Here are this morning’s top business headlines from across Missouri:
Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency in Missouri as Tropical Depression Bill threatened to turn saturated land in the state into a flood-wracked mess. Heavy rains this week have taken the Mississippi River, Meramec River and other waterways above flood stage, affecting thousands of acres of agricultural land, according to the Governor’s office.
Arch Grants, the St. Louis-based startup competition that awards promising business plans $50,000 to start or grow, announced its winners for the spring round of applications. The organization changed its awards process last year, expanding to two rounds of applications and awards instead of one in order to allow for more feedback and opportunities to applying businesses.
Amid protests by Missouri Republicans over a recent donation by the national AFL-CIO, Governor Jay Nixon dismissed the timing of the donation while defending his veto of the “Right to Work” bill as right for the state. The bill would have prevented businesses and unions from requiring that all bargaining employees pay union dues.
Now that Sprint’s mobile network has risen into a tie with Verizon for the best in Kansas City, CEO Marcelo Claure is calling for an end to excuses from the company’s salespeople about network issues slowing sales. In fact, he wants to turn every employee into a salesperson to evangelize the improvements.
St. Louis will soon welcome a new startup accelerator to its ranks, and this one brings an unusual twist: It’s entirely focused on startups in sports-related businesses.
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