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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.
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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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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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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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“If you believe that an unlimited life, an unstoppable business, and perpetual happiness are all part of the “impossible dream” you haven’t met Dixie Gillaspie.” A regular contributor to Entrepreneur.com and the Huffington Post, Gillaspie will share her wisdom with host Kelly Scanlon on getting the most out of your mentor. Entrepreneurial pundits insist you should have a mentor when you decide to start a business and Gillaspie will share her steps on getting the most out of yours.
Dixie is the author of, Just Blow it Up – Firepower for Living an Unlimited Life and a companion book, Doses of Dynamite – Firepower for Capturing the Inspiration in Everyday Things. She is also a contributing author, along with Dr. Christian Guenette, Gillian Laura Roberts, Dr. Bernie Seigal, and others, to The Thought That Changed My Life Forever.
Her success stories have been featured in books such as Go-Givers Sell More, by Bob Burg and John David Mann, and The Referral Engine, by John Jantsch of Duct Tape Marketing.
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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/
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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
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