Tom Salisbury

Tom Salisbury

MWSU Offers MBA Options

Beginning in Fall 2018, Missouri Western’s Craig School of Business is offering a 100 percent online MBA program. The online MBA is offered alongside the onsite MBA program, with both programs focused on applied academic instruction to enhance students’ analytical and decision-making skills.

Both programs are AACSB International-accredited professional degree programs designed to provide students with a vehicle for launching or advancing their careers. Classes cover a variety of business areas, including accounting, marketing, finance and management, and are intended to meet the needs of both working professionals and recent graduates. Each degree is 30 credit hours.

The new online MBA offers a General Business option, which includes seven core business classes and three courses focused on leadership, ethics and organizational behavior management. The program can be completed 100 percent online through sets of eight-week classes, designed for degree completion in one year.

Options for the onsite MBA include General Business as well as Enterprise Resource Planning, Forensic Accounting and Animal and Life Science.

Students interested in any of Missouri Western’s MBA programs can contact the Program Director at mba@ or check it out at

Salisbury Has New Position

Tom Salisbury was appointed on Jan. 6, as the Regional Administratorfor SBA’s Region VII states of Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa.

Previously, Salisbury worked in Kansas City as the small business liaison for U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt (RMO). Prior to that he spent the majority of his career since 1983 in the lending industry, most recently as a Vice President and Manager of Correspondent Banking with UMB Bank, N.A.

Salisbury will administer the delivery of SBA federal programs and services by Region VII’s five district offices, with locations in Wichita, Kansas; Omaha, Nebraska; Des Moines, Iowa; Kansas City, Missouri and St. Louis, Missouri.

These SBA offices provide program training and support to hundreds of SBA participating program lender institutions and SBA-financed microlenders, who loan federally guaranteed capital to small businesses. Additionally, the SBA oversees more than 85 grantee resource partner sites within the region, which provide free or low cost small business counseling, training and mentoring services. These include the services of Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, a Veterans Business Resource Center and SCORE Mentor chapters. In addition, SBA district offices teach small businesses how to participate in federal contracting opportunities and administer the 8(a) federal contracting program.

Tipple Hill Releases Rare Wine

Locally grown in St. Joseph, Liechti Family Farms is the first Missouri vineyard to cultivate the cold hardy Petite Pearl grape. Mostly grown in the northern states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, & Iowa, this newly developed grape is a promising up & coming wine grape varietal. Petite Pearl was developed in Minnesota and is said to have outstanding hardiness, good disease resistance, and excellent potential for making good-quality wine.

Tipple Hill Winery of Easton, Mo., is among just a few wineries in the country, and the only one in the State of Missouri, to commercially produce a Petite Pearl wine. Petite Pearl wine has a dark garnet color and is described as a wine with a complexity in aroma and flavor with soft midmouth  tannins. Petite Pearl has been described as an elegant dark red dry wine.

As the winemaker, Daniel McLaughlin, explains it: “Compared with other cold-hardy red grapes, Petite Pearl has a more balanced chemical makeup with lower acidity and higher tannin levels. I am very excited about the potential for the Petite Pearl wine Our Petite Pearl was  aged for 15 months with French Oak and offers great aging potential.”

Tipple Hill Winery & Vineyard is honored to be the first Missouri winery to bring the Petite Pearl to market.

Offsite Image Management Featured In Article

OffSite Image Management, Inc., was recently included in a magazine article for ITNonline, a leading national publication for the information technology industry.

Titled “Enterprise Imaging to Account for 27 Percent of Imaging Market,” OffSite was included in a comparison chart highlighting the best imaging technology providers across the country. Offsite’s solutions for radiological imaging, including viewers, workflow, PACS dashboarding and archiving are listed among national full-scale organizations because they meet new industry standards and criteria.

Read the article and link to the comparison chart here: https://www. account-27-percent-imagingmarket

Radisson Hotel Changes Name

On May 3, 2018, the Radisson Hotel St. Joseph entered a new franchise agreement with RLH Corporation and is now Red Lion Hotel St. Joseph. Red Lion Hotels are focused on friendly service and unique local flair.

“We look forward to our new relationship with Red Lion and the exciting enhancements yet to come,” said Marcy LaLonde, General Manager.

JA Gets Support From CLA Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City (JAKC) has been awarded a generous grant from the CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA) Foundation to support programs in financial education, work readiness, and entrepreneurship in the Kansas City metro, Northwest Missouri, and St. Joseph areas.

This is the first award for JAKC from the CLAFoundation which has a mission to connect networks, advance work readiness, and create career opportunities. It is projected that this grant will reach over 24,000 students in grades K-12.

“We are honored to receive such a generous gift from the CliftonLarsonAllen Foundation,” said JAKC president and CEO, Megan Sturges. “Because of this funding support, we will be able to reach even more students in St. Joseph and Kansas City with programs that show students how money, careers, and business ownership  work and prepare them for a successful future beyond the classroom.”

St. Joseph Among Most Tax

Friendly in Missouri for Retirees In its fourth annual study, SmartAsset analyzed sales, property, income, fuel and Social Security tax data to rank locations on how friendly they are for retirees. To compare the cities in  the study, it looked at a hypothetical retiree who receives $50,000 in income. The table below shows which cities lead Missouri in retirement tax friendliness. St. Joseph is No. 3.

RankCityIncome Tax PaidProperty Tax PaidSales Tax PaidFuel Tax PaidSocial Security TaxedRetirement Tax Friendliness Index
 1St. Robert$5,456.71%$659$204Taxed75.98
 2Murphy$5,456.89%$659$274 Taxed72.44
 3St. Joseph$5,456.95%$659$274Taxed72.33

AgriLabs Develops Master

Seeds for Vaccines AgriLabs has developed a set of master seeds for replication-deficient human adenovirus vector that expresses select genes for several different serotypes of foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV).

Although existing FMD vaccines are available in the U.S. and elsewhere, these new seeds are the first to use a live adenovirus as a vector for select genes from FMD virus. This new technology allows FMD vaccines to be made without the biosecurity hazard of having actual FMD virus in a U.S. manufacturing facility.

“We know that infecting animals with a weakened or attenuated version of an infectious agent generally produces a better immune  response than inactivated antigens,” says Dr. Tim Miller, chief scientific officer of AgriLabs. “However, in the case of FMD, the risk of producing a harmful infection in vaccinated animals has  prevented the industry from developing a live attenuated vaccine.”

Now, by integrating select genes from the FMD virus into an adenovirus vector, causing it to produce proteins related to an FMD infection, this technology allows for both the efficacy of a live attenuated vaccine and the safety of existing subunit or inactivated antigen-based vaccines.

Benchmark Biolabs, a subsidiary of AgriLabs, received funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate, contract HSHQDC- 12-C-00127, to develop the new vaccines.