Kansas small business

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 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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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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