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Smart Companies Radio archives


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Get the inside scoop on how America’s most successful business owners transformed their entrepreneurial vision into reality! And, listen in as some of the top business minds in the country, best-selling business authors, and nationally recognized business gurus serve up practical advice, tips and insights for growing your business.

Be sure to catch the Kansas City archives of Smart Companies, too!


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 // How to Become The Expert and Authority with Author & Speaker Ken Lizotte LISTEN

August 2016

August 26, 2016 // The Ultimate Competitive Battle Ground Are You Ready? with Author Rob Bernshteyn LISTEN

August 19, 2016 // There’s Money in Maggots: Grubbly Farms Sees Sustainable Future In Bug Farming LISTEN

August 12, 2016 // Be The Disrupter By Getting Ahead of The Curve With Author Pamela S. Harper LISTEN

August 5, 2016 // Time To Make the Jump to Entrepreneur With Award-Winning Author, Pamela Slim LISTEN

July 2016

July 29, 2016 // The State of Small Business in America 2016: Babson Professor Donna Kelly Guests LISTEN

July 22, 2016 // Changing the World With Just a Chat: Bishop McCann’s CEO & President Rob Adams LISTEN

July 15, 2016  // 4000 Miles Across America, Entrepreneur & Author Michael Glauser Defines Success LISTEN

July 8, 2016 // How to Turn Your Leads into Sales with expert and author Justin Sturges LISTEN

July 1, 2016 // Business Planning Expert Tim Berry Shapes Up Your Business Plan by Getting Lean LISTEN

June 2016

June 24, 2016 // Jeffery Shaw: The Freedom Fighter for The Uncommon Entrepreneur LISTEN

June 17, 2016 // Mom Made Food CEO Heather Stouffer Makes Mealtime Fun, Simple and Healthy LISTEN

June 10, 2016 // Catch the Next Market Wave & Surge to Success with Author Mike Michalowicz LISTEN

June 3, 2016 // Great Advice with Money Magazine & NBC Financial Correspondent Jordan Goodman LISTEN

May 2016

May 27, 2016 // A Declaration of Independents: Businessman & Author Greg Orman Guests LISTEN

May 20, 2016 // Going Global Without Losing Your Shirt With Payscout CEO Cleveland Brown LISTEN

May 13, 2016 // We’re Doing It All Wrong! A Bold New Business Approach with Author David Burkus LISTEN

May 6, 2016 // Learn The Secrets to Successfully Managing Your Sales Force with Chris Cahill LISTEN

April 2016

April 29, 2016 // Profiting in a World Where Customers Rule with Author Tema Frank LISTEN

April 22, 2016 // CEO Afterlife:Are You Ready? with Author and Business Consultant Susan Spaulding LISTEN

April 15, 2016 // How to Hire the Best in Rural America With Author Dr. Sabrina Starling LISTEN

April 8, 2016 // New Rules of the Game, HGTV Co-Founder Susan Packard Shares Workplace Strategies LISTEN

April 1, 2016 // How to Select the Right Exit Strategy, Succession Advice From Bank of the West LISTEN

March 2016 

March 25, 2016 // Creating Client Success: With Core Catalysts Founder Jim Wadella LISTEN

March 18, 2016 // Injured Veteran Bringing Learning Back to Play Time With Ollies Blocks LISTEN

March 11, 2016 // Dont Brainstorm Your Company Out of Biz with Best Selling Author Stephen Shapiro LISTEN

March 4, 2016 // The Big Business of Furries. Meet Colorado Creator Sarah Dee LISTEN

February 2016

February 26, 2016 // Grow Your Business With Author, Consultant and Entrpreneur Donna Leyens LISTEN

February 19, 2016 // CBS TV’s Amazing Race Winners, The Beekman Boys Talk Entrepreneurial Success LISTEN

February 12, 2016 // Driving Ideal Clients Straight to Your Front Door with Consultant Dov Gordon LISTEN

February 5, 2016 // Overcoming His Loss of Sight, Entrepreneur Max Ivey Shares His Inspiring Story LISTEN

January 2016

January 29, 2016 // 

January 22, 2016 // Getting Down To Business With Author and Serial Entrepreneur Harris Glasser LISTEN

January 15, 2016 // Leveling the Playing Field with Women’s Foundation President & CEO Wendy Doyle LISTEN

January 8, 2016 // What the Rolling Stones Taught Me About Being an Entrepreneur with Jeff Stoller LISTEN

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

December 2015

December 25, 2015 // “Henry’s” Are Good for Your Bottom Iine with Marketing Expert Pam Danziger LISTEN

December 18, 2015 // Measuring Your Success As The Boss with Successful CEO Joel Trammell LISTEN

December 11, 2015 // The Grommet: Reshaping How We Discover, Share and Purchase Products LISTEN

December 4, 2015 // Determination, a Blessing and a Curse For Handcrafted Hooch Maker, Linda Losey LISTEN

November 2015

November 27, 2015 // It’s Always Tea Time with Wystone Teas President & CEO Wy Livingston LISTEN

November 20, 2015 // Creating Strategic Impact Throughout Your Company With Brainzooming’s Mike Brown LISTEN

November 13, 2015 // Power Up Your Next Brainstorming Session with Innovation Expert Richard Haasnoot LISTEN

November 6, 2015 // Make Your Networking More Profitable With Award-Winning Author Jeff Beals LISTEN

October 2015

October 30, 2015 // Learning to Code: It’s Never Too Early To Start with author Heather Petrocelli LISTEN

October 23, 2015 // Life is Better with a View From The Top: Life & Business Coach Aaron Walker LISTEN

October 16, 2015 // Scaling Up with National Speaker, Author & Founder of Global E-O, Verne Harnish LISTEN

October 9, 2015 // Loyalty Lessons from a Multi-Billion Dollar Grocery,with Author Daniel Korschun LISTEN

October 2, 2015 // Growing Your Business to a New Level of Success with Mark LeBlanc LISTEN

September 2015

September 25, 2015 // Entrepreneurial Grannies Thrive Without the Help From The Shark Tank LISTEN

September 18, 2015 // Let Your Setback Be Your Comeback with Award Winning Speaker,Dr. Willie Jolley LISTEN

September 11, 2015 // TV & Film Fashion Facilitated in Flyover Country with Wardy’s Brian Toone LISTEN

September 4, 2015 // Protecting the Rights of Small Business, SBEC President and CEO Karen Kerrigan LISTEN

August 2015

August 28. 2015 // Decorated Marine Veteran Brent Bustamante Kicks Fashion Up a Notch LISTEN

August 21. 2015 // Discovering Your Performance Breakthrough with Mike Goldman LISTEN

August 14, 2015 // Green Means Go for Visionary Leader & Entrepreneur Reggie Chandra LISTEN

August 7, 2015 // Crisis Prevention at Your Business With P-R Guru David Johnson LISTEN

July 2015

July 31, 2015 // Will Small Business Gain From Corporate Tax Overhaul? – SBEC’s Ray Keeting LISTEN

July 24, 2015 // Creating Business Plans That Actually Get Financed LISTEN

July 17, 2015 // From Type A to Type T: Transforming Your Life with Author Marty Stanley LISTEN

July 10, 2015 // CNBC’s The Profit Gives Cosmetics Company a Makeover LISTEN

July 3, 2015 // From Basement to Brewmeister: New Belgium Brewing CEO Kim Jordan LISTEN

June 2015

June 26, 2015 // Spicing Things Up With The Spice & Tea Exchange Founder Clay Freeman LISTEN

June 19, 2015 // From the Cell Block to the C Suite With CEO Andrew Medal LISTEN

June 12, 2015 // Built to Lead: Leadership Success Principles, with best-selling author David Long LISTEN

June 5, 2015 // Real Management Solutions from Best Selling Author Bruce Tulgan LISTEN

May 2015

May 29, 2015 // Best-Selling Author Scott Duffy Shares His Blueprint to Launch & Grow a Business LISTEN

May 22, 2015 // How to Close the Execution Gap & Get Things Done, with Rick Lepsinger of OnPoint Consulting LISTEN

May 15, 2015 // Women Who Changed America, with National Women’s Hall of Fame CEO Jill Tietjen LISTEN

May 8, 2015 // Quality Professional Investment Management Available to Everyone with Blooom LISTEN

May 1, 2015 // Doses of Entrepreneurial Dynamite with Author, Speaker & Coach Dixie Gillaspie LISTEN

April 2015

April 24, 2015 // Reducing Employee Turnover: How to Keep Your Employees Engaged, with Leigh Branham LISTEN

April 17, 2015 // Social Entrepreneur Liz Bohannon, Co-Founder of Sseko, Is Changing Lives in East Africa LISTEN

April 10, 2015 // Is Washington Slowing the Recovery? LISTEN

April 3, 2015 // Emmy Award-Winning Chef Lidia Bastianich Shares Her Success Secrets LISTEN

March 2015

March 27, 2015 // Help Is on the Way for Number Phobic Business Owners, with Professor Dawn Fotopulos LISTEN

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

March 13, 2015 // Entrepreneurship Is Still the American Dream, with author Dr. Tom Anastasi LISTEN

March 6, 2015 // New Initiative to Entice Some of the Best Tech Entrepreneurs in the Country to KC LISTEN

February 2015

February 27, 2015 // Is it Time to Put Email Out to Pasture? LISTEN

February 20, 2015 // Reducing Unfair Barriers to Employment LISTEN

February 13, 2015 // Women Business Owners: Learn to Unleash Your Greatest Assets, with Skirt Strategies Author Katie Snapp LISTEN

February 6, 2015 // Getting to It: Accomplish the Necessary and Strip Away the Rest, w/Jones Loflin LISTEN

January 2015

January 30, 2015 // Making Great Ideas a Reality, with 99U Director & Editor-in-Chief Jocelyn Glei LISTEN

January 23, 2015 // Manage Your Company with Real Solutions, with Best-Selling Author Bruce Tulgan LISTEN

January 16, 2015 // Grow Your Small Business Through Successful Partnerships, with Guest Paul Mandell LISTEN

January 9, 2015 // Turning Your Business Network into Profits, with Power Connector Judy Robinett LISTEN

January 2, 2015 // Startup Advice from Startup Guru Martin Zwilling LISTEN

December 2014

December 26, 2015 // How Elf on the Shelf Got Its Start LISTEN

December 19, 2014 // Could Milwaukee Soon Be the Bobblehead Capital of the World? LISTEN

December 12, 2014 // Big Cannabis in Colorado – Will Smaller Potrepreneurs Go Up In Smoke? LISTEN

December 5, 2014 // Think Like a Marketer, Sell Like a Superstar, with John Jantsch LISTEN

November 2014

November 28, 2014 // How Small Business Saturday Fuels the Economy LISTEN

November 21, 2014 // Everykey: A Solution to Password Security LISTEN

November 14, 2104 // Entrepreneurial Brothers-in-Law Solve “NoodleNeck” Head Bobbing LISTEN

November 7, 2014 // The Accidental Brewmeister, with New Belgium Brewing CEO Kim Jordan LISTEN

October 2014

October 31, 2014 // From Zero to One: Blake Masters Talks Startups and Building the Future LISTEN

October 24, 2014 // Why Kansas City Has Become a Growing Hotbed of Entrepreneurship LISTEN

October 17, 2014 // Overcoming the Taboo of Failure, with Cass Phillipps of FailCon LISTEN

October 10, 2014 // Women’s Small Business Month: Business Strategies for WBEs, with Michele Markey LISTEN

October 3, 2014 // I Need Money for My Business Now! with Tiffany Wright LISTEN

September 2014

September 26, 2014 // The Entrepreneur Grannies, founders of Ice Chips Candy LISTEN

September 19, 2014 // Are You Successfully Balancing the CEO Tightrope? with Joel Trammel LISTEN

September 12, 2014 // Slaying the Startup Manufacturing Dragon, with Scott Miller, Dragon Innovations LISTEN

September 5, 2014 // School for Startups, with Jim Beach LISTEN

August 2014

August 29, 2014 // Business Owners: To Degree or Not to Degree, with Dr. Angie Besendorfer LISTEN

August 22, 2014 // How to Give Your Business a Competitive Intelligence Advantage, with Seena Sharp LISTEN

August 15, 2014 // Everwise’s Rocket Fuel for the Modern Workplace: Online Mentoring LISTEN

August 8, 2014 // Moving Women in Business Forward, with Gay Gaddis, Chair of the Committee of 200  LISTEN

August 1, 2014 // Creating Content That Gets Clicked and Shared, with John Rampton LISTEN

July 2014

July 25, 2014 // Championship Coach Jeff Scurran: Success on the Playing Field and in Business LISTEN

July 18, 2014 // How to Make Generations X, Y, and Zoomers Happy at Work, with Cheryl CranLISTEN

July 11, 2014 // Creating the World’s Largest Coffee Shop, with Ace Callwood of Coffitivity  LISTEN

July 4, 2014 // How to Put Profit First, with Best-Selling Author Mike Michalowicz LISTEN

June 2014

 June 27, 2014 // Starting a Business – Great Startup Ideas Don’t Guarantee Investors LISTEN

June 20, 2014 // The Decline and Fall of IBM, with Robert X. Cringely: Silicon Valley Confidant LISTEN

June 13, 2014 // Solar Highways: Pathways to a More Sustainable Future? LISTEN

June 6, 2014 // The LinkedIn Edge, with J.D. Gershbein LISTEN

May 2014

May 30, 2014 // Privacy and the Internet, with Duck Duck Go Founder & CEO Gabriel Weinberg LISTEN

May 23, 2014 // Telling the Story of Southwest Airline’s Culture, with Linda Rutherford LISTEN

May 16, 2014 // The Art of War for Small Business with Becky Sheetz-Runkle LISTEN

May 9, 2014 //Investment Wisdom from Belinda Savage, One of the First 10 Women Traders on Wall Street LISTEN

May 2, 2014 // How to Make Generations X, Y, and Zoomers Happy at Work, with Cheryl Cran LISTEN

April 2014

April 25, 2014 // The Soft Edge: Where Great Companies Find Lasting Success, with Forbes Publisher Rich Karlgaard LISTEN

April 18, 2014 // Are Co-Working Spaces the Wave of the Future? LISTEN

April 11, 2014 // The Barefoot Spirit LISTEN

April 4, 2014 // Does “Cracker Jack” Run Your Customer Experience? LISTEN

March 2014

March 28, 2014 // Own Your Future: How to Think Like an Entrepreneur and Thrive LISTEN

March 21, 2014 // The Power of Your Business Name LISTEN

March 7, 2014 // 10,000 Small Businesses: An Investment in America’s Entrepreneurs  LISTEN

February 2014

Feb. 28, 2014 // For Better or for Work, with Meg Hirshberg LISTEN

Feb. 21, 2014 // Entrepreneurship Goes to School . . . And Turns Up in Some Surprising Classes LISTEN

Feb. 14, 2014 // Up Close With Melissa Thompson, founder of TalkSession LISTEN

Feb. 7, 2014 // Sales Shift: Why the Age of the Customer Has Dawned, with Jim Blasingame  LISTEN

January 2014

Jan. 31, 2014 // Lessons for Small Business in Target Data Breach, with former FBI special agent Jeff Lanza  LISTEN

Jan. 24, 2014 // The Secret Behind the Hottest Business in Fort Mill, South Carolina, with Ed Currie who holds the record for creating the hottest pepper on Earth  LISTEN

Jan. 17, 2014 // Flight Car: Braving the New Frontier, with entrepreneur Kevin Petrovic LISTEN

Jan. 10, 2014 // Cupcake Confidential – with Jeff Martin of Smallcakes LISTEN

Jan. 3, 2014 // Bitcoin – The New Currency or Just a Flash in the Pan? —with Brandon Perry and John Kennyhertz LISTEN

December 2013

Dec. 27, 2013 // Making the Most of Your Advertising Dollar, with the “Commercial Professor” Tim Burt LISTEN

Dec. 20, 2013 // Turning Adversaries Into Allies – with Bob Burg LISTEN

Dec. 13, 2013 // Are Entrepreneurs Worthless, Impossible and Stupid, with Dan Isenberg LISTEN

Dec. 6, 2013 // The Inside Scoop on the Founding of Twitter, with New York Times business columnist Nick Bilton who authored the best-seller Twitter Hatched LISTEN

November 2013

Nov. 29, 2013 // The Story Behind the “Elf on the Shelf” Magic, with co-founder Chanda Bell LISTEN  

Nov. 22, 2013 // Why Employees Are ALWAYS a Bad Idea, with author Chuck Blakeman LISTEN

Nov. 15, 2013 // What It Takes to Build an Entrepreneur Ecosystem, with Barnett Helzberg Jr., Joe Lieberman and Maria Meyers LISTEN

Nov. 8, 2013 // Keys to Long-Term Success in Business, with William Bronchick, CEO of LegalWiz Publications  LISTEN

Nov. 1, 2013 // How to Become a Conscious Millionaire, with author JV Crum III LISTEN

October 2013

Oct. 25, 2013 // Landmark Legislation for Women Business Owners Remembered, with Virginia Littlejohn, Dr. Terry Neese, and Julie Weeks LISTEN

Oct. 18, 2013 // Get Your Business Unstuck!, with Barry Moltz LISTEN

Oct. 11, 2013 // My Life Inside Arthur Anderson – Including the Fall, with Larry Katzen LISTEN

Oct. 4, 2013 // Mastering Quick Change in Business, with former Navy Seal Brent Gleeson LISTEN

September 2013

Sept. 27, 2013 // Glamajama’s Heather Schuck – eBay Hobby to Multimillions! LISTEN

Sept. 20, 2013 // Tracking Down the 60 Most Interesting Business Leaders, with Sean Spence LISTEN

Sept. 13, 2013 // Stretching Employee Strengths, with Paul Brewerton LISTEN

Sept. 6, 2013 //Texting and Driving Can Be a Business Killer Too, with John Sondag and Belinda Waggoner LISTEN

August 2013

Aug. 30, 2013 // Marketing to Millennials, with Jeff Fromm LISTEN

Aug. 23, 2013 // Why Brands Fail in a Crisis, with David Johnson LISTEN

Aug. 17, 2013 // Living the 12-Week Year, with Brian Moran LISTEN

Aug. 10, 2013 // Sun Tzu for Women: The Art of War for Winning in Business, with Becky Sheetz-Runkle LISTEN

Aug. 3, 2013 // Silpada Designs: Back in the Family After Avon Sale, with Kelsey Perry and Ryane Delka LISTEN













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