<![CDATA[Business Columns & Blogs | The Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com]]> http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/ en-us Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:02:01 CDT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:02:01 CDT Business Columns & Blogs 60 Why the Postal Service is under threat, and what should be done about it http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/article25970017.html#storylink=rss Degradation of mail service affects will everyone, whether you live in downtown Kansas City or rural Missouri. Or in San Francisco, for that matter.

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Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:43:38 CDT By FREDRIC ROLANDO

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Keith Chrostowski: Middle class pays too high a price for corporations moving jobs to repressive countries http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/article20980857.html#storylink=rss Why do we let companies shift good jobs to countries that don’t share our democratic values and pay their workers low wages without labor protections?

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Thu, 14 May 2015 09:41:07 CDT

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Marvin Carolina Jr.: Business owners must track their data to succeed http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/article19790601.html#storylink=rss “How’s business?” When I ask that question, I must admit: I have an ulterior motive. What I really want to know is, How well do you know your business?

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Tue, 28 Apr 2015 07:54:34 CDT

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Keith Chrostowski: Would offering paid paternity leave help narrow the pay gap? http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/article19308195.html#storylink=rss Unpaid parental leave laws may be backfiring because more women than men take leaves, pinching their earnings and hurting their careers. One solution is to mandate paid time off to men and women so more men take paternity leaves.

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Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:23:32 CDT

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Paul Snider: More clean energy means more jobs, more consumer choices – and fewer emissions http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/article19134516.html#storylink=rss To power schools and other buildings like our homes, offices and factories, Missouri has traditionally relied mostly on fossil fuels. But this is starting to change. More and more, customers are demanding – and Missouri businesses are delivering – better energy choices such as wind and solar.

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Tue, 21 Apr 2015 10:23:18 CDT

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Ronnie Burt: Let’s keep the Big 12 championship tournament in KC http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/article13392092.html#storylink=rss For the past 13 seasons, Kansas City has had the pleasure of being host to the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship. But we can never assume it will always be in KC. The entire city must show the selection committee that Kansas City is the right city for the future, too.

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Marvin Carolina Jr.: Business owners must get a good night’s sleep to perform at their best http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/article13077467.html#storylink=rss It’s easy to forgo sleep when you’re running a business because you’re doing everything. But eventually it will catch up to you, and take a toll. So that must be avoided.

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Mon, 09 Mar 2015 08:58:27 CDT

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Gary Miller: Without a ‘deal team,’ you probably will leave money on the table http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/article13076540.html#storylink=rss Last summer client, Paul, called me to ask if I would help him sell his company. He had built a business from scratch and his revenues today are $30 million with an EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) approaching $3 million. Paul had been in business more than 30 years, pouring his heart and soul into building a successful enterprise.

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Mon, 09 Mar 2015 08:26:09 CDT

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Guest column: Employment law changes to deal with in 2015 http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/article11103014.html#storylink=rss From union organizing and the minimum wage to health-care provisions, many areas of employment law are changing.

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Tue, 24 Feb 2015 18:11:03 CST

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Gary Miller: Selling your business could be tough; here are some tips http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/article6173037.html#storylink=rss A time always comes when business owners ask themselves, “Should I begin thinking about selling my business?” Your success depends on your strategic exit plan, deal team selection and timing. And business owners today face four big threats now through 2029 that no other generation has had to face.

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Mon, 12 Jan 2015 22:25:17 CST By GARY MILLER

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David Cook: KC workforce is solid, but better-tailored education can pay off http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article4507769.html#storylink=rss "To excel, high school graduates will want a two-year associate degree; college graduates will want a master’s degree or other postgraduate education," writes David Cook, the vice chancellor at the University of Kansas Edwards Campus in Overland Park.

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Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:30:34 CST By DAVID COOK

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Gary Miller: Strategic planning creates platform for business success http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article3412292.html#storylink=rss “Despite good intentions and major resource commitments, few organizations have strategic planning processes that lead to high-impact business strategies.” writes Gary Miller is the founder and CEO of GEM Strategy Management Inc., a management consulting firm.

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Mon, 27 Oct 2014 23:20:38 CDT

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Conversations on controversial topics can disrupt the workday http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/diversity-diva/article26574838.html#storylink=rss In a nutshell, don't ask your coworkers – who you barely speak with – about anything controversial in the news these days, because even though it may not seem work related, I guarantee you it will impact their workday.

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Mon, 06 Jul 2015 09:52:01 CDT

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Marvin Carolina Jr.: You deserve a raise; put yourself on the payroll http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article25699693.html#storylink=rss You have spent long hours getting your business started, and you continue to work long hours to ensure it runs smoothly. You deserve to be well paid for the work you do, so pay yourself what you are worth. There is another reason, though, for doing so. It is good business.

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Regulators have their eye on online scams promising student loan debt relief http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/kids-money/article26017036.html#storylink=rss The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently expressed concern that “unscrupulous companies may be using aggressive advertising” through sophisticated Web search tools to lure borrowers seeking repayment help.

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Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:00:00 CDT

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New Olathe barbecue restaurant pitches competitive-level quality http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/cityscape/article25851205.html#storylink=rss A look at Olathe’s new barbecue restaurant Crazy Good Eats. Slim Chickens will open in Overland Park in August and also wants to open a restaurant with drive-thru at 7930 State Line Road in Prairie Village.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:38:10 CDT

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CVS is in a court fight to keep lease on its downtown pharmacy http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/cityscape/article25851340.html#storylink=rss CVS wants to stay in its spot at 921 Main St., a spot that has been a drugstore for about 50 years. But its landlord wants to terminate its lease, saying the chain is not properly maintaining the property.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:38:44 CDT

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Zona Rosa adds Cajun restaurant with St. Joseph ties http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/cityscape/article25826653.html#storylink=rss Bourbon Street, a new St. Joseph restaurant, plans a late summer opening in Zona Rosa. The Northland shopping center also added Francesca’s and Amelia’s Boutique to its roster and soon While Barn, a Limited Brand selling candles. Savers Thrift Store also has opened in the Northland and a new Weston bakery opens in July.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:06:29 CDT

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Family transforms Olathe farmland into the new KC Wine Co. http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/cityscape/article25758982.html#storylink=rss 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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Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:50:12 CDT

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Marvin Carolina Jr.: What is your business worth? http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article25699612.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Keep an eye on the fine print before you click http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/kids-money/article25565836.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Fri, 26 Jun 2015 01:00:00 CDT

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Brewery, winery, other businesses coming to East Crossroads district http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/cityscape/article25522777.html#storylink=rss The area — from roughly Grand Boulevard east to Campbell Street and from Truman Road south to 20th Street — in recent months has been enjoying a retail and restaurant revival.

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Thu, 25 Jun 2015 17:45:33 CDT

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L.L. Bean plans Leawood store http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/cityscape/article25411039.html#storylink=rss Outdoor gear and apparel retailer L. L. Bean wants to open a 10,650-square-foot store in Town Center Crossing.

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Wed, 24 Jun 2015 11:53:27 CDT

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Nearly 1,000 jobs created by four new Johnson County retailers http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article25349956.html#storylink=rss The hiring flurry came with the June openings of the Furniture Mall of Kansas in Olathe, as well as Scheels, The Container Store and Topgolf in Overland Park. The Furniture Mall of Kansas opened earlier this month. Scheels, The Container Store and Topgolf are scheduled to open this weekend.

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Tue, 23 Jun 2015 15:48:05 CDT

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Plaza updates: Sephora opening, Chandler Court renovation http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/cityscape/article25354786.html#storylink=rss Sephora plans an October opening in the former Brooks Brothers space. The Chandler Court in front of the Cheesecake Factory is temporarily closed for renovations.

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Tue, 23 Jun 2015 16:38:19 CDT

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Marvin Carolina Jr.: Is inefficiency stealing from your business? http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article25345699.html#storylink=rss Inefficiency hurts your business in several ways: It increases costs, reduces profits and makes your business less competitive. Here are several steps you can take to root it out.

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The Grille at Park Place opens in Leawood http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/cityscape/article25159474.html#storylink=rss New Park Place venue opens in former Mestizo space. The menu includes Oysters Rockefeller, barbecue baby back ribs, grilled brie and steak frites.

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Mon, 22 Jun 2015 11:56:41 CDT

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Restaurant & grocery store inspections for June 22 http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/cityscape/article25154128.html#storylink=rss Area restaurants with 7 or more critical or priority health code violations: BRGR Kitchen + Bar in the Power & Light District, Peachtree Cafeteria, The Pour House Kitchen & Grill, Price Chopper in Overland Park, Sheridan’s Lattes & Frozen Custard, In and Out Market, Sushi Uni, and Cupini’s Fresh Pasta & Panini.

Two operations were temporarily closed for health code violations but have since reopened: Fritz’s Railroad Restaurant in Kansas City, Kan., and a food prep area at the Leawood Hen House.

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Mon, 22 Jun 2015 10:59:50 CDT

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Tired of paying for cable? Cutting the cord can be a good experience http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/kids-money/article24802864.html#storylink=rss I had relied on one company for high-speed Internet, cable TV and a landline phone. But after many service and quality issues, my wife and I decided to break clean.

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Fri, 19 Jun 2015 03:00:00 CDT

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New retail for Northland’s Zona Rosa, Leawood’s Town Center Plaza http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/cityscape/article24980050.html#storylink=rss Francesca’s and Amelia’s Boutique are now open in Zona Rosa. Bath & Body Works is expanding and adding its White Barn collection of candles. Athleta will open in Leawood’s Town Center Plaza this fall.

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Fri, 19 Jun 2015 11:58:22 CDT

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