business http://kbia.org en President of Regional Economic Development, Inc. to retire http://kbia.org/post/president-regional-economic-development-inc-retire <p>The Columbia business landscape hasn't always been as commercial as it is now.&nbsp; Mike Brooks has been a fixture in the city's business outlook for five years, but that reign is coming to an end as Brooks announced his retirement from Regional Economic Development Incorporated (REDI) Wednesday.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 22:30:40 +0000 Jeremy Schrank 54865 at http://kbia.org Missouri Innovation Center CEO announced http://kbia.org/post/missouri-innovation-center-ceo-announced <p></p><p>The Missouri Innovation Center has appointed a new leader. The MIC hired Bill Turpin as president and CEO to take over for retiring CEO Jake Halliday June 23.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 21:37:57 +0000 Jeremy Schrank 54130 at http://kbia.org Missouri Innovation Center CEO announced Legislature considers sales of motorcycles on Sundays http://kbia.org/post/legislature-considers-sales-motorcycles-sundays <p>The Missouri House has advanced legislation allowing Sunday sales of motorcycles at dealerships.</p><p>Missouri law now prohibits the sale of cars, trucks and motorcycles on Sunday. The House legislation would be limited to motorcycles.</p><p>Proponents said the measure would make Missouri more competitive with states that allow dealerships to sell motorcycles on Sunday. Some dealers in western Missouri told lawmakers they were losing sales to competitors in Kansas.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:18:46 +0000 Associated Press 50177 at http://kbia.org Legislature considers sales of motorcycles on Sundays House approves bill proposing Missouri-Kansas business truce http://kbia.org/post/house-approves-bill-proposing-missouri-kansas-business-truce <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">A proposed truce in the Kansas City business battle between Missouri and Kansas has gained another endorsement in Missouri.</p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 20:43:50 +0000 Associated Press 49057 at http://kbia.org House approves bill proposing Missouri-Kansas business truce Field Notes: Booming dairy industry leaves small farms behind http://kbia.org/post/field-notes-booming-dairy-industry-leaves-small-farms-behind <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s&nbsp;</em><a href="http://kbia.org/programs/field-notes" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Field Notes</a><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font- Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 48115 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: Booming dairy industry leaves small farms behind Changing dairy industry leaves some farmers in the dust http://kbia.org/post/changing-dairy-industry-leaves-some-farmers-dust <p>Donnie Davidson’s family has been producing bottled milk in Holden, Mo., since the 1930s. But the 63-year-old farmer decided to sell his herd of 50 milking cows in November after the roof on one of his barns collapsed from last winter’s snow.</p><p>Rebuilding the barn would have cost about $20,000. Then there were the costs of renovating a silo and paying for hired help since Davidson’s children won’t be taking over the business. It made financial sense to close the dairy, and grow crops and build a herd of beef cattle instead.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 22:55:48 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 47782 at http://kbia.org Changing dairy industry leaves some farmers in the dust New YMCA may develop in Ashland http://kbia.org/post/new-ymca-may-develop-ashland <p>Ashland residents may see a new YMCA -- that's because a committee said it wants to raise $500,000 in the next 5 years to jump start a new branch of the Jefferson City Area YMCA.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Spokesperson, George </span>Hartsfield<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, of the Jefferson City Area YMCA, is overseeing the committee’s proposal. He said he wants the public to know the $500,000 isn’t necessarily going to build a new gym just yet.</span></p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 04:21:02 +0000 Andrew Kauffman 43381 at http://kbia.org New YMCA may develop in Ashland WTO ruling could boost US chicken exports http://kbia.org/post/wto-ruling-could-boost-us-chicken-exports <p></p><p>The nation’s poultry industry exported a record 8.1 billion pounds of chicken last year, according to the USA Poultry and Egg Export Council. But a recent decision from the World Trade Organization in the latest skirmish between the US and China could drive up that number dramatically. It’s the latest volley in the export battle between the world’s top two economic superpowers.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 15:14:27 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 38270 at http://kbia.org WTO ruling could boost US chicken exports Altar’d State brings Christian clothing, values to Columbia Mall http://kbia.org/post/altar-d-state-brings-christian-clothing-values-columbia-mall <p>Kayla Lewis was shopping at the Columbia Mall when she saw a new store that piqued her interest. The next week, she brought her mom along to shop at Altar’d State.</p><p>Altar’d State opened in the Columbia Mall July 5, bringing a touch of Christianity to shoppers.</p><p>“We wanted to swim upstream,” Altar'd State CEO Aaron Walters said. “The world was going one way, and we saw an opportunity to go another.”</p><p>The store, designed for women ages 18 to 35, sells clothing, jewelry and decorations, including crosses and posters with Bible verses. Christian music plays in the background.</p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:50:07 +0000 Heather Adams 38029 at http://kbia.org Altar’d State brings Christian clothing, values to Columbia Mall Farm, safety groups oppose sale of Smithfield Foods http://kbia.org/post/farm-safety-groups-oppose-sale-smithfield-foods <p>A coalition of farm and food safety groups wants federal regulators to quash the proposed sale of Smithfield Foods to a Chinese conglomerate in what would be the largest such takeover of a U.S. business.</p><p>The St. Louis Post-Dispatch <a href="http://bit.ly/1245Mog">reports</a> that the 17 groups are asking the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States to oppose the pork processor's sale to Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd.</p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 12:27:32 +0000 Associated Press 37488 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: Want to invest in farmland? Now, you can join the crowd http://kbia.org/post/field-notes-want-invest-farmland-now-you-can-join-crowd <p></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.538em;">This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s&nbsp;</em><a href="http://www.kbia.org/programs/field-notes" style="line-height: 1.538em;"><strong><em>Field Notes</em></strong></a><em style="line-height: 1.538em;">, in which reporters talk to newsmakers and experts about important issues related to food production.</em></p><p>The new company <a href="https://fquare.com/">Fquare</a> is bringing crowd-sourcing to the increasingly lucrative market of investing in farmland.</p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 19:06:37 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 37385 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: Want to invest in farmland? Now, you can join the crowd Mo. business incentives to be streamlined http://kbia.org/post/mo-business-incentives-be-streamlined <p>Missouri's main business incentives are getting a makeover.</p><p>Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation Thursday that consolidates four of the state's current incentives into a new program dubbed "Missouri Works."</p><p>The new program is modeled after a current set of incentives called "Quality Jobs" in that it offers tax breaks to businesses that add jobs with decent wages and health benefits.</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 12:00:40 +0000 Associated Press 36934 at http://kbia.org Mo. business incentives to be streamlined AgriMissouri conference comes to Jefferson City next month http://kbia.org/post/agrimissouri-conference-comes-jefferson-city-next-month <p>An agriculture conference in Jefferson City next month will include sessions about marketing, organizing a business and hiring employees.</p><p>The Missouri Department of Agriculture says the 2013 AgriMissouri Conference is scheduled for July 21-23. The event will feature panel discussions, speakers and workshops for individuals and businesses operating at farmers' markets, on the farm and through storefronts.</p><p>Attendees also will get the chance to visit several agritourism operations, including bed-and-breakfasts and wineries.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 12:50:58 +0000 Associated Press 35941 at http://kbia.org AgriMissouri conference comes to Jefferson City next month Mo. Senate endorses tax incentive overhaul http://kbia.org/post/mo-senate-endorses-tax-incentive-overhaul <p>Missouri senators have endorsed legislation creating new incentives for high-tech businesses and international exports while paring back existing tax credits. Wed, 27 Feb 2013 23:10:09 +0000 Associated Press 29605 at http://kbia.org Mo. Senate endorses tax incentive overhaul Can small farms benefit from Wal-Mart’s push into local foods? http://kbia.org/post/can-small-farms-benefit-wal-mart-s-push-local-foods <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, is muscling in on one of the fastest growing segments of American agriculture: local food.</span></p><p>Wal-Mart says 11 percent of the produce sold in its stores nationwide comes from local farms, a large increase from the mere 4 percent it sold two years ago when the chain announced its intention to step up local sourcing as part of a larger sustainability platform and a commitment to buy from small businesses.</p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 15:29:54 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 27187 at http://kbia.org Can small farms benefit from Wal-Mart’s push into local foods? Drought spells tough times for US corn exporters http://kbia.org/post/drought-spells-tough-times-us-corn-exporters <p>While the U.S. remains the world’s biggest supplier of corn, American farmers will lose a portion of the global corn market this year.</p><p>The Midwest drought devastated the normally robust corn harvest, which has led to higher corn prices and plummeting corn stocks. In a normal year, the U.S. exports more than 1 billion bushels of corn to markets worldwide, but with low domestic supply it’s a tough year for corn exporters – the USDA predicts U.S. corn exports will be at a 40-year low this year.</p> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 21:11:51 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 24815 at http://kbia.org Drought spells tough times for US corn exporters Nixon says Missouri exports increase from 2011 http://kbia.org/post/nixon-says-missouri-exports-increase-2011 <p>State officials say exports by Missouri businesses rose by 6 percent in the first half of the year compared with the same period in 2011. Thu, 16 Aug 2012 13:24:29 +0000 Associated Press 19521 at http://kbia.org Nixon says Missouri exports increase from 2011 Mo. small businesses eligible for federal aid http://kbia.org/post/mo-small-businesses-eligible-federal-aid <p>Missouri businesses directly harmed by the summer heat and drought can get low-interest loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration.</p><p>Small nonfarm businesses, agricultural cooperatives and nonprofit organizations are eligible for up to $2 million for expenses caused by the drought. The deadline for loans is March and applications can be submitted online at <a href="https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/">https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/</a>.</p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 13:54:54 +0000 Associated Press 18606 at http://kbia.org Mo. small businesses eligible for federal aid Columbia activists fight urban blight label http://kbia.org/post/columbia-activists-fight-urban-blight-label <p>A city of Columbia&#39;s effort to classify certain neighborhoods as blighted to help businesses secure tax credits continues to draw fire from local activists.</p><p>The &quot;blight&quot; label is required by the state Department of Economic Development to create Enhanced Enterprise Zones. The zones are distinct areas where businesses can receive tax breaks in return for adding new facilities or jobs.</p><p>Opponents say the label will lower property values and could make it easier for local government to seize property under eminent domain laws.</p> Wed, 30 May 2012 21:25:57 +0000 Associated Press 15025 at http://kbia.org Columbia activists fight urban blight label Columbia poverty rate above national average as Matthes delivers state of the city report http://kbia.org/post/columbia-poverty-rate-above-national-average-matthes-delivers-state-city-report <p>The latest Columbia state of the city address reports mixed emotions about the city&rsquo;s economic situation. Wed, 30 May 2012 14:03:37 +0000 Dan Molloy 14986 at http://kbia.org Columbia poverty rate above national average as Matthes delivers state of the city report Missouri House votes to trim business taxes http://kbia.org/post/missouri-house-votes-trim-business-taxes <p>Missouri House members approved legislation trimming taxes on businesses. Fri, 04 May 2012 21:10:58 +0000 Associated Press 13593 at http://kbia.org Missouri House votes to trim business taxes 1,500 veterans hired through new program http://kbia.org/post/1500-veterans-hired-through-new-program <p>The jobless rate for veterans remains high, but a Missouri program is making inroads in changing that. Mon, 09 Apr 2012 21:47:56 +0000 Associated Press 12105 at http://kbia.org Columbia living windows boosts ecnomy http://kbia.org/post/columbia-living-windows-boosts-ecnomy <p>The District hosts its annual Living Windows festival Friday night in Columbia. Fri, 02 Dec 2011 16:24:56 +0000 4678 at http://kbia.org