Topeka

Ep 24: Boutique Business Owner Focuses on Work-Life Balance and Helping Women

On today’s episode of the Small Business, Big Deal podcast, our guest is Aimee Rosenow, owner of Evoke Creative Topeka. Find out why she left one business and started another and how her work-life balance has changed.

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Ep 21: A Half-Million Dollar Lesson on Fraud

Many companies small and large end up dealing with fraud at some point, but a family business never expects one of their employees to steal more than a half-million dollars. That’s exactly what happened to the Stevenson Company, the metal works company behind many beautiful designs around Topeka and beyond. Owner Joe Pennington opens up about the experience and the hard lessons learned.

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Ep 20: How Faith and Family Helped Rich Tarwater Expand His Business

On today’s episode of the Small Business, Big Deal podcast, our guest is Rich Tarwater, owner of Tarwater Farm and Home. Find out how he expanded the family business and what advice he has for his children.

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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 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 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 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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