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    50 Missourians You Should Know

    The stories of 50 Missourians You Should Know are the stuff of inspiration, no matter what their vocation. Some find fulfillment at the molecular level, advancing the cause of science in the University of Missouri system. Some find it on the lake, some in corporate offices, some in hospitals, or in the field with elk, deer, bears and even mountain…

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    The Path to Prosperity

    If you’re in the business of higher-education, the numbers at first glance may be sobering: • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 25 fastest-growing occupations nationwide between now and 2020 include exactly three jobs that require more than a bachelor’s degree. • Eleven require attainment of only a high school diploma, some post-high school certification, or an associates…

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    Heroes in Healthcare

    Loggers. Truck drivers. Construction workers. Lots of job settings can—and occasionally do—entail life-or-death consequences. But even those cases, the worst outcomes, thankfully, are anomalies. Health care, somewhat incongruously, is a different story. The “life” part of it—the against-the-odds births, the breakthrough surgical advances, the miracle recoveries—makes the TV news and garners the headlines. But the simple fact is, that other…

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    Icons of Education 2015

    “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” —William A. Ward The late Mr. Ward, a longtime administrator at a small private college in Texas, was onto something. Inspiration, however, is rarely invoked in the heated and litigious battles over K-12 funding formulas, or during legislative discussions about per-student spending on state…

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    Life Sciences: From Research to Profits

    By Dennis Boone Making its rounds through area research circles, it was a story that reflected the intellectual curiosity of local entrepreneurs, the vision of innovators, and the aspirations of bioscience executives hoping to make this a more robust center for research and commercialization: UMKC’s Reza Derakhshani, a professor in the computing and engineering department, had co-developed a new eye-vein…

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    Legal Industry Outlook

    The Legal Perspective on Regional Job Growth Those who might want a panoramic view of the next Plaza lighting ceremony would do well to cozy up to the attorneys at Husch Blackwell, the hosts of this year’s Legal Industry Outlook assembly. The west-looking view from the 10th-floor of the firm’s Plaza office seemed like an appropriate place to discuss this…

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    Building a Brand

    Any branding or marketing professionals worth their salt can tell you what defines the value of an organization’s brand, and how public perception of it entails more than what one discerns beyond the optics of a logo, a television commercial or an Internet video. So yes, product quality is an element of what defines a brand. Customer service, another. Visibility,…

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    Milestones Corporate Anniversaries

    A milestone often brings about reflection for companies, just as with people: A chance to think about how the company came to be, where it has overcome adversity and where it is headed before reaching the next marker. Companies celebrating milestones in 2015 include some strong pillars in the stonework that makes up the greater Kansas City business community. Taken…

Lidia's Celebrates the Old with the New

Lidia's-KC celebrated 16 years in the Historic Crossroads District with a new addition to it's Kansas City location, named the Terrazza, Tuesday night with host Tanya Bastianich Manuali,…

Shook, Hardy & Bacon Acquires Boutique Firm, Enters Chicago Market

Shook, Hardy & Bacon announced today that it would enter the Chicago market by bringing on board the lawyers and staff from Grippo & Elden LLC,…

BATS Designates Next CEO as Ratterman Prepares for Move to Chairman

Joe Ratterman, who built BATS Global Markets into the second-largest equities trading platform in the U.S., is turning the reins of chief executive officer over…

Missouri, Kansas Cited for Barriers to Entry Among Low-Income Entrepreneurs

Kansas City may want to think of itself as the Entrepreneurial Capital of America, but if it is, it's an oasis in a two-state desert…

UMKC Rankings Issue Prompts Another Resignation

Less than a week after the resignation of the top official embroiled in the controversy over the Bloch School of Management's rankings for entrepreneurial education, a…

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Something to Ponder Over Their Dom Perignon

Much hoo-hahing and tut-tut-ing will doubtless ensue over release of a report by Oxfam International today in conjunction with the…

Inside the Kansas Election Numbers

A few observations from Tuesday's congressional and gubernatorial races in Kansas, which drew so much national media and pundit attention, based on the potential…

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