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Smart Companies KC host Kelly Scanlon sits down with Richard Shipley, co-founder and CEO of LocalStart.org, an organization that works to create top-of-mind awareness for products made in Kansas City—and strengthen the local economy.
Tune in to find out how the initiative started, the progress that's been made, where the movement is headed and how you can get involved.
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 leader in cross-channel management, Adobe has a long heritage and experience in email; Kelly and Kristin will discuss key findings from a new study on why email marketers are not satisfied with the current tools available, and why they feel on a large scale ESP’s (email solution providers) aren’t cutting it.
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Joining host Kelly Scanlon on Smart Companies Radio is Dawn Fotopulos, founder of BestSmallBizHelp.com, an award-winning blog dedicated to helping struggling solopreneurs. She is also the associate professor of business at The King’s College and an experienced entrepreneur and small-business turnaround expert. She has rescued more than 300,000 small businesses from financial disaster. She'll share advice from her new book, "Accounting for the Numberphobic: A Survival Guide for Small Business Owners" and explain how understanding your financials doesnt have to be difficult.
Dawn has led an accomplished 20-year career in business, working as a serial entrepreneur, vice-president at Citigroup and Wall Street trader. Fotopulos is a certified facilitator in the Kauffman FastTrac Program, and is a CEO leader for the Job Creators Network. An expert in her field, she has been featured on MSNBC’s “Your Business,” at the New York Times Small Business Summit and in Forbes.
For more information visit www.bestsmallbizhelp.com
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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, developed, built, and fixed go-to-market strategies for some of the largest, most recognized brands in the country, from Wal-Mart to Toys R Us to Microsoft to Home Depot. In 2011, Dave launched the innovation consultancy, Synthacis, with a handful of product development, marketing and organizational experts from around the globe, on a shared mission to discover, develop and deploy $5-$500Mil new businesses from inside Fortune 500 clients (like Bridgestone/Firestone and Tribune.)
Kelly and Dave will also discuss the launch of his own startup, "bizHive", an intelligent marketplace for millions of Small to Mid-size Businesses to efficiently & effectively shop & buy marketing & advertising resources they need.
To register for the upcoming KC Business Builders Bootcamp on April 8th 2015, go to http://www.Sprint.bizhive.com
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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 trash, unless some enterprising partygoer takes them home. That's where ReBloom steps in.
Rebloom recycles the floral arrangements after big events, so they end up at your wedding the next day for cheap, or on your dining room table or on your desk at the office.instead of disappearing after a single night.
On this episode of Smart Companies Radio you'll meet CEO and founder Jennifer Soffen who will share with guest host Mary McKenna how she developed the business that combined cheaper flowers with giving to charity and recycling.
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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 Development Corporation of Kansas City. Drew and Mike will share news about LaunchKC a program designed to attract tech entrepreneurs locally, regionally and nationally to apply and compete for up to 10 $50,000 grants, mentorship, transitional work space and other incentives. LaunchKC will select the top-scoring entrepreneurs to develop high growth, successful businesses in Kansas City, Missouri. You’ll also get details on Kansas City landing its first ever Tech conference which is scheduled for September 2015
For more information go to http://www.launchkc.org/
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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 make informed decisions regarding infrastructure, public services, development and establishing priorities. The firm’s work is garnering praise on both a local and national level. Last year Shockey Consulting was awarded a National Environmental Achievement Award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies.
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Learn more about Shockey Consulting online at: http://www.shockeyconsulting.com/
Joining host Kelly Scanlon on this episode of Smart Companies KC is Kirk Miles, President of Affinity Charitable Resources, former CEO of Kansas Special Olympics, and the co-founder of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. Affinity Charitable Resources is currently working with River of Refuge, a non-profit, Kansas City based organization committed to help transition homeless families who have jobs from high-rent motels and shelters into permanent housing. River of Refuge provides lodging and services for the working poor, providing families with a direct alternative to “pay by the week” living arrangements and giving them the opportunity to receive resources needed to be successful in permanent housing. John Wiley the founder of River of Refuge is also the Pastor of River Church Family in Raytown, Missouri. He'll share the story behind River of Refuge and the families it's helping in the community.
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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 website development and SEO optimization among other things. Kelly and Adam will talk about how Lifted Logic got its start, its tremendous growth as well as the honor of being selected as one of this year's class of 25 Under 25 winners.
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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 Woman’s Guide For Maintaining Composure Through Changes In Work And Life”.
Snapp, a former electrical engineer launched online leadership training for women after her realization that women often bury their greatest assets and forego personal power by giving into their self-doubt or the pressures of a male-based environment. Katie speaks nationally and consults in leadership development for both men and women. She lives in
Albuquerque with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs.
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Joining Host Kelly Scanlon on this episode of Smart Companies Radio is Darren Dupriest, President and CEO of Validity Screening Solutions. Dupriest is a founding member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners and is an industry expert of background checks.
The National Employment Law Project (NELP) just published a report in which they make a case for Executive Action by the President to mandate “Fair Chance” and “Ban the Box” hiring practices. This episode will discuss the potential presidential action on the “Ban the Box” campaign that is attempt to end discrimination at the workplace; opening opportunities for people with past convictions.
to learn more about Validity Screening Solutions go online to: http://www.validityscreening.com/
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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, Executive Producer Mary McKenna sits in as host and speaks with one half of the Optimum Energy Solutions team, Jerry Bean, to discuss energy savings for your business and to discuss Energy Optimum's recent 25 Under 25® honor as a member of the class of 2015's top 25 companies in Kansas City with fewer than 25 employees.
In 2014 the company saved small, medium and large businesses on their lighting costs while helping them obtain over $275,000 in utility company rebates.
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