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!

The Story Behind the "Elf on the Shelf" Magic
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
16 min
Why Employees Are ALWAYS a Bad Idea
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
25 min
What It Takes to Build an Entrepreneur Ecosystem
Over the last few years, Kansas City's entrepreneurial community has caught the attention of investors, large corporations and the national media. A lot of peop
27 min
Smart Companies Radio - Keys to Long-Term Succe...
Our guest today William Bronchick, CEO of Legalwiz Publications, joins us to discuss the keys to long-term success in business. Bill is a nationally-known atto
20 min
Smart Companies Radio - Become a Conscious Mill...
Kelly's guest today is JV Crum III, who is the author of the Conscious Millionaire: Grow Your Business by Making a Difference. An entrepreneur, investor, attor
20 min
Smart Companies Radio - Landmark Law For Women ...
HR 5050 turns 25 years old today! On Oct. 25, 1988, President Ronald Regan signed HR 5050 into law. Long overdue, the legislation finally allowed women busines
46 min
Smart Companies Radio - Get Your Business Unstuck!
Is your business stuck? My guest, Barry Moltz,  gets business owners growing again! With decades of entrepreneurial experience in his own business ventures as
17 min
My Life Inside Arthur Anderson - Including the ...
By the time he was 30, Larry Katzen made partner at Arthur Andersen, enjoying a fast-paced rise through the ranks as the firm grew in size and renown. But It
22 min
Mastering Quick Change in Business
Having a plan is important, but if you can't adapt quickly and confidently when business conditions change, you could be putting your company at risk. This wee
27 min
Glamajama's Heather Schuck - eBay hobby to mult...
We welcome Heather Schuck, CEO and founder of the leading children’s brand Glamajama. Heather is a well respected and admired mom entrepreneur. Despite her lac
30 min
Tracking Down the 60 Most Interesting Business ...
Like a lot of us, Sean Spence of Caledon Virtual had a crazy idea. He made a list of the 60 most interesting people in business and decided he was going to meet
21 min
Stretching Employee Strengths - Paul
Today's guest is Paul Brewerton, the co-founder of Strengths Partnership.  Paul discusses what businesses can do to understand and find their employees' "sweet
26 min
Texting and Driving Can Be a Business Killer Too
According to a recent survey by AT&T, almost half of commuters reported texting while driving. Some of them could be your employees ... or even you! Join this w
23 min
Marketing to Millennials - Jeff Fromm
Our guest today, Jeff Fromm, is the co-author of the book "Marketing to Millennials: Reach the Largest & Most Influential Generation of Consumers Ever." Today h
18 min
Why Brands Fail in a Crisis - David Johnson
When a crisis hits a company, the first 72 hours shape public opinion.  And a bad response impacts the viability of your brand. Here to talk with us today about
19 min
Living the 12-Week Year - Brian Moran
Imagine where you could take your business if you could do in three months what it takes most people a year to accomplish. This week's guest, Brian Moran, has w
29 min
Sun Tzu for Women: The Art of War for Winning i...
Our guest Becky Sheetz-Runkle is a business author and writer, speaker, strategic marketer and martial artist. She’s with us to talk about how women can apply
25 min
Silpada Designs - Back in the Family After Avon...
Silpada Designs is one of the country’s most inspirational success stories. Silpada, a company built by women, for women, was founded in 1997 by Bonnie Kelly an
25 min
The Dangers of Quick & Easy Communication: Geof...
Quicker isn't always better, especially when it comes to communication. New technology lets us talk, tweet, text and more faster than ever—but we can make bigge
47 min
Heather Schuck, Glamajama CEO: Work-Life Balanc...
We welcome Heather Schuck, CEO and founder of the leading children’s brand Glamajama. Heather is a well respected and admired mom entrepreneur. Despite her lack
30 min
Coffee Lunch Coffee: Successful Networking with...
Our guest Alana Muller provides a practical process for networking your way to business success. Alana is the President of Kauffman FastTrac and the author of t
29 min
Brian Biro - America's Breakthrough Coach
We welcome Brian Biro, America’s Breakthrough Coach!  Brian is known internationally as a speaker and coach who engages his audiences on Leadership, Possibil
29 min
Creating "SmartTribes" at Work with Christine C...
Bill Gates calls her “super high bandwidth.” Bill Clinton has thanked her for “fostering American entrepreneurship.” Newsweek says, “By reputation, Christine i
30 min
Up Close & Personal Chat with Small Biz Banker ...
Josh Rowland, Vice Chairman of Lead Bank in Kansas City, and Executive Director of the Lead Business Advisors, talks about the business model that allows his ba
33 min
Creating Business Stories That Sell - Danielle ...
Businesses of all sizes have a story to tell--and it goes beyond branding. The story of every company is ingrained in its corporate culture, be it IBM or Apple
27 min
Bulletproof Employees! with Cy Wakeman
Join me and my guest Cy Wakeman. Cy advocates a revolutionary new approach to leadership: Reality-Based Leadership. Instead of working to perfect the circumsta
28 min
Crowdfunding, VCs and Angels - Can't We All Jus...
Thanks to last year's JOBS Act, crowdfunding is creating new opportunities not only for small businesses, but angel investors, venture capitalists and others in
28 min
Be Your Own Boss with The Small Biz Lady Melind...
“The Small Biz Lady” Melinda Emerson joins us to talk to us about how she built a national reputation using social media, her book Become Your Own Boss in 12 M
39 min
Turn Every Customer Into a Fan - Ruby Newell Le...
In today’s competitive landscape, you don’t want customers. You want fans. You want people who are almost as crazy in love with your company as you are. Consist
29 min
Helping Business People Unlock Their Inner Genius
Most people agree that for businesses to compete globally in the 21st century, we must be innovative. We must be creative. Yet, most of today’s workers continu
26 min
Is Your Business an Easy Target for Financial F...
In 2010 Cheryl Obermiller discovered her company accountant had embezzled nearly a million dollars in a scheme that lasted for almost 8 years. The embezzlement
31 min
Creating Business Plans That Actually Get Financed
Are you a start-up or small business looking to raise capital? In order to do so, you must have a business plan that investors will love. Cheree Warrick, autho
29 min
Julie Weeks: Growing Under the Radar-$10M Women...
Over the past decade, the growth in the number of women-owned firms with $10 million or more in revenues has increased by a startling 56.6 percent. My guest Ju
28 min
Why Mentoring Matters - Barnett Helzberg Jr.
Barnett Helzberg, Jr., former chair of Helzberg Diamonds, joins us to talk about his new book, Entrepreneurs+Mentors=Success. From 1962, when Helzberg took the
32 min
Bob Burg - Do Go-Givers Really Sell More in Tod...
Shifting your focus from “getting to giving” is not only a nice way to live life…but a very financially profitable way, as well. You cannot control “The” Econo
28 min
Rey Ybarra on his book with Shark Tank Winners
Rey Ybarra is the author/producer of the multimedia digital book “Conversations With Shark Tank Winners.” The book features interviews with winners/participant
28 min
Meet Peter Strople - Dubbed Most Connected Man ...
PeterStrople of strategic advisory firm Zero2 is on a first-name basis with some of the country's top business leaders and thinkers -- a network that provides h
32 min
The 7 Hidden Reasons Employees Leave - Leigh Br...
With the job market and unemployment in the shape they're in today, why should employers be concerned about why employees leave? Best-selling business author L
29 min
Ken Segall, the marketing genius who put the "i...
Ken Segall, the marketing genius who put the "i" in iMac, iTunes and other Apple products, has worked with some of the world's largest corporations, including B
27 min
The Commitment Engine: Making Work Worth It - J...
Smart Companies Radio welcomes international speaker, author and marketing guru, John Jantsch. In his latest book, The Commitment Engine, John looks at what se
37 min
Just in Time For the Holidays: How to Crowd Fun...
This week's guest is Shaul Weisband, one of the entrepreneurs behind Jifiti, a new app that lets users create a  wish list for pretty much any store in the ent
23 min
Leveraging Entrepreneurs to Build Communities, ...
We welcome serial entrepreneur Seth Meinzen, co-founder of EvisThrive, a company that helps communities across the country develop their own "entrepreneurial ec
32 min
Sales Tips from Legendary College Coaches - wit...
Great football coaches know more than pass defense and offensive strategy: they also tend to have a strong understanding of sales and marketing. Kelly's guest
31 min
Surviving Cancer in the Workplace
Kelly talks with her guest Barbara Unell, the founder of Back in the Swing, about how business owners can help their employees—and themselves—get back into the
34 min
Mastering Quick Change in Business: Brent Glees...
Having a plan is important, but if you can't adapt quickly and confidently when business conditions change, you could be putting your company at risk. This wee
27 min
Join the Revenue Revolution! Third Door author ...
Best practices and “back to basics” were forged during a different economic time--and have no place in the New Normal. Sean Stormes is helping companies around
25 min
The Secret Fast Track to Business Success - Sco...
As an entrepreneur, do you ever feel like you're losing your "edge?" Kelly's guest, Scott Halford, says that might actually be a good thing if you want to impro
29 min
Financing for Women-Owned Businesses - Susan Co...
Women-owned businesses constitute a large and growing part of the U.S. economy, and nobody understands these kinds of companies quite like University of Hartfo
30 min
Toilet Paper Entrepreneur - Mike Michalowicz
Join Kelly and her guest Mike Michalowicz (pronounced mi-CAL-o-witz), who, with no experience, no contacts and no savings, systematically bootstrapped a multi-m
24 min
Turning Power Loss into Power Surge - Dr. Linda...
Few things feel worse than a lack of control over your own life. But the good news is that if you've lost your sense of personal power, it's possible to reclaim
26 min
Why You Need Dissatisfied Employees - Robert Sher
Believe it or not, but your dissatisfied employees could turn out to be your most productive workers. This week's guest is Robert Sher, a contributor
35 min
Women Accessing Capital - Overcoming the Psycho...
Despite reports implying fast growth of women-owned businesses, many women business owners still face obstacles related to financing business growth. Join Kell
37 min
Harnessing the Hidden ROI of Storytelling - Rog...
Charts, graphs and PowerPoint slides will never connect with an audience the way a good story can, and a growing number of businesses are harnessing classic sto
23 min
Homer Hickam, the Rocket Boy in October Sky
Homer Hickam, author of 12 books, all best-sellers, including the acclaimed memoir Rocket Boys which was made into the movie October Sky. His experiments with r
32 min
LinkedIn Profiles for Pros - Kristina Jaramillo
Social media expert Kristina Jaramillo uses LinkedIn profiles as expertly as a samurai would wield a sword -- and she's sharing that knowledge with our listener
31 min
Follow the Thought Leader - Denise Brosseau
It's one thing to be an expert in your field. It's even better, though, to be recognized as your sector's undisputed thought leader, the one that everybody else
23 min
Wine, Women and Business
Sharon Harris, the owner of Napa Valley's Rarecat Wines, has turned her life's passion into a thriving business, and she's committed to helping other women entr
39 min
Unlocking Natural Leadership Skills in Women - ...
Join Kelly as she talks to Katie Snapp, a skirt strategist who empowers women to lead and succeed. Working as a rocket scientist in a male-dominated culture
30 min
The Simple Art of Asking
If you never ask for what you want, the answer will always be no. In his new book, The Answer is Yes But First You Have to Ask, author Jim Charette outlines
22 min
Get-Real Leadership
You don't have to sacrifice relationships for success, or vice versa. In his new book, Get-Real Leadership, Harry S. Campbell offers practical ways you can stre
23 min
Starting a Business with an Eight Year Old
Jennifer Wallis and her 8-year-old daughter, Breanna, aren't just family -- they're also business partners! And they've written a book about their experiences,
13 min
Government Contracting
Opportunities in Government Contracting Winning a government contract can be an important shot in the arm for small businesses. On Aug. 7, Kansas Cit
15 min
Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneur's Soul - Dr. ...
After 26 years in public education and at 50 years of age, Tom left the University of Missouri, where he was a professor and administrator, to pursue an entrepr
25 min
Richard Bendis - Innovation America
Richard Bendis, founder, president and CEO of Innovation America. Rich is a former president and CEO of Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation, and a succesfu
35 min
The Most Connected Man in America - Peter Strople
Peter Strople has been called “One of the World’s Great Rainmakers,” “The Most Connected Man in America,” and “One of the Most Connected People in the World.”
32 min
Do NOT Invent Buggy Whips - Ken Thurber
If your business isn't constantly evolving, you run the risk of becoming as outdated as buggy whips or Kodak film. This week's guest, Ken Thurber, is the author
27 min
Ken Segall - Insanely Simple
Ken Segall, the marketing genius who put the "i" in iMac, iTunes and other Apple products, has worked with some of the world's largest corporations, including B
28 min
Dan Stalp - Living a Life of Significance
Join Kelly and her guest Dan Stalp as they discuss living a life of significance and Dan's book The Reunion. After co-founding the award-winning employee benefi
23 min
Jack Uldrich - Global Futurist - May 25, 2012
Listen in as Kelly interviews Jack Uldrich, global futurist, keynote speaker, and best-selling author. Jack's written works have appeared in The Wall Street Jo
41 min
Jeff Chambers & Chris Wood - Banking - May 18, ...
Choosing a banker is one of the most important "hiring decisions" that a small business can make. Even if your company isn't looking for financing, a good banke
26 min
John Jantsch - Duct Tape Marketing - May 11, 2012
John Jantsch, the best-selling author and consultant behind the Duct Tape Marketing empire, commands the attention of some of the nation's biggest companies and
24 min
Scott Case-Technologist, Entrepreneur, Inventor...
Scott Case is a technologist, entrepreneur and inventor and was founding CTO of Priceline, the "Name Your Own Price" company that was one of only a handful of s
28 min
Futurist David Smith - April 27, 2012
Is Your Company Ready for What's Next? Futurist David Smith, CEO of HBMG Inc, talks to Kelly about future trends and steps that you can take to succeed in an
37 min
April 20, 2012 Kay Saunders
Building strong relationships is crucial  to business success. Join this week's guest, Kay Allyn Saunders, president and CEO of Bellewether Ltd., as she talks a
37 min
April 13, 2012 - Jeff Hoffman & Heather Lutze
Join Kelly and her guests, international keynote speakers Jeff Hoffman and Heather Lutze, for a glimpse of what's to come when they keynote for the Thinking Bi
54 min
Robert Miles April 6th 2012
Join Kelly and her guest Robert Miles, an internationally acclaimed keynote presenter, author and distinguished authority on Warren Buffett and Berkshire Ha
28 min