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Ban the box: Would dropping criminal history from job applications reduce recidivism?

From #jcmo Inside Business

Gov. Jay Nixon signed an executive order April 11 prohibiting state agencies from asking about a job applicant’s criminal history on an initial job application. But statewide legislation to ban the box for the state's public-sector businesses has stalled over the past two years.

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Tax incentive drives 50-job expansion

Modern Litho: Project is investment in company, community

The Jefferson City Council last week approved an economic-development tax incentive to help local commercial printing company Modern Litho add a fourth press — and 50 new jobs — to its operation.

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BizBeat: Hook’s sports bar returns from the ashes in a new location

Hook’s Double Play Sports Bar at 512 Ellis Blvd. is a throwback to Mark Schnieders’ father, Paul Schnieders, who was a pitcher in the Chicago Cubs organization.

BizBeat: New liquor store on tap

Tony and Victor’s Discount Liquors is set for a May 1 opening at 2121 Missouri Blvd. in Jefferson City.

BizBeat: Health-concious dining option coming to Jefferson City

A new, health-conscious dining option is set to open in Jefferson City later this year, and you can get it on the run.

BizBeat: Pizza Ranch targets Jefferson City for new restaurant

National chain Pizza Ranch has set its sights on opening a new location in Jefferson City.

BizBeat: Target pharmacy to become CVS

Target announced in December that its pharmacies in 1,672 U.S. stores would be rebranded as CVS Pharmacy as part of a new partnership with CVS Health, and that change is in progress at the Jefferson City Target.

Truman Hotel TIF meeting rescheduled

The Jefferson City TIF Commission will meet at least one more time before voting on the proposed Tax Increment Financing (TIF) assistance for redevelopment of the Truman Hotel & Conference Center property.

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BizBeat: New resale store opens this week

Butterfly Treasure Hospice Shop, which will help support the work of the Missouri Hospice & Palliative Care Association, will open for the first time Wednesday, with a grand opening celebration scheduled for Saturday.

BizBeat: Fresh Thai food on its way

Sabaai-Sabaai Thai Cuisine is targeting an early May opening at 219 Madison St. in downtown Jefferson City.

BizBeat: Moser’s adjusts prices, name

Moser’s grocery store in Jefferson City recently changed its name to reflect a new, permanent sale.

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BizBeat: New Panera Bread rising on Missouri Boulevard

Jefferson City’s new and improved Panera Bread is rising, with a projected opening date of July 18.

BizBeat: IHOP targets Jefferson City location

IHOP could be flipping pancakes in Jefferson City soon, as the national chain has submitted plans to the city for a proposed restaurant on Missouri Boulevard.

BizBeat: Mid-Missouri businesses to benefit from enhanced fiber network

Work crews digging up and down U.S. 54 south of Jefferson City for the past few months are making way for a new route of high-speed commerical Internet access.

BizBeat: Wheelhouse Pizza & Pub slated for late April opening

A new pizza restaurant is rolling into northwestern Jefferson City.

BizBeat: Goodwill plans relocation near Stoneridge

The Jefferson City Goodwill thrift store is looking to build a new location near the Stoneridge Village commercial development.

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BizBeat: Large storage facility under construction

A former manufacturing facility has been transformed into a large, climate-controlled storage facility in Jefferson City.

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Home Grown: Local sauerkraut producer discusses benefits of fermented foods

Dan Kuebler has spent 26 years growing some 50 varieties of vegetables on his 30-acre farm near Ashland. Over the past three years The Salad Garden has narrowed its focus, producing many of its fresh ingredients specifically for one food product: sauerkraut.

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Truman hotel seeking Tax Increment Financing for proposed developments

Owner plans to replace hotel with two new ones, renovate conference space

The owners of Truman Hotel & Conference Center are seeking financial support from Jefferson City in the form of a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district to replace the hotel with two new ones and renovate the existing conference space.

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BizBeat: Order up at Honey Bear Diner

Honey Bear Diner opened for business March 11 in Holts Summit’s business district.

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BizBeat: Event space opens in historic venue

Avenue HQ opened last week in Jefferson City after two years of renovation to the historic building at 621 E. Capitol Ave.

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BizBeat: Jo-Ann Fabric gets facelift, mall facade improvement progresses

Work has been in progress since mid-January on improvements to the Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store entrance at Jefferson City's Capital Mall.

BizBeat: Upgrade ahead for Coca-Cola sign

A community fixture in Jefferson City will undergo a serious upgrade within the next month or so.

BizBeat: The Xchange Boutique open in new location

Re-sale shop The Xchange Boutique is open in its new Jefferson City location at 830 E. High St. after moving down the road from its original store at 111 E. High St. at the end of February.

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BizBeat: Lean back and enjoy the seats at Capital 8

Capital 8 Theatres should get a lot more comfortable within the next month or so.

BizBeat: Hookah lounge heading to East High Street

Jefferson City will be home to a new hangout and a new type of business when Golden Smoke Hookah Lounge opens in early May.

BizBeat: Two new tenants at Capital Mall

Rexy Fashion, a hair and beauty supply store, opened Saturday in the space that formerly housed Kirlin’s Hallmark in the Dillard’s wing. In the food court, Candy’s Kettle Corn opened March 1 across from High Voltage Arcade.

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BizBeat: Sports collectible store rolls into Mid-Mo

Father-and-son duo Joe and Sam Caldwell will share their shared hobby with the Mid-Missouri community when they open Topline Sports next month.

BizBeat: St. Mary’s expanding family medicine clinic

St. Mary’s Hospital is expanding its Family Medicine Clinic in the Creek Trail Crossing building on West Edgewood Drive in Jefferson City.

Local app developer’s company wins big on ‘Shark Tank’

Washington, D.C.-based Nexercise Inc. surfaced from a dive into the “Shark Tank” $1.5 million richer, and a Jefferson City app developer is a part of the company’s success.

Economist: Missouri continues middling rank in job growth among states

Missouri’s economy isn’t exactly on the rise — and certainly isn’t leading its neighbors — according to research by an economic research firm hired by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry to profile the state’s economic indicators.

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BizBeat: Marble, granite business showroom to open in JC this year

Martellaro Marble & Granite broke ground in December on a new building southeast of Jefferson City.

BizBeat: Work begins on low-income senior housing complex

Construction is set to begin in the next week on the third phase of a housing complex in Jefferson City for low-income seniors.

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Time to invest?

Know the 5 C's of credit before applying for commercial loans

A comprehensive business plan — the kind a business owner should be able to summarize when requesting a loan — includes a range of research, projections and so forth. For the sake of simplicity, commercial loan officers will say they look at a short list of general criteria, known as the “5 C’s of Credit.”

Candidates for governor make pitches to state chamber

Mixing politics and business

Missouri’s five gubernatorial candidates sounded off on a variety of economic issues facing the state during the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s 2016 State of Missouri Business event Thursday in Jefferson City.

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Missouri Chamber prioritizes job creation, transportation, right to work

As the primary organization lobbying on behalf of Missouri’s business community, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry identified an array of issues it wants the Legislature to address this year.

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Business talk at the Capitol

Job creation, employee protections and right to work among Legislature's business-related priorities

Missouri’s lawmakers have been at work in the Capitol since Jan. 7. While the state’s Senate and House of Representatives are sure to be debating issues like legislative ethics reform, funding for Missouri’s road system, abortion regulations and more, a number of bills filed also would affect how business is done statewide.

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Booming businesses

As aging population grows, so do businesses caring for it

As people reach retirement age in greater volumes, services such as long-term care and home care will be expanding to account for their needs.

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BizBeat: Aquarium business swims into Capital City

A new Jefferson City business looks to be the big fish in providing home aquarium supplies.

BizBeat: High Handsome to transfer up High Street

High Handsome, Men’s Exchange & Consignment Clothiers, will move up a downtown Jefferson City block on East High Street to make way for expanded inventory next month.

Cole County, state unemployment rate dropping

Local businesses struggling to fill positions

Unemployment continues its long trek downhill, as local rates continue to plummet.

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Home Grown: California farm specializes in pasture-fed, farm-fresh eggs

Matt and Eleanor Tiefenbrun’s self-described “full-time and more” farm is in its seventh season producing poultry. The 160-acre Buttonwood Farm near California, Missouri, began a new project — producing farm-fresh eggs — just last year.

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BizBeat: ValetLuxe offers luxury limo experience

If you’re looking to arrive in style, ValetLuxe is on its way — already here, actually.

BizBeat: Roofing business cleans up after Mother Nature

Mitch Wideman is putting his 15 years of experience in roofing to use in his own Mid-Missouri business.

BizBeat: Jamey’s Club under new ownership

Jamey’s Club, at 900 W. McCarty St. in Jefferson City, is under new ownership as of Dec. 1, 2015.

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Another big year of improvements in store for Capital Mall

Mall officials call timing of three stores’ departure coincidental

Doing business in a construction zone has become business as usual at Capital Mall in Jefferson City.

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BizBeat: LabSpace Robotics offers engineering classes for kids

LabSpace Robotics opened at the beginning of January in a permanent space in Capital Mall. It now offers robotics classes for children in second through seventh grade.

BizBeat: Data Comm under new ownership

Marco, a technology services provider with offices in eight Midwestern states, announced it purchased local information technology company Data Comm Inc. earlier this month.

BizBeat: Mobile ultrasound unit appears at mall

First Flutters Elective Ultrasound, a mobile business based in Laurie that provides keepsake ultrasounds for pregnant women, will be at Capital Mall on Feb. 6-7.

Chamber Gala emphasizes working in harmony

Former Jefferson City parks director Bill Lockwood honored at event

2015 marked a successful economic development year for Jefferson City with two major business attraction projects.