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Apple Pie Painting Hits a Sweet Spot in Kansas City, with April Kramer

April Kramer, co-founder of Apple Pie Painting, joins host Kelly Scanlon to talk about how she and her husband Joey identified an opportunity to launch a mobile painting party concept, how as newlyweds and business partners they’ve managed to set boundaries for the good of their relationship and the business, how they expanded the business online through paint kits, and their goals for franchising the business.

To listen to all the shows in the Smart Companies Thinking Bigger lineup, visit the archives.


Lead From Within, with executive leadership coach Lolly Daskal

Globally acclaimed executive leadership coach Lolly Daskal joins host Kelly Scanlon to help us identify what gets in the way of our greatness. She’ll share a system—based on seven archetypes—that she details in her upcoming book, “The Leadership Gap.” The system helps executives leverage the key virtues of their leadership style and become better leaders.

Lolly Daskal is the founder and CEO of Lead From Within, which offers Daskal’s proprietary leadership program to executives who want to enhance performance and make a meaningful difference in all aspects of their lives. Her cross-cultural expertise spans 30 years of coaching that includes 14 countries, six languages and hundreds of companies.

Inc. magazine named Daskal a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert and she has written for a number of national publications, including HBR,, Fast Company, Huffington Post, and others.

To listen to all the shows in the Smart Companies Thinking Bigger lineup, visit the archives.

The Sundry Debuts Beverage Bar, Sunday Brunch

If you’ve never been to The Sundry, now would be a good time to check out the Crossroads kitchen and market. If you’re a regular, here’s a celebration you won’t want to miss—plus you can get an early jump on the First Friday crowd that day. (more…)

Asian American Chamber to Honor Local Business Leaders

The Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City will recognize several individuals and organizations for their work in business, entrepreneurship, philanthropy and professional leadership at its 14th Annual Awards Gala on May 11. (more…)

Original Juan Specialty Foods BBQ Sauce Wins Gold

Kansas City barbecue sauce really is in a class by itself, proven once again by Original Juan Specialty Foods’ winning a gold sofi award in the BBQ Sauce category at the Specialty Foods Association 2017 sofi awards competition.

Kettlewood Combustion Co. Pecanwood Smoke Bourbon and Vanilla BBQ Sauce is the product that received top honors, making it Original Juan’s second sofi for a barbecue sauce.

The sofi awards, which stands for Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation, include gold, silver, bronze and best new product in 39 categories. The blind tastings are judged on taste, texture, aroma, ingredient quality and originality.

The Specialty Food Association is a community of food artisans, purveyors, importers and entrepreneurs established in 1952.

“It is a great honor for our newest line of sauces to be awarded a sofi, let alone a gold,” said Joe Polo, president and CEO of Original Juan. “The hard work and creative minds in the organization continue to keep us on the cutting edge of the culinary world.”

Original Juan Specialty Foods, located in Kansas City, Kan., produces 160 products under 13 brands in the company’s 60,000-square-foot BRC Certified facility. The company celebrated its 20th anniversary this year in March. Original Juan products are sold throughout the U.S. and in more than 20 countries around the globe.

Original Juan is a Thinking Bigger Business Media Class of 2003 25 Under 25 alumni.


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