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A quick how-to guide for businesses preparing for a downturn


Forecasts of slower economic growth during the second half of the year have many small business owners turning more cautious. While economists’ predictions aren’t dire, owners who remember the lessons of the Great Recession are nonetheless becoming even more careful about increasing their risks than they have been in recent years. Here are steps owners take when they’re uneasy about ...

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Confusion and challenges: Blockchain technology brings struggles for lawyers and regulators

Caroline Lynch of Copper Hill Strategies and Dale Werts of Lathrop Gage discuss the regulatory issues that blockchain users can face during a conference on April 24 in Kansas City. Photo by Scott Lauck

Story by Scott Lauck At a recent conference on the promises and perils of blockchain, a cartoon by artist Tom Fishburne flashed up on the screen. A business owner asks an employee, “Where should we focus this year?” “’Blockchain,’” the employee responds. “It will change everything. Everybody is talking about it. The potential applications are endless. We don’t want to ...

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The Photo Bus Company: More than just a bus

Photo Bus Company

This is part of a series about Missouri entrepreneurs, their products and their retrospective advice for others who dream of launching their own startup businesses. Cate DePrisco’s husband, John DePrisco, was a wedding photographer in 2011 when he decided he needed to find a way to stand out from his competition. Melding a passion for photography and a family history ...

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Man seeks funds for incubator to help minority entrepreneurs

A Columbia man launched a business, published a children’s book and created a nonprofit after serving eight years in prison. Cory Crosby now has his heart set on opening a business incubator that welcomes Columbia’s minority entrepreneurs. Crosby is trying to fundraise $100,000 to open an incubator. The facility would expand upon the mission of his nonprofit, Innovated Dreamz, which ...

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She Suite celebrates women in business

University Olin
Business School
hosted the second
annual She Suite
event March 8,
which included a
panel discussion.
Pictured, from
left, are Linda
Leann Chilton,
Ratna Craig,
Hillary Anger
Elfenbein, Vicki
Felker and Valerie
Toothman. Photo
by Allyssa D.

The Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis observed International Women’s Day on March 8 by hosting its second annual She Suite event to highlight the success of professional women in leadership roles. Five Olin alumnae and one professor conducted a wide-ranging panel discussion on issues facing women in business, including a theme of International Women’s Day: social ...

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Telemedicine expansion needs high speed Internet first

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Legislators are seeking to expand telemedicine in Arizona, but rural and tribal communities that need it most might still not be able to access it without broadband Internet. An estimated 898,724 Arizona residents have limited or no access to high-speed Internet – that’s according to the 2018 Arizona Statewide Broadband Strategic Plan and the Federal Communications Commission 2016 Broadband Progress ...

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On a path to total carbon neutrality


In 2006, the 2030 Challenge was issued. It asked the global architecture and building community to commit to using carbon-neutral designs for all new buildings, developments and major renovations by 2030. The American Institute of Architects took action to support the challenge by offering its 2030 Commitment while aiming to “transform the practice of architecture in a way that is ...

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KCSourceLink scales up


For more than 15 years, KCSourceLink has coached and connected thousands of budding entrepreneurs with critical resources for success. Now this UMKC program is expanding to serve new startups throughout Missouri.

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