Veteran Journalist Dennis Kneale Offers Advice for Small Business Owners

Award-winning journalist Dennis Kneale is a self-described provocateur, who has spent 25 years afflicting the comfortable and comforting the afflicted.

Most recently, Dennis was an anchor and senior correspondent on Fox Business. Before that, he worked at CNBC, was managing editor at Forbes, and a senior editor at The Wall Street Journal.

Now Dennis has started his own consulting agency, Dennis Kneale Media, and this week on a joint NewsBios-Monday Morning Radio podcast, he dishes dirt on his old journalism colleagues, talks about the impact of powerful storytelling, and shares with host Dean Rotbart some of the trials of segueing from journalist to business owner.

Whether you are a senior Fortune 500 corporate communications executive or the owner of your own, growing business, Dennis has some valuable media relations tips for you.

Visit Dennis' website here and his LinkedIn page here.

Follow NewsBios on Twitter @newsbios. Order NewsBios at 1-866-NEWS-070, ext. 2. "Because what's not in their official bios is often far more important than what is."

Photo: Dennis Kneale
Posted: September 15, 2014
Monday Morning Radio Run Time: 36 min 06 secs

Direct download: 091514_NewsBios_Radio_Dennis_Kneale.mp3
Category:News Media -- posted at: 9:38am MST

A One-Hour Master Class That Will Put Your Personal and Business Finances on the FastTrack to Success

Most of what conventional financial planners tell entrepreneurs about how to grow and protect their wealth is crap.  Okay, so that's not a very polite thing to say.  But it's painfully true.

Otherwise savvy small business owners can be totally stupid when it comes to trusting their money and investment strategies to others.

That is a sermon that Garrett B. Gunderson - who became a multi-millionaire before age 27 - has been preaching from coast-to-coast business pulpits for years and is a core concept in his New York Times groundbreaking bestseller, Killing Sacred Cows.

Garrett, an educator and financial advocate, is the force behind The Freedom FastTrack, a go-against-the-grain process of building and protecting your wealth that defies conventional wisdom, yet produces extraordinary results.

On this week's special edition of Business Unconventional, Garrett unloads on commission-obsessed financial planners and explains why chasing interest rates will never produce the phenomenal wealth that comes when you chase your life's soul purpose. 

Garrett Gets Paid A Fortune As An In-Demand
Corporate Speaker and Small Business Consultant...
But His Weekly "Freedom FastTrack Intelligence Brief" Won't Cost
You A Dime

As a Business Unconventional listener, you can receive a free, trial subscription to Garrett B. Gunderson’s Freedom FastTrack Intelligence Brief - keeping you on the cutting edge of personal and professional financial success in less than 10 minutes a week.

Simply visit www.FreedomFastTrack.com/intelligencebrief and enter code: "MMR 01".  Those who don't listen to Business Unconventional will just have to fork over hard cash to receive Garrett's most-exclusive insights.

Direct download: 090113_BUnRadio_Podcast_FreedomFastTrack.mp3
Category:Business Coaches -- posted at: 12:00am MST

Shane DeRolf and Yesterday's Zoo Aim to Teach and Entertain Children

Shane DeRolf, guest on this portion of Business Unconventional, is an eleven-time Emmy Award winning writer, producer, director, narrator, and composer.

He is best known for his child and parent-centered content, most notably the children’s television series Zazoo UThe Crayon Box (based on his popular children’s book, The Crayon Box That Talked), and The Big Green Rabbit.

Hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart get the scoop on DeRolf’s latest venture, Yesterday’s Zoo, a Colorado-based “fun dimensional learning company” that is positioned as a unique monthly book club for children and their parents.  DeRolf serves as the chief creative officer of Yesterday’s Zoo, which recently made its debut at the Denver Zoo on May 17, 2013 (National Endangered Species Day).

Business Unconventional is broadcast every Sunday from 8:05 am to 9:00 am on 710 KNUS AM in Denver.  It is simulcast at www.710KNUS.com.

Original Broadcast:  June 9, 2013
Length:  10 mins

Photo:  Shane DeRolf 

Direct download: 060913_BUnRadio_Segment-3_10min_DeRolf.mp3
Category:Children's Market -- posted at: 8:42am MST

GrowthClub Presented By ActionCoach-TeamEmpowerment - Featuring Earl Kemper, Jeff Wilson, Joni Inman & Successful Clients
This week's entire broadcast is anchored by Dean Rotbart from the campus of Red Rocks Community College, where Dean attended the GrowthClub small business workshop presented by ActionCoach-Team Empowerment.  Holding down the fort in the 710 KNUS AM studios is co-host David Biondo.

Segment One:

  • Dean Rotbart, co-host, Business Unconventional, joins with ActionCoach - Team Empowerment's Earl Kemper to interview some of the success small business owners and executives attenting the special Growth Club.  The guest this segment is Mary Penny, CFO, the Quiat Companies. David Biondo anchors from the 710 KNUS AM studio. Part 1.

Segment Two:

  • David Biondo, Dean Rotbart and Earl Kemper interview Growth Club registrants:  Julie Herzog, partner, Schuchat, Herzog & Brenman, LLC; and Amy McIllwain, founder, Financial Social Media.

Segment Three:

  • David BiondoDean Rotbart and Earl Kemper interview Growth Club registrant:  Jim Nielsen, founder, D. James Nielsen, CPA PC

Segment Four:  

  • David Biondo and Dean Rotbart are joined by Joni Inman and Jeff Wilson, both instructors at the Growth Club workshop presented by ActionCoach-Team Empowerment.  Joni, Jeff and Earl Kemper are the lead business coaches at ActionCoach-Team Empowerment, which is a sponsor of Business Unconventional.  Earl and Jeff are also regular contributors to the program.

Business Unconventional is broadcast each Sunday on 710 KNUS AM in Denver.  It is also streamed live over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. Visit us at www.BusinessUnconventional.com.

Original Broadcast Date: October 14, 2012
Audio Length: 51 min 47 secs
Photo: Amy McIlwain, Financial Social Media, and host Dean Rotbart

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Category:Full Show Audio -- posted at: 7:46pm MST

Intermountain Jewish News' 100th Anniversary; Poshyly.com; and the Evolution of "Office Evolution"

Rabbi Hillel GoldbergDoreen Bloch, Homer Hudson Hillis Jr., and Mark Hemmeter are our guests on this week's episode of Business Unconventional, hosted by David Biondo and Dean Rotbart.  Hear the full broadcast now.

Segment One:

  • Rabbi Hillel Goldberg, executive editor, Intermountain Jewish News, which soon will celebrate its 100th anniversary. Part 1.

Segment Two:

  • Part 2 of our interview with Rabbi Hillel Goldberg, Intermountain Jewish News
  • Homer Hudson Hillis, Jr., - B. Unconventional Certified Entrepreneur #1, on why when it comes to business, "It's A Small World" after all

Segment Three:

  • More with Doreen Bloch, author of "The Coolest Startups in America" and founder, Poshly.com

Segment Four:  

  • Mark Hemmeter, president and founder, Office Evolution, on his plans to take his Colorado-based virtual officer and executives suites concept national.

Business Unconventional is broadcast each Sunday on 710 KNUS AM in Denver.  It is also streamed live over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. Visit us at www.BusinessUnconventional.com.

Original Broadcast Date: August 26, 2012
Audio Length: 52 min 59 secs
Photo: Rabbi Hillel Goldberg, Intermountain Jewish News

Direct download: 082612-BUnRadio-FullBroadcast.mp3
Category:Full Show Audio -- posted at: 11:14pm MST

CEO Space, Noodles & Company, and Chick-fil-A Fallout - Episode #42

CEO Space, Noodles & Company, and Chick-fil-A are among the companies we discuss on this week's episode of Business Unconventional, hosted by David Biondo and Dean Rotbart.  Hear the full broadcast now.

Segment One: David Biondo and Dean Rotbart are joined by Homer Hudson Hillis, Jr. - Certified Entrepreneur #1 - in a conversation about the fallout from the recent protests and counter-protests surrounding the Chick-fil-A restauarant chain. 

Listen Now to Just This Segment:  http://traffic.libsyn.com/bunconventional/081212_BUnconventional_Segment-1_9min.mp3

Segment Two: The conversation continues with David, Dean and Homer.  Joining the three is Maxwell Rotbart, producer and co-host of Radio Chavura on 990 KRKS AM in Denver.  Maxwell, who also helps produce the weekly B. Unconventional, discusses consumer boycotts targeting Israeli-made products.

Listen Now to Just This Segment: http://traffic.libsyn.com/bunconventional/081212_BUnconventional_Segment-2_14min.mp3

Segment Three: David Boennighausen, Chief Financial Officer of Noodles & Company, talks about opening the chain's 300th restaurant and how his company works to maintain high quality and increased revenues at all its locations.

Listen Now to Just This Segment: http://traffic.libsyn.com/bunconventional/RESEND-081212_BUnconventional_Segment-3_10min.mp3

Segment Four: Rodney and Kimberly Lindsey of CEO Space discuss their highly-regarded small business networking and coaching organization.  Business owners and listeners are invited to attend their weekly meetings in Denver.

Listen Now to Just This Segment: http://traffic.libsyn.com/bunconventional/081212_BUnconventional_Segment-4_13min_50.mp3

Business Unconventional is broadcast each Sunday on 710 KNUS AM in Denver.  It is also streamed live over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. Visit us at www.BusinessUnconventional.com.

Original Broadcast Date: August 12, 2012
Audio Length: 52 min 42 secs
Photo: Dean Rotbart (r) and David Biondo 


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Category:Full Show Audio -- posted at: 10:24am MST

Husband and Wife Duo: The Lees Serve Both Ends of the Age Spectrum - Episode 34, Segment #4

Featuring: Dr. William Lee, author and practicing physician specializing in age management and functional medicine; and Sue Lee, author and CEO, EQ Media

Hosts: David Biondo and Dean Rotbart

Photo:  Dr. William and Sue Lee

Orginal Broadcast:  June 17, 2012

Direct download: PODCASTS-061712-Segment-4.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 7:42pm MST

Meet the Winners: 2012 Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Awards (Part 3) - Episode #34, Segment #3

Featuring: Michael Pytel, Co-Founder, Nimbl; Jaime Gomez, COO, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority; and Rob Rose, Engagement Manager, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

Hosts: David Biondo and Dean Rotbart

Photo:  Michael Pytel, Nimbl

Orginal Broadcast:  June 17, 2012

Direct download: PODCASTS-061712-Segment-3.mp3
Category:Awards -- posted at: 7:34pm MST

Nelson Nash: Building Your Warehouse of Wealth - Episode #34, Segment #2

Featuring: R. Nelson Nash, Author and Creator, Infinite BankerBuilding Your Warehouse of Wealth (Part 2)

Hosts: David Biondo and Dean Rotbart

Photo:  R. Nelson Nash

Orginal Broadcast:  June 17, 2012

Direct download: PODCASTS-061712-Segment-2.mp3
Category:Business Financing -- posted at: 7:30pm MST

Nelson Nash: Building Your Warehouse of Wealth - Episode #34, Segment #1

Featuring: R. Nelson Nash, Author and Creator, Infinite BankerBuilding Your Warehouse of Wealth (Part 1)

Hosts: David Biondo and Dean Rotbart

Photo:  R. Nelson Nash

Orginal Broadcast:  June 17, 2012

Direct download: PODCASTS-061712-Segment-1.mp3
Category:Business Financing -- posted at: 7:14pm MST

Steve Jobs v. Bill Gates: With Wizard Academy Graduate Greg Farrell of Bloomberg News - Episode #33, Segment #4

Greg Farrell, author and influential reporter for Bloomberg News, makes a surprise visit to share with listeners some of the best advice he ever received from Roy H. Williams, author of the new book, Pendulum.  

Roy is the sole guest on this week's edition of Business Unconventional, where he shares the insights and experiences that have drawn thousands of successful business owners and entrepreneurs to beat a path to his door at The Wizard Academy in Austin, Texas.

This is Part Four of Four

Roy is interviewed by B. Unconventional hosts Dean Rotbart and David Biondo.  Their weekly business radio newsmagazine is broadcast each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (Mountain Time) on 710 KNUS AM in Denver.  It is also available as a live stream from www.710KNUS.com.

Innovative business owners and entrepreneurs who would like to share their stories with Business Unconventional listeners are invited to contact us at: 303-800-6081.  Sponsorship opportunities are also available for those seeking to reach small business decision makers.

Original Broadcast Date: June 10, 2012
Photo: Greg Farrell, Bloomberg News

Direct download: PODCASTS-061012-Segment-4.mp3
Category:Monday Morning Radio -- posted at: 2:14pm MST

It's What is Left Out That Counts: Richard Kessler and Kessler's Diamonds - Episode #33, Segment #3

Roy H. Williams points to Wisconsin's largest diamond and diamond engagement ring jeweler, Kesslers Diamonds, as an example of a company that caught the Pendulum at the right time and really succeeded from understanding how the Pendulum operates.  Kesslers Diamonds is owned by Richard Kessler.

This is Part Three of Four.

Roy advises listeners and readers of his new book, Pendulum, to stay away from "Me" advertising and instead make a connection with customers and prospects by speaking about something that both seller and buyer care about.  In the case of Kesslers Diamonds, that "something" was the fight against breast cancer.

Roy is interviewed by B. Unconventional hosts Dean Rotbart and David Biondo.  Their weekly business radio newsmagazine is broadcast each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (Mountain Time) on 710 KNUS AM in Denver.  It is also available as a live stream from www.710KNUS.com.

Innovative business owners and entrepreneurs who would like to share their stories with Monday Morning Radio listeners are invited to contact us at: 303-800-6081.  Sponsorship opportunities are also available for those seeking to reach small business decision makers.

Original Broadcast Date: June 10, 2012
Photo:  Wizard Academy students 

Direct download: PODCASTS-061012_Segment-3.mp3
Category:Monday Morning Radio -- posted at: 2:04pm MST

From King Solomon to Barack Obama: 'We v. Me' - Episode #33, Segment #2

Like a metronome on top of a piano, society has followed predictable cycles dating back at least 3,000 years.  In his new book, Pendulum, bestselling author Roy H. Williams spells out the "We" and the "Me" zeniths and everything that falls between them.  

On this segment, Roy, the sole guest on this week's edition of Business Unconventional, explores the "We" side of the Pendulum, noting that its "not about what you include, but what you exclude" that really counts now.

This is Part Two of Four.

Roy is interviewed by B. Unconventional hosts Dean Rotbart and David Biondo.  Their weekly business radio newsmagazine is broadcast each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (Mountain Time) on 710 KNUS AM in Denver.  It is also available as a live stream from www.710KNUS.com.

Business Unconventional is sponsored in part by High Plateau Truss, serving Colorado homeowners and contractors for more than two decades.  Contact John Peer: www.hptruss.com  Ph: 303-278-9744  5465 Quebec Street, Commerce City, CO 80022

Original Broadcast Date: June 10, 2012
Photo: Exterior, Wizard Academy in Austin, Texas

Direct download: PODCASTS-061012-Segment_2.mp3
Category:Monday Morning Radio -- posted at: 1:54pm MST

Roy H. Williams and Pendulum - Episode #33, Segment #1

Meet Roy H. Williams, author, teacher, entrepreneur, philanthropist and modern-day philosopher.  Roy is the sole guest on this week's edition of Business Unconventional, where he shares the insights and experiences that have drawn thousands of successful business owners and entrepreneurs to beat a path to his door at The Wizard Academy in Austin, Texas.

This is Part One of Four.

Roy is interviewed by B. Unconventional hosts Dean Rotbart and David Biondo.  Their weekly business radio newsmagazine is broadcast each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (Mountain Time) on 710 KNUS AM in Denver.  It is also available as a live stream from www.710KNUS.com.

B. Unconventional is sponsored in part by Signal Butte Financial Corp., which provides individuals and businesses no-risk, proven methods to safely grow their wealth and wave goodbye to conventional banks and other lenders.  For more information, click here or phone David Biondo for a free, zero-obligation personal briefing.  His number is 303-800-6420. 

Original Broadcast Date: June 10, 2012
Photo: Roy H. Williams, Wizard Academy 

Direct download: PODCASTS-061012_Segment1.mp3
Category:Monday Morning Radio -- posted at: 1:43pm MST

Is That a Banana on Your Billboard, or Are You Buzz Snatching? – Episode #32, Segment 4

Ellen Rohr concludes her live Bare Bones Biz webinar featuring co-hosts Dean Rotbart and David Biondo. This week Dean and David joined Ellen for an online question-and-answer webinar, hosted by Ellen’s consulting, publishing and venture capital company.

On this segment - #3 of 3 - a live member of Ellen’s webinar audience calls in to share his "Buzz Snatching" experience placing a giant banana on an advertising billboard in order to draw attention to a local radio station.

Also on this segment, Homer Hudson Hillis Jr., B. Unconventional’s Certified Entrepreneur #1, shares insights that he gleaned by reading Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer.  “I really loved his idea of working memory,” Homer says.  Homer also was fascinated with Lehrer’s illustration of using “blending” to unleash creative genius.

Business Unconventional is sponsored in part by High Plateau Truss, serving Colorado homeowners and contractors for more than two decades.  Contact John Peer: www.hptruss.com  Ph: 303-278-9744  5465 Quebec Street, Commerce City, CO 80022

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (Mountain Time).  The program is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com.

Original Air Date: June 3, 2012
Photo:  Co-Host David Biondo

Direct download: 060312-BUnconventional_Segment-4_13_50min.mp3
Category:Public Relations -- posted at: 3:50pm MST

Buzz Snatching: Reasons to Remember the Name – Episode #32, Segment 3

Give customers and prospects compelling reasons to remember your name – or that of your business. That is a core message of this week’s program, which was recorded during a live webinar organized by Ellen Rohr, a B. Unconventional contributor, and owner of Bare Bones Biz

Business Unconventional co-hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart joined Ellen and her live Bare Bones Biz audience for a webinar discussing Dean’s Buzz Snatching course, which has helped hundreds of business owners leverage their marketing dollars, by generating loads and loads of free publicity.  More information is available at www.Facebook.com/BuzzSnatching.

This is Part Two of Three 

Business Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (Mountain Time).  The program is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com.

Innovative business owners and entrepreneurs who would like to share their stories with B. Unconventional listeners are invited to contact the program at: 303-800-6081.  Sponsorship opportunities are also available for those seeking to reach small business decision makers.

 

Original Air Date: June 3, 2012
Photo: Ellen Rohr, Bare Bones Biz

Direct download: 060312-BUnconventional_Segment-3_10min.mp3
Category:Public Relations -- posted at: 3:49pm MST

Buzz Snatching: More Than Your Fair Share of Publicity - Episode #32, Segment 2

Co-Host Dean Rotbart shares his insights on how business owners can use their wits and guts to gain attention – and new business – without having to shell out big time marketing and advertising dollars. 

Dean’s ‘Buzz Snatching’ workshops have helped hundreds of business owners leverage their marketing dollars, by generating loads and loads of free publicity.  This week Dean joins B. Unconventional contributor Ellen Rohr for an online question-and-answer session, hosted by Ellen’s Bare Bones Biz consulting, publishing and venture capital company.

Ellen enjoys a large following among small business owners, having evolved from plumber’s wife (and partner) to master business builder. As president of Benjamin Franklin, The Punctual Plumber, Ellen helped the startup grow from $0 to $40 million in franchise sales in less than 2 years. 

Don’t ever let yourself believe that you can’t be the beneficiary of free, viral marketing.  Listen to this webinar/show and discover how often Buzz Snatching makes the impossible, possible.

This is Part One of Three.

Business Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (Mountain Time).  The program is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com.

Original Air Date: June 3, 2012
Photo: Co-Host Dean Rotbart

Direct download: 060312-BUnconventional-Segment-2_14min.mp3
Category:Public Relations -- posted at: 3:46pm MST

National Cancer Survivors Day and the AMC Cancer Fund – Episode #32, Segment 1

On National Cancer Survivors Day, co-hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart, highlight a fundraising event for the AMC Cancer Fund being held June 3, 2012, at Pampered Passions Fine Lingerie in Centennial, Colorado. 

Biondo and Rotbart also welcome High Plateau Truss as a new sponsor to Business Unconventional.  Owner John Peer has been a previous guest on the program.

Rotbart and his son, Maxwell, who helps produce B. Unconventional, visited High Plateau Truss to get a better understanding of why the company has been a Colorado success story for more than twenty years.  They also paid a visit to All About Cabinets & Countertops, a company featured on last week’s “Business of Home Improvement” edition.

Photos from High Plateau Truss and All About Cabinets & Countertops are available from the B. Unconventional Pinterest page at www.pinterest.com/BUnRadio.

Business Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (Mountain Time).  The program is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com.

B. Unconventional is sponsored in part by Signal Butte Financial Corp., which provides individuals and businesses no-risk, proven methods to safely grow their wealth and wave goodbye to conventional banks and other lenders.  For more information, click here or phone David Biondo for a free, zero-obligation personal briefing.  His number is 303-800-6420. 


Original Air Date: June 3, 2012
Photo: Alicia Vargo, Pampered Passions Fine Lingerie

Direct download: 060312-BUnconventional-Segment-1_9min.mp3
Category:Charitable Partnerships -- posted at: 3:00am MST

Home Improvements: All About Cabinets and Countertops – Episode #31, Segment 4

Ted Speir, co-owner of All About Cabinets & Countertops in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, joins us to continue our exploration of “The Business of Home Improvement.”  When upgrading kitchens or bathrooms, Speir says it is important that homeowners remember not to overspend.  “What we try to do is tailor budgets based off of your home’s value,” he explains.

Speir and his partner, Nick McAvoy, have worked together for more than a decade.  He says the entire All About Cabinets & Countertops team work closely to make visitors to their 6,000-square-foot showroom feel welcome.  “We understand there is tons of trepidation with doing a remodel, but what try to do is ease the process."

Also on this segment, Homer Hudson Hillis Jr., B. Unconventional’s Certified Entrepreneur #1, talks about his own business “home improvement” – a facelift for his aging website at www.HHHEnterprises.com.  He also explains why he shied away from the recent Facebook stock IPO – a wise decision it turns out.

Homer’s regular segments on B. Unconventional are sponsored in part by NewsBios.com – where you’ll find in-depth, unauthorized dossiers on more than 7,000 of the world’s most influential journalists.  Get to know the journalists who interview you better than their own newsroom colleagues know them.

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

Original Air Date: May 27, 2012
Photo: Nick McAvoy, in the All About Cabinets & Countertops showroom 

Direct download: PODCASTS-052712-Segment4.mp3
Category:Home Improvement -- posted at: 6:49pm MST

Meet the Winners (Part Two): Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Awards – Episode #31, Segment 3

Platte River Networks is the second of six winners of the 2012 Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards to be featured as part of Business Unconventional’s media partnership with the Chamber.  PRN was this year’s recipient of the Chamber’s Small Business of the Year award. 

David DeCamillis, business development director at Platte River Networks, joins James B. Fagan, National Sales Manager at Nationwide Valuations, and Rob Rose, the Chamber’s engagement manager, discussing the honor.  Nationwide Valuations sponsored this specific awards category. 

Platte River Networks, a technology consulting firm based in Denver, provides complete IT services for small to mid-sized businesses.

Hear our interview with Environmental Learning for Kids, this year's winner Chamber winner for Small Non-Profit of the Year.

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

Innovative business owners and entrepreneurs who would like to share their stories with B. Unconventional listeners are invited to contact the program at: 303-800-6081.  Sponsorship opportunities are also available for those seeking to reach small business decision makers.


Original Air Date: May 27, 2012
Photo: David DeCamillis (l) and James B. Fagan

Direct download: PODCASTS-052712-Segment3.mp3
Category:Awards -- posted at: 6:26pm MST

Swingle: Boosting Colorado Property Values Since 1947 – Episode #31, Segment 2

John Peer, owner of High Plateau Truss, says that earning his customers trust has been one of the main ingredients that has allowed his Commerce City, Colorado-based business to weather the economic slump that has plagued the construction and remodeling industry since 2008.

“We don’t take our responsibility lightly,” Peer tells co-hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart.  “We do things that are very difficult and we do them well.”

Peer is the first guest on a special “Business of Home Improvement” edition of Business Unconventional.  He was also interviewed in Segment #1 of this week’s program.

Also on this segment is Tony Hahn, a landscape care consultant with Swingle Lawn, Tree & Landscape Care. Hahn discusses the role his company, established in 1947, plays in helping property owners enjoy their space and raise their homes’ value.  Swingle has locations in Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Longmont, Monument, Boulder, Castle Rock and, of course, Denver.

Business Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (Mountain Time).  The program is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com.

Original Air Date: May 27, 2012
Photo: Tony Hahn, Swingle

Direct download: PODCASTS-052712-Segment2.mp3
Category:Home Improvement -- posted at: 5:56pm MST

Business of Home Improvement – Episode #31, Segment 1

There is good money to be made helping homeowners spruce up their homes and boost their property values.  This week Business Unconventional examines ‘The Business of Home Improvement.’

Our first guest is John Peer, owner of High Plateau Truss, which has been serving satisfied contractors, builders and homeowners for more than 20 years.  Peer, who acquired the business in 2008, explains the important role trusses play in creating a unique roofline for custom homes; restoring an outdated or damaged home, and quality remodeling.

This is the first of a two-part interview with Peer

Business Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (Mountain Time).  The program is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com.

B. Unconventional is sponsored in part by Signal Butte Financial Corp., which provides individuals and businesses no-risk, proven methods to safely grow their wealth and wave goodbye to conventional banks and other lenders.  For more information, click here or phone David Biondo for a free, zero-obligation personal briefing.  His number is 303-800-6420.

Original Air Date: May 27, 2012
Photo: John Peer (l) and David Biondo

Direct download: PODCASTS-052712-Segment1.mp3
Category:Home Improvement -- posted at: 5:12pm MST

$50K Cade Museum Prize for Creativity + Innovation – Episode #30, Segment 4

Dr. James Ehrlich, a nationally renowned preventative medicine expert based in Denver, leads a discussion with three distinguished guests: Dr. Suren Dutia, senior fellow at the Kauffman Foundation and the Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Washington University in St. Louis; Richard Miles, vice president of the Cade Museum, and former North American director of the National Security Council; and Edward Currie, co-founder of PC Magazine.

Ehrlich, Dutia and Currie served as judges for this year’s Cade Museum Prize, a $50,000 cash award designed to promote creativity and innovation in the State of Florida.

Based in Gainesville, Florida, the Cade Museum aims to inspire creative thinking, future inventors and early entrepreneurs.  The museum is named for Dr. James Robert Cade, best known as the creator of Gatorade.  Dr. Cade was also an accomplished physician, musician and researcher.

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

 

Original Air Date: May 20, 2012 

Direct download: 052012_BUnconventional_Segment-4B.mp3
Category:Charitable Partnerships -- posted at: 7:00am MST

Meet the Winners (Part One): Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Awards – Episode #30, Segment 3

Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK) is the first of six winners of the 2012 Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards to be featured as part of Business Unconventional’s media partnership with the Chamber.  ELK was this year’s recipent of the Chamber’s Small Non-Profit of the Year award.

Stacie Gilmore, executive director of ELK, joins Craig Murray, a spokesman for Sam’s Club, and Rob Rose, the Chamber’s engagement manager, discussing the honor.  Sam’s Club sponsored this specific awards category.

Ms. Gilmore and her husband started ELK in 1996 to help minority and underprivileged children learn about science, the environment, and career options.

The five other Chamber award winners will be featured on B. Unconventional in the weeks to come.

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

Innovative business owners and entrepreneurs who would like to share their stories with B. Unconventional listeners are invited to contact the program at: 303-800-6081.  Sponsorship opportunities are also available for those seeking to reach small business decision makers.

Original Air Date: May 20, 2012
Photo: (L-R): Rose, Gilmore and Murray

Direct download: 052012_BUnconventional_Segment-3.mp3
Category:Charitable Partnerships -- posted at: 6:30am MST

Denver Zoo’s New Toyota Elephant Passage – Episode #30, Segment 2

Craig Piper, President and CEO of The Denver Zoo, discusses the many new trails that the Zoo is forging in environmental education and sustainability, thanks to support from Denver taxpayers, nonprofit foundations and area businesses.

Joining Mr. Piper are two Toyota dealers - Timothy Van Binsbergen of Mountain States Toyota and Brion Stapp of Stapp Interstate Toyota. Van Binsbergen and Stapp speak about their partnership with the Zoo and how all seven Denver-area Toyota dealers joined forces to help fund the new, $50 million Toyota Elephant Passage.

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

This is the second of a two-part interview.

 

Original Air Date: May 20, 2012
Photo: (L-R) Van Binsbergen, Piper and Stapp

Direct download: 052012_BUnconventional_Segment-2.mp3
Category:Charitable Partnerships -- posted at: 6:00am MST

Recognition for a Job Well Done – Episode #30, Segment 1

Celebrating the wonderful community contributions from a variety of local and national businesses and nonprofits, Business Unconventional dedicates each of its segments this week to the topic. Those highlighted include: The Denver Zoo; Denver-area Toyota dealers; the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce; Sam’s Club; Environmental Learning for Kids; and the Cade Museum in Florida.

On this first segment, co-hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart begin their conversation with Craig Piper, President and CEO of the Denver Zoo; Timothy Van Binsbergen of Mountain States Toyota; and Brion Stapp of Stapp Interstate Toyota.  Specifically, the show explores the partnerships behind the Zoo’s new $50 million Toyota Elephant Passage, scheduled to open on June 1, 2012. 

This is the first of a two-part interview.

Business Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (Mountain Time).  The program is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com.

B. Unconventional is sponsored in part by Signal Butte Financial Corp., which provides individuals and businesses no-risk, proven methods to safely grow their wealth and wave goodbye to conventional banks and other lenders.  For more information, click here or phone David Biondo for a free, zero-obligation personal briefing.  His number is 303-800-6420.

  

Original Air Date: May 20, 2012
Photo: Great Ape at The Denver Zoo

 

Rotbart, Biondo, Small Business, Entrepreneurs, Consultants, Professionals, Radio, Newsmagazines, KNUS

Direct download: 052012_BUnconventional_Segment-1.mp3
Category:Charitable Partnerships -- posted at: 8:41pm MST

Dr. Arlen D. Meyers and Digital Health Innovation – Episode #29, Segment 4

Dr. Arlen D. Meyers, founder of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs, returns to Business Unconventional to discuss his forthcoming book, The Life Science Innovation Roadmap: Getting Your Ideas to Market. Dr. Meyers was first a guest on our February 12, 2012 program.

In the words of one of B. Unconventional's producers, "Dr. Meyers may very well be 'The Most Interesting Man in the World.'"  Dr. Meyers is a Fulbright Scholar, a university professor with an MD and MBA, a serial entrepreneur, and a champion for health care innovation.  

On B. Unconventional, Dr. Meyers shares his vision for transforming Colorado into the Digital Health Capital of the World.  His mission is to speed health care innovation from concept to the patient bedside.

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

Rotbart is managing editor of Medical Backbone and serves as the volunteer director of communications for SoPE.

Original Air Date:  May 13, 2012
Photo:  Dr. Arlen D. Meyers, SoPE 

Direct download: 051312_BUnconventional_Segment-4_13_50min.mp3
Category:Healthcare -- posted at: 8:19pm MST

Denver Hospice and The Mask Project – Episode #29, Segment 3

Lynn Bronikowski, head of communications for The Denver Hospice and spokesperson for The 2012 Mask Project, discusses the history of the every-other-year fundraiser and the ways in which area businesses participate.

The Mask Project is one of the most innovative - and successful - charity fundraisers held in Colorado.  Begun in 1998, it has already raised more than $4 million and Bronikowski says the Denver Hospice hopes to add another $500,000 to the total this year.

On Saturday, May 12th, the Mask Project held its gala part at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center. Dependable Cleaners was the project's presenting sponsor.

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

Innovative business owners and entrepreneurs who would like to share their stories with B. Unconventional listeners are invited to contact the program at: 303-800-6081.  Sponsorship opportunities are also available for those seeking to reach small business decision makers.

 

Original Air Date: May 13, 2012 
Photo: Lynn Bronikowski, The Denver Hospice/Mask Project

Direct download: 051312_BUnconventional_Segment-3_10min.mp3
Category:Charitable Partnerships -- posted at: 8:13pm MST

The Breast Cancer Survivor Marketplace – Episode #29, Segment 2

Alicia Vargo, owner of Pampered Passions Fine Lingerie and Pampered Passions Care Wear Boutique, continues her conversation about serving the breast cancer survivor marketplace and her commitment to supporting cancer-related charities.

Among the multiple charities that Alicia supports are the American Cancer Society and the AMC Cancer Fund.

Since Alicia last appeared as a guest on our Valentine’s Day edition, she has opened her first Pampered Passions Care Wear Boutique, located in Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver, at 2555 Downing Street.

This is the second of a two-part interview.

Also on this segment, Homer Hudson Hillis Jr., B. Unconventional's Certified Entrepreneur #1, shares his thoughts on the topic of customer acquistion.  Among his Homerisdom's:  "There is not a lot of competition on the second mile. So you just have got to go the second mile."

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

Homer’s regular segments on B. Unconventional are sponsored in part by NewsBios.com – where you’ll find in-depth, unauthorized dossiers on more than 7,000 of the world’s most influential journalists.  Get to know the journalists who interview you better than their own newsroom colleagues know them.

Original Air Date: May 13, 2012
Photo: Alicia Vargo, Pampered Passions Care Wear

Direct download: 051312_BUnconventional_Segment-2_14min.mp3
Category:Retailing -- posted at: 8:10pm MST

Care Wear for Breast Cancer Survivors – Episode #29, Segment 1

Business Unconventional welcomed Alicia Vargo back to our studios this week to discuss the important work that she and her team at Pampered Passions Fine Lingerie have been engaged in: retailing care wear for breast cancer survivors and other women following surgery.

Since Alicia appeared as a guest on our Valentine’s Day edition, she has opened her first Pampered Passions Care Wear Boutique, located in Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver, at 2555 Downing Street.

Alicia discusses her plans for other Pampered Passions Care Wear Boutiques, as well as her company’s involvement with several local cancer-related charities.

This is the first of a two-part interview.

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

B. Unconventional is sponsored in part by Signal Butte Financial Corp., which provides individuals and businesses no-risk, proven methods to safely grow their wealth and wave goodbye to conventional banks and other lenders.  For more information, click here or phone David Biondo for a free, zero-obligation personal briefing.  His number is 303-800-6420.

Original Air Date: May 13, 2012
Photo: Interior of Pampered Passions Care Wear at Porter Adventist Hospital

Direct download: 051312_BUnconventional_Segment-1_9min.mp3
Category:Retailing -- posted at: 8:02pm MST

Bonnie Brae Ice Cream Succeeds by Sticking to its Neighborhood Roots – Episode #28, Segment 4

Since it first opened its doors in 1986, Bonie Brae Ice Cream has been a summertime “institution” for Coloradoans and their visiting friends and family.  Located in the Washington Park neighborhood at 799 S. University Boulevard, the parlor specializes not only in rich, creamy frozen treats, but in service and atmosphere that keeps satisfied customers coming back time and again, year in and year out – despite the (frequent) long lines.

Co-Owner Ken Simon brought along pints of his famous ice cream to share with students from The Denver Academy of Torah High School, who were in the studio to participate in Business Unconventional’s first annual “Business of Summer Fun” special edition.  In addition to being yummy, Bonnie Brae Ice Cream is also certified kosher.

Ken’s partners include his wife, Judy, who is the company’s award-winning “ice cream chef,” and Bob and Cindy Pailet.

Also on this segment, Ronda Hillis, co-owner of HHH Enterprises in Abilene, Texas, stands in for her husband Homer, B. Unconventional’s Certified Entrepreneur #1.  Ronda is a specialist in crafts – especially those featuring beads – and discusses opportunities to have fun and make money from crafts over the summer.  Homer and Ronda’s dog, Sugar Bell, is also featured – although not invited. 

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

Homer’s weekly segments on B. Unconventional are sponsored in part by NewsBios.com – where you’ll find in-depth, unauthorized dossiers on more than 7,000 of the world’s most influential journalists.  Get to know the journalists who interview you better than their own newsroom colleagues know them.

 

Original Air Date: May 6, 2012
Photo: Students from The Denver Academy of Torah enjoying Bonnie Brae Ice Cream during taping on April 27, 2012.

Direct download: 050612_BUnconventional_Segment-4_13_50min.mp3
Category:Seasonal Business -- posted at: 12:25pm MST

Colorado Symphony and its Summer Concert Series – Episode #28, Segment 3

Among the summertime rituals for many Colorado families are the Colorado Symphony’s outdoor performances at City Park, Civic Park and Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

Anthony Pierce, vice president of artistic administration for the Colorado Symphony, discusses “The Business of Summer Fun” with co-hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart.  The Symphony features an ensemble of 80 full-time musicians. 

Pierce previews the 2012 summer schedule, which this year will include a Symphony brass ensemble participating in pre-game festivities at Coors Field ahead of a Colorado Rockies baseball game.  The first Red Rock performance of the season will feature “The Music of John Williams and the Movies.”

Business Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (Mountain Time).  The program is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com.

Innovative business owners and entrepreneurs who would like to share their stories with B. Unconventional listeners are invited to contact the program at: 303-800-6081.  Sponsorship opportunities are also available for those seeking to reach small business decision makers.

 

Original Air Date: May 6, 2012
Photo: Anthony Pierce, Colorado Symphony

Direct download: 050612_BUnconventional_Segment3_10min.mp3
Category:Seasonal Business -- posted at: 11:55am MST

When Jimi Hendrix and Led Zepplin Still Played Summer – Episode #28, Segment 2

It was the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll and summer concerts at Mile High Stadium and Red Rocks Amphitheatre brought some of the greatest groups and individual performers ever to Colorado, including Jimi Hendrix, Led Zepplin, U2, Rolling Stones, Three Dog Night and Creedence Clearwater Revival.

The man who made all that possible, Barry Fey, returns to Business Unconventional (his second visit) to recall some of the greatest summer events of his three-decade career, including the three-day Denver Pop Festival in June 1969, two months before Woodstock.

Also in the studio are students and faculty from The Denver Academy of Torah, who are participating in Business Unconventional’s first annual “Business of Summer Fun” special edition.

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

Follow B. Unconventional on Twitter @BUnRadio and subscribe to our weekly listener’s newsletter here.  

Original Air Date: May 6, 2012
Photo: Legendary concert promoter Barry Fey

Direct download: 050612_BUnconventional_Segment-2_14min.mp3
Category:Seasonal Business -- posted at: 10:00pm MST

The Business of Summer Fun – Episode #28, Segment 1

Students and faculty from The Denver Academy of Torah are in the studio as Business Unconventional presents its first annual “Business of Summer Fun” special edition. 

The segment begins with each of the students introducing themselves.  Guests include Dr. Juli Kramer and Mrs. Naomi Lev from the high school, and Colorado’s legendary rock concert producer, Barry Fey, author of Backstage Past.

Denver Academy of Torah is a Modern Orthodox Jewish day school committed to providing excellence in education in both general and Judaic studies. 

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

Biondo and Rotbart invite high school and middle school classes to visit the radio station during the show’s weekly taping.  For more information, phone: 303-800-6081.

B. Unconventional is sponsored in part by Signal Butte Financial Corp., which provides individuals and businesses no-risk, proven methods to safely grow their wealth and wave goodbye to conventional banks and other lenders.  For more information, click here or phone David Biondo for a free, zero-obligation personal briefing.  His number is 303-800-6420. 

Original Air Date: May 6, 2012
Photo: A student from Denver Academy of Torah at the April 27th taping. 

Direct download: 050612_BUnconventional_Segment-1_9min.mp3
Category:Seasonal Business -- posted at: 11:31am MST

Homerisdom 027: Double-Decker Marketing

Talk about creative marketing vehicles? Business Unconventional’s Homer Hudson Hillis, Jr., Certified Entrepreneur #1, tells us how he used a 1956 red double-decker bus to draw attention to his former retail beads-and-crafts stores, Friendze.

Hillis says the bus still has plenty of good miles left on it – for the right, creative entrepreneur. Hillis is seeking a buyer for his double-decker bus. Those interested in learning more about the bus can phone B. Unconventional at 303-800-6081, or contact Homer directly at homer@BUnconventional.com.

Originally a ‘garage entrepreneur,’ Hillis is a veteran serial business developer who has a knack for spotting opportunity where most others don’t.  Based in Abilene, Texas, Hills is the owner of HHH Enterprises, a multi-faceted business with customers throughout the United States.

To feature Homer as a speaker at your next business function, contact him via Business Unconventional at 303-800-6081 or write him at: homer@BUnconventional.com.

Homer’s weekly segments on B. Unconventional are sponsored in part by NewsBios.com – where you’ll find in-depth, unauthorized dossiers on more than 7,000 of the world’s most influential journalists.  Get to know the journalists who interview you better than their own newsroom colleagues know them.

Length:  8 minutes

Original Air Date:  April 29, 2012

Direct download: 027-HomerCollection-Double-Decker.mp3
Category:Homerisdoms -- posted at: 12:20pm MST

Show Me How & Why Advertising Works - Episode #27, Segment #4

Two veteran advertising strategists discuss the merits of investing in advertising campaigns, including the many non-tangible benefits that create value.

Rich Carr, a regular Business Unconventional contributor, heads Carr Knowledge Interactive Marketing & Advertising, Inc., based in Seattle.  To read a full profile of Rich, click here.

Ric Bender, a top account executive with Salem Radio in Denver, specializes in helping small businesses harness the power of radio advertising and social marketing to give their businesses a competitive edge.  Ric is the liaison between Business Unconventional and its host station, 710 KNUS AM in Denver.

B. sure to follow B. Unconventional on Twitter: @BUnRadio

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 air date: April 29, 2012
Photo: Rich Carr, Carr Knowledge

Direct download: 042912_BUnconventional_Segment-4_13_50minA.mp3
Category:Advertising -- posted at: 12:03pm MST

Mother’s Day Retailing Strategies and Jeffery B. Jewelers - Episode #27, Segment #3

Business owner Jeffery Bolling discusses his approach to Mother’s Day, an important holiday for jeweler’s nationwide, with co-hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart.

Bolling is unusual in that he is not only a full-service retail jeweler, he is also the designer of some of the most popular items sold in his Aurora, Colorado store, Jeffrey B. Jewelers.

Among Bolling’s most-popular creations are the “Eternity Bridal” and “Believer’s Cross.”  His story is located at 7500 S. Gartrell Road.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MDT).  The program is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com.

Original Air Date: April 29, 2012
Photo: Jeffrey Bolling

Direct download: 042912_BUnconventional_Segment-3_10minA.mp3
Category:Retailing -- posted at: 6:30am MST

Winning New Customers For Peanuts - Episode #27, Segment #2

Justin Aller is a stealth (camo-uflaged) marketing genius.  Well, actually, he is a pretty conventional State Farm insurance agent who has come up with a very unconventional marketing vehicle: his own Chevy Avalanche.

Justin shares with Business Unconventional listeners how he transformed his everyday routine – driving to and fro – into a powerful sales lead generating engine. When the Colorado Rockies opened their 2012 Major League Baseball season on April 9th at Coors Field, Justin and his colleagues were right in the middle of the action. Literally.

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 air date: April 29, 2012
Photo: Justin Aller, www.camoagent.com

B. Unconventional is sponsored in part by Signal Butte Financial Corp., which provides individuals and businesses no-risk, proven methods to safely grow their wealth and wave goodbye to conventional banks and other lenders.  For more information, click here or phone David Biondo for a free, zero-obligation personal briefing.  His number is 303-800-6420

Direct download: 042912_BUnconventional_Segment-2_14min-A.mp3
Category:Marketing -- posted at: 8:21pm MST

A Double-Decker Marketing Vehicle - Episode #27, Segment #1

Business Unconventional regular contributor, Homer Hudson Hillis, Jr., shares his experience using a 1956 double-decker red bus as a rolling billboard for his former retail bead-and-crafts store business, Friendze. Homer is B. Unconventional's Certified Entrepreneur #1.

Also joining co-hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart is Justin Aller, a Lakewood, Colorado-based State Farm insurance agent, who like Hillis, is using a Chevy Avalanche to draw special attention to his business.

Hillis is seeking a buyer for his double-decker bus. Those interested in learning more about the bus can phone B. Unconventional at 303-800-6081, or contact Homer directly at homer@BUnconventional.com

This segment’s 710 KNUS AM station ID features previous B. Unconventional guest Laura Libby, travel resource program manager with the Colorado Tourism Office.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MDT).  The program is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com.

Original Air Date:  April 29, 2012
Photo: Homer Hillis’s double-decker bus


Direct download: 042912_BUnconventional_Segment-1_9min.mp3
Category:Marketing -- posted at: 9:29am MST

Homerisdom 026: Team Building – From the UN to the Indiana Pacers

Jim Morris, president of Pacers Sports & Entertainment, spoke recently at Impact 2012, a seminar organized by Abilene Christian University.

Business Unconventional’s Homer Hudson Hillis, Jr., Certified Entrepreneur #1, was on hand to hear Morris’s remarks and to discover they share a common passion: their dogs. 

Homer reports that Morris is an expert on team building.  Prior to joining the Pacers, Morris was the executive director for the United Nations World Food Programme, where he led the world’s largest humanitarian agency.  In both jobs, Morris used his team-building skills to achieve success.

Originally a ‘garage entrepreneur,’ Hillis is a veteran serial business developer who has a knack for spotting opportunity where most others don’t.  Based in Abilene, Texas, Hillis is the owner of HHH Enterprises, a multi-faceted business with customers throughout the United States. 

To feature Homer as a speaker at your next business function, contact him via Business Unconventional at 303-800-6081 or write him at: homer@BUnconventional.com.

Homer’s weekly segments on B. Unconventional are sponsored in part by NewsBios.com – where you’ll find in-depth, unauthorized dossiers on more than 7,000 of the world’s most influential journalists.  Get to know the journalists who interview you better than their own newsroom colleagues know them.

Length:  4:47     
Original Air Date:  April 22, 2012
Photo:  Jim Morris, Pacers Sports & Entertainment 

Direct download: Homer_Collection.mp3
Category:Team Building -- posted at: 8:33pm MST

DOT Marks the Spot Hit's a Bulls-Eye for its Inventor - Episode #26, Segment #4

Hear our exclusive interview with Susan and Nick Grillo, co-owners of DOT Marks the Spot. The Grillos discuss Susan's amazing universal marking system, which makes hanging picture frames, shelfs, wall decor, mirrors, TV mounts, etc. a snap!

You can also watch Susan demonstrate DOT Marks the Spot on our B. Unconventional YouTube Channel, here

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 air date: April 22, 2012
Photo: Susan Grillo, DOT Marks the Spot 

Direct download: 042212_BUnconventional_Segment-4_13_50Min.mp3
Category:Inventors -- posted at: 8:02pm MST

Kriser’s Big Business in Big Dogs and Cuddly Cats - Episode #26, Segment #3

Brad Kriser, founder and CEO of Kriser's, the all-natural pet food and supplies chain, shares with B. Unconventional listeners his company's core strategy as well as offers a preview of the chain's brand new outlet - its first in Colorado.

Kriser says that he and his team chose the Denver market for expansion after extensive consideration of local demographics, including the sizable disposable incomes of Denverites; residents' propensity to own big dogs (who eat lots of pet food); and the fact that Colorado already hosts a variety of all-natural supermarkets that specialize in fresh foods.  The chain has nine other stores; seven in Chicago and two in Southern California.

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 air date: April 22, 2012
Photo: Brad Kriser 


Direct download: 042212_BUnconventional-3_10min.mp3
Category:Pet Industry -- posted at: 7:30pm MST

Standout Small Businesses and What They Have in Common - Episode #26, Segment #2

Robert Blankenship, Chief Operating Officer of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, and Joe Barrows, vice president of private banking at Colorado Business Bank, are in-studio to discuss the 2012 Business Awards Luncheon, scheduled for Friday, April 27, 2012.

This marks the the 40th year since the Denver Chamber first instituted the Small Business of the Year awards.  Blankenship and Barrows explain the criteria that the Chamber uses to nominate the three finalists in each of six categories.

This is part two of a two-part interview.  Read full article here.

Also on this segment, regular B. Unconventional contributor, Homer Hudson Hillis, Jr., reports on a forum that he attended, sponsored by Abilene Christian University, featuring Jim Morris, president, of the Indiana Pacers basketball team and expert on building teams - in sports and in business.  Hillis and Morris discovered they share a common interest: their pets!

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 air date: April 22, 2012
Photo: Joe Barrows, Colorado Business Bank

 

B. Unconventional is sponsored in part by Signal Butte Financial Corp., which provides individuals and businesses no-risk, proven methods to safely grow their wealth and wave goodbye to conventional banks and other lenders.  For more information, click here or phone David Biondo for a free, zero-obligation personal briefing.  His number is 303-800-6420. 

Direct download: 042212_BUnconventional_Segment-2_14Min.mp3
Category:Awards -- posted at: 5:21pm MST

And the Winner Is… Denver Metro Chamber Small Business Awards - Episode #26, Segment #1

The red carpet will be rolled out on Friday, April 27, 2012 as the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Business Awards Luncheon, including recognition of the Small Business of the Year winner.

There are three finalists for this year's honor: GroundFloor Media; Enserca, LLC; and Platte River Networks.

Joining us to discuss the Chamber awards are Robert Blankenship, Chief Operating Officer, and Joe Barrows, Vice President of Private Banking at Colorado Business Bank.  Barrows was one of this year's award judges.

This is part one of a two-part interview.  Read the full article here.

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 air date: April 22, 2012
Photo:
 Robert Blankenship, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

B. Unconventional is sponsored in part by Signal Butte Financial Corp., which provides individuals and businesses no-risk, proven methods to safely grow their wealth and wave goodbye to conventional banks and other lenders.  For more information, click here or phone David Biondo for a free, zero-obligation personal briefing.  His number is 303-800-6420. 

Direct download: 042212_BUnconventional_Segment-1_9Min.mp3
Category:Awards -- posted at: 5:16pm MST

Homerisdom 025: Building an Effective Customer Referral System

Often it costs nothing to create, but an effective customer referral system can deliver huge profits to business owners who are savvy enough to develop and implement them. 

Business Unconventional’s Homer Hudson Hillis, Jr., Certified Entrepreneur #1, explains the importance of lead generation and referrals and offers a few examples of how to do them well.

Originally a ‘garage entrepreneur,’ Hillis is a veteran serial business developer who has a knack for spotting opportunity where most others don’t.  Based in Abilene, Texas, Hills is the owner of HHH Enterprises, a multi-faceted business with customers throughout the United States.


To feature Homer as a speaker at your next business function, contact him via Business Unconventional at 303-800-6081 or write him at: homer@BUnconventional.com.

Homer’s weekly segments on B. Unconventional are sponsored in part by NewsBios.com – where you’ll find in-depth, unauthorized dossiers on more than 7,000 of the world’s most influential journalists.  Get to know the journalists who interview you better than their own newsroom colleagues know them.

 

Length:  5:02
Original Air Date:  April 15, 2012

Direct download: Homer_Collection__025_Referral_Systems.mp3
Category:Homerisdoms -- posted at: 11:10am MST

99 Things To Know Before You Stress Out - Episode #25, Segment #4

Lauren E. Miller is a nationally recognized expert on anxiety relief and stress reduction; an author; motivational speaker; and one-to-one coach (four, six and eight-week programs).  A majority of her clients are business owners and entrepreneurs.

She joins co-hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart to discuss ways in which listeners can navigate their way back to inner peace. Lauren’s core advice, which she shares with B. Unconventional listeners, is to “remain the gatekeeper of your thoughts.” Along with noted author and speaker Les Brown, Lauren is a cofounder of Stress Solutions University.

Business Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MDT).  The program is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com.

B. Unconventional is sponsored in part by Signal Butte Financial Corp., which provides individuals and businesses no-risk, proven methods to safely grow their wealth and wave goodbye to conventional banks and other lenders.  For more information, click here or phone David Biondo for a free, zero-obligation personal briefing.  His number is 303-800-6420.

Original air date: April 15, 2012
Photo: Lauren E. Miller

Direct download: 041512-BUnconventional_Segment-4_13_50.mp3
Category:Motivational -- posted at: 3:27pm MST

Special Guest Tom Ziglar on Finding Your Success Code - Episode #25, Segment #3

Tom Ziglar, son of legendary business trainer, motivational speaker and author, Zig Ziglar, is our special guest. Tom shares some of the core lessons of his new book, Born to Win: Find Your Success Code, co-written with his dad.  The book offers straightforward wisdom on how to get focused, organized and systematized.

Unlike Zig, who was broadly focused in his training, Tom, the CEO of Ziglar Inc., has chosen to tailor his message and training to small business owners and entrepreneurs – a perfect fit for the Business Unconventional listening audience.

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.

B. Unconventional is sponsored in part by Signal Butte Financial Corp., which provides individuals and businesses no-risk, proven methods to safely grow their wealth and wave goodbye to conventional banks and other lenders.  For more information, click here or phone David Biondo for a free, zero-obligation personal briefing.  His number is 303-800-6420.


Original air date: April 15, 2012 
Photo: Zig and Tom Ziglar

Direct download: 041512_BUnconventional_Segment-3_10Min.mp3
Category:Motivational -- posted at: 3:18pm MST

Building an Effective Customer Referral System - Episode #25, Segment #2

Terry Douglas and Christie Denniston of Catapult Public and Investor Relations are in-studio to offer listeners highlights of their recent presentation to the Western District Conference of the Public Relations Society of America.  

Titled “Staking a Market Leading Position Through Public Relations,” Douglas’s and Denniston’s remarks at PRSA emphasized that when it comes to market leadership, perception is reality.  Even companies as small as two people can project an image of authority and preeminence.  This is part two of a two-part interview.

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.

Also on this segment, Homer Hudson Hillis, Jr., Certified Entrepreneur #1, discusses why every business owner should develop an effective referral system.  Hillis, a regular contributor and serial entrepreneur, is CEO of HHH Enterprises in Abilene, Texas.

Original air date: April 15, 2012 
Photo: David Biondo (l) and Dean Rotbart


Direct download: 041512-BUnconventional_Segment-2_14Min.mp3
Category:Public Relations -- posted at: 3:13pm MST

Catapult PR and How You Can Stake a Market Leading Position - Episode #25, Segment #1

Terry Douglas and Christie Denniston of Catapult Public and Investor Relations are in-studio to offer listeners highlights of their recent presentation to the Western District Conference of the Public Relations Society of America.  

Titled “Staking a Market Leading Position Through Public Relations,” Douglas’s and Denniston’s remarks at PRSA emphasized that when it comes to market leadership, perception is reality.  Even companies as small as two people can project an image of authority and preeminence.  This is part one of a two-part interview.

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.

B. Unconventional is sponsored in part by Signal Butte Financial Corp., which provides individuals and businesses no-risk, proven methods to safely grow their wealth and wave goodbye to conventional banks and other lenders.  For more information, click here or phone David Biondo for a free, zero-obligation personal briefing.  His number is 303-800-6420.

Original air date: April 15, 2012 
Photo: Terry Douglas (l) and Christie Denniston

Direct download: 041512_BUnconventional_Segment-1_9Min.mp3
Category:Public Relations -- posted at: 3:05pm MST

Adult Stem Cells, Regenerative Medicine and the Facts Behind Peyton Manning's Treatment - Episode #24, Segment #4

Two of the nation's leading experts on the topic of adult stem cells are the guests on this segment of Business Unconventional.  They are Dr. Ben Guiot, a neurosurgeon affiliated with Littleton Adventist Hospital and South Denver Neurosurgery; and James Poser, PhD, chief scientific officer of Celling Biosciences, based in Austin, Texas.

Adult stem cells were central to the treatment and recovery of Peyton Manning, the SuperBowl-winning NFL quarterback who was recently signed by the Denver Broncos.  Drs. Guiot and Poser discuss the advances that are allowing many patients to benefit from similar medical technologies.

This is the final segment on this special edition of Business Unconventional, which dedicates all four segments to an examination of Colorado as a growing hub for medical and healthcare innovation.  Colorado is home to numerous physician-entrepreneurs and is the global base of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs, a group dedicated to promoting advancements in healthcare.

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.  

The program is also a sponsor of Medical Backbone, an initiative to honor and highlight the contributions of outstanding individuals and institutions to our nation's health infrastructure.  Dr. Guiot serves as chairman of the Medical BackBone Board of Advisors.

Original air date:  April 8, 2012 
Photo: Dr. Ben Guiot, South Denver Neurosurgery

Direct download: 040812_BUnconventional_Segment-4_13_50Min.mp3
Category:Healthcare -- posted at: 8:00am MST

Interview with Ruth Benton, CEO, New West Physicians - Episode #24, Segment #3

Ruth Benton, CEO of New West Physicians, is interviewed on this special edition of Business Unconventional, which dedicates all four segments to an examination of Colorado as a growing hub for medical and healthcare innovation.  

New West Physicians is a nationally acclaimed group of primary care physicians - based in Golden, Colorado -  that has won recognition as a role model of doctors who are delivering excellence in treatment and also containing healthcare costs.  Benton, a cofounder of the company, is one of Colorado's most-effective CEOs, not just in healthcare, but in any field.

New West Physicians serves patients from 16 greater Denver area offices.

Colorado is home to numerous physician-entrepreneurs and is the global base of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs, a group dedicated to promoting advancements in healthcare.

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.  

The program is also a sponsor of Medical Backbone, an initiative to honor and highlight the contributions of outstanding individuals and instutitions to our nation's health infrastructure.

Original air date:  April 8, 2012 
Photo: Ruth Benton, New West Physicians

Direct download: 040812_BUnconventional_Segment-3_10Min.mp3
Category:Healthcare -- posted at: 7:30am MST

The Potential of Nutritional Supplements in the Healthcare Mix - Episode #24, Segment #2

Dr. James Ehrlich discusses the role that non-regulated nutritional supplements can serve in helping to prevent major illnesses.  Dr. Ehrlich is also one of the nation's leading experts on early detection and prevention of major illnesses, including heart diseases and cancer.  He was founder of Colorado Heart and Body Imaging in 1996, and remains a cutting-edge medical/health businessman.

Dr. Ehrlich is a guest on this special edition of Business Unconventional, which dedicates all four segments to an examination of Colorado as a growing hub for medical and healthcare innovation.  Colorado is home to numerous physician-entrepreneurs and is the global base of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs, a group dedicated to promoting advancements in healthcare.

This is the second of a two-part interview with Dr. Ehrlich, who is a clinical associate professor at the University of Colorado in Denver.

Also on this segment, we hear from Homer Hudson Hillis, Jr., B. Unconventional's Certified Entrepreneur #1, who shares his thoughts on how entrepreneurs can "reverse the risk" for their customers.

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.  

The program is also a sponsor of Medical Backbone, an initiative to honor and highlight the contributions of outstanding individuals and instutitions to our nation's health infrastructure.

Original air date:  April 8, 2012 
Photo: James Ehrlich, M.D. 

Direct download: 040812_BUnconventional_Segment-2_14Min.mp3
Category:Healthcare -- posted at: 7:15am MST

Early Detection and Preventative Medicine - Episode #24, Segment #1

Dr. James Ehrlich is one of the nation's leading experts on early detection and prevention of major illnesses, including heart disease and cancer.  A founder of Colorado Heart and Body Imaging in 1996, he remains a cutting-edge medical/health entrepreneur.

Dr. Ehrlich is the first guest on this special edition of Business Unconventional, which dedicates all four segments to an examination of Colorado as a growing hub for medical and healthcare innovation.  Colorado is home to numerous physician-entrepreneurs and is the global base of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs, a group dedicated to promoting advancements in healthcare.

This is the first of a two-part interview with Dr. Ehrlich, who is a clinical associate professor at the University of Colorado in Denver.

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 The program is also a sponsor of Medical Backbone, an initiative to honor and highlight the contributions of outstanding individuals and instutitions to our nation's health infrastructure.

Original air date:  April 8, 2012 
Photo: James Ehrlich, M.D. 

Direct download: 040812_BUnconventional_Segment-1_9Min.mp3
Category:Healthcare -- posted at: 7:00am MST

Monarch High School and Alkaline Clothing Highlight Young Entrepreneurs - Episode #23, Segment #4

Monarch High School in Louisville, Colorado offers students one of the best high school business and entrepreneurial educations in the state.  Thanks to dedicated teachers, such as Rudy Sumpter, Monarch consistently provides a headstart to those students who aspire to own or lead businesses in the future.

On this edition of Business Unconventional, Monarch's Sumpter is in studio to discuss the business track at Monarch High School.  Joining him is Taylor Palmie, a graduating senior, and co-founder of Alkaline Clothing LLC, a skateboard apparel company that is proving popular with students and area businesses.

Co-hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart discuss business education with Sumpter and Palmie.  Business Unconventional supports and encourages young entrepreneurs and invites others Colorado students who have already launched their own businesses to contact the program at 303-800-6081.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MDT).  The program is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  April 1, 2012 

Photo: Rudy Sumpter, Monarch High School 

Direct download: 040112_BUnconventional_Segment-4_13_50Min.mp3
Category:Education -- posted at: 5:00am MST

Spider Trainers and Cyndie Shaffstall Bonus Interview - Pinterest, SEO and SMO

Cyndie Shaffstall, founder of Spider Trainers, continues her conversation with Business Unconventional co-hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart.  Cyndie is a guest on the April 1, 2012 show - Episode #23, where she discusses Pinterest, Google, Twitter, YouTube, SEO, SMO and other reputation management techniques.

Spider Trainers specializes in harnessing all of the Internet's social media assets to help "brand" individuals, including business executives, authors, consultants and musical performers.

This special bonus interview is sponsored by Signal Butte Financial Corp., which provides individuals and businesses no-risk, proven methods to safely grow their wealth and wave goodbye to conventional banks and other lenders.  For more information, click here or phone David Biondo for a free, zero-obligation personal briefing.  His number is 303-800-6420.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MDT).  The program is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com 

Original posting date:  March 31, 2012 
Photo: Cyndie Shaffstall, Spider Trainers

Direct download: 040112-Cyndie-Bonus-Podcast-040112.mp3
Category:Branding -- posted at: 6:55pm MST

Pinterest and Why It Is In Your Business Interest - Episode #23, Segment #3

Pinterest is the 'hot' new social media site. Originally designed to cater to brides and weddings, the site has boomed in popularity and is now used by more than 16 million visitors a month.

Cyndie Shaffstall, a social media expert and author, is the guest this segment, helping to explain Pinterest and why it is a must for some business owners.  Shaffstall is the founder of Spider Trainers in Lakewood, Colorado, and the author of more than a dozen books, including What, How, Who & When: Small-Business Guide to Winning at Web Marketing.

In addition to this broadcast segment, Shaffstall joined co-hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart for an extended interview, which is available here.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MDT).  The program is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com 

Original air date:  April 1, 2012 

Direct download: 040112_BUnconventional_Segment-3_10Min.mp3
Category:Branding -- posted at: 6:27pm MST

Senator Mark Udall's Small Business Lending Legislation (Part 2) - Episode #23, Segment #2

The conversation continues with Scott Earl, president and CEO of Mountain West Credit Union Association, and Tara Trujillo, communications director for U.S. Senator Mark Udall (D-Colo.).

Earl and Trujillo discuss Senator Udall's proposal, dubbed the Small Business Lending Enhancement Act, which would allow credit unions to compete more directly with banks in lending money to creditworthy small businesses.  

Business that wish to support the legislation are encouraged to sign a petition available on Senator Udall's web site at: www.markudall.senate.gov/smallbizjobs.  A column about the proposal written by co-host Dean Rotbart is available from Examiner.com here.

Rotbart and co-host David Biondo express different opinions on the pending legislation.  This is two one of a two-part interview.

Also on this segment, B. Unconventional Certified Entrepreneur #1, Homer Hudson Hillis, Jr., shares his experiences helping home-based entrepreneurs earn extra income creating and selling crafts.  Hillis is owner of HHH Enterprises in Abilene, Texas.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MDT).  The program is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com.  

Original air date:  April 1, 2012 
Photo:  Homer Hudson Hillis, Jr., Certified Entrepreneur #1, displays a custom belt buckle.

 

Direct download: 040112_BUnconventional_Segment-2_14Min.mp3
Category:Business Financing -- posted at: 6:19pm MST

Senator Mark Udall's Small Business Lending Legislation - Episode #23, Segment #1

Scott Earl, president and CEO of Mountain West Credit Union Association, and Tara Trujillo, communications director for U.S. Senator Mark Udall (D-Colo.), are guests on this week's Business Unconventional.

Earl and Trujillo discuss Senator Udall's proposal, dubbed the Small Business Lending Enhancement Act, which would allow credit unions to compete more directly with banks in lending money to creditworthy small businesses.  

Business that wish to support the legislation are encouraged to sign a petition available on Senator Udall's web site at: www.markudall.senate.gov/smallbizjobs.  A column about the proposal written by co-host Dean Rotbart is available from Examiner.com here.

Rotbart and co-host David Biondo express different opinions on the pending legislation.  This is part one of a two-part interview.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MDT).  The program is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com.  

Original air date:  April 1, 2012 
Photo:  Scott Earl and Tara Trujillo 

 

Direct download: 040112_BUnconventional_Segment-1_9Min.mp3
Category:Business Financing -- posted at: 6:11pm MST

Chaz DePaolo Discusses the 'Business of Music' - Episode #22, Segment #1

International recording artist Chaz DePaolo is in-studio to visit with his friend and fellow performer co-host David Biondo.  DePaolo is a well-established blues fusion artist who has performed around the world.  He is headed back to Europe soon to perform with Leon Hendrix, brother of rock legend Jimmy Hendrix.  Leon makes a brief cameo on this segment.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST).  The program is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  March 25, 2012 
Photo: Co-Host David Biondo (l) and Chaz DePaolo

Direct download: 032512_BUnconventional_Segment-1.mp3
Category:Musicians -- posted at: 7:46am MST

'Power of Habit' Author Charles Duhigg (Part Two) - Episode #22, Segment #3

Charles Duhigg, author of the mega-bestseller, 'The Power of Habit' is the guest on this segment. Calling in from the newsroom of The New York Times, where he is an award-winning reporter, Duhigg explains the methods that individuals and businesses can use to break bad habits and build new positive habits.

Duhigg discusses his book with co-hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart. B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST).  The program is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

This is part two of a two-part interview.

Original air date:  March 25, 2012 

Direct download: 032512_BUnconventional_Segment-3_10min.mp3
Category:Business Transformation -- posted at: 5:04pm MST

'Power of Habit' Author Charles Duhigg (Part One) - Episode #22, Segment #2

Charles Duhigg, author of the mega-bestseller, 'The Power of Habit' is the guest on this segment. Calling in from the newsroom of The New York Times, where he is an award-winning reporter, Duhigg explains the methods that individuals and businesses can use to break bad habits and build new positive habits.

Duhigg discusses his book with co-hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart. B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST).  The program is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

This is part one of a two-part interview.

Original air date:  March 25, 2012 

Direct download: 032512_BUnconventional_Segment-2_14min.mp3
Category:Business Transformation -- posted at: 5:01pm MST

Sponsoring the Titanic - Episode #22, Segment #4

The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the HMS Titanic has spawned a booming industry of exhibits, tours, souvenirs and special events.  Joining co-hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart on this segment is Andrea Malcomb, director of Denver's Molly Brown House Museum.  The museum is engaged in a year-long commemoration of the Titanic disaster.

Malcomb notes that the Titanic has become a billion-dollar-a-year industry.  Her museum is offering area businesses a wide variety of sponsorship opportunities. 

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST).  The program is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  March 25, 2012 
Photo: Molly Brown House Museum in Denver

Direct download: 032512_BUnconventional_Segment-4_13_50min.mp3
Category:Tourism -- posted at: 4:41pm MST

Introduction to Franchising / Business Life of Bees - Episode #21, Segment #4

M. Stacy Swift, owner of FranNet Colorado, joins co-hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart to introduce B. Unconventional listeners to the world of franchising.  Swift has more than 21 years of small business ownership, management, sales and marketing experience.

Biondo and Rotbart explore with Swift the question of what kind of people are most suited to owning a franchise versus operating an independently owned and operated business.

Swift's own business covers franchising opportunities in Colorado, Wyoming and Montana.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST).  The program is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  March 18, 2012 
Photo: David Biondo, B. Unconventional; and Stacy Swift, FranNet Colorado

Direct download: 031812_BUnconventional_Segment-4_13_50min.mp3
Category:Franchising -- posted at: 8:33am MST

Marketing to Girls Age 7 thru 15 (Part Two) - Episode #21, Segment #3

Debra Gano, founder and publisher of Be Your Own You - a magazine targeted at girls ages 7-thru-15, is in studio to share her insights about the often-overlooked market that her publication aims to serve.  She is joined by 15-year-old Cassandra Perkins, a student in Parker, Colorado, who also is a spokesmodel for the magazine.

Gano, who is a veteran of both the fashion and entertainment industry, sees her magazine as a way to help boost the self-esteem of young girls.  But she hasn't lost sight of the fact that her target audience has real money to spend - and hence real appeal to advertisers.

Gano and Perkins are interviewed by co-hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart.  This is part two of a two-part interview.

Also during this segment, B. Unconventional Certified Entrepreneur #1 Homer Hudson Hillis, Jr., talks about the business lessons to be found by watching and correctly interpreting the behavior of bees. Hillis and Rotbart are currently co-writing an e-book titled, Re: Occupy Your Business.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST).  The program is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  March 18, 2012 
Photo:  (L-R) David Biondo, Debra Gano, Cassandra Perkins, Avital Rotbart, and Dean Rotbart

Direct download: 031812_BUnconventional_Segment-3_10minRESEND.mp3
Category:Branding -- posted at: 8:24am MST

Marketing to Girls Age 7 thru 15 - Episode #21, Segment #2

Debra Gano, founder and publisher of Be Your Own You - a magazine targeted at girls ages 7-thru-15, is in studio to share her insights about the often-overlooked market that her publication aims to serve.  She is joined by 15-year-old Cassandra Perkins, a student in Parker, Colorado, who also is a spokesmodel for the magazine.

Gano, who is a veteran of both the fashion and entertainment industry, sees her magazine as a way to help boost the self-esteem of young girls.  But she hasn't lost sight of the fact that her target audience has real money to spend - and hence real appeal to advertisers.

Gano and Perkins are interviewed by co-hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart.  This is part one of a two-part interview.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST).  The program is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  March 18, 2012 
Photo:  Debra Gano and Cassandra Perkins

Direct download: 031812_BUnconventional_Segment-2_14min.mp3
Category:Branding -- posted at: 8:21am MST

Justin Gold Reports from Natural Products Expo West - Episode #21, Segment #1

Justin Gold, founder of Justin's Nut Butter, phones in from the floor of Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, California, to share his experience introducing an all-natural candy bar line.

Justin's is a pioneering and rapidly expanding leader in the organic, all-natural nut butter and confections categories.

The new candy bars are available in three gourmet flavors -- Milk Chocolate Peanut, Dark Chocolate Peanut and Milk Chocolate Almond.  Gold explains to co-hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart how much effort and time went into developing the candy bar line, which is currently available exclusively through Whole Foods Stores.  The candy bars will go into national distribution with other retailers in June 2012.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST).  The program is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  March 18, 2012 

Direct download: 031812_BUnconventional_Segment-1_9min.mp3
Category:Natural Foods -- posted at: 8:17am MST

Physician Turned Entrepreneur and His 'Sous Vide' Odyssey - Episode #20, Segment #4

Despite the amazingly long odds, Drs. Michael and Mary Dan Eades took their idea for an at-home version of a professional kitchen appliance from drawing board to the shelves of some of the world's most prestigious department stores and other retailers.

Dr. Michael Eades shares the story of his entrepreneurial odyssey designing and marketing the Sous Vide Supreme with co-hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart.  Drs. Eades are self-taught business owners, who have battled to design, manufacture, distribute and market their now-popular appliance, a water oven for at-home use.  

Dr. Eades explains why the appliance is so popular with professional and amateur chefs alike and discusses some of the obstacles he had to overcome along his journey.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST).  The program is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  March 11, 2012
Photo: Dr. Michael Eades, Sous Vide Supreme 

Photo: (L-R)  Matt Talbot, Joey Alfano and Samantha Holloway

Direct download: 031112_BUnconventional_Segment-4_13_50min.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 6:58pm MST

Doreen Bloch on Why GoSpotCheck is Unique - Episode #20, Segment #3

Surprise guest Doreen Bloch, author of The Coolest Startup in America and a guest on the March 4, 2012, edition of B. Unconventional, phones in from New York to talk about GoSpotCheck and why she included it in her book's "honorable mentions" list.

Says Doreen:  "I think it is really exciting what GoSpotCheck is doing."

GoSpotCheck provides businesses with real-time insight into their store merchandising using an innovative mobile application.  Three executives from GoSpotCheck join co-hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart in-studio this segment to discuss their crowdsourced mobile workforce of consumers who are paid to complete "missions."

The GoSpotCheck executives are Matt Talbot, CEO; Samantha Holloway, Head of Customer Insights; and Joey Alfano, Head of Mission Control.

This is part two of a two-part interview

Also on this segment, Homer Hudson Hillis, Jr., Business Unconventional's Certified Entrepreneur #1, talks about busting entrepreneurial myths.  Contrary to popular opinion, you don't need money to succeed.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST).  The program is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  March 11, 2012
Photo: 

Direct download: 031112_BUnconventional_Segment-3_10minRESEND.mp3
Category:Business Intelligence -- posted at: 6:35pm MST

GoSpotCheck.com Is On a Mission - Many Missions, In Fact - Episode #20, Segment #2

GoSpotCheck provides businesses with real-time insight into their store merchandising using an innovative mobile application.  Three executives from GoSpotCheck join co-hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart in-studio this segment to discuss their crowdsourced mobile workforce of consumers who are paid to complete "missions."

The GoSpotCheck executives are Matt Talbot, CEO; Samantha Holloway, Head of Customer Insights; and Joey Alfano, Head of Mission Control.

This is part one of a two-part interview

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST).  The program is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  March 11, 2012
Photo: (L-R)  Matt Talbot, Joey Alfano and Samantha Holloway

Direct download: 031112_BUnconventional_Segment-2_14min.mp3
Category:Business Intelligence -- posted at: 6:20pm MST

Searching for the Pot of Gold at the End of the Entrepreneurial Rainbow - Episode #20, Segment #1

On the Sunday before St. Patrick's Day, co-hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart explore what it takes to achieve true entrepreneurial financial success.

On this segment, Biondo and Rotbart preview the week's guests.  They also discuss Biondo's upcoming musical bookings in Colorado with his friend and fellow performer, Chaz DePaolo.  

Rotbart also reports on his recent visit to the Pampered Passions Care Wear boutique that is now open at Porter Adventist Hospital.  The retail outlet is owned by Alicia Vargo, a guest featured on the February 5, 2012, edition of B. Unconventional.

Joining Biondo and Rotbart as an in-studio guest is Rotbart's mother Helen Rotbart, who was celebrating her birthday. 

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST).  The program is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  March 11, 2012
Photo: Pampered Passions Care Wear Boutique

Direct download: 031112_BUnconventional_Segment-1_10min.mp3
Category:Program Notes -- posted at: 5:48pm MST

Coolest Startups in America / Remembering Martin Hills - Episode #19, Segment #4

Doreen Block, a startup strategy consulting, entrepreneur and author of The Coolest Startups in America joins co-hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart in a conversation about what it takes to be a successful, standout startup business.  In her new book, Doreen identifies 72 of the best, most innovative companies in the United States.

This is part two of a two-part interview.

Also on this segment, B. Unconventional Certified Entrepreneur #1, Homer Hudson Hillis, Jr., pays tribute to his uncle, Martin Hillis, who passed away in February 2012 at age 90.  "Uncle Martin" was a WWII air corps veteran who lived a content life and epitomized the verse, "Godliness with contentment is great gain."

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST).  The program is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  March 4, 2012

Direct download: 030412_BUnconventional_Segment-4_13_50min.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 1:54pm MST

The Coolest Startups in America by Doreen Bloch - Episode #19, Segment #3

Doreen Block, a startup strategy consulting, entrepreneur and author of The Coolest Startups in America joins co-hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart in a conversation about what it takes to be a successful, standout startup business.  In her new book, Doreen identifies 72 of the best, most innovative companies in the United States.

This is part one of a two-part interview.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST).  The program is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  March 4, 2012
Photo: Doreen Bloch, Coolest Startups in America

Direct download: 030412_BUnconverntional_Segement-3_10min.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 1:38pm MST

'B. Simple' Contributor Ellen Rohr on Tax Season - Episode #19, Segment #2

Regular B. Unconventional contributor Ellen Rohr joins co-hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart to talk about tax-filing season and ways business owners and entrepreneurs can simplify the process. Ellen, our "B. Simple" contributor, offers five specific steps for business owners to take to make tax season less of a burden.

Ellen is the owner of Bare Bones Biz. She is a noted author, consultant and public speaker.

For a free  tax preparation check list, visit: www.barebonesbiz.com/taxtips 

This is part two of a two-part interview.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST).  The program is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  March 4, 2012
Photo: Ellen Rohr, Bare Bones Biz

Direct download: 030412_BUnconventional_Segment-2_14min.mp3
Category:Simplifying Your Business -- posted at: 1:22pm MST

Ellen Rohr Simplifies Tax Season for Business Owners - Episode #19, Segment #1

Regular B. Unconventional contributor Ellen Rohr joins co-hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart to talk about tax-filing season and ways business owners and entrepreneurs can simplify the process.  Ellen, owner of Bare Bones Biz, is a noted author, consultant and public speaker. 

This is part one of a two-part interview.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST).  The program is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 


Original air date:  March 4, 2012
Photo: Ellen Rohr, Bare Bones Biz

Direct download: 030412_BUnconventional_Segment-1_9min.mp3
Category:Simplifying Your Business -- posted at: 12:54pm MST

Literary CEOs: Time Management for Busy Home Executives (Moms & Dads)  - Episode #18, Segment #4

Unlike so many other time management books that aim to help parents increase their daily efficiency, No Regrets Parenting by Dr. Harley A. Rotbart has struck a chord with readers nationwide because of its emphasis on intimacy.  Rather than teaching parents to organize their child-rearing routines, Dr. Rotbart shows moms and dads creative, easy, even fun methods to optimize their time with their kids.

On this week's final segment, Dr. Rotbart joins co-hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart to explain that the most important measure for busy executives is not how much time they allow themselves each day to spend with their children, but rather how they make the time that they do spend special and memorable.

Dr. Rotbart, a professor and vice chairman of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital, has been observing successful parenting techniques – and some not so successful approaches – for three decades. 

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST).  The program is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  February 26, 2012

Photo: Dr. Harley A. Rotbart, No Regrets Parenting – Turning Long Days and Short Years into Cherished Moments with Your Kids

Direct download: 022612_BUnconventional_Segment-4_13_50.mp3
Category:Time Management -- posted at: 5:48pm MST

Literary CEOs: How to Connect with a Solid Literary Agent  - Episode #18, Segment #3

The Business Unconventional "book club" continues its exploration of the business skills required by successful book authors.  

On this segment, the final of three related segments, guest moderator Cathy Langer and three successful authors share insights that aspiring authors can use to help them along their journey, including the question of how to connect with a good book agent.

Cathy is the head book buyer at Colorado's famed Tattered Cover Bookstore.  Joining her in this conversation are Nick Arvin, author of The Reconstructionist; Erin Blakemore, author of The Heroine's Bookshelf; and Eli Gottlieb, author of The Face Thief.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  The program, hosted by David Biondo and Dean Rotbart, is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  February 26, 2012
Photo: Erin Blakemore, The Heroine's Bookshelf

Direct download: 022612_BUnconventional_Segment-3_10min.mp3
Category:Books-Publishing -- posted at: 4:57pm MST

Literary CEOs: Three Successful Authors Share Their 'Business Plans' - Episode #18, Segment #2

Cathy Langer, head book buyer for the Tattered Cover Bookstore, moderates a panel featuring three success authors in a discussion of the business skills required to be a "Literary CEO."

Joining Cathy in the 710 KNUS AM studios are Nick Arvin, author of The Reconstructionist, and Erin Blakemore, author of The Heroine's Bookshelf.  Also participating by phone from New York is Eli Gottlieb, author of The Face Thief.

As co-hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart point out, writing and successfully publishing a book is very much a business - requiring many of the same skills that any successful entrepreneur must master.

Do you have the right product line (subject matter)? How much will it cost to produce (time, lost opportunities, out-of-pocket expenses)? What's your marketing plan (if no one buys the book, then what)? Do you have the self-discipline and dedication to see the project through? What type of team do you need to assemble to get the job done (agent, publisher, PR, editor, etc.)?

This is the second of three related segments.

Original air date:  February 26, 2012
Photo: Nick Arvin, The Reconstructionist

Direct download: 022612_BUnconventional_Segment-2_14min.mp3
Category:Books-Publishing -- posted at: 4:27pm MST

Literary CEOs: Writing Books is a Challenging Business - Episode #18, Segment #1

Put on your reading glasses and turn up the volume.  On this week's edition of Business Unconventional, we're talking to some "literary CEOs" - also known as authors.  

Writing and successfully publishing a book is very much a business - requiring many of the same skills that any successful entrepreneur must master.

Joining co-hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart on this week's program as a guest moderator is Cathy Langer, head book buyer at Colorado's Tattered Cover Bookstore.  Cathy is a regular contributor to B. Unconventional and one of the program's most popular guests.

In this, the first of three related segments, Cathy explains the business aspects of merchandising a bookstore and talks about why the Tattered Cover is such a unique and popular destination for book buyers.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST).  The program is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  February 26, 2012

Photo: Cathy Langer, Tattered Cover

Direct download: 022612_BUnconventional_Segment-1_9min.mp3
Category:Books-Publishing -- posted at: 4:02pm MST

Episode #17, Segment #4 - Stress on the Job

Money, work, and the economy are significant causes of stress for residents of the Denver metropolitan area, and stress in Denver is still higher than considered healthy, according to a recent survey released by the American Psychological Association.

Clinical psychologist Dr. Stephanie Smith joins Business Unconventional co-hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart to discuss the implications of the survey for business owners and employees. Dr. Smith is the co-owner of Front Range Psychological Associates in Erie, Colorado.

This is part two of a two-part interview.

Also during this segment, B. Unconventional Certified Entrepreneur #1, Homer Hudson Hillis, Jr., phones in from his headquarters in Abilene, Texas, to discuss entrepreneurial stress and how he manages it.  On a scale of one-to-ten, how stressful do you find your job?  Hillis tells us his answer.

Business Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  It is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  February 19, 2012

Photo: Dr. Stephanie Smith, Front Range Psychological Associates

Direct download: 021912_BUnconventional_Segment-4_13_50min.mp3
Category:Workplace -- posted at: 7:59am MST

Episode #17, Segment #3 - DaVita's (Unconventional) Way of Giving

Headquartered in Denver, DaVita Inc. is a Fortune 500 company that provides kidney care, but shows a big heart when it comes to its philanthropy.

The DaVita Way of Giving is a locally-focused charitable giving initative that has provided more than $1.1 million in donations to non-profit organizations across the country.

On this edition of B. Unconventional, DaVita executive Dave Maughan, a Group Vice President, explains how his company's culture and mission fit with its unique style of charible giving.  He is joined by Mindy Davidson, Director of Development with Project Angel Heart, one of the organizations receiving funds as a result of the DaVita Way of Giving.

This is part two of a two-part interview.

Also during this segment:

Money, work, and the economy are significant causes of stress for residents of the Denver metropolitan area, and stress in Denver is still higher than considered healthy, according to a recent survey released by the American Psychological Association.

Clinical psychologist Dr. Stephanie Smith joins Business Unconventional co-hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart to discuss the implications of the survey for business owners and employees. Dr. Smith is the co-owner of Front Range Psychological Associates in Erie, Colorado.

This is part one of a two-part interview.

Business Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  It is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  February 19, 2012

Photo: Dean RotbartCo-Host

Direct download: 021912_BUnconventional_Segment-3_10min.mp3
Category:Philanthropy -- posted at: 7:52am MST

Episode #17, Segment #2 - DaVita's (Unconventional) Way of Giving

Headquartered in Denver, DaVita Inc. is a Fortune 500 company that provides kidney care, but shows a big heart when it comes to its philanthropy.

The DaVita Way of Giving is a locally-focused charitable giving initative that has provided more than $1.1 million in donations to non-profit organizations across the country.

On this edition of B. Unconventional, DaVita executive Dave Maughan, a Group Vice President, explains how his company's culture and mission fit with its unique style of charible giving.  He is joined by Mindy Davidson, Director of Development with Project Angel Heart, one of the organizations receiving funds as a result of the DaVita Way of Giving.

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

This is part one of a two-part interview.

Original air date:  February 19, 2012

Photo: DaVita's Dave Maughan and Project Angel Heart's Mindy Davidson 

Direct download: 021912_BUnconventional_Segment-2_14min.mp3
Category:Philanthropy -- posted at: 7:45am MST

Episode #17, Segment #1 - Progress Report

Co-hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart recap the progress they've made since launching Business Unconventional in October 2011.  

In addition to the growing live listening audience the show attracts each Sunday morning on 710 KNUS AM in Denver, Biondo and Rotbart note that the program has picked up loyal listeners around the country and around the world via free downloads from Apple's iTunes Store.

B. Unconventional also offers a growing list of videos pertaining to the program on its new YouTube channel.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST).  The program is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  February 19, 2012

Photo: David Biondo, Co-Host

Direct download: 021912_BUnconventional_Segment-1_9min.mp3
Category:Program Notes -- posted at: 7:40am MST

Episode #16, Segment #3 - U.S. Wellness Meats and the itsPaleo Lifestyle Design

Fifth-generation farmer John Wood, founder of U.S. Wellness Meats, and Rich Carr, founder of itsPaleo.com, discuss the popularity and health benefits of grass fed meats.

Wood started out raising animals as his family and neighbors had for many decades.  Eventually, however, he came to understand the special health benefits of the CLA and omega-3s found in free-range meat.  He launched U.S. Wellness Meats to serve consumers who appreciate the higher quality and health benefits of grass fed animals.  His Monticello, Missouri company is now the "Omaha Steaks" of the industry - shipping grass fed beef to satisfied consumers and restaurants throughout the country.

Carr's itsPaleo.com is a booming Internet portal offering a vast array of information, recipes and forums to consumers who've embraced the Paleo Lifestyle Design and those who are interested in learning more about it.  Carr, the founder of interactive marketing and advertising firm, Carr Knowledge, is a regular contributor to Business Unconventional.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  The program, hosted by David Biondo and DeanRotbart, is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  February 12, 2012

Direct download: 021212_BUconventional_Segment-3dr_10min.mp3
Category:Agriculture -- posted at: 6:28pm MST

Episode #16, Segment #2 - Friends, Partners, Entrepreneurs

Devon Read, Ryan Jordan and Amy Oliveira are the founders of Happy Owl Studio, an innovative maker of stylish and useful accessories for the Apple iPad and iPod.  The threesome not only work together at the office, they're long-time friends.  Reed and Oliveira are engaged.

As Read and Jordan explain on this week's edition of Business Unconventional, very little in their background would forecast the success they've had with their company.  In fact, it was not very long ago that Read, the CEO, was an infantry reservist assigned to the front lines in Iraq.

The path that Read, Jordan and Oliveira have traveled has been neither easy nor conventional. However, their story is a great example of how anyone who dreams big, works smart and commits to success can beat the odds.

This is part two of a two-part interview.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  The program, hosted by David Biondo and DeanRotbart, is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  February 12, 2012

Photo: Devon Read, CEO, Happy Owl Studio

Direct download: 021212_BUnconventional_Segment-2dbdr_14min.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 5:47pm MST

Episode #16, Segment #1 - Friends, Partners, Entrepreneurs

Devon Read, Ryan Jordan and Amy Oliveira are the founders of Happy Owl Studio, an innovative maker of stylish and useful accessories for the Apple iPad and iPod.  The threesome not only work together at the office, they're long-time friends.  Reed and Oliveira are engaged.

As Read and Jordan explain on this week's edition of Business Unconventional, very little in their background would forecast the success they've had with their company.  In fact, it was not very long ago that Read, the CEO, was an infantry reservist assigned to the front lines in Iraq.

The path that Read, Jordan and Oliveira have traveled has been neither easy nor conventional. However, their story is a great example of how anyone who dreams big, works smart and commits to success can beat the odds.

This is part one of a two-part interview.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  The program, hosted by David Biondo and DeanRotbart, is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  February 12, 2012

Photo: Ryan Jordan (l) and Devon Read

Direct download: 021212_BUnconventional_Segment-1db_9min.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 5:27pm MST

Episode #16, Segment #4 - Physician Entrepreneurs

Physician entrepreneurs and the role they can play in speeding new health-related treaments and devices to market are the subject of this segment. Our guest is Dr. Arlen D. Meyers, a noted Colorado physician and president of the Society of Physician Entrepeneurs, SoPE.

Co-Host Dean Rotbart recently conducted a field interview with Dr. Meyers at the Veteran Administration Medical Center in Denver.

Dr. Meyer explain the rapid growth of SoPE, which he founded in 2008, and the type of education, services and networking that it provides to doctors and other healthcare providers.  SoPE now has more than 2,100 members in 16 worldwide chapters.

The interview with Dr. Meyers is presented in connection with Medical BackBone and Medical BackBone Radio. Medical BackBone is a new initiative aimed at highlighting and honoring the institutions and people who comprise our nation's vital medical infrastructure. Medical BackBone is headed by Dr. Ben Guiot, himself a noted neurosurgeon, who serves as chairman of the Medical BackBone Board of Advisors.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  The program, hosted by David Biondo and DeanRotbart, is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  February 12, 2012

Photo: Dr. Arlen D. Meyers, president and CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs

Direct download: 021212_BUnconventional_Segment-4dr_13_50min.mp3
Category:Healthcare -- posted at: 12:30pm MST

Episode #15, Segment #4 - Florist Julia Park and Diz's Daisys - Pre-Valentines Day Edition

Diz's Daisys is a flower shop that serves the greater Denver area from one location in North Denver. It relies on high-touch customer service and word-of-mouth testimonials to rebut the conventional thought that the keys to successful retailing are "location, location, location."

Owner and master florist, Julia Park, filled the 710 KNUS AM studios with floral arrangments from Diz's Daisys as she was interviewed for the special pre-Valentine's Day edition of Business Unconventional. Another common myth that Park dispelled: "A Rose is a Rose."  In fact, Park notes that many roses and other flowers wilt within days of purchase.  She only sells fresh flowers, many of them grown in Colorado, to be certain that her stems last a long, long time.

Also weighing in on Valentine's Day in Segment Four of this week's program is regular contributor Homer Hudson Hillis, Jr., reporting from Abilene, Texas.  Valentine's Day is big business, with many retailers enjoying their best sales of the year. 

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  The program, hosted by David Biondo andDeanRotbart, is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  February 5, 2012

Photo: Julia Park, Diz's Daisys

Direct download: 020512_BUnconventional_Segment4_13_50min.mp3
Category:Retailing -- posted at: 12:51pm MST

Episode #15, Segment #3 - Wendy Brandes Fine Jewelry - Pre-Valentines Day Edition

Wendy Brandes designs and sells fine jewelry that aims to surprise and delight her clients with designs that incorporate an eye for detail, sensuality, whimsy and couture craftsmanship.  In January 2012, she was honored by Fashion Group International with its prestigious Rising Star Award.

Brandes, based in New York, joins Business Unconventional by phone to offer advice for business executives on how to purchase quality Valentine's Day gifts.  She also discusses the importance of the annual romance holiday to her bottom line.

The Brandes portion of Segment Three begins at 4 minutes and 30 seconds.  First, the program completes its 'Fine Lingerie on the Radio' fashion show with Alicia Vargo, owner, Pampered Passions Fine Lingerie. An extended interview with Vargo, as well as additional footage of her lingerie models, can be found here on YouTube.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  The program, hosted by David Biondo and DeanRotbart, is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  February 5, 2012

Photo: Designs by Wendy Brandes Fine Jewelry

Direct download: 020512_BUnconventional_Segment3_10min.mp3
Category:Retailing -- posted at: 11:55am MST

Episode #15, Segment #2 - 'Fine Lingerie on the Radio' Fashion Show - Pre-Valentines Day Edition

Three lingerie models from Pampered Passions Fine Lingerie are in-studio wearing popular 2012 Valentine's Day outfits. This unique radio fashion show is also available as a video, here.

Valentine's Day is big business, with many retailers enjoying their best sales of the year. This segment explores the business aspects of fine lingerie sales.  On the program's third and fourth segments, Business Unconventional examines the fine jewelry and floral businesses.

Segment Two features Alicia Vargo, owner and CEO of Pampered Passions Fine Lingerie in Centennial, Colorado, describing the fashions her models are wearing.  

This is part two of a three-part interview.  

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  The program, hosted by David Biondo and DeanRotbart, is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  February 5, 2012

Photo: Pampered Passions Fine Lingerie Models - Alicia, Sherri and Stephanie (l-r)

Direct download: 020512_BUnconventional_Segment2_14min.mp3
Category:Retailing -- posted at: 11:38am MST

Episode #15, Segment #1 - 'Fine Lingerie on the Radio' Fashion Show - Pre-Valentine's Day Edition

Valentine's Day is big business, with many retailers enjoying their best sales of the year. On this special pre-Valentine's Day edition, Business Unconventional features the owners of three businesses: a fine lingerie retailer; a fine jewelry designer; and a florist.

Segment One features Alicia Vargo, owner and CEO of Pampered Passions Fine Lingerie in Centennial, Colorado.  In addition to her bricks-and-mortar store, Vargo does a brisk online business.

Video of this interview is also available here.  

This is part one of a three-part interview.  Parts two and three feature an in-studio lingerie fashion show.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  The program, hosted by David Biondo and Dean Rotbart, is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  February 5, 2012

Photo: Alicia Vargo, Pampered Passions Fine Lingerie

Direct download: 020512_BUnconventional_Segment1_9min.mp3
Category:Retailing -- posted at: 11:17am MST

Episode #14, Segment #4 - The Synergies Between the Sport of Golf and Business

Dustin Mahoney, general manager, and Jerry Walters, golf expert, PGA Tour Superstore - Greenwood Village, Colorado, discuss The Booming Business of Golf (and Tennis). As Walters notes, Colorado is among the top states in the nation when it comes to golf - even though many other states have warmer year-round climates.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  It is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  January 29, 2012

Photo: Dustin Mahoney (seated) and Jerry Walters



Direct download: 012912_BUnconventional_Segment-4-db_13_50min.mp3
Category:Sports Business -- posted at: 7:42pm MST

Episode #14, Segment #3 - Contributors Ellen Rohr and Homer Hudson Hillis, Jr.

Regular Business Unconventional contributor, Ellen Rohr, offers her insights on when - if ever - it makes sense for business owners to seek outside investors and/or venture capital.  Ellen is an expert on helping business owners and entrepreneurs create strategies that will allow them to fund their ventures using internally generated cash.

As he does each week, Homer Hudson Hillis, Jr. - B. Unconventional Certified Entrepreneur #1- checks in to share his entrepreneurial knowledge and experience.  This week Homer continues his discussion of customer service - and why business owners who neglect to care for their customers are making a costly error in judgment.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  It is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  January 29, 2012

Direct download: 012912_BUnconventional_Segment-3-db_10min.mp3
Category:Customer Service -- posted at: 10:41am MST

Episode #14, Segment #2 - Life Gift Cards for the Uninsured and Under-Insured

Life Gift Cards offers an opportunity for employers and loved ones to pay for vital medical care and testing for individuals who do not have their own health insurance or who are under-insured.

Michelle Marte, founder, and Joseph 'Joey' Truscelli, CEO, of the Colorado Springs, Colorado-based startup have unconventional backgrounds.  She's a yoga teacher.  He's an ex-marine and one-time Indy Series race car driver.  But believing in their dreams, the two entrepreneurs have dedicated themselves to expanding the financial options for physicians and patients alike.

This is part two of a two-part interview.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  It is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  January 29, 2012

Direct download: 012912_BUnconventional_Segment-2-db_14min.mp3
Category:Healthcare -- posted at: 10:10am MST

Episode #14, Segment #1 - Life Gift Cards for the Uninsured and Under-Insured

Life Gift Cards offers an opportunity for employers and loved ones to pay for vital medical care and testing for individuals who do not have their own health insurance or who are under-insured.

Michelle Marte, founder, and Joseph 'Joey' Truscelli, CEO, of the Colorado Springs, Colorado-based startup have unconventional backgrounds.  She's a yoga teacher.  He's an ex-marine and one-time Indy Series race car driver.  But believing in their dreams, the two entrepreneurs have dedicated themselves to expanding the financial options for physicans and patients alike.

This is part one of a two-part interview.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  It is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  January 29, 2012

Photo: Michelle Marte and Joey Truscelli

 

Direct download: 012912_BUnconventional_Segment-1-db_9min.mp3
Category:Healthcare -- posted at: 10:05am MST

Episode #13, Segment #4 - Contributors Homer Hudson Hillis, Jr. and Bruce DeBoskey

Homer Hudson Hillis, Jr. and Bruce DeBoskey, regular B. Unconventional contributors, share the show's final segment.  Hillis, Certified Entrepreneur #1, is owner of HHH Enterprises in Abilene, Texas.  DeBoskey is founder and owner of Denver's The DeBoskey Group.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  It is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  January 22, 2012


Direct download: 012212_BUnconventional_Segment4_13_50min.mp3
Category:Homerisdoms -- posted at: 8:48pm MST

Episode #13, Segment #3 - A Family Owned Business That Beat The Odds

The competitive environment in San Francisco is fierce.  Yet family-owned United California Glass & Door has beaten the odds and survived, even as many of its competitors had to close their door.  David Kimel, senior project manager at UCGD, is in-studio with co-hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart to explain how superior customer service has been at the heart of his company's success.  Kimel is a Denver native.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  It is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  January 22, 2012
Photo: David Kimel of United California Glass & Door

Direct download: 012212_BUnconventional_Segment3_10min.mp3
Category:Family Businesses -- posted at: 8:35pm MST

Episode #13, Segment #2 - Craters & Freighters Win Real-World Shipping Wars

Diane Gibson and Brad Barenberg of Colorado's Craters & Freighters are in studio to discuss how they built the nation's leading provider of speciality shipping services.  Their company serves clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies and high technology manufacturers, to exclusive art and antiques galleries and individual consumers.

This is two of a two-part interview.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  It is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  January 22, 2012
Photo: Diane Gibson, Founder & CEO, Craters & Freighters 

Direct download: 012212_BUnconventional_Segment2_14min.mp3
Category:Shipping -- posted at: 8:21pm MST

Episode #13, Segment #1 - Craters & Freighters Is Champion of Real-World Shipping Wars

Diane Gibson and Brad Barenberg of Colorado's Craters & Freighters are in studio to discuss how they built the nation's leading provider of speciality shipping services.  Their company serves clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies and high-technology manufacturers, to exclusive art and antiques galleries and individual consumers.

This is part one of a two-part interview.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  It is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  January 22, 2012
Photo: Brad Barenberg - VP National Account Sales for Craters & Freighters 

Direct download: 012212_BUnconventional_Segment1_9min.mp3
Category:Shipping -- posted at: 8:12pm MST

Episode #12, Segment #4 - Interview with Chaz DePaolo, Blues Fusion Singer & Musician

Internationally acclaimed recording artist Chaz DePaolo joins David Biondo, Daniel Buckley and Dean Rotbart in a candid conversation about the financial challenges faced by musicians, songwriters and other entertainers.  This segment continues the discussion begun in the first two segments of this week's show.  Included are musical pieces by DePaolo.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  It is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  January 15, 2012

Direct download: 011512_BUnconventional_Segment4.mp3
Category:Musicians -- posted at: 8:01pm MST

Episode #12, Segment #3 - 'Act As If Your Customers Own You, Because They Do'

B. Unconventional Certified Entrepreneur #1, Homer Hudson Hillis, Jr., cites the philosophy of billionaire Mark Cuban, who stresses the power and importance of paying close attention to customers.  Hillis is a regular contributor to the program.

This segment also features thoughts on the New Year from B. Community Minded contributor, Bruce DeBoskey, founder, The DeBoskey Group in Denver.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  It is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  January 15, 2012

Direct download: 011512_BUnconventional_Segment3.mp3
Category:Homerisdoms -- posted at: 7:51pm MST

Episode #12, Segment #2 - Business Advice for Musicians, Songwriters & Other Struggling Artists

Stuggling musicians, sonwriters and other artists can apply some core B. Unconventional principals to give their careers - and income - a boost.

This two-part segment features David Biondo, Co-Host of Business Unconventional, Owner of Signal Butte Financial Corp., and part-time professional musician.  Also featured, Daniel Buckley, instructor, musician, and owner of Blue Line Sound; singer-songwriter Keith Gorgas; and Chas DePaolo, Blues Fusion singer and musician.  Buckley also serves as the in-studio sound engineer for the weekly Business Unconventional radio program.

This is part two of a two-part interview.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  It is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  January 15, 2012

Direct download: 011512_BUnconventional_Segment2.mp3
Category:Musicians -- posted at: 7:41pm MST

Episode #12, Segment #1 - Business Advice for Musicians, Songwriters & Other Struggling Artists

Stuggling musicians, sonwriters and other artists can apply some core B. Unconventional principals to give their careers - and income - a boost.

This two-part segment features David Biondo, Co-Host of Business Unconventional, Owner of Signal Butte Financial Corp., and part-time professional musician.  Also featured, Daniel Buckley, instructor, musician, and owner of Blue Line Sound; singer-songwriter Keith Gorgas; and Chas DePaolo, Blues Fusion singer and musician.  Buckley also serves as the in-studio sound engineer for the weekly Business Unconventional radio program.

This is part one of a two-part interview.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  It is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  January 15, 2012

Direct download: 011512_BUnconventional_Segment1.mp3
Category:Musicians -- posted at: 7:32pm MST

Episode #11, Segment #3 - Quality and Value: Two Key Ingredients to Success in the Service Industry

Fred Baker, President and Co-Owner of Colorado's Heritage Cleaners, joins co-hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart to discuss what it takes to succeed in the service industry.  With 14 Denver-area locations, Heritage has served its customers since 1974, even as other dry cleaners have washed out.  Baker explains his strategy for survival and success.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  It is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Direct download: 010812_BUnconventional_Segment3_10Min.mp3
Category:Service Industry -- posted at: 9:34am MST

Episode #11, Segment #2 - Colorado Business Owner Buttresses His Finances - Part 2

John Peer, owner and president of High Plateau Truss in Commerce City, Colorado, discusses how he and his wife adopted a new strategy to secure their finances and reduce their reliance on conventional financing.  The Peers were guided in their deliberations by David Biondo, co-host of Business Unconventional, and an authorized Bank of Yourself advisor.

This is part two of a two-part interview.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  It is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  January 8, 2012

Direct download: 010812_BUnconventional_Segment2_14Min.mp3
Category:Financing -- posted at: 9:25am MST

Episode #11, Segment #1 - Colorado Business Owner Buttresses His Finances

John Peer, owner and president of High Plateau Truss in Commerce City, Colorado, discusses how he and his wife adopted a new strategy to secure their finances and reduce their reliance on conventional financing.  The Peers were guided in their deliberations by David Biondo, co-host of Business Unconventional, and an authorized Bank of Yourself advisor.

This is part one of a two-part interview.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  It is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  January 8, 2012

Direct download: 010812_BUnconventional_Segment1.mp3
Category:Financing -- posted at: 8:46pm MST

Special guest Nelson Nash, author and creator of Infinite Banking, joins hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart on this week's Business Unconventional business newsmagazine.  Nash advises business owners and entrepreneurs to adopt his proven system, which over time allows individuals to act as their own bankers and lenders.  Nash is one of Biondo's mentors.

Part Three of Three

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  It is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  December 18, 2011

Direct download: 01_121811_BUnconventional_Segment-4-db.mp3
Category:Financing -- posted at: 5:22pm MST

Special guest Nelson Nash, author and creator of Infinite Banking, joins hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart on this week's Business Unconventional business newsmagazine.  Nash advises business owners and entrepreneurs to adopt his proven system, which over time allows individuals to act as their own bankers and lenders.  Nash is one of Biondo's mentors.

Part Two of Three

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  It is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  December 18, 2011

Direct download: 01_121811_BUnconventional_Segment-3-db.mp3
Category:Financing -- posted at: 5:17pm MST

Special guest Nelson Nash, author and creator of Infinite Banking, joins hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart on this week's Business Unconventional business newsmagazine.  Nash advises business owners and entrepreneurs to adopt his proven system, which over time allows individuals to act as their own bankers and lenders.  Nash is one of Biondo's mentors.

Part One of Three

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  It is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  December 18, 2011

 

Direct download: 121811_BUnconventional_RESEND-Segment-2-db.mp3
Category:Financing -- posted at: 5:11pm MST

In the first segment of this week's Business Unconventional business newsmagazine, regular contributor Bruce DeBoskey of The DeBoskey Group in Denver joins hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart to discuss business philanthropy and the differences between being a donor and being a philanthropist.  

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  It is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  December 18, 2011

Direct download: 121811_BUnconventional-Segment-1-db.mp3
Category:Philanthropy -- posted at: 4:56pm MST

In the final segment of this week's Business Unconventional business newsmagazine, hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart are joined by regular contributors Bruce DeBoskey and Homer Hudson Hillis, Jr.  DeBoskey, founder of The DeBoskey Group, talks about incorporating philanthropy into New Year's Resolutions.

Homer, owner of HHH Enterprises in Abilene, Texas, explains his 3-ring-binder system for business networking.  In Homer's view, most of his business contact are also friends to be cherished.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  It is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  January 1, 2012 

Direct download: 010112_BUnconventional_Segment4.mp3
Category:Philanthropy -- posted at: 4:29pm MST

In the third segment of this week's Business Unconventional business newsmagazine, hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart interview Harvey Hirsch, founder and owner, Digital Dimensions3. They are joined by Homer Hudson Hillis, Jr., B. Unconventional's Certified Entrepreneur #1.  Hirsch explains his patented technology that is reinventing direct mail as an effective marketing tool.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  It is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  January 1, 2012

Direct download: 010112_BUnconventional_Segment3.mp3
Category:Marketing -- posted at: 4:18pm MST

In the second segment of this week's Business Unconventional business newsmagazine, hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart continue their conversation with Andrew Hudson, founder and owner, Andrew Hudson's Jobs List.  The discussion centers on the employment outlook in 2012 and specific insights for job seekers.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  It is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  January 1, 2012

Direct download: 010112_BUnconventional_Segment2.mp3
Category:Employment -- posted at: 4:08pm MST

In the first segment of this week's Business Unconventional business newsmagazine, hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart welcome Andrew Hudson, founder and owner, Andrew Hudson's Jobs List.  The discussion centers on the employment outlook in 2012 and specific insights for job seekers.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  It is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Original air date:  January 1, 2012

Direct download: 010112_BUnconventional_Segment1.mp3
Category:Employment -- posted at: 4:02pm MST

Special Christmas Day edition, The Business of Religion, featuring Reverend Bryan Wolfmueller, Pastor Doug Newcomb and Rabbi Levi Brackman.  The program is co-hosted by David Biondo and Dean Rotbart.


While the goals of area churches and synagogues differ than those of for-profit businesses, B. Unconventional co-hosts Biondo and Rotbart point out on their annual “Business of Religion” program that religious institutions must nonetheless operate efficiently; market themselves effectively; recruit and maintain congregants; successfully raise funds; and manage employees diligently in order to empower themselves to pursue their higher callings.

Direct download: 122511_BUnconventional_Segment4-db.mp3
Category:Religion -- posted at: 8:53am MST

Special Christmas Day edition, The Business of Religion, featuring Reverend Bryan Wolfmueller, Pastor Doug Newcomb and Rabbi Levi Brackman.  The program is co-hosted by David Biondo and Dean Rotbart.


While the goals of area churches and synagogues differ than those of for-profit businesses, B. Unconventional co-hosts Biondo and Rotbart point out on their annual “Business of Religion” program that religious institutions must nonetheless operate efficiently; market themselves effectively; recruit and maintain congregants; successfully raise funds; and manage employees diligently in order to empower themselves to pursue their higher callings.

Direct download: 122511_BUnconventional_Segment3-db.mp3
Category:Religion -- posted at: 8:47am MST

Special Christmas Day edition, The Business of Religion, featuring Reverend Bryan Wolfmueller, Pastor Doug Newcomb and Rabbi Levi Brackman.  The program is co-hosted by David Biondo and Dean Rotbart.


While the goals of area churches and synagogues differ than those of for-profit businesses, B. Unconventional co-hosts Biondo and Rotbart point out on their annual “Business of Religion” program that religious institutions must nonetheless operate efficiently; market themselves effectively; recruit and maintain congregants; successfully raise funds; and manage employees diligently in order to empower themselves to pursue their higher callings.

Direct download: 122511_BUnconventional_Segment2-db.mp3
Category:Religion -- posted at: 8:38am MST

Special Christmas Day edition, The Business of Religion, featuring Reverend Bryan Wolfmueller, Pastor Doug Newcomb and Rabbi Levi Brackman.  The program is co-hosted by David Biondo and Dean Rotbart.

While the goals of area churches and synagogues differ than those of for-profit businesses, B. Unconventional co-hosts Biondo and Rotbart point out on their annual “Business of Religion” program that religious institutions must nonetheless operate efficiently; market themselves effectively; recruit and maintain congregants; successfully raise funds; and manage employees diligently in order to empower themselves to pursue their higher callings.

Direct download: 122511_BUnconventional_Segment1-db.mp3
Category:Religion -- posted at: 8:30am MST

In the final segment of this week's Business Unconventional business newsmagazine, hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart speak with Grant Thompson, co-owner of Thompson & Thurman in Amarillo, Texas.  Thompson specializes in finding financial solutions for families and small businesses.  Like Biondo, Thompson is a specially trained and authorized Bank on Yourself advisor.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  It is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com.  For more information on Bank on Yourself, visit FindOutMoreNow.com and use passcode: KNUS.

Original air date:  December 11, 2011

Direct download: 121111-BUnconventional-Segment4_1350-db.mp3
Category:Business Financing -- posted at: 3:51pm MST

Business Unconventional - Episode #7, Segment #3

In the third segment of this week's Business Unconventional business newsmagazine, hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart speak with regular contributor Homer Hudson Hillis, Jr. or HHH Enterprises in Abilene, Texas.  Homer discusses the "Making of a Texas Serial Entrepreneur."

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  It is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Direct download: 121111-BUnconventional-Segment3_10min-db.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 3:42pm MST

Business Unconventional - Episode #7, Segment #2

In the second segment of this week's Business Unconventional business newsmagazine, hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart discuss how Colorado business compares with the rest of the nation.  The segment features Al Lewis, a columnist with Dow Jones Newswires and a veteran Denver-area business journalist. Lewis looks at the entire nation through a Colorado prism.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  It is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Direct download: 121111-BUnconventional-Segment2_14min-db.mp3
Category:News Media -- posted at: 3:35pm MST

Business Unconventional - Episode #7, Segment #1

In the opening of this week's Business Unconventional business newsmagazine, hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart welcome Bruce DeBoskey, founder of The DeBoskey Group in Denver.  The discussion centers on holiday giving and how business owners, entrepreneurs and others can have the greatest impact with their seasonal giving.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  It is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Direct download: 121111-BUconventional-Segment1-9min-db.mp3
Category:Philanthropy -- posted at: 3:27pm MST

Business Unconventional - Episode #6, Segment #4

In the final segment of this week's Business Unconventional business newsmagazine, hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart question private investigator, Christian E. Sparks, owner of Legio Corpus.  Sparks, a retired DSS Special Agent, reveals the myths and the realities of the private eye business.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  It is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Direct download: 120411-BUconventional_Segment4_1350-db.mp3
Category:Professional Services -- posted at: 8:02pm MST

Business Unconventional - Episode #6, Segment #3

In the third segment of this week's Business Unconventional business newsmagazine, hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart speak with author and attorney, D.J. Banovitz, of Denver's Law Office of D.J. Banovitz.  Banovitz offers ethical marketing tips for lawyers and other professional and explains his alternatives to 'Crazy Eddie'-style televisions ads.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  It is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Direct download: 120411-BUconventional_Segment3_10min-db.mp3
Category:Legal -- posted at: 7:45pm MST

Business Unconventional - Episode #6, Segment #2

In the second segment of this week's Business Unconventional business newsmagazine, hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart discuss ways to attract tourists and tourism dollars.  The segment features Laura Libby, an official with the Colorado Tourism Office, who explains how area business owners and entrepreneurs can participate in the state's massive tourism industry.

Also in this segment, Homer Hudson Hillis, Jr., B. Unconventional's Certified Entrepreneur #1, sees a turtle on a fence posts and asks, "How did it get there?"  His is a business metaphor.


B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  It is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Direct download: 120411-BUconventional_Segment2_14Min-db.mp3
Category:Tourism -- posted at: 7:16pm MST

Business Unconventional - Episode #6, Segment #1

In the opening of this week's Business Unconventional business newsmagazine, hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart discuss the upcoming Colorado Gives Day and one beneficiary, Loving Hugs.  The segment also features Laura Libby, an official with the Colorado Tourism Office who discusses ways area business owners and entrepreneurs can participate in the state's massive tourism industry.

B. Unconventional airs each Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (MST) on 710 KNUS in Denver.  It is also streamed over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com. 

Direct download: 120411-BUconventional_Segment1_10min-db.mp3
Category:Tourism -- posted at: 6:52pm MST