The 2016 Shawnee Chamber of Commerce Business Expo

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Business Expo
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Along with acquiring and developing commercial real estate in Kansas and California for more than 15 years, Russell Rahm serves as a senior executive at three companies spanning the sales and marketing industries. An engaged businessperson, Russell Rahm holds membership with the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce.

As part of its dedication to promoting business growth in the greater Shawnee region, the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce holds an annual Business Expo. In 2016, the event took place on October 6 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Over 60 business exhibitors and more than 500 attendees gathered at the Shawnee Civic Centre to help make the expo a success. Those in attendance had the opportunity to network with local business leaders in an effort to build lasting connections. Free of charge and open to the public, the event was made possible through the support of sponsors like Bayer, Shawnee Mission Ford, Deffenbaugh Industries, and Central Bank of the Midwest.

How Ratings with the Better Business Bureau are Assigned

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Ratings
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Russel Rahm is an entrepreneur and respected marketing industry executive. A two time winner of the 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies, Entrepreneurial Superstars Award by Inc. Magazine, Russel Rahm currently serves as President and CEO of Leading Edge Technology Strategies in Shawnee, Kansas, where he has led the company to an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Founded in 1912, the Better Business Bureau is a nonprofit organization that works to help connect consumers with businesses they can trust. Over 100 local and independent Better Business Bureaus operate under the guidance of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. In addition to collecting reviews, which were accessed over 172 million times in 2015, the Better Business Bureau assigns grade ratings to businesses to reflect their overall trustworthiness and quality.

Ratings, which range from A+ to F, are based on information collected from businesses, public data sources, and complaints that have been filed. To assign ratings, the Better Business Bureau uses the data on hand to evaluate multiple elements of an organization’s operations. These elements include a business’s complaint history, type of business, any known advertising concerns, length of time in business, and transparency of operations. In addition, any licensing or governmental actions against a business are taken into account.

Greater Kansas City BBB Extends to Charities

 

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Greater Kansas City BBB
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Russell Rahm is the president and chief executive officer of Millennium Marketing Inc., a successful and innovative direct marketing company. In his spare time, Russell Rahm volunteers at fundraisers arranged by the Greater Kansas City Better Business Bureau.

Aside from offering verified, credible information on businesses in the area, the Greater Kansas City Better Business Bureau (BBB) provides a service for charities and donors called the Charity Accreditation Program. Similar to the BBB’s work in evaluating businesses, the initiative gives charities the opportunity to assure volunteers and donors of their authenticity through the Greater Kansas City BBB’s approval.

The program started to address the concerns of potential donors who wanted to verify the trustworthiness of the incredibly large number of charities and fundraising events in the Kansas City area. People who wanted to support local charities or get involved also wanted to be sure that their time and money were not being wasted.

Kansas City Living Lab Pioneers Smart Streetlights

 

Kansas City’s Living Lab

Kansas City’s Living Lab

Since 2010, leader and entrepreneur Russell Rahm has served as president and CEO of Leading Edge Technology Strategies, a direct marketing service company. Russell Rahm also shares his entrepreneurial experience as a Member of the Advisory Board of Directors for Think Big Partners, which helps companies grow more innovatively and efficiently through many different projects and services.

Among its other projects, Think Big Partners will manage Kansas City’s Living Lab, a public-private partnership dedicated to bringing creative solutions and internet technologies to city infrastructure. One of the first technology solutions the lab will test is smart streetlights, a platform for energy-efficient, low-latency wireless sensor networks.

Through this initiative, lighting controls provided by Sensity’s NetSense tools will save energy and reduce crime by presence-based dimming. Eventually, the technology could be used on all 93,000 streetlights in Kansas City for significant energy savings. Ideas such as this one that use technology to improve the metropolitan area while saving costs and helping the environment embody the vision of the Living Lab.

Lessons in Innovation from America’s Largest Companies

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Think Big Partners
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A professional marketer committed to innovation in direct marketing, Russell (Rusty) Rahm has over three decades’ experience in growing sales companies. On the advisory board of Think Big Partners, Russell Rahm is an industry leader admired for his innovative approaches to running businesses.

Doing business in an era plagued with disruptive technologies can be unsettling. For successful entrepreneurs, staying ahead of the pack is not only about competing, it’s about survival. And the best way to do this is by weaving innovation into your company’s culture. Take these two lessons on innovation from some of America’s largest companies.

In the 1960s, America’s roads were dominated by US car brands Ford, GM, and Chrysler. So dominant were these companies that they grew complacent. Creativity and innovation were shelved. When Asia’s Toyota and Nissan landed in the US, they capitalized on innovation, growing their market share to what it is today. Lesson: consumers are always on the lookout for better products and services. Complacency in innovation is the enemy of long term success.

When Steve Wozniak talks about Apple’s beginning, he makes reference to how many times he thought their initial product had gone completely off-target. When Apple’s first computers were rolled out, Wozniak thought every person who bought an Apple machine would want to be a programmer. Little did he know that he was laying the foundation for today’s desktop publishing industry. Lesson: accidents can be a good thing. If the public falls in love with your “missed target” so much that it gains tangible value, own it and run with it.