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  • 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

  • 00:26

    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 

  • 00:29

    Food & Family Marry for Entrepreneurial Success with Chef Lidia Bastianich

    in Cooking

    On this episode of Smart Companies Radio you'll meet Lidia Bastianich, an Emmy award-winning public television host, a best-selling cookbook author, restaurateur, and owner of a flourishing food and entertainment business. Discover how Lidia married her two passions in life – her family and food, to create multiple culinary endeavors alongside her two children.  Lidia’s cookbooks, co-authored with her daughter Tanya, include Lidia’s Commonsense Italian Cooking, Lidia’s Favorite Recipes, Lidia’s Italy in America, Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy, and Lidia’s Italy—all companion books to the Emmy winning and three time nominated television series Lidia’s Kitchen. Lidia is the chef/owner of four acclaimed New York City restaurants - Felidia, Becco, Esca and Del Posto, as well as Lidia’s Pittsburgh and Lidia's Kansas City.  She is also founder and president of Tavola Productions, an entertainment company that produces high quality broadcast productions. She also has a line of pastas and all natural sauces called LIDIA’S.


    To listen to more shows with host Kelly Scanlon, Check our Smart Companies Archives 

  • 00:28

    Bouncing Back from Business Disappointment; Do You Have the GRIT to Succeed

    in Entrepreneur

    Ewing Kauffman’s success in building Marion Laboratories is like an entrepreneur’s dream come true.  With just $5,000 of borrowed money, he built the company into a $6.5 billion success.  How did he do it? Jim McGraw served as Mr. K’s Chief Operating Officer during Marion’s period of explosive growth.  As his way of giving back, Jim has developed free programs that outline critical skills he and Mr. K used at Marion during its glory days.  These skills are as valuable today as they were then.


    In 2015, McGraw has developed a new program that will address other the critical skills that entrepreneurs need to succeed.  One of the most important is "GRIT"; the ability to bounce back from disappointment.  


    To learn more about the free programs offered by Jim McGraw visit: http://leappahead.com/


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  • 00:30

    Finding New Customers and Growing Your Small Business with bizHive's Dave Walker

    in Marketing

    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


    To listen to more shows on the Smart Companies KC Network visit our archives

  • 00:28

    Number Phobic Business Owners - Help is on the way with Professor Dawn Fotopulos

    in Entrepreneur

    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


    To listen to 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

  • 00:23

    Giving Flowers a New Lease on Life with Startup Company ReBloom

    in Entrepreneur

     
    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.


    To listen to our podcasts check out the Smart Companies Radio Archives

  • 00:30

    Deserving Families Move from High Rent Homelessness to a Place of Dignity

    in Entrepreneur

    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.


    To hear more stories please visit our Smart Companies KC archives.


     

  • 00:27

    Detecting and Prevent Cyber Threats - You're Never too Small to be a Target

    in Entrepreneur

    Social Engineering…What is it?....  Are you Vulnerable and how or IS it preventable. This week on Smart Companies KC, host Kelly Scanlon speaks with Kyle Konopasek, a Manager in the Business and Technology Risk Services group at CBIZ MHM, LLC in Kansas City, Missouri. On this episode you’ll learn what the existing security threats are and how experts such as CBIZ have created approaches to mitigate the risks involving:


    • Email phishing


    • Dumpster diving


    • Pretexting (an invented scenario used to gain physical access)


    Discover how not to be a victim as a small business owner.


     


    To listen to more shows hosted by Kelly Scanlon visit our Smart Companies KC archives 

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