Kathleen Pointer

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Local social needs exceed donations

The demand for social services generally increased by double digits this year in Columbia, where the unemployment rate rose as high as 8 percent. Donations to many individual charities decreased, and the city’s overall allocation to social services declined by 1 percent.
There was, however, a saving grace in 2009; contributions to the Heart of Missouri United Way remained steady. (And unemployment has dropped to about 6 percent.)

Job market anemic outside health fields

*Hiring Trends*City unemployment rate passes 7 percent as employers tighten belts and cut costs.

Brand building in eight steps

*Agencies*Columbia ad agencies embrace interactive media and ride out the recession.

Inside the New Government Center

*Inside The New Government Center*Who has the biggest offices with the best views?

Airport bustling

As Kevin Pentico gathered his luggage at Columbia Regional Airport, he had just one complaint about his Delta flight from Memphis on the 34-seat turboprop plane.
“It’s so loud,” Pentico said. “Instead of peanuts, they should pass out earplugs.”

Storms, recession reduce insurance company profits

Insurance companies market themselves as calm, steady and always there when calamities strike. During the…