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Entrepreneur Impacts Youth Through Sports

Jeremy McDowell, founder of Midwest Sports Productions, joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon to share his entrepreneurial journey. 

MSP promotes youth fastpitch and baseball across the Midwest through tournaments and other events create lifetime experiences.

McDowell got his start in fastpitch in 2001 when he became a volunteer. By 2007, he had joined the USSSA as State Director of Kansas. Currently, in addition to running MSP, McDowell is the executive vice president of USSSA Fastpitch. His passion is to impact youth through sports, and he surrounds himself with like-hearted people who want to make a difference.

Tune in to learn about:
How a personal event with one of McDowell’s own children was a sledgehammer moment that now guides all his decisions for his company and the sport.The growth of the Hawaiian Hitfest.The MSP Love program, McDowell’s vision is for it and how it has impacted the community. The All Sports Media Awards

KC Restoration: Experts in Fresh Starts

KC Restoration specializes in metal refinishing and stone and wood restoration. Experts at preserving iconic spaces and restoring custom pieces, the company’s owners know a bit about fresh starts themselves.

Co-founder LeAnn Luemmen joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon to share her entrepreneurial journey. You’ll learn how she and her husband and co-founder Bill Luemmen spent most of their lives as civil servants in California before striking out for Kansas City in late 2010, in search of a better place to raise their daughter.

With no contacts or relationships in their new city, no business relationships or experience, the couple decided business ownership would provide a vehicle for impacting their new community.

Listen in as LeAnn discusses how they learned the business, gained customers and built a company culture that personifies their core values of excellence, community and giving back.



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