Talking Business Now

Get the inside scoop on how America’s most successful entrepreneurs are transforming their industries. On each episode of Talking Business Now, you'll meet one of your fellow business owners, founders or entrepreneurs who's "been there done that." Along with host Kelly Scanlon, guests delve into a specific challenge they've dealt with, their strategies for handling it and how it changed their company. You'll be inspired by each guest's entrepreneurial journey—and, through their experiences and examples, you'll gain insights into innovative ideas you can put to work immediately to increase productivity, improve processes, expand your market share and generate more revenue. Tune in , , , it’s time to talk business!

Entrepreneur Impacts Youth Through Sports
Jeremy McDowell, founder of Midwest Sports Productions, discusses how business ownership has accomplished a dual goal: building a business and building up youth
29 min
KC Restoration: Experts in Fresh Starts
LeAnn Luemmen, co-founder of KC Restoration, shares her entrepreneurial story.
18 min
Royal Services: Close Out Becomes a Buyout That...
Royal Services CEO Brad Shyver discusses the company's evolution into a full-service facility management partner for some of the largest corporations in the cou
18 min
How Meridian Business Services Achieved Explosi...
Amy Goode, co-founder of Meridian Business Services, shares how listening to her customers propelled the company's growth.
17 min
How KC Crew Hit a Homerun, with founder Luke Wade
KC Crew founder Luke Wade discusses how he turned a part-time project into a full-time business.
19 min
Always On: One Woman's Story of Life as the Onl...
Tech leader Jeanne Johnson discusses some of the things she's learned as the "only woman in the room."
25 min
How WBE Certification Has Opened Doors for ARJ ...
ARJ Infusion Services founder Lisa Sackuvich shares her entrepreneurial journey and how she has strategically used her WBE certification to grow her business.
24 min
Using Purpose to Drive Profits, with May McCarthy
May McCarthy discusses how finding your company's "why" and then aligning your goals and culture to that purpose can create profits.
22 min
How Al Hess Built Wholesale Trucks of America
Al Hess, founder of Wholesale Trucks of America, shares his entrepreneurial story.
16 min
Turning Disruption and Change Into Opportunity ...
Futurist Daniel Burrus discusses how to identify trends so you can turn disruption and change into opportunity for your business.
22 min
Entrepreneur Helps Customers Find the Perfect A...
Hosea Haywood III shares his entrepreneurial story and describes how his company Computerized Auto Search helps individuals and companies find just the right ve
22 min
How Elf on the Shelf Got Its Start
Elf on the Shelf co-founder Chanda Bell gives the inside story on the founding of the enduring holiday phenomenon.
16 min
How to Develop Your People for Better Business ...
Rocky Romanella shares the principles from his book "Tighten the Lug Nuts: The Principles of Balanced Leadership."
22 min
Company Takes Painting Party Concept Mobile, wi...
Joey Kramer of Apple Pie Painting talks expansion .
20 min
Building Businesses, with Sheila Ohrenberg of S...
Sheila Ohrenberg, founder of Sorella Group, discusses how she's built her full-service commercial design, general carpentry and specialty contracting company.
19 min
How to Design a Better Business, with Justin Lo...
Best-selling book author Justin Lokitz discusses how businesses benefit from uisng design thinking strategy.
22 min
Inspired Homes: Transforming the Home Building ...
Todd Lipschutz discusses the philosophy and technology behind Inspired Homes' effort to build affordable, safe and energy-efficient homes.
16 min
How to Use Emotional Intelligence to Close More...
Colleen Stanley discusses the difference between Sales EQ and Sales IQ - and how to use EQ to close more sales.
20 min
How to Build a High-Performance Marketing Team,...
Melissa Hendricks, vice president of marketing at Cerner, discusses how to build a high-performance marketing team.
19 min
How to Use Storytelling to Help Your Small Busi...
Entertainer Clyde Riddlesbrood discusses how to use storytelling to brand a business.
20 min
Building an Iconic Retail Brand, with Nell Hill...
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.
25 min
How Your Life Changes the World, with David McN...
Best-selling author and speaker David McNally talks about his recent book Mark of an Eagle: How Your Life Changes the World.
26 min
How to Make Your Website Work Harder for Your B...
Terri Jordan of WizeWebz offers tips for overcoming common problems with your website, so it can work harder for your business.
20 min
Retirement Plan Basics for the Self-Employed an...
Franck Cushner covers the three basic retirement plans available to business owners.
19 min
High Performance Marketing: Improving the Impac...
Marketing guru David Patrick shares tips about overcoming common marketing problems and key insights into improving marketing strategies.
19 min
The American Dream Revisited, with Gary Sirak
Gary Sirak discusses whether the American Dream still exists for entrepreneurs today.
21 min
Family Builds Complete Home Concepts Across Gen...
Jeff Goodwin and his family have built a business the spans generations through acquisition and reliability.
21 min
4 Ways to Build Your Business Like a B.O.S.S. w...
Best-selling author Bernadette Harris explains the four key business building tips for growing your business.
20 min
How a Local Plumber Turned His Company Around B...
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.
23 min
How Radical Optimism Transforms Company Culture...
Bob Lancer discusses how Radical Optimism can help create a high-performing workplace culture.
22 min
What a PEO Can Do For Your Business, with Erica...
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.
17 min
How to Put Your Sales Process on Autopilot with...
Ryan O'Donnell explains how to simplify and automate your company's growth using outbound email.
38 min
Secret to Success: Seeking Opportunity with Bra...
Brandy McCombs has grown IBC by proactively finding opportunities rather than waiting for them to find her.
21 min
How to Lead Like a Superhero with Sebastien Ric...
Sebastien Richard discussed his latest book Lead Like a Superhero, in which he applies the strengths and weaknesses of the pop culture icons to leadership style
23 min
What is the REAL ROI of Social Media? with Thin...
Anne Cull discusses the real value of social media—building relationships.
16 min
Six Questions for Leading Achievers with Clive ...
Clive Hook
25 min
The Role of First-Time Employers in Kansas City...
Maria Meyers and Kate Hodel discuss the impact first-time employers have on job creation in Kansas City.
18 min
Marisa Wiruhayarn's Entrepreneurial Journey Inv...
Marisa Wiruhayarn came to the U.S. looking for a fresh start. And then tragedy struck.
24 min
Adam Arredondo Talks About Major Changes in KC'...
KC's startup community just got a major shot in the arm with new programs and a $1 million donation.
23 min
What's Going on With Health Insurance for Small...
With the uncertainty in the health insurance market, Chris Goodwin of Insurance Pros discusses options for small business owners.
25 min
Entrepreneur Turns Salvage Into Success
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.
30 min
From NASA to OYO Fitness, with founder Paul Fra...
Engineer Paul Francis leveraged a solution he provided for NASA into an entrepreneurial opportunity by launching OYO Fitness.
22 min
Why Entrepreneurs Need to Raise Their Hands, wi...
Zack Miller, the founder of Hatch and the mayor of "Hustle City," talks about what it takes to be a successful business owner.
23 min
Apple Pie Painting Hits a Sweet Spot in Kansas ...
Tune in to find out how April and Joey Kramer are building a mobile painting party concept in Kansas City.
25 min
Lead From Within, with executive leadership coa...
Lolly Daskal shows us how to recognize various archetypes to close the gap to become a better leader.
19 min
Blocking and Tackling Business Tips with Marvin...
Marvin Carolina, Jr., shares the business wisdom he's learned as a football player, corporate executive and entrepreneur.
28 min
Season 4 Apprentice Winner Randal Pinkett: Trum...
Randal Pinkett, the season 4 winner of The Apprentice discusses Trump, leadership and entrepreneurship.
21 min
Helping Businesses Find Their Competitive Edge,...
Damascus Edge founder and CEO Brandi Beach discusses her entrepreneurial journey, offers insights for business success and shares how Damascus Edge helps busine
20 min
Mistakes That Can Sink Your Brand, with IP atto...
Do you have protections in place for one of your business's most valuable assets? Find out how to protect your intellectual property in this short episode with
25 min
From Thailand to KC: Entrepreneurial Journey wi...
Marisa Wiruhayarn came to the U.S. excited to be pursuing the American Dream. Then tragedy struck. Then entrepreneurial determination kicked in..
24 min
How to Create Profit First in Your Business, wi...
Business growth expert Mike Michalowicz discusses how to turn a business from cash-eating monster to a money-making machine.
27 min
Inspiring Confidence with Notes to Self founder...
Listen in to hear notes to self founder Laura Schmidt share her inspiring entrepreneurial journey and the story behind her motivational line of socks, pillow ca
23 min
Orlando Magic Co-Founder Pat Williams on How to...
What happens when your talent and passion collide? You find your success intersection. Listen in as Pat Williams, co-founder of the Orlando Magic talks about ho
22 min
Building Kansas City, with Hartline Constructio...
Jennifer Hartline, owner of Hartline Construction, shares her entrepreneurial story and tips for building a company in Kansas City.
17 min
Coss Marte, Former Drug Kingpin Turned Fitness ...
Former NYC durg kinpin Coss Marte created a fitness company around a business plan he wrote in prison. It gave him a second chance, and him customers and employ
20 min
Business With a Heart: Purpose-Driven Companies...
Will & Grail co-founder Mark O'Renick talks about building socially responsible companies.
20 min
5 Steps to Shift from Bitch to Rich in Life and...
Bernadette Boas shares her 5-step formula for shedding the bitches in their lives so they can create riches instead.
20 min
Firing Up Success at Red Door Woodfired Grill, ...
Restaurant veteran Gary Zancanelli talks about building a local restaurant brand.
24 min
Don't Burp in the Boardroom, with Rosalinda Ran...
Rosalinda Russell delivers etiquette do's and don'ts for dicey situations in the workplace
26 min
Inside Independent Baseball, with Kansas City T...
Kansas City T-Bones Baseball Club founder and president Adam Ehlert talks independent baseball and the business of sports.
23 min
When Your Talent Meets Your Passion, with Orlan...
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
22 min
The Return of the Local Market and Kitchen, wit...
Ryan Wing's vision was to bring back the traditional local grocer and kitchen. He's now living his dream every day as the owner of The Sundry in Kansas City's C
22 min
Achieving Innovation Breakthroughs, with Tamara...
Tamara Kleinberg discusses the barriers to innovation and provides tips for how businesses can achieve innovations every day.
25 min
The Culinary Center of KC's "Main Dish" Laura L...
Laura "Main Dish" Laiben, the founder of the Culinary Center of Kansas City, has licensed a line of Kitchen Boas that are now selling nationwide.
24 min
The Three Common Traits of Influential Leaders ...
TEDx speaker, international best-selling author and award-winning speaker Corey Poirier joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss the three common traits of influenti
30 min
Towner Communications' Julie Towner on Staying ...
Looking for tips on how to keep your company relevant so it can withstand marketplace changes and shifting consumer expectations? Julie Towner, owner of Towner
25 min
Michael Fry, Brown Button Estate Sale Services,...
Co-founder Michael Brown talks about why he started Brown Button Estate Sale Services and how his company is changing standards in the industry.
24 min
Transforming Your Body - and Your Life with the...
Personal trainers Micah and Diana LaCerte are transformers - of the fitness industry and of people.
25 min
Making the Impossible Possible for Businesses, ...
Dan Gregory of the Impossible Institute helps businesses make the impossible happen
24 min
Discover the Story Behind "Elf on the Shelf"
Elf on the Shelf co-founder Chanda Bell gives the inside story on the founding of this holiday tradition.
16 min
Creating Better Patient Experiences and Outcome...
Award-winning data analytis platform Aperum® helps to create better patient experiences and outcomes
23 min
What Does a Trump Presidency Mean for Small Bus...
SBE Council President Karen Kerrigan talks financing, trade, and regulatory issues under a Trump administration.
23 min
Futurist Jared Nichols Discusses New Market Opp...
Futurist Jared Nichols provides tips to small business owners looking for a competitive advantage.
28 min
Dogged Determination Leads to Success of Green...
Joe and Judy Roetheli created a pet treat empire by trying to solve the problem of their own dog's bad breath.
26 min
The Courage to Be Profitable, with serial entre...
Operating a profitable small business requires having the courage to make the tough decisions.
24 min
How to Benefit From Strategic Partnerships, wit...
Small businesses can bridge gaps and leverage strengths with strategic partnerships.
24 min
Liberty Candle Honors and Brings Awareness to V...
Candle maker James Dressler creates candles that bring awareness to our troops.
24 min
How to Benefit from Strategic Partnerships: Mar...
Have a gap in your business? A strategic partner could be the answer.
25 min
Kansas city's Entrepreneurial Community Honorin...
Serial entrepreneur Gary Fish among the honorees November 10th in Kansas City by the University of Missouri Kansas City's Henry W. Bloch School of Management
18 min
Unconventional Strategies to Win Big With Big B...
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 communication
24 min
No More Dark Alleys: Swappa, A Better Way to B...
Long-time software and mobile developer Ben Edwards decided there has to be a better way to buy and sell gently used phones and there is. Edwards is the man beh
23 min
Prime Time TV Host & Best-Selling Author Jeffre...
Jeffery Hayzlett shares his executive insight to Smart Companies Radio explaining how to create a business identity and own it.
21 min
Two Companies Win Investment from KCRise Fund, ...
KCRise, a relatively new fund available in Kansas City is making more money available to early-stage companies in the region. Find out how it works and learn ab
28 min
Swift Fuels: Promises To Get Lead Out in Aviati...
The Federal Aviation Administration is taking steps to eliminate the use of leaded fuel & Swift Fuels is leading the charge.
19 min
Two Companies Win Investment from KCRise Fund, ...
KC Rise Fund, a new fund that targets early-stage companies announces two new companies receiving investment capital. SpiderOak and Innara Health
28 min
Solve KC Sets Out to Do What The Name Implies: ...
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
20 min
Outhink Your Competition With National Business...
Learn how to think outside the box with more innovative and disruptive growth ideas to grow your company up to 120 percent faster!
23 min
Perfect Wine, Perfect Bite, Vino Pair's Michael...
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
25 min
Send The Employees Home & Grow Your Business Wi...
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
24 min
Creating Jobs & Companies with Digital SandBox ...
Digital SandBox in three short years is successfully linking innovation to industry and contributes to grow the Kansas City economy. Find out how and why its wo
25 min
What Congress Needs to Do Now to Help Small Biz...
Eight Bills that have already passed the house and are now awaiting action in the senate. The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council's CEO Karen Kerrigan say
24 min
Bridging The Digital Divide with SnapIT Solutio...
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
22 min
Celebrating 100 Years Of A Business Icon: Ewing...
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
18 min
What Is Kombucha? & Why Are People Drinking it?...
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
20 min
Getting The Best From Your Millennials, Award W...
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
21 min
Launch KC Takes Flight With Kansas City's EDC V...
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
21 min
Liberty Tax Founder John Hewitt Wants to Help Y...
With 45 years of tax service under his belt, entrepreneur John Hewitt talks about his passion to help others and why he launched Liberty Tax Service.
23 min
Fashion Has Gone To The Dogs With Kansas City C...
Meet half of the husband and wife team who make up Slik Hound. Owner Nick Luke shares his story on how the business got started and what it took, to get where t
21 min
How to Become The Expert and Authority with Aut...
Escape the best-kept secret syndrome. Learn the steps necessary from author and speaker Ken Lizotte to spread the word out about your expertise to people outsid
24 min
Inspiring and Celebrating KC Small Business wit...
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
22 min