If You’re an Entrepreneur, You’ll Relate to the Promise and Perils Faced by Creature Coffee

A Coffeehouse Interview with Michael Craig, Brewing Up Big Dreams and Great Joe

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On paper, at least, Creature Coffee looks like a bad idea.

Founded two years back by Michael Craig, a barista, it is aiming to carve a niche for itself in the crowded and competitive coffee marketplace. To make the task all the more difficult, Creature Coffee is spreading itself between three sales channels: walk-in retailing, online sales, and pop-up coffee bars.

But Michael – like the best entrepreneurs – believes in himself, believes in his concept, and does not believe all the naysayers.

When he launched Creature Coffee, Michael began with a budget of $1,000 – all that he could scrape together at the time.

Today, the success of Creature Coffee is evident, from the non-stop flow of fans into his retail outlet – located in a gentrifying neighborhood of Austin, to the corporate clients he’s attracting, including IBM, American Express, Mercedes Benz, Hitachi, Deloitte, and Dell.

Earlier this month, Monday Morning Radio host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart paid a visit to Creature Coffee and shares both good conversation, and a satisfying cup of Columbian expresso, with Michael Craig. 

You can purchase up to 200 varieties of coffee from Creature Coffee online at www.CreatureCoffee.co As always, the plug for this week’s guest comes gratis. Monday Morning Radio never charges its guests to be on the podcast or accepts payments in kind.

Photo: Michael Craig, Creature Coffee
Posted: October 21, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 41 minutes 40 seconds

The Garage Sales Millionaire Returns with Fresh Ideas for Finding Hidden Treasures

Aaron LaPedis is a Master of Garage and Estate Sales, and Online Auctions

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Aaron LaPedis owns a fine art gallery in one of the swankiest retail areas of Colorado.

But paintings, sculptures, and limited edition prints are not all that fascinate Aaron, who is best known nationally as The Garage Sale Millionaire. For more than three decades, Aaron has hunted hidden treasure at garage and estate sales, as well as online auctions.

Whether you’re a treasure-hunting hobbyist or simply looking to offload some business, household, or collectible items you no longer want, Aaron can guide you how to buy and sell most profitably.

Back on Monday Morning Radio after a six year hiatus, Aaron shares with host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart the unvarnished truth about becoming your own garage sale aficionado.

This week’s episode comes to you from the campus of The Wizard Academy, located in Austin’s renowned Texas hill country.

[Be sure to pick up a copy of Aaron’s garage sales “Bible,” The Garage Sale Millionaire.]

Photo: Aaron LaPedis
Posted: September 9, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 44 minutes 48 seconds

Genecia Alluora is a Business Rockstar in Southeast Asia

Now the Former Miss Singapore is Spreading Her Entrepreneurial Network to North America

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In the eyes of more than 200,000 women entrepreneurs in Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia, Genecia Alluora is already a business rock star.

The former Miss Singapore – who founded and leads Soul Rich Woman – the #1 network of female entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia, now wants to spread her message of empowerment and financial independence to the women of North America.

Genecia specializes in teaching woman the secrets of successful online marketing and digital branding. This week, she connects by phone from the Republic of Singapore with host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart, and explains why her step-by-step system of success speaks a universal language. Oh yes, men, too, stand to learn a lot from Genecia’s playbook.

Photo: Genecia Alluora, Soul Rich Woman
Posted: August 26, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 49 minutes 30 seconds

 

Meet the Amazing Founder of FSB Associates, Successfully Promoting More Than 2,000 Books

Fauzia Burke, a Pakistani Immigrant, is a Genuine American Success Story

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Fauzia Burke and her team at FSB Associates specialize in creating online awareness for books and authors. 

Since Fauzia launched her specialty marketing and publicity firm in 1995, FSB has orchestrated more than 2,000 successful book publicity campaigns, including those for award-winning actor Alan Alda; mega-authors Ken Blanchard and Brian Tracy, South Beach Diet guru Dr. Arthur Agaston, entrepreneur and publisher Arianna Huffington; broadcaster Mika Brzezinski; former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley, and Jordan Goodman, America’s Money Answers Man.

Fauzia, herself, is the author of “Online Marketing for Busy Authors – a must-read for any writer who doesn’t want to see his or her book make an express trip to the Bargain Books shelves at Barnes & Noble.

This week, in an extended interview, host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart talks with Fauzia about good PR, but more importantly, they detail how authors and publishers can successfully sell their books online.

Refreshingly, as you’ll hear, when Dean asks Fauzia a straight question, she gives him a straight answer. Questions include:

  • Can you make money writing books?
  • Does celebrity fluff sell better than quality research and writing?
  • Do mainstream publishers do a good job promoting their books?
  • How often has FSB failed to promote a book successfully?

Fauzia – a Pakistani immigrant who arrived here in 1981 and was raised by a single mom – is a genuine American success story, an inspiration, and an entrepreneur who has helped hundreds of authors fulfill their own dreams. 

Listen and Profit Now™ as she shares her inspirational journey – both business and personal.

Photo: Fauzia Burke, FSB Associates
PostedJuly 22, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 1 Hour 11 Minutes

The ‘Sound’ of Your Company or Product Merits Close Attention

David Ciccarelli’s Voices.com is the World’s Largest Marketplace for Voice Overs

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What your company or product “sounds” like is an essential component of its success.

When companies including Microsoft, Cisco, GoDaddy, and Shopify need to hire talent to be the voice of their commercials and other scripts, they look to Voices.com – the world’s largest online marketplace for voice over products and talents.

Since David Ciccarelli and his wife Stephanie wrote their business plan for Voices.com on a napkin back in 2005, they have expanded into 160 countries, bringing talent and clients together, and raising more than $20 million in venture capital.

This week David shares his entrepreneurial wisdom with host Dean Rotbart. No scripts. No second takes. Just the unvarnished voice of hard-fought experience.

Photo: David Ciccarelli, Voices.com
Posted: July 15, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 44:14

The Japanese Art of ‘Making Peace with Your Money’ Arrives in the U.S.

Mega-Author Ken Honda Shares his Zen-Like Secrets for Greater Success and Happiness

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Can a Zen-like philosophy of money translate into greater success and happiness for American business owners and entrepreneurs?

Ken Honda, a bestselling author in Japan who is known there as the “Zen Millionaire” believes it can, which is why he just published his first English-language book: Happy Money: The Japanese Art of Making Peace with Your Money.

Honda, no relation to the automotive family, tells host Dean Rotbart in an interview from Tokyo that how we think and feel about money is as important to wealth accumulation as where we invest it.

Even those who have very little money can profit by making sure that the resources they do have are “happy,” Honda contends.

Photo: Ken Honda, Happy Money
Posted: July 8, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 29:43

Two Living Legends of Marketing Offer You Actionable Tips for Success

Tag-Team Genius: The Wizard of Ads, Roy H. Williams, and The Digital Marketer, Ryan Deiss

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On a special edition of Monday Morning Radio, to mark the launch of its 8th season, host Dean Rotbart flew to Austin, Texas, and, in the inner sanctums of The Tower at Wizard Academy, brought together two of the world’s marketing legends: The Wizard of Ads, Roy H. Williams, and The Digital Marketer, Ryan Deiss.

It’s no exaggeration to say that a one-hour private consultation with either Roy or Ryan would easily command a king’s ransom from their legions of fans. Put Roy and Ryan together, combining their expertise, and no small business owner or entrepreneur can afford to miss the priceless insights they deliver.

But put away your checkbooks. Dean’s exclusive conversation with Roy and Ryan is available right now, for free, compliments of MondayMorningRadio.com.

Photos: Roy H. Williams (l) and Ryan Deiss; Overhead view of The Tower at Wizard Academy
Posted: June 24, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 1 hour 15 minutes