You’ll Be Very Impressed By the Business Savvy of This 28-Year-Old Entrepreneur

Maxwell Cohen Parlayed His Interest in Water Conservation into a Thriving Business

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Entrepreneurial magic often results when education meets opportunity.

In the case of Maxwell Cohen, the education was in environmental and water resource economics, and the opportunity was to save millions of gallons of water annually by finding a way for hospitals, nursing homes, and even parents of newborns to avoid having to wash so many bed sheets.

His company, Peel Away Labs, developed the first multilayered, disposable, waterproof, fitted sheet designed for the home, industrial, and healthcare markets. Basically, when a bed sheet is soiled, users simply peel off the top layer — like an onion — and expose a fresh sheet.

Maxwell’s Peel Aways are a big success, selling at Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, Amazon, and other popular retailers.

This week, Maxwell shares his journey – including a total misfire on Shark Tank in 2015 – from drawing board to final product with host and prize-winning journalist Dean Rotbart.

Now an unabashed success, Maxwell recently celebrated his 28th birthday.

Photo: Maxwell Cohen, Peel Away Labs
Posted: April 15, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 43:37

 

 

Up on the Roof with Beth Kendall, Co-Owner of All Out Chimney Sweep

Smokin’ Business Insights That Any Business Leader Can Profit From

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You might say (or even sing) that Beth Kendall and her husband Bill are as lucky as lucky can be.

The couple, after all, have co-owned All Out Chimney Sweep in Charlotte, North Carolina for the past 35-plus years.

With all due respect to Mary Poppins and her friend Bert, successfully running and maintaining a 21st Century chimney sweep business in the face of advancing technologies and changing consumer tastes is no song and dance.

This week Beth, who earlier this year was elected as the first female president of the North Carolina Chimney Sweep Association, takes host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart up where the smoke is all billered and curled, and shares some smokin’ lessons that any business owner can readily profit from.

Photo: Beth Kendall, All Out Chimney Sweep
Posted: March 25, 2018
Monday Morning Run Time: 33:05

Travel Vacations for Dogs and Their People. Honestly.

David Blank is Tapping into America’s $72 Billion Pet Industry

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With roughly 90 million dogs in America and tens of millions of dog-lovers, it probably was inevitable that Happy Tails Canine Adventure Tours would emerge – offering eco-tours designed especially for dog lovers and their companions.

David Blank, who along with his wife Claudia co-founded the company in 2018, is a veteran of the travel tour industry as well as a professional dog trainer. He’s decoded the labyrinth of logistics necessary to safely and happily take a couple dozen dogs and their humans on travel adventures – including bus transportation, motels, restaurants, and even medical care.

You may not be a pet lover, but you’ll feel like a lucky dog after listening to David’s interview with host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart and discovering David’s formula for tapping into the robust pet market.

Photo: David Blank, Happy Tails Canine Adventure Tours
Posted: February 25, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 40:46

More Than 150 Million Americans Watch Streaming TV – But Very Little Local Programming

Simon Bray and His Streaming Television Inc. Are On a Mission to Change That

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Despite all of the television viewing options open to today’s consumers – broadcast, cable, satellite, and streaming – surprising little of the available programming is local, much less hyperlocal, in nature.

Simon Bray, a veteran Fort Wayne entrepreneur, is on a mission to change that. Simon is the founder and CEO of Streaming Television, which is rolling out laser-focused local programming channels in more than 190 markets nationally. STV programs are available on major streaming platforms – including Roku, Amazon Fire, and Apple TV, as well as directly from dedicated websites. 

Whether you’re a dry cleaner, plumber, accountant, dentist, or pizza shop owner, Simon tells host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart that STV aims to provide you the opportunity to reach your customers where more than 150 million Americans watch their other streaming programs and movies.

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Posted: February 18, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 39:40

Can You Remember the Days When Men Used Safety Razors (Like This Morning)?

Douglas Smythe and Phoenix Shaving Are Resurrecting the Era of Wet Shaves

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The days when men shaved with safety razors – where the user inserts a single double-edge blade into a shaving implement – are long gone, made obsolete by cartridge blades and electronic razors.

Or are they?

Since 2012, Douglas Smythe, founder of Phoenix Shaving, has seen demand for his safety razors, blades, and other related grooming products for men boom. Douglas attributes the success of his business to three main factors: 1.) safety razors provide a more comfortable shave, despite all the hype around 3-blade and 5-blade cartridges.  2.) The replaceable blades cost only a fraction of cartridges.  3.) Men fondly remember their fathers or grandfather’s using a safety razor.

As Douglas tells host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart, he is using 21st Century marketing – including a YouTube breakfast-hour show called I’d Lather Be Shaving – and an annual confab of hobbyists and other shaving enthusiasts, to drive sales and an expanding line of related products.

Believe it or Not: Rotbart brand razors, blades, and accessories were the best-selling shaving products in Germany in the early part of the 20th Century. In fact, in about 1927, Gillette bought out Rotbart and for many years thereafter used Rotbart’s designs and patents.

 

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Posted: January 28, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 41:53

Sunrise, Sunset: Passing Along the Family Business to the Next Generation

Anna Huthmaker of Huthmaker Violins on Taking Over from Her Parents

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After almost 30 years in business, Roland “Buddy” and Dixie Huthmaker, owners of Huthmaker Violins – one of the finest violin and string instrument stores in the country – faced a choice that many owners do after pouring their hearts and souls into a business: sell it, close it, or pass it on to a willing heir.

Fortunately for the Huthmakers, their daughter Anna, a gifted musician and entrepreneur, stepped up, and in January 2019 will officially become the new owner of their beloved shop.

All three Huthmakers attribute some of their success to the classes they’ve taken at Wizard Academy, including host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart’s “Buzz Snatching” course on reputation building.

This week on Monday Morning Radio, Anna shares the planning that went into the ownership transition and what she plans to do differently now that her parents report to her.

[You may also wish to here our interview from September 2014 with Buddy, Dixie, and Anna. Click here.]

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Posted: December 17, 2018
Monday Morning Run Time: 30:23

Forget About Email and Social Networking Marketing: Text Messaging Is Where It’s At

Global Innovator Jim Cook of Mobit on the Power and Limitations of Text Marketing

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Imagine if 95 percent of your marketing messages were opened, and not merely opened, but read within three minutes of you hitting the ‘send’ button.

What would you call that kind of turbocharged email? 

Jim Koch calls it text message marketing – and he built a budding global empire on the fact that while email and social network marketing are now saturated and largely ignored – few people ever ignore their text messages.

Jim launched Mobit, his text-marketing platform almost five years ago, and having recently sold it, continues to head its North American and UK operations.

 This week he shares with host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart, poolside in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona, the rules of successful text message marketing – as well as its limitations.

[Monday Morning Radio listeners who wish to learn more, without obligation, can text the word “Mobile” to 72000. They will then get access to a 30-minute strategic presentation on how mobile marketing for businesses works. In addition, they will have an opportunity to book a 30-minute free one-on-one consultation with a Mobit marketing specialist.]

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Posted: November 26, 2018
Monday Morning Run Time: 45:28