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Delaying payment to small businesses is hurting the economy and is now a common practice

04.26.17 | This week on The Focus Group we address the trend where large companies are increasingly making small suppliers wait twice as long to get paid as in the recent past. It is having a devastating affect on small businesses when it comes to reinvestment, development, and human resources. But first, get out and help support your local LGBTQ non-profits. Dinining Out for Life and the Keystone Gay Rodeo are two such organizations that raise money for local LGBTQ organizations. Find a “friend” through a new app: GAYBFF. Tim and John talk about the 20 year anniversary of Ellen’s coming out and the ambiguous VW commercial that ran during the broadcast—the ad with the 2 guys and a smelly chair. We’re they friends or a couple?

Kelly McDonald – How to work with and lead people not like you

04.19.17 | Kelly McDonald, marketing expert and sought after keynote speaker, catches up with Tim and John to preview her latest book, How To Work With and Lead People Not Like You. A man dies in peace thinking President Trump was Impeached, Queen Elizabeth eats this one thing every day, Ole Evinrude has a birthday, and cut flowers are big business. Listen, Laugh, and Learn with The Focus Group.

The Focus Group gets BeanBoozled

04.12.17 | This week, a poop themed child’s birthday party caught John’s eye while Tim chose Alfred Butts, the inventor of Scrabble, for The Business Birthday. From The Random Sample—The Focus Group’s take on LGBT news from around North America—annointed cake that can make you straight, Oklahoma Law Makers equate LGBT youth with cross-dressers, a Pennsylvania school system sides with a trans student’s right to use the locker room of their choice, and Tim and John talk masculine lingerie. In honor of Easter, the gang plays a few rounds of BeanBoozled.

Thinking of retiring to another state? Tim and John reveal the Top 10 states for retirement

04.05.17 | Angela Giampolo, attorney and LGBTQ Legal Expert, joins The Focus Group to discuss the latest proposed government legislation and challenges facing LGBTQ Americans. Dandelion is retired from the Crayola Crayon Box, John gives Tim a french pastry only he can pronounce, and the top ten states for retirement stumps both Tim and John, but not the listeners!

Will a “gay voice” cost you a top job?

03.29.17 | Tim and John look at a new study showing that having a “gay voice” as a male and “gruff voice” as a female might cost you a top job. Conversion therapy, RuPaul’s view of Bachelorette Parties at gay bars, LGBT History Tours in New Haven, Gay Yoga in South Dakota, Bathroom Bills in Texas, and the possibility of the USA’s first trans male judge in Philadelphia are also discussed. Pick That Flick returns with more movies to stump the audience.

Middle aged? Looking for a job? Learn how to overcome the typical hurdles

03.22.17 | Career coach and executive recruiter Bruce Hurwitz, from Hurwitz Staffing Solutions, debunks the belief that you have to be underemployed later in your career if you want to work into your 60′s and beyond. The Founder of “USA Today,” Al Nueharth, is our Business Birthday, a Thai Turtle full of coins caught John’s eye, and Tim’s List looks at the Ten Most Powerful and Influential Companies in the USA for 2017.

Catch up on LGBT news, along with some odds and ends from across America

03.15.17 | Canadian fast food chain Original Joe’s thanks diners for not drinking and driving, some think LGBT Media is too white, and Happy Birthday Fabio! The Random Sample includes an ingenious, but maybe not suitable for work reference to the blizzard and getting plowed, vandalism at LGBT Centers, dressing The Trumps, and an LGBT sailing team. Tim’s List reveals the Top 10 2017 Spring Break destinations in the USA. Where else can you get all this and more?

A million dollars a room? I better get a part-time gig!

03.08.17 | Partners in real estate and partners in life: Tom Postilio & Mickey Conlon. As stars of HGTV’s reality hit series “Selling New York,” the two were appropriately dubbed “The Dream Team.” Named among the Top 1,000 Real Estate Professionals in the United States by the “Wall Street Journal,” Tom and Mickey are responsible for over $1.5 billion in residential sales, and have shattered records for a considerable number of Manhattan’s more desirable buildings, but also for entire neighborhoods. First though, be careful of those Peep Oreos…yuck! A look back on the Palm Pilot, a mutual fund that excludes LGBT friendly companies, and two TV ads with LGBT themes round out a very busy show. Tim’s List looks at the 7 Best European Countries for Dual Citizenship.

The Focus Group gets a makeover!

03.01.17 | We kept what you love and added a new LGBT News segment—The Random Sample. Each week we select stories from local and national LGBT news sources that we think should be top of mind. This week, Grindr gets a workout at CPAC, Washington, D.C. is a finalist to host Gay Games 2022, and 3 LGBT owned businesses in the Atlanta area are profiled. Tim’s List looks at The Queerest Cities in America for 2017 as selected by Advocate.com.

“Startup Your Life” with author Anna Akbari

Anna Akbari is an entrepreneur, sociologist and former NYU/Parsons School of Design professor. She joins The Focus Group to talk about her new book, Startup Your Life: Hustle and Hack Your Way to Happiness. Learn the importance of not avoiding failure and the ability to pivot—be it in your career, relationships, or in just finding happiness in life. Working Cats caught Tim’s eye and John’s Pick that Flick! focuses on Oscar Winners.

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