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!

Online Marketplace Zaarly: Building Communities...
Joining host Kelly Scanlon is Bo Fishback, co-founder and CEO of Zaarly, the online marketplace for high-quality, vetted home service providers. He’ll share his
29 min
Entrepreneurial Brothers-in-Law Solve "NoodleN...
On this episode of Smart Companies Radio with host Kelly Scanlon, you’ll meet Will Regan and Jason Arriola, brothers-in law who drove straight from the carpool
23 min
Beyond The Finish Line with City Gym KC Owner a...
Joining Host Kelly Scanlon on this episode of Smart Companies KC is  the Owner and General Manager of City Gym  and Former professional soccer player, Hailee B
26 min
The Accidental Brewmeister with New Belgium Bre...
On this episode of Smart Companies Radio with host Kelly Scanlon you’ll meet the CEO and Co Founder of New Belgium Brewing.  A dream of her husband, the origina
28 min
How to Think Like a Marketer, Sell Like a Super...
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
28 min
From Zero to One: Blake Masters Talks Startups ...
Joining host Kelly Scanlon is Blake Masters, co-author of the best-selling book Zero to One: Notes on Startups, Or How to Build the Future.  Listen in as Mast
28 min
Kookiedoodle - A Place Where Kids Can Get Kooky...
This week, host Kelly Scanlon visits with Sheila Weiford of Kookiedoodle Crafts, a local arts and crafts studio for children ages 3 to 12. Founded by mother-dau
26 min
Why Kansas City Has Become a Growing Hotbed of ...
Joining host Kelly Scanlon this week is Drew Solomon, coordinator of entrepreneurship and industry initiatives for the Economic Development Corporation of Kansa
27 min
Using WBE Certification to Open the Doors to Ne...
Carolyn Rouchka, a business banker for Arvest Bank in Greater Kansas City, joins host Kelly Scanlon to talk about why it's important for women business owners t
23 min
Overcoming the Taboo of Failure, with Cass Phil...
Cass Phillipps, global producer of FailCon, joins guest host Mary McKenna to discuss FailCon, a conference for technology entrepreneurs, investors, developers,
26 min
Extinguishing Your Fire Breathing Start Up with...
Joining host Kelly Scanlon is Scott Miller, CEO and co-founder of Dragon Innovation, to talk about how the company helps startups turn their product ideas into
27 min
Football & Fashion Make for One Powerful Couple...
Serial entrepreneurs Shimika and Eddie Kennison (the Chiefs wide receiver legend!) join host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how this Kansas City power couple keeps al
28 min
All-Female College Helps Women Develop Leadersh...
Joining Host Kelly Scanlon on this episode of Smart Companies Radio is Judy Robinson Rogers, Ph.D., the eleventh president of Cottey College, a liberal arts col
26 min
Women's Small Business Month: Business Strategi...
Joining host Kelly Scanlon is Michele Markey, Kaufman Fast Trac Vice President, who will discuss her new book, SheVenture: Success Strategies for Female Entrepr
27 min
Power Couple Eddie and Shimika Kennison Talk En...
Serial entrepreneurs Shimika and Eddie Kennison (the Chiefs wide receiver legend!) join host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how this Kansas City power couple keeps al
28 min
I Need Money for My Business Now! with Tiffany ...
Join host Kelly Scanlon and her guest Tiffany Wright for tips and insights into cash flow management and how to find often overlooked sources of capital for you
25 min
Ice Chip Grannies - It's Never Too Late to Real...
Charlotte Clary, one of two entrepreneurs who whipped up their latest concoction in the garage and now it’s a hit!  Charlotte and her partner Bev Vines-Haines w
25 min
The Soft Edge: Forbes Publisher Rich Karlgaard ...
Forbes publisher Rich Karlgaard joins us to discuss his latest book, The Soft Edge: Where Great Companies Find Lasting Success. Rich stresses that although shre
28 min
Duck Duck Go Founder & CEO Gabriel Weinberg tal...
Gabriel Weinberg founded search engine Duck Duck Go in 2008 with one key differentiator from its powerful competitors: Duck Duck Go does not track its users: th
26 min
Getting Your Business Ready to Sell, with Walt ...
Joining host Kelly Scanlon is G3 Consulting founder and CEO Walter George, a food industry expert with more than 30 years of executive experience with growing c
29 min
The Entrepreneur Grannies, founders of Ice Chip...
Host Kelly Scanlon's guest is Charlotte Clary, one of the two "granny" entrepreneurs behind Ice Chips Candy. Charlotte will talk about life as a serial entrepre
25 min
Katie Horner: From Meteorologist to Plumbing En...
Former KCTV5 Chief Meteorologist Katie Horner joins host Kelly Scanlon to talk about her shift from meteorology to the plumbing industry. Find out how her new c
26 min
Are You Successfully Balancing the CEO Tightrop...
The average tenure for a CEO is 5-1/2 years—and nearly 40 percent are fired wtihin their first 18 months. Successful CEO and entrepreneur Joel Trammell has def
25 min
Let's Get Social with Sales, with Anne Cull, fo...
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
26 min
Slaying the Startup Manufacturing Dragon, with ...
Joining host Kelly Scanlon is Scott Miller, CEO and co-founder of Dragon Innovation, to talk about how the company helps startups turn their product ideas into
27 min
Breathing Easier at the Hospital, with Mark Far...
Joining host Kelly Scanlon is Mark Farnsworth, sales and marketing director of Kansas City-based HEPACART, a company that  manufactures dust-containment carts a
26 min
School for Startups, with Jim Beach
Joining host Kelly Scanlon on Smart Companies Radio is Jim Beach. In 2009, Beach started School for Startups, a Web resource devoted to teaching his philosophy
24 min
Women Who Code, with Jennifer Wadella, founder ...
Host Kelly Scanlon welcomes Jennifer Wadella to discuss the importance of nurturing women in technology, providing mentors and encouraging women to pursue techn
28 min
Business Owners: To Degree or Not to Degree, wi...
Dr. Angie Besendorfer, chancellor of Western Governors University in Missouri, joins Smart Companies KC host Kelly Scanlon to discuss digital degree offerings t
24 min
Cash Flow Tips for Your Business, with Chris Mi...
Chris Miles, the "Cash Flow Expert," joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how entrepreneurs can quickly free up and create cash flow and lasting wealth. Chris i
29 min
How to Give Your Business a Competitive Intelli...
Do you have a great business idea? Do you wonder whether it can be a successful product or service? Concerned about what your competitors are doing? Do you even
27 min
Young Entrepreneur Making a Difference With Int...
Social entrepreneur Hayley Besheer, founder of Make a Difference Intimate Apparel (MADI Apparel), joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss the line of women’s underw
27 min
Everwise's Rocket Fuel for the Modern Workplace...
Joining host Kelly Scanlon is Colin Schiller, the President and co-founder at Everwise. Using smart data and cutting-edge software, Everwise matches professiona
29 min
Building Leadership With Powerful Communication...
Barbara Teicher joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss her new book, It’s How You Say It. Teicher is a keynote speaker, trainer and coach, and she’s has spent 25 y
26 min
Moving Women in Business Forward, with Gay Gadd...
Joining host Kelly Scanlon is Gay Gaddis, founder and CEO of T3 (The Think Tank), the technology-fueled creative agency with offices in Austin, New York and San
26 min
Auntie Anne's Pretzel Founder, "Auntie" Anne Be...
Auntie Anne's Pretzels are known world-wide, but many people don't know that these hand-rolled soft pretzels got their start at a farmer's market stand in Penns
27 min
Creating Content That Gets Clicked and Shared, ...
More than ever, businesses today must create compelling content that attracts readers and gets shared. Why? So they can gain credibility, attract leads, underst
26 min
How to Work with a Banker to Grow Your Business
Host Kelly Scanlon chats with Linda Hanson, regional market president for Enterprise Bank & Trust in Kansas City, about why its important for entrepreneurs to p
22 min
Championship Coach Jeff Scurran: Success on the...
Joining host Kelly Scanlon is Jeff Scurran, the championship coach, renowned speaker and author. His critically acclaimed book, “One Game One Time,” is an autob
27 min
Leadership, Empathy and the Power of Persuasion...
Legendary entrepreneur Ewing Kauffman's success in building Marion Laboratories is like an entrepreneur's dream come true. With just $5,000 of borrowed money, h
28 min
How to Make Generations X, Y, and Zoomers Happy...
At no other time in history have we had so many generations of workers active in the workforce.  Our guest today, Cheryl Cran, the CEO of Evolutionary Busine
29 min
Fashion Entrepreneur Tricia Steffes Unveils New...
Our guest is Tricia Barbarick Steffes, owner and founder of Bellezze Alte, an online clothing and footwear store for women of height. After unsuccessfully searc
27 min
Creating the World's Largest Coffee Shop, with ...
Joining host Kelly Scanlon is ACe Callwood, co-founder and COO of Coffitivity. Coffitivity “streams the ambient noise of a coffee shop to your desktop or device
27 min
Passing the Reins to the Next Generation, with ...
Jamie Clayman Loud, owner of Clayman Promotional Group discusses successfully transitioning the company to the next generation. Jamie began her career in 1991
27 min
How to Put Profit First, with best-selling auth...
This episode's guest is multiple best-selling business author Mike Michalowicz, who joins us to discuss his latest book, Profit First: A Simple System to Transf
26 min
Grab Your Skates! Let's Head to the Rink, with ...
We'll take you back to simpler times of your childhood and youth skate parties.  Our guest Skip Clinton not only holds the title of 1986 World Champion Roller S
25 min
Words of Wisdom for Startups, with Martin Zwilling
Our guest is Martin Zwilling, an American business executive, entrepreneur, and author, who provides pragmatic advice and services to entrepreneurs and startups
23 min
How Your Business Can Leverage the Surge in E-C...
Tim McCoy of Brockton Creative Group joins us to discuss the latest trends in e-commerce. E-commerce has grown by double digits for 14 consecutive quarters. Wha
25 min
The Decline and Fall of IBM, with Robert X. Cri...
When it comes to information technology, Robert Cringely knows what he's talking about. He's spent the last 30 years in the PC business, and some of Silicon Val
27 min
Entrepreneur LeAnn Carlson on Saving Lives - F...
Entrepreneur LeAnn Carlson joins Host, Kelly Scanlon on Smart Companies KC Founder of Lauren's Hope Medical ID, LeAnn Carlson joins Host Kelly Scanlon to talk
28 min
Solar Highways: Pathways to a More Sustainable ...
Our guest is Scott Brusaw, owner of Solar Roadways, a company that proposes to turn highways and parking lots into giant solar-energy arrays. The company got a
24 min
The Story Behind Glamajama's "Overnight" Succes...
In this episode, Heather Schuck, CEO and founder of the leading children’s brand Glamajama, shares how her children's fashion line has become a favorite of cele
29 min
The LinkedIn Edge, with J.D. Gershbein
Meet J.D. Gershbein, the man best known as the "LinkedIn Catalyst." Gershbein is CEO of Owlish Communications and the author of the upcoming book, “The LinkedIn
28 min
Best Email Marketing Practices—And How to Avoid...
With a sea of emails swelling in our inboxes, you'd think email marketing would be the last way to get your company's marketing message across, right? Not so, s
24 min
Privacy and the Internet, with Duck Duck Go Fou...
Gabriel Weinberg founded search engine Duck Duck Go in 2008 with one key differentiator from his other powerful competitors: Duck Duck Go does not track its use
26 min
Recalibrate: Strategies for Accelerated Growth,...
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
27 min
Telling the Story of Southwest Airline's Cultur...
Joining host Kelly Scanlon is Linda Rutherford, vice president of communications and outreach at Southwest Airlines. Linda has been with SWA since 1992 and guid
26 min
The Tasteful Olive, with owner Jeanne Mackay
Jeanne Mackay, owner of The Tasteful Olive, shares the story behind the specialty food retail store she opened in Overland Park a few years ago. The Tasteful Ol
26 min
The Art of War for Small Business, with Becky S...
Our guest Becky Sheetz-Runkle is a business author and writer, speaker, strategic marketer and martial artist. She’s with us to talk about her newest book, The
28 min
Brandy McCombs Shares the Nuts and Bolts of Bui...
Joining host Kelly Scanlon is Brandy McCombs, who shares her less-than-traditional route from the restaurant business in Ohio and Florida to founding Internatio
24 min
Investment Wisdom from Belinda Savage - One of ...
Our guest, Belinda Savage, developed her roots as one of the first 10 women traders on Wall Street back in the 1960s. Savage has extensive experience and expert
28 min
Headphones in Knots? ThreadBuds Inventors Untan...
Kansas City entrepreneurs Nick and Maddie Paradise talk about their budding business ThreadBuds. Playing around one day, Maddie wrapped her headphones with some
26 min
How to Make Generations X, Y, and Zoomers Happy...
How many of you are working with multiple generations of employees within your companies? How’s that going? Is everyone getting along? Understanding what they c
28 min
Our Experience Testing Google Glass
Kelly talks tech with Matthew Barksdale, the president of Engage Mobile, a company that has seen significant growth in its business of mobile apps and software
27 min
The Soft Edge: Where Great Companies Find Lasti...
Forbes publisher Rich Karlgaard joins us to discuss his new book The Soft Edge: Where Great Companies Find Lasting Success. Rich stresses that although shrewd s
28 min
When Disaster Strikes, Are You Ready?
Storm season is upon us. Is your business ready? And are you prepared with an emergency plan for other disasters, natural or otherwise, when they strike? Kelly
29 min
Are Co-Working Spaces the Wave of the Future?
Shared work spaces—what are they exactly and why are they popping up across the country? Liz Elam is the founder of Link Coworking, a coworking space located in
24 min
Kill the Company to Innovate Your Business
Host Kelly Scanlon talks with Lisa Bodell, the founder and CEO of futurethink, an award-winning innovation firm that helps businesses embrace change and become
29 min
The Barefoot Spirit
The co-founders of Barefoot Wines, Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey, stop by to talk about how hardship, hustle and heart built American's #1 wine brand, plus
24 min
Does "Cracker Jack" Run Your Customer Experience?
What can you do to create a Cracker Jack experience for your customers? One that offers them an unexpected free prize inside? In this episode, host Kelly Scanl
28 min
Entrepreneur Gets a Shot at Final Four
When most people think of the NCAA’s Final Four, they think basketball players, not entrepreneurs. Well, at this weekend’s tournament, two entrepreneurs from Ka
23 min
Do Your Laundry or You'll Die Alone: An Entrep...
Kansas City writer, artist, business strategist and philosopher of creative, adventurous living, Becky Blades Phillips, joins Kelly to talk about her new book:
25 min
Own Your Future: How to Think Like an Entrepren...
Our guest today is best-selling author Paul Brown, who joins us to discuss his latest book, due out in June 2014, Own Your Future: How to Think Like an Entrepre
26 min
Entrepreneur LeAnn Carlson on Saving Lives - Fa...
Entrepreneur LeAnn Carlson, founder of Lauren's Hope Medical ID, joins us today to talk about the inspiration for her company, which is famous for its stylish m
28 min
The Power of Your Business Name
Nellie Akalp, the founder and CEO of, helps entrepreneurs start businesses, incorporate, form LLCs, set up sole proprietorships (DBAs) and maintain
25 min
All in Startup: Learning Entrepreneurship by Li...
There are more than 10,000 entrepreneurship classrooms in the U.S., reaching more than half a million students, but the vast majority of educators are teaching
27 min
10,000 Small Businesses: An Investment in Ameri...
This week’s guest is Patricia Greene, professor of entrepreneurship at Babson College. As a founder of the Diana Project, she is one of the world's foremost exp
27 min
The Roasterie's Still Brewing Up Big After 20 Y...
On November 22, 1978, Danny O’Neill picked his first batch of coffee beans in the mountainous coffee-growing region around the Poás volcano while studying abroa
29 min
For Better or for Work, with Meg Hirshberg
Joining host Kelly Scanlon is noted author and speaker Meg Hirshberg. Meg talks about her latest book, For Better or For Work: A Survival Guide for Entrepreneur
23 min
The Minority Supplier Development Council: Impo...
Joing Host Kelly Scanlon is the first president of the Kansas City Minority Supplier Development Council, now known as the Mid-American Minority Supplier Counc
28 min
Entrepreneurship Goes to School . . . And Turn...
Kathleen Allen, professor of entrepreneurship at the USC Marshall School of Business and recent recipient of the Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year Award fro
24 min
Busting the Myths About Thinking Bigger - with ...
Our guest today is Denise Mills, the co-founder and Chief Mindset Officer of LeaderFuelNow, a company that provides leadership training, business consulting and
21 min
Up Close With Melissa Thompson, founder of Talk...
Our guest today is Melissa Thompson, the founder and CEO of TalkSession, Inc., a healthcare technology company that develops web-based platforms for therapy ses
16 min
Betsy Johnson of SwimZip Takes a Swim With the ...
Betsy Johnson, co-founder of beach apparel line SwimZip, recently landed an appearance on ABC's Shark Tank and swam away with an investment from shark Lori Grei
25 min
Sales Shift: Why the Age of the Customer Has Da...
Small business expert Jim Blasingame joins us to discuss his recently released third book “The Age of the Customer – Prepare for the Moment of Relevance.” Jim s
28 min
Lessons for Small Business in Target Data Breach
Recent data breaches involving Target and other major corporations have attracted national attention.  Attracting less attention are small and mid-size business
23 min
The Genius of STUFF
Doing things a little differently has helped turn STUFF, a Brookside shop, into a neighborhood institution and landed them on NICHE magazine's list of top store
27 min
Anton's Taproom - A Restaurant That Delivers Mo...
Anton’s Taproom, which opened in October in Kansas City’s Crossroads District, is not your typical KC restaurant. How many restaurants do you know that have a b
27 min
The Secret Behind the Hottest Business in Fort ...
Meet Smokin' Ed Currie, who proudly holds the Guinness World Record for hottest chili on Earth. On the Scoville heat scale, where zero is bland and a regular ja
24 min
KC Women Business Organizations Get Collaborative
Sherry Turner, founder of OneKC for Women, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss resources for women business owners in Kanas City, the OneKC for Women initiative
26 min
Flight Car: Braving the New Frontier
Kelly explores the next frontier in "sharing services" with entrepreneur Kevin Petrovic, co-founder of a fast-growing company called FlightCar. FlightCar lets
27 min
My Life as an FBI Mole and How I Survived it.
Small Changes, Big Shifts // Dr. Michelle Robin, 1 p.m.   Mark Whitacre, is the highest-ranking executive-turned-whistleblower in U.S. history. At just 32, Whi
40 min
Smart Companies KC - Made in Kansas City
Smart Companies KC host Kelly Scanlon sits down with Richard Shipley, co-founder and CEO of, an organization that works to create top-of-mind awa
29 min
Cupcake Confidential - Jeff Martin of Smallcakes
Jeff Martin, founder of the Smallcakes franchise, has developed a big appetite for international growth. Tune in as Jeff, who is a two-time veteran of the Food
22 min
Bitcoin - The New Currency or Just A Flash In T...
2013 was quite possibly the year of bitcoin; it was the year in which its price skyrocketed above $1000 as it simultaneously moved from the shadows of the Inter
26 min
Powered By Hope - The Terry Griege Story - Insp...
On Small Changes - Big Shifts, Host Dr. Michelle Robin talks to Ironman competitor and cancer survivor, Terry Griege. Terry shares her inspiring story about ho
44 min
Making The Most Of Your Advertising Dollar
Tim Burt, known internationally as the "Commercial Professor," joins Kelly to share insights into how to create effective advertisements for any platform. Tim
22 min
Turning Adversaries Into Allies - with Bob Burg
Can you really, systematically and consistently get the results you want from others while making them feel genuinely good about themselves, about the process,
37 min
Are Entrepreneurs Worthless, Impossible and Stu...
Tune in to a lively discussion about why Dan Isenberg, executive director of the Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project, has written a book called Worthless,
32 min
The Inside Scoop on the Founding of Twitter
Our guest is New York Times technology and business columnist Nick Bilton, who's just released his second book, Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power,
17 min