The Winter of Our Discontent

I’ve been joking for some time now that the winter of 2009-2010 will be remembered as The Winter of Our Discontent, what with the long brutal winter, bitter politics and moribund economy.

Now along comes Forbes to pile on even more misery. It recently released its America’s Most Miserable Cities index. Kansas City landed in the The Top 20 with its No. 13 ranking, based largely on the performance of the Chiefs and the Royals, but also because of high taxes and the crime rate.

I took a look at the list myself and concluded that the folks who compiled the report must think America is a pretty miserable place to live. The Top 20 included many of our largest cities: Philadelphia, Chicago, New York, St. Louis and Detroit to name just a few.

What surprises me is how quickly the local media has jumped all over this “news” to make sure that every man, woman and child is aware of it. As a city, we have a tendency to knock ourselves already; now we’re helping a major national business magazine in their efforts to do the same. Why?

I want to know what you think is good about Kansas City? What should we shouting from the rooftops about?

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Kelly Scanlon is the owner and publisher of Thinking Bigger Business Media. She recently finished a term on the national board of directors of the National Association of Women Business Owners, and was the national chair from 2010-2011. An advocate for small business owners, Kelly sits on numerous boards and committees to advocate on behalf of small business owners. She has won several awards for her advocacy. Among them are the 2011 United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award on behalf of Kansas City area small business owners, the U.S. Small Business Administration's Region VII Women's Business Champion of the Year in 2009, and the Women in Business Advocate of the Year from the State of Kansas in 2006. In 2002, she won the SBA's Region VII Small Business Journalist of the Year Award (Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas). Whatever your business stage—aspiring, startup, established, mature—Thinking Bigger Business Media has the resources you need to grow to the next level. We are a resource organization dedicated to providing the strategic, "how-to" information small business owners need to become more productive and more profitable. We also provide information that helps owners connect with resources within the business community that can help them grow. We deliver that information through a variety of media products and other channels easily accessible to business owners.
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