Business Smarts: Small Business Scams

Many of us think scams target individuals, but businesses are all too often the victims. One Columbia business I know of learned this lesson the hard way. Today, they’re out $11,300. One afternoon, one of two company owners — a smart, successful, self-made business leader in our community — received an e-mail that looked like

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Business Smarts: Make Cybersecurity a Priority

Most of us know that Yahoo was the victim of a cyberattack this year, and that the data of more than 500 million users was stolen. Not enough of us, though, give sufficient thought to the possibility of this sort of thing happening to our own small businesses right here in mid-Missouri. Business owners and

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Airport Terminal Improvements Needed

“Something has to be done. There’s something not quite right with having passengers waiting out in the snow.” – Ray Beck, former city manager, commenting in 1977 on airport terminal issues. And yet, as Columbia Regional Airport is on the cusp of celebrating its 50th anniversary, passengers are still walking out of a “temporary” 38-year-old

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Mike Matthes: A Brief History of Flying

“Come Josephine in my flying machine. Going up she goes! Up she goes!” – Fisher & Bryan, 1910   Written in the early days of “aeroplanes” and aviation, the song tells the story of daring young pilots courting their sweethearts with “flying machines.” The lyrics express the technological optimism of the era. I can only

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Mike Matthes: Death and Sales Taxes

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” – Benjamin Franklin Franklin never envisioned the Internet, which would allow consumers to purchase goods of all kinds from all over the world — free of taxes. And while tax-free shopping is likely appealing to a large number of us, it

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Mike Matthes: So, Why a City Manager?

Almost three score and ten years ago (no kidding), Columbia voters discarded the political party system and adopted a council-manager form of government. In 1949, we were categorized as a city of the third class — meaning 3,000 to 30,000 citizens, much smaller than today — but experiencing post-World War II growing pains, as the

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Peter Stiepleman: From Generation to Generation

The story I am going to relate to you is really a parable. It speaks of a rite of passage, but its purpose is to do something even more significant. It is a rallying cry for our community’s future. In just a short time, my 13-year-old son will celebrate his bar mitzvah. A bar mitzvah

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CPS Will Never Be the Same

Each year, I like to thank my team for the work they do with a small gift. Last year, I relied on Zuni symbols, figurines carved from shell or stone. I gave our deputy superintendent, Dana Clippard, a wolf because of her fierce loyalty to the success of others. I gave our CFO, Linda Quinley,

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Peter Stiepleman: Do the Math for Student Success

Last week, my fifth-grader son brought home a math assignment. My middle son and mathematics have a complicated relationship. He would say that it’s not at all complicated, but rather straightforward. He doesn’t like math. I’ve told him that math, like any other subject, requires attention. Math requires patience. Math can be demanding and overwhelming

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Peter Stiepleman: Constructing Successful Students

Every morning, long before the sun rises, I wearily make my way downstairs. And before I can prepare lunch for the boys and before I make my wife her coffee, I must first weave my way through a labyrinth of Legos and game pieces. We all have morning rituals, and this one is mine. Just

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#Como2Gaines

No person should have to start a business trip at 3 a.m. Nevertheless, that’s what I did. I grabbed my cup of coffee, checked to make sure I had all of my things and left my house in the dark while my family slept. Fifteen minutes later, I joined several other people as we prepared

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