For Small Business, It Is the Best of Times; It Is the Worst of Times

The SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard Measures Entrepreneurial Satisfaction

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What are the greatest rewards, and the greatest frustrations, of owning your own small business?

You may be surprised to learn that money isn’t the answer to either question.

What matters far, far more to America’s entrepreneurs? And what do they absolutely abhor?

The SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard has taken the pulse of American small business owners every month since 2010.

andy_roeThis week on Monday Morning Radio with host Dean Rotbart, SurePayroll’s Andy Roe, head “scorekeeper,” shares some of the most surprising insights into the way entrepreneurs feel on a wide variety of business topics. 

Did you know, for example, that 46% of small business owners are unable to break away from work long enough to have lunch? What about you?

Listen in to hear other eye-opening results from the SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard and see how your small business experience compares to the mainstream.

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Posted: October 17, 2016
Monday Morning Run Time: 35 minutes 01 seconds

The Path to Saving Global Capitalism? More Capitalists.

A Bipartisan Proposal, “The 3rd Way”

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The former deputy speaker of the New Jersey State Assembly, a diehard Democrat, and a prominent New Jersey Republican businessman are on a bipartisan campaign to get more private businesses to give their employees partial ownership of their companies.

Upendra Chivukula

Upendra Chivukula

As Upendra Chivukula and Veny Musim view it, the only way to save capitalism is to exponentially increase the number of capitalists. Their new book, The 3rd Way, spells out the argument and backs it up with substantial empirical evidence.

This week on Monday Morning Radio, Democrat and Republican make their joint case for employee-owned businesses. Upendra and Veny are interviewed by reputation coach and host, Dean Rotbart

As an added bonus this week, be sure to stay tuned following Dean’s interview to hear a short excerpt from Martin’s Business Milestones’ interview with the incomparable Eddie Gossage, president of the Texas Motor Speedway. TMS is celebrating its 20th Milestone Anniversary this year and will be featured soon at

Eddie Gossage

Eddie Gossage

Monday Morning Radio listeners get a sneak peak of Eddie’s interview with Dr. Charles W. Martin, founder of Martin’s Business Milestones, a new website created to celebrate and support entrepreneurs. Dean serves as Editor-in-Chief of MBM.

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Posted: March 21, 2016
Monday Morning Run Time: 28 minutes 33 seconds

Mind the (Generation) Gap: What Millennials Teach Us About Business

An Exclusive Interview with Amy Friedrich, Senior Vice President, The Principal Financial Group

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How’s this for role reversal – Gen X and Baby Boomer business owners stand to learn a lot from (…wait for it) – Millennial business owners. That’s the conclusion of a survey of 600 American small businesses conducted for The Principal Financial Group, a Fortune 500 financial services company based in Des Moines.

MD1292P - Friedrich, Amy_28_150302_export_-2 (1)Amy Friedrich, a senior vice president at The Principal who helps oversee the Index, shares the survey results and her analysis this week with Monday Morning Radio host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart.

They may be younger than their Gen X and Baby Boomer peers, but Millennial-generation business owners are doing astonishingly well and also crushing it when it comes to work/life balance.

When compared to earlier generations of entrepreneurs, The Principal discovered that Millennials are working fewer hours, providing extra and innovative employee benefits, and projecting a higher level of optimism.

An article featuring a partial transcript of Dean’s interview can be found on Martin’s Business Milestones at:

“Millennials are demonstrating they’re a new driving force as business owners,” says Friedrich. “Between working fewer hours, more growth and higher optimism, millennial business owners are a force to be reckoned with.”

[Amy was previously a guest on Monday Morning Radio in October 2014 discussing the outlook for small businesses. Hear what she had to say back then.]

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Posted: March 14, 2016

Monday Morning Run Time: 40 minutes 30 seconds

What Global Trends Portend for Your Business in 2016

Exclusive Insights from the Highly Regarded Stratfor Annual Forecast

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Each year, Stratfor – which is based not far from the Wizard Academy in Austin, Texas – issues its much-anticipated predictions sim_tackfor what we can expect in the coming year on a geopolitical front – and how developments in areas such as the Middle East, Russia, and China will affect global economics. That includes the impact on commodity prices, the value of the U.S. dollar in global markets, and consumer consumption. 

By placing global events in a geopolitical framework, Stratfor gives its clients a strategic advantage as they strive to be better prepared to seize opportunities and avoid risks.

This week’s guest on Monday Morning Radio is Sim Tack, Stratfor’s director of analytical support. While the battlefields in Syria and Iraq, and the general political stability in Africa may feel like they are light years removed from the day-to-day concerns of most American business owners and entrepreneurs, they are anything but.

As Sim explains to host and noted reputation coach Dean Rotbart, in our increasingly connected world economy, what’s happening a world away from Main Street USA will impact every one of us in 2016.

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Posted: January 4, 2016
Monday Morning Run Time: 33 minutes 56 seconds

How Does The Outlook For Your Small Business Compare?

The 2014 Principal Financial Well-Being Survey

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Principal Financial Group Survey Results

A graphic overview of the 2014 Principal Financial Group Financial Well-Being Survey

How does the outlook for your small business compare to that of other owners across the United States?

This week on Monday Morning Radio, hear the exclusive results of a survey of 600 small business owners who were asked their feelings on a variety of topics, including the financial health of their companies, plans to hire, employee benefits, and how they maintain a work/life balance.

Amy Friedrich - Principal Financial GroupOur guest is Amy Friedrich, a vice president at Des Moines-based Principal Financial Group, which conducted the Financial Well-Being survey for the third consecutive year.

The complete results of the Principal Financial Well-Being survey are available from

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: October 20, 2014
Monday Morning Run Time:  24 minutes  20 seconds