Monthly Archives: December 2011

Nature’s Own Health Food Market – Beatnik Radio

Nature’s Own is under new ownership and in great hands.  Jeff (new owner) and Arwen (long-time employee in the vitamins and herbs section) dish out some serious advice on eating and living healthy.  We discuss a few of the local Kansas City products that they carry and Jeff gives some great advice on small business ownership.  Another great contest prize is waiting to be won.

Listen to our chat over at iTunes

The contest:  In person or on the Nature’s Own Facebook page, suggest a local vendor or product that Nature’s Own currently does not carry.

The prize:  Two winners will receive a $25 gift card and free samples of the selected vendors product.

Beatnik Radio, keep it B.E.A.T.

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Planet Reuse and Flow. Two awesome companies that call Bizperc home.

Nathan Benjamin and Willow Lundgren are on to something.  Merging modern technology with a goal of reusing reclaimed building materials.  Planet Reuse is creating an online catalog that connects the salvager with the builder while avoiding the landfill.

Make reclaimed material reuse easier and more people will do it. This simple but revolutionary goal drove the founders of PlanetReuse to create a new kind of company in 2008. Frustrated by the time and resources it took to track down salvaged materials for their own commercial projects, they took an entrepreneurial leap to uncover a solution for the building industry as a whole.

Initially an internet-based material brokerage, PlanetReuse has evolved into a consulting and brokering company focused on providing the insight, experience and materials its clients need. With a well-defined and efficient process, PlanetReuse expertly matches materials with designers, builders and owners to save projects money, serve LEED efforts and sustain the planet.


And stay tuned for my chat with Coty Beasley from a design and branding company called Flow.

Your image is the most important factor of your business.  Flow’s attention to detail helps set you apart from the competition and ensures your message, the right message, resounds clearly with the right audience.

The guys at Flow care about results as much as the processes.  Coty takes the time to achieve your goals the first time and build a platform for the future.  If you’re ready for a well-honed and precise web experience for your brand, check out Flow.


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Dirtbag Arts, a Beatnik Radio Approved Affair.

Dirtbag Arts is an ongoing and ever-changing arts showcase in Kansas City.  Featuring a variety of different artists who cover a wide spectrum of artistic styles.  From dolls to custom woodworking to jewelry made from old skateboard decks.

One of a kind art is about all you will find at a Dirtbag Arts event.

Stay connected over at the page to receive information about the artists and upcoming events.

Dirtbag arts is a Beatnik Radio Approved Affair.

Learn more about and contact the artists below.

Listen to this special edition of Beatnik Radio.

First up: Brendan O’Shaughnessy from Lovesick Clothing, a men’s and women’s apparel company committed to the message of love and life.

For Love, Utterly Despised.

Next: Ali Bustos from a. whitwood.

A. Whitwood Studio is made up of thoughts and sub creations from the mind of a gal named Ali.

Based in Kansas City, Ali is a painter who is currently experimenting with fabric and the ways it can bring people joy.

She believes art is something that spills over into every part of life and is a connector piece between individuals.

Order your custom-made man-doll to look just like mom and dad.  Jr. will love having a realistic doll that looks like mom and dad.

Learn more at

Next: Kendon McBee from KM Design.

 Kendon is a custom woodworker painting, refinishing and building custom furniture.

 There  is nothing new under the sun and Kendon’s mission is to reveal that which is already beautiful within existing pieces of wood.

And now: Kira Terry from Wooden Hands.

Creating more than just jewelry, specifically wearable art from old skateboard decks.  Bracelets, earrings and more.

Thrashed skateboard decks have a second life thanks to Kira.

Drill it out and polish it up.  A one of a kind piece of jewelry has been created.

Last: Amanda Crown.

You will have to hunt her down in the real world to get your hands on her art.  Perhaps at the next DirtBag Arts event.

Bags, aprons, scarfs and more made from colorful cloth and other materials.

Amanda’s art is proof that creativity can easily come from having limited options and boundarys.

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Thinking Big with Herb Sih from Think Big Partners and BizPerc

You have an business idea that will help and serve others.  You are passionate about it and work hard to make it successful.  Chasing your dream has become an obsession.  You are, for better or worse, an entrepreneur.

In your house or apartment, you have been working hard and making good progress.  Quickly, you realize that you can’t do it all alone.  You need others to help bring it all together and pull it off.  You need to meet the right people who can help you in the areas that you aren’t as gifted in.  You need a co-working incubator for serious entrepreneurs.

Herb Sih and his partners at Think Big couldn’t find the perfect co-working space, so they decided to create it.  Herb believes in the creative entrepreneur.  Bizperc and the Think Big Partners are always on the lookout for exciting new businesses to bring into the Bizperc space.  And the space?  …it’s amazing.

What you will hear.

  • How to Think BIG. (it’s an attitude)
  • Brainstorming and idea creation.
  • Meeting people, networking, collaborating.
  • The building and the view…stunning!
  • The contest, free giveaway… the first ten people to complete the (easy) task get a punch card for three free days at the Bizperc co-working office space. ($45 value)  Find out how to enter at the end of the podcast.

Listen to our chat on iTunes

This episode of Beatnik Radio is brought to you by James Hoffman Book Keeping.  Personal and small business accounting, done.  He’s My Accountant!  -Derek

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