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Smart Companies KC Radio archives


Smart Companies KC explores the entrepreneurial successes happening right here in Kansas City. We have discontinued the show, but please enjoy the archives.

Smart Companies KC offers the same kind of insightful interviews as Kelly’s national Smart Companies show—but with a KC focus—and gives the rest of the country a glimpse into why Kansas City is earning a reputation as America’s next great entrepreneurial city.

Be sure to check out the archives the national edition of Smart Companies for more entrepreneurial wisdom.


10X8 HSBD1Kelly Scanlon is the former owner of Thinking Bigger Business Media, Inc., a company that publishes and produces a variety of publications, products and events that connect growth-minded business owners with practical strategies, resources and information that will take them to the next level of success.

Kelly serves on a variety of local, regional and national boards designed to advocate and assist small businesses. She served as national chair of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) in 2010-2011 as part of a 5-year tenure on the national board of directors.

Kelly was recognized in August 2011 on a list published by Forbes as one of the “Top 25 Women Tweeting About Entrepreneurship.” Some of the other awards she has won include the 2011 United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award on behalf of Kansas City area small business owners; U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2009 Region VII Women’s Business Advocate (for Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska); and numerous others.


September 2016

September 2, 2016 // Fashion Has Gone To The Dogs With Kansas City Company, Slik Hound LISTEN

August 2016

August 26, 2016 // Inspiring and Celebrating KC Small Business with Lead Bank’s Grow Home LISTEN

August 19, 2016 // PointWorks Academy Expanding Opportunities Tech Careers in Kansas City LISTEN

August 12, 2016 // NFL Hall of Famer Will Shields Finds Success As An Entrepreneur & Philanthropist LISTEN 

August 5, 2016 // No Mold, No Odors, No Nasty Chemicals – No Kidding, With Green Home Solutions LISTEN

July 2016

July 29, 2016 // Big Wheels & High Heels: IXT Trucking Keeps Things Moving Around the Globe LISTEN

July 22, 2016 // Weave Gotcha Covered Uncovering New Opportunities In Kansas City LISTEN

July 15, 2016  // Eat, Play, Pickle in Kansas City North with Restaurateur Bill Crooks LISTEN

July 8, 2016 // Sweet Treats Hit the Streets. Meet The Funnel Cake Man, Michael Bradbury LISTEN

July 1, 2016 // The Best IT Disaster Defense Is An Offense. Huber & Assoc’s Dean Bergman Guests LISTEN

June 2016

June 24, 2016 // Developer Matt Abbott Revitalizing Kansas City’s East Crossroads LISTEN

June 17, 2016 // K.C. Shrimp Company Rockets to Success With Live Saltwater Shrimp in the Midwest LISTEN

June 10, 2016 // LeagueAlly Founder Luke Wade Grows Rec Sports by Tossing out The Clipboard LISTEN

June 3, 2016 // J Rieger Left For Dead: Resurection & Co-Founder Andy Rieger Toasts The Future LISTEN

May 2016

May 27, 2016 // Passion For Making a Difference: A Driving Force for Entrepreneur, Carol Dobies LISTEN

May 20, 2016 // McCrite Family: Three Generations of Commitment to The Best in Senior Living LISTEN

May 13, 2016 // Hobby Turns Into Full-Time Award-Winning Business for Jowler Creek Winery LISTEN

May 6, 2016 // Bravo’s Top Chef Alumni, Chef Renee Kelly, The Queen of Her Culinary Castle LISTEN

April 2016

April 29, 2016 // Prairie Elder Care Growing to Meet the Needs of an Aging Community LISTEN

April 22, 2016 // Major Disasters Have Met Their Match With Sage Restoration LISTEN

April 15, 2016 // Economic Visionary, Dr. Troy Nash Always Asking,What’s Next For Kansas City? LISTEN

April 8, 2016 // Embracing Diversity to Change the World with Guest Mindy Corporon LISTEN

April 1, 2016 // Preventing Fraud Before It Happens with Security Expert & Author Michael Tabman LISTEN

March 2016

March 25, 2016 // Kansas City: A More Beautiful Place to Live with Leopold Gallery Art Consulting LISTEN

March 18, 2016 // It Only Takes 5 Seconds to Change Your Life and Mel Robbins Tells You How LISTEN

March 11, 2016 // Fine Wine & Rich Chocolate Unite with Expertise from The Chocolate Cork LISTEN

March 4, 2016 // CREMA, An Award Winning Digital Shop In Kansas City That Goes Above & Beyond LISTEN

February 2016

February 26, 2016 // Staying Ahead of the Curve With MEDiAHEAD’S CEO and Founder Kathryn McDaniel LISTEN

February 19, 2016 // Day In and Day Out AlphaGraphics Kansas City Providing Stellar Customer Service LISTEN

February 12, 2016 // Eagle Animal Hospital, Where the Four-legged Patients Always Come First LISTEN

February 5, 2016 // Award Winning Muehlebach Funeral Care Continues Tradition of Exemplary Service LISTEN

January 2016

January 29, 2016 //Beer Hall Cheer and a European Atmosphere at Waldo’s Award Winning Bier Station LISTEN

January 22, 2016 //Making The Right Connection With Author and National Speaker Joyce Layman LISTEN

January 15, 2016 // Get to Know Your Neighborhood Bank with Sunflower Bank President Eric Comeau LISTEN

January 8, 2016 // Jumpstart Your Influence With Social Media Marketing Expert Bill Belew LISTEN

January 1, 2016 // Blooom Ready to Offer Financial Assistance No Matter What Size Company LISTEN

December 2015

December 25, 2015 // A Visit from the Elf on The Shelf and How the Successful Business got its Start LISTEN

December 18, 2015 // Entrepreneur Sheryl Godsy Finds Coffee And Art Mix Well at Dare to Dabble in NKC LISTEN

December 11, 2015 // Freightview Saving Businesses Time & Money With Co-Founder Jason Roberts LISTEN

December 4, 2015 // Idle Smart A Great Idea That’s Catching On in The Trucking Industry LISTEN

November 2015

November 27, 2015 // Matt Trent, Taking Care of Business from Corporate to IT to the Indy Race Track LISTEN

November 20, 2015 // Bringing Ideas to Life at GEW 2015 with Kaufman Fast Trac’s Michelle Markey LISTEN

November 13, 2015 // Silicon Prairie’s “Navy Seals” In Action. Meet Mersoft’s Pamela Potts LISTEN 

November 6, 2015 // The Little Job Creation Engine That Could With SCORE’s Kenneth Yancey LISTEN

October 2015

October 30, 2015 //

October 23, 2015 // Is Kansas City Most Entrepreneurial? KC SourceLink’s Maria Meyers Guests LISTEN

October 16, 2015 // Sparking the Next Stage for Growth with Speaker & Author Margaret Reynolds LISTEN

October 9, 2015 // Learn How To Connect with Funding Opportunities For Your Business LISTEN

October 2, 2015 // Building a Growing Business in Grandview One Table at a Time with Sam Unruh LISTEN

September 2015

September 25, 2015 // The Invasion Is Underway, and Foodies Are Lining Up: with Guest Brandon Simpson LISTEN

September 18, 2015 // Architecture Firm Runs Like Clockwork. Meet Company Co-founder Christian Arnold LISTEN

September 11, 2015 // Pure Pursuit Automotive: Reinvents the Car Buying Experience with CEO Glen Dakan LISTEN

September 4, 2015 // K.C. Brewmeister John McDonald Brewing Up Big Plans for K.C.’s East Bottoms LISTEN

August 2015

August 28, 2015 // Kansas City Entrepreneurs Extend a Hand Up for Cristo Rey Kansas City LISTEN

August 21, 2015 // Launch KC – Bringing The Best and The Brightest in Tech with Drew Solomon LISTEN

August 14, 2015 // Barbecue That’s Good for Your Gut with Entrepreneur Brendon O’Neill LISTEN

August 7, 2015 // Missouri Wines: Worth Another Taste with Vox Vineyard’s Jerry Eisterhold LISTEN

July 2015

July 31, 2015 // Jon Stephens Wearing Many Hats on Both Sides of the State Line LISTEN

July 24, 2015 // HipHire.com: A New Spin on Part Time Employment LISTEN

July 17, 2015 // Mega-Brand Entrepreneur Forbes Riley Shares Her Business Success Secrets LISTEN

July 10, 2015 // Changing the Way You Vote in Just 60 Seconds with Matthew LISTEN

July 3, 2015 // Getting the Job Done with the Right Tools, with James Davis, CEO DSS Distributors LISTEN

June 2015

June 26, 2015 // Spotlight: Helping High Tech Shine in Kansas City with Andrew Hsu LISTEN

June 19, 2015 // Hauntrepreneur Scares Up Economic Boom in KC’s Historic West Bottoms LISTEN

June 12, 2015 // Local Source Marketing: Bringing the Farm to Your Table LISTEN

June 5, 2015 // Branding, Marketing & Content: JNA Advertising Can Help Make it All Happen LISTEN

May 2015

May 29, 2015 // National Small Business of the Year – Missouri Star Quilt Co. – Revitalizes Small Town America LISTEN

May 22, 2015 // HEMP: Addictive, Legal & Still Going Strong After 20 Years, with Barnett Helzberg LISTEN

May 15, 2015 // Kansas City’s Newest Escape, with Breakout KC’s Matt Baysinger and Luke Thompson LISTEN

May 8, 2015 // Forging Change in Communities, with Amy Bretall LISTEN

May 1, 2015 // Cornerstone Awards to Honor local Companies Contributing to K.C. Growth LISTEN

April 2015

April 24, 2015 // Find Out How Your Marketing Dollars Are Really Working, with Alight Analytics Founders LISTEN

April 17, 2015 // How Do You Fascinate Others? with Hall of Fame Speaker & Author Sally Hogshead LISTEN

April 10, 2015 // Cultivating a Culture of Entrepreneurship, with Laird Goldsborough, Valbridge Property Advisors LISTEN

April 3, 2015 // Do You Have the GRIT to Succeed in Your Business Venture? with Jim McGraw LISTEN

March 2015

March 27, 2015 // Finding New Customers and Growing Your Small Business with bizHive’s Dave Walker LISTEN

March 20, 2015 // Giving Flowers a New Lease on Life with Startup Company ReBloom LISTEN

March 13, 2015 // Detecting and Prevent Cyber Threats – You’re Never too Small to be a Target LISTEN

March 6, 2015 // How Your Business Can Save Energy and Money, with Optimum Energy Solutions LISTEN

February 2015

February 27, 2015 // The Organic Food Trend: Meet Local Companies Offering Fresh, Healthy Food LISTEN

February 20, 2015 // Shockey Consulting: Working with Communities to Build Infrastructure and Development  LISTEN

February 13, 2015 // Likarda: Scientists Turned Entrepreneurs in Quest for Medial Breakthroughs for Dogs LISTEN

February 6, 2015 // OneKC For Women Founder Sherry Turner – Making Dreams Possible LISTEN

January 2015

January 30, 2015 // Lifted Logic: A Rising Star in the Kansas City Entrepreneurial CommunityLISTEN

January 23, 2015 // Getting Social With Sales, with Anne Cull, founder of Think Viral LISTEN

January 16, 2015 // Anton’s Taproom: Great Food through Sustainable Processes LISTEN

January 9, 2015 // Clifton Alexander, REACTOR Design Studio, on KC’s Burgeoning Creative Community LISTEN

January 2, 2015 // Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone – An Entrepreneur’s Advice to her Kids LISTEN

December 2014

December 26, 2014 // Recalibrate Your Success, with Susan Spaulding, founder of Recalibrate Stategies LISTEN

December 19, 2014 // Roll Out The Barrels: Craft Spirits Becoming Big Business For Entrepreneurs LISTEN

December 12, 2014 // Local Bakery Grabs Some National Attention from Shoppers with a Sweet Tooth LISTEN

December 5, 2014 // Developing the Leadership Skills of Millennials, with Tyler Palko LISTEN

November 2014

November 28, 2014 // Drones in Business, with Casey Adams of KC Drone Company LISTEN

November 21, 2014 // Fighting Fraud in Your Business LISTEN

November 14, 2014 // Online Marketplace Zaarly: Building Communities on the Ground, with Bo Fishback LISTEN

November 7, 2014 // Beyond The Finish Line, with City Gym KC Owner and Founder Hailee Bland Walsh LISTEN

October 2014

October 31, 2014 // How to Think Like a Marketer, Sell Like a Superstar, with John Jantsch LISTEN

October 24, 2014 // Kookiedoodle – A Place Where Kids Can Get Kooky With Crafts, with Sheila Weiford LISTEN

October 17, 2014 // Using WBE Certification to Open the Doors to New Opportunities LISTEN

October 10, 2014 // All-Female College Helps Women Develop Leadership Skills for Business LISTEN

October 3, 2014 // Power Couple Eddie and Shimika Kennison Talk Entrepreneurship LISTEN

September 2014

September 26, 2014 // Getting Your Business Ready to Sell, with Walt George LISTEN

September 19, 2014 // Katie Horner: From Meteorologist to Plumbing Entrepreneur LISTEN

September 12, 2014 // Let’s Get Social with Sales, with Anne Cull, founder of ThinkViral LISTEN

September 5, 2014 // Breathing Easier at the Hospital, with Mark Farnsworth of HEPACART LISTEN

August 2014

August 29, 2014 // Women Who Code, with Jennifer Wadella, founder of Kansas City Women in Tech LISTEN

August 22, 2014 // Cash Flow Tips for Your Business, with Chris Miles, the “Cash Flow Expert” LISTEN

August 15, 2014 // Young Entrepreneur Making a Difference With Intimates for the Needy LISTEN

August 8, 2014 // Building Leadership With Powerful Communication Skills, with Barbara Teicher LISTEN

August 1, 2014 // Auntie Anne’s Pretzel Founder, “Auntie” Anne Beiler on How It All Began LISTEN

July 2014

July 25, 2014 // How to Work with a Banker to Grow Your Business, with Linda Hanson, Enterprise Bank LISTEN

July 18, 2014 // Leadership, Empathy and the Power of Persuasion, with Jim McGraw LISTEN

July 11, 2014 //Fashion Entrepreneur Tricia Steffes Unveils New Line for Tall Women LISTEN

July 4, 2014 // Passing the Reigns to the Next Generation, with Jamie Clayman Loud LISTEN

June 2014

June 27, 2014 // Grab Your Skates – Let’s Head to the Rink LISTEN

June 20, 2014 //How Your Business Can Leverage the Surge in E-Commerce Growth LISTEN

June 13, 2014 // Entrepreneur LeAnn Carlson on Saving Lives- Fashionably! LISTEN

June 6, 2014 //The Story Behind Glamajama’s “Overnight” Success, with Heather Schuck LISTEN

May 2014

May 30, 2014 // Best Email Marketing Practices—And How to Avoid the Pitfalls, with Jessica Best LISTEN

May 23, 2014 // Recalibrate: Strategies for Accelerated Growth, with Susan Spaulding LISTEN

May 16, 2014 // The Tasteful Olive, with owner Jeanne Mackay LISTEN

May 9, 2014 // Brandy McCombs Shares the Nuts and Bolts of Building Her Construction Business LISTEN

May 2, 2014 // Headphones in Knots? ThreadBuds Inventors Untangle Them LISTEN

April 2014

April 25, 2014 // Our Experience Beta Testing Google Glass, with Matthew Barksdale, Engage Mobile president LISTEN

April 18, 2014 // When Disaster Strikes, Are You Ready, with guest Sara Croke, Weather or Not LISTEN

April 11, 2014 // Kill the Company to Innovate Your Business LISTEN

April 4, 2014 // Entrepreneur Gets a Shot at Final Four LISTEN

March 2014

March 28, 2014 // Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone: An Entrepreneur’s Advice to Her Kids


March 21, 2014 // Entrepreneur LeAnn Carlson on Saving Lives – Fashionably! LISTEN

March 7, 2014 // All in Startup: Learning Entrepreneurship by Living It LISTEN

February 2014

Feb. 28, 2014 // The Roasterie’s Still Brewing It Up Big After 20 Years, with Bean Baron Danny O’Neill LISTEN

Feb. 21, 2014 // The Minority Supplier Development Council: Important THEN, Important NOW  LISTEN

Feb. 14, 2014 // Busting the Myths About Thinking Bigger, with Denise Mills of LeaderFuelNow LISTEN

Feb. 7, 2014 // Betsy Johnson of SwimZip Takes a Swim With the Sharks LISTEN

January 2014

Jan. 31, 2014 // The Genius of STUFF, with STUFF co-owners Sloane Simmons and Casey Simmons LISTEN

Jan. 24, 2014 // Anton’s Taproom – A Restaurant That Delivers More Than a Full Plate, with owner Anton Kotar LISTEN

Jan. 17, 2014 // KC Women’s Business Organizations Get Collaborative, with OneKC for Women founder Sherry Turner LISTEN

Jan. 10, 2014 // Made in Kansas City, with Richard Shipley, co-founder and CEO of LocalStart.org  LISTEN


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