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Ep 19: How Third Avenue Events Faced Challenges and Built Relationships During Pandemic

On today’s episode of the Small Business, Big Deal podcast, our guests are Annie Rector and Kristin Hems of Third Avenue Events. Learn how they faced the challenges of the COVID pandemic and how they continued building close relationships with clients.

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Ep 18: How a Recruiter Helps Businesses Find and Hire Quality Employees

Stephanie Roberts chose a career in recruiting after being inspired by her mother to help people. Find out how she started her business, how she manages a work-life balance and what common misconceptions people have about her industry.

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Ep 17: How the Kern Marketing Group Began & Where It’s Headed

Many people dream of walking away from the corporate world and starting their own business. Mark Kern did just that about 15 years ago and now runs a successful marketing company out of Lawrence. Today we’ll talk to him about taking that leap, how he’s navigated the changing marketing business, and the best investment he’s made in his company.

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Special Announcement – Welcome Our New Host, Tracy Jepson

After a bit of a hiatus, the podcast is back with a slightly different look and sound.

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Ep 16: Inside Richard Holman’s Custom Embroidery and Printing Business

Running a small business mostly on your own can be tough. Hear from the owner of LKS Imagine about how he finds customers, manages the workload and what he wishes he knew when he started.

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Ep 15: Massages, Skincare and a Sauna: Inside a Whole Health Business

At Body Specific, co-owners Lisa Lahm and Leah Henderson offer a menu of services that cater to clients’ whole health needs. From massages to skincare and a sauna, find out how they recruit new clients and keep their business running during the pandemic.

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Ep 14: How Hustle Helped This Photographer Build Her Business

Jenny Wheat didn’t study photography, but she is passionate about the craft. Hear how she has chased her passion and built a successful photography business thanks to a lot of hustle and heart.

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Ep 13: Meet the Man Behind Mammoth Sports Construction

On today’s podcast, we introduce you to Jake Farrant, founder and president of Mammoth Sports Construction. Find out how this booming family business became an industry leader in sports field construction, national cemetery renovations and golf course installation.

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Ep 12: From Journalism to Law, Eric Weslander Enjoys Solving Problems

Eric Weslander is a natural-born problem solver. This former journalist turned attorney talks about making the switch to a legal career and why he is aggressive about protecting his personal time. Find out more about his career and the work he’s doing at Stevens & Brand.

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Ep 11: ‘You Better Dial for Dollars’: Adriana Bates’ Competitive, Data-Driven Business Plan

Meet Adriana Bates, the driven, hard-charging leader of Clear Mortgage. Find out how she has used her competitive nature and love of data to make her business more successful than ever, even during a pandemic.

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Ep 10: The Business of the Internet with Adam Fichman

Our guest today began coding at the age of six and has built a successful career working on the internet. Adam Fichman of Lifted Logic in Kansas City joins us to talk about working with Facebook early on, finding your purpose as an entrepreneur, and building authentic relationships with employees.

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Ep 9: Supporting the Homeless and Impoverished of Topeka with Barry Feaker

Barry Feaker has held the Executive Director position at the Topeka Rescue Mission for more than three decades. During that time, his organization has made a huge impact on the community and the people that need support. He’s seen a lot of change through the years, including the most recent shift that COVID-19 has caused. Join us as we learn more about the TRM.

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Ep 8: Putting Profit First with Consultant Tracy Jepson

Every business relies on profit to stay afloat and one Kansas State grad is helping small businesses around the country maximize their operation. Tracy Jepson, CEO of TLJ Consulting, joins us today to share some of her processes and advice for putting profit first, insight into the mistakes owners commonly make, and the lessons she’s learned for her own operation.

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Ep 7: Building Homes and a Business With Your Spouse with Greg & Carol Rau

Growing a business is a challenge on its own but what if you were trying to do it with your significant other? That’s what Greg and Carol Rau have done at Apple Tree Homes in Lawrence. Today we’ll spotlight their story to find out what additional challenges working with a spouse creates, their passion for building custom homes, and how technology impacts their business.

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Ep 6: Leadership, Trust, and Building Influence with Kyle Ginavan

Our next guest takes us to Kansas City and the technology sector. Kyle Ginavan, CEO of One HQ, shares his passion for technology, how to build leadership through trust, and what he does to maintain balance for himself and his team.

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Ep 5: Marketing Strategy and Lessons in Finance with Matt Nelson

On this episode, we talk with Matt Nelson, CEO of Income for Life, about his retirement planning business. We’ll devote a lot of the conversation to marketing, which is a key component to survival in that industry. Learn what’s worked, what hasn’t, and why he uses the ESPN mentality for growing his client base. And of course we’ll talk successes, failures, and lessons learned.

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Ep 4: Self-Discipline and Adaptability with Randy Dick of Kaw Valley Insurance

From just starting out to adapting to the current challenges and needs of your clients, Randy Dick shares a great perspective on being a small business owner. His continued self-discipline as well as his priority on work/life balance has allowed him the opportunity to run a business alongside his family.

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Ep 3: Stories of Hard Work, Consistency, & Respect with Travis McKinley

Regardless of what type of work you do, you’ll find the same leadership characteristics are successful across the board. Today we’ll talk with Travis McKinley, who leads multiple businesses through hard work, consistency and treating people with respect. Join us as we talk about lessons learned, a fight on a jobsite, and what he tells every employee.

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Ep 2: Growing a Topeka Dental Practice & Health Tips with Dr. Ben Rutherford

The first guest on the podcast is Dr. Ben Rutherford, a dentist with a growing dental practice based in Topeka. Find out how he decided on this career later than most, how he took over a practice at 28, the challenges of running a business during a pandemic, and the lessons learned along the way. Plus he’ll throw in a few dental tips for kids and adults.

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Ep 1: Welcome to the Podcast – Where Shark Tank Meets the Voice

Small businesses often struggle to have their message heard so we’ve launched a podcast to give them that voice. Find out how we’re going to do that and what the plan is for the new show.

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