KC Job Seekers – Mark Van Baale – www.kansascityjobseekers.com

Mark Van Baale is passionate about getting job seekers and employers in touch with each other.  If you are looking for work or looking for a few great team members for your business, Mark’s blog KC Job Seekers is the place to be.

Mark and I talk about the importance of:

  • Networking and networking events
  • Blogging
  • The job search process
  • The future of The KC Job Seekers Blog
  • Building community
  • #hirefriday

This blog was started by Mark Van Baale with a purpose to help job seekers and provide information and resources for those who are unemployed/within career transition in the Kansas City area. Information about career workshops, classes, seminars, career fairs, networking events, etc. will be posted on this blog. In addition, job leads are often posted on the Job Leads page (majority are marketing, social media, or web related openings).

Contact Mark at markvanbaale@gmail.com if you wish to have job search related info posted on this blog.

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Small business owners struggle with bookkeeping, tax, and financial issues every day. Not only are these things time-consuming, failure to stay on top of these can be a threat to your security and viability. That’s why I became a small business accountant.  – James

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Simon says, “Start with ‘Why?'”

About a month ago, I found Simon Sinek’s TED talk “Start With Why,” AKA “The Golden Circle.”

About 7 minutes later, everything made sense and everything changed.

I watched Simon’s TED talk video in-between recording Beatnik Radio #4 and #5.  Starting with #5 is when I put the questions in the order of Why, How, What.  I changed the entire focus of my interview process to mirror the Start With Why or ‘Golden Circle’ method.  I did not explain what was happening during #5, I did however explained this during #6.  I think a short explanation helps a lot in this context.

A funny thing happened.  When I was prepping Graham Ripple for #6, Graham told me that he had seen that same TED talk about a year ago.  He explained that it changed everything about how he and his team at Life-Equals.com approached the entire marketing process.  They literally drew out a Golden Circle and restructured their efforts around it.  It shows in the video on Life-Equals.com.

Listen to what we say about it at the beginning and during the out-takes at the very end of our chat.

Thanks Simon!


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Email — Jim@jimaccountant.com

He’s my Accountant! -Derek

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Graham Ripple from Life Equals — Beatnik Radio — Episode # 6 11-7-2011

Graham and I chat about the Life = Life Project and how you can Give Health to another just by getting healthy yourself.  A brief discussion about adult onesies (you know, pajamas).  Mr. Ripple dishes out some seriously good advice to other small business owners along the way.

This episode of Beatnik Radio is brought to you by James Hoffman Accounting.  

” Small business owners struggle with bookkeeping, tax, and financial issues every day. Not only are these things time-consuming, they can be a threat to your security and viability. That’s why I became a small business accountant. My 20 years in small business taught me the hard way that staying on top of accounting can make the difference between success and failure. That’s why you need an accountant that understands what your needs are.” -James

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He’s my accountant! – Derek

More about Life =

A simple but profound idea: a better you creates a better world. Or, in other words, LIFE=LIFE.

In early 2009, three friends, Kyle and Abigail FitzGerald, and Graham Ripple, met in a Kansas City coffee shop to catch up in the midst of their busy lives. Their conversation soon turned to the difficulty of keeping up with the demands of their full-time jobs, busy personal lives and responsibilities of their small business.  They wanted a healthy product that conveniently provided focus and energy without the sugar and calories. Unsatisfied with available products they created the first of the Life Equals products: LIFE= Focus+Energy.  As they shared their original formula with friends, they heard story after story of its benefit in their friends’ lives. From that initial inspiration, they began crafting products that provide healthy solutions to everyday problems.
In that original conversation over coffee, an important question was asked: Could they use this product to somehow help not only those who directly take it, but also the global community at large?  That idea just made sense: as your life improves, you can improve the world around you. A better you creates a better world.  A few months later, a conversation about the needs of a small orphanage in Mozambique peaked their interest. In addition to clothing, the orphanage needed simple children’s multivitamins. As Kyle, Graham and Abby researched the role of supplements in developing countries, they found that multivitamins were necessary but both expensive and largely inaccessible.

They created the LIFE=LIFE Project – For every purchase you make, Life Equals will provide an equal amount of children’s multivitamins to an undernourished child through our partnership with Vitamin Angels. LIFE=LIFE one vitamin at a time.  Out of the idea that a changed world comes from changed individuals, Life Equals was born. Life Equals continues to strive to make the world a better place by empowering our customers to live better lives and participate in the needs of our world.
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I believe in…

The Wife (Carrie) and I

I believe in..

  • …what I am doing
  • …playing an active role in my future
  • …praying about it like it is all up to God
  • …working at it like it is all up to me
  • …making bold moves and taking risks
  • …time management
  • …doing what I love
  • …myself
  • …the reasons why I do the things that I do
Do you believe in these things for yourself?  If so, let me know.  If not, what gets you up and out of bed every morning?
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Stephanie Tillman of ikros and The Hope Station – Beatnik Radio

Stephanie Tillman

“Just a girl with a story.”  

Lucky for us that story is incredible, inspiring and full of hope.  

Stephanie walked into the coffee shop a full 30 minutes early for our chat.  I thought she must have had our interview time wrong, I was wrong.  She showed up a half hour early to do her thing.

Handing out T-shirts and a Sharpie for people to write on the shirt with, the unsuspecting folks who just happened to be in the right place at the right time won’t soon forget her.  Stephanie is a natural engager of people (total strangers in most cases).  Stephanie has a way of reaching straight through any guard that you may have up to protect yourself from others.  No guard needed here, nothing to be afraid of but maybe getting very real and honest.  She is the kind of person who most folks feel instantly at ease with, like you have just met one of your lifelong best friends for the first time.

Four or five T-shirts and photographs later, we started our chat.  We learn the why, how and what behind Stephanie,  the T-shirts and the Sharpie.  Plenty of great advice.  Plenty of inspiring words.  One amazing story.

Thanks Stephanie!

Listen to our chat on Beatnik Radio

Stephanie can be found at http://www.facebook.com/Thehopestation

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Start with “Why?”

BEHOLD! a creative business is close at hand.


Why beatnik radio?

Because we are…

  • Offering a view of the Kansas City Creative Business Landscape.
  • Providing a platform for Creative Businesses to let others know what they are up to.
  • Supporting people who are adding value to Kansas City and the world.
  • Proud of our little BIG city.
  • In love with Creative Kansas City Businesses.
  • Telling the stories and playing the songs of our fellow Creatives.
  • Inspired by our fellow Kansas City Creative Businesses.
  • E.P.I.C.
  • Because we are… about you.

-the truth…

…based on Good Marketing vs. Bad Marketing by Simon Sinek, a very inspiring and creative dude. -thanks Simon.

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Kansas City’s “Mr. Coffee” Gregory Kolsto – Oddly Correct Coffee

Mr. Coffee himself

Gracing the cover of the November edition of The Pitch and taking his rightful seat on his throne as Kansas City’s “Mr. Coffee.”  Well done Greg, Kansas City Loves You.  Read on…

*Photo Credit Above: Chris Mullins, The Pitch, Kansas City, MO

*Photo Credit Below: Me, iPhone 4, instagram

If you just can’t get enough of Greg, listen to our amazing little chat on Beatnik Radio.

Mr. Coffee

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Beatnik Radio Ep #4 — Clifton Alexander — Reactor Design Studio

Just Clifton, Being E.P.I.C.

Kansas City’s own “Creative Chuck Norris” stopped by last week for a chat.

Clifton Alexander of Reactor Design Studio brings it.

Learn about Secret Shwag, 4D Growth Solutions, the first ever Elevate Brainstorming Summit, the worlds most expensive business card, mix tapes produced by Jon Bartlett at Remix DJs and how to be E.P.I.C.  Why listen to this interview?  Because Clifton is an amazing big thinker, very inspirational and he knows his shit.  You will walk away with useful ideas and might want to talk with Clifton further about how to elevate your business to the next epic level.

p.s. If you know Donald Trump, have him listen to this!  Clifton’s dream is to make Donald Trumps Business card.

**added bonus secret track after the interview: Clifton’s philosophy on spices.**


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Congratulations Jonathon! Beatnik Radio Guest Update.

Attention, Update: The Skate Bench No1 Has Been Funded.

Beatnik Radio’s Guest No1 Has Done it Again.  Listen to Episode No1

The Skate Bench No1

Jonathon Kemnitser over at KEM STUDIO had a dream, and that dream has come true.  Jon has triumphed in front of the whole world.   Jon and his team’s Kick Starter Project Skate Bench No1 has officially been fully funded.  Now the work starts, right Jon?

According to Update #7:

Some guy named Tony Hawk just contacted us about donating SKATE BENCH No.1 to his foundation. He’s going to put one of his signed thrashed decks on our frame and auction it off. We’re honored and think that’s pretty amazing! What do you think Kickstarter’s, does it sound like a worthy cause (Ha)?

 Very cool guys.  Great Job!

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What is Beatnik Radio? We will have to wait and see…

I was asked a simple question,

and could not come up with an answer.

Person: “What is Beatnik Radio?”

Me: “uh, mmm, huh, well….eeerr.”

Take two, an attempt to give an answer:

Beatnik Radio is out of my hands and out of my control.  I do not own it.  Beatnik Radio belongs to the Kansas City community of creatives.  What happens to it and where it goes is just as much a mystery to me as it is to anyone else.  I do have specific ideas for some of the future direction, maybe.  There is an overwhelming amount of freedom and mystery infused in the crust of this new adventure.  More than enough to make certain that the future will be just as much a surprise to all of us as it will be a joy and a pleasure.

One fine Monday morning in September 2011 I woke up and had a vision.

The Goal: Capture the spirit of the Kansas City small business community and share it with others.

And there you have it.  Beatnik Radio.  Chasing The Spirit, wherever it shall lead.

Hello and Welcome to Beatnik Radio...All things business, all things beat.

The future is not yet written, at least not in any way that we could ever know or understand.  And so goes Beatnik Radio.

I love you Kansas City.  Lets figure it out together.

-Derek, a beatnik sort of business-like fellow.

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