Monday Morning Radio (Industry Experts)

What was once science fiction, is rapidly becoming reality – especially when it comes to the prospects of small businesses operating in space, or at the very least, feeding commercial space operations.

Earlier this month, a group of scientists, entrepreneurs, and space futurists gathered in St. Louis for Gateway to Space 2018: Destination Moon – a one-day conference about working and living on the moon. 

Christine Nobbe, an educator and president of St. Louis Space Frontier, was the opening speaker. She is host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart’s guest this week, as the two explore out-of-this-world business concepts and realities. 

Photo: Christine Nobbe, St. Louis Space Frontier
Posted: September 17, 2018
Monday Morning Run Time: 33:35

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Category:Industry Experts -- posted at: 8:30pm MDT

For Small Business, It Is the Best of Times; It Is the Worst of Times


What are the greatest rewards, and the greatest frustrations, of owning your own small business?

You may be surprised to learn that money isn’t the answer to either question.

What matters far, far more to America’s entrepreneurs? And what do they absolutely abhor?

The SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard has taken the pulse of American small business owners every month since 2010.

This week on Monday Morning Radio with host Dean Rotbart, SurePayroll’s Andy Roe, head “scorekeeper,” shares some of the most surprising insights into the way entrepreneurs feel on a wide variety of business topics. 

Did you know, for example, that 46% of small business owners are unable to break away from work long enough to have lunch? What about you?

Listen in to hear other eye-opening results from the SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard and see how your small business experience compares to the mainstream.

Photo: Andy Roe,
Posted: October 17, 2016
Monday Morning Run Time: 35 minutes 01 seconds



Direct download: SurePayroll_Scorecard.mp3
Category:Industry Experts -- posted at: 3:01pm MDT

Mind the (Generation) Gap: The Principal Financial Well-Being Index

How’s this for role reversal – Gen X and Baby Boomer business owners stand to learn a lot from (…wait for it) – Millennial business owners. That’s the conclusion of a survey of 600 American small businesses conducted for The Principal Financial Group, a Fortune 500 financial services company based in Des Moines.

Amy Friedrich, a senior vice president at The Principal who helps oversee the Index, shares the survey results and her analysis this week with host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart.

They may be younger than their Gen X and Baby Boomer peers, but Millennial-generation business owners are doing astonishingly well and also crushing it when it comes to work/life balance.

When compared to earlier generations of entrepreneurs, The Principal discovered that Millennials are working fewer hours, providing extra and innovative employee benefits, and projecting a higher level of optimism.

An article featuring a partial transcript of Dean's interview can be found on Martin’s Business Milestones at:


“Millennials are demonstrating they’re a new driving force as business owners,” says Friedrich. “Between working fewer hours, more growth and higher optimism, millennial business owners are a force to be reckoned with.”

Photo: Amy Friedrich, The Principal Financial Group

Posted: March 14, 2016

Monday Morning Run Time: 40 minutes 30 seconds

Want to learn how to turbocharge your personal or business reputation? Schedule a 30-minute FREE phone consultation with reputation coach and Monday Morning Radio host Dean Rotbart: 1-303-296-1200. Limited slots now booking for March and April 2016. 

Direct download: Amy_Friedrich_MMR.mp3
Category:Industry Experts -- posted at: 7:11pm MDT

What Global Trends Portend for Your Business in 2016

Each year, Stratfor – which is based not far from the Wizard Academy in Austin, Texas – issues its much-anticipated predictions for what we can expect in the coming year on a geopolitical front – and how developments in areas such as the Middle East, Russia, and China will affect global economics. That includes the impact on commodity prices, the value of the U.S. dollar in global markets, and consumer consumption. 

By placing global events in a geopolitical framework, Stratfor gives its clients a strategic advantage as they strive to be better prepared to seize opportunities and avoid risks.

This week’s guest on Monday Morning Radio, Sim Tack, is Stratfor’s director of analytical support. While the battlefields in Syria and Iraq, and the general political stability in Africa, may feel like there are light years removed from the day-to-day concerns of most American business owners and entrepreneurs, they are anything but.

As Sim explains to host and noted reputation coach Dean Rotbart, what’s happening a world away from Main Street USA – in our increasingly connected world economy – will impact every one of us in 2016.

Photo: Sim Tack, Stratfor
Posted: January 4, 2016
Monday Morning Run Time: 33 minutes 56 seconds

Direct download: Stratfor_Sim_Tack.mp3
Category:Industry Experts -- posted at: 6:24pm MDT

A Hiring System That Really Works - From Minimum Wage Workers to CEOs

Hiring the wrong person to go to work in your company can be a very expensive mistake. But don’t feel bad. Four out of five new hires nationwide never see their 18th month. 

Jeff Wilson knew there had to be a better way. A graduate of the Wharton School, Jeff designed the Ultimate Hiring System, a simple-to-follow method that allows every business – no matter how large or small – to attract, hire, and retain great people. Learn the dos and don’ts of recruitment this week on Monday Morning Radio.

[This is Jeff’s second visit to Monday Morning Radio. During his earlier interview, in November 2012, Jeff and his son Jake discussed the unglamorous world of bookkeeping and accounting, and demonstrated how to spot opportunities for profits that most business owners overlook. The episode is among the ten most popular all-time editions of the show.]

Photo: Jeff Wilson, Ultimate Hiring System
Posted: August 24, 2015
Run Time: 37 minutes and 03 seconds



Dean will be teaching his amazing 2-Day Mile High Reputation Tool Chest Workshop in Denver on September 3rd and 4th. The workshop will provide registrants with all the knowledge and training they need to rocket launch their local, national, and even global reputations. For more information or to register, visit

Direct download: Ultimate_Hiring_System.mp3
Category:Industry Experts -- posted at: 8:38pm MDT

How Does The Outlook For Your Small Business Compare?

How does the outlook for your small business compare to that of other owners across the United States? This week on Monday Morning Radio, hear the exclusive results of a survey of 600 small business owners who were asked their feelings on a variety of topics, including the financial health of their companies, plans to hire, employee benefits, and how they maintain a work/life balance.


Our guest is Amy Friedrich, a vice president at Des Moines-based Principal Financial Group, which conducted the Financial Well-Being survey for the third consecutive year.

Amy is interviewed by Wizard Academy faculty member Dean Rotbart, an award-winning veterarn broadcast journalist.  Dean is co-host of Business Unconventional. The one-hour radio newsmagazine debuted in October 2011 on News/Talk 710 KNUS AM in Denver.

The complete results of the Principal Financial Well-Being survey is available from

Be sure to follow B. Unconventional on Twitter: @BUnRadio and subscribe to Roy H. Williams's Monday Morning Memo.  The best things in life really are free!

Posted: October 20, 2014
Monday Morning Run Time:  24 minutes  20 seconds


Want to learn how to generate free publicity and social media "buzz" for your business?  Schedule a one-hour phone consultation with Monday Morning Radio co-host Dean Rotbart: 1-303-296-1200.  Limited slots still available in November and December. 

Direct download: 102014_MondayMorningRadio_PrincipalFinancialGroup.mp3
Category:Industry Experts -- posted at: 4:16pm MDT

You Might Call It A Dying Industry....and Business is Good!

This past October, nearly 6,000 business executives, most of them mom-and-pop operators, gathered in Austin, Texas to attend a global conference designed to make them more successful at their jobs…. as Funeral Directors.

Death remains a huge business in the United States and one of the few major industries that continues to be dominated by individual and family owners.  

On Monday Morning Radio this week, Jessica Koth, public relations manager for the National Funeral Directors Association, explains why the challenges and prospects facing funeral home operators are a microcosm of the broader entrepreneurial ecosystem. She also highlights the numerous opportunities for other small businesses to sell their products and services to funeral home directors.

Jessica is interviewed by Wizard Academy faculty member Dean Rotbart and wealth management expert David Biondo.  Dean and David are co-hosts of the weekly Business Unconventional radio news magazine broadcast on 710 KNUS AM in Denver.

For sponsorship opportunties, contact Dean Rotbart at 303-296-1200.

Be sure to follow B. Unconventional on Twitter: @BUnRadio and subscribe to Roy H. Williams's Monday Morning Memo.  The best things in life really are free!

Monday Morning Run Time:  24 mins 39 Secs
Photo: Jessica Koth, National Funeral Directors Association

Direct download: 120913_MondayMorningRadio_BUnRadio_Podcast_NFDA.mp3
Category:Industry Experts -- posted at: 3:56pm MDT