What’s Your Big Idea?

Even in these challenging economic times, many small businesses have been remarkably resilient, employing inventive efforts to stay competitive and remain in business. These businesses are a testament to the power and potential of innovative ideas and creative implementation.

One of the things these companies shared in common is the power of “Thinking Bigger.”

Thinking Bigger is not necessarily about being bigger. It’s not about a higher employee count, or even about more products and services. Thinking Bigger is about changing the game.It’s about changing the internal, ongoing conversations that you have with yourself every day so that you can ask yourself different questions and start getting different answers. If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.

So, Thinking Bigger is about a mindset, it’s about an attitude, it’s about an approach. And the result of Thinking Bigger is game-changing ideas and innovations that down-in-the-trenches, feet-on-the-ground entrepreneurs like you and me are implementing every day across this country to start new businesses, to build existing businesses, to generate revenues, and, yes, to create new jobs.

And here’s the interesting thing about Thinking Bigger: When you Think Bigger and then share your Big Idea, you help others start to Think Bigger too. And then ThinkingbBigger actually gets bigger. And, ultimately, small businesses grow.

That’s why we’ve introduced the Big Idea Board. Launched officially last Saturday night at the Ninth Annual 25 Under 25 Awards, the Big Idea Board is both a physical board that we’ll be taking to business events in Kansas City throughout the year and a virtual board at www.BigIdeaBoard.com where visitors can post their Big Ideas.

We invite each of you to join the dialog of growth-minded business owners sharing tips, suggestions, ideas and best practices for taking small businesses to the next level. We’re not asking you to give up proprietary information – post what’s worked for you that might help another business, post an idea for a new product that you’d like to see someone develop, pose a “What If?” that another company might be able to act on. The BigIdeaBoard.com Web site allows not only for posting, but also for discussion of the ideas.

We’ll use this magazine, our radio show, and our social media tools to encourage the exchange and report back on some of the ideas we collect. Be one of the Smart Companies Thinking Bigger and share your Big Idea. You’ll be building your business, the entrepreneurial community in Kansas City, and the local and national economy.

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About Smart Companies Thinking Bigger®

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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