Drew French, Founder of Your Pie, is the ‘Mark Zuckerberg’ of the Fast Casual Pizza Industry

An Entrepreneurial Aphorism: If You Want to Succeed, Look to Innovate in a Market That is Already Crowded

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In a very, very crowded market for pizza restaurants, Drew French discovered the recipe to stand out from the crowd – offering made-to-order pies, baked in brick ovens, using a wide variety of fresh ingredients, hand-tossed doughs, and served in just four minutes.

Drew’s Athens, GA-based Your Pie, launched a decade ago, now has 58 locations in 19 states, with nearly 60 additional locations in development.

Drew is widely credited with pioneering the now-popular and highly competitive “fast casual” pizza concept. The distinction is all the more impressive, says host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart, given that Drew only recently turned 35 years old.

“A well-known adage says, if you want something done, ask a busy person to do it,” Dean observes. “Perhaps, in a similar vein, Drew French and Your Pie embody the entrepreneurial concept: If you want to succeed, look to innovate in a market that is already crowded. At least, when you launch, you’ll know there are plenty of ready prospects to win over.”

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Posted: September 10, 2018
Monday Morning Run Time: 36:11

If This Company’s Stock Were Publicly Traded – It’s Not – Would You Invest in It?

Dean Rotbart Sizes Up Fashion Retailer Luminora and Offers a ‘Buy’ Recommendation

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It’s not been easy, but Azi Hendi and her husband, Dr. Ali Hendi – a lawyer and a cancer surgeon – have combined their talents to launch 15-month-old Luminora, a stylish clothing line designed to protect women from the sun’s harmful rays.

The Hendi’s know that three million Americans are diagnosed annually with a form of skin cancer, and most fashionable clothes do little, if anything, to protect wearers from the sun. 

In a frank conversation with host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart, this week the Hendi’s share both their accomplishments and their frustrations as first-time entrepreneurs, and Dean offers them some actionable advice on positioning themselves for greater success.

If you own a small business and would like to be a guest on Monday Morning Radio – and get some free reputation advice from Dean – we invite you to contact him at dean.rotbart@gmail.com. You can also phone him at 303-296-1200.

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Posted: August 13, 2018
Monday Morning Run Time: 42:30

All About Logos with Ross Kimbarovsky, Founder & CEO of crowdspring.com

Great Logos Offer Instant Brand Recognition and Embody the Spirit of Their Company or Product

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When Ross Kimbarovsky started his company, crowdspring.com, a decade ago, he had a vision for a new kind of logo creation service – one in which logo buyers would be offered a wide range of original, creative, logo concepts at a readily affordable price.

Today, more than 200,000 designers from nearly 200 countries compete to design the winning logos for crowdspring’s 50,000-plus clients. 

Ross knows all the do’s and don’ts of choosing an effective logo for your business or product, and this week he shares his best insights with host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart.

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Posted: August 6, 2018
Monday Morning Run Time: 39:01

Off-the-Grid, Off-the-Record, and Off-the-Charts Excellent: Canada’s Fireside (Business) Conference

Co-Founder Daniel Levine on Why the Wait List to Attend is So Crowded and How to Jump to the Front of the Line

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Business conferences are big business.

The World Economic Forum in Davos, the Milken Institute Global Conference, and the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference are among the largest and best-known of the lot.

By comparison, the annual Fireside Conference – held at a remote retreat a 3 ½-hour drive from Toronto –  is a puppy; but a best-in-show gathering at that, attracting a small group of top innovators, thought leaders, and investors in the entrepreneurial universe.

Fireside’s co-founder, Daniel Levine, tells host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart just why every year Fireside gets more than ten times the number of applicants than it accepts – and the secret to having what it takes to land a coveted invite to the off-the-grid, off-the-record, and off-the-charts excellent meeting of some of the brightest minds in business.

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Posted: July 9, 2018
Monday Morning Run Time: 42:30

Funding a Business Using Personal Guarantees or Credit Cards is Common, and Unnecessary

Ty Crandall Dishes on the Ins and Outs of Obtaining Genuine Business Credit

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Ty Crandall is CEO of Credit Suite, the largest business credit coaching operation in the United States. He and his colleagues know the ins and outs of finding the funds to fuel your business and its growth, without having to provide lenders a personal credit check or personal guarantee.

Ty tells host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart that he is shocked by how little most business owners know about business credit and how best to obtain it. Even simple strategies, such as selecting the right name and email address for your business, can often make the difference between being approved and being denied credit.

If you need business credit, or need more business credit, you won’t want to miss what Ty has to say.

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Posted: May 28, 2018
Monday Morning Run Time: 35:53

Anatomy of a Small Business: Documenting Every Role, Responsibility, Process and Policy in Your Company

Trainual CEO Chris Ronzio on Bringing Onboarding
and Employee Training into the 21st Century

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Chris Ronzio knows the anatomy of a successful small business better than most owners and CEOs.  Chris recently launched a new software venture – a tool called Trainual – that dissects every small business and professional office, breaking them into core components: every process, every job responsibility, every policy, every document – all in one place.

Trainual is a digital company handbook on steroids.

As Chris explains to Monday Morning Radio host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart, Trainual takes the painful process of onboarding and training employees that has been in use for decades and gives it a thorough 21st Century makeover.

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Posted: May 7, 2018
Monday Morning Run Time: 37:27

You Needn’t Spend a Fortune to Optimize Your Ranking on Major Search Engines

Jeff Hall and Overflow Cafe Use Inexpensive SEO to Help Businesses Thrive

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Back in 1995, when the internet was still only a toddler, Jeff Hall started a search engine optimization company from his bedroom in Ontario, Canada. In time, Jeff developed programs and systems to help his clients show up high in the organic results of Google and other search engines.

Today, Jeff ‘s Overflow Cafe boasts more than 45,000 small business and professional clients in 170 countries, most of whom pay no more than $29 a month to draw relevant traffic to their websites, and sell lots more products and services.

You could do what Jeff and his team do on your own, although as Jeff tells host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart, it would take most owners 100-plus hours monthly. In less than one hour on this week’s episode, Jeff breaks down effective SEO strategy in terms that anyone can comprehend.

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Posted: April 23, 2018
Monday Morning Run Time: 46:26