Kansas City BBB’s Military Line Protects Military Consumers

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BBB’s Military Line
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With his leadership at several companies, including Millennium Marketing, Subco Fresno, and Leading Edge Technology Strategies, Russell Rahm received Inc. Magazine’s Entrepreneurial Superstar Award for both 2011 and 2012. Russell Rahm’s Millennium Marketing (whose official name is Publishers Renewal Service Co.) has received a rating of A+ with Kansas City’s Better Business Bureau (BBB).

The Kansas City BBB has set up a specific program for local military service members and their families. Historically, this is a population that has been targeted by scammers. In 2012, for example, military families made over 67,000 complaints about scams and fraud. Scammers know that service members, especially young ones, have a steady government paycheck, and aim to find ways to redirect it into their own pockets. The BBB’s Military Line helps to protect this community through education and other tools.

The BBB provides outreach and online programs to educate military service members. Workshops include topics like buying a home or car, smart investment practices, and how to avoid scams and identity theft on the Internet.


Kansas City Transforming to a Smart City


Russell Rahm

Russell Rahm

An experienced entrepreneur and marketer, Russell Rahm is the chief executive of Publishers Renewal Service based in Shawnee, Kansas. Serving on the advisory board of Think Big Partners, Russell Rahm plays a role in transforming Kansas City into a smart city.

Many cities around the world are embracing the smart city concept, which involves leveraging digital technologies to better the operations of modern cities. As the global population grows, cities are becoming more congested and resources are becoming strained. Smart cities incorporate information technology systems in their infrastructure to monitor trends in water usage or traffic and then use this data to improve daily living.

Last year, Kansas City, Missouri, signed a partnership with Cisco Systems, Inc., and other partners for the implementation of a comprehensive smart city framework to pilot along the city’s 2.2-mile streetcar corridor. Along the corridor, the city will install video sensors to identify poorly parked vehicles, traffic lights programed to keep traffic moving, and digital kiosks that operate as city guides.

Smart cities transform challenges into opportunity with the help of technology. They are the future of modern cities. To successfully pioneer the smart city future however, good leadership that embraces progressive collaborations with the private sector is needed.

Coworking at Think Big Partners

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Think Big Coworking
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An accomplished entrepreneur and an established executive in the marketing industry, Russell Rahm serves as the president and CEO of Leading Edge Technology Strategies in Shawnee, Kansas. Russell Rahm also serves as a member of the Advisory Board of Directors for Think Big Partners.

Think Big Partners is a start-up accelerator based in Kansas City, Missouri. The organization helps small businesses and entrepreneurs succeed through mentorship, a range of in-house services, and a large network of national partners. In addition, Think Big Partners maintains a focus on fostering a community of collaboration among entrepreneurs through Think Big Coworking.

Think Big Coworking, known as TBCo, is a branch of Think Big Partners that was implemented in August 2010. Located in downtown Kansas City, TBCo provides three floors of collaborative coworking space for entrepreneurs, in addition to other amenities including high-speed internet, a coffee and alcohol bar, and meeting rooms. TBCo recently moved to a space at 1712 Main in the Crossroads Arts District, which provides room for more than 40 companies to collaborate. Since its founding, 3,421 coworkers have used the TBCo space, and nearly 30,000 meetings have been held at the building.