The Week Ahead: Lincoln Days roll on, small business index released, Big 12 hits KC

Here’s a look at some of the stories Missouri Business Alert is tracking this week:


Shake Shack is scheduled to report earnings. It will be the first quarterly check-in for the New York-based burger chain since it announced plans to expand to St. Louis, hometown of Shake Shack founder Danny Meyer.

Gallup is scheduled to report its consumer spending measure. The number, an average of the amount Americans report spending or charging per day, offers a glimpse of how consumers are handling discretionary income.


The National Federation of Independent Businesses is expected to release its monthly Small Business Optimism Index. The index had been on the climb before a slight dip in January, Bloomberg reports. Observers expect it to bounce back for February.


The Big 12 men’s basketball championship returns to the Sprint Center in downtown Kansas City. The four-day event concludes with a championship game Saturday evening. Although the tournament no longer features any Missouri teams, it’s expected to be a boon to hotels, bars, restaurants and retailers in Kansas City.

Sprint CFO Tarek Robiatti will continue a recent run of talks at industry events with an address at Deutsche Bank’s annual Media, Internet & Telecommunications Conference. Sprint, the Overland Park, Kan.-based telecom company, made headlines last week with its revival of two-year contracts and its announcement of a new retail partnership with Dixons Carphone.


Cumulus Media is scheduled to report financial results. The Atlanta-based broadcasting company has more than a 15 radio stations across Missouri, including several in the Kansas City and Columbia markets.

The Missouri Housing Development Commission’s nominating committee is set to meet in Kansas City. The meeting comes just more than a week before the commission’s annual meeting in Columbia.


Republicans will host Lincoln Days in Dallas, Morgan and Vernon counties. That trio of events is part of a busy three-day stretch for Lincoln Days across the state, including the annual Lincoln/Reagan Day Dinner on Saturday in St. Louis County.


Missourians will break out their green in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. The official holiday isn’t until March 17, but early celebrations are planned for Saturday in locations across the state, including Sunrise Beach, Jefferson City and Kansas City.


Clocks spring forward one hour as Daylight Savings Time begins. But at least one Missouri lawmaker wants to do away with that time change altogether. Rep. Mike Kelley, R-Lamar, has proposed a constitutional amendment to adopt Daylight Savings Time year-round in Missouri, eliminating clock changes in the spring and fall.


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