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Seg. 1: Missouri Leads In Black Women-Owned Firms. Seg. 2: Making It Work As Married Co-Anchors.

Catina Taylor wearing headphones and seated at a microphone in the KCUR studio.
Luke X. Martin
KCUR 89.3
Catina Taylor, founder of Dreams KC, participated in a recent study on black women entrepreneurs.

Segment 1: KC Fed releases results of study looking at black women starting businesses.

The growth rate of businesses owned by black women exceeds that of any other group in the country, male or female. But these entrepreneurs also face disproportionate challenges in finding financing, advice and support. The author of a recent study on black women business startups and two entrepreneurs who participated in the studied detailed the hurdles they face in creating and maintaining their enterprises.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City will host two events around the study 'Black Women Business Startups' — at 11:30 a.m. for small business support providers and at 6:30 p.m. for community members — on Tuesday, Aug. 28, at Chess, Inc., 3125 Gillham Plaza, Kansas City, Missouri 64109. The event is free, but registration is requested. Visit KCSourceLink.com for more information.

Segment 2, beginning at 26:26:  Rhiannon Ally used life with co-anchor and husband Mike Marusarz as inspiration for children's book.

Few couples work as closely together as the duo found side-by-side most nights in anchor chairs for KSHB's 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts. Mike Marusarz says one of the advantages of the situation is a greater appreciation for just how good wife Rhiannon Ally is at her job. The struggles of working mothers is the subject of Ally's new children's book, "Mommy, Please Don't Go to Work!"

The Kansas City Public Library and the Kansas City Moms Blog will co-present 'Mommy, Please Don’t Go to Work!' at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., Kansas City, Missouri 64112. For more information, go to KCLibrary.org.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.
As senior producer of Up To Date, I want our listeners to hear familiar and new voices that shine light on the issues and challenges facing the myriad communities KCUR serves, and to expose our audiences to the wonderful and the creative in the Kansas City area. Just as important to me is an obligation to mentor the next generation of producers to ensure that the important conversations continue. Reach me at alexanderdk@kcur.org.