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.

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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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.