What’s Harder, Owning a Business or Crossing the Canadian High Artic on Foot in Winter?

Authors Kevin Vallely and Amy Posey, Who’ve Done Both, Offer Lessons for All Extreme Venturers

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When Kevin Vallely isn’t working his “day job” as an architect, he can be found on one of many adventures, such as breaking the world record for the fastest unsupported trek to the geographic South Pole.

When Amy Posey, a management consultant and former leadership expert with Deloitte, isn’t at her desk, she’s might be found paragliding, or joining Kevin in crossing Baffin Island in the Canadian High Arctic in winter, on foot.

Both Kevin and Amy describe themselves as extreme adventures, and in their new book Wild Success, both offer seven key lessons business leaders can learn from their experiences pushing themselves to do the seemingly impossible.

Although host Dean Rotbart has never raced to the South Pole or soared hundreds of feet off the ground in a harness below a fabric wing, this week he quizzes both Kevin and Amy on the extreme adventure of entrepreneurship.

Photo: Kevin Vallely and Amy Posey, Wild Success
Posted: May 25, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 51:21

You Can’t Touch This: Doors That Won’t Expose Employees or Guests to Coronavirus

Dave Jabas, One of the Nation’s Foremost Locksmith Experts, On The Business Wisdom of Touch-Free Doors

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It if wasn’t so serious, it would almost be laughable, the contortions that people employ to open public doors without using their hands in the current coronavirus culture. The most common methods involve elbows, knees, and feet.

For those who aren’t contortionists, Dave Jabbas, a small business owner for the past four decades, and proud Wizard Academy alumnus, suggests a better solution. Touch-free doors that make each workplace and public facility safer and less threatening.

Dave, founder of WholesaleLocks.com, is one of the nation’s foremost experts on touch-free doors, and he joins host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart this week for a hands-on, hmmm, make that a “hands-off” tutorial on how any workplace, retail store, or restaurant can better serve their employees and customers with a simple wave of the hand.

Dave is perfect proof that you don’t need to live in Silicon Valley or have an Ivy League MBA to be a business innovator and visionary.

Preview our new Monday Morning Radio community, Small Business Paramedics, featuring expert advice on how to buttress your business and reach your goals. Coming Summer 2020.

Photo: Dave Jabas, WholesaleLocks.com
Posted: May 18, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 37:49

When Civil Liberties and Commerce Collide: A Cautionary Tale from the State of Maine

Four Distinguished Dentists Examine the Health and Financial Price of the Coronavirus Lockdown

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When the history of the COVID-19 pandemic is written, it is certain to include many examples of government overreach and outright stupidity. The State of Maine will be a prime exhibit.

With a total population of fewer than 1.5 million citizens, and only a fraction of New York’s coronavirus deaths, the governor of Maine has imposed some of the most draconian lockdown rules in the nation.

For residents of Maine, particularly those requiring regular dental treatments for ailments such as gum disease, the result has proven disastrous.

This week, host and award-winning reporter Dean Rotbart speaks with a panel of four distinguished dentists who examine the serious health risks to patients who are locked out – whether in Maine or any other state – and also the economic ripple effect of shutting down dental practices and other health providers to all but emergency care.

Included on Dean’s panel is a Floridian, Dr. Samuel B. Low, who is an internationally renowned periodontist, academic, and expert on the risks of delaying dental care.

Photos: Dr. Samuel B. Low, Dr. Daniel L. Steinke, Dr. David H. Pier, and Dr. Ted Morgan
Posted: May 11, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 57:30

Meet the Unheralded and Often Unnoticed Entrepreneurs Who Form the Fabric of Our Economy

David Sax Debunks Just About Every Stereotype People Have About Founders and Owners

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When you think of today’s entrepreneurs, who comes to mind: Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Mark Cuban, or Jeff Bezos?

Wrong.

Today’s entrepreneurs are the owners of hair salons, restaurants, car washes, jewelry stories, and tens of thousands of other small businesses and professional practices that comprise the modern economy.

In his new book, “The Soul of an Entrepreneur,” author David Sax debunks just about every stereotype people have about founders, including their backgrounds, motivations, and measures of success.

“David has his finger on the pulse of today’s entrepreneur, much as author Studs Terkel did in his seminal 1974 book, Working,’ says host Dean Rotbart. “Genuine entrepreneurs who hear this podcast will take comfort in knowing their dreams and struggles are shared by so many others, while nine-to-five workers will discover the truth behind the entrepreneurial myth.”

To order your own copy of “The Soul of an Entrepreneur,” click here.

Photo: David Sax, The Soul of an Entrepreneur
Posted: May 4, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 47:31

The World Needs More People Like Margaret and Riyaz Adat

This ‘Ordinary’ Canadian Couple Prove That Any of Us Can Make a Meaningful Difference in the Lives of Others

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Host and award-winning journalist, Dean Rotbart, and his multi-talented wife, Talya, recently co-authored a book about two Canadian entrepreneurs, Margaret and Riyaz Adat, who have become global role models for do-it-yourself charitable projects.

The book, Perfectly Ordinary, Yet Extraordinary, recounts how the Adats, an upper-middle-class couple, used determination, focus, love, and limited personal resources to rescue a woebegone school in faraway Arusha, Tanzania, from the brink of collapse.

This week, on a very special edition, Margaret and Riyaz join Dean to share their experiences and lessons-learned, noting that anyone, no matter their resources, really can make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.

Dean and Talya are donating 100% of the profits from their book, available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble to the students and faculty of the J.K. Nyerere School in Arusha.

p.s. Rotary International and the Rotary Club of Willowdale (Toronto) received well-earned plaudits for helping the Adats.

Photo: Margaret & Riyaz Adat, “Perfectly Ordinary”
Posted: April 27, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 57:02

Be Careful or You May Overlook Key Provisions of the CARES Act

Wayne Titus Read All 800+ Pages of the Rescue Plan, So You Don’t Have To

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Wayne B. Titus III, a CPA whose Plymouth, Michigan, financial advisory firm, AMDG Financial, has assets of more than $150 million, digested all 800-plus pages of the $2 trillion CARES Act legislation to help his clients take full advantage of the various government programs aimed at helping employers and employees weather the COVID-19 shutdown tsunami.

CARES is complex, and without a guide such as Titus, many owners and entrepreneurs stand to overlook aspects of the mammoth government program that could make the difference between survival and bankruptcy.

One step, in particular, is critical for all employers, Titus explains to host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart, who dubs Titus, “a small business paramedic.” Discover Titus’s #1 recommendation this week exclusively on Monday Morning Radio.

Pick up a copy of Wayne Titus’s small business primer, The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Financial Well Being, here.

Photo: Wayne B. Titus III, AMDG Financial
Posted: April 20, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 37:11

How to Rekindle the Passion That Propelled Your Career in the First Place

Dr. Dravon James on the Power of ‘Everyday Peace’ and How You Can Harness It

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Too often entrepreneurs and business owners burn out, giving up on the dreams that propelled them in the first place.

It happened to Dr. Dravon James, a pharmacist, and successful movie and stage actress. Having grown up in poverty on the South Side of Chicago, she eventually overcame multiple personal and professional hardships and formulated an approach that all of us can use to rekindle the fire within. Today, Dr. James is a successful author, consultant, and motivational speaker.  

Regardless of the obstacles we face, Dr. James tells host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart, we can rediscover our passion for what we do and pursue the life of our dreams.

Pick up a copy of Dr. James’s new book, Freedom Is Your Birthright, here.

Photo: Dr. Dravon James, Everyday Peace
Posted: April 13, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 41:15