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Dog grooming program gave homeless woman a job — and a new life

Natasha Kirsch believed when she started “The Grooming Project” that if the women trained there could become certified pet stylists, make a living wage, and learn to manage their lives socially, emotionally and financially, she could help them break their generational cycle of poverty.

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You’re hearing more of this: ‘I’ve got a gig’

Freelance, temporary, contract, moonlighting, self-employed and even part-time work is part of the rising “gig economy.” Such work was seen as a temporary response to the Great Recession, and “permanent” hiring was expected to rebound along with the overall economy. It didn’t happen.

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Your Office Coach: Female business owner doesn't want the wrong kind of attention

Q: I'm new to being a business owner, and unfortunately, in the short time I've been running my own firm, I've encountered a number of male customers who seem to view me as an available female rather than a professional accountant. Although I wear modest, conservative attire and do nothing to project an "on the market" vibe, these customers have focused on my social circumstances instead of my abilities.

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Venture-capitalist veteran nurtures tech startups

SEATTLE - In college, Bill Bryant bought aquariums, fish food and a strain of tropical fish for his friends. The arrangement was mutually beneficial, he said. He would sell the rare fish to specialty pet stores to make money, and his friends would have an interesting hook to intrigue the young women they were dating.

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Christmas gift sparked a career

PITTSBURGH - After nearly three decades as a financial adviser, Robert Hapanowicz has built his financial services company, Hapanowicz & Associates, into one of the largest independent firms in the Pittsburgh region with more than $300 million in client assets under management.

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A dog groomer’s journey through homelessness, hardship and tragedy

Danielle Simpson was in the first class of graduates from the Grooming Project, a school in Kansas City designed to train single mothers living in poverty to become dog groomers. The lifelong dog lover's dream almost did not become a reality as she experienced a tumultuous year of great joy and great sadness.
Allison Long The Kansas City Star
A dog groomer’s journey through homelessness, hardship and tragedy 13:07

A dog groomer’s journey through homelessness, hardship and tragedy

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Creating minority leaders

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Reverse job fair offers employment opportunities for 'overlooked' workers

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Kansas officials hope new KCK Amazon center kickstarts growth