WWMB@20 profile: Freeman revives her company after a wealth of HR talent becomes available

After a 30-year career as a labor and employment attorney and HR professional, Shelly Freeman finds her career coming full circle.

Freeman joined the Kansas City Business Journal’s Women Who Means Business program in 2006, largely for her work as president of HROI LLC, a human resources consultancy that was a subsidiary of Lathrop Gage LLP. She stayed there until 2013, when she spun the business out of the firm, changing its name to FineLine HR Consulting. She let the business go dormant in 2017…

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Telecom firm no longer opposes Sprint/T-Mobile merger

Wireless carrier C Spire has ended its opposition to the proposed merger of Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile US Inc.

The Mississippi-based company, which calls itself the nation’s largest privately held wireless carrier, pulled out of the 4Competition Coalition last month, according to a company official. The 4Competition Coalition, whose members include unions, Common Cause, the Rural Wireless Association and Dish Network LLC, has been among the most vocal opponents of the $26.5 billion Sprint/T-Mobile…

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KC Chamber names TREKK its top small business for 2019

TREKK Design Group LLC is the winner of the 2019 Mr. K Award, honoring the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year.

The announcement came Thursday at a luncheon marking the culmination of the chamber’s small business program. TREKK CFO and co-founder Kimberly Robinett accepted the Mr. K Award. The award honors a business that is driving success and that embraces the business philosophies of philanthropist and entrepreneur Ewing Kauffman.

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VA skips out on hearing to address Cerner EHR concerns

There were empty chairs where U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs officials should have been at a congressional hearing Wednesday. The department was called to appear before the an oversight subcommittee of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs to discuss its plan to address concerns related to its implementation of Cerner Corp.’s (Nasdaq: CERN) electronic health record system at VA facilities.

Wednesday’s hearing was scheduled to discuss the VA’s plans for addressing recommendations of government…

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