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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 this week is Drew Solomon, coordinator of entrepreneurship and industry initiatives for the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City. Drew will share why Kansas City is quickly attracting national attention and earning the title of "America's Most Entrepreneurial City," including tools and programs available for attracting and retaining entrepreneurs, community engagement, success stories, and the economic benefits of the city's commitment to entrepreneurship.
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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 company Katie's ASAP Plumbing is getting the attention of women customers and women plumbers, what it's like to transition from a television personality to entrepreneur, and how to set boundaries in a family business.
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Cass Phillipps, global producer of FailCon, joins guest host Mary McKenna to discuss FailCon, a conference for technology entrepreneurs, investors, developers, and designers to study their own and others' failures and prepare for success. FailCon is produced in more than a dozen cities on six continents. The next conference is in San Francisco on October 24, 2014.
FailCon was started in San Francisco in 2009 as a response to events repeatedly highlighting only success, while providing no guidance or safe spaces for failure.
Cass Phillips joins Smart Companies Radio as part of a lineup of entrepreneurs and experts celebrating Women's Small Business Month in October.
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 your business.
Tiffany Wright is the person the owners of small to mid-sized businesses call on when they need money for their businesses. A consultant, speaker and author of a new book called "The Funding is Out There!, Tiffany has helped numerous companies find funding from a variety of sources. Tiffany is also the author of "Solving the Capital Equation" and "Help! I Need Money for My Business Now!"
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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 to cultivate sales leads without spamming.
Anne is a Los Angeles transplant with more than 15 years of sales experience, both on and off line. Four and a half years ago, the economy tanked, and Anne saw traditional sales methods going out the window and people depending more on relationships and referrals to stay in business. With more businesses online than ever before, she filled the need for more referrals by started a social media sales training company called ThinkViral.
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Dr. Angie Besendorfer, chancellor of Western Governors University in Missouri, joins Smart Companies KC host Kelly Scanlon to discuss digital degree offerings that can help business owners reach the top of their game. Dr. Besendorfer also provides insights into how to choose the right university; tips for enhancing the online learning experience; suggestions for balancing family, work and education; and how to use tuition reimbursement programs to retain employees and make them better workers.
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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 real products.
Scott has been fascinated by hardware since, as he puts it, he was old enough to hold a screwdriver. He's gone on to work on high efficiency robotic tunafish, life-size robotic dinosaurs for Disney Imagineering and robotic baby dolls for Hasbro.
He was also led the Roomba technical team and led the production of 3 million Roomba units.
Scott recognized that many entrepreneurs often fail going from prototype to high-volume production, so he co-founded Dragon Innovation. The company helps startups and hardware investors, primarily in the area of consumer electronics, progress from prototype to full production. The company also helps their clients navigate logistics, crowdfunding, manufacturing and sales.
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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 defied those statistics and now shares his insights in a brand new book called The CEO Tightrope: How to Master the Balancing Act of a Successful CEO.
In this episode, Joel joins host Kelly Scanlon to share these timely and practical insights:
The top three challenges CEOs face
The best metrics for measuring performance
How aspiring CEOs can best prepare for the role
The exact responsibilities of a CEO
How to get employees to align with corporate goals
. . . and a host of other tips and information for balancing the CEO tightrope.
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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 of low-risk entrepreneurship. His book of the same name, “School for Startups,” was published in 2011. Referred to as the Simon Cowell of small business by CNN, Beach been featured in Entrepreneur magazine and other major media and also hosts his own radio show heard around the country.
Host Kelly Scanlon welcomes Jennifer Wadella to discuss the importance of nurturing women in technology, providing mentors and encouraging women to pursue technology as a career path.
She is an active member of the Kansas City tech community, is a frequent hackathon attendee, technology speaker, and is the founder of Kansas City Women in Technology (KCWiT), a non-profit aimed at growing the number of women in technology careers in Kansas City.
Jennifer also sits on the Shawnee Mission School District CTE Advisory board, is a committee member of the KC Girls in STEM initiative, and sits on the Young Women in STEM Conference planning committee.
Listen to more shows hosted by Kelly Scanlon in the KC Smart Companies archives.
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 Pennsylvania in 1988. Founder "Auntie" Anne Beiler joins Smart Company host Kelly Scanlon to describe the company's humble origins, how they handled almost runaway growth, and the thinking behind the company's decision to franchise. The author of a book called Twist of Fate, Anne also dishes lots of advice for entrepreneurs.
Anne's journey to become a leading female entrepreneur began years before the first pretzel was rolled. In September 1975, Anne and her husband experienced a parent’s worst nightmare – the loss of a child. This event propelled Anne into years of darkness during which she nearly lost her husband, her family, and her faith. Out of her pain came purpose and the desire to persevere towards success personally and professionally. Today, Anne finds her purpose as a public speaker, inspiring business communities and encouraging women across the globe.
In 1992 Anne received her first Entrepreneur of the Year award from Inc. Magazine. She's also been named one of America’s 500 Women Entrepreneurs by Working Women, and received honorary doctorates from Eastern College and Elizabethtown College. Anne has been featured on many television shows including, The Food Networks Unwrapped, Oprah, Good Morning America, and Joyce Meyers; and in magazines such as Fortune, Nation’s Restaurant, Entrepreneur Startups, and Guideposts.
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