park prestige

Park University’s School of Business has earned accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

The accrediting organization reviews the quality and integrity of business degree programs. The certification is based on an independent review of the business school and its programs by academic administrators, faculty and other professionals.

The accreditation “ensures that graduates of the School of Business … are educated in the critical areas for business study, including grounding in a common professional component that helps students solve multidisciplinary programs and be effective decision-makers,” said Brad Kleindl, dean of the School of Business at the Parkville-based university.

Business creation

Entrepreneurial activity fell in tandem with the unemployment rate last year.

The Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity indicated a small decline in new business startups in 2012.

The report said about 514,000 new businesses a month were created nationally in 2012, compared with 543,000 a month in 2011.

That meant about 0.30 percent of American adults started a business last year, compared with 0.32 percent the year before.

“While a stronger economy is good for business growth, it also means the unemployed find jobs instead of starting firms,” explained Dane Stangler, director of research at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

According to the survey, business creation hit a high when the labor market was weakest because of the Great Recession.

Healthy advice

A May 9 event for employers, health care providers, insurers and other public health care leaders will focus on improving workforce health. The Mid-America Coalition on Health Care will sponsor a forum on “Workforce and Community Well-Being” to share health initiatives that have succeeded in other locations and discuss actions under way in the Kansas City area.

The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 9 at the Cerner Corp. headquarters, 2800 Rockcreek Parkway, North Kansas City.

Speakers will include Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, who has led a healthy-state initiative; a Gallup researcher; corporate wellness leaders from leading Kansas City area companies, and others.

Registration information is available at machc.org.

Staff and wire reports

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