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  • 00:27

    Getting the Job Done with the Right Tools With James Davis, CEO DSS Distributors

    in Entrepreneur

    On this episode of Smart Companies KC you'll meet James C. Davis, president and CEO of DSS, a veteran-owned small business founded in 1993. The company is a distributor of safety, janitorial and food service supplies and is a leading service provider in janitorial cleaning and are third-party green seal certified housekeepers. DSS is located at 7800 East 24 Highway in Kansas City, Missouri. Customer care and satisfaction are the factors that help make DSS leaders in the industry. Kelly and James will also discuss the importance of mentoring in the small business and entrepreneurial community.

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  • 00:29

    From the Cell Block to the C Suite With CEO Andrew Medal

    in Entrepreneur

    Although He doesnt recommend it Andrew Medal in fact highly discourages mistakes that could put you behind bars. He does however share with Smart Companies host Kelly Scanlon that being an entrepreneur paid off during his two years in prison. Discover how  his entrepreneurial spirit helped him survive and in fact thrive during his incarceration. Andrew Medal is the founder and CEO at  Agent Beta. He's a published author and a regular contributor to Entrepreneur.com. 

    Andrew will explain how you too can overcome obstacles with your business startup skills and how nothing even prison should keep you from accomplishing your dreams.

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  • 00:28

    Leadership & Management Success with Best Selling Author David Long

    in Entrepreneur

    Speaker, Author, CEO and “Student of the Game of Business.” David Long joins host Kelly Scanlon on Smart Companies Radio this Friday. Long is Founder/CEO of MyEmployees, a 25 year-old firm in the Top 1% Worldwide in the Employee Engagement and Recognition industry. His firm specializes in helping managers build stronger, more engaging relationships with their team members, while linking the rewards and recognition program to the desired goals of the company.

    He believes (and lives to his very core) what Zig Ziglar said was required to become truly successful in life. He said, “You can have ANYTHING you want in life IF you will FIRST help others get what THEY want!” As a result, David has touched untold lives through the years, including employees, clients, friends and family...and he’ll discuss with Kelly exactly how to do it with his latest book, “Built to Lead” recently named a Wall Street Journal’s best seller and the #1 Leadership book on Amazon’s Best Seller’s list.

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  • 00:27

    Branding, Marketing & Content: JNA Advertising Can Help Make it All Happen

    in Marketing

    As a small business owner when do you need an advertising agency and what  should you expect? Meet John Nohe, a seasoned veteran in the communications and marketing arena and founder of JNA  Advertising, a full-service advertising agency, with clients across the globe. Founded in 2004, JNA is among the top 15 largest agencies in Kansas City and has clients in animal  health, retail, aviation, tourism and human health.  This past year JNA was honored as one of Kansas City's top 25 companies with fewer than 25 employees by Thinking Bigger Business Magazine at the annual 25 Under 25 Gala.

    John and Kelly will discuss new trends in advertising as well what makes a good working relationship between the client and the agency.

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  • 00:26

    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.

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  • 00:28

    Small Rural Town Sees New Life Thanks to Missouri Star Quilt Company's Success

    in Entrepreneur

    What started out as a creative way to help his parents in their retirement has turned into an international, award winning business. Alan Doan Co-founder along with his sister Sarah Galbraith of Missouri Star Quilt Company talks about the inception of the company in 2008 and how it's grown to where it is today, including the most recent honor. Alan and his sister Sarah were named as the National 2015 Small Business Persons of the year. The award is presented each spring as part of the U.S. Small Business Administration's National Small Business Week.

    In addition to growing his business, Alan and host Kelly Scanlon discuss how Missouri Star Quilt Company is bringing life back to the town of Hamilton, the rural town of about 1500 in Northwest Missouri.

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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”.

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  • 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

    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.

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  • 00:24

    Forging Change in Communities, with Amy Bretall

    in Entrepreneur

    On Smart Companies KC, host Kelly Scanlon  visits with Amy Bretall, an entrepreneur who when she’s not working to grow her business, Arbor Grove LLC, can be found volunteering across the Kansas City community.

    Bretall left the corporate world in 2014 to start her own company providing community planning, project management and public relations for communities throughout Missouri. Arbor Grove engages in comprehensive, regional, and economic development strategic planning activities that necessitate different types of public outreach and participation. 

    Bretall is a board member of the Linwood YMCA and a graduate of the Kansas City Chamber’s Centurions leadership program and was recently appointed by Kansas City Mayor Sly James to the Planned Industrial Expansion Authority (PIEA). The PIEA fosters commercial and industrial development in specifically designated redevelopment areas and is one of just a handful of women in such a position.

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