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Helping Businesses Find Their Competitive Edge, w/Damascus Edge CEO Brandi Beach

Brandi Beach joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss her entrepreneurial journey, tips for business success and how her company Damascus Edge helps businesses test their ideas and competitiveness in the market.

Damascus Edge assists businesses with strategy and innovation by focusing on technology as a service, innovation, and research and development.

Brandi has more than 15 years in IT consulting and digital marketing, in a range of areas from commercial real estate and telecommunications to finance, insurance and government agencies. She’s worked with startups for Fortune 500 companies. Her strengths are generating increased profits and new product execution.

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

Mistakes That Can Sink Your Brand, with IP attorney Bobby Klinck

Many businesses are surprised to find out that in spite of a great logo, messaging and other items associated with “brand,” they leave themselves vulnerable in an area critical to their brand: protecting their intellectual property.

Intellectual property attorney Bobby Klinck joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss why businesses need a strategy for their intellectual property and how to avoid some of the most common mistakes for protecting their businesses.

Bobby Klinck is a best-selling author and IP attorney who helps entrepreneurs, startups and innovators harness the power of their intellectual property rights and reduce exposure to lawsuits or brand challenges in the marketplace. His books are “The Entrepreneur’s IP Planning Playbook” and “Patent Litigation Primer.”

Kansas City Chamber Names Top 10 Small Businesses

The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce named its 2017 Class of Top 10 small businesses Thursday night at a private reception at the Faultless Event Space in the West Bottoms. This is the 31st year for the chamber’s annual small business celebration. At a luncheon on May 16, one of the 10 will be selected as the Small Business of the Year and Mr. K Award winner.

An independent panel of judges selects the winners based upon the companies’ business principles and how they model the philosophy of Ewing Kauffman. The hallmarks of that philosophy are growth or sustainability in business, excellent employee relations and an outstanding record of community service.

The Chamber’s 2017 Top 10 Small Businesses are:

  •  Alpha Energy & Electric // an energy and electrical construction company
  • Andrews McMeel Universal // a global, independent and integrated media company
  • BHC Rhodes // an engineering design and surveying services firm that works with public works, development, utilities and surveying customers
  • Bob Hamilton Plumbing // a company that provides residential plumbing, heating, air conditioning, and rooter services
  • Code Koalas // a digital agency that specializes in innovative custom software development
  • Heritage Biologics // a rare disease specialty and home infusion pharmacy
  • KC Restoration // a company that restores and maintains the beauty of aged or damaged metal, stone, and wood
  • Paleterias Tropicana // known for its Latin-themed food, ice cream and beverages, the company has four locations
  • Pro Athlete Inc. // a full-time online sporting goods retailer
  • Weave Gotcha Covered // a company that provides custom window coverings, bedding and upholstery.

NFIB: Small Businesses Still Optimistic but Cautious

Small business optimism continued to be favorable in March, sustaining a trend that has been playing out since November. The numbers come from the Small Business Economic Trends Report issued by the National Association of Independent Business Owners (NFIB).rm future. (more…)

Merger Forms Large Wealth Advisory Firm

Four local financial services firms have consolidated to create Infinitas, a wealth counsel company that is one of the largest in the Kansas City area. The new firm has a client base that covers 41 states and the District of Columbia. (more…)

Alight Analytics Launches New Division

Have you found the analytics “unicorn” your company needs? Many companies want it all when they decide to invest in marketing analytics. They look for a single person who can do all the jobs associated with analytics: data strategy and database management, deep analysis, client relationship management and a litany of other tasks.

But those all-in-one types are hard, if not impossible, to find.

Alight Analytics, a company that specializes in marketing analytics for advertising agencies and brands, has formed Insight Group, a new division dedicated to helping companies overcome the problem of searching for those elusive analytics unicorns. (more…)

From Thailand to KC: Entrepreneurial Journey with Tasty Thai’s Marisa Wiruhayarn

Tasty Thai and Big Bowl Pho owner Marisa Wiruhayarn left Thailand full of excitement for a fresh start in the U.S. She spoke no English but was eager to settle in her new home and learn. Then her husband died unexpectedly, leaving her to raise two small children, with a limited grasp of English and no real job skills. Marisa’s story is one of perseverance and dedication. Today, she owns three successful Thai restaurants in Kansas City. Recently, she began bottling the sauces based on old family recipes and selling them through local grocery stores and retailers.

Marisa’s journey is both inspirational and informational. Listen in as she tells her story about not giving up and shares her advice for building a strong business.



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