H&R Block tax prep decline brings mixed results

For the fifth year in a row, H&R Block Inc. saw a decline in the number of 2016 tax returns it prepared, dropping 0.8 percent to 19.38 million from 19.55 million the previous year.

But that’s a significant improvement from the 4.6 percent decline in returns H&R Block prepared for the 2015 season, which led CEO Bill Cobb to publicly apologize and vow to post much better results this year.

H&R Block (NYSE: HRB) launched a three-pronged marketing plan this past tax season designed to add customers:

It…

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Populous wants to lead the e-sports venue-design charge [RENDERINGS, VIDEO]

A new type of sports venue is emerging around the exploding popularity of multiplayer video games — or e-sports — and Populous plans to lead the charge in how they are designed.

The Kansas City-based architecture firm, which boasts the largest sports practice in the world, expects to announce e-sports projects ranging from retrofits of existing venues to new purpose-built facilities within the next year, Brian Mirakian said.

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KC company lands contract with India's largest conglomerate

A Kansas City company will expand to a new market, thanks to a massive contract.

SCD Probiotics, which offers products for human, animal and crop health, announced the contract with Rallis India Ltd. on Thursday. The company is a Mumbai-based subsidiary of Tata Chemicals Ltd., which is part of Tata Group. Through its many subsidiaries, India’s largest conglomerate Tata Group “generated revenues of $103.51 billion” in fiscal year 2015-16 and employs more than 660,000 people globally, according to…

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KC's Smart City effort takes home gold for 'game-changing' innovation

Kansas City’s Smart City initiative earned a prestigious Edison Awards honor, validating the city’s push for innovation.

The 30th annual international competition honors winners that offer “game-changing” products or services and excellence and leadership in innovation.

The Smart City initiative took home gold in the Connected Collaboration category, which is awarded to a group of organizations that have worked together to create transformative innovation through collaboration and co-creation.…

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