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!

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Let Your Setback Be Your Comeback with Award Wi...
One of the Outstanding five speakers in the world, Dr. Willie Jolley is our guest. He will inspire you to maximize your talents and rise above your circumstance
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Pure Pursuit Automotive: Reinvents the Car Buyi...
Glen Dakan's addiction to things that go fast has taken this young CEO from Navy pilot to the founder of Pure Pursuit Automotive. Learn how Dakan is reinventing
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TV & Film Fashion Facilitated in Flyover Countr...
Television and film industries are heavily concentrated on both the east and west coast but software developed in the Midwest is playing an ever-growing role, s
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K.C. Brewmeister John McDonald Brewing Up Big P...
John McDonald best known for building Boulevard Brewing into the 2nd largest brewery in Missouri has his eyes set on Kansas City's East Bottoms as his next bi
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Protecting the Rights of Small Business, SBEC P...
Small business owners and entrepreneurs are busy running their business but who has their backs in Washington? The Small Business & Entrepreneurial Council has
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Kansas City Entrepreneurs Extend a Hand Up for ...
Find out how hundreds of underrepresented urban youth are preparing for college and a successful future at Cristo Rey of Kansas City.
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Decorated Marine Veteran Brent Bustamante Kicks...
Brent Bustamante, after serving eight tours of duty in Afghanistan is turning a time killer during down time in Afghanistan to a potential money maker here in t
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Launch KC - Bringing The Best and The Brightest...
$500,000 in grant money will soon be given away to some of the nation's best and brightest in technology.
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Discovering Your Performance Breakthrough with ...
Discover how to create a more passionate and productive workforce with Nationally recognized author and consultant Mike Goldman
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Barbecue That's Good for Your Gut with Entrepre...
If you love good barbecue sauce but it doesn't like you Brendon O'Neil has the all-natural answer .
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Green Means Go for Visionary Leader & Entrepren...
The next time you arrive at work or you appointment on time you should thank Reggie Chandra, the President and CEO of Rhythm Engineering who is working to make
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Tapping the Potential of North America's Native...
Discover the large number of indigenous grapes in North America that until now have been going largely untapped.
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Missouri Wines: Worth Another Taste with Vox Vi...
The history and complexity of Missouri wines is worth another taste.
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Crisis Prevention at Your Business With P-R Gur...
You've heard the old saying, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. P-R Guru David Johnson says the old saying speaks volumes.
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Jon Stephens Wearing Many Hats on Both Sides of...
Getting up to speed on what's happening in Kansas City on both sides of the state line.
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Will Small Business Gain From Corporate Tax Ove...
The White House and Congress are still at odds a corporate tax overhaul bill but will the little guy, the small business owner reap any benefits?
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HipHire.com: The Answer to Your Next Part Time...
Quality part time employees are out there and now you have a place to find them at HipHire.com
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HipHire.com: A New Spin on Part Time Employment
Brian Kearns founder of HipHire says its a game of quality versus quantity in part time employment. Find out what makes HipHire different.
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Creating Business Plans That Actually Get Financed
Money is out there for your start up or small business. You just have to know how to go get it and you've got to have a plan.
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Mastering the Perfect Pitch for Your Product Wi...
Forbes Riley has built a fortune on products you've seen her pitch on television. She shares her secret to the "perfect pitch".
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Mega-Brand Entrepreneur Forbes Riley Shares Her...
One of today's most accomplished entrepreneurs, called by Forbes magazine as a megabrand CEO for her SpinGym fitness system, Forbes Riley shares how you too ca
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From Type A to Type T: Transforming Your Life w...
Learn how to bridge the gap between personal growth and responsible leadership for your your company
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The Ups & Downs of a TV Makeover: Behind the Sc...
What Really happens When the Cameras Are No Longer Rolling on CNBC's The Profit? Is host Marcus Lemonis a Tough Cookie or Creme Puff behind the scenes?
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Changing the Way You Vote in Just 60 Seconds w...
Being an informed voter only takes 60 seconds. Entrepreneur Matthew Marcus tells us about his new product the 1 Minute Candidate .
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CNBC's The Profit Gives Cosmetics Company a Mak...
Go behind the scenes of CNBC's popular reality show The Profit. Miranda Coggins , owner and president of The Lano Company pulls back the curtain for a sneak pea
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Spotlight: Helping High Tech Shine in Kansas Ci...
Spotlight Analyst Relations matches up-and-coming tech firms with the right industry analysts ensuring the relevant stories are being told and helps distinguish
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From Basement to Brewmeister: New Belgium Brewi...
How do you become the CEO of a large Brewing Company when you'd rather drink wine? Kim Jordan the CEO of New Belgium Brewing tells us how it all got started.
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Getting the Job Done with the Right Tools With ...
On this episode of Smart Companies KC you'll meet James C. Davis, president and CEO of DSS, a veteran-owned small business founded in 1993. The company is a dis
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Spicing Things Up With The Spice & Tea Exchange...
Host Kelly Scanlon visits with Clay Freeman, Founder of The Spice & Tea Exchange. Freeman opened The Spice & Tea Exchange in 2005 with the hopes of bringing the
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Full Moon Productions, More Than Just a Scary G...
Amber Arnett-Bequeaith brings 20 plus years of leadership and marketing expertise to Full Moon Productions, serving as Vice-President since 2000. Full Moon Prod
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Hauntrepreneur Scares Up Economic Boom in KC's ...
Amber Arnett-Bequeaith brings 20 plus years of leadership and marketing expertise to Full Moon ProductionsI Inc., serving as Vice-President since 2000.  Her dut
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From the Cell Block to the C Suite With CEO And...
Although He doesnt recommend it Andrew Medal in fact highly discourages mistakes that could put you behind bars. He does however share with Smart Companies host
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Local Source Marketing: Bringing the Farm to Yo...
In today’s competitive markets, just being able to produce a good product doesn’t assure you a thriving business. You have to be able to produce a consistently,
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Leadership & Management Success with Best Selli...
Discover how to get anything you ever wanted in life by putting yourself SECOND
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Branding, Marketing & Content: JNA Advertising ...
As a small business owner when do you need an advertising agency and what  should you expect? Meet John Nohe, a seasoned veteran in the communications and marke
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Real Management Solutions from Best Selling Aut...
Joining host Kelly Scanlon this week on Smart Companies Radio is Bruce L Tulgan.   Tulgan is an American writer specializing in business topics. His books inclu
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Launching & Growing Your Business: Author Scott...
What is the most important job of an entrepreneur and how do you get started without a lot of money. Scott Duffy the Best-selling author of Launch! joins host K
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National Award Winning Company Bringing Jobs & ...
What started out as a creative way to help his parents in their retirement has turned into an international, award winning business. Alan Doan Co-founder along
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Small Rural Town Sees New Life Thanks to Missou...
What started out as a creative way to help his parents in their retirement has turned into an international, award winning business. Alan Doan Co-founder along
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Best-Selling Author Scott Duffy Shares His Blue...
What is the most important job of an entrepreneur and how do you get started without a lot of money. Scott Duffy the Best-selling author of Launch! joins host K
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HEMP: Addictive, Legal & Still Going Strong Aft...
The Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program (HEMP) is still helping Kansas City's entrepreneurs build bigger and better companies. HEMP pairs seasoned busine
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Eliminate Roadblocks & Get Things Done with Ric...
High turnover, lack of accountability, resistance to change, poor communication, and poor decision-making are all symptoms of execution failures in your company
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Kansas City's Newest Escape, with Breakout KC's...
Breakout KC is a brand new interactive entertainment game in downtown Kansas City's River Market. Your goal as a customer is simple: You have 60 minutes to esca
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Women Who Changed America with National Women's...
Meet  Jill S. Tietjen, P.E., after 38 years in the electric utility industry, Tietjen became the first CEO in the history of  the National Women’s Hall of Fame
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Watching Your 401(k) Bloom with Blooom CEO Chr...
Meet Chris Costello CEO and Co-Founder of Blooom (yes, three O’s) a company the Wall Street Journal calls, “One of the best online tools for retirement planning
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Forging Change in Communities, with Amy Bretall
On Smart Companies KC, host Kelly Scanlon  visits with Amy Bretall, an entrepreneur who when she’s not working to grow her business, Arbor Grove LLC, can be fou
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Quality Professional Investment Management Avai...
Blooom offers financial advice to smaller businesses and individuals who need assistance.
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Cornerstone Awards to Honor local Companies Con...
Kansas City's entrepreneurial and business community is on fire. On this episode of Smart Companies KC with Host Kelly Scanlon you'll meet one of the people fan
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Doses of Entrepreneurial Dynamite with Author, ...
“If you believe that an unlimited life, an unstoppable business, and perpetual happiness are all part of the “impossible dream” you haven’t met Dixie Gillaspie.
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ABC's SharksTurn a Cold Shoulder to Philanthrop...
Entrepreneur Liz Bohannon was hoping at least one shark from the popular television show “Shark Tank” would come forward and help finance her company but at
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Get a Return on your Marketing Dollars and Find...
Michelle Jacobs and Mat Hertig Co-founders of Alight Analytics join host Kelly Scanlon to talk about your marketing dollars. Find out if you’re making the right
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Keeping Your Employees Engaged and Happy on the...
Do you know what the number one reason is  employees quit their jobs?  How about seven? Discover what the seven reasons are and what you can do to stop the exo
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How do You Fascinate Others? Hall of Fame Speak...
Sally Hogshead:  Hall of Fame speaker, best-selling author, and the world’s leading expert on fascination joins host Kelly Scanlon on this week's Smart Companie
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Warm and Fuzzy Feelings Don't Hold Water on ABC...
Entrepreneur Liz Bohannon was hoping at least one shark from the popular television show “Shark Tank” would come forward and help finance her company but at
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Emmy Award Winning Chef Lidia Bastianich shares...
On this episode of Smart Companies Radio you'll meet Lidia Bastianich, an Emmy award-winning public television host, a best-selling cookbook author, restaurateu
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Cultivating a Culture of Entrepreneurship to Gr...
On this episode of Smart Companies KC, host Kelly Scanlon visits with Laird Goldsborough, President of Valbridge Property Advisors | Shaner Appraisals, a full-s
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Sorting Through our recent U.S. Jobs Data: Is W...
On Smart Companies Radio, Host Kelly Scanlon talks jobs with Diana Furchtgott-Roth, former chief economist of the U.S. Department of Labor, director of Economic
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Bouncing Back from Business Disappointment; Do ...
Ewing Kauffman’s success in building Marion Laboratories is like an entrepreneur’s dream come true.  With just $5,000 of borrowed money, he built the company in
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Food & Family Marry for Entrepreneurial Success...
On this episode of Smart Companies Radio you'll meet Lidia Bastianich, an Emmy award-winning public television host, a best-selling cookbook author, restaurateu
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Finding New Customers and Growing Your Small Bu...
On Smart Companies KC with host Kelly Scanlon, you'll meet Dave Walker, a 25+ year veteran marketing intrapreneur-turned-born-again entrepreneur who has created
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Number Phobic Business Owners - Help is on the ...
Joining host Kelly Scanlon on Smart Companies Radio is Dawn Fotopulos, founder of BestSmallBizHelp.com, an award-winning blog dedicated to helping struggling so
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Real Management Solutions with best selling aut...
Joining host Kelly Scanlon this week on Smart Companies Radio is Bruce L Tulgan.   Tulgan is an American writer specializing in business topics. His books inclu
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Engaging your Employees and Keeping everyone fo...
Our guest today, Chuck Blakeman, has built several businesses, and he now uses his experience to help other business owners and leaders build Participation Age
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Some of the Best Tech Entrepreneurial Minds in ...
Joining Host Kelly Scanlon on this episode of Smart Companies Radio is Mike Hurd, Director of Marketing with Downtown KC and Drew Solomon with the Economic Deve
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Deserving Families Move from High Rent Homeless...
Joining host Kelly Scanlon on this episode of Smart Companies KC is Kirk Miles, President of Affinity Charitable Resources, former CEO of Kansas Special Olympic
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Giving Flowers a New Lease on Life with Startup...
Those beautiful flowers you see at a wedding or fancy event cost tons of money. At the end of the night those elaborate displays usually go straight in the t
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Detecting and Prevent Cyber Threats - You're Ne...
Social Engineering…What is it?....  Are you Vulnerable and how or IS it preventable. This week on Smart Companies KC, host Kelly Scanlon speaks with Kyle Konopa
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Entrepreneurship it's still the American Dream ...
Host Kelly Scanlon visits with  Dr. Tom Anastasi. The author of, The Successful Entrepreneur.(Glenbridge Publishing)  this book is considered by many to be a mu
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Saving Energy & Money with 25 Under 25® Award W...
Q: How many blonds does it take to screw in a light bulb?  A: It doesn't matter if you're using the wrong light bulb.  On this episode of Smart Companies KC,
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KC to Entice Some of the Best Tech Entrepreneur...
Joining Host Kelly Scanlon on this episode of Smart Companies Radio is Mike Hurd, Director of Marketing with Downtown KC and Drew Solomon with the Economic Deve
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On Your Doorstep or on a Roof Top: Companies Of...
Two hosts, two guests this week on Smart Companies KC with a spin on how to buy organically in Kansas City. Smart Companies Executive Producer Mary Mckenna vis
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Is it Time to Put Email Out to Pasture?
Joining Host Kelly Scanlon on this episode of Smart Companies Radio is Kristin Naragon, Director of Email Solutions at Adobe, A proven force recognized as a lea
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Award Winning Consulting Company Turns Good Ide...
Joining Kelly is Sheila Shockey, owner of Shockey Consulting Services of Lenexa, Kansas. Sheila will explain her company’s role with communities helping them to
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Reducing Unfair Barriers to Employment at the W...
Joining Host Kelly Scanlon on this episode of Smart Companies Radio is Darren Dupriest, President and CEO of Validity Screening Solutions. Dupriest is a foundin
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Local Scientists are Going to the Dogs in the N...
Joining Host Kelly Scanlon on Smart Companies KC this week, the President and founder, Lisa A. Stehno-Bittel and Vice President and founder Karthik Ramachandran
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Unleashing Your Greatest Assets With Skirt Stra...
Joining Host Kelly Scanlon on this episode of Smart Companies KC is Katie Snapp  the author of “Skirt Strategies” and her latest book “Brave Transitions; A Woma
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OneKC For Women Founder Sherry Turner - Making ...
Joining Host Kelly Scanlon on this episode of Smart Companies KC is Sherry Turner, The 25 Under 25® Legacy Award Winner for 2015. Turner is being recognized for
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Getting to It: Accomplish the Necessary and Str...
Host Kelly Scanlon welcomes best-selling business author Jones Loflin, who discusses his latest book, Getting to It, a field guide to one of the greatest challe
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Lifted Logic: A Rising Star in the Kansas City ...
Joining Smart Companies KC Host Kelly Scanlon is Adam Fichman, Owner of Lifted Logic, an independent creative agency devoted to design and branding as well as w
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Making Great Ideas a Reality with 99U Director ...
Joining Host Kelly Scanlon on Smart Companies Radio is Jocelyn Glei,Director & Editor-in-Chief, 99U. They’ll discuss her latest book. “Make Your Mark; A Creativ
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Getting Social With Sales with Anne Cull, found...
Joining host Kelly Scanlon is Anne Cull, founder of ThinkViral, a social media sales training company. Tune in to discover ways businesses can use social media
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Manage Your Company with Real Solutions: Best S...
Joining host Kelly Scanlon this week on Smart Companies Radio is Bruce L Tulgan.   Tulgan is an American writer specializing in business topics. His books inclu
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Anton's Taproom Great Food through Sustainable ...
Anton’s Taproom, which opened this past October in Kansas City’s Crossroads District, is not your typical KC restaurant. How many restaurants do you know that h
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Grow Your Small Business Through Successful Par...
Joining Kelly this week on Smart Companies Radio is Paul Mandell.  Mandell is a founder and the CEO of Consero Group, an international leader in the development
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Clifton Alexander, REACTOR Design Studio, on KC...
A mountain boy originally from southern California, Clifton Alexander came to the Midwest to attend the esteemed Kansas City Art Institute. After working for se
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Turning your Business Network into Profits with...
On this episode of Smart Companies Radio, Discover how to be a Power Connector. Host Kelly Scanlon talks Judy Robinett, Power Connector, Start up Expert and aut
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Do Your Laundry or You'll Die Alone - An Entre...
Kansas City writer, artist, business strategist and philosopher of creative, adventurous living, Becky Blades Phillips, joins Kelly to talk about her new book:
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Your Great Idea is Just the Beginning - Advice ...
Our guest is Martin Zwilling, an American business executive, entrepreneur, and author, who provides pragmatic advice and services to entrepreneurs and startups
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Recalibrate Your Success with Susan Spaulding f...
This week's guest is Susan Spaulding, the founder and leader of Recalibrate Strategies. The consultancy leverages her vast experience as a business owner and st
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A Visit from the Elf on The Shelf and How the S...
Kick off the Christmas season as guest Chanda Bell, co-founder and co-author of the holiday phenomenon  “The Elf on the Shelf,” gives us the inside story on how
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Roll Out The Barrels Craft Spirits Becoming Big...
Joining Mary McKenna, filling in for Host Kelly Scanlon on this week’s episode of Smart Companies KC is entrepreneur Damian Garcia, co-founder of Dark Horse Dis
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Could Soon Be the Bobb...
Lovers of Bobblehead dolls unite! On this episode of Smart Companies Radio with host Kelly Scanlon, Phil Sklar the co-founder and CEO of the National Bobblehead
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Local Bakery Grabs Some National Attention from...
After 25 years in the radio/tv news business, Bob Benish decided to launch his next role, a part he was born to play, as the owner and bakery chef of Benish's B
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Big Cannabis in Colorado - Will Smaller Potrepr...
It’s a billion-dollar business opportunity, but some activists and small business people feel that entrepreneurs or "potrepreneurs"  may be getting the short
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Developing the Leadership Skills of Millennials...
Former NFL quarterback Tyler Palko joins host Kelly Scanlon to talk about developing leadership skills. Now the director of Business and Leadership Development
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Think Like a Marketer, Sell Like a Superstar, w...
Joining host Kelly Scanlon is best-selling author John Jantsch, who wrote the classic business books “Duct Tape Marketing,” “The Referral Engine” and “The Commi
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Drones in Business, with Casey Adams of KC Dron...
Host Kelly Scanlon welcomes Casey Adams, owner of The KC Drone Company, to talk about the commercial use of drones. You'll find out about safety concerns, curre
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How Small Business Saturday Fuels the Economy
Pat Brown Dixon, the SBA's Region VII Administrator, joins host Kelly Scanlon to talk about the impact of shopping small and shopping local. Find out how Small
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Fighting Fraud in Your Business
In recognition of International Fraud Awareness Week, Smart Companies host Kelly Scanlon welcomes Kenneth Hitt, Senior Vice President of Consumer Banking at Ent
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Everykey: A Solution to Password Security
Host Kelly Scanlon welcomes Everykey CEO Chris Wentz. Everykey offers a wearable bracelet that encrypts and manages all of a user's passwords. In today's podcas
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