Brian Roman, President of promotions and marketing company AdMark360, launches a new quarterly segment that spotlights LGBT owned businesses across North America. On our maiden voyage, we learn about beard and junk oils from John Dodge, founder of J&L Pogonotrophics in Chicago. Then, Michael Jones of Our Community USA, joins us to talk about producing LGBT business and service guides for over 40 US cities. But first, Tim and John talk NYC Pride and corporate exclusivity with listener Billy Kittner, show some hilarious “Planet of the Apes” toys from listener Rob in Florida, visit the Museum of Failures in Sweden, and wish William Scholl of Foot Care Fame a Happy Business Birthday.
06.14.17 | Brook Altman, CEO and Founder of Prowdr, talks about her latest venture and what it takes to build an LGBTQ welcoming lifestyle brand. Abercrombie and Fitch stubs their toe with a Pride tweet, birthday party cookies go wrong, and our business birthday, for the first time in 9 years, is…Donald J. Trump! Happy 71st. Shop Talk explores Philadelphia’s controversial push to add black and brown stripes to the Rainbow Flag.
06.07.17 | The Pride Leprechaun says “Happy Pride!” The Focus Group kicks off Pride with a visit from Derek and Romaine. We catch up on their internship program, Romaine’s love of money, and Derek’s relationship woes while on the infamous DNR Cruise Events. But first, Drag Queens host story time at the local Cherry Hill, NJ Library and Lancaster, CA is betting on Asians and Gays to save the town.
05.31.17 | The Focus Group this week celebrates the start of summer and Pride season with Tim’s recap of Rehoboth Beach and John’s trip to the Norman Rockwell Museum to experience the Hanna Barbera Exhibit. Willlllmaaaa! Tim and John share their views on Kathy Griffin, and Donald Trumps former Pastor—Norman Vincent Peale. Peale’s book, “The Power of Positive Thinking” was a road map for the Trump Campaign. Enter the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes, enjoy a heartwarming story about Roger Moore, learn to say “no,” and find out what the best selling cookie brands are in the USA during Tim’s List.
05.24.17 | Tim and John get set for the kick-off of the summer season with books they would like to read and road trips they would like to take. But first, the founder of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and former CEO of VW have birthdays, John Water’s is hosting a Summer Camp, Connecticut outlaws Conversion Therapy for LGBT youth, John explores Anthill Art, and Tim reminds us that June 11th is the National March for Equality and Unity in D.C. Have a safe Memorial Day Weekend. Honor those who served and made the ultimate sacrifice.
05.17.17 | The Focus Group welcomes LGBT travel expert Jim Werner, to talk about the 5th Anniversary of his travel site Fagabond and his recent trip to Cuba. Tim thinks horror and sci-fi movies are one in the same, John ponders building a Saturn V Lego rocket, and Pick That Flick features summer blockbusters.
05.10.17 | Jam packed episode this week. First, Tim and John share their results from the JobFlare app. A Focus Group frequent guest packs up and leaves the USA. Man About World Founder Ed Salvato joins the conversation as we explore his new Handbook of LGBT Tourism and Hospitality. And finally, Jude Miller Burke, Ph.D. discusses her book The Adversity Advantage, which explores how childhood hardship can lead to career and life success.
05.03.17 | Author Erin McHugh joins The Focus Group, marking our one year anniversary on our new format! Her latest book, Second Chances, is an inspiring collection of do-overs that have made people’s lives brighter. Erin reads a few passages that had special meaning to all of us and lets us in on her next book idea. Shop Talk explores business buzzwords that we all hate. Job Flare, a new app that John discovered, will tell you what job or career you should pursue. Tim and John will reveal what they find out next week and challenge the listeners to do the same and share their results. Oh, and if you ever fly Air Koryo to Pyongyang, let us know what you think of the Koryo Burger!
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. Dining 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?
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.