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Rebecca Martin

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Missouri Chamber offers long-term plan to rev up economy

Plan seeks to reverse the state's slide

Missouri is falling behind, according to research from the past year.

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BizBeat: Harbor Freight projects April grand opening

Harbor Freight Tools is set to open in Jefferson City in just over a month.

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Jefferson City area businesses, customers feeling more confident about economy

Is the future looking a little brighter?

Missouri’s consumer sentiment index rose to 77.4 in October 2014 from a level of 68.6 last June, according to the results of a twice-annual Arvest Bank-sponsored survey founded last year to calculate a nationally comparable measure for the Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma region. Based on sales tax revenues, which grow as consumers purchase more merchandise, Jefferson City consumers are more confident as well.

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‘Social enterprise’ begins to percolate

At Cafe Via Roma, it's more than a cup of joe

Central Missouri Community Action officially purchased Cafe Via Roma in November, intending to operate it as a “social enterprise” offering qualifying employees a living wage while they gain work skills to qualify them for higher-paying jobs.

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Tax season comes with array of changes

Affordable Care Act, expired tax breaks among 240 code changes

“This will be the most difficult tax season we’ve ever been through,” says tax consultant Jeff Krieger. Likely the most significant changes involve health insurance and the Affordable Care Act.

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Jack in the Box to pop up this summer

A new Jack in the Box restaurant will open this summer in Jefferson City.

Jefferson City to lose one RadioShack, keep one for now

On RadioShack’s initial list of more than 1,700 potential store closings is the Jefferson City location inside Capital Mall at 3600 Country Club Drive.

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Local caterers lose business after ban on lobbyist meals for House committees

No appetite for change

Jokingly called a “company town” with state government carting the payroll, Jefferson City undoubtedly benefits from government-related business.

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J.C. Industries folds before finishing projects

Jefferson City sewer upgrade, Columbia school expansion left undone

Jefferson City general contractor J.C. Industries Inc., apparently is going out of business, leaving at least two major projects unfinished.

STI Technology Solutions receives Excellence in Business Award

STI Technology Solutions, Inc., of Jefferson City, was honored Tuesday, Feb. 3, as a winner of the 2015 University of Missouri Extension Business Development Program’s (BDP) Excellence in Missouri Business Award, according to a news release.

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Old Leeds building safe after losing most of facade to wind

The building at 220 E. High St. in downtown Jefferson City is structurally safe for passersby, according to city officials, despite most of its front facade falling off over the weekend.

BizBeat: YMCA West renovation eyes future expansion

Jefferson City West YMCA is making progress on the renovation to its 3507 Amazonas Drive facility that started last June.

BizBeat: Harbor Freight hammering out tool store

Construction appears to have begun on Jefferson City’s soon-to-be Harbor Freight, as work is occurring at the 2009 Missouri Blvd. building.

BizBeat: Christopher & Banks store absorbs C.J. Banks at Capital Mall

Capital Mall’s C.J. Banks and Christopher & Banks stores merged Jan. 30, combining the two national women’s clothing retailers in coordination with about 200 others owned by Christopher & Banks Corporation nationwide.

How Jefferson City landed 'Training for Life'

And what the next phase of development will be

Jefferson City was recently named as the site for a new Special Olympics Missouri facility, and that designation is due to the efforts of many supportive local businesses and officials.

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BizBeat: Millbottom development welcomes first retailer

Red Wheel Bike Shop began its long-awaited move to Jefferson City’s Millbottom development this weekend.

BizBeat: Look Your Best salon opens in Old Munichburg

Marcia Bradley opened her hair salon in Jefferson City at 711 Jefferson St. as a way to earn a living doing the work she loves.

BizBeat: Busch’s Florist freshens look

The new owners of Busch’s Florist & Green House are freshening up the Madison Street store in Jefferson City in preparation for the business’ 125th anniversary next year.

BizBeat: Tan Club offers ‘premier, upscale’ salon

Monica Hoy hopes her new tanning salon, Tan Club, will offer Jefferson City a “premier, upscale” experience.

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Jefferson City ‘shines on’ at annual chamber gala

Jefferson City business and community leaders capped an exciting week by celebrating its members’ positive contributions and achievements Friday night at the annual Chamber of Commerce Gala.

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BizBeat: Ross construction starting this week

Construction of the new Ross department store at Capital Mall in Jefferson City is slated to begin early this week, said Rob Kingsbury of Farmer Holding Company.

BizBeat: Capital Mall to lose apparel store

Capital Mall will lose a long-time tenant in the coming months, as national teen clothing retailer Deb Shops has announced it plans to close all stores after filing for bankruptcy in December.

BizBeat: Gerbes Super Store to undergo remodel

Gerbes Super Store at 2101 Schotthill Woods Drive in eastern Jefferson City will undergo a remodel project in the coming months.

BizBeat: Nu2Yu offers used items at thrift prices

New thrift store Nu2Yu Resale Shop has been open in Jefferson City at 711 Jefferson St. since late last fall.

63 Cole County businesses on delinquent sales tax list

Sixty-three Cole County businesses currently owe delinquent sales taxes, according to the Missouri Department of Revenue’s (DOR) “Who Is Not Paying” list.

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A new Capital Mall, inside and out

Plans not set in stone, but offer glimpse at long-term improvements

Long anticipated renovation at Capital Mall could be getting closer, as the mall’s ownership company submitted a long-term plan for exterior improvements including new building facades, signage, landscaping and more to the Jefferson City Planning and Zoning Commission.

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BizBeat: Brown Printing hammers out complete renovation

A revamp of Brown Printing’s back offices will complete a full-building renovation project that started at the Jefferson City business eight years ago.

BizBeat: Data Comm purchases Capital City Telecom

Data Comm, Inc., a Jefferson City-based information technology company, recently announced its purchase of Capital City Telecom, effective Dec. 31, 2014.

BizBeat: Downtown Brainstorming to determine vision

A “Downtown Brainstorming” session seeks to determine a vision for the coming year in downtown Jefferson City with input from all stakeholders in the area, including the public.

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Capital Region forecasts July completion

The Capital Region Medical Center expansion is well underway, and hospital officials project a July completion.

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Cubby Caboose leaves station at Capital Mall

The Cubby Caboose is no longer making tracks around Capital Mall, effective immediately.

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Mid-Missouri temperatures in the deep freeze

Temperatures are dropping and people are preparing for the coming days of sub-freezing weather.

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Jefferson City retailers report holiday bounty

Whether it’s attributable to the weather, more expendable income due to lower gas prices or simply a spirit of giving, many local retailers’ holiday sales are up this year, as national retail sales surged to a 5.5 percent increase as well, according to MasterCard SpendingPulse.

BizBeat: Sam’s Club projects mid-2015 opening

Walls are going up at Jefferson City’s Sam’s Club, and the Wal-Mart-owned, membership-only retail warehouse projects a mid-2015 opening.

BizBeat: Wilson’s Fitness to be in new location by Tuesday

Wilson’s Fitness should be moved completely to its new Jefferson City location by the evening of Jan. 6, said owner Keri Austin.

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National program to nurture local foods in Jefferson City

A strengthened focus on producing and distributing foods locally is about to take root in Jefferson City.

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Charities grant wishes year-round to help clients ‘live their best lives’

A Christmas Wish Part 8: United Way of Central Missouri

The 27 partner agencies of the United Way of Central Missouri (UWCM) have provided a young mother and her children with shelter at the Salvation Army, connected a now-teenager with a positive role model through Big Brothers Big Sisters, helped a child cope with complicated health issues through the Special Learning Center and served more than 85,000 other people in 2013 alone.

Small business tax deduction extended

Extension could pay for new equipment, but time for decision will be short

The news many business owners have been waiting for has finally arrived, but now the benefits may be short-lived.

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BizBeat: Rosewood Music expands to offer more lessons

Rosewood Music has been renovating its 222 W. Dunklin St. guitar shop since a pipe burst last February causing damage throughout the building. But the forced renovation also offered an opportunity to expand Rosewood’s space and lesson offerings.

BizBeat: 2 Broke Girls closes shop

Jefferson City resale shop 2 Broke Girls officially closed Dec. 14 with a final clearance sale.

BizBeat: KFC now JC’s Chicken

The former KFC restaurant in Jefferson City at 1923 Christy Drive has replaced its KFC-brand signage with a new sign marking the eatery as “JC’s Chicken.”

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United Way agencies, community give priceless gifts all year

A Christmas Wish: Part 1

For those facing life’s toughest battles, the Christmas season can mean another challenge to face. For those willing to help, it’s an opportunity to give.

T-shirt kiosk raises eyebrows for some shoppers

Capital Mall’s level of family-friendliness has been called into question by some customers recently, but mall management say no merchandise on display is inappropriate.

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Heisinger Bluffs renovates Riverview assisted living center

Heisinger Bluffs & St. Joseph’s Bluffs senior living center on West Main Street in Jefferson City recently began a $200,000 renovation to its Riverview assisted living neighborhood.

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BizBeat: Calvary’s Gift expands to larger location

Resale shop Calvary’s Gift will start the new year at a new location, moving about a block from its current Jefferson City store.

BizBeat: Technology repair shop migrates across mall

Jefferson City Computer Services, a computer, tablet and cell-phone troubleshooting business, moved to a new location in Capital Mall last week.

BizBeat: Tolson Drug renovation continues

The gradual renovation process at Tolson Drug Store now has made its way to the pharmacy.

Developers want South Side TIF amended

Tax revenues falling short of projections

With sales and property tax revenues in Jefferson City’s South Side falling short of projections made five years ago, the developers of Dunklin Street Properties LLC intend to soon propose amended terms to the South Side Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district.

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Old Munichburg extends geographic boundaries

District to incorporate more of south side

Members of the Old Munichburg Association voted in October to extend the district’s geographic boundaries to incorporate more of Jefferson City’s south side and the core business district.

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BizBeat: Vacant commercial properties await new businesses

Several major commercial properties in Jefferson City have remained vacant for months while owners and realtors attempt to find new tenants to fill them, but announcements may come soon for a few.