Issues: Vol. 29 Issue 1

Youth Entrepreneur

Sofa, So Good

As he runs his own furniture repair service, 17-year-old Ben Belanger redefines “the high school hustle.” Meet Ben Belanger, a junior at Shawnee Mission South. He’s interested in business and engineering, and like many other teenagers, he enjoys sports (like tennis) as well as hanging out with friends and family outside of school. Oh, and he runs his own foam cushion replacement business. Belanger first got the idea for KC…

IT Support

The SMB Guide to Creating a Cloud Migration Plan

3 Critical Steps You Should Be Planning For (Subhead / Byline) More than a decade after the term “cloud computing” entered the popular business vernacular, the technology has finally emerged as the transformative force it promised to be. Today, 90 percent of SMBs use cloud computing in some capacity, and nearly half of SMBs worldwide spend at least $130,000 annually on cloud-related expenditures. While the cost of public cloud usage…

Human Resources

Job Descriptions – An Employer’s Best Friend

Imagine that you show up to your first day of work for a job you’ve always wanted. You meet with your human resources director and they hand you a paper that details everything your job entails and what your new company expects of you. You excitedly sign the paper without hesitation. Fast forward a few weeks: You are in your supervisor’s office being reprimanded for not sending out weekly updates…

Digital Content

A Bear, a Hare … and an Alarm Clock

How to use storytelling to connect with your audience. Alarm clocks were once found on nearly every nightstand — a reliable, necessary evil to get us up and at ’em at just the right time each day. (At least those who didn’t slam the snooze button one too many times.) But in the modern world of ubiquitous cell phones with built-in alarms, bedside clocks have become increasingly optional, and perhaps…

Business Law

What To Expect (And Not Expect) From The Ritual Of Mediation

When it comes to settling business disputes, there is no better mediator in Kansas City than Rich McLeod.  He carries the constant expression of a man who knows the end to every story and punch line to every joke.  McLeod is a true believer in mediation. For the uninitiated, mediation is a ritual where feuding parties come together at a neutral site with a neutral person to seek a negotiated…