Past Issues

Thinking Bigger Business Staff

What a PEO Can Do For Your Business, with Erica Brune of Lever1

Erica Brune, owner and president of Lever1, joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon to explain how small businesses can benefit from partnering with a PEO, or professional employer organization.

Tune in to learn:
What a PEO isHow to strategically partner with a PEO to take care of your company’s human resource needsTips for dealing with uncertainty surrounding the ever-changing ACA regulationsAnd insights on other HR challenges that business owners deal with on a regular basis
Inc. Magazine has ranked Lever1 as Missouri’s 2017 fastest-growing business. In addition, the company was honored as a 2017 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year semi-finalist.

Be sure to listen to the complete lineup of Smart Companies Thinking Bigger episodes in the archives.

How to Put Your Sales Process on Autopilot with Ryan O’Donnell of Replyify

Ryan O’Donnell, the co-founder and CEO of SellHack and Replyify, joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon to explain how to save time and sell more using an automated process for your company’s outbound email.

O’Donnell is a growth marketer who works with sales professionals and business owners to help them “sell like a robot while still sounding like a human.” After a brief stint as a Wall Street broker, where he strived to make 500 calls a day, O’Donnell saw the potential to use technology to reach more prospects, faster.

Be sure to listen to the complete lineup of Smart Companies Thinking Bigger episodes in the archives.

Secret to Success: Seeking Opportunity with Brandy McCombs, owner of IBC

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 a young age. Growing up in a small town in southeast Ohio, she watched her father and grandfather run their companies. After working in restaurant management, she decided to move to Florida in search of additional opportunities. She became the restaurant manager of Sundial Beach Resort on Sanibel Island.

After several years, she knew she needed to change careers. So, she explored the construction industry.  In 2000 she worked for the largest MEP contractor in Southwest Florida’s HVAC new construction service department.  After five years in the subcontracting world, she moved onto the general contracting side as an interior superintendent helping condominium associations build out their tenant spaces.

With the experience and knowledge she acquired, Brandy founded International Builders & Consultants in 2009. With the economic downturn, she decided to move to an area where there would be more opportunity for her company. Her research led her to Kansas City.  IBC has became a “household” name for its quality craftsmanship as trim carpenters working for various general contractors. And in 2014 Brandy discovered a business opportunity that would require adding a separate division to IBC. As she’d done throughout her career, she didn’t hesitate to pursue it. As a result, Brandy has added a new division that does flagging and traffic control for projects, including the Kansas City StreetCar.  Recently, IBC added a new location to house the traffic division.

Be sure to listen to all the episodes of Smart Companies Thinking Bigger in the archives.

How to Lead Like a Superhero with Sebastien Richard

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: What Pop Culture Icons Can Teach Us About Impactful Leadership,” which offers a unique perspective on leadership. It takes a look at today’s most popular superheroes, from Batman to Wonder Woman to Captain Aemerica, and analyzes their strengths and weaknesses as leaders.

Richard is the founder of Thriving on Purpose, a faith-based leadership training and coaching company. He is also a John Maxwell team certified speaker, coach and trainer.

Listen to the full lineup of Smart Companies Thinking Bigger shows in the archives.


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