Jonathan D. Lovitz, Sr. Vice President at The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) says: “YES!” Jonathan joins The Focus Group to talk about the massive policy victories that have occurred in 2016 for LGBT business owners and he reiterates the importance of being an LGBT Certified Business through the NGLCC. But first, meet Jack Ryan, the inventor of the Barbie Doll, Hot Wheels, Chatty Cathy and Zsa Zsa’s 6th Husband. It’s Ok to eat the egg yolk, Happy Business Birthday to Charles Walgreen III, and now you can feel really old—Madonna’s Like a Virgin Album was released 32 years ago today! Tim and John share their views of the election and the importance of moving forward with eyes wide open.
Todd Mitchem is an entrepreneur, leader, disruptor, and expert when it comes to aiding or managing companies in the cannabis space. He discusses the budding issues surrounding ballot initiatives this November as more states decide on marijuana legalization. But first, Tim wants to pay a visit to B-52′s band member Kate Pierson’s Lazy Meadow Motel, and John reveals that he is impatient in Shop Talk.
Brian Roman, President and Founder of AdMark360 joins the conversation and unveils the new Focus Group Radio socks—and a couple of surprises. (Our listeners picked the sock color this time.) It’s National Cat Day so Donald will be happy…. Does being cold make you sick? Find out in the Week in Science. Shop Talk explores the importance of bringing your whole self to work.
Ben Brooks, Founder and CEO of Pilot Inc. joins The Focus Group to discuss his product the Job Renovator. It is an innovative 5-Step process designed to put customers in control by helping them create a plan of action to finding happiness at work. But first, it’s National Nut and CAPS LOCK DAY! John wants to visit a see through glass suspension bridge in China and Tim says “NO” as the low bidder probably got that job! Happy 74th Birthday to Judy Judy—television’s highest paid TV star at $47 million a year. Not bad for a second career.
Tim and John share some of the best career advice they have ever received…Why is cash flow important for a small business? Where is the best place to head for in a parking garage? Shop Talk looks at 5 ways to politely deal with people who keep interrupting you. Pumpkin Chocolate French fries caught Tim’s Eye while John plans to visit a Kitten Taxidermy Wedding. Happy Business Birthday to Palmolive Madge—Jan Miner and Lee Iacocoa!
Cathy Renna, Managing partner at Target Cue, joins Tim and John for an important conversation about the state of the LGBT movement. Cathy is nationally recognized as both a media relations and communications expert and leader within the LGBT community—having been a major force behind the success and growth of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). But first, we celebrate John’s Birthday, learn that Anne Murray may not be so wholesome, and there’s money in a meteorite hitting your old Malibu.
Tim and John share their eight state, 2,000 plus mile journey in the all new VW Golf Alltrack making their way from Seattle to Denver. Hear and see what attractions they loved, places they would skip, and what hotel had the best water pressure—hint not the Kimpton! The VW Golf Alltrack became part of the Focus Group Family as it guided us over the beautiful but gut wrenching Beartooth Pass in Wyoming. Come along for the ride!
Jen Rubio, Co-Founder of Away Travel, joins the Tim and John for a lively business conversation. Prior to co-founding Away, Jen was the Head of Social Media at Warby Parker, spearheading content and sponsorships. In 2015, Jen was named on Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Marketing & Advertising. But first, Japan invents a translating megaphone for the 2020 Olympic Games and the Hoover Damn was dedicated 81 years ago this month.
This week on The Focus Group Tim and John discuss whether the 4 P’s of Marketing are being replaced, or updated to, the 4 M’s. Our next President will be the highest paid Leader in the World, what does the WD mean in WD-40, and Happy Business Birthday to John W. Marriott. The show ends with what retirees site as their biggest financial regrets.
The business of selling feminine protection products in China, it’s TV Dinner Day as Swanson celebrates 63 years of selling the iconic meals, be careful of what you say in Canada, and an interactive world map that ranks manhood by country. (Put Congo on your holiday bucket list…if that sort of thing matters!) We’re all business. Except when we’re not.