These are the top 5 must-read business stories of the week


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A Sinclair Community College administrator is leaving the school and plans to do consulting work for the drone industry.

Deb Norris, Sinclair's vice president of workforce development and corporate services, will leave the college on Aug. 4. Norris has been at the school for nearly 11 years, she said. READ MORE

2. After Amazon’s Whole Foods purchase, grocery industry braces for change

Amazon’s pending purchase of Whole Foods has waged a full-out war between grocers — signifying an upcoming transformation of the grocery shopping game in major markets across the U.S., including Southwest Ohio.

With's pending $13.7 billion purchase of Austin-based Whole Foods Market, consumers in Southwest Ohio are seeing a deluge of new online grocery offerings pop up from chains like Kroger, Meijer, Walmart and Dorothy Lane Market. READ MORE

3. Ohio leaders say funding will help protect Wright Patt

State lawmakers on Friday touted a $500,000 state pledge to pay for infrastructure at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in a bid to bolster its survivability if another round of military base closures happens.

Ohio Speaker of the House Cliff Rosenberger said the state faced "an extremely tough budget," but the money set aside for the Miami Valley base was needed to protect "one of Ohio's number one employers." READ MORE

4. Wright State’s Cassie Barlow, aerospace center find new home with SOCHE

The Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education is taking over Wright State University's Aerospace Professional Development Center and a prominent area leader is moving too. READ MORE

5. LOCAL IMPACT: 5 things to know about latest Kmart closings

In the latest round of cuts for Sears Holdings, the last Kmart store in the Dayton area will close. Sears Holdings plans to close an additional 43 Sears and Kmart stores within the year. That's on top of the 265 store closings already announced in recent months. READ MORE

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