Business

Same-sex marriages expected to boost Kansas City area wedding industry

A study conducted at the Williams Institute at UCLA forecasts that the country could see an additional $2.6 billion spent on nuptials. In addition, LGBT weddings could support 13,058 jobs in the wedding industry. The study predicts same-sex marriages could add $14.1 million to Kansas’ economy and $36.3 million to Missouri’s economy in the next three years.

Business

Auto sales in the U.S. are set for a super year

Already accelerating sales will find a new gear in the year’s second half, according to several automakers. General Motors has redesigned versions of the Malibu, built at the Fairfax plant in Kansas City, Kan., and the Camaro coming. And Ford is finally reaching full production of its aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup, built at Claycomo and a plant in Michigan, and is promising a second-half sales surge.

Cityscape

Family transforms Olathe farmland into the new KC Wine Co.

Founded by Kirk and Julie Berggren and guided by their daughter Taylor Berggren, the KC Wine Co.’s winery and vineyards are next to its sister business, the KC Pumpkin Patch, at 13875 S. Gardner Road, which will open for the season in late September. It now sells four red wines and four white wines but has plans to expand.

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.

Family transforms Olathe farmland into the new KC Wine Co.

Founded by Kirk and Julie Berggren and guided by their daughter Taylor Berggren, the KC Wine Co.’s winery and vineyards are next to its sister business, the KC Pumpkin Patch, at 13875 S. Gardner Road, which will open for the season in late September. It now sells four red wines and four white wines but has plans to expand.

Family transforms Olathe farmland into the new KC Wine Co.

Founded by Kirk and Julie Berggren and guided by their daughter Taylor Berggren, the KC Wine Co.’s winery and vineyards are next to its sister business, the KC Pumpkin Patch, at 13875 S. Gardner Road, which will open for the season in late September. It now sells four red wines and four white wines but has plans to expand.

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Keep an eye on the fine print before you click

Failing to read and understand the terms and conditions statement of online retailers can be hazardous to your financial health. You could be incurring expensive charges, and unknowingly be agreeing to dispensing personal information and relinquishing certain consumer rights.

Electric vehicle startup Orange EV gets its first orders

Orange EV, a startup company in Riverside making heavy-duty electric vehicles, says it is filling its first orders — for manufacturing and distribution facilities in Chicago. It plans to ramp up production and hiring to meet the demand.

Keep an eye on the fine print before you click

Failing to read and understand the terms and conditions statement of online retailers can be hazardous to your financial health. You could be incurring expensive charges, and unknowingly be agreeing to dispensing personal information and relinquishing certain consumer rights.

Electric vehicle startup Orange EV gets its first orders

Orange EV, a startup company in Riverside making heavy-duty electric vehicles, says it is filling its first orders — for manufacturing and distribution facilities in Chicago. It plans to ramp up production and hiring to meet the demand.

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Marvin Carolina Jr.: What is your business worth?

If you have no plans of selling your business, when you retire you will need to replace the income you receive from your business with another income stream. Or you may intend to sell but no time soon. Whether you plan to sell in the near future, in the distant future, or not at all, I suggest running your business as if you intend to sell it. So you have to know what it is worth.

Waddell & Reed Financial tops the rankings

The Overland Park mutual fund manager has outpaced rivals in attracting investors’ dollars by its strong performance and variety of offerings. And the Ivy Funds, which Waddell manages alongside its Waddell & Reed Funds, had a big hand in this year’s showing.

Marvin Carolina Jr.: What is your business worth?

If you have no plans of selling your business, when you retire you will need to replace the income you receive from your business with another income stream. Or you may intend to sell but no time soon. Whether you plan to sell in the near future, in the distant future, or not at all, I suggest running your business as if you intend to sell it. So you have to know what it is worth.

Waddell & Reed Financial tops the rankings

The Overland Park mutual fund manager has outpaced rivals in attracting investors’ dollars by its strong performance and variety of offerings. And the Ivy Funds, which Waddell manages alongside its Waddell & Reed Funds, had a big hand in this year’s showing.

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Central Exchange seeks volunteers to help area nonprofits

The networking organization primarily for professional women is observing its 35th anniversary by encouraging its 1,000-plus members to participate in volunteer projects. Thirty-five Kansas City area nonprofits are being selected for Central Exchange members to commit volunteer time on specific days. The public also is welcome to join in.

Business

US sues to block GE appliance business sale to Electrolux

The U.S. government is seeking to stop Electrolux from buying General Electric's appliance division, saying the combined company would dominate sales of ovens and other cooking-related kitchen appliances, especially to customers like home builders, property managers, hotels, and governments.