Business Briefs

7/4/2014

Woodworth finishes training

Woodworth finishes training

Matt Woodworth, branch manager of Cleary Building Corp. in Garden City, has completed his master's of branch administration certification from Steel Wood Univeristy.

The university is an extensive training program to teach new and veteran employees the fundamentals of success at Cleary building Corp. Courses included leadership, accountability and customer service.

Cleary Building Corp. offers customized pre-engineered buildings for commercial, residential, suburban, farm and equine facilities, along with metal roofing and re-roofs.

Wilson joins Kennedy and Coe

Ryan Wilson will be serving as an intern in the Garden City office of Kennedy and Coe, LLC. He will work with the firm's highly experienced financial professionals preparing tax returns and financial statements, assisting with audits, providing general accounting assistance and observing client tax planning meetings.

Wilson was previously an accounting intern for Kanass State University Housing. The Holcomb graduate earned a bachelor's in business administration from K-State in May.

CRP not affected by lesser prairie chicken listing

The lesser prairie chicken listing won't prevent farmers and other individuals from entering or exiting the Farm Service Agency's Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).

Adrian J. Polansky is state executive director of the USDA Kansas Farm Service Agency. He says individuals will continue to be able to enroll new land and exit the CRP program the same as before the lesser prairie chicken was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

Producers participating in the CRP program in the 39 lesser prairie chicken counties in Kansas plant native grasses and vegetation to enhance nesting and brooding habitats. These landowners have already taken steps to protect the species and therefore receive exemptions in an agreement between FSA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for their participation.

FSA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service worked together to ensure CRP compliance with the Endangered Species Act provisions. "This gives agricultural producers using proactive conservation practices confidence that they can maintain traditional farming and ranching activities," Polansky said.

The final rule for listing the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species and the special rule limiting regulatory impacts on landowners and businesses due to the listing became effective May 12.

CRP participants or prospective participants may contact their local FSA office about developing conservation compliance plans. Visit www.fsa.usda.gov for details.

SBA grant aims to help tech startups

BY DAN VOORHIS

The Wichita Eagle

(MCT) — Boosting technology startups is the focus of a $90,000 grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The Kansas Small Business Development Center and Wichita State University's Center for Entrepreneurship will conduct workshops, training, classes and outreach to new businesses that are developing new technology and are seeking SBA funding.

The centers are particularly interested in working with applicants that have the potential for rapid growth. Businesses interested in the program can learn more at www.wichita.edu/ciee.

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