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Silpada Designs says outdated business model led to decision to close in July

Changing lifestyles made retail jewelry parties in the home harder to hold, reps harder to recruit

Business remained profitable, but a “stark realization” it was not sustainable led to shutdown

Many of its 200 employees were let go, and sales representatives have through July 31 to sell Silpada jewelry

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KC Chamber names k12itc as its top small business of the year

k12itc, which provides customized technology solutions and services for K‐12 school districts. It received the Mr. K Award, named after the late Ewing Marion Kauffman, founder of Marion Laboratories and the original owner of the Kansas City Royals. The Mr. K Award is based on business growth or sustainability, exemplary employee relations and a commitment to community service.

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10 start up companies presented their business plans to potential investors at the Sprint Accelerator demo day at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
Mark Davis mdavis@kcstar.com
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