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Business and Everything in the Middle walks through how to navigate obstacles that many entrepreneurs and small business owners face, and highlights local resources that can help business builders scale their companies. We explain the tools and programs that can save your business money and headaches, and interview business titans to understand how they overcame challenges and grew their businesses in spite of the odds.

Small decisions can make entrepreneurship easy or hard. Learn what they don’t teach you in school, from the people who’ve done it. Follow along as those who have built it themselves talk about the keys to success and what they did that set them apart.

From 9-figure business leaders to nationally recognized culture creators, entrepreneurs, and advisors – hear their stories, learn their strategies, and use what you learn to create your future.


Episode 1: T'Risa McCord and Lee Brown

In our inaugural episode, it’s only appropriate for our host, Karis Harrington, to introduce our listeners to the EDC and what the EDC does for the community. And what better way than to talk to the Interim President & CEO, T’Risa McCord, and the Controller, Lee Brown.

Episode 2: Bob Long and Brandon Haggard

“Connecting great people with great people and great things.” Host Karis Harrington sits down with Bob Long who is the Senior Development Services Specialist and Brandon Haggard, one of the many talented Business Development Officers at the EDC to dive deeper into how the EDC helps area businesses thrive.

Episode 3: Debra Davis and KC Daiquiri Shop

We talk with EDC’s Business Development Loan Officer, Debra Davis, about the process involved in applying for a loan from the EDC and how the process works. We also have the owners of KC Daiquiri Shop, Kinley Strickland and Calvin Vick, stop by to discuss their unique business and how the EDC helped them in their growth.

Episode 4: Dan Moye and Andrea Dorch

The EDC’s Executive Director of Land Clearance Redevelopment Authority, Dan Moye, talks about some of the resources available to businesses including abatements and other incentives. Andrea Dorch, Director of Human Relations for Kansas City, also stops by to discuss Kansas City’s efforts to support small businesses and minority-owned businesses.


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