Monday Morning Radio (Successful Entrepreneurs)
Businessing Magazine Covers Topics That Inc. and Entrepreneur Overlook

Matt Smith is a small business owner who didn't think that magazines such as Inc., Entrepreneur, and Fast Company provide enough valuable information to truly small businesses seeking helpful resources.  So Smith, a Southern California web designer, built and launched Businessing Magazine, a digital publication with a special focus on the 75% of American small businesses that don't have any non-family employees.

 

This week on Monday Morning Radio, Smith discusses the strategy behind his new publication and how other entrepreneurs can also leverage content marketing to generate rapid growth.  

Matt is interviewed by Wizard Academy faculty member Dean Rotbart.  Dean and wealth management expert David Biondo are co-hosts of Business Unconventional. The one-hour radio newsmagazine debuted in October 2011 on News/Talk 710 KNUS AM in Denver.

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!

Photo: Matt Smith, Businessing Magazine
Posted
: October 6, 2014

Monday Morning Run Time:  30 minutes  53 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 October and November. 

Direct download: 100614_MondayMorningRadio_BusinessingMag.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 9:03pm MDT

No Fiddling Around: Huthmaker Fine Violins Strikes All the Right Business Chords

As graduates of virtually every class offered at Wizard Academy, Anna, Roland and Dixie Huthmaker have learned very well the lessons taught by Roy H. Williams and showcased here each week on Monday Morning Radio. 

Huthmaker Fine Violins is nationally renowned not only for its world-class collection of string instruments, but also for its warm, caring and oh-so-knowledgable customer service.  This week on Monday Morning Radio, the 3 Huthmakers share with us how they fine tuned their retail business and why they purchased an 1880 historic hotel as their brand new headquarters.  Hint: Roy teaches that expensive rent is the best advertising money can buy.

Listen and laugh with joy as your friends, the Huthmakers, tell of their happy journey to fame, fortune and romance.

The Huthmakers are interviewed by Wizard Academy faculty member Dean Rotbart, and wealth management expert David Biondo. Rotbart and Biondo are co-hosts of Business Unconventional, the one-hour radio newsmagazine that aired weekly on News/Talk 710 KNUS AM in Denver.

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!

Photo: Anna, Roland & Dixie Huthmaker
Posted
: September 8, 2014
Monday Morning Run Time:  31 minutes  12 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 this month. 

Direct download: 090814_MondayMorningRadio_Huthmaker.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 8:46pm MDT

Bad Backs Are Big Business - The Body Archer

At some point in their lives, 80% of Americans will suffer from back pain, creating ample opportunities for entrepreneurs who can help prevent or address the problem.

An Oscar-nominated film sound mixer with more than 4 decades experience in Hollywood, Robert Wald launched a second career selling The Body Archer stretching chair in 2012.  Handcrafted in the USA, the Body Archer replaces run-of-the-mill ergonomic desk chairs. 

This week on Monday Morning Radio, Robert shares his experience licensing, manufacturing and marketing The Body Archer.  Even if your back isn't achy, his business insights will make you sit up and take notice.

Robert is interviewed by Wizard Academy faculty member Dean Rotbart, and wealth management expert David Biondo. Rotbart and Biondo are co-hosts of Business Unconventional, the one-hour radio newsmagazine that aired weekly on News/Talk 710 KNUS AM in Denver.

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!

Photo: Robert Wald, The Body Archer
Posted
: September 1, 2014
Monday Morning Run Time:  26 minutes  27 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 this month. 

 

Direct download: 090114_MondayMorningRadio_Body_Archer.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 1:09pm MDT

It's A Grand Old Flag and Business Strategy: Patriotism and The Flag Company

Is patriotism marketable?  Will consumers buy products commensurate with their affinity for their country of origin or residence?

 

For the past 25 years, Atlanta's The Flag Company has studied the market value of patriotism and discovered quite a bit about what works - and what definitely doesn't.  This week on Monday Morning Radio, Vicki Lawrence, Flag Company's co-founder and CEO, shares some banner ideas for translating love of country into love of your products and services.

Vicki is interviewed by Wizard Academy faculty member Dean Rotbart.  Dean and wealth management expert David Biondo are co-hosts of Business Unconventional. The one-hour radio newsmagazine debuted in October 2011 on News/Talk 710 KNUS AM in Denver.

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:  July 14, 2014
Monday Morning Run Time:  33 minutes  26 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 this month.  

Direct download: 071414_MondayMorningRadio_FlagCo.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 7:28pm MDT

Videos That Jump From Greeting Cards, Stickers & Smartphones To Your Smartphone

This week's guests on Monday Morning Radio, the co-founders of Tap For Message, pose a challenge to the imaginative, courageous and ambitious alumni and friends of Wizard Academy: Take a look at their patent-pending audio and video chip technology, and figure out how your business might utilize it in ways they, themselves, never imagined.

 

Brothers Kadeer and Ahmer Beg have invented a means for consumers and businesses to easily create customized videos that "jump" from greeting cards, stickers, hang tags and invitations directly to smartphones.  Suddenly, even the most mundane gift or correspondence comes to life.

Listen to this week's audio and view Kadeer's exclusive video message that helps clarify how Tap for Message can turn into Tap for Profits for your business.

[View Kadeer's video at: http://www.tapformessage.com/invite/TFMMMR]

Kadeer and Ahmer are interviewed by Wizard Academy faculty member Dean Rotbart.  Dean and wealth management expert David Biondo are co-hosts of Business Unconventional. The one-hour radio newsmagazine debuted in October 2011 on News/Talk 710 KNUS AM in Denver.

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!

Photo: Ahmer (left) and Kadeer Beg
Posted:  June 30, 2014 
Monday Morning Run Time:  29 minutes 47 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 this month.  

Direct download: 063014_MondayMorningRadio_Tap_for_Message.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 5:30pm MDT

People want to do business with owners who they know and trust.  But in our digital age - where so much commerce is conducted online - building that personalized relationship can be difficult.

Sunpop Studios and its founder Rex Williams have spent 14 years perfecting the art of "Authentic Business Videos"  - in which you, the owner, is guided to produce a 2-to-3 minute "video conversation" with your customers and prospects that delivers proven results.

This week Monday Morning Radio launches its 3rd year of weekly, informative, small business podcasts with a revealing interview featuring Sunpop's Rex Williams.  And yes, as you'll quickly hear, Rex has been blessed with the creative DNA of his proud parents, Wizard Academy founders Roy and Pennie Williams.

Rex is interviewed by Wizard Academy faculty member Dean Rotbart.  Dean and wealth management expert David Biondo are co-hosts of Business Unconventional. The one-hour radio newsmagazine debuted in October 2011 on News/Talk 710 KNUS AM in Denver.

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!

To view a Sunpop video that features Dean Rotbart promoting the Wizard Academy's "How to Make Awesome Sauce" course (September 2011), click here.

Posted:  June 23, 2014
Monday Morning Run Time:  42 minutes 46 seconds 

Direct download: 062314_MondayMorningRadio_RexWilliams_Sunpop.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 10:57am MDT

Janska Clothing: Beating the Odds and Winning Profits and Acclaim

You're never too old or too inexperienced to succeed in business, if you have a vision and the courage to try.

That's one of the key takeaways from this week's Monday Morning Radio interview with Jan Erickson and Jon Thomas, the husband-and-wife duo who launched Janska Clothing in 2003 - when both of them were already in their 50s.

Since then, Janksa, which specializes in making women's outwear that is both fashionable and comfortable, has beat the odds.  The company will earn nearly $3 million this year and Jan was named a U.S. Small Business Administration "Small Business Person of the Year".

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

Also participating in this week's interviews is Talya Rotbart, Dean's wife, who also serves as Director of Guest Relations for Business Unconventional.

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!

Photo:  Talya Rotbart (l) and Jan Erickson

Posted:  June 2, 2014

 

Monday Morning Run Time: 26 mins 59 secs

Direct download: 060214_MondayMorningRadio_Janksa_Clothing.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 8:19pm MDT

Making Their Money Where Your Mouth Is:  Jan & Sassa Akervall

As entrepreneurs, the husband-and-wife duo of Jan and Sassa Akervall make their money where your mouth is.  

Dr. Akervall, one of the top ENT physicians in the United States, invented a mouth guard to prevent his patients from having their teeth accidentally chipped or broken during surgery.  Thin and strong, yet pliable, his Sisu mouth guards have now leapt from the operating room to mainstream America, where they are all the rage with professional and amateur athletes alike.  

 

The Akervalls - both originally from Sweden - are anything but guarded as they share their small business success secrets on this week's Monday Morning Radio.

Jan and Sassa are 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.

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:  May 5, 2014
Monday Morning Run Time: 29 mins  20 secs
Photo: Sassa Akervall, Sisu

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 this month.  

Direct download: 050514_MondayMorningRadio_BUnRadio_Podcast_Sisu.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 8:17pm MDT

When You Can't File, Can't Pay Or Both - How Larson Financial Helps Small Business Owners Work With The IRS

Jack Larson says that far more small businesses than you might imagine fall behind in filing their tax returns and paying their taxes.  So in 2005, Jack and his brother Ron established Larson Financial to help taxpayers who are in hot water with the IRS.  Business, not surprisingly, has boomed.  On this week's Monday Morning Radio, Jack offers some seasoned advice on how to negotiate successfully with the IRS and explains how he and Ron have managed to expand Larson Financial's client base so rapidly to all 50 states.

Jack 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.

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!

 

Photo: Jack Larson, Larson Financial
Posted:  
April 14, 2014
Monday Morning Run Time: 29 mins 37 secs


Snapden: The Low-Tech Photo Booth Is Enjoying A Resurgence

In the age of ubiquitous cell phone cameras and selfies, Kalvis Jauanarajs and his company, Snapden, have had to rethink and reinvent the low-tech photo booth, which once flourished as a novelty located at F.W. Woolworth and other five-and-dime stores.

In fact, the photo booth business is anything but obsolete. Thanks to savvy design improvements and greater mobility, Snapden photo booths are popping up everywhere from punk rock shows to the dentist's office.  Kalvis provides a close-up snapshot of how he is reinventing the photo booth experience on this week's Monday Morning Radio.

Kalvis 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.

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:  March 31, 2014
Monday Morning Run Time:
 28 mins 40 secs

Direct download: 033114_MondayMorningRadio_BUnRadio_Podcast_Snapden.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 3:35pm MDT

Goddess Garden: This 'Mompreneur' is Proof Positive that Necessity Really is the Mother of Invention

Just on time for spring, meet Nova Covington, a "mompreneur" whose natural sunscreen products are among the bestselling in the nation.  Nova started her company, Goddess Garden, 10 years ago, when she was searching for a solution to allergies that her newborn daughter had to the chemicals contained in conventional bath and skin care products. Goddess Garden has enjoyed sunny growth almost from day one.

Nova shares her formulation for success on this week's Monday Morning Radio and makes clear that necessity really does remain the mother of invention.

Nova 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.

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!

 

Photo: Nova Covington and her daughter, Paige
Posted:  
March 24, 2014
Monday Morning Run Time: 17 mins 44 secs


An Eclectic Entrepreneur and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Model - Tom Fischer, BourbonBlog.com

Tom Fischer is a Renaissance Man, whose life credentials include being a successful entrepreneur, world-class bourbon connoisseur, Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue model, butler, Oxford professor and - perhaps most importantly, a proud Wizard Academy graduate.

In a wide-ranging interview, Tom, proprietor of BourbonBlog.com, talks about the booming bourbon industry, his eclectic career, and his special connection to Gilligan's Island - all on this week's Monday Morning Radio. 

Tom 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.

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:  March 17, 2014
Monday Morning Run Time: 35 mins 09 secs
Photo:  Tom Fischer, BourbonBlog.com


Soybu's 'Of-the-Moment' Apparel for Women Are An Entrepreneurial Success

Jeff and Tina Schmitt work on the cutting edge of the apparel industry and are leaders in producing fashions that help women of all shapes and sizes feel comfortable and confident in their clothing. Their "of-the-moment" lifestyle brand is super hot.

The Schmitts, a small-business duo, founded their company, Soybu, in 1998, and now sell their women's active wear through major retailers, including Sports Authority, REI and CorePower Yoga. Last month, they opened the first of many dedicated retail outlets.

On this week's Monday Morning Radio, the Schmitts explain the secret to thriving in the highly competitive women's clothing industry.

The Schmitts are 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.

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:  March 3, 2014
Monday Morning Run Time: mins secs
Photo:  Tina and Jeff Schmitt, Soybu 

 

Direct download: 030314_MondayMorningRadio_BUnRadio_Podcast_Soybu.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 6:27pm MDT

ReciProty's Small Size Means Members Are Tight-Knit - An Interview With Founder Renee Wilbur

 

Compared to weighty LinkedIn, with well over 250 million worldwide users, Renee Wilbur's ReciProty has all the heft of a fleck of dust.

But it's ReciProty's small size, and the tight-knit community that it begets, that makes the Beaverton, Oregon, online resource exchange so valuable to those members who do discover it.

Wilbur reports that her small business members regularly go out of their way to help one another, whether they are searching for client referrals or seeking funds to rebuild after a tragedy or natural disaster. 

Hear Wilbur argue that the best things really can be found in small packages, this week on Monday Morning Radio.

Renee 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!

Posted:  February 17, 2014
Monday Morning Run Time: 25 mins 50 secs

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Gourmet Grassfed: Can A Mission-Driven, Ethically Minded Business Actually Prosper?

Ben Kramlich has a beef with the way most meat snack-food products are produced in this country.  So the Oshkosh, Wisconsin-based entrepreneur is traveling a different path, producing his Gourmet Grassfed nutritious snacks in an ecologically and economically responsible fashion:  relying on local farms that raise their animals strictly on grass.  No antibiotics.  No hormones. No artificial nitrates, and 100% ethically and sustainably produced.  Oh yes, Ben's legion of growing fans nationwide also report that his Gourmet Grassfed snacks are great tasting.

Can a mission-driven, ethically minded business prosper in today's cutthroat corporate snack world?  Hear what Ben Kramlich has to say on this week's Monday Morning Radio.

Ben 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:  16 Mins  52 Secs
Photo: Ben Kramlich, Gourmet Grassfed 


Direct download: 011314_MondayMorningRadio_BUnRadio_Podcast_Grassfed2.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 7:17pm MDT

Janet Sanders and Incom Direct Are Revolutionizing the Way Merchants Process Credit Cards

Janet Sanders, founder and CEO of Incom Direct, is an entrepreneurial rebel with a cause.  

With her last $500 - and working out of the back of her home - Janet set out in 2002 to revolutionize the credit card processing industry.  Her goal was to bring down the price that merchants, such as she, paid for accepting MasterCard and Visa.

Today, Janet's Incom Direct clears more than $2 billion annually in credit card charges and she has rewritten the industry's playbook.  Janet tells the story of her amazing journey - and the important lessons other entrepreneurs can learn from it - on this week's Monday Morning Radio.

Janet 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:   17 Mins  31 Secs
Photo: Janet Sander, Incom Direct


Taking Their Own Advice: The Co-Founders of ShaveMOB.com Began By Coaching Other Entrepreneurs

Zach Randall and his partner Nick Yorchak earn their living advising other entrepreneurs how to build online traffic and revenue strategies.

Earlier this year, Zach and Nick decided to take their own advice - launching ShaveMOB.com, a national web retailer that let's men and women purchase premium shaving razors at discounts of as much as 70%.

On this week's edition of Monday Morning Radio, Zach talks about betting on himself and his skills as a digital marketing consultant as he takes on the multi-billion dollar razor industry.  Talk about having "skin in the game!"

Zach 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:   20 Mins  11 Secs
Photo: Zach Randall

Direct download: 121613_MondayMorningRadio_BUnRadio_Podcast_ShaveMOB.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 8:55am MDT

Zero to More than 2 Million Members: How John Levisay Used Social Media to Build Powerhouse Craftsy.com in Just Over 3 Years

In a little more than three years, Craftsy.com has added more than 2 million members who gobble up its online classes, free videos and how-to articles. This week on Monday Morning Radio, Craftsy.com founder John Levisay reveals how he and his team crafted their own entrepreneurial success story, relying heavily on social media.

Also appearing on today's show is Wizard Academy alumnus Homer Hudson Hillis, Jr., whose company, HHH Enterprises sells crafts supplies. Feeling crafty?

Monday Morning Radio is produced in cooperation with Business Unconventional, the weekly radio news magazine broadcast every Sunday at 8 am (Mountain) on 710 KNUS AM in Denver.  For sponsorship opportunties, contact Dean 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:  28 mins 01 Secs
Photo:  John Levisay, Founder, Craftsy.com 

Direct download: 111713_MondayMorningRadio_BUnRadio_Podcast_Craftsy_2.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 5:49pm MDT

Nannyshare USA's Melissa Kaye Snyder Brings the Sharing Economy to Childcare

The so-called sharing economy is growing rapidly in the United States as consumers and business owners recognize the value of sharing everything from private jets and cars to vacation homes.  

Entrepreneur Melissa Kaye Snyder reasoned that such sharing services need not be confined to the rich.  So she launched Nannyshare USA, which pairs families who want in-home daycare with one another and provides them a qualified, carefully screened nanny who they share.  The service has proven particularly popular with small business owners who are seeking an alternative to standard daycare for their children.

Joining Melissa this week on Monday Morning Radio is one of her satisfied clients, Chad Davis, who this month opens his new eXtreme Bodyshaping fitness center in Parker, Colorado. 

Melissa talks about the sharing economy and her conviction that it will continue to represent a larger and larger slice of our economy in the years to come.

Direct download: 100713_MondayMorningRadio_BUnRadio_Podcast_Nannyshare.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 7:34pm MDT

Major Mom Helps Executives Organize Their Personal and Professional Clutter

Angela Cody-Rouget spent 14 years in the U.S. Air Force, where among other lessons she learned the value of systems and processes.  Now Cody-Rouget, who attained the rank of Major, leads an expanding squadron of professional organizers in carpet bombing the piles of clutter and junk that busy executives and entrepreneurs accumulate in their business and personal lives.

Cody-Rouget, whose company is named Major Mom, shares some incredibly useful tips for decluttering both your physical and mental space on this week's Monday Morning Radio

Cody-Rouget 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.

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:  30 mins 26 Secs
Photo:  Angela Cody-Rouget, founder, Major Mom

Direct download: 092313_MMR_BUnRadio_Podcast_MajorMom.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 4:30pm MDT

Exclusive Interview: Dr. Arlen D. Meyers, President, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs

Healthcare may very well represent the largest prospective financial kitty ever dangled in front of risk takers and entrepreneurs.

Medicine, medical services and medical devices are booming profit centers, and not just for those with science or medical degrees. Everyone from accountants to real estate agents stand to claim their stake of the healthcare pie, if they know where the opportunities lie.

This week on Monday Morning Radio, Arlen D. Meyers, who holds both an MD and an MBA, talks about the financial rewards available to those who can help accelerate biomedical and healthcare innovation and get ideas to patients faster.  Dr. Meyers is the president of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs, a global organization that encourages doctors and others to roll up their sleeves and create profitable businesses.

Though you might not realize it, Dr. Meyers explains why doctors, in particular, make exceptional entrepreneurs. 

Dr. Meyers 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.

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:  26 mins 14 Secs
Photo:  Dr. Arlen D. Meyers, President, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs

Direct download: 091613_MondayMorningRadio_BUnRadio_Podcast_SoPE.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 8:25pm MDT

Karen Suhaka Knows the Formula for Turning Vast Quantities of Free Government Data into Small Business Gold

Healthcare reform.  Gun control.  Gay Marriage.  Global Warming.

Week in and week out across the country, legislation addressing some of the most contentious issues of our time is produced, debated, revised, and implemented in all 50 states.

Serial database entrepreneur Karen Suhaka recognized that small businesses and average citizens had no easy way to stay informed on the thousands of bills generated across the country each year.  So Karen launched BillTrack50.com, a comprehensive, online portal that lassos millions of pages of legislative gobbledygook, organizes them, and presents the documents in a logical and easy-to-access manner.

On this week's Monday Morning Radio, Karen discusses her proven formula for turning vast quantities of free government data into small business gold.

Karen 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.

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 Radio Run Time: 27 mins 11 secs
Photo: Karen Suhaka, BillTrack50


Shatter Buggy Will Speed To Wherever You Are  To Fix Your Shattered iPhone or iPad Glass

When it breaks, fix it immediately.

That is the business strategy behind Benjamin Head’s Shatter Buggy, an iPhone and iPad mobile repair business that uses a fleet of snappy smart cars to draw the public’s attention and make rapid repair calls to your home, your business, coffee shops and even gyms.

Head, a former commercial airline pilot, launched Shatter Buggy in January 2012, realizing that each day, thousands of us -- mere mortals that we are - drop our iDevices or otherwise obliterate our screens and inflict bodily damage on these high-tech marvels.

Apple Inc. expects to sell 200 million iPhones this year, plus another 100 million iPads. Shatter Buggy is counting on the “klutz” in all of us to grow his business nationally.

Benjamin Head, founder of Shatter Buggy, showcases his company on this week’s Monday Morning Radio.

Monday Morning Radio Run Time: 13 mins  48 secs
First Broadcast: February 3, 2013
Photo:  Shatter Buggy "Surfing" 


Shane DeRolf: Yesterday's Zoo Aims to Protect Today's Endangered Species

Shane DeRolf is an eleven-time Emmy Award-winning writer, producer, director, narrator, and composer.  

He's also an entrepreneur who recognizes the huge potential market in educating and entertaining young children.

Shane's latest venture, Yesterday's Zoo, is a unique monthly book club designed to teach kids about endangered species, while engaging their imaginations. Can Shane translate his success in television to the highly competitive (and crowded) children's publishing industry?  Listen to this week's Monday Morning Radio and discover Shane's game plan.

Shane 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.

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 Radio Run Time: 23 mins 20 secs
Photo: Shane DeRolf
, CEO and Chief Creative Officer, Yesterday's Zoo


Little Girls Are Big Business: From Securities Law to 'Poppy Drops' Mogul

Little girls can't grow up fast enough and their parents can't keep them little long enough. It's an age-old conundrum. 

So Shelly Coffman, who worked in securities laws for an investment bank, sought out a happy medium for her own daughter who wanted to wear pierced earrings just like the Big Girls do.  Shelly invented Poppy Drops, a temporary tattoo that lets little girls enjoy all the fun of earrings without the complications and responsibility of permanent piercing.

Poppy Drops has grown into a mega retail success, selling removable earrings and tattoos across the country both online and at an impressive and growing number of retail outlets. 

On this week's Monday Morning Radio, Shelly shares the story behind her unexpected kid-hit.  As you'll hear, little girls are big business, especially because parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles seem to have almost no self-control when it comes to doting on them.

Shelly 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.

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 Radio Run Time: 28 mins  04 secs
Photo: Shelly Coffman, Poppy Drops

Direct download: 060313_MondayMorningRadio_BUnRadio_Podcast_PoppyDrops.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 8:42pm MDT

The Compelling Case for Embracing a Peer-Advisory Board: Featuring Jason P. Zickerman, President & CEO, The Alternative Board

Gaining wisdom and practical solutions from one another is the premise that drives The Alternative Board, a global organization that brings together business owners in small peer-advisory groups that meet monthly to help one another.

Founded in 1990, more than 13,000 business owners from Iowa to Ireland have joined "The Board." 

This week on Monday Morning Radio, Jason P. Zickerman, president and CEO of TAB (the business group - not the diet soda), talks about the wisdom of asking business owners, who initially are strangers to one another, to form a functioning, mutual advisory board. 

In Jason's view the equation is quite simple:  If you're the smartest person in your own company, you better look to outsiders if you want your business to demonstrate breakout profitability, productivity and - importantly - to provide you greater personal fulfillment.

Jason 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.

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 Radio Run Time: 41 mins  07 secs
Photo: Jason P. Zickerman, The Alternative Board 


Tim Storm, FatWallet Founder, Reflects on the Sale of His Company
Entrepreneur Tim Storm sold his business, Fat Wallet, in September 2011, after more than a decade of pouring his heart and soul into the online consumer savings site.  The sale put Tim on a solid financial footing for the rest of his life.
Tim's has had time to reflect on his Fat Wallet days, and on this week's Monday Morning RadioTim shares some of the most valuable decisions he made and some of the wisest lessons he learned.  He also drops some enticing hints about what's next on his business agenda.
If you dream about cashing out your business one day and living the good life, then Tim's story will provide plenty of encouragement.

Tim is interviewed by Wizard Academy faculty member Dean Rotbart, who along with wealth management expert David Biondo co-hosts the weekly Business Unconventional radio news magazine broadcast on 710 KNUS AM in Denver.

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 Radio Run Time: 26 mins 23 secs
Photo: Tim Storm, Fat Wallet (2010) 


Direct download: 052013_MondayMorningRadio_BUnRadio_Podcast_TimStorm.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 6:05pm MDT

Brad Kriser is an Entrepreneur Who Celebrates The Fact That His Business is One for the Dogs (and Cats)

Brad Kriser's growing chain of Kriser's all-natural pet food stores is taking a big bite out of the $51 billion pet industry pie.

Launched in Chicago in 2006, Kriser's is expanding rapidly with more than 15 locations now in greater Chicago, Denver and Southern California.

Brad and his Kriser's are the antidote to the big box pet food stores.  On this week's Monday Morning Radio, he shares the customer and customer-service insights that are fueling his success.

Brad is interviewed by Wizard Academy faculty member Dean Rotbart, who along with wealth management expert David Biondo co-hosts the weekly Business Unconventional radio news magazine broadcast on 710 KNUS AM in Denver.

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 Radio Run Time: 18 mins


Direct download: 051313_MondayMorningRadio_BUnRadio_Podcast_BradKriser.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 9:40am MDT

Doc Popcorn: The Irresistible Smell of Success (Buttered)

What could be more enticing than the smell of fresh, buttered popcorn?  How about the smell of success?

Entrepreneurs Renée and Rob Israel enjoy the aroma of both, as the founders of Doc Popcorn, a nationwide, rapidly growing chain of all-natural gourmet popcorn retail outlets.  

The Israels count on the smell of freshly popped popcorn to draw in impulse buyers, who are also encouraged to sample the merchandise. The formula works.

Renée is bursting with insights for other entrepreneurs, as she shares the story of Doc Popcorn's phenominal growth with Dean Rotbart and David Biondo on this week's edition of Monday Morning Radio.

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 Radio - Run Time:  30 min 44 secs
Photo:  Renée Israel, Doc Popcorn

Direct download: 040813_MondayMorningRadio_BUnRadio_Podcast_DocPopcorn.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 7:55pm MDT

WANTED POSTERS: Hendrix, Dylan, and The Greatful Dead: Andrew Hawley Hunts Down Rare Rock 'n Roll Posters

The Rolling Stones at Memorial Auditorium (1964). Jimmy Hendrix playing the HIC Arena in Honolulu in 1968.  The Grateful Dead at Trouper's Club in Los Angeles (1966).

Posters for these concerts and hundreds of others featuring rock 'n roll legends of the 1950s and 1960s were never intended to last. Which is why today's hardcore collectors will pay thousands of dollars to acquire the few concert promotions that have survived the decades. 

If you love the early pioneers of rock music, you won't want to miss this week's edition of Monday Morning Radio, featuring Andrew Hawley, a rock historian who makes his living trading vintage rock concert posters and related ephemera.   

Hawley's Vintage Rock Posters is a niche business, but one that reinforces the notion that personal passions and business savvy are not mutually exclusive.

By the way, Hawley will lay down some fast and serious cash if you've got the right memorabilia hanging around your garage or attic.  This show could be music to your ears.

Hawley is interviewed by Wizard Academy faculty member Dean Rotbart, who along with wealth management expert David Biondo co-hosts the weekly Business Unconventional radio news magazine broadcast on 710 KNUS AM in Denver.

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 Radio - Run Time: 32 min 57 sec
Photo:  Host David Biondo (l) and Andrew Hawley with a Greatful Dead poster.


Investment Banker Turned Men's Salon Owner: Why A $15 Trim Just Doesn't Cut It In The Business World

Bill Chrismer makes his living making men look successful and advising them on how to "look the part."  Okay, so he's a barber.  But the former investment banker - yes you read that correctly - is no ordinary stylist.

In truth, he leaves the actual grooming to others.  But Bill and his Denver-based GQ Barber Lounge  - one of the first upscale male-specific salons in the country - do provide mens' haircuts, straight razor shaves, manicures, pedicures and hair removal.  It's all part of Bill's mission to help power brokers and would-be power brokers look and feel the part.

On this week's Monday Morning Radio, Bill details why that cheap $15 trim you currently opt for just doesn't cut it.  

Bill is interviewed by Wizard Academy faculty member Dean Rotbart, who along with wealth management expert David Biondo co-hosts the weekly Business Unconventional radio news magazine broadcast on 710 KNUS AM in Denver.

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 Radio - Run Time:  28 min  25 sec
Photo:  Bill Chrismer, GQ Barber Lounge - Denver

Direct download: 031113_MondayMorningRadio_BUnRadio_Podcast_GQLounge.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 8:50pm MDT

Turning Bronze into Gold: Chris L. Tucker and His Allstar Casts

Innovator Chris Tucker had absolutely no experience in the art or sports collectibles worlds.  But he had an idea - to bronze the hands of famous athletes, including John Elway, Todd Helton, Larry Walker, Troy Aikman, Dan Marino,Ted Williams, Ernie Banks, Bob Gibson and Goose Gossage.

Tucker, a "Simultaneous Entrepreneur," teamed with artist Raelee Frazier, who perfected the method of making such life casts.

His company, Allstar Casts, is unique - creating museum-quality bronze life cast hands and selling them to private patrons, galleries, sports arenas and even The Smithsonian.

In this week's fast-paced Monday Morning Radio interview, Tucker traces his entrepreneurial journey and the lessons it offers to anyone who may lack experience, but has plenty of vision and drive. 

Chris is interviewed by Wizard Academy faculty member Dean Rotbart, who along with wealth management expert David Biondo co-hosts the weekly Business Unconventional radio news magazine broadcast on 710 KNUS AM in Denver.

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 Radio - Run Time:  20 min  23 sec
Photo:  Chris L. Tucker, Allstar Casts 

Direct download: 020413_MMR_BURadioPodcast_AllstarCasts.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 6:01pm MDT

 Toy Story: Shareworthy Customer Service Wrzesinski Style

Phil Wrzesinski owns and operates one of the world's most magical independent toy stores, named “one of the 25 best independent stores in America” in the book Retail Superstars. He teaches and consults retail businesses on how to raise the bar in everything from financials to customer service to hiring and training a staff that is a work of art.

Phil and Tim Miles will be teaching a two-day course at Wizard Academy that will provide you with the tools and techniques you need to raise your level of Customer Service to the point where your customers will want to brag about their terrific experience with you.

Hear Monday Morning Radio's recent interview with Tim Miles
Register for Phil and Tim's Wizard Academy class 

Phil is interviewed on Monday Morning Radio by fellow Academy faculty member and graduate Dean Rotbart and by David Biondo, a veteran financial planner and successful entrepreneur. Rotbart and Biondo produce Monday Morning Radio and serve as co-hosts in cooperation with Business Unconventional on 710 KNUS AM in Denver.

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 Radio - Run Time:  28 min  56 sec
Photo: Phil Wrzesinski, Toy House and Baby Too

Direct download: 123112_MMR_BUnRadio_Podcast_Toys.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 10:41pm MDT

 Car Heaven: Jack Farland Brings New Life to Some of the World's Greatest-Ever Cars and Trucks

Do you love classic cars?  Entrepreneur Jack Farland earns his living restoring some of the world's greatest automobiles to their original showroom condition: A 1962 Porsche Super 90; a 1960 Ferrari 250 PF Cabriolet; a 1970 Fiat Dino; and a 1941 Cadillac Series 61 - to mention only a few.

Farland, owner of Classic Restoration By Country Club - one of the nation's most respected classic restoration shops -  discusses the high-end restoration business and the business lessons he's learned from helping make client fantasies come true.

Farland is interviewed by Wizard Academy faculty member and graduate Dean Rotbart and by David Biondo, a veteran financial planner and successful entrepreneur. Rotbart and Biondo produce Monday Morning Radio and serve as co-hosts in cooperation with Business Unconventional on 710 KNUS AM in Denver.  Also joining the conversation is Jeff Wilson a small business expert and co-founder of LoomView Enterprises.  Wilson is a regular contributor to B. Unconventional

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 Radio - Run Time:  31 min 44 sec
Photo: Jack Farland and one of his recent restorations

Direct download: 122412_MMR_BUnRadio_Podcast_Farland.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 10:55pm MDT

Nathaniel Drew & the Salt Lake Pops Orchestra: Reinventing the Symphony with 21st Century Sensibilities

Entrepreneurial talent is not confined to conventional businesses.  Nathaniel Drew, this week's guest on Monday Morning Radio, is combining his musical talents with his business instincts to grow his Salt Lake Pops Studio Orchestra into a global Internetphenomenon.  You will learn a lot by listening to Nathaniel - not to mention enjoying his music immensely.  

Drew is interviewed by Wizard Academy faculty member and graduate Dean Rotbart and by David Biondo, a veteran financial planner and successful entrepreneur. Rotbart and Biondo produce Monday Morning Radio and serve as co-hosts in cooperation with Business Unconventional on 710 KNUS AM in Denver. 

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 Radio - Run Time:  37 min 51 sec
Photo: Nathaniel Drew

Direct download: 121712_MMR_BUnRadio_Podcast_SaltLakePops.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 6:00pm MDT

The Master of 'Media Bypass' Is Back With Cranberry Newswire

David McInnis, Wizard Academy faculty member and benefactor, revolutionized the news release industry when he founded PRWeb.  Now, McInnis is back with another forward-thinking company - Cranberry Newswire - that takes the concept of 'Media Bypass' to the next level.  

Media Bypass allows small business owners and entrepreneurs to navigate around news media gatekeepers - distributing their carefully crafted stories directly to existing and potential customers.  Unlike conventional news releases, the stories appearing on Cranberry Newswire have been professionally researched, reported and written by veteran journalists.  

That means customers and other readers will actually want to read about the companies, services and organizations featured on Cranberry Newswire.

McInnis's partner in Cranberry Newswire is veteran, Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist Dean Rotbart, a fellow Wizard Academy faculty member.   

Rotbart and David Biondo, a veteran financial planner and successful entrepreneur, produce Monday Morning Radio in cooperation with their weekly radio newsmagazine, Business Unconventional, which airs each Sunday morning at 8:05 a.m. (Mountain) on 710 KNUS AM in Denver.

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 Radio - Run Time:  30 min  47 sec
Photo: David McInnis, Co-Founder, Cranberry Newswire


Direct download: 121012_MMR_BUnRadio_Podcast_McInnis.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 9:06am MDT

World Long Drive Champ Ryan Winther and Max Muscle's Mark Sarale Talk Sports Marketing

Sports marketing is huge.  But getting it right is no layup.  

On this week's edition of Monday Morning Radio, we go behind the story of one successful sports marketing partnership, between 2012 RE/MAX World Long Drive Champion Ryan Winther and his earliest and most ardent sponsor, Mark Sarale, a regional director at Max Muscle Sports Nutrition in Northern California.

Early on, Sarale and Max Muscle generously supplied their sports nutrition expertise and powerful proven supplements to Winther, who with their backing rose rapidly to the top of his sport.  "That moment changed my life," Winther says of the first time he walked into one of Sarale's Max Muscle Sports Nutrition Store located in Sacremento.

Three months later, Winther, who once aspired to a career as a professional baseball player, broke the golf ball speed record with a swing that sent the ball rocketing 402 years at 237 miles per hour.

Winther talks about how the lessons of golf success can be applied to the business world.  And, importantly, what other business owners should know before they hook up with an athlete in pursuit of a marketing championship.

Monday Morning Radio is hosted by Wizard Academy faculty member and graduate Dean Rotbart and by David Biondo, a veteran financial planner and successful entrepreneur. Rotbart and Biondo produce Monday Morning Radio in cooperation with their weekly radio newsmagazine, Business Unconventional, which airs each Sunday morning at 8:05 a.m. (Mountain) on 710 KNUS AM in Denver.

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 Radio - Run Time:  44 min  56 sec
Photo: Ryan Winther, 2012 RE/MAX World Long Drive Champion


Direct download: 112612_MMR_BUnRadio_Podcast_Winther.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 6:44pm MDT

'Creative' Accounting Transforms Boring Bookkeeping into Profitable Business Intelligence

Wizard Academy helps business owners and entrepreneurs discover the science in every art.  In its unconventional classes, which draw creative men and women from around the world, the goal is to demonstrate step-by-step how to do consciously what gifted people do instinctively.

In the generally unglamorous world of bookkeeping and accounting, Jeff and Jake Wilson are two such gifted visionaries.  The Wilsons, a father-son duo, look at the same tedious numbers that other bookkeepers and accountants crunch, only the Wilsons spot opportunities for profits and positive change that typically go undetected.

The Wilsons, cofounders of LoomView.com, are this week’s guests on Monday Morning Radio, produced in cooperation with 710 KNUS AM’s Business Unconventional, the weekly radio newsmagazine airing each Sunday at 8:00 a.m. in Denver and is streamed simultaneously around the world at www.710KNUS.com.

While Jeff, a Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, is a nationally recognized business coach, son Jake comes to the task as someone trained in an entirely unrelated field – architectural design. 

Building a successful business is similar to building a great structure, Jake explains.  “If you don’t know where the beams are, if you don’t know what the foundation is made of, and if it’s not constructed properly, it will not be able to hold up and perform.”

The Wilsons are interviewed by Wizard Academy faculty member and graduate Dean Rotbart.  Rotbart, along with David Biondo, serve as cohosts of Business Unconventional.  Jeff Wilson is a regular contributor to the broadcast radio program.

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 Radio - Run Time:  24 min 16 sec

Photo: Jake (l) and Jeff Wilson (r), LoomView CoFounders

Direct download: 111212_MMR_BUnRadio_Podcast_LoomView.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 11:20pm MDT

1 Hour (Or Pretty Darn Close) Inside the Mind of Rieva Lesonsky - Small Business Legend

This week on Monday Morning Radio, an exclusive, extended interview with Rieva Lesonsky, a pioneering journalist who spent almost 25 years as the editorial director at Entrepreneur magazine.  When Rieva began, in the early 1980s, few news organizations paid any attention to small business owners.  And most business reporters didn't even know the meaning of the word "entrepreneur."

Rieva has helped many thousands of people start and grow their own businesses.  Now, as the head of her own company, GrowBiz Media, Rieva continues to write about small businesses and is a much-in-demand public speaker and consultant.

This week's audio was recorded simultaneously with the taping of Business Unconventional, the weekly one-hour radio newsmagazine that is broadcast each week on 710 KNUS AM and around the world at www.710KNUS.com.  

B. Unconventional is hosted by Wizard Academy faculty member and graduate Dean Rotbart and by David Biondo, a veteran financial planner and successful entrepreneur.  Also joining the conversation in the second half of this week's audio is Jeff Wilson a small business expert with ActionCoach - Team Empowerment.  Wilson is a regular contributor to B. Unconventional

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 Radio - Run Time:  50 min  28 sec
Photo: Rieva Lesonsky

Direct download: 110512_MMR_BUnRadio_Podcast2_Rieva.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 8:36pm MDT

Holly Hamann and Blog Frog Mobilize Bloggers and Other Social Media Influencers

Holly Hamann is an indefatigable entrepreneur who has helped launch six start ups.  Her latest venture, Blog Frog, was just named one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s “100 Brilliant Companies.”

Blog Frog, whose clients include national brand companies – such as Intuit, KinderCare, Shutterfly and Subway – connects clients with popular bloggers and other social media influences to generate peer-driven content on topics including food, fashion, parenting, fitness and technology. 

Blog Frog leaps past the clutter of Internet ads to harness the power of more than 100,000 social influencers. Everyone benefits. Ribbit. Ribbit.

Hamann, who personifies the cutting-edge, unconventional thinking taught at the Wizard Academy, is interviewed by Academy faculty member and graduate Dean Rotbart and by David Biondo, a veteran financial planner and successful entrepreneur.

Rotbart and Biondo produce Monday Morning Radio and serve as co-hosts in cooperation with Business Unconventional on 710 KNUS AM in Denver.

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!

Run Time:  33 min  19 sec
Photo: Holly Hamann, Blog Frog

Direct download: 081312-MMR-BUnRadio-HollyHamann.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 1:48pm MDT

Kesslers Diamonds: How Richard Kessler Dominates His Market - 2 Seconds at a Time

The commercial is short and to the point: "Please take me to Kesslers."  It lasts only 2 seconds.  But Kesslers Diamonds runs the "blink" ad, and others like it, twice an hour, every hour, on 30 or so different radio stations where the Wisconsin-based retail jewelery chain promotes itself.  It's not the only marketing that founder and President Richard Kessler engages in, but it is indicative of his unconventional style.

On this edition of Monday Morning Radio, produced in cooperation with Business Unconventional on 710 KNUS AM in Denver, co-hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart trace the unlikely mega-success of Kesslers Diamonds and its two-decade plus association with Roy H. Williams Marketing of Austin.

Don't be fooled.  Although Richard has yet to teach an actual course at The Wizard Academy, we defy any business owner - especially one whose company works in retail - to listen to this full audio and not come away with valuable, practical, entrepreneurial insights.

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!

Run Time: 30 min 16 sec
Photo: Richard Kessler, Kesslers Diamonds 

Direct download: 070912-MMM-BUnRadio-Podcast.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 11:46am MDT

B. Eric Rhoads Offers Some Valuable Insights - Monday Morning Radio Exclusive!

B. Eric Rhoads, chairman and CEO of Streamline Publishing Inc., provides some valuable insights on how he succeeded in the publishing industry.  This exclusive bonus audio follows Eric's June 24, 2012 broadcast interview on Business UnconventionalAmong the magazines that Eric publishes are: Radio InkPlein Air and Fine Art Connoisseur

The Rhoads to Success: Putting Passion to Work - the broadcast portion of Eric's interview, is available here: http://mondaymorningradio.libsyn.com/webpage/the-rhoads-to-success-putting-passions-to-work

Based in Austin, Texas, Eric is a frequent visitor to the Wizard Academy and a longtime friend of Academy co-founder Roy H. Williams.

B. sure to follow B. Unconventional on Twitter: @BUnRadio and subscribe to Roy H. Williams's Monday Morning Memo.

Business Unconventional is hosted by David Biondo and Dean Rotbart and airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MDT).  The program is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com

Run Time: 14 min 35 sec
Photo:
 Path to Engelbrech House, Wizard Academy Campus

Direct download: 062512-MMM-EricRhodes-Bonus-Podcast.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 4:38pm MDT

The Rhoads to Success: Putting Passion to Work

B. Eric Rhoads, publisher, serial entrepreneur and talented oil painter, is the guest on this edition of Monday Morning Radio.  Among the magazines that Eric publishes are: Radio Ink; Plein Air and Fine Art Connoisseur

Eric explains that the secret to his success is creating magazines, conferences and websites that appeal to people's passions.  Likewise, he follows his own passions in identifying business opportunities.  Based in Austin, Texas, Eric is a frequent visitor to the Wizard Academy and a longtime friend of Academy co-founder Roy H. Williams.

B. sure to follow B. Unconventional on Twitter: @BUnRadio and subscribe to Roy H. Williams's Monday Morning Memo.

Business Unconventional is hosted by David Biondo and Dean Rotbart and airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MDT).  The program is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com

Original broadcast date: June 24, 2012
Photo: B Eric Rhoads, Streamline Publishing

Direct download: 062512-MMM-BUnRadio-Podcast.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT