SBA announces restaurant-, food service-oriented grant program

By Angie Baldelomar The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced details on the application for Restaurant Revitalization Funds (RRF) grants.Part of the American Rescue Plan Act, signed into law by President Biden, the RRF aims to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses remain open. The program will provide restaurants and other […]

KDOL expanding customer service hours to address unemployment issues

By Angie Baldelomar For months, Kansans have complained about the irregularities in getting their unemployment benefit payments.One explanation the Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) has given is the outdated unemployment system in place that has been overwhelmed by the number of claims because of the added federal unemployment programs it added.KDOL Deputy Secretary Peter Brady […]

Beware of fraudulent KDOL social media pages

Please be aware of fraudulent social media accounts and websites impersonating the Kansas Department of Labor. These accounts and websites are not managed by KDOL. Do not click on any links or provide any personal information to these accounts. If you receive a message or comment from a social media account impersonating KDOL, report it […]

Biden, moderate Senate Democrats agree to limit eligibility for $1,400 checks

By Roberta Pardo Senate Democrats plan to give $1,400 checks to fewer people under a deal struck with President Joe Biden, according to an article by NBC News.Every American who filed individually and makes up to $75,000 will still get the full amount before it begins to reduce at incomes above that. Unlike the last […]

Four Ways 2020 Might Impact your tax return   

By Chris Hogan Last year, we dealt with a lot of unknowns because of the coronavirus situation. Taxes were no exception. From the federal tax deadline being moved up to new legislation being passed, there were loopholes coming at us left and right.Now that the dust is starting to settle, let’s get some clarity about […]

Tax season start date delayed until Feb. 12

By Angie BaldelomarTax season is almost here.In other years, tax season would have started by now. But this year, the start date has been postponed a few weeks.The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced last week that it would begin accepting and processing individual income tax returns on Feb. 12 for the tax year 2020 — […]

Have the final say to your life – create a will

Commentary by CharaJust because you cannot take your possessions with you when you die does not mean you should not think about what should be done with your stuff after your death.On the contrary, it is important to think about what will happen with your property and other possessions. If you do nothing, either the […]

Juan Jose’s Taqueria brings authentic Mexican food to Shawnee

By Angie Baldelomar A new locally owned taqueria has opened in Shawnee, Kansas.Juan Jose’s Taqueria opened Nov. 20. Located at 13220 W. 62nd Terrace in Shawnee, Kansas, it offers authentic Mexican food.A Mexican native, Fili Mora, operations manager, wears many hats, including chef. Mora oversees creating the dishes that set Juan Jose’s apart from other […]

Financial expert advises on best practices for managing finances during pandemic

By Angie BaldelomarWhen the coronavirus pandemic hit, millions of workers around the world lost their jobs, ultimately triggering a recession that has led to many more people struggling financially.The start of a new year means that many workers are hopeful for better days. Many are making resolutions to manage their finances more wisely during the […]

Many phone apps can help you save money

Commentary by Tere Siqueira If one of your top new year’s resolutions is to get your finances in order, there are many ways technology can help you. Many apps are designed to allow you to monitor and save your money. And this year, there are more money-saving mobile apps than ever before. Some of the […]