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The Culinary Center of KC’s “Main Dish” Laura Laiben—Now Serving Up Boa

Fashion in the kitchen? You bet, as long as the cook’s wearing the Kitchen Boa, the creation of Laura Laiben, founder and owner of the Culinary Center of Kansas City. Located in Downtown Overland Park, the Culinary Center offers cooking classes, hosts team building events and private functions, and houses a retail shop that also offers grab-and-go meals.

Now Laiben’s creativity in the kitchen has literally spilled over into designing and making wearables for cooks and other kitchen items. Her first product is the Kitchen Boa.

Tune in to hear Laura’s entrepreneurial story and find out what she’s learned about adding a product line, including licensing it, as part of her entrepreneurial journey.

Be sure to listen to all the Smart Companies Thinking Bigger podcasts with host Kelly Scanlon in the archives.



The Three Common Traits of Influential Leaders – with Corey Poirier

Corey Poirier—international best-selling author, TEDx presenter and award-winning speaker—joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss the common traits of influential leader, how to identify your purpose and passion, why the word “no” is more important than the word “yes,” and the difference between a personal legacy statement and a personal mission statement.

Poirier has been dubbed the modern day Napoleon Hill—you won’t want to miss the advice he provides in this podcast so you can start sharpening your leadership skills immediately.

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Willoughby Design Announces Executive Promotions and Ownership Change

Willoughby Design Inc., a Kansas City-based global brand strategy and design firm founded by Ann Willoughby in 1978, announced three executive promotions resulting from an ownership change. Current company partners Megan Stephens, Zack Shubkagel and Nicole Satterwhite purchased the firm from Willoughby. Stephens will assume the managing principal role, and all three partners will share equal ownership stakes in the company. (more…)


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