The co-owner of two Wichita music venues testified before Congress on Tuesday that his industry "desperately" needs help.

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TOPEKA — Kansas can’t help at least half of the struggling small businesses seeking relief because of the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Monday, calling for additional federal aid as the state reported another record for new coronavirus cases.


Thankfully, 2020 is coming to a close.

There's only a couple of months remaining in what has been an usually stressful and difficult year for just about everybody.

But before it leaves, 2020 has made a mess of one more tradition: the holiday office party.


There was a time when Peri Widener thought she might make a career as a pianist.

Instead, she took her communications degree from Wichita State University and spent nearly 40 years with Boeing, retiring in 2017 as vice president and general manager for Global Services.

And she learned that her background in music and communications — plus a minor in business — was a strength in the international business world.

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While the Wichita-area economy has slowed dramatically this year, the pace of economic development efforts has not.

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When Bob Daniels started telling people he wanted to start a shrimp farm in Sumner County, the response was what you might expect.

"'You're going to sell bait, huh?'" he said laughing while recalling one comment. "In fact, when we started looking to grow the shrimp and look for some financing … the local banker said, 'Well, you're never going to sell this.'

"Now, it turns out, I can't grow it fast enough to sell what people were willing to buy."

The Range | Aug. 21, 2020

Aug 21, 2020
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This week on The Range, we travel to Wilmore, Kansas, population 37, where an unusual attraction can make even adults feel like kids again.

Plus, you've heard it before, likely any time aviation takes a hit: Diversify Wichita's economy. But what does that really mean?

Wichita Eagle employment reporter Megan Stringer recently looked into that very question. We talk to her about what a diversified economy could look like in Wichita.

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With so many people working from home during the pandemic, it raises the question: Will we ever go back to the office?

The Range | July 31, 2020

Jul 31, 2020
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This week on The Range, after a steady drumbeat of bad business news, we're focusing on the sunnier side of things, including what's keeping one local economist optimistic.

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Since the pandemic started in March, The Range has chronicled the economic difficulties of a variety of industries and businesses: restaurants, airlines, musicians, nonprofits, theaters.

It’s been a pretty steady drumbeat of hard times.

But believe it or not, there are some bright spots in this pandemic economy.