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Ag Secretary’s Message: ‘Grow and Trade It’

On his first swing outside the Washington beltway since his confirmation as U.S. secretary of agriculture, Sonny Perdue brought a pro-growth message to more than 450 farmers, ranchers and agribusiness professionals from around the region Friday at a town hall… more

Alterra Bank Raising the First Business Banner

Alterra Bank, the region's top small business lender, announced this morning that it would become First Business Bank, effective June 1. That aligns the company with the branding of its parent, First Business Financial Services, and follows an announcement made… more

Builders Pay Tribute to Fallen Workers

Nearly 100 people, mostly from the construction sector, filled the conference room at the Builders Association's training center today in tribute to those who have died while on the job. The ceremony marking Workers Memorial Day--which coincides with the 1970… more

Dollar Tree to Build $110 Million Distribution Center in Warrensburg

The Missouri Department of Economic Development announced today that discount retailer Dollar Tree would build a 1.2-million-square-foot distribution facility in Warrensburg, a projected valued at $110 million. With that, the Virginia-based company says it will create 375 jobs within three… more

Four Firms Merge into Wealth Manager Infinitas

The Kansas City area has a new player in wealth management, and it's a sizeable one: Four smaller firms have merged to create Overland Park-based Infinitas. With $1.47 billion in assets under management, the combined entity would have ranked in… more

12 Regional Brands Valued Among the Top 500 in the U.S.

Brand Finance has just released its 2017 list of America's Top 500 brands, based on their dollar value, and the Missouri-Kansas region is represented by an even dozen. The good news for those regional companies is that 10 of the… more

Bi-State Jobless Rates Dip Again

The February unemployment rate in Kansas fell to 4.0 percent, labor officials announced today, a figure that nearly matches the 4.1 percent figure reported in Missouri earlier this week. The Kansas jobless rate was the lowest the state has seen… more

Alorica Laying Off 300 in Topeka

Alorica, Inc., whicih provides customer relationship management and back office support, announced this afternoon that it would close its Topeka contact center, costing about 300 people their jobs. In a news release announcing the closing, the company said that te… more

UMKC’s Bloch School Has New Dean

The University of Missouri-Kansas City announced today that Brian Klaas, dean of research and academics at the University of South Carolina, would be the next dean of the Henry W. Bloch School of Management, succeeding David Donnelly. Klaas is also… more

Associated Wholesale Grocers Bags Record Revenues

Associated Wholesale Grocers, the Kansas City region's second-largest private company, is closing the gap on the largest: At its annual shareholders meeting today, the grocery cooperative announced that it had posted record revenues for 2016, at $9.18 billon. That's still… more