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Luke Runyon / Harvest Public Media

The hardest part of starting a new food business should be perfecting the secret recipe. For many aspiring cooks though, the tough times come when searching for a space to legally make and sell their food. Commercial kitchen space, with stainless steel counters and industrial appliances, can be hard to come by. But as Harvest Public Media’s Luke Runyon reports, one tech startup is trying to fix that.

Kathy Lee meticulously pours strawberry rhubarb jam into small Mason jars. The jam is steaming, just off the stove.

SmartAsset

Wichita has been ranked as the second-cheapest city to have a startup company in a new study released by the personal finance company SmartAsset.

SmartAsset is a New York City-based company that gives advice to people who are looking into student loans, retirement, credit cards and starting a business.

The company recently released a list that featured the most inexpensive places to start up a business. Wichita came in second behind Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Ken Hawkins, Creative Commons

A settlement has been reached in a claim against e-book publishers and Apple Inc. Kansas consumers will be able to receive refund checks or account credits.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt on Monday released information about the price-fixing case against Apple. Kansas and 32 other states sued Apple for its participation in a conspiracy with publishers to charge more for electronic books than the market rate.

Apple appealed the case, but when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear it, the settlement became final.

GLMV Architecture

Wichita State’s Innovation Campus, a huge expansion taking shape along 17th Street, just got a new tenant.

Element by Westin, a hotel chain with a contemporary design, will be the first addition and a focal point of Braeburn Square, the university’s new retail and mixed-use corridor. There will also be several units for retail and restaurants.

Cargill, Wikipedia Commons

Documents obtained by The Associated Press show that a deal to keep agribusiness giant Cargill operations in Wichita includes nearly $10 million in tax breaks over a 10-year period from state and local government entities.

The documents, which came from an open records request, show the incentive package includes tax abatements and sales tax exemptions from state, county, city and school district, but no outright cash incentives.

Sean Sandefur / KMUW

After considering sites in both Texas and Colorado, Cargill will be keeping its meat and protein division headquarters, and 800 employees, in Wichita.

  

The Minnesota-based agriculture, energy and pharmaceutical company currently operates its Meat Solutions division out of a 110,000-square-foot building in downtown Wichita.

Cargill announced in March its desire to build a new headquarters for its meat and protein division, and Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell says he was worried that the company would hit the road.

James Rhiley

Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers is one of the fastest-growing restaurant chains in the country. In 2015, the restaurant saw a growth in sales of more than 30 percent. And while Freddy’s now has locations in 29 states--with its 200th restaurant opening in Nebraska in June--the roots of the business are in Wichita. Three humble men with visions of a simple burger joint and no intentions of starting a franchise started the concept.

As part of the KMUW Wichita Entrepreneurs series, Abigail Wilson sat down with Freddy himself and the rest of the top team at one of their restaurants in east Wichita.

Spirit Aerosystems

Updated Tuesday, May 3: Wichita City Council members unanimously approved $280 million in industrial revenue bonds for Spirit AeroSystems. The company says it will fund expansion and modernization projects.

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Tomorrow morning, Spirit AeroSystems will ask the Wichita City Council to approve up to $280 million in industrial revenue bonds.

wichita.edu

Wichita State University held an entrepreneurship conference on Thursday at the Hyatt Regency downtown. The event featured several speakers who outlined the data behind startup businesses both large and small.

Zach Werner, flickr Creative Commons

Missouri lawmakers appear uninterested in Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's proposal to reduce the business "border war" between the two states.

Brownback last week offered to lessen his state's efforts to lure jobs away from the Missouri side of the Kansas City metropolitan area if Missouri's lawmakers would in turn weaken a law they approved in 2014 addressing the issue.

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