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Volume 3, Number 24

General News
Seeds planted for 34th Annual Four State Farm Show
Joplin Business Journal
PITTSBURG, Kan. — The seeds are in the ground for the 2008 Four State Farm Show running July 18, 19 and 20 with prospects for a bumper harvest as the event opens its 34th edition. According to Four State Farm Show Coordinator Ted Gum, nearly all of the 700 exhibit spaces for this year's show are filled.

Business Services
Be more successful: create a personal brand
In our chaotic lives filled with confusing messages from a plethora of competitors, a personal brand makes you impossible to ignore and prevents you from becoming a commodity like wheat, sugar or coffee beans.

People in the News

Kris Zibert
Kris Zibert has joined Allgeier, Martin and Associates Inc. in the Substation and Communication Group.

Victoria Murray
Victoria Murray has joined Allgeier, Martin and Associates Inc. in the power distribution group.


James Jackson, Ph.D.

Jim Jackson, Ph.D., was named Outstanding Academic Advisor during the 50th commencement ceremonies recently at Missouri Southern State University.

Jay Fields, Ph.D.
Jay Fields, Ph.D., was named Outstanding Teacher during 50th commencement ceremonies recently at Missouri Southern State University.

Paul Teverow, Ph.D.
Paul Teverow, Ph.D., was named Outstanding Teacher in International Education during the 50th commencement ceremonies recently at Missouri Southern State University.

Steven A. Scott, Ed.D.
Steven A. Scott, Ed.D., has been elevated to the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs at Pittsburg State University.

General News
Todays News

Guest speakers to discuss fuel alternatives
Joplin Business Journal
PITTSBURG, Kan. -- A technology class at Pittsburg State University scheduled for Thursday, June 19, will welcome two experts on ethanol (E-85) and biodiesel. The presentation will be held at 1 p.m. in Room S102 at the Kansas Technology Center.

Government and Politics

FEMA assistance still available to businesses, individuals
Joplin Business Journal
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri businesses, families and individuals affected by the flooding in mid-March and the severe storms and tornadoes in May should not forego registering for disaster assistance just because they think it will keep that aid from reaching their less-fortunate neighbors. This reported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Todays News
State gears up for long-term care partnership program, new health insurance
Joplin Business Journal
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.  Gov. Matt Blunt announced June 13 that Missourians will soon be able to purchase long-term care insurance "partnership plans" through Missouri's Long-Term Care Partnership Program. These long-term care insurance plans allow Missourians to keep more of their assets when applying for Mo HealthNet coverage.

Health Care
Featured Article
St. John's CEO bidding farewell
JOPLIN, Mo. — Her announcement was unexpected catching many people by surprise, but for Debbie Linnes, president and chief executive officer of St. John's Regional Medical Center, the word came at the right time in her career.

Media and Marketing
GateHouse stock declines amid quarterly losses

JOPLIN, Mo. — Much of the national focus in the Stock Market of late has been the rising price of a barrel of crude, which topped out June 16 at nearly $140 per barrel, and is driving the cost of goods and services off the scale in virtually every section of industry across the country.

Similarly, national and local newspaper publishers are feeling the crunch big time from falling advertising revenues, rising cost of printing paper, increased cost of finished product delivery, and growing competition from the electronic superhighway – the Internet.

This week, the Journal examines the impact of these financial hardships on one large publishing magnate that owns several publications in the region.

People in the News

Becky Franklin
Becky Franklin joins Choice Marketing as an administrative assistant. 

Teri Carlson
Teri Carlson has joined Choice Marketing the agency as a graphic artist. 

Small Business
General News
Todays News
ABWA sponsoring local tour
JOPLIN, Mo. — The Gateway Chapter of the American Business Women's Association in cooperation with Inside-Out Designs, LLC has scheduled its 2008 Water Garden and Landscape Tour for Saturday, June 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

SBA launches tax savings resource for small businesses
Joplin Business Journal

Special Report
Joplin is nation's strongest job market
Robert L. Roach, Journal Senior Staff Reporter

JOPLIN, Mo. — Twice as many Joplin employers feel they are about to hire more staff in the third quarter of 2008 than the nationwide average. Manpower's recent survey of 14,000 employers in 460 markets included Joplin – where 61 percent of companies interviewed said they were expanding, versus the 26 percent national average.

Journal Reporter Robert L. Roach explores the local employment markets and the impact on those markets from the increased road traffic through the area in this week's Special Report.

General News
Todays News
Missouri IT division garners national attention
Joplin Business Journal
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Information Technology Services Division Team won the Best MIS and IT Team Category for the development of at the 2008 American Business Awards.

Grounded again: back to square one
JOPLIN, Mo. — They didn't even get their wheels on the ground in Joplin. Island Air, the new Essential Air Service provider selected by the U.S. Department of Transportation in early May to replace departing Air Midwest told the city it could not provide service after all.

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