Ingram's Magazine: November 2015


Right Makes Might

By assembling exactly the type of talent needed, the Kansas City Royals reached baseball’s pinnacle— and provided lessons in management that any business can embrace. There is a memorable line early in the movie Miracle, the 2004 film that chronicles…more

A New Development Epicenter

Megatrends in commerce and demographics are putting a greater focus on infusing new life into Kansas City’s core. For more than half a century following World War II, real estate development was largely organized around the belief that expanding suburbs…more

Plugged In

The marketing challenges facing graduate program administrators at regional universities are multiplying as change sweeps through higher education. Penn State. Florida. North Carolina. Indiana. It reads like the line-up of schools you’d see while perusing Saturday’s college football scores. It’s…more

Connecting the Labor Dots

Millions of people are out of work, even as millions of jobs are opening up. What’s wrong with this picture? The way Clyde McQueen sees things, we’ve already figured out how to properly educate students who can take a high…more

Entrepreneurship Report

The Kansas City area has a lot to offer for both start-ups and small businesses, but that ecosystem could be better, leaders say. In early November, Ingram’s editors gathered several leading business minds in the region for an intimate think-tank…more

True Customer Service as a Marketing Strategy

The difference between companies that succeed and those that don’t is a simple matter of putting the focus right where it belongs—on the customer. Those who say service isn’t what it used to be are exactly right. It is much…more

‘This place couldn’t survive without me’ … Really?

Things not going well? It’s time to get real. When I was 19, my dad made me production manager of his 75-employee kitchen cabinet manufacturing factory. Before I took that role, I worked in the shop at each job, and…more

Lease? Own? Multiple Factors Must Be Considered

Making the correct decision could be a key factor in setting a course for success. Low interest rates and changes in accounting standards are motivating business owners to rethink their leases. One of the more important decisions a business owner…more

Rehab Efforts Are Driving a Comeback in Real Estate

Residential, retail or office, the momentum is clearly behind rehabilitative efforts. Over the past 10-15 years, commercial real estate has seen a lot of changes. Rehabilitation, or repurposing, has been a buzzword for many multi-family, retail and office projects. With…more

Year-End Tax Strategies for Business Owners

Time to act on 2015 taxes is drawing short. As the year comes to a close, small business owners should keep a close eye on several tax planning issues. With only a month remaining before year-end to make necessary changes,…more

Leadership is the Answer

What’s happening on college campuses today reflects the failure of leaders to lead. On Nov. 1, Missouri had a moment in the sun as the Kansas City Royals won the 2015 World Series. Eight days later, the world saw the…more