About Talking Business Now

Talking Business Now is for business owners, entrepreneurs and executives who want to explore current business issues, cultivate innovative ideas and discover how cutting-edge businesses achieved success. You'll gain insights you can put to work immediately to increase productivity, improve processes, expand your market share and generate more revenue. On each episode of Talking Business Now, host Kelly Scanlon and her guests deliver the inside scoop on how America’s most successful entrepreneurs are transforming their industries—and even creating new ones. You'll also hear from the top business minds in the country, best-selling business authors and nationally recognized business gurus as they deliver practical tools, tips and advice for growing your business.

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    Your company's brand identity is everything visual that is visual about your brand—and your company name is a major part of that. In fact, 77% of consumers make purchases based on a brand name.

    In this episode of Talking Business Now, Ross Kimbarovsky shares tips for choosing a name for your business—whether you're launching a new business or rebranding an existing business:

    • The difference between brand identity and brand design
    • How your business name conveys your overall brand design and creates a competitive edge
    • Do’s and don’ts for selecting a good company name to begin with
    • Good reasons for changing a company's name
    • Whether you should use online business name generators
    • Whether it's important to be able to trademark the name
    • Is it smart to create an odd company names in order to secure a unique domain name?
    • Examples of effective company names

    Kimbarovsky is the co-founder and CEO of crowdSPRING. He spent 13 years as a trial attorney before founding the company in 2007.

    Kimbarovsky mentors entrepreneurs through TechStars and Founder Institute, is a member of the Executive Advisory Board for TechWeek, and was honored as one of Techweek100′s top technology leaders and business visionaries. Ross has also founded numerous other startups, including Startup Foundry, Quickly Legal and Respect.

    CONNECT WITH ROSS KIMBAROVSKY

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  • Your company's brand identity is everything visual that is visual...
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    Margaret Reynolds joins Talking Business Now host Kelly Scanlon to discuss her latest book—Boost Your GrowthDNA: How Strategic Leaders Use Growth Genetics to Drive Sustainable Business Performance.

    Reynolds explains how growth-driven can use the Growth DNA framework to accelerate performance in a highly competitive and fast-changing world.

    Tune in to find out:

    1. Why GrowthDNA is the missing link to more profit, stronger culture and sustainable high performance.

    2. How to develop the four strands of GrowthDNA—confidence, clarity, commitment and culture— to fuel sustainable and profitable growth and lead your team to breakthrough results year after year

    3. Why growth doesn't occur just by doing the right things but rather by HOW they are being done.

    4. How to understand your company's GrowthDNA so you can modify outcomes.

    5. The importance of taking the GrowthDNA Scorecard Assessment (at no charge). You can access it at www.dnascorecard.com.

    Margaret Reynolds is a thought leader on the topic of corporate growth—how to get more of it and how to accelerate it. She works with C-suite leaders to help them surpass and sustain high performance goals through reimagining what is possible, creating a shared direction and embedding strong, aligned cultures. Reynolds’ runs a management consulting firm called Breakthrough Masters Unlimited. In addition to GrowthDNA, Reynolds is the author of Reignite: How Everyday Companies Spark Next Stage Growth.

    Connect with Margaret Reynolds:

    Twitter: @growthcatalyst

    ■ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/breakthroughmaster

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    August Turak, serial entreprener and award-winning author who attributes much of his success to his 20-year stint as a frequent guest of the Trappist monks of Mepkin Abbey, joins host Kelly Scanlon on this episode of Talking Business Now.

    In our May 24, 2019 interview with Turak, he talked about the 1996 skydiving accident that triggered the emotional crisis that sent him to the Abbey in search of spiritual solace; his Christmas Eve exchange with a monk named Brother John that led him to write his Templeton prize-winning essay, Brother John: A Monk, a Pilgrim and the Purpose of Life;and his book Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks: One CEO’s Quest for Meaning and Authenticity, in which he describes how to apply the lessons he learned from the monks to achieve business success.

    In this episode, Turak returns to Talking Business Now to discuss the life and leadership lessons he learned from his father, which he published as a tribute in Forbes.com—on what would have been his father’s 100th birthday. Among them:

    ■ Be Your Best

    ■ Be Bold

    ■ The Value of Struggle

    ... and several others.

    Turak was a founding employee of MTV and the A&E Network. Later, he founded software companies that eventually sold to BMC Software for $150 million. He currently runs a not-for-profit called the Self-Knowledge Symposium Foundation.

    Connect with August Turak:

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aturak

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/AugustTurak

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/augustturak/

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  • August Turak, serial entreprener and award-winning author who attributes much...
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    Small business marketing expert John Jantsch joins host Kelly Scanlon on this episode of Talking Business Now to discuss his recent book "The Self-Reliant Entrepreneur: 366 Daily Meditations to Feed Your Soul and Grow Your Business."

    In a departure from his previous five books on marketing, in his latest work, Jantsch taps into the wisdom of 19th-century transcendentalist literature and his own 30-year entrepreneurial journey to create a daily guide entrepreneurs can use to create a deeper relationship with their own entrepreneurial journey.

    Listen in to discover:

    —Why the message of the transcendentalists resonates with modern-day entrepreneurs

    —What it means to be a self-reliant entrepreneur

    —The parallels between 19th-century society and today, and their implications for business

    —How mindfulness, meditation and solitude can serve entrepreneurs

    —How to get back up and start over after you fail

    —How to remain true to your entrepreneurial dream

    —Lessons from nature for living a joyful life

    Jantsch shows how entrepreneurs can learn to trust their ideas and overcome the fear and doubt of everyday challenges.

    ABOUT JOHN JANTSCH

    Jantsch is a marketing consultant, speaker, and author of Duct Tape Marketing, The Referral Engine, Duct Tape Selling, The Commitment Engine, and SEO for Growth.

    Jantsch is a podcasting pioneer who has been hosting an award-winning weekly podcast since 2005. He's has interviewed thousands of guests and appeared on the other side of the mic, as a guest, hundreds of times.

    RESOURCES & LINKS

    Website: ducttapemarketing.com

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ducttapemarketing

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ducttapemarketingvideo

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  • Small business marketing expert John Jantsch joins host Kelly Scanlon...
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    When Conner Hazelrigg was a college sophomore, her friend returned from a trip to Haiti, amazed that everyone there had cell phones—but no electricity to charge them. Yet many residents of these countries rely on their phones for food, medical needs and digital currency transactions.

    A math and physics major, Hazelrigg decided she needed to do something about the situation. And, within a few months, she had created a prototype for the Sunshine Box, a suitcase-sized device that can charge 10 mobile phones at a time, using solar power.

    In this episode of Talking Business Now, Hazelrigg talks about how she quickly found herself leading a new company—17° 73° Innovation Co. (the coordinates of Port au Prince in Haiti)—that provides solar power, creates jobs and provides a payment platform for developing countries as well as assistance in disaster areas.

    To date, the Sunshine Box has helped to charge tens of thousands of phones in 17 developing nations. The boxes also hosts an IoT payment platform to meet the needs of residents who rely on digital currency. And, in an unanticipated benefit, the Sunshine Box is helping to improve educational access in these countries.

    RESOURCES & LINKS

    Website: https://www.1773innovationco.com

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/1773innovationco

    Twitter: @1773Innovation

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    What happens when you combine your talent with your passion?

    According to our guest on this episode of Talking Business Now, legendary Orlando Magic co-founder Pat Williams, you find your “success intersection.” 

    When Pat was seven years old, his passion was baseball. By the time he made it to the minor leagues, he realized after just two years that as much as he loved the sport, it wasn't his greatest talent. 

    Little did he know that his career in sports was just beginning. He discovered that he had a real talent for leadership and sales. When he combined those talents with his passion for sports, he discovered his success intersection.

    In this episode from our 2017 podcast archives, Pat discusses his book, “The Success Intersection: What Happens When Your Talent Meets Your Passion.” 

    Listen in and learn how to identify your greatest talent, pursue your greatest passion and multiply your efforts through teamwork. 

    Basketball hall-of-famer Pat Williams founded the Orlando Magic and retired as senior vice president in April 2019, after a 56-year career that included more than 30 years with the Magic.

    He's also a popular motivational speaker who’s written more than 100 books and makes about 150 guest appearances a year.  Pat was also the general manager of the 1983 world champion Philadelphia 76ers, and he managed the Chicago Bulls and the Atlanta Hawks. 

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    Sales and leadership expert Ron Karr joins Talking Business Now host Kelly Scanlon to talk with us about a proprietary sales process, called Velocity Mindset, for increasing your company's market share, sales and profits.

    Tune in to discover:

    ■ What today's prospects expect from a salesperson.

    ■ Simple questions for qualifying a prospect.

    ■ How to shorten the sales cycle.

    ■ How to grow sales revenues without discounting.

    ■ The secret to reducing the number of proposals you send out.

    ■ Time management tips for salespeople.

    Working with Karr, his clients worldwide—including Hertz, UPS and Marriott—have generated three-quarters of a billion dollars in incremental revenues.

    Karr is the author of several books, including the best-selling book “Lead, Sell, or Get Out of the Way.”  He has been published in more than 250 national magazines, interviewed on hundreds of radio stations and appeared on Fox News, the CBS Morning Show, BBC, Bloomberg TV and C-Suite TV.

    An international keynote speaker and a former president of the National Speakers Association, Karr has spoken on six continents and in 20 countries. 

    Resources and Links

    Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/ronkarr1

    Twitter Link: @ronkarr

    LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ronkarr

    How to order Karr's book Lead, Sell, or Get Out of the Way: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00245A4G4/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

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  • Sales and leadership expert Ron Karr joins Talking Business Now...
  • Array ( [id] => 971dde96-ca93-11e9-aacd-2b2e9933e8c9 [createdAt] => 2019-08-29T15:31:25.568-04:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-10-01T16:17:58.289-04:00 [title] => A Pioneer of Early Silicon Valley on Lessons Learned and Today's Startups [pubdate] => 2019-08-30T06:30:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/971dde96-ca93-11e9-aacd-2b2e9933e8c9/image/uploads_2F1567119203137-2rqu6nqgpuh-7fa1e51d549731199c2bab74e43028fe_2FZinn.Ray2.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => [summary] =>

    Ray Zinn, co-founder of microchip company Micrel, joins Talking Business Now host Kelly Scanlon to discuss entrepreneurship, startup success, staying true to core values maintaining a disciplined focus and being a "student of life."

    A Silicon Valley pioneer, Zinn founded the company in 1978—and he chose to bootstrap it to profitability rather than take venture capital. 

    When Microchip acquired the company in 2015, Zinn delivered a total equity value of more than $800 million.

     

    Before attending college, Zinn worked at a janitorial service. After college, he moved to San Francisco and started working in rocket motor manufacturing and then in the semiconductor industry. He and a friend founded Micrel with $300,000, and the company was profitable in its first year. In total, Micrel achieved profitability in 36 of its 37 years. During his 37 years with Micrel, Zinn served as president, CEO and chairman of the board. He's known as the longest-serving CEO of a publicly traded Silicon Valley company. He also holds more than 20 patents for semiconductor design.

    Zinn spends his time these days as a speaker, author and leader of a Silicon Valley accelerator called ZinnStarter, which is dedicated to mentoring entrepreneurs to build profitable and sustainable companies. He's also a podcaster and author of Tough Things First and Zen of Zinn

    Tune in to find out Zinn's: 

    ■ Rationale for bucking the traditional Silicon Valley mindset of starting with venture—capital and bootstrapping the company instead.

    ■ Formula for building a profitable, sustainable company. Ray led Micrel through eight downturns in the global chip markets, including the dot-com bust and the Great Recession.

    ■ Perspective on why so many startups fail—and how to avoid it.

    ■ Advice on handling mistakes.

    ■ Decision-making philosophy.

    ■ Strategy for earning 20 patents for semiconductor design (hint: it requires a team effort).

    ■ Approach to creating a corporate culture built on dignity of the individual.

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  • Ray Zinn, co-founder of microchip company Micrel, joins Talking Business...
  • Array ( [id] => 8b501cc4-c911-11e9-b35c-fb0af9689498 [createdAt] => 2019-08-27T17:28:00.024-04:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-08-27T17:54:36.898-04:00 [title] => How Companies Can Help New Executives Succeed [pubdate] => 2019-08-27T21:00:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/8b501cc4-c911-11e9-b35c-fb0af9689498/image/uploads_2F1566941260669-13artej863da-81b5de37cb7e18f068628a2cb5b267e5_2FCarucci.Ron.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Ron Carucci shares insights for helping new executives rise to power and avoid failure [summary] =>

    Everyday companies across America hire or promote talented executives who ultimately fail. Perhaps you've been one of those executives yourself.

    Why does this happen so often?

    My guest on this episode of Talking Business Now, Ron Carucci, has written a book on this very subject. Called "Rising to Power: The Journey of Exceptional Executives,"it’s based on a ground-breaking 10-year study on executive transition that reveals why so many executives fail—and fail so fast. Ron shares with us why that happens and how your organization can avoid those landmines.

    Tune in to discover:

    ■ Why 50% of leaders fail within the first 18 months

    ■ The 4 characteristics that set successful leaders apart

    ■ How an organization can prepare a newly appointed executive for their new position

    ■ Tips for startup founders who have big ideas but who aren't seasoned leaders—how to lead their organization from startup to grown up

    Carucci is the co-founder and managing partner at Navalent, where he works with CEOs and executives around the world to address strategy, organization and leadership challenges.  In addition to being a regular contributor to HBR and Forbes, Carucci has been featured in Fortune, CEO Magazine, BusinessInsider, MSNBC, Inc, Business Week and Smart Business.

    Connect with Ron Carucci:

    Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/navalent/

    Twitter: @roncarucci 

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  • Everyday companies across America hire or promote talented executives who...
  • Array ( [id] => 0d59bbbe-bf15-11e9-ab4d-37cae6d27c6e [createdAt] => 2019-08-15T00:27:55.041-04:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-08-15T00:47:21.911-04:00 [title] => Tiege Hanley: The Entrepreneurial Company Changing the Face of Men's Skin Care [pubdate] => 2019-08-16T06:00:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/0d59bbbe-bf15-11e9-ab4d-37cae6d27c6e/image/uploads_2F1565843997942-qgbg9ph06f8-a74849de323a550856a349d99a68b234_2FThornton.Kelley.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Founder and CEO Kelley Thornton shares the secrets behind the success of men's skin care company Tiege Hanley. [summary] =>

    What do you do when you’re a guy strolling down the skin care aisle of a department store and you don’t like the experience you're having?

    If you’re Kelley Thornton, you create a men’s skin care empire that's changing the face of men's grooming.

    Thornton, the founder and CEO of Chicago-based Tiege Hanley, joins Talking Business Now host Kelly Scanlon, to talk about how he and his partners have built a multimillion dollar company featuring a skin care system that's easy for regular guys to understand and use.

    Thornton drew on his 20 years of experience in consumer goods and collaborated with his college roommate turned software industry guru, Rob Hoxie, to help mastermind the new skin care solution. The two soon met Aaron Marino, a men's lifestyle expert, grooming guru and YouTube sensation (with more than 5 million subscribers), who became the company’s third partner.

    Tune in to find out the behind-the-scenes story of a brand that's built a cult following:

    ■ The incident that inspired Thornton to start the business

    ■ The strategy behind the company's phenomenal growth—achieving 8-digit revenues after just two years

    ■ Why the company almost closed its door after 2 months—and what turned it around

    ■ What sets Tiege Hanley apart from other men's skin care products

    ■ How taking a chance and making an "ask" led to a key partnership with a YouTube influencer—and  a dominating online presence

    ■ Why men care about skin care more today than they have in the past

    ■ The personal connection that made skin cancer awareness such an important cause to Thornton and Tiege

    ■ The impact of cause marketing—and what Tiege Hanley hopes to achieve by supporting the Skin Cancer Foundation

    Thornton is a veteran of creating new and innovative ways to connect consumer packaged goods companies to retail customers. He's also the author of “The Inadequacy of POP Design and Ways to Improve."

    Connect with Tiege Hanley

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tiegehanley/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/tiegehanley?lang=en 

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tiege-hanley-llc/about/

    Connect with Kelly Scanlon

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InterrobangSolutions/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/KellyAScanlon

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kellyascanlon/

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  • What do you do when you’re a guy strolling down...
  • Array ( [id] => be0da02e-bf0b-11e9-ab7e-27a8200e5d05 [createdAt] => 2019-08-14T23:21:16.543-04:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-08-15T00:30:46.497-04:00 [title] => How the Country’s Oldest Peanut Butter Company Became a 21st Century Phenom [pubdate] => 2019-08-15T06:00:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/be0da02e-bf0b-11e9-ab7e-27a8200e5d05/image/uploads_2F1565839246486-rdaerldhu7s-ec5d7ad74801568f0976b52d79283d8d_2FWernli.Kimmi.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Entrepreneur Kimmi Wernli discusses how buying Crazy Richard's Peanut Butter Company from her father and her strategies for reshaping it into a 21st century company. [summary] =>

    The story of Crazy Richard’s Peanut Butter is a family story that began in 1898 in Columbus, Ohio, with the oldest peanut butter company in the United States. Its most recent chapter began when the current owner, Kimmi Wernli, was six years old.

    Wenli joins Talking Business Now host Kelly Scanlon to talk about bringing the natural peanut butter company into the 21st century—with sales in every state—and provides loads of takeaways you can use to grow your own business.

    Tune in to find out how, in the short time since taking over Crazy Richard’s Peanut Butter from her father, Wernli has:

    ·         Merged two companies into one.

    ·         Overseen a major rebranding effort.

    ·         Embraced social media to create a community of peanut butter lovers.

    ·         Embarked on a mission to make it fun to eat healthy.

    ·         How she’s using peanut butter to help alleviate childhood hunger.

    ·         And what it takes to become a “B” Corporation.

    Wernli also shares tips for ensuring a smooth ownership transition in a family business, modernizing an old business and positively impacting the community.

    Connect with Kimmi Wernli

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/crazyrichardspb/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/crazyrichardspb

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kimmi-sonksen-wernli-a80581125/

    Connect with Kelly Scanlon

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InterrobangSolutions/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/KellyAScanlon

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kellyascanlon/

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  • The story of Crazy Richard’s Peanut Butter is a family...
  • Array ( [id] => a0e1019c-b224-11e9-8562-838e2bd4458a [createdAt] => 2019-07-29T13:16:39.900-04:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-07-29T13:21:11.649-04:00 [title] => Embracing a Healthy Disregard for the Impossible [pubdate] => 2019-08-02T06:00:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/a0e1019c-b224-11e9-8562-838e2bd4458a/image/uploads_2F1564419747827-o8bqwtk4qo-16ad157dfc5ccce15738fe6a70f9d54f_2FSeelig.Tina.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Tina Seelig talks about creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and life lessons from her book What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20. [summary] =>

    Think about the times in your life when you’ve had to reimagine your future. Maybe it was leaving school and starting your career—or changing your career. Often, during these transitional times, we’re faced with many options and we’re concerned about making the RIGHT decision. Many times, there’s not a clear map for which path will lead to success.

    My guest on this episode of Talking Business Now is Tina Seelig, author of "What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20: A Crash Course on Making Your Way in the World." Seelig, who is a Professor of the Practice at the School of Engineering at Stanford and a faculty director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, encourages us to toss out old models and old rules and provides a model for reaching our potential.

    Seelig’s model has applications for students, entrepreneurs, business executives and others who want to throw out old assumptions for achieving success, want to discover how to have a healthy disregard for the impossible, learn a new approach for recovering from failure and be able to spot opportunity in challenges.

    Seelig teaches courses in the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school) and leads three fellowship programs in the School of Engineering that are focused on creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. She earned her doctorate in neuroscience at Stanford Medical School and has been a management consultant, entrepreneur and author of 17 books. She is the recipient of the Gordon Prize from the National Academy of Engineering, the Olympus Innovation Award and the Silicon Valley Visionary Award.

    Connect with Tina Seelig:

    Twitter Link: @tseelig

    LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tinaseelig/

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  • Think about the times in your life when you’ve had...
  • Array ( [id] => c5b5305c-afb7-11e9-9e5b-7b024bea3fb3 [createdAt] => 2019-07-26T11:12:24.220-04:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-07-26T11:17:42.282-04:00 [title] => Is Your Business Strangled By Conflict Debt? [pubdate] => 2019-07-26T12:00:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/c5b5305c-afb7-11e9-9e5b-7b024bea3fb3/image/uploads_2F1564069366394-bryst6lr4q-7c9fb18e4e94e8ecc941f409e5943b01_2FDavey.Liane.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Liane Davey discusses how to use productive conflict to get your team and your organization to be more productive. [summary] =>

    Conflict has become a dirty word in the workplace. But, according to our guest on this episode of Talking Business NowNew York Times bestselling author Dr. Liane Davey—companies that avoid or defer conflict find themselves struggling with "conflict debt.”

    Davey, an organizational psychologist, is the author of The Good Fight: Use Productive Conflict to Get Your Team and Organization Back on Track. She says: "Think of conflict debt like credit card debt. Conflict debt is the sum of all the contentious issues that need to be addressed to be able to move forward but instead remain undiscussed and unresolved. Like credit card debt, conflict debt compounds as leaders who avoid conflict pay interest dealing with drama, tamping down passive-aggressive behavior, and trying to patch eroded trust."

    Tune in to learn:Why we need more conflict in our organizations.How to have conflict productively.Why tension that is healthy and productive should be encouraged.The 3-step process for communicating with someone who disagrees with you.Tips for dealing with difficult personalities and behaviors.Why it's always important to have a "go-to" question that encourages the behavior you're looking for.Davey is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review and the host of the ChangeYourTeam blog. As the co-founder of 3COze Inc., she advises on business strategy and executive team effectiveness, working with companies such as Amazon, Walmart and SONY PlayStation. 

     

    Connect With Liane Davey

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drlianedavey

    Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/lianedavey

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lianedavey/

    Instagram: https://www.instragram.com/lianedavey  

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  • Conflict has become a dirty word in the workplace. But,...
  • Array ( [id] => 1c161b86-aaaf-11e9-9943-eb8e47077143 [createdAt] => 2019-07-20T01:27:47.857-04:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-07-21T21:49:55.024-04:00 [title] => School Principal and Father Turns Entrepreneur to Safely Defend Students [pubdate] => 2019-07-22T12:00:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/1c161b86-aaaf-11e9-9943-eb8e47077143/image/uploads_2F1563601287908-32firggai9-ca2245ddbf09464c4bbe5ab533907287_2FGreen.Jeff.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Former school principal starts company to protect against active shooters. [summary] =>

    Jeff Green was a teacher and elementary school principal for 16 years. In fact, he thought he would eventually retire as a school superintendent. But, after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, Jeff, a father of three, wanted to find a better way to protect his own children and the children and staff under his watch.

    On this episode of Talking Business Now, Green joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss his journey from school principal to entrepreneur and how his company SafeDefend, specializing in emergency alert and lockdown systems and training, helps people survive an active shooter event.

    Jeff said, "I was a principal during the time of the Sandy Hook shooting, and also a father of three. And after that, I realized that my building wasn't any better protected than Sandy Hook's and shared a lot of similarities. So, I just really never started out as a business. I was just a dad and a principal trying to figure out a better way to protect my students, my staff and my own children ... and just really sat down and said, 'Hey, what do we need to do? What is going to make a difference? How can we get proactive?' And that's how SafeDefend was born."

    Jeff worked with law enforcement and threat assessment experts at the local, state and national level to determine what elements needed to be addressed to survive an active shooter.

    He learned, according to the FBI, that most casualties occur within 3 minutes. The U.S. average police response is 11 minutes, with just over 5 minutes for metropolitan areas. He also found that the average 911 call takes 75 seconds from dialing to providing dispatch with enough information.

    During the last six years, Jeff has worked to develop SafeDefend into a national leader on active shooter response and training, expanding from schools to hospitals, city government offices, manufacturing facilities, financial institutions and other public places.

    Connect with Jeff Green

    Facebook: facebook.com/safedefend

    Twitter: @safedefend

    LinkedIn: Safedefend, LLC

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  • Jeff Green was a teacher and elementary school principal for...
  • Array ( [id] => eb6ddb98-a362-11e9-b2fb-c73888dd70cb [createdAt] => 2019-07-10T18:34:46.332-04:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-07-11T12:05:03.027-04:00 [title] => From Paralysis to Purpose: An Inspiring Story of Persistence, Perspective and Leadership [pubdate] => 2019-07-12T12:00:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/eb6ddb98-a362-11e9-b2fb-c73888dd70cb/image/uploads_2F1562861095754-fliw3g5kwck-70f8ab5224f0520f6f6766c3beb692f6_2FCooks.David.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Speaker and author David Cooks shares insights into how his positive attitude toward physical paralysis shaped his future. [summary] =>

    Adversity doesn’t define you, but it can influence the road you take as you become who you are.

    That’s the belief of David Cooks, my guest on this episode of Talking Business Now. At the age of 15, David Cooks was a high school sophomore and a passionate basketball player. But then, he experienced a spinal aneurysm that left him as a T-6 paraplegic.

    From the beginning, David refused to let the wheelchair control his life. In his book, Getting Undressed: From Paralysis To Purpose, David shares his inspiring story of persistence, power of perspective and power of faith to demonstrate how obstacles should not define you and instead, should help you help others.

    He discusses how you can learn your own purpose and become a more effective leader by taking a break from your problems and challenges to help others with theirs. Here are just a few of the takeaways David offers in the podcast:

    • Persevering through life’s challenges sometimes requires getting help. You’re not in it all by yourself.• There is nothing wrong with small beginnings. Nothing is insignificant. Everything matters.• Making adjustments on and off the court, and in life, are pivotal to success. Be willing to do things differently.• Take advantage of whatever opportunity you’re given. How you handle success will determine how much success you can handle.• What you are willing to sacrifice today is an indication of its value and where you are trying to go in the future. If it’s a priority, sacrifices are made; everything else gets excuses.• Your ability will get you there, your character will keep you there, and it will stay with others long after you’re gone.• It is impossible to live without failing at something, so don’t let that stop you from getting to your destiny. Embrace it, learn from it and get back in the line.

    David went on to receive his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and his MBA in finance from Duke University. He has coached at Duke University and has also spent time as an assistant basketball coach at Concordia College. David is the founder of David Cooks Enterprises, a speaking, coaching and training organization helping businesses and individuals put their purpose into action with clarity on teamwork, leadership and communication.

    Connect with David Cooks

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/24DavidSpeaks

    Twitter: www.twitter.com/dcespeaks.com

    LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/david-cooks-mba-20001210

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  • Adversity doesn’t define you, but it can influence the road...
  • Array ( [id] => 28d3ccf0-5493-11e9-a133-2775708c43c2 [createdAt] => 2019-04-01T11:31:03.322-04:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-06-24T13:28:31.865-04:00 [title] => No Dumbing Down: Aligning Your Organization for Sustainable Growth [pubdate] => 2019-06-28T12:00:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/28d3ccf0-5493-11e9-a133-2775708c43c2/image/uploads_2F1554128424979-rf0bt4io2dj-be5635cf55169d4b9afa8693e1a7580c_2FWalker.Karen.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Karen Walker discusses how senior company leaders can create and align internal processes to support profitable and sustainable growth. [summary] =>

    Karen Walker, author of "No Dumbing Down: A No-Nonsense Guide for CEOs on Organization Growth," joins Talking Business Now host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how to align the skills and efforts of top management in your company. Karen offers five proven strategies that your senior leaders can capitalize on to create internal processes and strategies that support profitable and sustainable company growth.

    Karen honed her expertise during the 14 years she worked at Compaq Computer. She joined the fast-growing company as its 104th employee and helped lead it to its first $1 billion in revenue. As vice president of operating services, she helped spur the company to more than $15 billion in value. After leaving Compaq, she started her own consultancy, Oneteam, to work with the senior leaders of startups, Inc. 500 and Fortune 500 firms. The outcomes of the executives she advises include IPOs, acquisitions, market share increases and leadership development.

    Tune in to discover:

    ■ Why an emphasis on sales and revenue growth at the expense of building internal infrastructure can be detrimental to a company.

    ■ The five internal strategies that support external company growth: No Dumbing Down, Double Back, Play Bumper Cars, Become a Utility and Learn to Levitate

    ■ How to get to work implementing the strategies in your company

    ■ What company leaders should be Talking Business Now about in 2019

    No Dumbing Down: A No-Nonsense Guide for CEOs on Organization Growth is a book for a company’s senior-most leaders. It teaches them how to do a job only they can do: aligning the organization’s internal and external strategies for profitable, sustainable growth. Why do leaders need this guidance? The problem is misunderstanding what it takes to grow. When most companies try to grow, they invariably over focus on sales and revenue-growth — at the expense of making sure they’ve aligned the infrastructure needed to support that growth. The result? Sales outpace the company’s ability to fulfill its promises. Suddenly, product quality drops; employees get overwhelmed by rework; customers grow dissatisfied as commitments are missed; firefighting becomes the norm; top people run for the exits; and the company’s reputation tanks. But it doesn’t have to be this way! Karen’s work with organizations from Fortune 500s to Inc. 500 start-ups, creating the infrastructure they need to start and sustain growth, substantiates the 5 strategies and keys for execution outlined in this book. Her motto truly is “no dumbing down.”

    Connect with Karen Walker:

    Website: www.karenwalker.us

    Twitter: karenwalkerus

    LinkedIn: karenwalkerus

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  • Karen Walker, author of "No Dumbing Down: A No-Nonsense Guide...
  • Array ( [id] => cabcc4d8-353d-11e9-95c7-d327350f6c2f [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:31:52.208-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-06-24T13:11:25.445-04:00 [title] => Discovering Your Extraordinary Talent Through Daily Habit [pubdate] => 2019-06-24T14:00:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/cabcc4d8-353d-11e9-95c7-d327350f6c2f/image/268767_OClNWNOe.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Bradley Charbonneau talks about how the power of habit can unleash your potential. [summary] =>

    Bradley Charbonneau joins Talking Business Now to discuss the power of habit. He believes most of us suffer from one thing that is something of a quiet poison that keeps us from thriving to new heights. It's being comfortable. Yes, most of us suffer from the habitual, yet not-that-terrible lives we wake up to every day. Charbonneau was living a nice, comfortable life in San Francisco. He was running a successful agency, but it was killing him. His father's death in 2015 jolted him out of complacency. He said: "It was as if, for the first time, I realized we were mortal and had only this life to live." So, he shut down his agency, moved his family to Europe and started writing. A strong believer in the power of habit, Charbonneau made a decision to write for 30 days. He saw it as a formidable challenge. But he realized that if he approached it one day at a time, he could form a habit and achieve his goal. Charbonneau has been writing now for more than 2,000 and has authored 11 books and numerous blogs and articles. Tune in to discover: The power of daily habit and how it can lead to exponential growth.Why "deciding" doesn't need to be difficult.Why the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.The pattern of creating, failing and learning.A twist on what it means to "scale."How to shake the cobwebs out of your daily routine. Charbonneau's two latest books "One Day at a Time" and "Decide" are available on Amazon. 

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  • Bradley Charbonneau joins Talking Business Now to discuss the power...
  • Array ( [id] => c4bef284-7d92-11e9-9aa4-cb836a200899 [createdAt] => 2019-05-23T15:41:33.086-04:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-05-23T15:51:54.743-04:00 [title] => What Leaders Today Can Learn From 52 Critical Decisons Made Throughout History [pubdate] => 2019-06-14T12:00:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/c4bef284-7d92-11e9-9aa4-cb836a200899/image/uploads_2F1558638242840-zmg2n1nffbc-29b7ba5f11de48dc0a824db5bb54c882_2FBustin.Greg.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Greg Bustin talks about the leadership lessons we can learn from key historical decisions. [summary] =>

    In many cases, the solutions to our business challenges can be found if we only ask the right questions. On this episode, Greg Bustin joins Talking Business Now  host Kelly Scanlon to discuss what today’s leaders can learn and which questions to ask by studying decisions made throughout history.

    He’s written a book called How Leaders Decide: A Timeless Guide to Making Tough Choices. In it, he presents 52 stories featuring pivotal decisions that previous leaders—such as Alfred Nobel, Marie Curie and Winston Churchill—have made during some of the most critical moments in history. Those decisions had consequences for business, war, peace, sports, science, technology, government and the arts.  At the end of each chapter, Bustin offers leadership questions that the situation prompted, and readers are encouraged to consider them in the context of their own circumstances.

    Tune in to find out:

    How to use questions to conquer tough decisions

    ■ The most commonly occurring decision-making mistakes

    ■ How to safeguard against making poor decisions

    Bustin was the executive vice president and general manager of the Dallas office of Edelman Worldwide before founding his own marketing management consultancy, so he’s made plenty of tough decisions. He's helped leadership teams at multinational companies like Burger King, Sony, ConocoPhillips, PepsiCo, Nucor and Verizon as well as small- and medium-sized companies increase their effectiveness. He's delivered more than 500 keynotes and workshops on five continents, and he is the author of five leadership books.

    Bustin has shared his insights on leadership in The WallStreet Journal, Chief Executive, Fast Company, Forbes, Inc., Investor’s Business Daily and other major publications.

    Connect with Greg Bustin:

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GregBustinLeadership/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/GregBustin

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  • In many cases, the solutions to our business challenges can...
  • Array ( [id] => f385edb2-8935-11e9-90cb-0b8487e94f6a [createdAt] => 2019-06-07T11:07:22.329-04:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-06-07T11:36:16.530-04:00 [title] => McClure's Pickles: From Family Tradition to National Specialty Brand [pubdate] => 2019-06-07T12:30:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/f385edb2-8935-11e9-90cb-0b8487e94f6a/image/uploads_2F1559921772214-udehjuqejp-33927a5adb35f953279a35ca5917ed20_2FMcClure.Bob.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Bob McClure, co-founder of McClure’s Pickles, talks about growing a family tradition into a specialty pickle brand with raving fans—and the lessons learned. [summary] =>

    Bob McClure, co-founder of McClure’s Pickles, joins Talking Business Now host Kelly Scanlon to talk about his entrepreneurial journey and what it’s like working in a family business that grew into a nationally recognized brand.

    McClure's is a specialty pickle brand with raving fans. Bob McClure grew up making pickles, using a recipe from his great grandmother. But he didn’t think the pickle industry was where he’d land as an adult. In fact, he left Michigan to work in New York, an actor. He has performed in commercials for several major brands, including Visa, The NFL, Verizon, Time Warner, Staples, and Quiznos. His film work includes The Brave One with Jodie Foster and the Brass Teapot. His work can also be seen on The Burg and All's Faire.

    Nowadays, you'll find him back in Detroit at McClure's World Headquarters. He oversees business administration, key account management and brand development for the company.

    What we're Talking Business Now about in this episode:  The company's origin story: making pickles every summer using their great grandmother's recipeTurning the family passion into a business in 2006 and expanding it into a national brand with raving fansHow Bob's acting career prepared him for his role in the family businessHow McClure's has positioned itself in the changing pickle market—and the lessons business owners can learn about adaptingAdvertising and marketing tips for gaining market share against major brandsHow to successfully navigate the dynamics of a family-owned businessConnect with McClure's Pickles

    ■ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mcclurespickles

    ■ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcclurespickles

    ■ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mcclurespickles/

    ■ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/mcclurespickles/

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  • Bob McClure, co-founder of McClure’s Pickles, joins Talking Business Now host...
  • Array ( [id] => 013e7280-7d8d-11e9-a8f2-530fd51f4d5c [createdAt] => 2019-05-23T15:00:17.607-04:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-05-23T15:46:26.781-04:00 [title] => The Real ROI You Should Be Measuring: Return on Intellect [pubdate] => 2019-05-31T12:00:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/013e7280-7d8d-11e9-a8f2-530fd51f4d5c/image/uploads_2F1558638145225-my5laogw25q-eae06aa1863a05f52bf2a1c0cfb3cadc_2FRonan.Leonard.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Ronan Leonard, the founder of Eccountability, discussees how to leverage what you already know to get a better Return on Intellect. [summary] =>

    Most experts make the mistake of choosing just one way to deliver their expertise. The result? They never achieve the recognition and revenue they deserve.

    Think about it. Accountants make money through accounting. Trainers make money from training. Chef’s cook. You get the picture. The secret to becoming a niche leader and having more revenue is to diversify how you deliver what you do.

    That's the advice of Ronan Leonard, the founder of Eccountability. Also known as The Mastermind Guy, Leonard joins Talking Business Now host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how to leverage your intellectual property—in other words, the knowledge and expertise you've gained through years of experience—into additional revenue and a more pronounced industry profile. Leonard calls this Return on Intellect.

    Tune in to discover:

    • What Return on Intellect is—you may be surprised!

    • How to leverage your Return on Intellect into additional revenue streams

    • How Ronan's experience on a sinking cruise ship of the coast of South Africa in 1991 influenced his approached to business

    • Why it's important to teach people what they want to learn instead of what you want to teach

    Connect with Ronan Leonard on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ronan-leonard/

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  • Most experts make the mistake of choosing just one way...
  • Array ( [id] => ae94ed30-7cdc-11e9-af78-7b2aa331921f [createdAt] => 2019-05-22T17:58:07.504-04:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-05-23T11:36:33.744-04:00 [title] => Business Secrets of the Monastic Monks [pubdate] => 2019-05-24T12:30:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/ae94ed30-7cdc-11e9-af78-7b2aa331921f/image/uploads_2F1558625771422-hprx10egyr-b45072837ac3c4db5bc51adec037a9cd_2FTurak_August.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Entrepreneur and book author August Turak discusses the business lessons he learned from the Trappist monks. [summary] =>

    August Turak joins Talking Business Now host Kelly Scanlon to discuss the business lessons he learned from the Trappist monks.

    Turak was a founding employee of MTV and the A&E Network. Later, he founded software companies that eventually sold to BMC Software for $150 million. He currently runs a not-for-profit called the Self-Knowledge Symposium Foundation.

    As a successful entrepreneur and award-winning author, Turak attributes much of his success to his 20-year stint as a frequent monastic guest of the Trappist monks of Mepkin Abbey. As a monastic guest, he lives and works alongside the monks sometimes for months at a time.

    In 1996, a skydiving accident triggered the emotional crisis or “Dark Night of the Soul” that sent Turak to Mepkin Abbey in search of the spiritual solace he so desperately needed and the monks so graciously provided.

    In 2004, at the encouragement of some former students, Turak decided to enter the John Templeton Foundation’s Power of Purpose essay contest. He had 3,500 words in which to answer the question: “What is the Purpose of Life?” He had never written anything for publication before, but his "Brother John" essay about an actual Christmas Eve encounter at Mepkin Abbey won the $100,000 grand prize.

    Later, he wrote an article for Forbes.com called "Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks." It went viral. As a result, he was invited to become a leadership contributor at Forbes. In addition, Columbia Business School Publishing asked Turak to turn his article into a book.

    That book, Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks: One CEO’s Quest for Meaning and Authenticity, applies monastic principles to secular business.

    Turak’s latest book, Brother John: A Monk, a Pilgrim and the Purpose of Life, combines his Templeton Prize winning essay with the illustrations of the award-winning artist Glenn Harrington to offer an inspirational message of meaning and purpose.

    Connect with August Turak:

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aturak

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/AugustTurak

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/augustturak/

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  • August Turak joins Talking Business Now host Kelly Scanlon to...
  • Array ( [id] => 4cbcd796-67c2-11e9-9d81-6b089d1b8ff7 [createdAt] => 2019-04-25T21:26:22.012-04:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-04-25T21:39:16.896-04:00 [title] => Leading the the Future of Work [pubdate] => 2019-04-25T22:00:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/4cbcd796-67c2-11e9-9d81-6b089d1b8ff7/image/uploads_2F1556242748360-vizenk0gb1-720bc58ccc6fc01844bf6a3abf556bc3_2FCran.Cheryl.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Cheryl Cran discusses how business leaders can prepare for and lead the workplace change that's occurring due to digital disruption. [summary] =>

    The speed of change is 10 times faster now than it was a decade ago—and 40% of today's Fortune 500 companies won't exist in 10 years. To stay ahead of that change, there is an urgent need for proactive leaders and entrepreneurs to proactively develop strategies that create the future of work.

    So says futurist Cheryl Cran, the founder of NextMapping and the author of "NextMapping: Anticipate, Navigate and Create the Future of Work."

    But don't misunderstand. Although technology is driving much of the change, the common theme of all  Cheryl's work is a "people first" and digital second approach that creates a more human future, one in which technology can enhance outcomes for people.

    In this episode of Talking Business Now, Cheryl joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss digital disruption in the workplace and the impact on jobs in the future of work.

    Tune in to learn:

    - How the “always-on culture” has shifted the traditional work dynamic.

    - The benefits of technology transformation/adoption in the workplace.

    - How automation, AI and robots will continue to impact businesses, consumers and employees.

    - The truth behind the myths of automation (e.g., robots stealing jobs) and what automation really means for employees in the future of work.

    - How schools and training will need to adapt to create the workforce of the future.

    - The impact of automation on our cities (e.g., Smart Cities).

    - Actionable advice to help leaders bring tech and cultural change that prepares and empowers teams to be “future of work” ready.

    Cheryl has been featured in the Huff Post, Forbes, IABC Magazine, Law Magazine, Metro New York, Entrepreneur Magazine, Readers Digest, CBS Online, NBC Online, Fox Online and other publications.

    Connect with Cheryl Cran:

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cherylcran

    Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/cherylcran

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cherylcran/

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  • The speed of change is 10 times faster now than...
  • Array ( [id] => f66c75e2-5c66-11e9-b028-779c8f4df473 [createdAt] => 2019-04-11T10:34:50.209-04:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-04-11T10:36:30.476-04:00 [title] => Workplace Lessons from Corporate Communications Pros Turned Business Novelists [pubdate] => 2019-04-12T12:00:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/f66c75e2-5c66-11e9-b028-779c8f4df473/image/uploads_2F1554993280928-suhrlqo3yxh-866503ba86740462edf1ad17375a184c_2FRockVoss.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Corporate communications professionals Jennifer Rock and Michael Voss share the behind-the-scenes stories that inspired their business novels. [summary] =>

    Jennifer Rock and Michael Voss join Talking Business Now host Kelly Scanlon to discuss their journey from corporate communications professionals to business humor novelists. 

    During their tenures with some of the country's largest corporations, Rock and Voss stockpiled insider stories and cautionary tales that have inspired the characters and plot lines of their business novels. Their latest book, Operation Clusterpuck, was released in November 2018.

    Although their workplace novels are humorous, they carry serious messages about life balance and personal legacy. Tune in to find out the lessons their books hold for businesses everywhere..

    Voss and Rock live near Minneapolis and own a communications agency called ROCKdotVOSS. In addition to business novel writing, they speak to groups of all sizes and share their perspectives in various publications.

    Connect with Jennifer Rock and Michael Voss:

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rockandvossbooks

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/jenniferrock /https://twitter.com/mvoss23

    Jennfer Voss LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rockjennifer

    Michael Voss LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-voss 

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  • Jennifer Rock and Michael Voss join Talking Business Now host...
  • Array ( [id] => 8da0ee4e-57c5-11e9-b57d-d396bdee4ca2 [createdAt] => 2019-04-05T13:09:20.766-04:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-05-17T10:01:30.322-04:00 [title] => Rising to Power: Why So Many Executives Fail and How to Avoid the Pitfalls [pubdate] => 2019-04-05T12:00:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/8da0ee4e-57c5-11e9-b57d-d396bdee4ca2/image/uploads_2F1554482540281-vjn1bpt258a-a7fd3149918efb96a416088122078ba5_2FCarucci.Ron.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Ron Carucci discusses why so many newly appointed executives fail and how to avoid that challenge. [summary] =>

    Have you ever promoted someone in your organization with stellar performance to a senior position? Or maybe you’ve hired someone who has an outstanding track record in other organizations? And then that person failed – failed BIG TIME – in the new role?

    Why does this happen in companies all across America every day?

    My guest on this episode of Talking Business Now is Ron Carucci. Ron has a new book out called "Rising to Power: The Journey of Exceptional Executives."It’s the result of a ground-breaking 10-year study on executive transition—and it comes to some surprising conclusions about why so many executives fail—and on how fast they fail. Ron shares with us why that happens and how your organization can avoid those landmines.

    Here are a few of the insights you'll gain from listening to this episode:

    ■ Why 50% of leaders fail within the first 18 months

    ■ The 4 characteristics that set successful leaders apart

    ■ How organizations can prepare newly appointed executives for their new position

    ■ Tips for startup founders who have big ideas but who aren't seasoned leaders—how to lead their organization from startup to grown up

    ■ The most important thing business leaders should be Talking Business Now about in 2019

    Carucci is the co-founder and managing partner at Navalent, where he works with CEOs and executives in more than 25 countries to tackle strategy, organization and leadership challenges.  In addition to being a regular contributor to HBR and Forbes, Carucci has been featured in Fortune, CEO Magazine, BusinessInsider, MSNBC, Inc, Business Week and Smart Business.

    Connect with Ron Carucci:

    Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/navalent/

    Twitter: @roncarucci

     

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  • Have you ever promoted someone in your organization with stellar...
  • Array ( [id] => 9a317226-5042-11e9-a50d-4fbaa600f92a [createdAt] => 2019-03-26T23:44:19.637-04:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-03-27T00:09:34.087-04:00 [title] => The Coaching Effect: The Missing Piece in Leadership [pubdate] => 2019-03-22T12:00:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/9a317226-5042-11e9-a50d-4fbaa600f92a/image/uploads_2F1553659767595-76ex82er6cc-43e664ab7fb0ebb72c81e9d970ee6450_2FWirth.Sarah.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Sarah Wirth provides a roadmap for getting people to perform at peak capacity. [summary] =>

    Sarah Wirth, co-author of The Coaching Effect, joins Talking Business Now host Kelly Scanlon to discuss the missing piece in leadership: the coaching factor. Wirth is the vice president of client services at EcSell Institute.  She has 20 years of experience in employee assessment, leadership development, sales executive coaching and customer service. 

    Using evidence-based findings and numerous examples, Wirth discusses how to get the people you hired to perform at their peak capacity.

    Tune in to discover:

    Why managers are one of the biggest drags on performance.

    The difference between managing and coaching—and what differentiates high-growth coaches from their less effective peers.

    Why exponential growth can only occur in a state of discomfort. 

    The four steps to high-growth coaching.

    The secret to effective feedback.

    Why career development should be part of any high-growth coaching model.

    ■  How to know if you're being an effective coach.

    Visit the archives to listen to all the episodes of Talking Business Now. 

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  • Sarah Wirth, co-author of The Coaching Effect, joins Talking Business...
  • Array ( [id] => 3d054ff0-474b-11e9-a647-5bc88069f674 [createdAt] => 2019-03-15T13:53:28.320-04:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-03-15T13:53:57.001-04:00 [title] => What an Orchestra Conductor Can Teach Organizations [pubdate] => 2019-03-20T12:00:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/3d054ff0-474b-11e9-a647-5bc88069f674/image/uploads_2F1552664313511-7seg3qr5afg-238b1b9622b997aec25188e6356c94b7_2FNierenberg.Roger.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Maestro Roger Nierenberg discusses The Music Paradigm. [summary] =>

    As a business leader, do you ever feel like you're conducting an orchestra? Trying to get all the people and parts moving harmoniously?

    On this episode of Talking Business Now, Maestro Roger Nierenberg joins host Kelly Scanlon to explore how an organization's culture mirrors the organizational dynamics within an orchestra.

    Nierenberg is an orchestral conductor, leadership consultant and the author of Maestro: A Surprising Story About Leading by Listening. He’s also the founder of The Music Paradigm, a learning experience he uses to show how crucial organizational development issues can be powerfully brought to life within an orchestra.

    Tune in to discover how the lessons of an orchestra can enhance your company’s organizational development:

    Why an orchestra is such an effective learning tool for organization

    The lessons an orchestra teaches us about leadership

    The ways in which an orchestra mirrors diversity in an organization

    Nierenberg made his New York conducting debut at Avery Fisher with the Pro Arte Chorale and Orchestra and has conducted several great American orchestras. He's also recorded with the London Philharmonic and conducted at both the Prague Spring Festival and the Beijing Festival. He has collaborated with many of the most renowned solo artists and composers of our time.

     

    During his tenure with the Jacksonville Symphony, Nierenberg became curious about the challenges and opportunities organizations face during times of rapid change. As a result, he created The Music Paradigm. The program has taken Nierenberg to the podium of more than 90 orchestras and before hundreds of organizations in 23 countries.

    The organization's people, who become participants, are seated within a live professional orchestra where they can observe highly trained musicians as they perform. The participants’ attention is drawn to fascinating and unexpected organizational dynamics within the orchestra. Before each event, Nierenberg joins the company's leadership to learn what they want to achieve with the exercise. Based on that conversation, he devises interactive exercises for the orchestra that will bring their most important issues to life.

    Connect with Roger Nierenberg:

    Twitter: @rogernierenberg

    Facebook: facebook.com/themusicparadigm

    Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/rogernierenberg

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  • As a business leader, do you ever feel like you're...
  • Array ( [id] => 8e3c0d1a-4731-11e9-abfe-b7f0720d29df [createdAt] => 2019-03-15T10:49:37.657-04:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-03-15T10:50:41.110-04:00 [title] => How Mastering Wit Can Lead to Business Innovations [pubdate] => 2019-03-15T12:00:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/8e3c0d1a-4731-11e9-abfe-b7f0720d29df/image/uploads_2F1552661342819-ri39vt106nb-2f0f17617dda83f38ec6fa26f746ab16_2FGeary.James.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => James Geary discusses how developing wit can lead to discovery and innovation. [summary] =>

    James Geary joins Talking Business Now host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how developing wit is essential to business innovation. Geary is the author of "Wit's End: What Wit Is, How It Works, and Why We Need It."

    According to Geary, wit is more than being able to deliver snappy comebacks. Rather, it is quick, instinctive intelligence that allows us to think, say or do the right thing at the right time in the right place.

    Tune in to discover:

    ■ The relationship between wit and wisdom.

    ■ How wit manifests visually and verbally as well as physically and intellectually ■ Why wit is essential to scientific discovery, entrepreneurship and business innovation

    ■ Simple techniques for improving your WQ—your Wit Quotient.

    ■ How to develop the ability to juggle unrelated ideas and combine opposites

    ■ Why puns can sharpen your business acumen

    ■ Why habit is the enemy of wit

    Geary is also the author of four other books, including New York Times bestseller "The World in a Phrase." He is the deputy curator at Harvard University’s Nieman Foundation for Journalism.

    Connect with James Geary:

    ■ Facebook: James Geary

    ■ Twitter: @JamesGeary

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  • James Geary joins Talking Business Now host Kelly Scanlon to...
  • Array ( [id] => c57b6d38-412e-11e9-8a76-83458c50cef6 [createdAt] => 2019-03-07T18:14:34.886-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-03-07T18:14:50.656-05:00 [title] => Building a Looking Forward to Monday Company Culture [pubdate] => 2019-03-07T18:11:39.000-05:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/c57b6d38-412e-11e9-8a76-83458c50cef6/image/uploads_2F1552000360605-zewj6b2tzej-e6791b4d0cb0ab77b7287a8830381fbf_2FRheem.Don.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Don Rheem discusses how to use the principles of neuroscience to drive employee performance and engagement. [summary] =>

    What if your team looked forward to Mondays instead of Fridays? You may laugh and not be able to imagine that kind of reality. 

    Our guest in this episode of Talking Business Now is Don Rheem. Don insists this type of workplace culture is possible and—already in place—in many organizations today. Don has a new book out called "Thrive By Design: The Neuroscience that Drives High-Performance Cultures."  In his book, Don presents the science—yes, the science—of great leadership that offers managers and senior leaders deep insights into what drives employee performance from a brain-based perspective. 

     

    Don discusses how to apply approaches and tools so your team can achieve increased productivity, well-being, accountability, and retention. You'll discover:

    ■ How companies can use basic neuroscience to inspire employees in their workforce

    ■ The difference between employee satisfaction and employee engagement—and why you should  measure engagement, not satisfaction

    ■ How to create "emotional velcro" between the employee and the organization

    ■ Which workplaces are the happiest—and why

    ■ The secret to turning around a toxic work culture■ What millennials really want in the workplace■ How to attract and keep the best employees

     

     BONUS: Find out why Don thinks EMPLOYEE RETENTION is the one thing company leadership should be Talking Business Now about in 2019.

    Don is the CEO of E3 Solutions. He’s also a former White House correspondent, Congressional science advisor and technical consultant. Connect with Don:

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/donrheem/about/?ref=page_internal

    Twitter Link: https://twitter.com/DonRheem

    LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/donrheem

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  • What if your team looked forward to Mondays instead of...
  • Array ( [id] => 810058d0-3ad0-11e9-809a-d7d549b54330 [createdAt] => 2019-02-27T15:44:40.325-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-27T15:44:58.554-05:00 [title] => Leveraging Influencers to Take Your Marketing to New Levels [pubdate] => 2019-03-01T12:00:00.000-05:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/810058d0-3ad0-11e9-809a-d7d549b54330/image/uploads_2F1551299278257-2qqls7sgabp-2ea0b0811c31c3af8e36fd6488a3d27b_2FJones.Stacy.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Stacy Jones explains the ins and outs of Influencer Marketing and how your company can benefit if you work with the right people. [summary] =>

    Marketing can be a confusing proposition for many business owners and executives. These days, new platforms and opportunities seem to pop up every week in an already crowded field of “opportunities.” Enter Influencer Marketing. You’ve probably experienced it, but you may not have realized it. And it’s likely your company hasn’t used it. 

    Our guest on this episode of Talking Business Now is Stacy Jones, the CEO of Hollywood Branded, an influencer marketing, branded content and product placement agency in Los Angeles. Stacy joins us to explain the ins and outs of Influencer Marketing and how your company can benefit if you work with the right people.

    Tune in to discover:

    ■ Just what Influencer Marketing is

    ■ How big the landscape is for specialty influencers—and what that means for brands

    ■ How to find the right influencer to work with—including potential red flags

    ■ The difference between micro, macro and celebrity influencers

    ■ How to determine a budget for working with an influencer

    ■ The biggest mistakes brands make when approaching influencer marketing

    ■ Steps you can take to safeguard your partnership with an influencer

    ■ Key performance indicators for measuring whether your influencer partnernership is successful

    Stacy Jones has 23 years of leadership experience building global branded content campaigns for top Fortune 500 companies and hundreds of brands, including BlackBerry, Bumble, Canadian Club and Pilot Pen. She appears regularly in the media outlets, speaks globally at conferences and hosts the podcast Marketing Mistakes & How To Avoid Them.    

    Connect with Stacy on:

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hollywoodbrandedinc Twitter: https://twitter.com/Hollywood_PRLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stacyjones/

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  • Marketing can be a confusing proposition for many business owners...
  • Array ( [id] => f718448a-3592-11e9-8ce9-37290c5c4aa0 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T23:41:33.847-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T23:41:50.205-05:00 [title] => Developing Your Executive Presence to Get in the Room [pubdate] => 2019-02-25T12:00:00.000-05:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/f718448a-3592-11e9-8ce9-37290c5c4aa0/image/uploads_2F1550723893166-vsznrzrmjor-c829794adf9ed812003eac915eab3abd_2FGreen.Pamela.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Pamela J. Green discusses how to develop executive presence and become a more successful leader. [summary] =>

    Why do some people seem to get promoted easily, and why do others always seem to be passed over? Our guest on this episode, Pamela Green, says often it comes down to whether or not you have executive presence. She joins Talking Business Now host Kelly Scanlon to talk about how to develop executive presence and become a more successful leader.

    Tune in to discover:

    ■ What is executive presence and why it's so important for leaders

    ■ The consequences of not having executive presence

    ■ The challenges people encounter as they work at developing an executive presence, including passive aggressiveness and the Imposter Syndrome

    ■ Why you don't have to be an executive to have presence

    ■ Tips for boosting your executive presence

    Pamela Green is a business executive leadership consultant, executive coach, keynote speaker and published author with more than 30 years of business leadership experience. As the principal consultant of the HR Coaching and Career Institute, she works with leaders to help them develop and improve their executive presence.

    Connect with Green on:

    Facebook: Coach PamelaJGreen

    Facebook: The HRCoachingInstitute

    Twitter: @pamelajgreen

    LinkedIn: www.LinkedIn/in/pamelajgreen

    Visit the archives to listen to all the episodes of Talking Business Now.

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  • Why do some people seem to get promoted easily, and...
  • Array ( [id] => 6290f7a6-358f-11e9-8ce9-2bcdbb06501e [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T23:15:56.168-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-24T17:21:44.507-05:00 [title] => Personal Branding for Everyday Professionals [pubdate] => 2019-02-22T12:00:00.000-05:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/6290f7a6-358f-11e9-8ce9-2bcdbb06501e/image/uploads_2F1550722487776-rqgj3k8omph-a094b24f905abbb6506f9271fcb94422_2FReimers.Frances.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Athlete and celebrity brand expert Frances Reimers [summary] =>

    Athlete and celebrity brand expert Frances Reimers joins Talking Business Now host Kelly Scanlon to talk about creating and protecting an often-overlooked professional asset: our personal brand. Reimers  believes your personal brand matters—even if you're not a celebrity. Tune in to discover:

    ■ Why your personal brand matter if you're in business.

    ■ The elements of a personal brand.

    ■ How to develop your own personal brand—it's not a one-size-fits-all proposition.

    ■ How to "speak your mind" yet preserve the integrity of your personal brand.

    ■ Tips for protecing your personal brand online in the Digital Age.

    ■ Why helping employees develop their personal brands can benefit your business.

    ■ Targeted philanthropic strategies for growing your personal brand.

    Reimers is the founder and CEO of Firestarter, a personal brand consultancy that’s located in Alexandria, Virginia. The company helps celebrities and business professionals develop, manage, enhance, and protect their personal brands.  Prior to launching Firestarter in 2016, Reimers led marketing and public relations campaigns for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Coast Guard and mulitple nonprofits. She’s been a contributor to several national publications a frequent guest on major broadcast and podcast programs. 

    Connect with Reimers on:

    Facebook

    Twitter

    LinkedIn

    Visit the archives to listen to all the episodes of Talking Business Now. 

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  • Athlete and celebrity brand expert Frances Reimers joins Talking Business...
  • Array ( [id] => f401fe70-3575-11e9-8a82-9f7173ed0850 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T20:13:53.262-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T20:14:21.775-05:00 [title] => Creating a Non-Stop Sales Boom [pubdate] => 2019-02-20T19:45:00.000-05:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/f401fe70-3575-11e9-8a82-9f7173ed0850/image/uploads_2F1550709955712-2osp2atoeba-cd8248072dff622cfeb3cd9dc700dcbe_2FFrancisColleen.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Colleen Francis discusses how to create a nonstop sales boom. [summary] =>

    Best-selling author Colleen Francis joins Talking Business Now host Kelly Scanlon to discuss her most recent book, Nonstop Sales Boom, and offer a strategy for driving consistent sales growth in your company and putting an end to boom-and-bust sales cycles. You'll discover:

    ■ What causes boom-and-bust sales cycles—and why we tolerate them

    ■ How to attract the best leads for your sales pipeline

    ■ Why qualifying an opportunity is the responsibility of both the buyer and the seller

    ■ Why not all clients deserve your priority

    ■ How to get clients to sell to your best leads

    ■ And . . . what sales leaders should be Talking Business Now about with their sales teams in 2019!

    Colleen Francis is the founder and president of Engage Selling Solutions and has a 20-year history of delivering sales results. She is Certified Sales Professional (CSP) and an inductee into the Speaking Hall of Fame. Connect with her on:

    Facebook

    Twitter

    LinkedIn

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  • Best-selling author Colleen Francis joins Talking Business Now host Kelly...
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    Mikki Williams, CSP, CPAE, joins Talking Business Nowhost Kelly Scanlon to discuss how your business can gain a competitive advantage through storytelling. Williams is the owner of Mikki Williams Unltd. She’s a Hall of Fame Professional speaker, a TEDx speaker, an executive speech coach and a Vistage resource speaker and Master Chair. In this episode of Talking Business Now, Mikki shares these insights with listeners: How to invest employees, customers and stakeholders through story so they care about your dataWhy it's important to understand that you are in the "emotional transportation business" every time you give a speech or presentationHow to use stories to create cultureHow to use stories to promote your company's brand Williams was chosen as one of the best speakers in the country by Meetings and Convention Magazine along with Tony Robbins, Bill Gates, Rudy Giuliani, Lou Holtz, Zig Ziglar and Jay Leno. An award-winning speaker for Vistage International and Master Chair of two of their peer advisory boards in Chicago, Williams is a global celebrity speaker, transformational storyteller and executive speech coach. She is the creator of Speakers School, Keynote Kamp and The Mikki Mouth Club. Connections Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/mikkiwilliams.chicagoTwitter Link: https://twitter.com/mikkiwilliamsLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikkiwilliams/

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  • Mikki Williams, CSP, CPAE, joins Talking Business Nowhost Kelly Scanlon...
  • Array ( [id] => c8e395c4-353d-11e9-95c7-c3e20de28509 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:31:49.108-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:17:36.435-05:00 [title] => The 4 Things That Purpose-Led 21st Century Companies Do Well [pubdate] => 2019-01-11T12:00:00.000-05:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/c8e395c4-353d-11e9-95c7-c3e20de28509/image/268767_2R7eiCUT.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Shannon Adkins discusses the four things that socially conscious, purpose-led companies of the 21st century do well. [summary] =>

    It’s an understatement to say that we live in a constantly changing world. And now, more than ever, customers expect companies to practice corporate responsibility. On this episode of Talking Business Now,Shannon Adkins joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss what it takes to build a purpose-led culture in our companies and to build solutions for lasting change. Adkins is the CEO at Future State, an employee-owned strategic consulting firm focused on supporting change management and operational transformation within global Fortune 500 companies. Future State is women-led, and more than 80 percent of its owners are women. The company's giving and employee volunteer program focuses on supporting local nonprofits that work with women and families. Future State was certified as a B-Corp in 2015, and in 2016 it was named a “Best for the World” business for its employer practices. Tune in to find out how purpose-led, triple-bottomline businesses of the 21st century incorporate these four characteristics to build loyal customers—and how your company can too: They MatterThey ConnectThey IntegratedThey Evolve  

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  • It’s an understatement to say that we live in a...
  • Array ( [id] => c911e208-353d-11e9-95c7-b35cd0abf1c1 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:31:49.410-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:17:05.023-05:00 [title] => Tom Hill’s Four Mantras to Life and Business Success [pubdate] => 2019-01-08T12:00:00.000-05:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/c911e208-353d-11e9-95c7-b35cd0abf1c1/image/268767_gKuN1rZg.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Dr. Tom Hill discusses the four mantras that have led him to a successful and fulfilling life. [summary] =>

    On this episode of Talking Business Now,Dr. Tom Hill joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss the four mantras he’s embraced to achieve success in all areas of his life. Tune in to discover how Dr. Hill has put these principles to work—and how you can too! We have a moral obligation to become the very best person with our God-given talents.We have a moral obligation to become a positive difference with every person we come in contact with.One idea, well executed, can change your life forever.One person, who is attracted to you because of who you have become, can change your life forever. Dr. Hill spent the first 26 years of his career in public education. Then, at age 50, he left the University of Missouri, where he was a professor and administrator, to pursue an entrepreneurial career in real estate franchise sales. In fewer than 10 years, he built a company that in 1999, had real estate offices with more than $3 billion in sales. He sold that company in 1999 and now spends his time and energy giving back and sharing what he’s learned Today, Dr. Hill is the CEO and owner of Eagle Goal Coach, providing life coaching to clients across the US and Canada. On top of all that, Dr. Hill is an airplane pilot, marathon runner, mountain climber, skydiver, writer and speaker. He’s the author of “Living at the Summit” and its accompanying workbook, co-author of “Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneur’s Soul” and author of “Blessed Beyond Measure.”

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  • On this episode of Talking Business Now,Dr. Tom Hill joins...
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    Amanda Brinkman joins host Kelly Scanlon on this episode of Talking Business Now. You may know Brinkman as the co-host of The Small Business Revolution—Main Streetseries with Ty Pennington. What you may not know is that Brinkman herself brings an entrepreneurial attitude—and a belief that all brands can “Do Well By Doing Good”—to all her endeavors. Brinkman, who has had a long career in marketing and advertising, almost didn’t go into the field because she didn’t know how it would fulfill her desire to “do good” and to give back. But a mentor challenged her to find a way to marry her two passions. From the get-go, Brinkman made a mark at top ad agencies working with brands such as Colgate-Palmolive, Virgin Mobile, Rebok, H&R Block and BMW. Now, as the chief brand and communications officer of Deluxe Corp., Brinkman is helping small businesses succeed. She created, executive produces and stars in The Small Business Revolution, which awards one small town and its small businesses $500,000 each season. She also serves on several business, charitable and nonprofit boards, including Make-A-Wish, the Children’s Cancer Research Fund, the Women’s Business Development Center Chicago, the Association of National Advertisers and others. Tune in to find out more about Brinkman’s story, how she’s evolved Small Business Revolution and how all companies can practice the philosophy of “Doing Well by Doing Good.” Follow Brinkman on: Twitter: @amandakbrinkman and @smbizrevolutionLinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/amandakbrinkmanFacebook: www.facebook.com/smallbizrev

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  • Amanda Brinkman joins host Kelly Scanlon on this episode of...
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    Sylvie Di Giusto [pronounced Dee-Juice-Toh] joins Talking Business Now host Kelly Scanlon to talk about "packaging people." That's right, Di Giusto packages people. She's an image consultant, the author of "The Image of Leadership" and an online program called "How You Impress," and the founder of Executive Image Consulting in New York City. She and her firm help individuals and companies understand how people make up their minds very quickly about them—and either open the door for them or slam it shut. In this episode, Di Giusto talks with us about making a great first impression and how to control the message we send to others. Some of the tips she offers are: The 7-second ruleHow to deal with confirmation biasThe ABCD of your first impressionHow to use social media to control first impressions Connections: Facebook:www.facebook.com/sylviedigiustoTwitter: @SylviediGiustoLinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/sylviedigiustoInstagram: www.instagram.com/sylviedigiusto/

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  • Sylvie Di Giusto [pronounced Dee-Juice-Toh] joins Talking Business Now host...
  • Array ( [id] => c9afbb7c-353d-11e9-95c7-afe62e594619 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:31:50.444-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:16:05.179-05:00 [title] => The Story of Elf on the Shelf [pubdate] => 2018-12-18T19:00:00.000-05:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/c9afbb7c-353d-11e9-95c7-afe62e594619/image/268767_9QP4WWCi.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Elf on the Shelf co-founder Chanda Bell explains how a family holiday tradition became a commercial success. [summary] =>

    During this holiday season, enjoy a replay of my popular Elf on the Shelf episode with co-founder Chanda Bell. She gives us the behind-the-scenes scoop on how she, her twin sister Christa Pitts, and her mother Carol Aebersold transformed a cherished family tradition into a best-selling and enduring holiday brand. The company, Creatively Classic Activities and Books, was founded in 2005. Thirteen years later, more than 13 million of the ever-popular elves can be found around the world. In addition to the elves, the company's products include books, Christmas pets, the Claus Couture collection, music videos and others.

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  • During this holiday season, enjoy a replay of my popular...
  • Array ( [id] => c9e4e1bc-353d-11e9-95c7-b34a546a2034 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:31:50.793-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:17:49.537-05:00 [title] => Creating Gender Parity at Work, with Rania Anderson [pubdate] => 2018-11-10T16:00:00.000-05:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/c9e4e1bc-353d-11e9-95c7-b34a546a2034/image/268767_xhFMTlDS.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Rania Anderson discusses a formula for leading with women and creating gender parity in the workplace. [summary] =>

    On this episode of Talking Business Now, Rania Anderson joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how to build diverse, high-performing teams and equitable work environments. Anderson’s new book, WE: Men, Women and the Decisive Formula for Winning at Work, presents a process of driving gender parity, and provides tangible insights for transforming and strengthening the way men and women work, lead and succeed together. The good news? It’s not about what the organization should do. It addresses what individuals can do. You can do things every day to change your workplace. Anderson is an international speaker, executive coach, founder of The Way Women Work and the cofounder of the Women’s Capital Connection, a women's angel investor network. She is also the author of Undeterred: The Six Success Habits of Women in Emerging Economies.  Tune in to discover: Why gender balance is so important in the workplaceA framework for recruiting, retaining and leading with womenOften overlooked workplace practices that disproportionately impact women—and what to do about them.How to amplify women’s voices in meetingsAlternatives to standard performance reviews that can disadvantage women

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  • On this episode of Talking Business Now, Rania Anderson joins...
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    Certified speaking professional Diane DiResta shares insights for adding power, punch and pizzazz to your presentations—whether you're talking on stage in front of a large audience, making a sales presentation, speaking in the boardroom, or in any situation where your message matters. In this episode of Talking Business Now, DiResta, the author of Knockout Presentations, discusses: Why public speaking is the new competitive advantage—and adds to your ROIOvercoming public speaking fearIncreasing your persuasiveness, even in front of challenging audiencesAudience expectations in the Digital AgeThe importance of being audience-centricUsing a "speech sandwich" to organize your presentationAvoiding common speaking mistakesDeveloping your listening skills to enhance your speaking skills DiResta is the founder and CEO of New York-based DiResta Communications, a consultancy that works with business leaders who deliver high-stakes presentations. She has spoken on four continents and is often quoted in the major media. In addition, DiResta is the past president of the New York City chapter of the National Speakers Association and former media trainer for the NBA and WNBA. Her blog, Knockout Presentations, made the Top 50 Public Speaking blogs. Social media: www.linkedin.com/in/dianediresta www.facebook.com/direstacommunications www.twitter.com/speakingpro  

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  • Certified speaking professional Diane DiResta shares insights for adding power,...
  • Array ( [id] => ca5c832a-353d-11e9-95c7-97b7f9232575 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:31:51.555-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:17:51.434-05:00 [title] => Women's Business Ownership Act of 1988—30 Years Later, with Virginia Littlejohn [pubdate] => 2018-10-26T12:30:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/ca5c832a-353d-11e9-95c7-97b7f9232575/image/268767_NMAlVnCr.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => H.R. 5050 changed women's business ownership, and it's still making a difference today as it marks its 30th anniversary. [summary] =>

    October 25 marks the 30th anniversary of monumental legislation. President Reagan signed HR5050, also known as the Women Business Ownership Act of 1988, into law on Oct. 25, 1988. The legislation is still considered the "Big Bang" of women’s business ownership. It removed the mandatory requirement in many states for a male to sign a woman's business loan, established the Women’s Business Centers, required the Census to count women-owned C corporations, and created the National Women’s Business Council, which reports to the president and Congress. In this episode of Talking Business Now, I talked with Virginia Littlejohn at the 21C Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri, as she celebrated the 30th anniversary with the KC chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, which was instrumental in the legislation's passage. Virginia was a primary architect of the legislation. She joins us to give a behind-the-scenes look at the effort that resulted in this game-changing legislation, it’s impact on women’s entrepreneurship and the issues and opportunities for current women business owners. Virginia is the president and co-founder of Quantum Leaps, a non-profit global accelerator for women’s entrepreneurship. She’s served as an advisor to major international institutions for several decades, she created the Global Banking Alliance for Women and WEConnect International, which links WBOs to  procurement opportunities in 25 countries. Currently, she is Global Strategist for the Women and Trade Program for the UN’s International Trade Center in Geneva, and she chairs the U.S. delegation for the Women’s 20 of the G20 countries. She’s also a U.S. delegate to the Business 20.

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  • October 25 marks the 30th anniversary of monumental legislation. President...
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    Some people know from a young age that they’re destined for entrepreneurship. Others follow a career path that steadfastly leads them there. So it was with Jon and Teresa Andrade, the founders of Heartland Medical Solutions (HMS). The couple launched the Olathe, Kansas-based distributor of advanced imaging and surgical equipment in 2004, after Jon had worked in the industry for several years. The company now sells advanced imaging and surgical equipment to hospitals, surgery centers and doctors’ offices in eight states, including Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas. Jon started his career in radiology as an X-ray tech in 1991. Through a mutual friend, he began his 11-year medical sales career at OEC Medical Systems. His wife Teresa’s journey was similar. Her degree in education has an emphasis in community health, and she’s followed opportunity throughout her career. “I’ve always done something, working and making money, taking those roles on myself. And then when Teresa and I got together, as things in our world progressed … we decided the timing was right and with the connections I had made, we could move forward with our own opportunity,” Andrade said. Now, nearly 15 years after embracing business ownership, the Andrades have guided HMS to success with a laser-like focus on sustainable, manageable growth. Tune in to discover the strategies the Andrades have used to grow their: 1. Geographic territory 2. Product line 3. Employees

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  • Some people know from a young age that they’re destined...
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    Amanda Brinkman, who co-hosts The Small Business Revolution—Main Street with Ty Pennington, joins Talking Business Now host Kelly Scanlon to give viewers a heads up on what to expect as Season 3 of the series debuts. Brinkman is the chief brand and communications officer of Deluxe Corp., and she has made it her mission to help small businesses succeed. She created, executive produces and stars in the series, which broadcasts on Hulu. In Season 3, the show chronicles a $500,000 makeover for Alton, Illinois, and its small businesses. Tune in to find out: How the show worked with Morrison's Irish Pub, which is owned by a female couple and their daughter, to get it on the path to growth.What kind of impact The Small Business Revolution—Main Street has had on towns that were featured on the previous two seasons.How you can nominate your favorite town for consideration for Season 4.How women are helping other women drive the small business boom. You can follow Brinkman and her small business adventures through her social accounts: Twitter @amandakbrinkman@smbizrevolution LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/in/amandakbrinkman Facebook www.facebook.com/smallbizrev

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  • Amanda Brinkman, who co-hosts The Small Business Revolution—Main Street with...
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    Bill George, CEO of Kansas City Transporation Group, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss his entrepreneurial journey and introducing innovation in a fast-changing industry. George has carved out a lane in the on-demand transportation industry—and ridden it to success. As the CEO of KCTG, George sets the strategic direction of the Midwest’s largest private passenger ground transportation company. KCTG has grown to include several well-known industry brands—SuperShuttle, Yellow Cab, 10-10 Taxi and Carey Black Car Service—and operates in 19 cities. Tune in to hear George's entrepreneurial journey and how he's creating industry change: How George honed his skills working with his father as a young boy—and how the father-son duo managed to maintain a strong relationship in spite of some "knock-down dragout fights."How George and his father ended up in the cab business after running a successful Chrysler dealership.What George learned about selling businesses after selling two himself—and buying one back.How acting on a simple observation changed the way George approached the cab business—and exploded company growth.How George capitalized on the disruption created by Uber and others in the on-demand transportation industry by introducing a Smartphone app called zTrip.George's practical advice on expanding market share, carving out a niche, working with family, and defining customers.

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  • Bill George, CEO of Kansas City Transporation Group, joins host...
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    Can your business operate without you? Would it survive if you weren't there every day, providing direction, answering questions and basically breathing life—your life—into it day in and day out? If you answered no, then your business is probably consuming you. You're probably sacrificing relationships with friends and family, your health, hobbies and other things that make life worth living—all so your business can live. In this episode of Talking Business Now, serial entrepreneur and best-selling book author Mike Michalowicz presents a formula from his latest book, Clockwork, that allows you to reclaim your life—while your business grows and turns a proft. Discover the 7 steps for making your business run itself: Why it's important to categorize your work using the 4D mix.How to determine the one function that is most critical to your business—the QBR.How to protect and serve the QBR.An efficient way to capture systems.What happens when you match traits to tasks, not people to titles.What it means to commit to a community.How to get to the point in your business that you can take a 4-week vacation. Mike Michalowicz is a serial entrepreneur and the author of several books about growing profitable businesses: Profit First, Surge, The Pumpkin Plan and The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur. By his 35th birthday, Mike had founded and sold two companies. He now runs a multimillion dollar business called Profit First Professionals. A former small business columnist for The Wall Street Journal and the former business makeover specialist on MSNBC, Mike has traveled the world speaking.

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  • Can your business operate without you? Would it survive if...
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    Successful organizations and leaders learn how to resolve conflict before it starts—and create a company culture that fosters understanding and expression. In this episode of Talking Business Now, Lauren Scheiffer, also known as "The Colonel's Daughter," joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss ways to prevent, manage and reduce conflict and drama in the workplace. Lauren has years of experience ranging from the trucking industry to global cosmetics to managing a non-profit foundation. She’s also a certified speaking professional who’s combined the leadership lessons she learned in corporate America—as well as the wisdom she gained from her father who was an Air Force colonel—into powerful speaking engagements with hundreds of organizations in seven countries. Her goal is to help businesses improve communication effectiveness and reduce conflict. Here are some of the insights that Talking Business Now listeners will learn: How to overcome adversity with humility and a sense of humorThe price of allowing workplace conflict to "run its course" uncheckedThe important difference between conflict and dramaThe first step anyone can take to reduce workplace dramaThe value of conflict prevention vs. conflict managementHow to function successfully in the midst of ongoing conflictHow to find the win-win-win from a well-managed conflict Shieffer's book, "Colonels of Wisdom: A Daughter's Reflection on Leadership," is available on Amazon.com. It is Shieffer's first in a three-part book series in which she offers leadership tips based on the lessons her father taught her.    

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  • Successful organizations and leaders learn how to resolve conflict before...
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    Marketing pro Louis Gudema joins Talking Business Now host Kelly Scanlon to share dozens of best practices and actionable tips from his new book Bullseye Marketing: How to Grow Your Business Faster. He provides insights into how small and mid-sized companies like yours can ramp up growth with more targeted, cost-effective marketing. Tune in to discover: Why small and mid-size companies should be doing even more marketing.The Bullseye Approach to marketing.How companies with little marketing experience can overcome the biggest challenge of launching a successful marketing program.How to take advantage of the areas where the marketing bullseye actually overlap.How non-marketing executives, such as business owners, can overcome marketing challenges.What company leaders must track to know their marketing efforts are paying off. Gudema helps companies from MIT startups to the Global 2000 increase their revenue by focusing on the fastest, least expensive and most cost-effective programs to get more leads and sales. He is the founder and president of a marketing consultancy called revenue & associates. Before that, Gudema founded a marketing agency that he grew into one of the top four in its national market before he successfully exited. A frequent speaker on marketing and business at regional and national events, Guedema is also a prolific writer on the topic. He's been published in The Harvard Business Review, MarketingProfs, IDG Connect Marketer, Chiefmartec, TechTarget, VentureBeat, Content Marketing Institute and Econsultancy sites.

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  • Marketing pro Louis Gudema joins Talking Business Now host Kelly...
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    How often do you wish you knew the secret to living a successful and happy life? Not just a life that brings periods of joy, but a life that is joy-filled through both the ups and the downs we all inevitably encounter? Well, wait no longer. In this episode of Talking Business Now, host Kelly Scanlon talks business—and self-discovery—with Joe Deitch, the author of Elevate: An Essential Guide to Life. It's a book that's meant to be lived, not just read. A financial industry pioneer who founded Commonwealth Financial Network—the largest privately owned independent investment broker/dealer in the U.S.—Deitch is also the chair of a golf resort and real estate company with properties in the U.S., the Bahamas and Scotland. Among his numerous awards, he counts a Tony Award as co-producer of The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. He also established the Deitch Leadership Institute at Boston Latin School, the oldest public school in the U.S. Here's what you'll take away from the episode: An understanding of the interconnectedness of personal and interpersonal skills across life in general, business and your most important relationships.The difference between Awareness and Action, and how they work together.The 5 insights that are part of Awareness.The 10 skills that are crucial to Action.How to connect your internal and your external journeys.

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  • How often do you wish you knew the secret to...
  • Array ( [id] => cc37e86a-353d-11e9-95c7-a3480a32d8b6 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:31:54.693-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:17:43.380-05:00 [title] => Lead, Sell or Get Out of the Way! with Ron Karr [pubdate] => 2018-08-24T12:00:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/cc37e86a-353d-11e9-95c7-a3480a32d8b6/image/268767_Scr5CkFb.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Ron Karr discusses how to dramatically increase your company's market share, sales and profits. [summary] =>

    Sales and leadership expert Ron Karr is talking business now about how to use his proprietary Velocity Mindset process to increase your company's market share, sales and profits. He joins host Kelly Scanlon to share: What today's prospects expect from a salesperson.Simple questions for qualifying a prospect.How to shorten the sales cycle.How to grow sales revenues without discounting.The secret to reducing the number of proposals you send out.Time management tips for salespeople. Ron Karr has managed to generate three-quarters of a billion dollars in incremental revenues for his clients worldwide. Some of those clients include leaders from companies like YPO, Hertz, UPS, and Marriott Hotels. He is the author of four books, including the best-selling book “Lead, Sell, or Get Out of the Way.”  Ron has been published in more than 250 national magazines, interviewed on hundreds of radio stations and appeared on Fox News, the CBS Morning Show, BBC, Bloomberg TV and C-Suite TV. An international keynote speaker and a former president of the National Speakers Association, Karr has spoken on six continents and in 20 countries.  

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  • Sales and leadership expert Ron Karr is talking business now...
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    Dale Scott, the founder and president of Vintage Home KC, has earned a reputation refurbishing Kansas City homes that were originally built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They are mostly Craftsman-style homes that feature clean lines rather than ornate fl ourishes. Scott joins Talking Business Now host Kelly Scanlon to discuss his leap from owning a chiropractic office into several real estate and general contracting opportunities.

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  • Dale Scott, the founder and president of Vintage Home KC,...
  • Array ( [id] => cc9f49ec-353d-11e9-95c7-aff77b512216 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:31:55.371-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:18:20.638-05:00 [title] => Advice From the Longest Serving CEO of a Publicly Traded Silicon Valley Company [pubdate] => 2018-07-13T12:30:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/cc9f49ec-353d-11e9-95c7-aff77b512216/image/268767_j44TXHms.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Ray Zinn, founder of Micrel, best-known as the longest-serving CEO of a publicly traded Silicon Valley company, serves up business advice. [summary] =>

    Ray Zinn was a Silicon Valley pioneer. He co-founded microchip company Micrel in 1978 and bootstrapped it to profitability. Best-known as the longest-serving CEO of a publicly traded Silicon Valley company, he delivered a total equity value of more than $800 million when Microchip acquired the company in 2015. During his 37 years with Micrel, he served as president, CEO and chairman of the board. Today, Ray is a speaker, author and leader of a Silicon Valley accelerator called ZinnStarter, dedicated to helping entrepreneurs build profitable and lasting companies. A podcaster and author of Tough Things First and Zen of Zinn, Ray dishes out practical advice for running a profitable company in this episode of Talking Business Now. Find out: Why he bucked the traditional Silicon Valley mindset and bootstrapped the company rather than starting it with venture capital.His formula for building a profitable, sustainable company. Ray led Micrel through eight downturns in the global chip markets, including the dot-com bust and the Great Recession.His perspective on why so many startups fail—and how to avoid it.How to handle mistakes.His philosophy on decision-making.How he earned 20 patents for semiconductor design by challenging his team to be innovative.How he created a corporate culture at Micrel built on dignity of the individual.

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  • Ray Zinn was a Silicon Valley pioneer. He co-founded microchip...
  • Array ( [id] => cd0514a2-353d-11e9-95c7-1b8632053070 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:31:56.037-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:17:51.400-05:00 [title] => What Cryptocurrency Can Mean for Businesses, with Joshua Dewitt of CoinLion [pubdate] => 2018-05-25T12:00:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/cd0514a2-353d-11e9-95c7-1b8632053070/image/268767_6dGbJyio.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Joshua Dewitt discusses how businesses can use cryptocurrency. [summary] =>

    Cryptocurrency is a rapidly evolving industry. To most business people, cryptocurrency still seems like some mysterious system of money. Joshua Dewitt, the co-founder of CoinLion joins Talking Business Now host Kelly Scanlon to explain what cryptocurrency is and what it can mean for business. CoinLion, a new cryptocurrency exchange and portfolio platform, aims to do change the emerging cryptocurrency market as E*Trade and others changed the day trading game. CoinLion users join a community of cryptocurrency experts, which empowers its members to create and share portfolios, offer trade strategies, and share research they need to make highly-informed decisions. This ensures the sustained health and strength of the community as it continues to grow. A native token, LION, can be earned and spent within the platform, based on member contributions and needs within the community. LION will be used as the currency that rewards and incentivizes member contributions to the community, and also serves as payment to access these valuable assets. Specifically, Josh discusses: How he got interested enough in cryptocurrency to quit his job and found CoinLion.The disconnect between the modern financial world and the emerging cryptocurrency exchangesHow cryptocurrency works.Some of the industry challenges such as transparency, the need for standards and other issues.Ways businesses can learn more about cryptocurrency and begin using it.Banks and major financial institutions adapting to the emergence of cryptocurrency.The biggest challenges investors and crypto traders face to make cryptocurrency mainstream.

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  • Cryptocurrency is a rapidly evolving industry. To most business people,...
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    Alec Haight, of Pioneer Music Company, joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon to discuss what it takes to navigate a company through six generations of leadership. As the company approaches its 150th anniversary, Haight discusses how the company has evolved to stay relevant and shares the importance of creating a strong company culture. Today Pioneer Music Company is a custom integration distributor that targets businesses that specialize in residential and commercial audio/video installation, surveillance, automation and networking. The company got its start in 1869 as a retailer operating under the name Pioneer Hardware and Implement Store. By the 1970s, the company had evolved into a wholesale distributor located in Chanute, Kansas, and took its current name Pioneer Music Company. Over the next 40 years, the company distributed various consumer electronics products throughout the Midwest. In 2005, PMC realigned its focus on custom integration distribution, which is the company's current business model. Recognizing the opportunity for this business model in Kansas City, the comapny moved its distribution headquarters to Lenexa, Kansas, and committed to becoming a “one-stop-shop” distributor. Tune in to learn how Alec and his father—the fifth and sixth generations—are expanding the “one-stop-shop” business model to other markets and expanding the company's footprint.

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  • Alec Haight, of Pioneer Music Company, joins Smart Companies Thinking...
  • Array ( [id] => cd7c22ea-353d-11e9-95c7-97fcc9c95bdd [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:31:56.818-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:17:49.382-05:00 [title] => AMG Is Changing the Property Management Game, with Zach Batson [pubdate] => 2018-03-23T12:00:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/cd7c22ea-353d-11e9-95c7-97fcc9c95bdd/image/268767_yJPb7Fdz.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Founder Zach Batson discusses how putting an emphasis on relationships over transactions has fueled Asset Management Group’s growth. [summary] =>

    Zach Batson’s fascination with real estate started when he was a kid. He cut his teeth in the industry when he was in high school, working at one of Kansas City’s oldest commercial real estate firms. That experience only deepened his interest in the profession. After earning degrees in economics and finance, he launched his professional real estate career, absorbing everything he could about the industry: accounting, property management, construction management, investment analysis and even deal syndication. Then the Great Recession hit, and Batson saw an opportunity as the real estate market crashed. “At the time,” he said, “there really were a lot of opportunities for good management, because as investments were getting dicey, as the market was getting more negative, people were looking for a solution.” His solution was to launch Asset Management Group in 2008. The company syndicates and manages commercial real estate investments. Now 10 years old, Asset Management Group provides full-service management to retail centers, office buildings, warehouses and multifamily apartment complexes. It has 4 million square feet of commercial real estate under management and 2,250 family units. The company is consistently named as one of the top commercial property management firms in Kansas City. Tune in to discover how Batson's approach to business has fueled Asset Management Group's growth, including: Emphasizing relationships over transactionsOpen communicationTransparencyHiring for people skills and teaching real estate skills

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  • Zach Batson’s fascination with real estate started when he was...
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    Carol Espinosa founded Freedom Interiors in 2010. She joins Smart Companies host Kelly Scanlon to share her strategies for building the commercial interior design and furnishings company, which serves corporations, educational institutions and government facilities.  The company has seen continual annual revenue growth and plans to add more employees this year. But Espinosa housed the company for several years at the Blue Hills Contractor Incubator to manage its startup and growth. She recently purchased a 7,000 square foot building—the original post office building in Kansas City's historic Westport district—which features a large showroom. Espinosa credits several factors for the growth of Freedom Interiors: A customer focus that treats each project as different and unique. A passion and enthusiastic team that cares about making customer projects successful. A commitment to offering exceptional products—aligning only with best-in-class manufacturers.An interactive Live Design process that quickly conceptualizes workplaces for customers.3D scanning that allows the Freedom Interiors' team to capture existing customer space and transfer it to a virtual reality design engine. This allows team members to make changes in virtual space, which reduced costly on-site modifications.Relying on core values of empowerment, integrity, adaptability, innovation and fun and a company mindset of Solve, Communicate, Grow. Espinosa believes in supporting the business community as well as educational initiatives in Kansas City's urban core.

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  • Carol Espinosa founded Freedom Interiors in 2010. She joins Smart...
  • Array ( [id] => cdfd7138-353d-11e9-95c7-7b67bdf34f22 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:31:57.665-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:18:13.379-05:00 [title] => Why Mobile Technology Is Important to Every Business, with Ryan Wyse [pubdate] => 2018-03-16T12:00:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/cdfd7138-353d-11e9-95c7-7b67bdf34f22/image/268767_Hbfodm52.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Ryan Wyse, founder of Code Koalas, discusses how to companies can avoid technology stagnation and project a fresh web presence. [summary] =>

    Did you know that more than 50 percent of Google searches are from mobile devices? Or that your lack of a mobile-friendly website can impact your search rankings? Code Koalas founder Ryan Wyse joins Smart Companies host Kelly Scanlon to share tips on how business owners can avoid letting their technology become stagnant, use mobile applications to enhance their business and project a fresh web presence. The company develops websites, content management systems, apps and other custom integrations that offer a business full functionality on the web. Wyse was born and raised on a dairy farm northwest of Chicago. He's a self-taught technologist turned entrepreneur who got his start using complicated Excel spreadsheets to program an account balancing solution at a local bank. Accomplishing that, he taught myself to program using PHP/MySQL and started building websites.

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  • Did you know that more than 50 percent of Google...
  • Array ( [id] => ce2c0e62-353d-11e9-95c7-e7a5df57e77a [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:31:57.972-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:18:07.419-05:00 [title] => Loading Money to Make Money: How ATM Operator Prineta Is Defining the Industry [pubdate] => 2018-03-02T12:30:00.000-05:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/ce2c0e62-353d-11e9-95c7-e7a5df57e77a/image/268767_bz9pujBV.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => G. Jason Schnellbacher discusses how Prineta, the independent ATM service provider he founded, has become an industry leader. [summary] =>

    G Jason Schnellbacher, the managing partner at Prineta, joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how he and his partners have taken Prineta from the startup stage to the fastest growing independent ATM service provider in the United States. When Schnellbacher founded Prineta in 2009, it offered merchant service processing, Schnellbacher soon discovered that margins in the industry didn't allow the profitability he sought, so he started investigating ATM services. Today, Prineta operates in every major U.S. city and has more than 1,000 ATM machines. Tune in to find out: How Jason got into the ATM business.How he pivoted from offering only payment processing services to ATM services (which now makes up 90% of their business)What Jason considers to be his greatest entrepreneurial achievement - and whyHis advice for other entrepreneurs who are just starting out Before founding Prineta, Jason worked in the corporate world and pursued other entrepreneurial ventures. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Baker University in Baldwin City with Bachelor of Science degree in Business and dual concentration in Marketing and Management and a minor in Economics. Visit the archives to listen to all the shows in the Smart Companies Thinking Bigger lineup.

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  • G Jason Schnellbacher, the managing partner at Prineta, joins Smart...
  • Array ( [id] => ce666b5c-353d-11e9-95c7-b362d78220db [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:31:58.354-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:17:53.237-05:00 [title] => Leveraging Technology for Business Communications, with Brian Gregory [pubdate] => 2018-03-02T12:00:00.000-05:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/ce666b5c-353d-11e9-95c7-b362d78220db/image/268767_acIzasJO.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Network Innovations' founder Brian Gregory discusses how technology can help your business communicate better. [summary] =>

    Brian Gregory, owner of Network Innovations, joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how businesses can leverage technology to improve their communication and productivity. In 1991, at the age of 19, Gregory took over the fledgling IT company while it was still just getting off the ground. His only business experience had been working at a grocery store when he was in high school. He says he learned how to run a business by allowing his clients to mentor him, soaking up all the advice they would give him. He calls it "the best MBA I could get." In 1997, the company was one of the first to embrace computer telephony, better known as VoIP, and he and his wife Amy have been pioneers in shaping the industry ever since. Listen in as Gregory discusses: What it's like to take over a business at the age of 19 with no prior experience.Why it's critical to seek out mentors.The importance of putting employees first.How to use technology to leverage your business's communication and productivity. Visit the archives to listen to all the shows in the Smart Companies Thinking Bigger lineup.  

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  • Brian Gregory, owner of Network Innovations, joins Smart Companies Thinking...
  • Array ( [id] => ce94c150-353d-11e9-95c7-6be2f77e80f3 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:31:58.656-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:18:15.486-05:00 [title] => Piloting Your Business to Success, with Michael Hendricks of SureHosting [pubdate] => 2018-02-23T12:30:00.000-05:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/ce94c150-353d-11e9-95c7-6be2f77e80f3/image/268767_p0ntHzpX.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Michael Hendricks shares how he's applied the lessons he's learned from flying a helicopter to his business and discusses other lessons learned. [summary] =>

    Michael Hendricks, founder and CEO of SureHosting Internet Solutions, joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how he turned a childhood passion for computers into a thriving business. As Michael puts it, he was always “that kid” growing up. At the age of 7, he gained infamy when he tore the family computer apart and successfully put it back together. His parents gave him a PC, but with one caveat: He had to sign an agreement to never touch the family PC again. Little did his parents know, they were giving him the gift of a career. Before starting SureHosting at age 24, Hendricks worked for Silicon Valley companies and in IT in the healthcare industry. Tune in to capitalize on the wisdom of Michael's experience as a business owner: Michael's business partner and best friend from high school was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Learn how Michael dealt with the partner's separation from the business and eventual death. "It taught me that business was for real," he said. "If we didn’t deal with the painful situation and save the business, it would cost all of our employees their jobs. It was a hard lesson, but when I hear about companies who work with spouses or family members, I think about this and realize it can work, but it takes a commitment from all parties that the business comes first."How his love for flying helicopters taught him important lessons about hiring and training employees.How business owners can learn to view technology as a return to the bottom line rather than as a cost. As Michael puts it, "You should not be 'spending money' on technology." Visit the archives to listen to all the shows in the Smart Companies Thinking Bigger lineup.

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  • Michael Hendricks, founder and CEO of SureHosting Internet Solutions, joins...
  • Array ( [id] => ceca3a42-353d-11e9-95c7-7392d6d0ca23 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:31:59.004-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:18:00.149-05:00 [title] => From Entry-Level to Company President, with MTI Events owner Melissa DeLeon [pubdate] => 2018-02-23T12:00:00.000-05:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/ceca3a42-353d-11e9-95c7-7392d6d0ca23/image/268767_zoHPtqTm.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Find out how MTI Events owner Melissa DeLeon has shaped the company since taking it over from her mother in 2006. [summary] =>

    Melissa DeLeon, president and owner of MTI Events, joins Smart Companies Radio host Kelly Scanlon to discuss her entrepreneurial journey through more than 30 years in the meetings and incentives industry. MTI Events is a family-held, full-service events company that Melissa's mother founded in 1986. Melissa started with the company from its beginning, working her way from the ground up with data entry for performance reports, mailing promotional marketing items and working on site as professional travel staff.  After graduating from college in 1994, Melissa started full time as an account executive in sales at MTI. In 2006, she took over as president of the company.  Listen in as Melissa shares: How she transitioned from an entry-level employee to company president.The secret to MTI Event's success over the years.How they've grown the business, including expanding beyond events as incentives and adding corporate meeting and team-building events; special events such as trade shows, golf tournaments and customer appreciation programs; and sales meetings.Some of the most memorable events Melissa has planned over the years. You won't want to miss the story about the zebras leading the guests to the buffet table! Visit the archives to listen to all the events in the Smart Companies Thinking Bigger lineup.  

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  • Melissa DeLeon, president and owner of MTI Events, joins Smart...
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    Karen Crnkovich, owner of mechanical service contractor DMC Service, joins Smart Companies host Kelly Scanlon to discuss her entrepreneurial journey. Founded in 2004, DMC Service (which stands for Diamond Mechanical Contractors) focuses on repairing and maintaining existing building and industrial systems,such as HVAC and plumbing. Tune in as Karen discusses her transition to owner of the company and the core values that drive company culture, their relationships with customers, and their community involvement. The core values include: connected, committed, capable and champions. Clients aren't the only ones who benefit from the expertise of this certified woman-owned business. Every year on the Diamond Day of Service, DMC's team donates time and materials to a nonprofit agency or family in need. Visit the archives to listen to all the shows in the Smart Companies Thinking Bigger lineup.

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  • Karen Crnkovich, owner of mechanical service contractor DMC Service, joins...
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    Marvin Carolina, the president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau Serving Greater Kansas City, joins Smart Companies host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how the organization works with businesses to gain credibility and avoid scams. Tune in to learn: The advantage of becoming a BBB member.What's involved in the process of becoming a member.How the BBB assists with complaint resolutions.How to understand BBB ratings.About the BBB's scam awareness program. Visit the archives to listen to all the shows in the Smart Companies Thinking Bigger lineup.  

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  • Marvin Carolina, the president and CEO of the Better Business...
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    Partners N Promotion founder Vicki Clayman joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon to discuss her entrepreneurial journey. Clayman is the founder and president of Partners N Promotion, a boutique promotional, premium incentive and online recognition products company that she founded in 2008. When she founded the company, Clayman had more than 25 years of experience selling and servicing promotional product and recognition program customers around the country. But her entrepreneurial path was an unlikely one. She didn't go to college, married young and was a stay-at-home mom through her mid-20s. After her divorce, however, she pursued sales, a career her father had pursued successfully. Some of the specialties that Partners N Promotions offers are: Online stores.Safety recognition.Employee years of service.Wellness initiatives. Partners N Promotion's customers run the gamut, serving customers of all sizes—from some of the largest nationwide Fortune 500 brands to local schools and startups. Clayman says that the company's success is due to the hands-on consulting her team provides to every customer. "We do not just make a sale and walk away . . .We go to employee meetings and listen," she said. Visit the archives to listen to all the episodes in the Smart Companies Thinking Bigger lineup.

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  • Partners N Promotion founder Vicki Clayman joins Smart Companies Thinking...
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    Real estate entrepreneur Justin Brooks joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon to share the ups and downs of his entrepreurial journey, including how investing in his education was a turning point. Brooks came from a working-class family in Kansas City and served in the United States Navy. Brooks always knew entrepreneurship and real estate would be his path to personal and professional satisfaction. In fact, he had dreamed of being an entrepreneur and real estate developer since he was seven years old, when he told his mother: “I’m going to be a real estate mogul.” Brooks knew he wanted to “own a lot of real estate” and create wealth for his community. He began investing in real estate and quickly grew his portfolio.After his first project, he knew for certain that real estate was where he wanted to be. In 2012, when Brooks bought his first property, the roller coaster ride began. Deep in debt, he ended up offloading of his real estate portfolio in 2015.  He was mentally and physically exhausted, but he had the will to persist and continued to pursue his dream. He remembered that successful people like Tony Robbins and Jim Rohn invested in their education, so he set about doing that too. Today, Brooks is the founder and CEO of J.H. Brooks & Company, a successful real estate developer with a growing reputation.    Visit the archives to listen to all the shows in the Smart Companies Thinking Bi  

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  • Real estate entrepreneur Justin Brooks joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger...
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  • Kalon Breckenridge, the founder and CEO of B’Ridge Development joins...
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    Calli Green, founder and fashion director of Local Fashion Link joins Smart Companies Radio host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how her company is linking the local fashion community to Kansas Citians. Local Fashion Link hosts fashion shows and events, shares photos and produces publications. For the shows and publications, Calli and her team source local trends and garments from partners who support the fashion community. Calli likes to think she's come a long way since writing the fashion column in her university newspaper, The Muleskinner. Please visit the archives to listen to all the episodes in the Smart Companies Thinking Bigger lineup.  

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  • Calli Green, founder and fashion director of Local Fashion Link...
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    High Prairie Landscape Group founder Robyn Schmitz joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon to discuss her passion for educating consumers and landscaping professionals and how she's grown her own landscaping company. As a green industry educator and landscape consultant, Robyn has written a book called "Outdoor Living: A Guide to Design, Construction and Budgeting." The book's purpose is to educate consumers and landscaping professionals as a way to improve the industry. She believes that a consumer who invests thousands of dollars in landscaping and outdoor living should be provided with all the information they need to make educated decisions. Tune in to find out about how Robyn started High Prairie Landscape Group and has continued to grow it, her educational efforts that are reshaping the industry and some of the latest trends in outdoor living. Visit the archives to listen to all the episodes in the Smart Companies Thinking Bigger lineup.

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  • High Prairie Landscape Group founder Robyn Schmitz joins Smart Companies...
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    James “Doc” McEntire is known in automotive racing circles for his focus on winning. Dr. McEntire, a Lee’s Summit, Mo.,pediatrician who’s been racking up racing accolades since the early ‘80s, holds international world records for drag racing performance on street legal cars. He and his red 1968 Camaro—the same one he used to take his driver’s license test—have been featured in Hot Rod, RPM and many other industry magazines. He brings that same competitive streak—and winning record—to his practice, Preferred Pediatrics. James “Doc” McEntire is known in automotive racing circles for his focus on winning. Dr. McEntire, a Lee’s Summit pediatrician who’s been racking up racing accolades since the early ‘80s, holds international world records for drag racing performance on street legal cars. He and his red 1968 Camaro—the same one he used to take his driver’s license test—have been featured in Hot Rod, RPM and many other industry magazines. He brings that same competitive streak—and winning record—to his practice, Preferred Pediatrics. Tune in to find out how he's accelerating standards in pediatrics and improving patient care. Be sure to visit the archives to listen to all the episodes in the Smart Companies Thinking Bigger lineup.

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  • James “Doc” McEntire is known in automotive racing circles for...
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    Jon Dwoskin joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon to discuss his new book "The Think Big Movement." Dwoskin has made a career out of his passion of grow companies big.Listen in as he shares: Whether "big" is always better.What gets companies stuck and prevents them from growing bigger.How companies can get unstuck.How to determine whether your company's culture is productive, and how to reset it if it's not.The biggest mistake executives make. "The Think Big Movement" is written as a fable. Readers will follow the main character as he finds a successful businessman who serves as his mentor, teaching him what real success means and how to achieve it, maintain it and grow it. Jon is an executive advisor, business coach, and CEO and founder of The Jon Dwoskin Experience, a consulting firm that helps businesses grow beyond their wildest dreams and soar to new heights.

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  • Jon Dwoskin joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon...
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    Serial entrepreneur Cliff Cole joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon to share the lessons he's learned three decads of business ownership. Cole, currently the owner of More Floods Inc., got started in the cleaning and restoration industry as a technician in 1987, Within a year, he was promoted to manager of the Omaha office of a national company. Feeling the entrepreneurial bug, he started his own cleaning and restoration business soon after, as well as a supply house for other contractors.  Cole eventually sold the cleaning business so he could focus on the supply business. He opened a second location in Kansas City, where he currently resides.  After selling the supply business to a national company, Cole stayed on as a regional manager of multiple locations.  Cole then started another cleaning and restoration business in Kansas City. It experienced fast growth, and Cole sold it after three years. At that point, Cole decided to take what he had learned and use it to help restoration companies all over the country take their businesses to the next level.  He started a company called More Floods, which is a franchise-type system of operations and marketing. He currently sells protected territories and has more than 150 territories across the country. With all of the success of his past companies, Cliff feels there is no greater feeling of success than helping another company reach their goals. 

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  • Serial entrepreneur Cliff Cole joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host...
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    Jeremy McDowell, founder of Midwest Sports Productions, joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon to share his entrepreneurial journey.  MSP promotes youth fastpitch and baseball across the Midwest through tournaments and other events create lifetime experiences. McDowell got his start in fastpitch in 2001 when he became a volunteer. By 2007, he had joined the USSSA as State Director of Kansas. Currently, in addition to running MSP, McDowell is the executive vice president of USSSA Fastpitch. His passion is to impact youth through sports, and he surrounds himself with like-hearted people who want to make a difference. Tune in to learn about: How a personal event with one of McDowell's own children was a sledgehammer moment that now guides all his decisions for his company and the sport.The growth of the Hawaiian Hitfest.The MSP Love program, McDowell's vision is for it and how it has impacted the community. The All Sports Media Awards

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  • Jeremy McDowell, founder of Midwest Sports Productions, joins Smart Companies...
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    KC Restoration specializes in metal refinishing and stone and wood restoration. Experts at preserving iconic spaces and restoring custom pieces, the company's owners know a bit about fresh starts themselves. Co-founder LeAnn Luemmen joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon to share her entrepreneurial journey. You'll learn how she and her husband and co-founder Bill Luemmen spent most of their lives as civil servants in California before striking out for Kansas City in late 2010, in search of a better place to raise their daughter. With no contacts or relationships in their new city, no business relationships or experience, the couple decided business ownership would provide a vehicle for impacting their new community. Listen in as LeAnn discusses how they learned the business, gained customers and built a company culture that personifies their core values of excellence, community and giving back.  

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  • KC Restoration specializes in metal refinishing and stone and wood...
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    When Thomas Shyver was asked to close out a fledgling company in 1993, he answered the call. But after assessing the situation, he and his wife Charlene decided to buy the company—then called Royal Mechanical Services—rather than close it. Brad Shyver, the couple's son and current co-owner and CEO of the company—now called Royal Services—joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how his parents grew a turnaround company that sold home warranties into a company that provides project and facility manageent—including HVAC, plumbing, electrical, life safety, signage, IT, security and a host of other services. The company, now under the leadership of the couple's three sons, is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Under the leadership of Brad and his brothers, the company has won several large corporate accounts and government contracts nationwide. Tune in to learn from Brad's experiences growing the company, including how to: Successfully survive ownership transitionsWork peacefully and productively with other family membersCreate a workplace that lives its core valuesPartner with customers and form long-term relationships with themInnovate to develop creative, cost-effective solutionsBe a committed community citizen Listen to all the Smart Companies Thinking Bigger episodes in the archives.

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  • When Thomas Shyver was asked to close out a fledgling...
  • Array ( [id] => e091bd54-353d-11e9-95c7-87cc561bccda [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:32:28.836-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:18:17.493-05:00 [title] => How Meridian Business Services Achieved Explosive Growth, with Amy Goode [pubdate] => 2018-01-04T12:30:00.000-05:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/e091bd54-353d-11e9-95c7-87cc561bccda/image/268767_sqWgGq1x.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Amy Goode, co-founder of Meridian Business Services, shares how listening to her customers propelled the company's growth. [summary] =>

    Amy Goode, co-founder of Meridian Business Services, joins Smart Companies host Kelly Scanlon to discuss her entrepreneurial journey. Amy founded the consulting company in 2003 with Heather Wright, in Louisburg, Kansas, the community outside of Kansas City where she grew up.  She knew that tax and accounting services were lacking in Louisburg and the surrounding area, so providing those services seemed like a good business idea and a way to give back to the community. Fast forward 15 years, and Meridian is now a full-service consulting firm. As the company grew over the years, its original vision expanded into the business solutions arena where the Meridian team helps companies with operational inefficiencies. Tune in to learn how to: Expand your services by gaining the trust of customers and adding services to address their other business needs.Live your company's vision.Build a strong company culture, even when employees are not on site every day.Exhibit growth or sustainability..Develop a strong record of giving back to the community. Visit the archives to listen to all the episodes in the Smart Companies Thinking Bigger lineup.

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  • Amy Goode, co-founder of Meridian Business Services, joins Smart Companies...
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    KC Crew founder Luke Wade loves playing sports. But as an urban dweller, he tired of driving to the suburbs to play in organized leagues. So, he started forming leagues for fellow downtown Kansas City residents who wanted to participate in leagues closer to where they lived. In its first year, KC Crew signed up nearly 1,000 participants. That was in 2012. During the next two years, the company saw a 32 percent increase in sign ups. Luke finally quit his full-time job in 2015 and turned all his attention to the growing company. That year, participation grew by 53 percent, to 3,600. Since then, his partnerships with KCMO Parks and Recreation, Kemper Arena and other venues has resulted in even more growth. Tune in to learn how Wade has continued to expand the company geographically as well as beyond traditional sports to include pickleball, skee ball, cornhole and other activities and community events such as pubcrawls. He's also introduced software called League Ally that will be central to the company's expansion Visit the archives to listen to all the episodes of Smart Companies Thinking Bigger.  

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  • KC Crew founder Luke Wade loves playing sports. But as...
  • Array ( [id] => e0fa5436-353d-11e9-95c7-03a2569e00c0 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:32:29.522-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:18:38.758-05:00 [title] => Always On: One Woman's Story of Life as the Only Woman in the Room [pubdate] => 2017-12-29T12:00:00.000-05:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/e0fa5436-353d-11e9-95c7-03a2569e00c0/image/268767_gKRM48JJ.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Tech leader Jeanne Johnson discusses some of the things she's learned as the "only woman in the room." [summary] =>

    Former Kansas Citian Jeanne Johnson joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon to discuss what it's been like to be the "only woman in the room" during her tech career, and she passes along the insights she's learned to create a pathway to success. Johnson is currently Americas Azure Strategist in the Global Black Belt organization at Microsoft focused on Azure. She has spent her career in the technology industry, founding her own tech companies and also helping others build theirs. Johnson helps companies save money, make money, reduce risk and gain competitive advantage by digitally transforming their businesses. Prior to joining Microsoft, Johnson started up, rapidly grew, and profitably sold several technology companies in the United States. Her companies were known for the early adoption of disruptive technologies and the nontraditional partnering with her competitors to build greater success. Jeanne lives on the beach in Washington State and has recently been recognized for her work in tsunami preparedness. To listen to all the episodes in the Smart Companies Thinking Bigger lineup, visit the archives.

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  • Former Kansas Citian Jeanne Johnson joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger...
  • Array ( [id] => e139cb2a-353d-11e9-95c7-0f0fa3bb6761 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:32:29.937-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:18:59.253-05:00 [title] => How WBE Certification Has Opened Doors for ARJ Infusion Services [pubdate] => 2017-12-22T12:30:00.000-05:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/e139cb2a-353d-11e9-95c7-0f0fa3bb6761/image/268767_2TGWZDEa.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => ARJ Infusion Services founder Lisa Sackuvich shares her entrepreneurial journey and how she has strategically used her WBE certification to grow her business. [summary] =>

    Lisa Sackuvich, the owner and president of ARJ Infusion Services, Inc., joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon to share her entrepreneurial journey and the importance of her WBE certification to her company's growth.  ARJ Infustion Services offers in-home infusion expertise and dispensing of specialty pharmacy medication to patients with chronic conditions. Sackuvich has been able to leverage her WBE status to grow her business, including securing contracts with major insurance companies. Among the benefits of WBE certification, Sackuvich says it has helped her establish credibility and tap into a collaborative network where she and other women business owners can share skills and resources to improve company efficiencies and deliver better products and customer experiences. Under Sackuvich’s leadership, ARJ ranks in the top 10 percent across the region in home health/infusion care. In this episode, Sackuvich will address: Why she applied for WBE certificationHow has WBE certification has helped ARJ Infusion ServicesHow she has used WBE certification to grow her businessWhat the WBE certification process entailsAdvice to other WBEs considering certification

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  • Lisa Sackuvich, the owner and president of ARJ Infusion Services,...
  • Array ( [id] => e1836f28-353d-11e9-95c7-5bac9f085f00 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:32:30.420-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:18:42.803-05:00 [title] => Using Purpose to Drive Profits, with May McCarthy [pubdate] => 2017-12-22T12:00:00.000-05:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/e1836f28-353d-11e9-95c7-5bac9f085f00/image/268767_lxhjwpRs.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => May McCarthy discusses how finding your company's "why" and then aligning your goals and culture to that purpose can create profits. [summary] =>

    Best-selling business author and consultant May McCarthy joins Smart Companies host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how finding your company's purpose can lead to more profits. She'll discuss: Creating a purpose or a “why” for your companyExamples of successful companies and their “why”Emphasizing your company’s purpose through demonstrative actionStrategies for using purpose as a driver of strategy and decision makingHow purpose creates profits McCarthy is an author, speaker, university lecturer and angel investor has co-founded and helped grow seven successful companies. She is the author of the best-selling "The Path to Wealth: Seven Spiritual Steps for Financial Abundance."  

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  • Best-selling business author and consultant May McCarthy joins Smart Companies...
  • Array ( [id] => e1b39996-353d-11e9-95c7-f3e0591c925f [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:32:30.735-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:18:37.534-05:00 [title] => How Al Hess Built Wholesale Trucks of America [pubdate] => 2017-12-15T12:30:00.000-05:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/e1b39996-353d-11e9-95c7-f3e0591c925f/image/268767_iQE4j99S.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Al Hess, founder of Wholesale Trucks of America, shares his entrepreneurial story. [summary] =>

    Al Hess didn't know it at the time, but the purchasing skills he learned as a young man buying cows with his cattleman father gave him a strong foundation for building and growing Wholesale Trucks of America. Hess joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon to share his entrepreneurial journey. He not only discusses how he's built WTA, but also how he and others created an industry association to raise the standards and repuation of his industry as well as educate newcomers to the industry. To listen to all the episodes of Smart Companies Thinking Bigger, visit the archives.

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  • Al Hess didn't know it at the time, but the...
  • Array ( [id] => e1e87756-353d-11e9-95c7-8f4b624cd414 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:32:31.082-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:18:47.352-05:00 [title] => Turning Disruption and Change Into Opportunity and Advantage, with Daniel Burrus [pubdate] => 2017-12-15T12:00:00.000-05:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/e1e87756-353d-11e9-95c7-8f4b624cd414/image/268767_JtmbBiTN.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Futurist Daniel Burrus discusses how to identify trends so you can turn disruption and change into opportunity for your business. [summary] =>

    Daniel Burrus, one of the world's leading futurists on global trends and innovations, joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon to discuss his New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-seller "The Anticipatory Organization: Turn Disruption and Change Into Opportunity and Advantage." Burrus discusses: What an "anticipatory" organization isThe difference between hard and soft trendsThe three types of hard trendsHow to use hard trends to create positive disruption and innovation Burrus has delivered nearly 3,000 keynote speeches around the world, and he's helped executives from companies of all sizes—from small businesses to Fortune 500—to develop paradigm-shifting strategies for capitalizing on untapped opportunities. He's started six companies, and four of them became national leaders in their first year. Five were profitable during their first year in business. Listeners may download a free hardback copy of his book at www.theaobook.com. You can listen to all the shows in the Smart Companies Thinking Bigger lineup in the archives.

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  • Daniel Burrus, one of the world's leading futurists on global...
  • Array ( [id] => e227bc36-353d-11e9-95c7-b314067eb125 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:32:31.497-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:18:39.677-05:00 [title] => Entrepreneur Helps Customers Find the Perfect Automobile, with Hosea Haywood III [pubdate] => 2017-12-08T13:00:00.000-05:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/e227bc36-353d-11e9-95c7-b314067eb125/image/268767_gTqlQDgX.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Hosea Haywood III shares his entrepreneurial story and describes how his company Computerized Auto Search helps individuals and companies find just the right ve [summary] =>

    Hosea Haywood III, owner of Computerized Auto Search, joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon to share his entrepreneurial journey. He founded Computerized Auto Search in 1988 to help individuals purchase automobiles. Haywood's company works to find the best quality vehicle for the customer's budget and also helps with financing. As the company grew, it started offering customized service to corporations, auto manufacturers, automobile dealerships, insurance companies, government agencies and lending institutions. In addition to its online offerings, CAS has a retail facility that is open to the public. CAS also assists businesses with vehicle transportation, reconditioning and title preparation. To listen to all the shows in the Smart Companies Thinking Bigger lineup,visit the archives.

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  • Hosea Haywood III, owner of Computerized Auto Search, joins Smart...
  • Array ( [id] => e2567a08-353d-11e9-95c7-37ecd00889e2 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:32:31.803-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:18:16.313-05:00 [title] => How Elf on the Shelf Got Its Start [pubdate] => 2017-12-08T12:30:00.000-05:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/e2567a08-353d-11e9-95c7-37ecd00889e2/image/268767_2YFo7IKX.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Elf on the Shelf co-founder Chanda Bell gives the inside story on the founding of the enduring holiday phenomenon. [summary] =>

    A favorite holiday tradition at Smart Companies Radio ... enjoy a replay of our Elf on the Shelf episode during the holiday season. Chanda Bell, co-founder and co-author of the holiday phenomenon  “The Elf on the Shelf,” gives us the inside story on how she, her mother and her twin sister turned a cherished family tradition into a best-selling brand that delivers holiday magic to parents and children. Visit the archives to listen to all the shows in the Smart Companies Thinking Bigger lineup.

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  • A favorite holiday tradition at Smart Companies Radio ... enjoy...
  • Array ( [id] => e283a820-353d-11e9-95c7-1be6303630b4 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:32:32.100-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:19:11.075-05:00 [title] => How to Develop Your People for Better Business Outcomes, with Rocky Romanella [pubdate] => 2017-12-04T13:00:00.000-05:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/e283a820-353d-11e9-95c7-1be6303630b4/image/268767_Ii5RZoW0.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Rocky Romanella shares the principles from his book "Tighten the Lug Nuts: The Principles of Balanced Leadership." [summary] =>

    Rocky Romanella joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon to discuss his book "Tighten the Lug Nuts: The Principles of Balanced Leadership." Rocky will explore how to motivate and develop people to optimize business results. Rocky believes that a true leader can add value as a trusted advisor, mentor and visionary. Learn the two principles his dad taught him that helped propel his career, where the inspiration for "Tighten the Lug Nuts" came from, how a leader can help others build their careers, and the lessons he learned as he transitioned from a career at UPS to launching his startup. Rocky Romanella is an author, speaker and founder of 3SIXTY Management Services. He began his 36-year career with UPS as a part-time loader and unloader, eventually working his way up to become the president and general manager of UPS Supply Chain Solutions. After retiring from UPS, he went on to become CEO of UniTek Global Services. To listen to all the episodes of Smart Companies Thinking Bigger, visit the archives.

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  • Rocky Romanella joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon...
  • Array ( [id] => e2b4dca6-353d-11e9-95c7-ab24512fcc66 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:32:32.421-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:18:51.191-05:00 [title] => Company Takes Painting Party Concept Mobile, with Joey Kramer [pubdate] => 2017-12-01T18:00:00.000-05:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/e2b4dca6-353d-11e9-95c7-ab24512fcc66/image/268767_q1DudCUf.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Joey Kramer of Apple Pie Painting talks expansion . [summary] =>

    Joey Kramer, the co-founder and CFO of Apple Pie Painting, joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon to discuss the company's twist on painting parties and their expansion. Joey and his wife April launched Apple Pie Painting as an alternative to the painting parties where participants go to a studio to paint as a group. Instead, an Apple Pie Painting instructor goes to the party host's home or other venue of choice. Apple Pie Painting is the third company Joey has started since 2009. As a strong advocate of the Kansas City startup community, Joey is dedicated to helping other like-minded entrepreneurs achieve their success and reach their goals. Tune in to learn about the company's expansion plan: The company also recently launched its 1 Million Brushes Painting Kits online, and have an Indiegogo campaign running. With this new line of in-home painting kits, the Kramers have pledged to donate 1 million paint brushes to children around the world to help inspire creativity and art. To listen to all the episodes in the Smart Companies Thinking Bigger lineup, please visit the archives.

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  • Joey Kramer, the co-founder and CFO of Apple Pie Painting,...
  • Array ( [id] => e2f351f2-353d-11e9-95c7-f7539a5fb8ae [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:32:32.832-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:18:44.792-05:00 [title] => Building Businesses, with Sheila Ohrenberg of Sorella Group [pubdate] => 2017-11-24T12:30:00.000-05:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/e2f351f2-353d-11e9-95c7-f7539a5fb8ae/image/268767_xEKrOw3U.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Sheila Ohrenberg, founder of Sorella Group, discusses how she's built her full-service commercial design, general carpentry and specialty contracting company. [summary] =>

    Sheila Ohrenberg, founder of specialty contracting company Sorella Group, joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon to share her entrepreneurial journey. Ohrenberg discusses: Her inspiration for starting the company.How she learned the "business" side of running a business.The company's secret sauce for success.Why delegation is so important if you want your business to grow—and tips on how to delegate effectively.What the future holds for Sorella Group. Sorella Group is a national specialty contractor and building material supplier based in Lenexa, Kansas.  The company's services include design, general carpentry and CSI Division 10 contracting with projects in hospitality, medical, multi-family, military, correctional, religious and international product supply. To listen to all the episodes of Smart Companies Thinking Bigger, visit the archives.

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  • Sheila Ohrenberg, founder of specialty contracting company Sorella Group, joins...
  • Array ( [id] => e31f6396-353d-11e9-95c7-af76abab89ee [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:32:33.119-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:20:09.233-05:00 [title] => How to Design a Better Business, with Justin Lokitz [pubdate] => 2017-11-24T12:00:00.000-05:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/e31f6396-353d-11e9-95c7-af76abab89ee/image/268767_zzoD7ASc.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Best-selling book author Justin Lokitz discusses how businesses benefit from uisng design thinking strategy. [summary] =>

    Justin Lokitz, the co-author of the best-selling book "Design A Better Business: New Tools, Skills, and Mindset for Strategy and Innovation," joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon to discuss new strategies for designing a business. Justin addresses why companies of any size will benefit from using a "design thinking" approach to creating strategy, leads us through what a typical strategic design process looks like, and explains how design thinking for strategy is different than design as a discipline. In addition to book writing, Justin is a strategy blogger and frequent contributing author. He's also an experienced strategy designer and managing director of the Business Models Inc. offices in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. He has spent more than 20 years managing product strategies for both large multi-national companies and startups. To listen to all the episodes of Smart Companies Thinking Bigger, please visit the archives.

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  • Justin Lokitz, the co-author of the best-selling book "Design A...
  • Array ( [id] => e34d568e-353d-11e9-95c7-43517d148e1a [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:32:33.420-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:18:43.953-05:00 [title] => Inspired Homes: Transforming the Home Building Market, with Todd Lipschutz [pubdate] => 2017-11-10T13:30:00.000-05:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/e34d568e-353d-11e9-95c7-43517d148e1a/image/268767_I7g2Mau4.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Todd Lipschutz discusses the philosophy and technology behind Inspired Homes' effort to build affordable, safe and energy-efficient homes. [summary] =>

    North Kansas City-based Inspired Homes doesn’t want to be just any homebuilder. The company founders‘ businesses included local real estate and construction busineses spanning more than 50 years. They are now working to revolutionize the home building industry. Inspired Homes' president Todd Lipschutz joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon to talk about the genesis for Inspired Homes and how the company's efforts are producing more affordable, safe, energy-efficient homes. Listen to the complete lineup of shows in the Smart Companies Thinking Bigger archives.

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  • North Kansas City-based Inspired Homes doesn’t want to be just...
  • Array ( [id] => e37ce962-353d-11e9-95c7-87f7c73c2bb5 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:32:33.732-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:19:38.743-05:00 [title] => How to Use Emotional Intelligence to Close More Sales, with Colleen Stanley [pubdate] => 2017-11-10T12:00:00.000-05:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/e37ce962-353d-11e9-95c7-87f7c73c2bb5/image/268767_6yHSYrDt.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Colleen Stanley discusses the difference between Sales EQ and Sales IQ - and how to use EQ to close more sales. [summary] =>

    Colleen Stanley, founder and president of SalesLeadership, Inc., joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how to close more sales using Sales EQ. Among the points she addresses are: Sales EQ vs. Sales IQ and why the distinction is importantWhy we often lose prospects to our competitorsHow to use EQ for greater sales successThe difference between a nurturing culture and a caretaking cultureWhat organizations can start doing now to improve the sales success of their organization   In addition to running her sales development firm, Stanley is the creator of the Ei Selling System®, a sales program that integrates emotional intelligence skills with consultative selling skills. She's also written two books on sales: Emotional Intelligence For Sales Success and Growing Great Sales Teams. Salesforce recently named Stanley one of the top sales influencers of the 21st century. She's also been named one of the Top 50 Sales & Marketing Influencers, Top 10 Women in Sales Experts to Follow and Top 30 Global Gurus.  Before she launched SalesLeadership, Stanley was vice president of sales for Varsity Spirit Corporation.  She grew sales from 8 million to 90 million during her 10 years with the company. During that time, Varsity Sprint Corporation was named by Forbes magazine as one of the 200 fastest growing companies in the United States.     

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  • Colleen Stanley, founder and president of SalesLeadership, Inc., joins Smart...
  • Array ( [id] => e3b45eb0-353d-11e9-95c7-87dca89bc72e [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:32:34.096-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:19:38.876-05:00 [title] => How to Build a High-Performance Marketing Team, with Melissa Hendricks [pubdate] => 2017-11-03T12:30:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/e3b45eb0-353d-11e9-95c7-87dca89bc72e/image/268767_Z9hMaA8x.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Melissa Hendricks, vice president of marketing at Cerner, discusses how to build a high-performance marketing team. [summary] =>

    Are you a non-marketing executive or business owner tasked with creating a marketing team? Melissa Hendricks, the vice president of marketing at Cerner, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how to build a high-performance marketing team from the ground up. Hendricks shares: Why marketing is importantHow to determine who you needHow to find who you needWho to look for and why to lead the teamHow to manage and hold someone accountable when you have little to no marketing experience yourselfWhat kinds of outcomes to look for Melissa Hendricks is a corporate brand and marketing executive with more than 20 years of experience in technology and consumer packaged goods companies. As the vice president of marketing strategy at Cerner, Hendricks leads a team responsible for all aspects of corporate marketing and communications for a $4.4 billion publicly traded health care technology company. To listen to all the episodes in the Smart Companies Thinking Bigger lineup, please visit the archives.

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  • Are you a non-marketing executive or business owner tasked with...
  • Array ( [id] => e3e634e4-353d-11e9-95c7-7705074e5076 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:32:34.422-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:19:44.618-05:00 [title] => How to Use Storytelling to Help Your Small Business, with Clyde Riddlesbrood [pubdate] => 2017-11-03T12:00:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/e3e634e4-353d-11e9-95c7-7705074e5076/image/268767_Btk547wL.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Entertainer Clyde Riddlesbrood discusses how to use storytelling to brand a business. [summary] =>

    Entertainer Clyde Riddlesbrood joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon to share how business owners can enhance their businesses by leveraging tactics that entertainers use. He covers: How to use storytelling to help your small businessHow entrepreneurs can use the lessons of acting to propel their success.How writing can help you stay focused on your success  Clyde is the founder of Riddlesbrood Touring Theater Company. He grew up in the entertainment industry working with his father at a Dinner Theater in South Jersey and started his own theater company in 2000. He's been part of more than 5,000 shows himself, and his company has performed more than 1,500 shows. His theater company  is one of the most successful and vibrant theater companies in the New York/New Jersey area. They perform more than 100 murder mysteries and dinner theater shows each year at restaurants, banquet halls and other venues. Riddlesbrood also produces several large Broadway-style shows for their “Arts on the MOVE” Performing Arts Program for children and teens. Clyde is also the author of the novel ‘The Greatest Brochure in the World,’ which illustrates how storytelling can positiviely impact a business brand. To listen to all the episodes in the Smart Companies Thinking Bigger lineup, please visit the archives.

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  • Entertainer Clyde Riddlesbrood joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly...
  • Array ( [id] => e412cfa4-353d-11e9-95c7-c78fd261e266 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:32:34.715-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:21:36.264-05:00 [title] => Building an Iconic Retail Brand, with Nell Hill's Founder Mary Carol Garrity [pubdate] => 2017-10-27T12:30:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/e412cfa4-353d-11e9-95c7-c78fd261e266/image/268767_3koVM97g.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Nell Hill's founder Mary Carol Garrity discusses her entrepreneurial journey and how she continues to develop her brand in the age of the Internet. [summary] =>

    Nell Hill's founder Mary Caroly Garrity joins Smart Companies Radio host Kelly Scanlon to discuss her entrepreneurial journey and the changing face of retail in an Internet-driven world. Garrity started her home furnishings store, Nell Hill’s, in 1981 in an old bank building in Atchison, Kansas, where she grew up. It started as a gourmet food shop, but has since become one of the most popular home interior stores in the Midwest. Garrity and Nell Hill's have captured the attention of national media. Her story has appeared in Forbes, which dubbed Nell Hills “one of the hottest little retailers” in America. She's also been featured on CBS’s The Early Show and NBC’s Today show, and in The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Midwest Living, Country Living, Victoria, and many more. Visit the archives to listen to all the shows in the Smart Companies Thinking Bigger lineup.

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  • Nell Hill's founder Mary Caroly Garrity joins Smart Companies Radio...
  • Array ( [id] => e4446e6a-353d-11e9-95c7-2b55f12e8488 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:32:35.039-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:22:36.086-05:00 [title] => How Your Life Changes the World, with David McNally [pubdate] => 2017-10-27T12:00:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/e4446e6a-353d-11e9-95c7-2b55f12e8488/image/268767_LcYS1ojI.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Best-selling author and speaker David McNally talks about his recent book Mark of an Eagle: How Your Life Changes the World. [summary] =>

    Best-selling author and speaker David McNally, the CEO of Transform Corporation, joins Smart Companies Radio host Kelly Scanlon to share the inspiration for his recent book "Mark of an Eagle: How Your Life Changes the World." Every human being makes an impact, McNally says, even those whose impact is not highly visible. Especially in corporations, individuals can make an impact and leave a legacy that is carried on by others. What we do every day, how we show up and how we live is something we need to be aware of. We impact others more than we know. Listen in and be inspired to be a purposeful leader! McNally's international business career has spanned assignments in South Africa, Europe and the South Pacific, and he's worked with major brands such as Delta Air Lines, Gartner, Pulte Homes, the Apple Auto Group and Thrivent Financial. He's inspired millions of people from the stage, on film and in his best-selling books. McNally is a member of the Speakers’ Hall of Fame and is considered to be one of the world's Top 50 business speakers. His other best-selling books include "Even Eagles Need a Push," "The Eagle's Secret" and "Be Your Own Brand." Visit the archives to listen to all the shows in the Smart Companies Thinking Bigger lineup.

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  • Best-selling author and speaker David McNally, the CEO of Transform...
  • Array ( [id] => e4809354-353d-11e9-95c7-eba3564dcfcc [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:32:35.434-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:21:00.892-05:00 [title] => How to Make Your Website Work Harder for Your Business [pubdate] => 2017-10-20T12:30:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/e4809354-353d-11e9-95c7-eba3564dcfcc/image/268767_z77WtcEJ.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Terri Jordan of WizeWebz offers tips for overcoming common problems with your website, so it can work harder for your business. [summary] =>

    Terri Jordan, the founder of WizeWebz, joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon to discuss common the common problems business owners have with their web sites and tips for making websites work harder for the business. WizeWebz is a full-service digital agency. It offers brand strategy, creative development, marketing, website design an development, and social media services. Terri brings 20 years of experience to WizeWebz, including launching and growing multiple businesses. A serial entrepreneur, Terri launched her first busienss at the age of 16. She also has national sales management and product development experience, eight years of legal experience that included intellectual property and 18 years of media production and development. Terri specializes in web development and writes fluently in multiple programming languages. To listen to all the shows in the Smart Companies Thinking Bigger lineup, visit the archives.

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  • Terri Jordan, the founder of WizeWebz, joins Smart Companies Thinking...
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  • Franck Cushner joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon...
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    David Patrick joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon to discuss high performance marketing for business owners. In today's episode, Dave will discuss common marketing problems and improving marketing strategies, including: The common marketing problems he's found working with CEOsThe common marketing problems he's found with start-upsThe key things he's ve learned about marketing during his long careerWhat non-marketing senior executives need to understand about marketingWhether there is a secret to marketing Patrick is the Chief Marketing Officer and Founder of High Performance Retail Marketing Group as well as High Performance Marketing Boot Camps. He has 30 years of marketing and sales experience at Procter & Gamble, Leo Burnett, and J Walter Thompson, leading high performance brand teams on McDonald’s, Toys R Us, Burger King, Miller Lite, Sprint, AMC Theaters, LG Electronics, Kraft, Kroger, Kellogg, Applebee’s, and General Motors. Patrick has also held Chief Marketing Officer positions for Beauty Brands and Westlake Ace Hardware. As an entrepreneur, Patrick has built four successful companies: High Performance Retail Marketing Group (www.hprmg.com); a web-based marketing services network for small business:  bizHive (www.bizhive.com); a start-up incubator-accelerator WaveMaker Labs; and a digital field marketing platform:  LocalWave (www.golocalwave.com). Through High Performance Retail Marketing Group, Dave partners with CEOs, CMOs, and leadership teams to build marketing and sales strategies that drive business growth. 

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  • David Patrick joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon...
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    Gary Sirak, president of Sirak Financial Services, joins Smart Companies host Kelly Scanlon on this episode of Smart Companies Thinking Bigger. Gary is the author of "If Your Money Talked . . . What Secrets Would It Tell?" and "The American Dream Revisited: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Results." Sirak has been helping people achieve their American Dream for the past 35 years. A conversation he overheard at a coffee shop inspired him to write his "American Dream" book. In today's episode, Sirak discusses: Whether the American Dream still has a pulseWhat he learned through interviews while writing the bookWhat the American Dream means to himWhether people today are achieving their American Dream7 key skills and ideas that can help people on their journey to achieving the American DreamWhy he created "The American Dream Revisited" scholarshipHis advice for current and future entrepreneurs To listen to the full lineup of Smart Companies Thinking Bigger episodes, visit the archives.  

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  • Gary Sirak, president of Sirak Financial Services, joins Smart Companies...
  • Array ( [id] => e563b2f6-353d-11e9-95c7-731d10026442 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:32:36.923-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:22:36.925-05:00 [title] => Family Builds Complete Home Concepts Across Generations, with Jeff Goodwin [pubdate] => 2017-10-06T12:30:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/e563b2f6-353d-11e9-95c7-731d10026442/image/268767_LqIbJQlb.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Jeff Goodwin and his family have built a business the spans generations through acquisition and reliability. [summary] =>

    Jeff Goodwin, owner of Complete Home Concepts, a one-stop shop for home construction and remodeling services, shares how he and his family have built the business through acquisitions. When Jeff's dad, Jim, bought a stone manufacturing company in 1976, he had no idea that three generations of his family would eventually be involved. At the time, he also didn't know that the company would expand many times over through acquisition. It's a plan that Jeff and his sister continue to follow.  It's pretty simple, really. When they see an area where they could be better serving their customers, they acquire a company to fill that gap. Tune in to find out Jeff's keys to success. To listen to all the shows in the Smart Companies Thinking Bigger lineup, visit the archives.

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  • Jeff Goodwin, owner of Complete Home Concepts, a one-stop shop...
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    Best-selling author, tax and forensic accountant, and business consultant Bernadette Harris joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon to explain how to build your business like a B.O.S.S. by following these four principles: Be ConsistentOffer SolutionsServe OthersSeek Assistance Tune in to find out how she has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs to harness these principles and grow their companies. For a free chapter of Bernadette's latest book, visit www.TrustBernadette.com/blueprint-chapter. To listen to all the shows in the Smart Companies Thinking Bigger lineup, visit the archives.

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  • Best-selling author, tax and forensic accountant, and business consultant Bernadette...
  • Array ( [id] => e5c4b70e-353d-11e9-95c7-e7e4802b6315 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:32:37.559-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:22:49.298-05:00 [title] => How a Local Plumber Turned His Company Around By Empowering a Part-time Employee [pubdate] => 2017-09-29T12:30:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/e5c4b70e-353d-11e9-95c7-e7e4802b6315/image/268767_MXmH9t5O.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Jeff Morgan, founder of Morgan Miller Plumbing, started plumbing for his successor from his first day in business. He’s found that person in Stella Crewse. [summary] =>

    From the day Jeff Morgan started Morgan Miller Plumbing, he also started thinking about his exit. He was determined to build something that would outlast him—that would give someone else an opportunity. Morgan Miller Plumbing is the story of the "son of a son of a plumber" and his part-time bookkeeper who he entrusted to help him turn the company around. Today Stella Crewse is co-owner and CEO. Learn how the two worked together to build the company and ensure a successful ownership transition, including their "lessons learned" and other advice they share in this episode. Be sure to visit the archives to listen to all the shows in the Smart Companies Thinking Bigger lineup.

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  • From the day Jeff Morgan started Morgan Miller Plumbing, he...
  • Array ( [id] => e5f5e5f4-353d-11e9-95c7-b72fab43448b [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:32:37.881-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:22:42.163-05:00 [title] => How Radical Optimism Transforms Company Cultures, with Bob Lancer [pubdate] => 2017-09-29T12:00:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/e5f5e5f4-353d-11e9-95c7-b72fab43448b/image/268767_vyHzWHph.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Bob Lancer discusses how Radical Optimism can help create a high-performing workplace culture. [summary] =>

    Bob Lancer, dubbed the "Company Culture Alchemy Expert," joins Smart Companies host Kelly Scanlon to discuss his book Lighten Up: How to Harness Happiness To Create The Life You Want.   Bob is also an educator and coach who works with business teams, salesforces and individuals struggling with attitude and motivation issues in the workplace, helping them to take total responsibility for their internal states and reactions for a more positive, cohesive and high performing workplace culture.   For 15 years, Bob hosted the radio show Bob Lancer's Life and Work Solutions on WSB AM and FM Radio, broadcasting to 35 states. He's also published hundreds of articles on Radical Optimism and related themes. For more information about Bob's work,  you can visit www.motivationalspeakerpower.com and www.lovethemethod.com. To listen to all the episodes in the Smart Companies Thinking Bigger lineup, please visit the archives.

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  • Bob Lancer, dubbed the "Company Culture Alchemy Expert," joins Smart...
  • Array ( [id] => e6297428-353d-11e9-95c7-8ff05285ebd5 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:32:38.218-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:22:36.834-05:00 [title] => What a PEO Can Do For Your Business, with Erica Brune of Lever1 [pubdate] => 2017-09-22T13:00:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/e6297428-353d-11e9-95c7-8ff05285ebd5/image/268767_EBjKz6pI.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Many businesses don't know what a PEO is. Lever1 president Erica Brune discusses how businesses can work with a PEO to cover their HR needs. [summary] =>

    Erica Brune, owner and president of Lever1, joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon to explain how small businesses can benefit from partnering with a PEO, or professional employer organization. Tune in to learn: What a PEO isHow to strategically partner with a PEO to take care of your company's human resource needsTips for dealing with uncertainty surrounding the ever-changing ACA regulationsAnd insights on other HR challenges that business owners deal with on a regular basis Inc. Magazine has ranked Lever1 as Missouri's 2017 fastest-growing business. In addition, the company was honored as a 2017 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year semi-finalist. Be sure to listen to the complete lineup of Smart Companies Thinking Bigger episodes in the archives.

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  • Erica Brune, owner and president of Lever1, joins Smart Companies...
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  • Ryan O'Donnell, the co-founder and CEO of SellHack and Replyify,...
  • Array ( [id] => e6ac2d82-353d-11e9-95c7-c3d110c0605c [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:32:39.076-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:22:52.842-05:00 [title] => Secret to Success: Seeking Opportunity with Brandy McCombs, owner of IBC [pubdate] => 2017-09-15T12:30:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/e6ac2d82-353d-11e9-95c7-c3d110c0605c/image/268767_ieGNxDbE.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Brandy McCombs has grown IBC by proactively finding opportunities rather than waiting for them to find her. [summary] =>

    Brandy McCombs, owner of International Builders and Consultants (IBC), joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss her entrepreneurial journey, how she's grown the company, and her latest expansion. Brandy had entrepreneurial aspirations from a young age. Growing up in a small town in southeast Ohio, she watched her father and grandfather run their companies. After working in restaurant management, she decided to move to Florida in search of additional opportunities. She became the restaurant manager of Sundial Beach Resort on Sanibel Island. After several years, she knew she needed to change careers. So, she explored the construction industry.  In 2000 she worked for the largest MEP contractor in Southwest Florida’s HVAC new construction service department.  After five years in the subcontracting world, she moved onto the general contracting side as an interior superintendent helping condominium associations build out their tenant spaces. With the experience and knowledge she acquired, Brandy founded International Builders & Consultants in 2009. With the economic downturn, she decided to move to an area where there would be more opportunity for her company. Her research led her to Kansas City.  IBC has became a “household” name for its quality craftsmanship as trim carpenters working for various general contractors. And in 2014 Brandy discovered a business opportunity that would require adding a separate division to IBC. As she'd done throughout her career, she didn't hesitate to pursue it. As a result, Brandy has added a new division that does flagging and traffic control for projects, including the Kansas City StreetCar.  Recently, IBC added a new location to house the traffic division. Be sure to listen to all the episodes of Smart Companies Thinking Bigger in the archives.

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  • Brandy McCombs, owner of International Builders and Consultants (IBC), joins...
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  • Do you want to become a better leader? If so,...
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    What's the right way to measure the impact of your social media? ThinkViral founder Anne Cull joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon to discuss ROR—return on relationships. According to Cull, social media is about people. In this episode she lays out a system for connecting and engaging with the real people who do business with your company so they can get to know, like and trust you. Listen to the full lineup of Smart Companies Thinking Bigger episodes in the archives.

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  • What's the right way to measure the impact of your...
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  • Clive Hook is a training consultant, busines speaker and the...
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  • Maria Meyers, the executive director of UMKC's Innovation Center, and...
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    When Marisa Wiruhayam, the owner of Tasty Thai and Big Bowl Pho, left Thailand for the U.S. several years ago, she was looking forward to a fresh start. She settled into her new home to raise her family and begin learning about her new home. But then tragedy struck. Her husband died unexpectedly, leaving her to raise two small children, with a limited grasp of English and no real job skills. Marisa's story is one of perseverance and dedication. Today, she owns several Thai restaurants in Kansas City. And, always seeking more ways to expand, she recently began bottling sauces based on old family recipes and selling them through local grocery stores and retailers. Marisa's journey is both inspirational and informational. Listen in as she tells her story about not giving up and shares her advice for building a strong business.

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  • When Marisa Wiruhayam, the owner of Tasty Thai and Big...
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    Adam Arredondo, executive director of the Kansas City Startup Foundation, joins Smart Companies host Kelly Scanlon to discuss big changes in the Kansas City startup community, including the merger of the Center of Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development (CEED) with the foundation and a $1 million pledge from one of Kansas City's serial entrepreneurs--Mike Wrenn, CEO of Affinity Worldwide. Adam has been immersed in the Kansas City startup community since 2011. As the executive director of the Kansas City Startup Foundation, he oversees programs such as Startland News, MECA Challenge, the Kansas City Startup Village, Village Square Coworking Studio and a number of community events. Be sure to listen to all the shows in the Smart Companies Thinking Bigger archives.    

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  • Adam Arredondo, executive director of the Kansas City Startup Foundation,...
  • Array ( [id] => e8533982-353d-11e9-95c7-df2ca94649b3 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:32:41.848-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:23:01.019-05:00 [title] => What's Going on With Health Insurance for Small Businesses? [pubdate] => 2017-08-11T12:30:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/e8533982-353d-11e9-95c7-df2ca94649b3/image/268767_2x2IROUO.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => With the uncertainty in the health insurance market, Chris Goodwin of Insurance Pros discusses options for small business owners. [summary] =>

    Chris Goodwin, owner of Insurance Pros, joins host Kelly Scanlon to address changes in the health insurance market that can impact Kansas City small businesses. He addresses these key points in the interview: Which carriers are entering, staying and leaving Kansas City's individual health care marketTrends in health insurance and employee benefits as a whole as a result of the legislative environment in WashingtonWhat small employers who don't have health insurance can do to ensure they are not disrupted by the changes in the indvidual health insurance market--and how to best benefit their employees without taking on a large increase in overhead Be sure to listen to all the Smart Companies Thinking Bigger episodes in the archives.  

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  • Chris Goodwin, owner of Insurance Pros, joins host Kelly Scanlon...
  • Array ( [id] => e87fe8ec-353d-11e9-95c7-0bed978a9e05 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:32:42.140-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:23:08.357-05:00 [title] => Entrepreneur Turns Salvage Into Success [pubdate] => 2017-08-04T12:30:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/e87fe8ec-353d-11e9-95c7-0bed978a9e05/image/268767_J4u63QWR.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Warehouse 1 founder Mary Lou Jacoby shares how she turned a warehouse full of used inventory into a multimillion dollar business that recently became an ESOP. [summary] =>

    Mary Lou Jacoby, founder of Warehouse1, joins host Kelly Scanlon on this episode to talk about her entrepreneurial journey. Warehouse 1 got its start when Jacoby saw opportunity where others saw trash. When Jacoby approached the owner of an auction company who had a building full of old, used equipment in Kansas City, Jacoby offered to buy the building if the owner would allow Jacoby to finance it by selling the contents of the building. Jacoby thought the retail shelving, storage cabinets, conveyor belts, fork lifts and other items that hadn’t been already sold at auction could be resold to other companies if they were just cleaned up a little. Jacoby sold the used inventory in just 60 days, and repaid the loan in 90 days. Warehouse1 was born, and Jacoby has been turning salvage into success ever since. Recently, Jacoby shared that success with her 49 employees by leading Warehouse1 through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Listen in as Jacoby shares her story, advice and future plans.

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  • Mary Lou Jacoby, founder of Warehouse1, joins host Kelly Scanlon...
  • Array ( [id] => e8bef3e8-353d-11e9-95c7-cb2eb47ef7c0 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:32:42.553-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:23:01.138-05:00 [title] => From NASA to OYO Fitness, with founder Paul Francis [pubdate] => 2017-05-05T12:30:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/e8bef3e8-353d-11e9-95c7-cb2eb47ef7c0/image/268767_0WiATTfX.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Engineer Paul Francis leveraged a solution he provided for NASA into an entrepreneurial opportunity by launching OYO Fitness. [summary] =>

    Our guest today is Paul Francis. When Francis read about NASA's problem with astronauts exercising in space, he contacted the agency about a technology he had developed using resistance instead of weights. He later licensed that SpiraFlex technology to Nautilus, and they used it to develop the Bowflex Revolution home gym. Francis came up with a way to miniaturize the components and launch OYO Fitness, which offers the DoubleFlex Portable Gym and a follow-up product called DoubleFlex Black. Listen in to Francis' path from inventor to business owner. Visit the archives to listen to all the Smart Companies Thinking Bigger episodes.

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  • Our guest today is Paul Francis. When Francis read about...
  • Array ( [id] => e8f7b75a-353d-11e9-95c7-4b391131e2ad [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:32:42.926-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:23:02.091-05:00 [title] => Why Entrepreneurs Need to Raise Their Hands, with Hatch founder Zack Miller [pubdate] => 2017-05-05T12:00:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/e8f7b75a-353d-11e9-95c7-4b391131e2ad/image/268767_3VqOjqrU.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Zack Miller, the founder of Hatch and the mayor of "Hustle City," talks about what it takes to be a successful business owner. [summary] =>

    Our guest today is Zack Miller—an entrepreneur, author, internet personality and mayor of “Hustle City.” Zack launched Hatch in Norfolk, Virginia, to provide a platform that helps the owners of both startup and established companies solve their problems. Through Hatch, Zack has also launched an online resource company called 1000 Four. Zack brings to his efforts at Hatch more than two decades of business experience in starting, investing, advising, mentoring and growing thousands of companies or projects. "At the end of the day, we have one belief: Everyone should control the path to the future they desire," he said. His mission is to provide the ecosystem for entrepreneurs to thrive within, by creating a springboard for them to test, start, launch and grow their businesses. He also hosts a weekly business television program to spread his message. In 2010, Zack was growing a technology company and didn’t know what to do, where to network or how to get clients. Starting with his network of zero, he built relationships and eventually became the youngest leader on the Inside Business Power List to be featured in Entrepreneur magazine as a contributor to the rise of the Norfolk Startup Community. He did this by listening, meeting and hustling, learning from others and raising his hand.  Zach believes that entrepreneurs don't need an MBA to be successful; instead, having the tools and the fortitude to push through is.  Listen to the complete lineup of Smart Companies Thinking Bigger podcasts in the archives.

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  • Our guest today is Zack Miller—an entrepreneur, author, internet personality and...
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    April Kramer, co-founder of Apple Pie Painting, joins host Kelly Scanlon to talk about how she and her husband Joey identified an opportunity to launch a mobile painting party concept, how as newlyweds and business partners they've managed to set boundaries for the good of their relationship and the business, how they expanded the business online through paint kits, and their goals for franchising the business. To listen to all the shows in the Smart Companies Thinking Bigger lineup, visit the archives.  

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  • April Kramer, co-founder of Apple Pie Painting, joins host Kelly...
  • Array ( [id] => e9642d5e-353d-11e9-95c7-cf8810c535a7 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:32:43.636-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:23:00.751-05:00 [title] => Lead From Within, with executive leadership coach Lolly Daskal [pubdate] => 2017-04-28T12:00:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/e9642d5e-353d-11e9-95c7-cf8810c535a7/image/268767_LYgkAp3K.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Lolly Daskal shows us how to recognize various archetypes to close the gap to become a better leader. [summary] =>

    Globally acclaimed executive leadership coach Lolly Daskal joins host Kelly Scanlon to help us identify what gets in the way of our greatness. She'll share a system—based on seven archetypes—that she details in her upcoming book, "The Leadership Gap." The system helps executives leverage the key virtues of their leadership style and become better leaders. Lolly Daskal is the founder and CEO of Lead From Within, which offers Daskal's proprietary leadership program to executives who want to enhance performance and make a meaningful difference in all aspects of their lives. Her cross-cultural expertise spans 30 years of coaching that includes 14 countries, six languages and hundreds of companies. Inc. magazine named Daskal a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert and she has written for a number of national publications, including HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company, Huffington Post, and others. To listen to all the shows in the Smart Companies Thinking Bigger lineup, visit the archives.

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  • Globally acclaimed executive leadership coach Lolly Daskal joins host Kelly...
  • Array ( [id] => e9a2b074-353d-11e9-95c7-0b1570884937 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:32:44.046-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:23:39.666-05:00 [title] => Blocking and Tackling Business Tips with Marvin Carolina, Jr. [pubdate] => 2017-04-21T12:30:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/e9a2b074-353d-11e9-95c7-0b1570884937/image/268767_9oAHcXDd.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Marvin Carolina, Jr., shares the business wisdom he's learned as a football player, corporate executive and entrepreneur. [summary] =>

    Marvin Carolina, Jr., joins host Kelly Scanlon to talk business tactics. Carolina is the founder and CEO of Team Carolina Consulting and the former vice president of diversity and inclusion for JE Dunn. Tune in to hear his thoughts on why diversity in the broadest sense is a great business strategy, on competition, and on skill and talent. He workshops and keynotes center on the theme: “Built to Compete . . . and WIN!” A former Division I football player, Carolina borrows from the lessons he learned about competition and translates them into lessons for business owners. To listen to all the podcasts in the Smart Companies Thinking Bigger lineup, visit the archives.

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  • Marvin Carolina, Jr., joins host Kelly Scanlon to talk business...
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    Randal Pinkett, the season 4 winner of The Apprentice, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss his latest book Black Faces in White Places: 10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness. He also shares his views on leadership, entrepreneurship, public service and what he learned working inside the Trump organization. Pinkett is the founder, chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, a multi-million dollar consulting, research, technology and analytics firm in New Jersey. BCT Partners is Pinkett's fifth venture. He's also a speaker, author and scholar and is often featured on national television programs. His other books are "Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneur's Guide to Launching a Multimillion Business" and "No-Money Down CEO: How to Start Your Dream Business with Little or No Cash." To listen to all the Smart Companies shows, please visit the archives.

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  • Randal Pinkett, the season 4 winner of The Apprentice, joins...
  • Array ( [id] => ea0683b0-353d-11e9-95c7-2b001c70f31b [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:32:44.698-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:23:03.934-05:00 [title] => Helping Businesses Find Their Competitive Edge, w/Damascus Edge CEO Brandi Beach [pubdate] => 2017-04-14T12:30:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/ea0683b0-353d-11e9-95c7-2b001c70f31b/image/268767_vA4cRUEs.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Damascus Edge founder and CEO Brandi Beach discusses her entrepreneurial journey, offers insights for business success and shares how Damascus Edge helps busine [summary] =>

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  • Brandi Beach joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss her entrepreneurial...
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    Many businesses are surprised to find out that in spite of a great logo, messaging and other items associated with "brand," they leave themselves vulnerable in an area critical to their brand: protecting their intellectual property. Intellectual property attorney Bobby Klinck joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss why businesses need a strategy for their intellectual property and how to avoid some of the most common mistakes for protecting their businesses. Bobby Klinck is a best-selling author and IP attorney who helps entrepreneurs, startups and innovators harness the power of their intellectual property rights and reduce exposure to lawsuits or brand challenges in the marketplace. His books are "The Entrepreneur's IP Planning Playbook" and "Patent Litigation Primer."

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  • Many businesses are surprised to find out that in spite...
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    Tasty Thai and Big Bowl Pho owner Marisa Wiruhayarn left Thailand full of excitement for a fresh start in the U.S. She spoke no English but was eager to settle in her new home and learn. Then her husband died unexpectedly, leaving her to raise two small children, with a limited grasp of English and no real job skills. Marisa's story is one of perseverance and dedication. Today, she owns three successful Thai restaurants in Kansas City. Recently, she began bottling the sauces based on old family recipes and selling them through local grocery stores and retailers. Marisa's journey is both inspirational and informational. Listen in as she tells her story about not giving up and shares her advice for building a strong business.  

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  • Tasty Thai and Big Bowl Pho owner Marisa Wiruhayarn left...
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    Business growth expert Mike Michalowicz joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss the new version of his best-selling book "Profit First: Transform Your Business From a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine." Mike is the entrepreneur behind three multi-million dollar companies. He's also the author of The Pumpkin Plan and the entrepreneur’s cult classic, The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur. Mike is a former small business columnist for The Wall Street Journal and the former business makeover specialist on MSNBC. Mike spends his time traveling around the world advocating on behalf of entrepreneurs. He is globally recognized as the guy who “challenges out-dated business beliefs.” But he doesn't stop there—he teaches us what to do about it.  

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  • Business growth expert Mike Michalowicz joins host Kelly Scanlon to...
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    In January 2011, Laura Schmidt had an idea. A few months later, she started developing a product line and a company based on that idea. The company, notes to self, llc puts Laura's belief in the power of positive thinking into action. Her first product was notes to self® socks—high-quality athletic socks that have positive affirmations woven-in on the toes and the bottoms as the socks are made. The affirmations are phrases such as "I am confident" as well as other motivational words. The socks are sold online at www.notestoself.com and in more than 1,900 stores across the country, including Hallmark stores, hospital gift shops and boutiques. Laura supports other small U.S. businesses by having the socks manufactured exclusively in the United States. Notes to self, llc regularly donates socks to homeless shelters, women’s shelters and other people in need. Laura hopes that notes to self® socks give people, especially the young, encouragement and confidence to become the best that they can be.

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  • In January 2011, Laura Schmidt had an idea. A few...
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    What happens when you combine your talent with your passion? According to Orlando Magic co-founder Pat Williams, you find your “success intersection.” In this episode, Pat discusses his most recent book, “The Success Intersection: What Happens When Your Talent Meets Your Passion.” Listen in and learn how to identify your greatest talent, pursue your greatest passion and multiply your efforts through teamwork. Basketball hall-of-famer Pat Williams is the founder and senior vice president of the Orlando Magic. He's also a popular motivational speaker who’s written more than 100 books and makes about 150 guest appearances a year.  Pat has spent more than 45 years in professional baseball and basketball as a player and as an executive. He was the general manager of the 1983 world champion Philadelphia 76ers, and he managed the Chicago Bulls and the Atlanta Hawks. Listen to more Smart Companies Thinking Bigger podcasts in the archives.

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  • What happens when you combine your talent with your passion?...
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    Jennifer Hart, owner of Hartline Construction, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss entrepreneurship and how she's grown her company. Hartline Construction specializes in interior construction and finishing, including metal studs and drywall, doors and frames, finish carpentry, accoustical ceiling, painting and construction management. Among the projects the company have been involved with are Argosy Casino, Isle of Capri and others.  

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  • Jennifer Hart, owner of Hartline Construction, joins host Kelly Scanlon...
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    Coss Marte, a former drug kingpin turned fitness CEO, joins host Kelly Scanlon to share his story of transformation from NYC cocaine ringleader to business owner. Marte, who is the owner of ConBody, came up with the company’s business plan while he was in prison serving time as the head of a multi-million dollar cocaine operation. His doctor tod him that his weight would lead to a heart attack and eventually kill him—probably within five years. Realizing his sentence was seven years, Marte did not want to die in prison. He developed a series of exercises he could do in his prison cell, and he lost 70 pounds in six months. He began sharing his system with other inmates and put together the plan for ConBody, his current company. ConBody went on to win several major business pitch competitions such as Pitch for Good by TOM’s shoes and the YPO Shark Tank competition with Barbara Corcoran. The company currently has more than 6,000 clients. Marte trains and hires formerly incarcerated individuals as instructors, mindful of the struggle that former inmates have when they are released. Marte and ConBody have been featured on hundreds of news shows and major media outlets. He has also shared his story at prisons, conferences and TEDx in the U.S. and Hong Kong. Listen to the complete lineup of Smart Companies episodes in the archives.

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  • Array ( [id] => eb8bcc72-353d-11e9-95c7-cbc1a0242c8c [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:32:47.251-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:23:13.657-05:00 [title] => Business With a Heart: Purpose-Driven Companies, with Mark O'Renick [pubdate] => 2017-03-17T12:30:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/eb8bcc72-353d-11e9-95c7-cbc1a0242c8c/image/268767_7uM0eBKy.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Will & Grail co-founder Mark O'Renick talks about building socially responsible companies. [summary] =>

    Mark O'Renick, co-founder of Will & Grail, joins host Kelly Scanlon to talk about building socially responsible companies. Mark is an experienced business leader, brand strategist and entrepreneur.  As co-founder of Will &Grail, Mark helps companies use collaboration and design thinking to create believable, purpos- driven brands that build stronger, more profitable relationships with customers, employees, shareholders and the community. Mark also leads initiatives to foster conversation and research about the need to build socially responsible organizations that make a profound positive impact on lives, communities and the world. Recently launched initiatives include Conquer for Good (www.conquerforgood.com) and Brand Believability (www.brandbelievability.com).  Prior to Will & Grail, Mark was co-founder and CEO of Salva O'Renick and marketing services company.  You can reach him at morenick@willgrail.com. Listen to the complete lineup of Smart Companies Thinking Bigger podcasts in the archives.

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  • Mark O'Renick, co-founder of Will & Grail, joins host Kelly...
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    With a pink slip in her hand and the words "You're fired" echoing in her ear, our guest today, Bernadette Boas, went on a journey to discover, confront and shed her bitches of fear, insecurity and low self-worth. That journey led her to create and accelerate the riches she has today. Bernadette joins host Kelly Scanlon to share her 5-step Shift to Riches formula so listeners can consider what bitches they need to shed to finally create the riches they deserve. Bernadette is the founder of Ball of Fire Consulting, a business management and leadership growth company. She coaches, trains and speaks to corporate and entrepreneurial leaders and organizations around the globe.  Bernadette authored her first in a series of books, Shedding the Corporate Bitch, Shifting from Bitch to Rich in Life and Business. She has since adapted her story into a film screenplay, Confessions of a Corporate Bitch, and a successful radio program, Shed the Bitch Radio. Listen to all the Smart Companies Thiking Bigger podcasts in the archives.

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  • With a pink slip in her hand and the words...
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    Restaurant veteran Gary Zancanelli joins Smart Companies host Kelly Scanlon to discuss his entrepreneurial rise through the restaurant industry. Starting as a cook and busboy working in the family restaurant, Zancanelli went on to build a group of 70 KFC restaurants, including all the KFCs in the Kansas City area. After selling them to a private equity group in 2011, Zancanelli introduced the Red Door Woodfired Grill in April 2013 in Leawood, Kan. Find out the behind-the-scenes story that inspired Zancanelli to create the Red Door Grill concept, what he and his business partner Mark Kirke are doing to build a brand around the "upscale neighborhood joint" concept, how they've expanded the concept and what he future holds. Be sure to listen to all the shows in the Smart Companies Thinking Bigger lineup in the archives.

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  • Restaurant veteran Gary Zancanelli joins Smart Companies host Kelly Scanlon...
  • Array ( [id] => ec3b8d06-353d-11e9-95c7-878e93dea2ce [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:32:48.404-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:23:24.946-05:00 [title] => Don't Burp in the Boardroom, with Rosalinda Randall [pubdate] => 2017-03-10T12:00:00.000-05:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/ec3b8d06-353d-11e9-95c7-878e93dea2ce/image/268767_IQOcVHBw.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Rosalinda Russell delivers etiquette do's and don'ts for dicey situations in the workplace [summary] =>

    Have you ever been in a situation in which you didn't know the proper workplace etiquette "rule"? Etiquette and civility expert Rosalinda Randall joins Smart Companies host Kelly Scanlon to offer common-sense based advice for dealing with ever-changing relationship dilemmas at the office and at networking events. She mixes in a good dose of humor as she provides options rather than rules for handling situations such as whether you can hug a co-worker or pull out a female colleague's chair, what to do when someone who has coughed or sneezed on their hands offers you a handshake, how to handle invitations you don't want to accept, removing yourself from conversations involving office gossip, deflecting questions from co-workers that are too personal, and many more. Randall is the author of "Don't Burp in the Boardroom: Handling Uncommonly Common Workplace Dilemmas." She appears frequently on national television and radio programs and is a source for publications such as Forbes, Business Insider, HARDI Magazine, The Muse and Fast Company. Be sure to listen to all the Smart Companies episodes in the archives.

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  • Have you ever been in a situation in which you...
  • Array ( [id] => ec71dafa-353d-11e9-95c7-9f9f7c17129d [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:32:48.760-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:23:25.638-05:00 [title] => Inside Independent Baseball, with Kansas City T-Bones president Adam Ehlert [pubdate] => 2017-03-03T12:30:00.000-05:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/ec71dafa-353d-11e9-95c7-9f9f7c17129d/image/268767_xpPKI7RU.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Kansas City T-Bones Baseball Club founder and president Adam Ehlert talks independent baseball and the business of sports. [summary] =>

    Adam Ehlert, founder and president of the Kansas City T-Bones Baseball Club, joins host Kelly Scanlon to talk "independent" baseball. Adam and his family had owned and operated the team in Duluth Minnesota, as the Duluth-Superior Dukes for two years before bringing the club to Kansas City for opening day 2003. During the club's 14 years in Kansas, it has made six playoff appearances, won one championship (2008), and has been a pioneering success in promotions and family-friendly entertainment that have resulted in record-setting attendance.  The Kansas City T-Bones have been named the league’s Organization of the Year four times.   Learn more about the T-Bones’ place in the sports/entertainment spectrum in Kansas City, how the club builds its players and staff, and the business model that allows it to operate independently. Listen to the full lineup of Smart Companies podcasts in the archives.

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  • Adam Ehlert, founder and president of the Kansas City T-Bones...
  • Array ( [id] => eca21d50-353d-11e9-95c7-0358d072bf50 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:32:49.076-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:23:28.886-05:00 [title] => When Your Talent Meets Your Passion, with Orlando Magic co-founder Pat Williams [pubdate] => 2017-03-03T12:00:00.000-05:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/eca21d50-353d-11e9-95c7-0358d072bf50/image/268767_DKlKjkUg.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Orlando Magic co-founder and hall-of-famer Pat Williams shares how to discover your "success intersection" by identifying your talents and focusing on your pass [summary] =>

    What happens when you combine your talent with your passion? Pat Williams, founder of the Orlando Magic, says that's when you find your "success intersection." Pat joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss his latest book, "The Success Intersection: What Happens When Your Talent Meets Your Passion." He'll share how to identify your greatest talent, pursue your greatest passion and multiply your efforts through teamwork. Basketball hall-of-famer Pat Williams is the founder and senior vice president of the Orlando Magic. A popular motivational speaker who's written more than 100 books, Pat also averages 150 guest appearances each year.  As a player and an executive, Pat has spent more than 45 years in professional baseball and basketball. He was the general manager of the 1983 world champion Philadelphia 76ers, and he managed both the Chicago Bulls and the Atlanta Hawks. Listen to more Smart Companies Thinking Bigger podcasts in the archives.

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  • What happens when you combine your talent with your passion?...
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    Ryan Wing, founder of The Sundry, joins host Kelly Scanlon to share his entrepreneurial vision and journey. Ryan Wing's vision was to open a grocery, deli, restaurant and specialty food shop that harkened back to another era when the neighborhood grocery was a full-service shop with local products and sustainable food. A place where customers could expect consistent quality and friendly service. In 2014, he opened The Sundry in the heart of Kansas City's Crossroads district. Find out about how Ryan turned his vision into a reality and where he plans to go from here. Be sure to listen to all the Smart Companies Radio shows in the archives.

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    Chanda Bell, co-founder and co-author of “The Elf on the Shelf,” shares how she and her twin sister and mother turned a cherished family tradition into an iconic brand that delivers holiday magic. Listen to other entrepreneurial stories in the Smart Companies Thinking Bigger podcast archive.  

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  • After an experience in a hospital with her young son,...
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  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council President Karen Kerrigan joins Smart...
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  • Jared Nichols joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss what the...
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  • Listen in as Smart Companies host Kelly Scanlon talks with...
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  • Serial entrepreneur and best-selling business author Ruth King joins Smart...
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  • Mark Brigman is the founder and principal consultant at Kansas...
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  • Air Force-disabled veteran James Dressler created Liberty Candle to honor...
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  • Mark Brigman is the founder and principal consultant at Kansas...
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    On this week’s episode of Smart Companies Radio with host, Kelly Scanlon, you’ll meet Gary Fish, CEO, and Founder of Fishtech Labs; Founder, former CEO, Chairman of the Board of Fishnet Security; and Founder and Chairman of the Board, Firemon. Fish will be recognized November 10th as Regional Entrepreneur by UMKC’s Henry W. Bloch School of Management. Find out what keeps this serial entrepreneur going, what motivates him and what’s next on the horizon. You’ll also meet Jeff. Hornsby who assumed the role of Executive Director of the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in 2014 and is Chair of the Department of Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation in He’ll discuss this year’s award recipients and take a look at the 31 YEARS OF FEARLESS ENTREPRENEURS who teach and inspire other budding entrepreneurs to live fearlessly. To hear shows with host Kelly Scanlon, please visit our archives.

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  • On this week’s episode of Smart Companies Radio with host,...
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    Cynthia Kay joins host Kelly Scanlon this week on Smart Companies Radio. For more than 25 years, Cynthia Kay and Company has produced high-quality communications used on the national and international scene. Find out about her efforts on Capitol Hill as an advocate for small business, testifying before the Congressional Sub-Committee on Small Business in 2015. Discover out how Kay made the transition from an award-winning broadcaster to a successful small business owner and advocate? She’ll also share advice on how to make your voice heard and why she feels women business owners keep getting in their own way. Kay has written a number of articles for the Washington Post and has been featured in Time Magazine and on NPR. To hear more shows with host Kelly Scanlon, please visit our archives.

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  • Cynthia Kay joins host Kelly Scanlon this week on Smart...
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    Meet Ben Edwards, the man behind Swappa, a user-to-user marketplace for gently used mobile devices... Swappa was founded in 2010 by Edwards, a long-time software and mobile developer who joins host Kelly Scanlon on this week’s episode of Smart Companies KC The inspiration for Swappa sparked when Ben had trouble finding a good source for test devices for Android development projects. Turning to eBay and Craigslist proved perilous and time-wasting for buying mobile phones. Blacklisted phones, junk devices, inefficient communication, and downright fraud plagued the antiquated marketplaces. Knowing there had to be a better way, Ben created Swappa To hear shows with host Kelly Scanlon, please visit our archives.

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  • Meet Ben Edwards, the man behind Swappa, a user-to-user marketplace...
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    On this week’s episode of Smart Companies Radio with host Kelly Scanlon, you’ll meet Jeffrey Hayzlett, global business celebrity and former Fortune 100 C-Suite executive. Cited in Forbes, SUCCESS, Mashable, Marketing Week and Chief Executive, among many others, he shares his executive insight and commentary on television networks like Bloomberg, MSNBC, Fox Business, and C-Suite TV. Hayzlett is a former Bloomberg contributing editor and primetime host and has appeared as a guest celebrity judge on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump for three seasons. He is the author of two best-selling business books—"The Mirror Test" and "Running the Gauntlet." Both received critical acclaim and are on numerous best-seller lists. Hayzlett has just released his third book, “Think Big, Act Bigger: The Rewards of Being Relentless.” In this episode, you'll: Learn how to create a business identity you can own.Discover what it means to “create a company cadence that completely reflects what’s important to you” and why it's so importantFind out how to focus on what matters and cut out the noise To hear more shows with host Kelly Scanlon, please visit our archives. 

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  • On this week’s episode of Smart Companies Radio with host...
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    The KCRise Fund is making more money available to local entrepreneurs. Darcy Howe, the fund's manager, sits down with Smart Companies KC host Kelly Scanlon with details about its first two investments. Find out more about how the fund was established and its true purpose: to connect early-stage companies with the necessary funding for growth and success. You'll also learn more about the fund's first two recipients, SpiderOak and Innara Health.  To hear shows with host Kelly Scanlon, please visit our archives.

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  • The KCRise Fund is making more money available to local entrepreneurs. Darcy Howe,...
  • Array ( [id] => f10a1302-353d-11e9-95c7-fb968c5b9f6f [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:32:56.467-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:23:28.121-05:00 [title] => Swift Fuels: Promises To Get Lead Out in Aviation Gasoline [pubdate] => 2016-10-21T12:00:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/f10a1302-353d-11e9-95c7-fb968c5b9f6f/image/268767_4kmezBWu.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => The Federal Aviation Administration is taking steps to eliminate the use of leaded fuel & Swift Fuels is leading the charge. [summary] =>

    Just as the EPA mandated the discontinuation of leaded automobile gasoline due to harmful biological and environmental toxins, the Federal Aviation Administration is currently taking steps to eliminate the use of leaded fuel in the general aviation fleet of aircraft. Since the industry began testing back in 1993, one company has emerged as a true global leader in the development of unleaded avgas – Swift Fuels. Chris D'Acosta, Swift's Chief Executive Officer talks with Smart Companies Radio host Kelly Scanlon about his company's dedicated effort to permanently remove lead from aviation gasoline. To hear more shows with host Kelly Scanlon, please visit our archives.

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  • Just as the EPA mandated the discontinuation of leaded automobile...
  • Array ( [id] => f15b9db2-353d-11e9-95c7-b702b2389f5e [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:32:57.002-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:24:02.596-05:00 [title] => Two Companies Win Investment from KCRise Fund, Making Capital More Accessible. [pubdate] => 2016-10-19T12:00:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/f15b9db2-353d-11e9-95c7-b702b2389f5e/image/268767_CDZznv9r.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => KC Rise Fund, a new fund that targets early-stage companies announces two new companies receiving investment capital. SpiderOak and Innara Health [summary] =>

    The KCRise Fund is making more money available to local entrepreneurs. Darcy Howe, the fund's manager, sits down with Smart Companies KC host Kelly Scanlon with details about its first two investments. Find out more about how the fund was established and its true purpose: to connect early-stage companies with the necessary funding for growth and success. You'll also learn more about the fund's first two recipients, SpiderOak and Innara Health.    To hear shows with host Kelly Scanlon, please visit our archives.

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  • The KCRise Fund is making more money available to local entrepreneurs. Darcy Howe,...
  • Array ( [id] => f196e3c2-353d-11e9-95c7-6703886fedac [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:32:57.391-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:23:34.918-05:00 [title] => Solve KC Sets Out to Do What The Name Implies: Solve Your Business Problems [pubdate] => 2016-10-14T12:30:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/f196e3c2-353d-11e9-95c7-6703886fedac/image/268767_RriAaOrj.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => There's no marketing problem too big to solve for Solve KC's founding partners, Teddi Hernandez and Ajmera. Solve KC allows business owners to bring in expertis [summary] =>

    Joining host Kelly Scanlon on this week’s Smart Companies KC are Teddi Hernandez and Aviva Ajmera the co-founders of Solve KC. The company provides hands-on expertise to help business owners fill in the gaps in their companies’ capabilities. Find out what makes them different and learn about upcoming workshops.   To hear more shows with host Kelly Scanlon, please visit our archives.

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  • Joining host Kelly Scanlon on this week’s Smart Companies KC...
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    On this week’s episode of Smart Companies Radio, discover how to outthink your competition. Business Strategy Keynote Speaker, Author & Consultant, Kaihan Krippendorff discusses his latest book, “Outthink the Competition” Learn how to come up with innovative, disruptive growth ideas to grow your company faster, and find out how to stop yourself and your staff from killing off this kind of innovative thinking. Find out how strategic leaders look beyond the basic and explore what Krippendorff calls the fourth option and why it works. To hear more shows, please visit our archives.

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  • On this week’s episode of Smart Companies Radio, discover how...
  • Array ( [id] => f4328366-353d-11e9-95c7-f7902ba53365 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:33:01.766-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:23:57.549-05:00 [title] => Perfect Wine, Perfect Bite, Vino Pair's Michael Kearns Delivers It, Perfectly. [pubdate] => 2016-10-07T12:30:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/f4328366-353d-11e9-95c7-f7902ba53365/image/268767_w8eEoNTi.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => We've all enjoy a little wine and cheese or invited guests to enjoy a a wine and food pairing. Micheal Kearns, Owner of Vino Pair takes the guess work and the [summary] =>

    Properly pairing food and wine at home can be a challenge, especially if the right ingredients are not on readily on-hand. Based in Parkville’s commercial caves, Vino Pair founder Michael Kearns sits with Smart Companies KC host Kelly Scanlon on this week’s show to talk about his goal, making pairings painless through his subscription-based service. Kearns pairs chef-inspired food with great wine and delivers the pairing straight to your door step.   To hear more shows with host Kelly Scanlon, please visit our archives.

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  • Properly pairing food and wine at home can be a...
  • Array ( [id] => f4644b26-353d-11e9-95c7-830fb5331e5b [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:33:02.092-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:24:09.507-05:00 [title] => Send The Employees Home & Grow Your Business With Author, Speaker Mitch Russo [pubdate] => 2016-10-07T12:00:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/f4644b26-353d-11e9-95c7-830fb5331e5b/image/268767_LP4bfWa1.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Author, speaker and entrepreneur Mitch Russo says it's all about your mind set as the CEO. Companies can be more profitable by eliminating the overhead and rese [summary] =>

    On this week’s episode of Smart Companies Radio with host Kelly Scanlon, you’ll find how feasible it would be running a virtual office.  Author and speaker Mitch Russo will discuss his new book, “The Invisible Organization: How Ingenious CEOs are Creating Thriving, Virtual Companies”. Russo will explain how companies can benefit by generating more profits, shedding their overhead and at the same time, thrilling staff. And he’ll talk about how you make it work starting with changing your mindset as the CEO. To hear more Small Companies Radio please visit our archives.

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  • On this week’s episode of Smart Companies Radio with host...
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    On this episode of Smart Companies KC, meet Jeff Shackelford, the Executive Director of Digital Sandbox KC.  Kansas City's Digital Sandbox, also known as a proof-of-concept center, launched in February 2013. It is a new, regional approach to identifying very early technologies, which, with the right assistance from industry experts and seasoned entrepreneurs, can be advanced toward commercial viability. Find out how Digital Sandbox is connecting innovation to industry and hear about the number of companies and jobs created since its inception a little over three short years ago. Jeff Shackelford was recently listed as one of the Top 50 leaders and visionaries helping to shape Kansas City. To hear more shows with host Kelly Scanlon, please visit our archives.  

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  • On this episode of Smart Companies KC, meet Jeff Shackelford,...
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    Depending upon the outcome of the 2016 elections, a lame duck Congress may not be all that productive. So the 114th Congress has a small window of opportunity from now until mid-November to act on eight bills affecting small business.  Karen Kerrigan, CEO of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council guests this week with Smart Companies Radio host Kelly Scanlon to discuss eight bills which Kerrigan says could provide relief and support for America’s small business community when signed into law by the President. If you'd like to hear more podcasts with host kelly Scanlon, please visit our archives.

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  • Depending upon the outcome of the 2016 elections, a lame...
  • Array ( [id] => f4f30dd4-353d-11e9-95c7-efa3ca73a470 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:33:03.028-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:23:54.664-05:00 [title] => Bridging The Digital Divide with SnapIT Solutions Founder Neelima Parasker [pubdate] => 2016-09-23T12:30:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/f4f30dd4-353d-11e9-95c7-efa3ca73a470/image/268767_ewRESCSD.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Neelima Parasker, founder of SnapIT Solutions wants to make insure everyone has the necessary technology to survive and thrive in the tech-laden world we live [summary] =>

    On this week’s episode of Smart Companies KC with host Kelly Scanlon, you’ll meet Neelima Parasker who after working in Corporations for the past 15 years started her own company, SnapIT Solutions, LLC a Technology services and solutions company in 2015. Parasker says her goal is to make a positive impact on underserved and underprivileged communities that aspire to promote STEM and bridge the Digital Inclusion. Discover her three-prong approach in meeting this goal.   Parasker was recently honored for her contributions to STEM fields with the Firehouse Award in 2016 from Central Exchange for her exemplary service to the organization’s core values to promote women in leadership. To hear more shows with host Kelly Scanlon please visit our archives.

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  • On this week’s episode of Smart Companies KC with host...
  • Array ( [id] => f521f11c-353d-11e9-95c7-1b574fb18dbe [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:33:03.334-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:23:59.394-05:00 [title] => Celebrating 100 Years Of A Business Icon: Ewing Kaufman with Guest Jim McGraw [pubdate] => 2016-09-23T12:00:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/f521f11c-353d-11e9-95c7-1b574fb18dbe/image/268767_nCymi1ZO.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => This week marks the 100th Birth Anniversary of one of this country's leading entrepreneurs who believed your company was only as good as the people you hire and [summary] =>

    An entrepreneurial legend and business icon everywhere, Ewing Kaufman would have turned 100 this week What were the keys to his many successes in his hometown of Kansas City and across the country? Long-time friend and associate Jim McGraw joins Smart Companies Radio host Kelly Scanlon to discuss the man and his legacy. Jim McGraw is the former chief operating officer, corporate officer and board member of pharmaceutical firm Marion Laboratories, and former Chairman of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Board of Directors, a leading voice for quality education, entrepreneurialism, and free enterprise. Jim was there with Mr. K as Marion Labs became the hottest stock on Wall Street and made millionaires out of assembly line workers and secretaries. Today, Jim lives his philosophy of entrepreneurialism in a variety of ways. He has written books entitled, “Leadership, Empathy and the Power of Persuasion”,  “Skills for Success”, “Skills for Greater Sales Success”, and “Reflections on a Wonderful Life”.He publishes a monthly newsletter entitled “Reflections.”He consults with businesses and presents programs based on his books to area schools, business groups and, civic organizations.He has helped develop and deliver a university seminar program with two former Marion colleague that outlines the key values critical to the pharmaceutical firm’s success. To hear more shows with host Kelly Scanlon visit our archives.

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  • An entrepreneurial legend and business icon everywhere, Ewing Kaufman would...
  • Array ( [id] => f577dbf4-353d-11e9-95c7-af83b7238c29 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:33:03.898-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:24:21.064-05:00 [title] => What Is Kombucha? & Why Are People Drinking it? The Brewkery Has The Answers. [pubdate] => 2016-09-16T12:30:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/f577dbf4-353d-11e9-95c7-af83b7238c29/image/268767_8jW001O3.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => What is kombucha and why are people across the country drinking it? Brewkery Owners Amy Goldman and Sean Galloway will answer all your questions and tell you wh [summary] =>

    Meet the couple behind The Brewkery and discover their Lucky Elixir Kombucha. If you’ve never heard of Kombucha, you’re not alone. Kombucha  is a fermented tea that is selling like crazy in California but is just taking hold in the Midwest. The owners of The Brewkery, Amy Goldman and Sean Galloway, share a unique interest in fermentation. Sean homebrews beer on a hand-built system and Amy bakes delicious artisan sourdough bread. On this episode of Smart Companies KC with host Kelly Scanlon, find out exactly what is Kombucha, the reported health benefits of the drink, and how the couple got started in their Merriam, Kansas business. Learn where you can find their Lucky Elixir Kombucha, and what’s on the horizon for this young but booming business. To hear more shows. Please visit our archives

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  • Meet the couple behind The Brewkery and discover their Lucky...
  • Array ( [id] => f5a682ec-353d-11e9-95c7-334092179291 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:33:04.204-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:24:04.384-05:00 [title] => Getting The Best From Your Millennials, Award Winning Author Bruce Tulgan. [pubdate] => 2016-09-16T12:00:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/f5a682ec-353d-11e9-95c7-334092179291/image/268767_o61aNYri.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => How do you teach millennial workers the necessary soft-skills to survive in today's mixed-generational workspace? Bruce Tulgan, founder of Rainmaker Thinking sa [summary] =>

    Bruce Tulgan is recognized as a leading expert on millennials. On this episode of Smart Companies Radio, with guest host, Mary McKenna you'll discover what you'll need to do as a boss or a manager to bring out the best in your millennial workforce. Tulgan who founded Rainmaker Thinking in 1993 has worked with tens of thousands of leaders and managers in hundreds of organizations. He'll separate the facts from the myths about today’s young workers. In this episode, you'll find out how the soft skills gap has been steadily growing from Gen X to Y and Z, and discover new strategies in hiring and training, learning how to tackle the issue versus just wishing it away. To hear more shows, please visit our archives.      

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  • Bruce Tulgan is recognized as a leading expert on millennials....
  • Array ( [id] => f5f4616a-353d-11e9-95c7-67bf2ead8f15 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:33:04.712-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:24:03.519-05:00 [title] => Launch KC Takes Flight With Kansas City's EDC Vice President, Drew Solomon [pubdate] => 2016-09-09T12:30:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/f5f4616a-353d-11e9-95c7-67bf2ead8f15/image/268767_DmfWC8gx.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Get the inside scoop on the finalists for Launch KC 2016. Ten winners will be chosen to receive $50,000 in grants and incentives plus we'll pull back the curtai [summary] =>

    On this episode of Smart Companies KC with host Kelly Scanlon, you’ll learn all about Launch KC 2016.  Vice President of business and job development for the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Missouri, Drew Solomon will have all the latest information on this year’s event. LaunchKC is designed to attract tech entrepreneurs locally, regionally and nationally to apply and compete for up to 10 (ten) $50,000 grants. Learn about the finalists in this year’s competition, when the winners will be announced and how they were chosen, plus get an inside look at Tech Week 2016. To hear more shows with host Kelly Scanlon, please visit our archives.

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  • On this episode of Smart Companies KC with host Kelly...
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    On this week’s episode of Smart Companies with host Kelly Scanlon, you’ll hear from the Founder of Liberty Tax Service, John Hewitt. He will share his no-nonsense personal story and his fanatical desire to compete and win. A veteran of over 45 tax seasons, the founder of two top tax preparation firms, and a former H&R Block regional director, Hewitt is a nationally recognized name in the tax return preparation and accounting world. His new booki Compete looks at overcoming adversity, how to create raving fans for your business, and why mistakes are your best education. You'll also learn why John is passionate about giving back to the community. To hear more shows, please visit our archives.

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  • On this week’s episode of Smart Companies with host Kelly...
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    On this episode of Smart Companies KC with host Kelly Scanlon, you’ll meet Nick Luke. Nick and his wife Amy are the visionaries behind Kansas City Company, SLiK Hound. Opportunity knocked for the high school sweethearts in 2011 when a close friend invited them to make some dog collars for her store. Find out how a dream that started five years ago has not only survived but has thrived with SLikhound products now in more than 40 stores nationwide. You'll discover what the most difficult part of starting a pet product manufacturing business is, and what the owners believe sets them apart from the competition. To hear more stories with host Kelly Scanlon, please visit our archives.

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  • On this episode of Smart Companies KC with host Kelly...
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    Do you run “The Best Kept Secret” in town? Author and speaker, Ken Lizotte joins host Kelly Scanlon on this episode of Smart Companies Radio learn why no matter how great your product is or how wonderful your customer service, you’ve got to find ways to market yourself as “the best”, “the expert and authority”.Find out why good work alone will not keep your company going and your career afloat. Ken will share effective ways to escape from being a “best-kept secret” Learn how to write your first book and how and why to get speaking gigs. Listen to more shows with host Kelly Scanlon, by visiting the archives.

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  • Do you run “The Best Kept Secret” in town? Author...
  • Array ( [id] => f74add1e-353d-11e9-95c7-0fd543cbf53d [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:33:06.895-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:24:10.272-05:00 [title] => Inspiring and Celebrating KC Small Business with Lead Bank's Grow Home [pubdate] => 2016-08-26T12:30:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/f74add1e-353d-11e9-95c7-0fd543cbf53d/image/268767_ACsigTWM.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Grow Home is a new initiative recently launched by Lead Bank of Kansas City. Lead Bank feels it is the role of a community bank to focus on local businesses and [summary] =>

    Josh Rowland, Vice Chairman of Lead Bank, a Missouri-chartered commercial bank with 3 locations, including the KC Crossroads joins host Kelly Scanlon on this episode of Smart Companies KC. Josh explains Lead Bank's Grow Home initiative. Find out what it's all about and why Lead Bank launched Grow Home in April and what it means to the Kansas City community as a whole. Learn about the Grow Home Impact Calculator and find out how it can calculate the impact your business has on growing the local community. To hear more shows with host Kelly Scanlon, please visit our archives.

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  • Josh Rowland, Vice Chairman of Lead Bank, a Missouri-chartered commercial...
  • Array ( [id] => f78c1978-353d-11e9-95c7-f7bb4bf154a2 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:33:07.387-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:24:02.389-05:00 [title] => Value As a Service, with Rob Bernshteyn [pubdate] => 2016-08-26T12:00:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/f78c1978-353d-11e9-95c7-f7bb4bf154a2/image/268767_kS8qDClM.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Value As a Service: Is your business ready to embrace this coming disruption? Are you ready? [summary] =>

     Rob Bernshteyn, CEO and President of Coupa, brings over two decades experience in the business software industry to this episode of Smart Companies Radio. He and host Kelly Scanlon discuss his new book, "Value as a Service”. Making predictions about the future is always tricky. But there is one prediction that author Rob Bernshteyn is quite confident in making: Across a host of industries, we will move to a model that he calls value as a service. Discover what that means and how to be prepared for the coming disruption. Rob is a guest lecturer at Harvard and Stanford business schools, and a frequent contributor to Forbes and Fortune magazines. He can often be heard providing commentary on major news programs including Bloomberg's Money Moves and NPR Morning Edition.  To hear more shows with host Kelly Scanlon, please visit our archives

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  •  Rob Bernshteyn, CEO and President of Coupa, brings over two decades experience in...
  • Array ( [id] => f7c508be-353d-11e9-95c7-87c40e0118d9 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:33:07.744-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:24:03.653-05:00 [title] => PointWorks Academy Expanding Opportunities Tech Careers in Kansas City [pubdate] => 2016-08-19T12:30:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/f7c508be-353d-11e9-95c7-87c40e0118d9/image/268767_LFYPwegh.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => PointWorks Academy Co-founder Chrys Sullivan has launched an accelerated learning program for user experience in Kansas City in the hopes of filling tech openi [summary] =>

    Contrary to popular belief, tech jobs are not just for people crunching code, enter, PointWorks Academy. Co-founder Chrys Sullivan the founder of user experience (UX) firm,Useagility visits with host Mary McKenna on this episode of Smart Companies KC. Discover why Sullivan who already runs one of KC's fastest-growing companies decided to open her second business  and how PointWorks Academy will help fill the increasing need for employees with UX skills. Great software is dependent on great design and there is a void of digital product designers in Kansas City. Sullivan hopes to fill that void.  To hear more shows, please visit the Smart Companies-KC archives.

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  • Contrary to popular belief, tech jobs are not just for...
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    On this  episode of Smart Companies Radio with host Kelly Scanlon discover what food scraps, fly larvae and pet chickens have in common. Meet Patrick Pittaluga and Sean Warner, Georgia Tech graduates and cousins who have founded Grubbly Farms, which is breeding and selling larvae as a more sustainable protein and fat source for chickens, pigs and farmed seafood The entrepreneurs are also hoping to help stem America’s billion-dollar problem with food waste – produce and leftover foods being tossed away by businesses and homes and clogging up landfills at the rate of 52m tons per year. Learn how the business started just a year and a half ago and their plans going forward. To hear more shows with host, Kelly Scanlon, please visit our archives.

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  • On this  episode of Smart Companies Radio with host Kelly...
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  • Chief's legend Will Shields talks with Smart Companies KC host...
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  • On this week’s Smart Companies Radio, with host Kelly Scanlon,...
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    Mold can be a messy, toxic and expensive problem. Most mold remedies start with tearing out the walls and flooring of your home or office. Meet Terry Amerine, Owner and President of Green Home Solutions when he joins host Kelly Scanlon on Smart Companies-KC. Find out how Terry started his business and after learning about a green and safer alternative, why he decided to buy a Green Home Solutions franchise.    To hear more shows with host Kelly Scanlon, please visit our archives.

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  • Mold can be a messy, toxic and expensive problem. Most...
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    On this week’s Smart Companies Radio with host Kelly Scanlon, you’ll meet Pamela Slim, an award-winning author, speaker and business consultant who has been an entrepreneur for twenty years. In the last ten years, she helped hundreds of people to start successful businesses. She built a powerful online presence at Escape from Cubicle Nation, a site designed for corporate employees who wanted to make the shift to entrepreneur. On this episode, they’ll discuss Pam’s most recent book, “Body of Work: Finding the Thread that Ties Your Story Together”. Slim is frequently quoted as a business expert in the press such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Information Week, Money Magazine and Psychology Today. To hear more shows with host, Kelly Scanlon visit our archives.

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  • On this week’s Smart Companies Radio with host Kelly Scanlon,...
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    Karen Duff, President, and CEO of International Express Trucking or IXT  sees a need, meets it and then exceeds it. As the head of IXT since 1993, she continues to explore ways to make the company bigger and better. Today, IXT continues to be the largest women-owned intermodal drayage business within the six-state Midwest region. Duff and IXT's Vice President of Operations, Martha Schmidt on this episode of Smart Companies - KC, visit with host Kelly Scanlon to talk about the business that physically encompasses 13 acres in the Fairfax district in Kansas City, Kansas with more than 70 drivers. IXT has long-term committed partnerships with Hallmark Cards, Harley Davidson, Brookstone Stores, Expeditors International and Russell Stover Candies Discover how it all started more than 16 years ago, and find out what Duff credits to her continued growth and success. To hear more shows with host Kelly Scanlon, please visit our archives.  

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  • Karen Duff, President, and CEO of International Express Trucking or IXT  sees...
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    If you're starting a business, where do you go to finance it? Donna Kelly, Professor of Entrepreneurship with Babson College talks with host Kelly Scanlon on Smart Companies Radio this week to discuss new and diverse sources of capital available to entrepreneurs, plus tried and true old school methods that are more popular than you might think. Who’s leading the way with business startups and find out why women more often than not start their new companies with half the cash on hand than their male counterparts. Besides financing discover the other most common obstacles small business faces. To hear more shows with host Kelly Scanlon, please visit our archives.

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  • If you're starting a business, where do you go to...
  • Array ( [id] => f9420e12-353d-11e9-95c7-07e187ac1a45 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:33:10.257-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:24:18.661-05:00 [title] => Weave Gotcha Covered Uncovering New Opportunities In Kansas City [pubdate] => 2016-07-22T12:30:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/f9420e12-353d-11e9-95c7-07e187ac1a45/image/268767_qbxG9jjK.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Weave Gotcha Covered manufacturers custom window treatments, bedding and upholstery while providing jobs and mentoring women in marginalized communities. [summary] =>

    Meet the women behind Kansas City Company, Weave Gotcha Covered, afull-service custom soft furnishings company.  Owners Lonnie Vanderslice and Kelly Wilson join Smart Companies – KC host Kelly Scanlon to talk about their business success as well as their mission as social entrepreneurs.  Weave Got You Covered was recently honored as a member of the 2016 Class of 25 Under 25 by Thinking Bigger Business. Find out what's next for this 10-year old overnight success. To hear more shows with host Kelly Scanlon, please visit our archives.

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  • Meet the women behind Kansas City Company, Weave Gotcha Covered,...
  • Array ( [id] => f96f64ac-353d-11e9-95c7-c3c1ff6ed879 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:33:10.554-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:24:05.360-05:00 [title] => Changing the World With Just a Chat: Bishop McCann's CEO & President Rob Adams. [pubdate] => 2016-07-22T12:00:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/f96f64ac-353d-11e9-95c7-c3c1ff6ed879/image/268767_tG9BHx0k.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Bishop McCann designs and produces meetings, incentives, and live events worldwide and recently launched its CHAT Series to empower young people to reach their [summary] =>

    On this episode of  Smart Companies Radio with host Kelly  meet Rob Adams a former executive with Microsoft now President & CEO with Bishop McCann in Kansas City. Find out why the company initiated the popular CHAT series and how it’s working to empower young men and women to achieve their potential and be positive change-makers in their families and communities. To hear more shows hosted by Kelly Scanlon, please visit our archives.

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  • On this episode of  Smart Companies Radio with host Kelly...
  • Array ( [id] => f9b48bf4-353d-11e9-95c7-eb588c20654d [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:33:11.008-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:24:22.861-05:00 [title] => Eat, Play, Pickle in Kansas City North with Restaurateur Bill Crooks [pubdate] => 2016-07-15T12:30:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/f9b48bf4-353d-11e9-95c7-eb588c20654d/image/268767_6kNwLCii.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Bill Crooks is bringing his more than 30 years experience atop the PB&J restaurant empire to North Kansas City in the form of a Pickle Ball Court and that's ju [summary] =>

    Meet Bill Crooks, the man behind PB&J Restaurants, Inc. The company started in 1987 with notable establishments such as The Paradise Diner, Yia’s Yia’s, Red Robin franchises, PB&J’s Steakhouse, and the Grand Street Café. Bill visits with Smart Companies-KC host Kelly Scanlon to discuss his latest endeavor, bringing his quarter-century of food knowledge to Chicken and Pickle in North Kansas City and his art of “Pickle Ball”. Plus tune in and find out all about Bill’s latest venture, Good Food Good Futures. To hear more shows with host Kelly Scanlon, please visit our archives.

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  • Meet Bill Crooks, the man behind PB&J Restaurants, Inc. The...
  • Array ( [id] => f9ef1c06-353d-11e9-95c7-3f3ac578386e [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:33:11.391-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:24:30.835-05:00 [title] => 4000 Miles Across America, Entrepreneur & Author Michael Glauser Defines Success [pubdate] => 2016-07-15T12:00:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/f9ef1c06-353d-11e9-95c7-3f3ac578386e/image/268767_rgmUIXly.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => As a successful entrepreneur and business consultant, author Michael Glauser set off on his bicycle across America to discover the success behind main street en [summary] =>

     Meet Michael Glauser, author of Main Street Entrepreneur: Build Your Dream Company Doing What You Love Where You Live.  Glauser has distilled hours of interviews with more than 100 entrepreneurs in 100 cities during his 4000-mile cross country bicycle journey and  shares some of those stories on this episode of Smart Companies Radio with host Kelly Scanlon. Discover Glauser's nine keys for success including building a purpose-driven business, giving mind-boggling customer service and ultimately creating the lifestyle of your dreams. In addition to his writing, Glauser is an entrepreneur, business consultant, and university professor. He has built successful companies in the retail, wholesale, and consulting industries. He has worked with hundreds of start-up ventures and large corporations. To hear more shows with host Kelly Scanlon, please visit our archives.

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  •  Meet Michael Glauser, author of Main Street Entrepreneur: Build Your...
  • Array ( [id] => fa1fa646-353d-11e9-95c7-577c2c299bd7 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:33:11.710-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:24:08.328-05:00 [title] => Sweet Treats Hit the Streets. Meet The Funnel Cake Man, Michael Bradbury. [pubdate] => 2016-07-08T12:30:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/fa1fa646-353d-11e9-95c7-577c2c299bd7/image/268767_Du2KuRNa.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Satisfy your sweet tooth with some tasty treats on the streets of Kansas City. Michael Bradbury talks about bringing the food truck industry to Kansas City. [summary] =>

    Meet the man behind Kansas City’s Funnel Cake Truck. Michael Bradbury joins host Kelly Scanlon to talk about what brought to the food truck industry in 2009. Find out why funnel cakes, kettle corn, and deep-fried Twinkies keeps them lined up and wanting more.  Bradbury explains his love for the business and why he co-founded the Kansas City Food Truck Association, paving the way for food truck entrepreneurs yet-to-come. To hear more shows with host Kelly Scanlon, please visit our archives.

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  • Meet the man behind Kansas City’s Funnel Cake Truck. Michael...
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    Tune into Smart Companies Radio with host Kelly Scanlon and find out what you’re missing when building your website that could tank your business traffic. Justin R. Sturges, author of the Amazon Best Seller, “The Small Business Owners Guide to Local Lead Generation brings his more than 20 years experience in local marketing to Smart Companies Radio.  Listen to discover effective and practical digital marketing recipes that will work for your business. To hear more shows with host Kelly Scanlon, please visit our archives.

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  • Tune into Smart Companies Radio with host Kelly Scanlon and...
  • Array ( [id] => fa9baafc-353d-11e9-95c7-e75170a35265 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:33:12.522-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:24:13.325-05:00 [title] => The Best IT Disaster Defense Is An Offense. Huber & Assoc's Dean Bergman Guests [pubdate] => 2016-07-01T12:30:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/fa9baafc-353d-11e9-95c7-e75170a35265/image/268767_Kl1I3Rbm.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Huber & Associates has been helping companies for more than 30 years solve their technology problems. Dean Bergman, a sales executive with Huber suggest the bes [summary] =>

    For more than 30 years, Huber and Associates has been helping companies with their technology questions and solving their problems.  Dean Bergman, a senior sales executive with the company for more than 17 years explains simple steps to avert information disaster with your business before it strikes. On this episode of Smart Companies KC with host Kelly Scanlon discover how to choose a reliable backup system, as well as advice on password protection, and system updates for all the devices used by you and your employees. To hear more shows with host Kelly Scanlon, please visit our archives.

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  • For more than 30 years, Huber and Associates has been...
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    Tune into Smart Companies Radio with host Kelly Scanlon and find out how to get more out of your business by getting lean. Tim Berry, the man some have called the  Obi-wan Kenobe of business planning  will share great advice on how Lean business planning though simple, is a powerful way to get what you want from your business. Berry, not only a business planning expert but also an entrepreneur will discuss his latest book, “Lean Business Planning: Get What You Want From Your Business”, and how   it’s a practical way to align strategy, tactics, milestones, assumptions, and essential cash flow without the fuss of a full business plan. On this episode, you'll learn  Why lean business planning?What is a lean business planHow is it different from any other business plan?How is it better? To hear more shows with host Kelly Scanlon, please visit our archives.

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  • Tune into Smart Companies Radio with host Kelly Scanlon and...
  • Array ( [id] => fafaa246-353d-11e9-95c7-6b2cb30c54b3 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:33:13.145-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:24:42.228-05:00 [title] => Developer Matt Abbott Revitalizing Kansas City's East Crossroads [pubdate] => 2016-06-24T12:30:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/fafaa246-353d-11e9-95c7-6b2cb30c54b3/image/268767_kW7dzkuW.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Matt Abbott, an entrepreneur since the age of five is busy breathing life back into Kansas City's east Crossroads enabling fellow entrepreneurs to set up shop i [summary] =>

    Matt Abbott is out to change the face of Kansas City’s East Crossroads. An entrepreneur since childhood selling aluminum cans and newspapers to recycling companies in Quincy, Illinois. Matt, inspired by his father, worked hard saving his money and now buys distressed properties in Kansas City. His latest endeavor is the redevelopment of the Kansas City Costume Company at 2020 Grand Blvd. as a boutique hotel scheduled to open in the fall of 2016. Matt shares his mission, his philosophy and his vision for the East Crossroads of Kansas City on this episode of Smart Companies-KC with host Kelly Scanlon. Abbott initiated the East Crossroads Urban Renewal Plan, which the Kansas City Council approved in August of 2015, The plan lists the area’s boundaries as I-670 on the north, the Kansas City Terminal Railroad tracks on the south, U.S. Highway 71 on the east and Oak Street on the West. To hear more shows hosted by Kelly Scanlon, please visit our archives.

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  • Matt Abbott is out to change the face of Kansas...
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    Jeffrey Shaw is passionate about assisting small business and entrepreneurs. He speaks and coaches clients across the country, and is leading the charge in helping creative entrepreneurs succeed in business. Shaw specializes in helping creatives, freelancers, solopreneurs, and all those wanting to succeed in business as “the small guy” - the warrior. He refers to this trend, which predicts that 60% of the workforce will be individuals and freelancers by 2030, as The New Renaissance. On this episode of Smart Companies Radio find out what drives this preeminent portrait photographer turned business coach. Shaw is also the host of the popular business podcast Creative Warriors, and a contributor to The Huffington Post and has an active social media following of 100K+ across all platforms.  To hear more shows with host Kelly Scanlon, please visit our archives.

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  • Jeffrey Shaw is passionate about assisting small business and entrepreneurs. He speaks...
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  • This week on Smart Companies KC, host Kelly Scanlon welcomes Julie and Mitch Schieber, owners of KC Shrimp.The...
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    On this episode of Smart Companies Radio with host Kelly Scanlon, meet Heather Stouffer, the mastermind behind Mom Made Foods,  a leading producer of family-favorite frozen meals and snacks. Find out why the former Shawnee Mission East graduate is winning so many prestigious awards, and what she's doing to turn her brand into a household name.  To hear more shows hosted by Kelly Scanlon, we invite you to visit our archives  

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  • On this episode of Smart Companies Radio with host Kelly Scanlon, meet Heather Stouffer, the...
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    Recreational sports are fun, a great way to meet people and unwind and even network but who wants to step and manage the team?  Luke Wade and LeagueAlly to the rescue. LeagueAlly is a software solution to handle the chores. What started as a time-saver has evolved into a full-fledged product of its own.  Find out how it works and how the idea was developed. Discover Luke's best advice for young entrepreneurs.  And learn what's next for this budding serial entrepreneur...including Zombies. To hear more shows, please visit the archives.

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  • Recreational sports are fun, a great way to meet people...
  • Array ( [id] => fc411810-353d-11e9-95c7-133259a615e7 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:33:15.284-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:24:40.501-05:00 [title] => Catch the Next Market Wave & Surge to Success with Author Mike Michalowicz [pubdate] => 2016-06-10T12:00:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/fc411810-353d-11e9-95c7-133259a615e7/image/268767_1cY0ucCp.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Former small business columnist for the Wall Street Journal, Mike Michalowicz is out with his new book Surge. Learn how to identify the next market wave to succ [summary] =>

    After launching and selling two multi-million companies, Mike Michalowicz, the author of “Profit First”, set out on a mission to eradicate entrepreneurial poverty through mentoring business leaders, and writing game-changing, “from the trenches” business strategy books that helped entrepreneurs save and grow their businesses—and their bank accounts. Surge is his latest book and he’ll discuss this new book which will be released June 20th with host Kelly Scanlon on Smart Companies Radio. If you thought your business could be more successful if you could time the market then this book is for you.  “All markets have surges, big and small,” Michalowicz says. “The secret is finding them and getting in front of them”, Listen this week and learn the formula. To hear more shows with host Kelly Scanlon visit our archives.  

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  • After launching and selling two multi-million companies, Mike Michalowicz, the...
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    Meet Andy Rieger, Co-Founder of J. Rieger & Company, a distillery in the East Bottoms neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri. Find out the secret of J Rieger’s quick success which launched less than two years ago in October of 2014. And hear all the details on a new partnership between J Rieger & Co. and Boulevard Brewing Company with the release of “Left For Dead”, a spirit distilled from Boulevard Beer. Left For Dead will be released for distribution on June 27th. Rieger Spirits are currently distributed both locally and in 10 states with new products coming on-line this month. The Rieger Distillery brand was originally founded in 1887 and was a pre-Prohibition, family-owned company based in Kansas City’s West Bottoms. Host Kelly Scanlon and Rieger will retrace some of the colorful history and discover the bright future ahead on this episode of Smart Companies-KC

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  • Meet Andy Rieger, Co-Founder of J. Rieger & Company, a...
  • Array ( [id] => fca60a90-353d-11e9-95c7-37bffff2cd6f [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:33:15.946-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:24:49.114-05:00 [title] => Great Advice with Money Magazine & NBC Financial Correspondent Jordan Goodman [pubdate] => 2016-06-03T12:00:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/fca60a90-353d-11e9-95c7-37bffff2cd6f/image/268767_ciwPanKz.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Are you looking for answers for your small business? You’ve come to the right place. The Money Answers Man, Jordan Goodman will tell you where to find the answ [summary] =>

    Are you looking for answers for your small business? You’ve come to the right place. The Money Answers Man, Jordan Goodman will tell you where to find the answers you’ve been looking for because he has been answering Americans’ questions about personal finance for over 35 years.  And he’ll be answering questions this week on Smart Companies Radio with host Kelly Scanlon.  Goodman, the Wall Street Correspondent at MONEY Magazine for 18 years, was the financial commentator on NBC News for 9 years and was on Marketplace radio for 6 years. and is currently the host of the national Money Answers Radio Show on the Voice America Business Network. He has written 14 books on financial topics including The Dictionary of Finance and Investment Terms, Fast Profits in Hard Times, Master Your Debt and the Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.  Access the wealth of information shared by guest Jordan Goodman on this episode of Smart Companies Radio by visiting online: http://www.moneyanswers.com/ to hear more shows with host Kelly Scanlon visit our archives.

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  • Are you looking for answers for your small business? You’ve...
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    There are thousands of advertising and marketing companies across the country. Dobies Healthcare Group owner, Carol Dobies narrowed her niche and has focused her expertise on helping the healthcare industry shape its strategic message and brand. Discover her driving force after 24 years in business, how her business has changed and what she would have done differently. Dobies Healthcare Group is a member of Thinking Bigger Business’s 25 Under 25® class for 2016, recognizing the top 25 companies in Kansas City with 25 or fewer employees. To hear more shows with host, Kelly Scanlon please visit our archives.

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  • There are thousands of advertising and marketing companies across the...
  • Array ( [id] => fd010422-353d-11e9-95c7-73da623b88c7 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:33:16.542-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:25:06.543-05:00 [title] => A Declaration of Independents: Businessman & Author Greg Orman Guests [pubdate] => 2016-05-27T12:00:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/fd010422-353d-11e9-95c7-73da623b88c7/image/268767_XtcpB04y.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Greg Orman who has released a new book, A Declaration of Independents talks about his years in business and how it played a role in his run for the U.S, Sentate [summary] =>

    A Kansas businessman for most of his adult life, Greg Orman former independent candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2014 found his entrepreneurial spirit working summers in a furniture warehouse owned by his father in Stanley, Kansas. After graduating, Orman founded Environmental Light Concepts in 1992, which designs and installs energy-efficient lighting systems for commercial and industrial companies.  He built the company into a multimillion-dollar business with over 120 employees in four years, before selling a majority of the company to Kansas City Power and Light in 1996 and has since invested in 15 companies, including boxing equipment manufacturer Combat Brands of Kansas. In 2004, Orman co-founded private equity firm Denali Partners LLC. On Smart Companies with Kelly Scanlon, Orman will discuss his new book, “A Declaration of Independents" He’ll discuss his years in business and how it factored into his 2014 political run for office, possible solutions for businesses plus they’ll discuss the extent of government's involvement in business.

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  • A Kansas businessman for most of his adult life, Greg...
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    On this episode of Smart Companies KC with host Kelly Scanlon, meet the McCrite Family, owners of Mcrite Plaza established in 1975 in Topeka, Kansas, and now in the northland at Briarcliff in Kansas City, Missouri. This three generation family-owned and operated business has remained committed to providing the best in senior living Learn how it started and how the commitment has been passed down from generation to generation. All the McCrite children have been involved on some level with the retirement community, from mowing lawns to volunteering with residents. To hear more stories featuring local entrepreneurs with host Kelly Scanlon, visit our archives.

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  • On this episode of Smart Companies KC with host Kelly...
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    On this episode of Smart Companies Radio with host Kelly Scanlon, it’s time to go global. Cleveland Brown, CEO of Payscout, a global payment processing provider covering six continents, will discuss how small business owners can flourish globally and what the federal government needs to do to help them in this arena. Discover how small business owners can be involved globally without losing his or her shirts and find out what sort of red tape and regulations still needs to be eliminated. To hear more shows with host Kelly Scanlon, please visit the archives.

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  • On this episode of Smart Companies Radio with host Kelly...
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    Meet Colleen and Jason Gerke of Jowler Creek Vinyard and Winery of Platte City. Learn how a California girl and a Midwest farm boy decided to trade corn in for grape vines and grow a thriving business. Jowler Creek was a winner of the 25 Under 25 ® Award for 2016. Discover how these two entrepreneurs made the jump from the hobby they loved into a strong and successful business they love, and how they've continued to grow their business while building equity and value in the company. To hear more great shows with host Kelly Scanlon, please listen to our archives.  

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  • Meet Colleen and Jason Gerke of Jowler Creek Vinyard and...
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    Performance reviews – Should you get rid of them?What about open floor plans - Do they really work?Should employees know each other’s salaries? Dr.David Burkus, an increasingly influential business school professor, and author after decades of research will address what he contends are outdated, or outmoded business practices with host Kelly Scanlon.They'll discuss his new book, “Under New Management, How Leading Organizations are Upending Business as Usual” on this episode of Smart Companies Radio. To hear more shows about growing your business with host Kelly Scanlon, please visit our archives.

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  • Performance reviews – Should you get rid of them?What about...
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    Fresh from her role as a contestant on Bravo TV's Top Chef season 13th. Chef Renee Kelly continues to create and amaze her customers and culinary critics alike at her restaurant in western Shawnee. Learn how her family, small business owners supported and encouraged her path to entrepreneurship. After receiving her Culinary arts degree with honors at the Art Institute of Houston, Texas, Kelly set up shop in a quaint little limestone castle where farm-to-table, fresh and organic rein supreme. Find out what's next for one of Kansas City's superstar culinary entrepreneurs.

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  • Fresh from her role as a contestant on Bravo TV's...
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    Small business owners go through hell and high water at times looking for the right match and being able to put a top sales staff together. Sales Coach Chris Cahill knows what it takes to hire and manage a sales staff. Chris joins host Kelly Scanlon on this episode of Smart Companies Radio to share his tips and secrets to building a powerhouse sales staff for your company. Despite the fancy initials after his name – Chris learned sales management with his sleeves rolled up, chasing new business and quotas. Chris started running a cash register at 11, cold calling and managing adults at 17. He was firing sales reps twice his age when he was just 26. He knows what Owners go through, and has them covered.

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  • Small business owners go through hell and high water at...
  • Array ( [id] => fe6f705a-353d-11e9-95c7-073d649f1828 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:33:18.944-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:25:00.530-05:00 [title] => Prairie Elder Care Growing to Meet the Needs of an Aging Community. [pubdate] => 2016-04-29T14:00:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/fe6f705a-353d-11e9-95c7-073d649f1828/image/268767_Ik88MAPY.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Prairie Elder Care takes a different approach to caring for residents with dementia. Find out how this young company is different from others and how that's the [summary] =>

    Prairie Elder Care one of this year’s 25 Under 25 ® winners will join host Kelly Scanlon to discuss the company’s philosophy on care for the elderly and how two great ideas and businesses have joined as one serving the growing and demanding needs of the aging community in Kansas City.  Mandy Shoemaker is the co-founder of Prairie Elder Care, which she founded with her sister in law, Michala Gibson in July of 2014. For 20 years Mandy worked as an elementary school teacher, consultant, and principal.  In July of 2014, the first care home opened. Mandy and Michala currently have two residential care homes for people with dementia and have plans for expansion in 2017.  To hear more shows with host Kelly Scanlon, Please visit our archives.

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  • Prairie Elder Care one of this year’s 25 Under 25...
  • Array ( [id] => fe9c839c-353d-11e9-95c7-9fb3650f42c0 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:33:19.238-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:25:10.178-05:00 [title] => Profiting in a World Where Customers Rule with Author Tema Frank [pubdate] => 2016-04-29T12:00:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/fe9c839c-353d-11e9-95c7-9fb3650f42c0/image/268767_XOGLftAN.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Learn how to improve the customer experience and grow your business. [summary] =>

    Best-selling author, international speaker and consultant, Tema Frank has over three decades’ experience in business & marketing strategy, usability testing and customer improvement. In 2012 she created the Frank Online Marketing Show, which has now become the Frank Reactions podcast, and extended her consulting, speaking and teaching services. She is also author of the best-selling book, Canada’s Best Employers for Women: A guide book for job hunters, employees and employers and will discuss with host Kelly Scanlon on Smart Companies Radio her just released book; “PeopleShock: The Path to Profits When Customers Rule. Discover what businesses can do to improve the customer experience and the three essential ingredients to profitability in the digital era.

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  • Best-selling author, international speaker and consultant, Tema Frank has over...
  • Array ( [id] => fedaa640-353d-11e9-95c7-13acc374b42e [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:33:19.646-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:25:22.560-05:00 [title] => Major Disasters Have Met Their Match With Sage Restoration. [pubdate] => 2016-04-22T12:30:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/fedaa640-353d-11e9-95c7-13acc374b42e/image/268767_1dpWrzge.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => From hording situations to sewers and beyond Sage Restoration is Cleaning up. [summary] =>

    Meet another 25 Under 25® winner, class of 2016. Stephanie and Alan Sage with Sage restoration will talk about their company and how they help their clients get back to normal after a major disaster. Discover how this Overland Park based business suits up against some of the country’s largest cleaning companies and comes out smelling like a rose. From sewer back up to floods and fire damage and beyond, Alan and Stephanie Sage are there to clean it up. Find out their secrets to growing the business. To hear more shows about local business and entrepreneurs in Kansas City, please visit our archives.

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  • Meet another 25 Under 25® winner, class of 2016. Stephanie...
  • Array ( [id] => ff09f166-353d-11e9-95c7-a3d875a38a86 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:33:19.956-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:25:39.309-05:00 [title] => CEO Afterlife:Are You Ready? with Author and Business Consultant Susan Spaulding [pubdate] => 2016-04-22T12:00:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/ff09f166-353d-11e9-95c7-a3d875a38a86/image/268767_JB4NnzMH.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => You've poured your whole life, blood sweat and tears and sometimes a second mortgage into your business and now you're ready to retire or move on but to what? A [summary] =>

    After you’ve been a business owner, a CEO, or any kind of corporate executive, how do you reinvent yourself for the next chapter of your life? Author and business consultant Susan Spalding guests with host Kelly Scanlon on Smart Companies Radio. Spaulding will discuss her new book, “Recalibrate for Life 2.0: Transition Stories for Business Leaders”. Spaulding explains how we are rapidly approaching an epidemic of business owners and leaders who because of age or burnout are asking the question. What’s next? Susan has interviewed mostly C-level executives to find out how they answered the question. To hear more shows with host Kelly Scanlon, please visit our archives.

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  • After you’ve been a business owner, a CEO, or any...
  • Array ( [id] => ff356706-353d-11e9-95c7-9bd4993504f3 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:33:20.240-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:25:58.955-05:00 [title] => Economic Visionary, Dr. Troy Nash Always Asking,What's Next For Kansas City? [pubdate] => 2016-04-15T12:30:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/ff356706-353d-11e9-95c7-9bd4993504f3/image/268767_kHnv9xF1.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Dr. Troy Nash has been serving his community since the ripe old age of 29 as a Kansas City, Missouri city councilman, and presided over one of the largest econo [summary] =>

    This week on Smart Companies KC, with host Kelly Scanlon, meet Dr. Troy Nash, a visionary economic development professional, deeply committed public servant, and volunteer with a passion for improving the quality of life of all of the world's people. The awards, commendations and recognitions he has received are almost too numerous to mention. Kelly and Troy will discuss his involvement within the entrepreneurial community of Kansas City. Quoting one of his favorite authors, Les Brown Dr. Nash believes he is living proof and believes, “Where you start out in life has nothing to do with where you end up.” To hear more shows with host Kelly Scanlon, please visit our archives.

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  • This week on Smart Companies KC, with host Kelly Scanlon,...
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    Hiring employees is a stumbling block for any small business but doubly so in small rural communities. Dr. Sabrina Starling, author of, "How to Hire the Best: The Rural Small Business Owner's Ultimate Guide to Attracting Top-Performing Employees" works across the country with rural business owners. She'll explain on this episode of Smart Companies Radio with guest host, Mary McKenna, what you need to do to find the best in your community and how to keep them on staff, and it doesn't always boil down to money. Discover strategies to hire top-performing employees and how to keep them happy.  Dr. Starling will share information on how to access her 5 secrets to Exceptional Employee Performance as a free gift to you the listener of this podcast. To hear more shows  about growing your business, please listen to our archives.

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  • Hiring employees is a stumbling block for any small business...
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    On this episode of Smart Companies KC, host Kelly Scanlon talks with Mindy Corporon, managing member and co-founder of Boyer and Corporon Wealth Management LLC, where she serves as the Chief Executive Officer. On this episode learn about Mindy’s passion, leading the Faith Always Wins Foundation and the Reat Griffin Underwood Memorial fund. You’ll learn more about both organizations as well as the upcoming series of events - a weeklong celebration entitled “Seven Days - Make a Ripple to Change the World April 12th - April 18th in Kansas City. To hear more shows with host Kelly Scanlon, please check the archives.

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  • On this episode of Smart Companies KC, host Kelly Scanlon...
  • Array ( [id] => 00083578-353e-11e9-95c7-33687180d201 [createdAt] => 2019-02-20T13:33:21.621-05:00 [updatedAt] => 2019-02-20T14:25:45.244-05:00 [title] => New Rules of the Game, HGTV Co-Founder Susan Packard Shares Workplace Strategies [pubdate] => 2016-04-08T12:00:00.000-04:00 [author] => [imageFile] => https://megaphone.imgix.net/podcasts/00083578-353e-11e9-95c7-33687180d201/image/268767_bKLlSGC5.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2 [explicit] => [episodeType] => full [seasonNumber] => [episodeNumber] => [subtitle] => Susan Packard says after 20 years with Scripps network has written a book that some are calling the new guide for women in the workplace. [summary] =>

    On this episode of Smart Companies Radio, meet Susan Packard, co-founder of Scripps Networks Interactive and former chief operating officer of HGTV, the leading developer of lifestyle-oriented content for television and the Internet. Susan was also president of worldwide distribution for the Scripps cable brands. Packard will be the keynote speaker this year at the 2016 Central Exchange Lyceum April 26th in Kansas City. And after twenty years helping to launch HGTV, Packard is now an author with the release of her book, ”New Rules of The Game” that some are calling a new guide for women in business. To hear more shows with host Kelly Scanlon, please visit our archives.

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  • On this episode of Smart Companies Radio, meet Susan Packard,...
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    Discover what the biggest issue is behind company theft. Retired Special Agent in Charge Michael Tabman says business owners shouldn't worry about the fox getting inside the hen house but instead should concern themselves with one of the hens they've hired going rogue. He shares advice on this episode of Smart Companies Radio-KC on how to keep your company secure, and how to respond effectively to a crisis should it strike your company. Tabman rose through the ranks of the FBI reaching the level of Special Agent in Charge, commanding 250 FBI Agents throughout three states. Michael is called upon as a media crime and security analyst having appeared on CNN, HLN, American Heroes Channel, Huffington Post Live, Al Jazeera, WCBS Radio, Sirius Radio and interviewed by the New York Times.  As a security expert and author of three books, Michael is a sought-after speaker for corporate events, speaking on a variety of crime and security-related topics.   Upon retiring from the FBI, Michael founded SPIRIT Asset Protection, LLC in Overland Park, Kansas. To hear more shows, please check the archives.  

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  • Discover what the biggest issue is behind company theft. Retired...
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    Many Small Business Owners believe they’ll never retire and in turn, don’t bother to address an exit strategy or succession plan for their business. On this episode of Smart Companies Radio with host Kelly Scanlon you’ll learn the basic steps you need to address with your legal and or banking representative to put together a strategy for retirement and selling your business. Kristin Nelson, Head of Private Business Owners Solutions in the Wealth Management Group at Bank of the West says first and foremost start early and have a candid family conversation as part of your plan.   You can read the white paper discussed in this episode of Smart Companies Radio by visiting http://blog.bankofthewest.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Succession-Planning-Whitepaper_final.compressed.pdf And to hear more shows with host Kelly Scanlon, please visit our archives.  

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  • Many Small Business Owners believe they’ll never retire and in...
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    Since 1991, the nationally ranked Leopold Gallery has helped Kansas City’s private collectors and corporate clients build art collections of enduring quality. On this episode of Smart Company KC, host Kelly Scanlon speaks with Paul Dorrell, the owner of Leopold Gallery and Art Consulting. Paul works to attract private collectors building their art collections with a focus on local creators.  Leopold Gallery has been inspiring business owners and homeowner for 25 years and was named part of the 2016 class of 25 Under 25® Winners. To listen to more shows with host Kelly Scanlon please visit our archives.

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  • Since 1991, the nationally ranked Leopold Gallery has helped Kansas...
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    Core Catalysts helps clients with business challenges that are often tied to their core business operations, costing them time and money. As former consultants with national firms, Jim Wadella tells Smart Companies Host Kelly Scanlon how he and his staff at Core Catalysts bring experienced professionals who are nimble, smart and focused on their clients' business problems. Discover how Core Catalysts brings tangible results and real outcomes to businesses across the country. To hear more shows with host Kelly Scanlon, please visit our archives.

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  • Core Catalysts helps clients with business challenges that are often...
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    She's been called a Tedx phenom and an award-winning commentator for CNN, Mel Robbins joins Smart Companies host Kelly Scanlon to talk about improving your lot in life and getting ahead and all you have to do is stop hesitating. Best known as the creator of the 5-second rule, Mel will explain how we are our own worst enemies and how to overcome it. Discover how you can change your life in as little as 5 seconds. When Robbins is not on stage, she's on television and has appeared numerous national shows including Good Morning America, and Dr. Phil and is a contributing editor at Success Magazine. To listen to more shows with host Kelly Scanlon, please visit our archives.

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  • She's been called a Tedx phenom and an award-winning commentator for...
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    Haran Yaffe is the creator of Ollies Blocks, named after his almost 2-year-old daughter. This wounded veteran turned father, turned inventor grew up playing with the blocks made by his father’s small toy company. As a vet who sustained life-threatening injuries, Yaffe returned home with a newfound inspiration to rekindle his father’s work and create a toy that reintroduces a simplistic and hands-on approach to playtime.Ollies Blocks are quickly making an impact beyond recreation, they are also helping child victims of traumatic brain injuries as a rehabilitation tool and they’re helping teachers as a productive educational tool in classrooms. A KickStarter campaign for Ollie's blocks continues until April 3rd. To hear more stories with host Kelly Scanlon, please visit our archives.

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  • Haran Yaffe is the creator of Ollies Blocks, named after his almost...
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    Keri Lauderdale Olson is the Founder and CEO of Chocolate Cork, www.thechocolatecork.com, where chocolate meets wine in interactive chocolate and wine pairing classes, kits and events. Keri’s lifelong love of chocolate began when her mom started her own small chocolate business while Keri was only 8 years of age. After16 years in Marketing and Product Development, Keri decided to try something new, bringing her two passions together, wine and chocolate and started her business once she had become an empty nester. She sold her house to come up with the necessary capital and launched the business last year.  Smart Companies KC host Kelly Scanlon talks about the growing pains of a new business and what Keri sees for her business in the future. To hear more shows with host Kelly Scanlon, please visit our archives.      

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  • Keri Lauderdale Olson is the Founder and CEO of Chocolate...
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    What is innovation? Best-selling business author and speaker Stephen Shapiro talks with Smart Companies host, Kelly Scanlon. On this episode, Shapiro will explain why businesses struggle and at times fail at breakthrough innovations and what needs to change. Discover how to cultivate innovation at your company and how to approach, tackle and solve your business challenges. Shapiro is the author of five books, including “Best Practices Are Stupid," which was named the best innovation and creativity book of 2011 and it’s an international #1 best seller.He has been featured in Newsweek, Entrepreneur Magazine, O-The Oprah Magazine, SUCCESS Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, ABC News, and CNBC. Clients include 3M, P&G, Nike, Marriott, Honda, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, NASA, USAA, Fidelity Investments, and GE.  To hear more shows with host Kelly Scanlon please visit the archives.

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  • What is innovation? Best-selling business author and speaker Stephen Shapiro talks with...
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    Meet the guys behind one of the best digital shops in Kansas City. George Brooks and Daniel Linhart are co-founders of Crema and winners of 25 Under 25 ®, Class of 2016. Discover what they believe brought them their success and it’s not what you may think. And learn how Crema gives back to their Kansas City community on this week’s Smart Companies – KC with host Kelly Scanlon. To hear more shows with host Kelly Scanlon, please visit online and check out our archives.

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    A fan of Disney cartoons, stuffed animals, and animals in general since her childhood, Sarah got her start making a few costumes for friends and others in 2009. Choosing to leave a career in advertising, she set out on her own in 2011 to found Menagerie Workshop. Five years and 300+ costumes later, business is thriving, with customers waiting upwards of twelve months for her custom creations. Entirely self-taught, Sarah works well over 40 hours a week bringing mascots and other characters to life as well as handling all other aspects of the business. Host Mary McKenna will help bring some of these furry creatures to life on this episode of Smart Companies Radio. To listen to more shows, please visit our archives.

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  • A fan of Disney cartoons, stuffed animals, and animals in...
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  • Reinventing your business, you hear a lot of talk, but...
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      On this episode of Smart Companies Radio with host Kelly Scanlon, you'll discover the sure-fire way to grow your business with guest Donna Leyens, President and co-founder of Provendus Group, Provendus Group, provides business tools, programs, strategy and support to small business owners and is committed to helping small businesses not only stay afloat but to scale and grow in both profitability and size while allowing the owner to have time for a life as well.  Learn how to identify your business's sweet spot. Find out the three elements that must be present in your business to experience sustainable growth and what to do if you're missing one of these three building blocks to success. To hear more shows with host Kelly Scanlon, please visit our archives.

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  •   On this episode of Smart Companies Radio with host...
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  • Meet the owners of one of Kansas City’s most trusted...
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    They’ve run and won CBS Television’s “The Amazing Race” and dazzled you with farm to shelf ingredients on The Cooking Channel.  On this episode of Smart Companies Radio, meet Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, also known as “The Fabulous Beekman Boys. They’re joining host Kelly Scanlon to talk about their entrepreneurial success in upstate New York and how their philosophy of community with neighbor helping neighbor plays into it.  They are the founders of Beekman 1802. Nasdaq has called it one of the fastest-growing lifestyle brands in America. Find out how they did it.

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  • They’ve run and won CBS Television’s “The Amazing Race” and...
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    Founded in 2008,  Beekman 1802 Mercantile is now "the fastest growing lifestyle brand in America Beekman 1802 brand owners and founders Josh Kilmer-Purcell  and Brent Ridge, had no plans to create a business around the Beekman 1802 Farm when they stumbled across it in upstate New York, but like Judge William Beekman, who originally built the farm over 200 years ago, they were inspired by the land and the community to build something lasting. The two collaborate with local farmers, craftspersons & artisans to produce most of what you find both online and in their physical Mercantile on Main Street in Sharon Springs, NY. Find out on this episode of Smart Companies Radio with host Kelly Scanlon how the two Manhattan professionals became goat farmers and how they have nurtured their surrounding farming community.   Josh and Brent believe that you can never ever go wrong as long as you treat every single person like they were your next door neighbor.

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  • Founded in 2008,  Beekman 1802 Mercantile is now "the fastest growing...
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    Meet the owners of Eagle Animal Hospital and Pet Resort, one of the 25 Under 25 ® class of 2016. Smart Companie-KC host, Kelly Scanlon sits down with Dr. James Sparks and Dr. Matthew Silvius to find out what makes this Northland animal hospital & resort one of the region’s most sophisticated care facilities. To hear past shows with host Kelly Scanlon, please visit our archives.

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