Business

Drones will soon boost farm yields by providing eyes in the skies

Unmanned aerial systems will tell farmers where crops do and don’t need attention, increasing yields while reducing costs. “Ag is really the low-hanging fruit,” said Curtis Moore, a managing partner with Apis Remote Sensing Systems, a drone operator and dealer in Hays, Kan. Growers await the go-ahead from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Business

Cerner is eager to start on a massive upgrade of the U.S. military’s health records

“The Department of Defense (contract) is big and complex and hard, but it’s not new to Cerner to do big and complex and hard projects,” company president Zane Burke said in an interview. The Cerner president spoke on the day the company released its second-quarter financial results, which were highlighted by record new business bookings, higher quarterly revenues but a smaller profit.

Business

Sprint chairman is confident even as T-Mobile passes area company in subscribers

The endorsement of Masayoshi Son, whose SoftBank Corp. owns 80 percent of Sprint, allows Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure to push ahead with a five-point turnaround plan. Sprint added a relatively weak 527,000 new subscribers in April, May and June. Sprint fell to No. 4 with 57.668 million subscribers and T-Mobile climbed to No. 3 with 58.908 million subscribers at the end of June.

Shawnee & Lenexa

With Lenexa City Center, Lenexa sees good things come to those who wait

After more than 30 years, a couple of recessions and some false starts and embarrassments, the Lenexa City Center project at 87th Street and Renner appears to be paying off. When it is completely built out — and officials say that won’t be for at least a decade — it will be an area where people can work, shop and be entertained, possibly within blocks of their homes.

Development

Homebuilding in the Kansas City area picked up in June

Area homebuilders enjoyed their busiest June in nearly eight years, helped by an increase in the number of first-time buyers entering the market. Builders took out permits for 433 single-family homes during June, up from 364 a year ago, the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City said.

Business

Interactive report on Kansas City's downtown development boom

Downtown Kansas City’s rejuvenation is now rolling into a new era, with the start of the $100 million streetcar line on Main Street and 70 projects in areas that include Crown Center, the Crossroads Arts District, the Downtown Loop and River Market. We map the changes in an interactive report.

Technology

Highlights magazine for kids is finally going digital

Highlights for Children, the magazine’s publisher, has turned to San Francisco startup Fingerprint Digital to help it connect with a mobile generation. Fingerprint will help develop and distribute at least three Highlights applications over the course of the companies’ four-year partnership.

Drink coffee, make art at new NKC shop

Luna Coffeehouse/Dare to Dabble at 1329 Swift St. combines a coffee shop, small bar serving mixed drinks and wine, retail shop with products by local artists, and a place to create art in group settings or in an open studio.

With Lenexa City Center, Lenexa sees good things come to those who wait

After more than 30 years, a couple of recessions and some false starts and embarrassments, the Lenexa City Center project at 87th Street and Renner appears to be paying off. When it is completely built out — and officials say that won’t be for at least a decade — it will be an area where people can work, shop and be entertained, possibly within blocks of their homes.

Drink coffee, make art at new NKC shop

Luna Coffeehouse/Dare to Dabble at 1329 Swift St. combines a coffee shop, small bar serving mixed drinks and wine, retail shop with products by local artists, and a place to create art in group settings or in an open studio.

With Lenexa City Center, Lenexa sees good things come to those who wait

After more than 30 years, a couple of recessions and some false starts and embarrassments, the Lenexa City Center project at 87th Street and Renner appears to be paying off. When it is completely built out — and officials say that won’t be for at least a decade — it will be an area where people can work, shop and be entertained, possibly within blocks of their homes.

Are you excited about a coming raise? Don’t be

The Employment Cost Index rose at its slowest pace since records began in 1982, just 0.2 percent. In the past year, the index is up only an anemic 2 percent. Just three months ago, it was up 2.6 percent in the previous 12 months.

Today's Market

Board games can take the boredom out of summer

In the realm of board games that teach kids about money, entrepreneurship and business smarts, Monopoly, The Game of Life and Payday are the three classics. But a few other products that are part game, part teaching tool can be found on toy store shelves.

Sprint chairman is confident even as T-Mobile passes area company in subscribers

The endorsement of Masayoshi Son, whose SoftBank Corp. owns 80 percent of Sprint, allows Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure to push ahead with a five-point turnaround plan. Sprint added a relatively weak 527,000 new subscribers in April, May and June. Sprint fell to No. 4 with 57.668 million subscribers and T-Mobile climbed to No. 3 with 58.908 million subscribers at the end of June.

Board games can take the boredom out of summer

In the realm of board games that teach kids about money, entrepreneurship and business smarts, Monopoly, The Game of Life and Payday are the three classics. But a few other products that are part game, part teaching tool can be found on toy store shelves.

Sprint chairman is confident even as T-Mobile passes area company in subscribers

The endorsement of Masayoshi Son, whose SoftBank Corp. owns 80 percent of Sprint, allows Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure to push ahead with a five-point turnaround plan. Sprint added a relatively weak 527,000 new subscribers in April, May and June. Sprint fell to No. 4 with 57.668 million subscribers and T-Mobile climbed to No. 3 with 58.908 million subscribers at the end of June.

Contests

Enter for your chance to be 1 of 3 winners of a $100 Visa Gift Card Courtesy of the Ethnic Enrichment Festival August 21st through August 23rd at Swope Park in Kansas City, MO. Adults are just $3 and Kids 12 & under are free!

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Marvin Carolina Jr.: Three characteristics of successful small-business owners

Successful small-business owners are as different in personality as they are in appearance. Some of them are risk-takers and some are risk-averse. Some organized and some not. But from years of observing and training business owners across the country, I have found that successful small-business owners do share three characteristics.

Marvin Carolina Jr.: Three characteristics of successful small-business owners

Successful small-business owners are as different in personality as they are in appearance. Some of them are risk-takers and some are risk-averse. Some organized and some not. But from years of observing and training business owners across the country, I have found that successful small-business owners do share three characteristics.

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