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Kelly Scanlon

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Talking Business Now is for business owners, entrepreneurs and executives who want to explore current business issues, cultivate innovative ideas and discover how cutting-edge businesses achieved success. You'll gain insights you can put to work immediately to increase productivity, improve processes, expand your market share and generate more revenue. On each episode of Talking Business Now, host Kelly Scanlon and her guests deliver the inside scoop on how America’s most successful entrepreneurs are transforming their industries—and even creating new ones. You'll also hear from the top business minds in the country, best-selling business authors and nationally recognized business gurus as they deliver practical tools, tips and advice for growing your business.

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Brandy McCombs, owner of International Builders and Consultants (IBC), joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss her entrepreneurial journey, how she's grown the company, and her latest expansion. Brandy had entrepreneurial aspirations from... more

Do you want to become a better leader? If so, Sebastien Richard thinks you can take your cue from popular superheroes. Richard joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon to discuss his latest book "Lead Like a Superhero:... more

What's the right way to measure the impact of your social media? ThinkViral founder Anne Cull joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon to discuss ROR—return on relationships. According to Cull, social media is... more

Clive Hook is a training consultant, busines speaker and the author of "Six Questions for Leading Achievers." joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon to discuss his inspiration of the book, what a "leading achiever" is,... more

Maria Meyers, the executive director of UMKC's Innovation Center, and Kate Hodel, project director at KC SourceLink, discuss the findings of their latest report, "We Create Jobs." The report reveals the impact of "first-time employers" on... more

When Marisa Wiruhayam, the owner of Tasty Thai and Big Bowl Pho, left Thailand for the U.S. several years ago, she was looking forward to a fresh start. She settled into her new home to raise her family and begin learning about her... more

Adam Arredondo, executive director of the Kansas City Startup Foundation, joins Smart Companies host Kelly Scanlon to discuss big changes in the Kansas City startup community, including the merger of the Center of Entrepreneurial... more

Chris Goodwin, owner of Insurance Pros, joins host Kelly Scanlon to address changes in the health insurance market that can impact Kansas City small businesses. He addresses these key points in the interview: Which carriers are... more

Mary Lou Jacoby, founder of Warehouse1, joins host Kelly Scanlon on this episode to talk about her entrepreneurial journey. Warehouse 1 got its start when Jacoby saw opportunity where others saw trash. When Jacoby approached the... more

Our guest today is Paul Francis. When Francis read about NASA's problem with astronauts exercising in space, he contacted the agency about a technology he had developed using resistance instead of weights. He later licensed that... more

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