Screen Name: KScanlon
Overview: weekly radio show highlights small business owners, issues & resources. Broadcast from Kansas City, host Kelly Scanlon interviews small business owners and experts who share tips that help small businesses grow to the next level.
Biography: Kelly Scanlon is the owner of a variety of media products dedicated to advocating small business and helping business owners take their companies to the next level of growth.
She is the owner and publisher of the Kansas City Small Business Monthly, a magazine that profiles successful small business owners and advocates their accomplishments. It also features strategy articles that serve the needs and interests of small business owners. Kelly oversees the daily operation of the publication; promotes it and small business at networking functions, workshops and trade shows.
In 2002, Kansas City Small Business Monthly introduced the first annual 25 Under 25Ã?Â?Ã?Â?Ã?Â?Ã?Â® Awards program to recognize the accomplishments of small businesses with under 25 employees. The annual event features an awards dinner and presentation.
In addition to the print publication, KellyÃ?Â?Ã?Â¢Ã?Â?Ã?Â?Ã?Â?Ã?Â?s company publishes Kcsmallbiz.com Extra, a weekly electronic newsletter that features small business announcements and news.
In June 2001, Kelly began hosting a one-hour weekly radio program called Ã?Â?Ã?Â¢Ã?Â?Ã?Â?Ã?Â?Ã?Â?Eye on Small Business.Ã?Â?Ã?Â¢Ã?Â?Ã?Â?Ã?Â?Ã?Â? The show is broadcast on KCTE 1510 AM on Friday at 9 a.m.
Kelly serves on a variety of boards designed to advocate and assist small businesses. She is the immediate past president of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)-Kansas City Chapter and currently serves as the Midwest Coordinator for the national organizationÃ?Â?Ã?Â¢Ã?Â?Ã?Â?Ã?Â?Ã?Â?s membership services representatives and is on NAWBOÃ?Â?Ã?Â¢Ã?Â?Ã?Â?Ã?Â?Ã?Â?s national governance learning committee. She serves on the advisory boards for the UMKC Bloch School of Business & Public Administration and for the Missouri WomenÃ?Â?Ã?Â¢Ã?Â?Ã?Â?Ã?Â?Ã?Â?s Business Center. In addition, she serves on the Small Business Advocate Sub-committee of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of CommerceÃ?Â?Ã?Â¢Ã?Â?Ã?Â?Ã?Â?Ã?Â?s Small Business Council. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park, Kansas, and was elected in 2005 to a three-year term on the Johnson County Extension Council, where she serves on the Community Development Programming Committee.
Kelly was graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1983 and launched her publishing career as an assistant editor for the UniversityÃ?Â?Ã?Â¢Ã?Â?Ã?Â?Ã?Â?Ã?Â?s Distance Learning Department. In 1985, she became a project editor for a Kansas City reference book publisher, where she edited psychological and business reference books and developed national and international contacts.
Kelly started her own small business in 1989. Scanlon Editorial Services provided editorial, copywriting and research support for national book publishers, international seminar companies, regional textbook companies, and for many of Kansas City's top businesses and organizations for nearly a decade.
Seeking a vehicle that would allow her to have an even greater impact on the business community, Kelly purchased Kansas City Small Business Monthly in 1997. Although the monthly magazine is still the companyÃ?Â?Ã?Â¢Ã?Â?Ã?Â?Ã?Â?Ã?Â?s flagship vehicle for providing practical, Ã?Â?Ã?Â¢Ã?Â?Ã?Â?Ã?Â?Ã?Â?how-toÃ?Â?Ã?Â¢Ã?Â?Ã?Â?Ã?Â?Ã?Â? information that helps businesses grow, the company now also has three Web sites, a weekly electronic newsletter, an annual EntrepreneurÃ?Â?Ã?Â¢Ã?Â?Ã?Â?Ã?Â?Ã?Â?s Guide, an annual awards event and a weekday radio show called Ã?Â?Ã?Â¢Ã?Â?Ã?Â?Ã?Â?Ã?Â?The Business Hour.Ã?Â?Ã?Â¢Ã?Â?Ã?Â?Ã?Â?Ã?Â? Kelly hosts the show every Friday.
Kelly has received numerous honors and awards in recognition of her role in the small business community. Among them are the U.S. Small Business AdministrationÃ?Â?Ã?Â¢Ã?Â?Ã?Â?Ã?Â?Ã?Â?s 2000 Small Business Journalist of the Year Award for the Kansas City district; U.S. Small Business AdministrationÃ?Â?Ã?Â¢Ã?Â?Ã?Â?Ã?Â?Ã?Â?s 2002 Region VII Small Business Journalist Advocate of the Year (for Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska); Women Who Mean Business in Kansas City from the Business Journal, 2001; Golden Door Knob Award from the First Step Fund, 2002, for opening doors for entrepreneurs; Women in Communications 2003 Leading Change Award; and 2003 Honorary Member of SCORE.