A Guide to Proper Email Etiquette

By Kristina Dietrick, Creative Business Solutions In today's connected world, most employers have grasped the importance of email communications. Very rarely do we send letters or even communicate via telephone….


Bran-damage: 10 sneaky things that poke holes in your brand

By Martha Bartlett Piland Sneaky, insidious little inconsistencies in your brand add up to big holes. That means you have to work harder or spend more to overcome them—unless you…

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Local Business Open in West Ridge Mall

THE PINK SUITCASE By Wendy Long Photo Submitted When shoppers from Topeka drive all the way to Ottawa to shop, it must be true love. The Pink Suitcase used to…

Adapting to Thrive

Adapting to Thrive

By Wendy Long Photo by Rachel Lock Once a popular hangout for teenagers and gathering place for adults, shopping malls across the country are beginning to become obsolete thanks to…

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Entrepreneurship: The New Retirement

By Lisa Loewen Photos by Bethany Hughes Retirement—the holy grail of the workingman. We begin saving for it early in our careers; we start praying for it in our middle-age…

Building Minority Business Opportunities Glenda Washington

Building Minority Business Opportunities

By Karen Roth Ridder What does a business owner look like? Most in Topeka are still white males, but the opportunities for those with different ethnic, racial and gender identities…

Funding Economic Development Paul Byrne PhD

Funding Economic Development

Paul Byrne, PhD Assistant Professor of Economics Washburn University School of Business Photo by Megan Rogers Photographie This fall Shawnee County residents will have the opportunity to vote on extending…



Education Linked to a Career By Kathy Webber It seems more often people are getting educated, but not finding a job to use that education.   The Kansas Department of Commerce…

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Last Word: Sterbenz

Doug Sterbenz Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Westar Energy Photo by Megan Rogers Photographie What is your role at Westar?  As the chief operating officer, I am responsible…

Business Insider Larry Johnson

Business Insider: Larry Johnson

Owner of Bowser-Johnson Funeral Chapel By Karen Roth Ridder ​Larry Johnson chose his profession at a young age. He grew up living next door to Gains and Sons Funeral Home…