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City Council strikes down Break Time proposal

The proposal from MFA Oil Co. and 8 Ball Commercial to rezone 2.05 acres of land from agricultural to planned commercial property originally was met by heavy opposition from area residents. Some changed their minds after MFA made concessions. The council voted 5-2 to deny the rezoning.

Family businesses offer owners lasting rewards

An Oregon winery, a wooden toy company in Vermont and dry cleaners in Massachusetts have all found success by keeping the business in the family.

Columbia, MU partner with Chinese investors to develop and market biomedical devices

China-based Summitview Capital will invest $6 million in MU start-up Nanova.

Monsanto, DuPont Pioneer announce licensing deals

The lawsuits included antitrust and first-generation Roundup Ready soybean patent lawsuits pending in U.S. federal court in St. Louis. The licensing deals include a multi-year, royalty-bearing license for Monsanto Co.'s next-generation soybean technologies in the U.S. and Canada.

 

Judge approves reduced bond for ex-Mamtek CEO

If Bruce Cole is released, he will be placed under house arrest in his California home as he awaits trial.

ABC Laboratories receives industry award for high quality

The award helps pharmaceutical companies find reputable contract research organization partners best suited to work on different types of projects.

Missouri court strikes down science, tech incentive fund

The state Supreme Court said its decision Tuesday marked the first time that it had considered whether the legislature could make a bill contingent upon the passage of separation legislation covering a different topic. Its answer was a solid "no."

At 60, Peeps are more popular than ever

This year, Just Born Inc. celebrates the 60th anniversary of Peeps with a new ad campaign on television and social media.

Planning and Zoning Commission approves Break Time proposal

Developers hope the convenience store and gas station will appeal to a growing base of students living in nearby housing complexes.

Facebook brings a more personal touch to News Feed in redesign

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hopes to turn the News Feed into something more like a newspaper tailored to the particular interests of each user.

True/False gives downtown businesses a bump

Sales were "mind-blowing" on what is becoming some merchants' favorite weekend of the year.

Dow hits record, erasing Great Recession losses

The Dow Jones industrial average reached a new high Tuesday at 14,253.77. The highest since hitting a low of 6,547.05 in 2009. 

Jobless rate in Missouri falls to 6.5 percent in January

Report from the Department of Economic Development Tuesday, says that trade, transportation and utilities sector the had largest decline with a drop of 2,700 positions.

Study: No quick savings from workplace wellness

Employee wellness programs might not save money for businesses but could provide other benefits, according to the study.

 

New Chamber of Commerce president gets settled in Columbia

Matt McCormick, a Texas native, started as president of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 5.

American, US Airways announce $11 billion merger

The combined carrier will be called American Airlines and will be based in Fort Worth, but US Airways CEO Doug Parker will run it.

Airport ceremony will be held to welcome American Airlines

The Chamber of Commerce will host a launch party at 4 p.m. at Columbia Regional Airport.

Board of Adjustment agrees to give North Central distillery a shot

The Board of Adjustment voted unanimously Tuesday to issue a conditional use permit that will allow the operation of a micro distillery in North Central Columbia.

Frontier to add third weekly flight from Columbia to Orlando

The flights to Florida have proved popular since they began in November. The airline will offer them on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays beginning in April.

Columbia businessman Dave Griggs' civic life: 'It's called relationships'

Dave Griggs, a Columbia businessman who has served as county commissioner and REDI chairman, has extensive contacts in Boone County civic life. While many view his advocacy of incentives as altruism, some are wary of his influence.

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