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  • Discovering Your Performance Breakthrough with Mike Goldman

    in Entrepreneur

    Did you know that fewer than 30 percent of your employees are truly engaged in the work they do? Your company could be running at less than one-third of its power, but there's something you can do to inject passion into your team.

    Nationally-recognized speaker, consultant and author, Mike Goldman joins Kelly Scanlon on this week’s Smart Companies Radio. Goldman has spent over 25 years consulting and coaching companies from the local entrepreneur to the Fortune 500.

    Discover how through the right people, strategy, capital and execution the companies he consults have seen dramatic business growth and success. Goldman’s Book, “Performance Breakthrough” will take you through the 4 secrets of passionate organizations.

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    Kansas City Entrepreneurs Extend a Hand Up for Cristo Rey Kansas City

    in Entrepreneur

    The Cristo Rey Network comprises 30 Catholic, college preparatory high schools for underrepresented urban youth. Through rigorous academics, coupled with real world work experience, Cristo Rey students graduate high school prepared for success in college and in life. 

    Joining host Kelly Scanlon on Smart Companies-KC is Ted Koppen, Director of the Corporate Work Study Program at Cristo Rey-Kansas City. Koppen explains how the private school operates, how it’s funded and how each and every student (all 400 of them) works with professionals through a network of 130 corporate work study partners. Discover the success of the school which has only been in existence here in Kansas City since 2006. And learn how you as a business owner and entrepreneur can help.

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  • 00:30

    Green Means Go for Visionary Leader & Entrepreneur Reggie Chandra

    in Entrepreneur

    Discover how to spend more time working on your business and less time working in it.

    One of most inspirational CEO’s in the United States according to Esquire Magazine, Reggie Chandra sits down with host Kelly Scanlon on this episode of Smart Companies Radio. Chandra is President and CEO of Rhythm Engineering considered by many to be one of the fastest growing companies in the United States. Rhythm Engineering Solutions operates in 156 cities in 31 states and positively impacts 3,000,000 motorists each and every day.

    Reggie calls himself a dreamer, inventor and entrepreneur. In 2005, he decided to build a solution to traffic congestion and wasted time. The solution he created, InSync, is now the #1 selling adaptive traffic signal control system in the U.S. InSync is cutting travel time for motorists by up to 50% and vehicle crashes by up to 30%.  He shares moments from his recent visit with Sir Richard Branson on Branson’s private island. Find out why Branson declared after meeting Chandra, “You should be awarded a Nobel Prize”. Listen in and you too will be inspired.

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  • 00:10

    Launch KC - Bringing The Best and The Brightest in Tech with Drew Solomon

    in Entrepreneur

    Drew Solomon, vice president of business and job development with the Economic Development Commission joins host Kelly Scanlon this week on Smart Companies KC. This week LaunchKC is announcing the finalists from the 500 entrepreneurs who applied for 10 $50,000 LaunchKC grants.

    For the past few months, LaunchKC has been looking for the best and brightest to compete to bring their business models to Kansas City. Each eventual grant recipient will receive a $50,000 grant and a network of support, including 12 months of free office space in Downtown; industry-specific mentor teams for each grant recipient; and opportunities to meet and learn from industry and entrepreneurial leaders in and around Kansas City – all designed to elevate their efforts to build high-growth, tech sector businesses and jobs in Downtown KCMO. Drew Solomon, who joined EDC in 2011 as coordinator of entrepreneurship and industry initiatives was an original member of the task force that created LaunchKC.    

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  • 00:28

    Barbecue That's Good for Your Gut with Entrepreneur Brendon O'Neill

    in Entrepreneur

    Are you a Lover of great barbecue sauce but dietary restrictions have forced you to cross it off your list?  Entrepreneur Brendon O’Neill, to the rescue. O’Neill who realized gluten was destroying his digestive system wasn’t ready or happy to end his love of barbecue and has developed KC Natural Sauces.

    KC Natural offers unique sauces for people who suffer from food allergies, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases and for people who simply love good barbecue. KC Natural is available in stores across Kansas City and online. Brendon shares his dream to growing his new saucy company into a household name on a national level.

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  • 00:26

    Crisis Prevention at Your Business With P-R Guru David Johnson

    in Entrepreneur

    Is your company ready to deal with a crisis?

    Kelly’s guest this week on Smart Companies is David Johnson, CEO and Co-founder of Strategic Vision. Johnson brings over 25 years of public relations and marketing expertise to the fore and has been described by the media as a PR guru. Politically, he worked with the Bob Dole Presidential Campaign and has overseen numerous state and local races throughout the country. He has been quoted in such publications as PR Week, CBS MarketWatch, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today for his expertise on campaigns, marketing, and PR trends. He appears on Bloomberg Television, CNN, HLN, FOX News Channel, FOX Business Network, CNBC, ESPN. 

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  • 00:28

    Will Small Business Gain From Corporate Tax Overhaul? - SBEC's Ray Keeting

    in Entrepreneur

    The Obama Administration and Congress have been at odds for months over a major overhaul of U.S. Corporate tax laws. Everyone seems to agree that something should be done but how will small business owners benefit? 

     Raymond J. Keating who serves as chief economist with the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council), a nonpartisan, nonprofit small-business advocacy group, says corporate tax reform alone won't get the job done and instead insists it has to be comprehensive across the board tax reform. Keeting, who talks with host Kelly Scanlon, maintains small business owners who employee 55 percent of the private sector workforce and earn more than 60 percent of net business income shouldn't be ignored.

    Keeting writes, speaks and testifies on a wide range of issues affecting the entrepreneurial sector of the economy.

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  • Missouri Wines: Worth Another Taste with Vox Vineyard's Jerry Eisterhold

    in Entrepreneur

    Most wine lovers are familiar with European varietals such as Cabernet, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Riesling or Pinot Noir, but these wines come from only one of the world’s many grape species. With its climatic diversity, North America is home to a large number of indigenous grape species whose wine-making potential is untapped. On this episode of Smart Companies KC discover why Vox Vineyards celebrates the remarkable diversity and how they are raising awareness of our native grapes.

    Vox Vineyards sits above the Missouri river valley with a warm climate that is ideal for growing grapes.  Owner/founder Jerry Eisterhold, a Missouri farm boy, grew up surrounded by wild grapes in upstream from Hermann, MO. Vox Vineyards grew out of Jerry’s desire to explore the entire winemaking process from grape growing through fermentation to drinking

    Vox Vineyards is located north of Kansas City near KCI airport. Tours & events can be scheduled by contacting them at info@voxvineyards.com

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    Jon Stephens Wearing Many Hats on Both Sides of the State Line

    in Business

    Joining host Kelly Scanlon on Smart Companies KC is Jon Stephens. He is the Founder & President, Rockhill Strategic and is a 15-plus year veteran of the advertising and marketing industry. He served as the director of marketing and public relations with the Cordish Company, and later the president of the Kansas City Power & Light District. He has served on many local boards focused on civic improvement and helped lead the bi-state, bipartisan bid for KC to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. From 2013-2014, he served as the interim President and CEO of Visit KC (the region's convention bureau) guiding the organization through a strategic reposition. He recently moved across the state line to serve as the interim Executive Director of the Kansas City Kansas Regional Chamber of Commerce.

    They’ll discuss a number of topics including the KC Border, Tourism, VC Funding, KC as a Tech Hub, Millennial recruitment and the future of the KCI Airport

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    Spicing Things Up With The Spice & Tea Exchange Founder, Clay Freeman

    in Entrepreneur

    Host Kelly Scanlon visits with Clay Freeman, Founder of The Spice & Tea Exchange. Freeman opened The Spice & Tea Exchange in 2005 with the hopes of bringing the 18th century spice markets to life and features a one-of-a-kind shopping experience that offers more than 140 spices and over 30 exotic teas. He opened his first location in 2005 in St. Augustine, Florida (Formerly called Old Florida Spice Traders). Since then, The Spice & Tea Exchange has celebrated 40+ store openings in 24 states and D.C. Freeman shares his insights, tips, and advice for others who might be interested in starting their own business but do not know where or how to get started.

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    Best-Selling Author Scott Duffy Shares His Blueprint to Launch & Grow a Business

    in Entrepreneur

    What is the most important job of an entrepreneur and how do you get started without a lot of money. Scott Duffy the Best-selling author of Launch! joins host Kelly Scanlon to answer those questions. You'll also discover the biggest single mistake to avoid when launching your new business.

    Scott Duffy is the Founder & CEO of Content.Market. He began his career working for best-selling author and speaker, Tony Robbins, and went on to work for several big media brands like CBS Sportsline, NBC Internet, and FOXSports.com. Next, he founded Smart Charter, an online booking tool for private aviation, which was acquired by Richard Branson’s Virgin Group. Scott is a keynote speaker who champions entrepreneurship. He has spoken at the NYSE and provided commentary in numerous media outlets including CNBC, FOX News, and CBS Radio.

    To hear more shows hosted by Kelly Scanlon, please visit our archives.