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  • 00:27

    HEMP: Addictive, Legal & Still Going Strong After 20 Years with Barnett Helzberg

    in Entrepreneur

    The Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program (HEMP) is still helping Kansas City's entrepreneurs build bigger and better companies. HEMP pairs seasoned business owners with the program's mentees translating into an average growth of 43 percent. In the past 20 years HEMP has helped more than 300 local business owners who in turn have generated close to $750 million dollars in economic activity. On this episode of Smart Companies Radio KC, host Kelly Scanlon visits with Barnett Helzberg Jr., the organization’s founder and Bill Hartnett, chairman of the mentoring committee and president-elect of HEMP.


    Hemp will be celebrating in a big way in November with engineer, inventor, and computer programmer Steve Wozniak as the keynote speaker. Wozniak is best known as one of the founders of Apple and inventor of the Apple II computer.


    To hear more shows with host Kelly Scanlon, Check out our archives.


    The Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program is taking applications for its next class. For more information visit: http://www.hempkc.org

  • 00:25

    Eliminate Roadblocks & Get Things Done with Rick Lepsinger of OnPoint Consulting

    in Entrepreneur

    High turnover, lack of accountability, resistance to change, poor communication, and poor decision-making are all symptoms of execution failures in your company and cost your company money.  Discover how to plug those gaps and improve execution of your company’s strategy.  Rick Lepsinger, President of OnPoint Consulting joins host Kelly Scanlon this week on Smart Companies Radio to discuss leadership and organizational effectiveness. Lepsinger has a thirty year track record of success as a human resource consultant and executive. The focus of Rick’s work has been on helping leaders and organizations close the gap between strategy and execution, work effectively in a matrix organization and lead and collaborate in a virtual environment. On this show Kelly and Rick will discuss his latest book, “Closing the Execution Gap”.


    To hear more shows with host Kelly Scanlon, visit the archives .

  • 00:27

    Quality Professional Investment Management Available to Everyone with Blooom

    in Business

    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”. Bloom is an online investment advisor built exclusively for managing your 401k or other employer sponsored retirement plan. On this episode of Smart Companies Radio with host Kelly Scanlon, Chris will explain how his company is not another advice offering but a DIFY (Do-It-For-You) solution no matter where you work or the size of the account. Named by Fast Company Magazine as one of, "The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015", Blooom is designed for the roughly 80 million Americans who participate in 401k or similar plans but aren't large enough to attract the help of traditional face to face financial advisors.


     


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  • 00:28

    Women Who Changed America with National Women's Hall of Fame CEO Jill Tietjen

    in Women

    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 (Seneca Falls, New York) on 1/1/2015. An electrical engineer, she is currently an independent director on two corporate boards. A Past National President of the Society of Women Engineers, and the National Inventors Hall of Fame. She has been to the White House twice to see her nominees receive the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Jill is the co-author of the bestselling and award winning book Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America and passionate about informing the public about women’s accomplishments. The recipient of many honors, in 2010, she was inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame.  Kelly and Jill will discuss the many accomplishments of women in technology and what’s being done today to bring more young women into STEM careers.


    For more information on this show and host Kelly Scanlon and to listen to more shows, please visit our archives.

  • 00:28

    Kansas City's Newest Escape, with Breakout KC's Matt Baysinger & Luke Thompson

    in Entrepreneur

    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 escape from a real life escape room. Crack the codes, solve the riddles, and use your intuition or your gut to make your escape before you run out of time.


    Breakout KC is the first escape or puzzle room in the Kansas City area and is the work of serial entrepreneurs Matt Baysiner, Luke Thomson and Ryan Henrich. On today's Smart Companies KC find out what other ideas the three have up their sleeves for Kansas City.


    To hear more shows hosted by Kelly Scanlon, we invite you to check out the archives.


     

  • 00:28

    Get a Return on your Marketing Dollars and Find Out What Really Works

    in Marketing

    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 marketing investments in your company and why Alight Analytics with its unique ChannelMix marketing platform can provide you with the aggregate information you need to boost sales and build your business.


    To find out more about Alight Analytics visit them online at: https://alightanalytics.com/about-alight-analytics-marketing-firm/


    To hear more shows with host Kelly Scanlon visit the archives


     

  • 00:23

    Cornerstone Awards to Honor local Companies Contributing to K.C. Growth

    in Entrepreneur

    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 fanning the flames, the new president and CEO of the EDCKC, Bob Langencamp. Langenkamp has worked for the city of Kansas City since 1989 and has been involved in most of the major redevelopment projects undertaken during this period


    The EDC (Economic Development Corporation) is Kansas City’s primary economic development organization and works to build and ensure a competitive, vibrant and self-sustaining economy.


    On this episode find out about the upcoming Cornerstone Awards, the EDC’s annual event showcasing outstanding contributions to Kansas City, Missouri’s economic growth.

  • 00:28

    Keeping Your Employees Engaged and Happy on the Job with Leigh Branham

    in Entrepreneur

    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 exodus from your company. Leigh Branham, SPHR and the founder of Keeping the People, Inc. joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss the employment climate in the current economy. Branham is author of three books including,"The 7 Hidden Reasons Employees Leave: How to Recognize the Subtle Signs and Act Before It’s Too Late". They'll discuss the root causes behind employee disengagement and what you can do as a small business owner to retain your staff.  Leigh has been interviewed on National Public Radio, published in The Harvard Business Review, and quoted in Business Week, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, and many others through The Associated Press, as an expert on employee retention.


    Keeping the People, Inc. is a talent management consulting firm which helps organizations analyze root causes of turnover and employee disengagement, then develop and implement employer-of-choice strategies.


    To hear more shows hosted by Kelly Scanlon visit our archives

  • 00:27

    Real Management Solutions with best selling author Bruce Tulgan

    in Entrepreneur

    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 include It's Okay to Manage Your Boss, Not Everyone Gets a Trophy, It's Okay to be the Boss, and Managing Generation X. On this episode Kelly and Bruce will discuss his most recent book, “The 27 Challenges Managers Face: Step-by-Step Solutions to (Nearly) All of Your Management Problems”.  Discover how the most effective managers use the fundamentals of management to proactively resolve nearly any problem you might come across in your business. To listen to more shows with Host Kelly Scanlon visit archives

  • 00:26

    Cultivating a Culture of Entrepreneurship to Grow Your Company

    in Entrepreneur

    On this episode of Smart Companies KC, host Kelly Scanlon visits with Laird Goldsborough, President of Valbridge Property Advisors | Shaner Appraisals, a full-service commercial real estate valuation and consulting firm. While the majority of their work is completed for financing purposes, the firm also has extensive experience in real estate litigation support, property tax appeals, ownership disputes, expert witness testimony, conservation easement valuation, eminent domain and more. 


    In addition to the real estate industry Laird shares his philosophy of growing your company by bringing a culture of entrepreneurship to your business allowing your employees to be the best that they can be without the risk of going it alone.


    To hear more shows with host Kelly Scanlon, Please visit our archives 

  • 00:26

    Sorting Through our recent U.S. Jobs Data: Is Washington Slowing the Recovery?

    in Jobs

    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 Economics21 and senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.  From 2003 to 2005, Ms. Furchtgott-Roth was chief economist of the U.S. Department of Labor. From 2001 to 2002 she served as chief of staff of President George W. Bush's Council of Economic Advisers.


    Ms. Furchtgott-Roth is the author of Regulating to Disaster: How Green Jobs Policies are Damaging America's Economy (Encounter Books, 2012) and Women's Figures: An Illustrated Guide to the Economic Progress of Women in America (AEI Press, 2012). She is the editor of Overcoming Barriers to Entrepreneurship in the United States (Rowman and Littlefield, 2008). Her articles have been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Investor's Business Daily, the Los Angeles Times, and Le Figaro, among others. She is also a frequent guest on FOX Business News, and has appeared on numerous other TV and radio shows, including CNBC's Larry Kudlow Show, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, and PBS’s The News Hour with Jim Lehrer.


    Ms. Furchgott-Roth will dissect the latest jobs numbers from Washington and discuss the current economic outlook and its effect on small business.


    To listen to more shows with host Kelly Scanlon, visit our archives 

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