Ingram's Magazine: July 2016

University Administrators: We’re All in This Together

Ingram's 2016 Higher Education Industry Outlook AssemblyIf there was any one message that emerged from Ingram’s 2016 Higher Education Industry Outlook Assembly on June 28, it was that, together, the area’s various educational institutions would assure that student needs would…more

Business & Commerce

The Splash From Brexit Will Create Ripples Here

Now that the shock has worn off, businesses are starting to assess the impact of the United Kingdom’s historical decision to leave the European Union, and one area of particular concern for many businesses is privacy and data protection. U.S.…more

Don’t Learn Business the Hard Way — Get a Mentor

The odds are good that this thought has crossed an entrepreneur’s mind before: “Life would be so much easier if I could build a successful business just by reading a book or taking a class.”But in entrepreneurship, every opportunity is…more

When Your Prospect Signals Readiness to Buy, Part II

“Billy, pay attention!” That was your first listening lesson. Probably delivered when you were too young to pay attention.Fast-forward twentysomething years (or more) and you’re still not listening.Your customer is telling you he or she is somewhere between “interested” and…more

Investor impacts of the new ‘fiduciary’ rule

A new rule issued April 6 by the U.S. Department of Labor will require all advice and recommendations on investments in retirement accounts to be in the best interest of the investor. If the revelation that the investment advice you’re…more


The 2016 Corporate Report 100: The Kansas City Area’s 100 Fastest-Growing Companies

   Let’s see how well you know the history of fast-growth companies in the Kansas City region. Thirty-one years ago, this magazine rolled out a feature called the Corporate Report 100 (Which made sense, as feature titles go, since this…more

Eating Our Seed Corn

 First, the optimistic view: Earlier this year, Wendy Guillies, president and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation, declared that after a long period of stagnation and a stubborn decline in business creation, the U.S. economy was poised for a new era…more


America’s Most Entrepreneurial City?

The stated goal of Kansas City’s civic leaders and business community is to make this America’s Most Entrepreneurial City.To be sure, there are lots of reasons why we might be able to lay claim to that title—national and global companies…more

Rural America Gets to Inherit the Wind

In 2008, the environmental lobby and its media allies frightened the usually level-headed Missouri voters into approving Proposition C. This Procrustean fiat required the state’s three large investor-owned utilities to ratchet their “renewable power” proportions up to 15 percent by…more