Ingram's Magazine: August 2014


Educators and Institutions Strive to Preserve Uniqueness

Although the word “diversity” is overused in higher education to mean the   ethnic and gender variety, its most relevant and long-standing meaning has to do with the diverse nature of the institutions themselves.  What distinguishes American higher education from…more

Dissecting the Interest in Kansas’ Tax-Rate Cutting

John Meara did not move his accounting firm, Meara Welch Browne, from Missouri to Kansas simply because Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed HB 2117 into law in 2012—but that bill was incentive enough to make the difference. Kansas City had…more

Lets Address Crime and Clean Up Our City

A significant benefit of being a niche publication—one focused on development, business growth and outstanding performances by organizations and individuals—is that our world at Ingram’s is framed by positive events and mindsets. That allows us to have a heightened appreciation…more

Protect Your Retirement from Inflation’s Scourge

As the weather starts to heat up, prices are also rising across the country. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers increased 0.3 percent in April and 0.4 percent in May.…more

Taking Over the Business

When my father, Pasquale, stepped away from his position as CEO of Trozzolo Communications Group, I added those three letters to my business card and took on some new, exciting responsibilities. This decision wasn’t a surprise. Over the past six…more

The Golden Goose Needn’t Die to Fund Retirement

In the life of an entrepreneur, there is a big difference between funneling all of your profits back into your company and taking every nickel out to support other endeavors and/or investments. And the line between the two is different…more

Card Fees Present Challenges for Small Businesses

For consumers, using a card is a convenient and quick way to make a purchase. But for the 500,000 Missouri small business owners—and for their peers in Kansas who have to offer credit sales to keep their stores current—understanding and…more

‘Close’ the sale? Eh, no Sparky: It’s “earn” the sale

Other than cold calling and finding the pain, this is one of the biggest misconceptions in sales. It’s not a technique. It’s not a manipulation. It’s not something that you wait until the end of your presentation to do. It’s…more

Educators and Institutions Strive to Preserve Uniqueness

Although the word “diversity” is overused in higher education to mean the ethnic and gender variety, its most relevant and long-standing meaning has to do with the diverse nature of the institutions themselves. What distinguishes American higher education from that…more

Extending the Sunset Years

What’s the link between hula hoops, Campbell’s soup, minivans, SUVs and three-car garages, and the pharmaceutical companies’ advertising assault on anyone who watches network TV news in 2014? Baby Boomers. In 1964, they made up a third of the U.S.…more

Regression—or Succession?

If American small business had just one color, it would probably be . . . gray. Depending on the source, as many as one small business in eight—perhaps one in six, or even more—is owned today by someone who has…more

Best of Business Kansas City

BEST BARBECUEWe start off with perhaps the signature category in our annual Best of Business Kansas City listings—this is a barbecue center of excellence, after all—and the one that makes the biggest news: Oklahoma Joe’s Bar-B-Que takes its first Gold…more