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Dare to Dream: An Inside Look at an Exciting New Initiative for Business

The Consultant's Corner Episode #39 originally aired on October 25, 2011

As part of the Solutions 21 Show on American Entrepreneur Radio, host Buddy Hobart of Solutions 21 talks with Fred Thieman of the Buhl Foundation about the groundbreaking “Experienced Dreamers” initiative. The public-private partnership provides a once-in-a-lifetime chance for a man or woman over the age of 45 to professionally reinvent him- or herself within Pittsburgh City Limits.

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The Consultants Corner: Featuring Jack Ouellette

The Consultant's Corner Episode #38 originally aired on October 18, 2011

The Solutions 21 Show with guest host Rob O’Donnell takes an in-depth look at strategic planning. Rob is joined by Jack Ouellette, CEO of American Textile, as they share and compare experiences.

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The Legacy of Steve Jobs: An Infinite Loop of Wisdom and Inspiration

The American Entrepreneur Episode #1,348 originally aired on October 6, 2011

On Wednesday, October 5, the business and technology world suffered a substantial loss with the passing of Steve Jobs.  The American Entrepreneur, Ron Morris, shares his thoughts about the impact that the Apple co-founder had on the world of business.  Plus, Regis McKenna, long-time friend and colleague of Steve Jobs, and Michael S. Malone,  the author of Infinite Loop: How Apple, the World’s Most Insanely Great Computer Company, Went Insane, join Ron to talk about the early days of the tech giant and the legacy of Steve Jobs.

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Is the American Nuclear Industry Ready For a Worst-Case Scenario?

The American Entrepreneur Episode #1,342 originally aired on September 30, 2011

For decades, the nuclear industry has come under intense scrutiny, thanks to the potential for severe damage in the event of an equipment malfunction.  In the United States, industry officials have been thankful for the safety of the nuclear power industry to date. But as the world witnessed earlier this year with the Fukushima disaster in Japan, all it takes is for a natural disaster to strike, and the nuclear fallout can be overwhelming, and impactful on a global level.  John Metzger of the University of Pittsburgh joins The American Entrepreneur, Ron Morris, to discuss the state of the nuclear industry in the United States, and to give his insights into the biggest threats to safety in the country.

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Entrepreneurship on a Global Stage: Taking Stock of Emerging International Markets
As head of the global office of the TiE organization, PK Argawal has a first-hand look at the state of entrepreneurship around the world, especially in emerging economic powerhouses such as India.  He notes the trends in technology, employment and job creation, especially among demographic sectors in these markets, and provides insights into how the unemployed and underemployed throughout the world can put their skillsets to use through entrepreneurial endeavors.  PK talks with The American Entrepreneur, Ron Morris about what he sees as the biggest issues facing global entrepreneurship, and the economic turmoil that could result if the billions of jobless young people (under the age of 25) around the world can’t find a productive entrepreneurial outlet soon.


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Marking a Milestone as The American Entrepreneur Turns Three

The American Entrepreneur Episode #1,331 originally aired on September 15, 2011

When The American Entrepreneur, Ron Morris, decided to expand his Saturday morning program to weekdays in the summer of 2008, it was a significant leap forward for what had previously been considered a “hobby” show.  When the expansion launched on September 15, 2008, one of the darkest days for the American economy in recent memory,  many at the time thought that the expansion wouldn’t last.  But hundreds of shows, thousands of guests, over a hundred thousand listeners and three years later, American Entrepreneur Radio continues to prosper.   Join Ron, as well as many of the guests who have contributed to the program’s success during that time for a look back at what the past three years have brought to the business community, and to a talk radio show geared towards serving that community.

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“The Man Who Could Have Been Bill Gates” Plus More Stories From the Birth of Personal Computing

The American Entrepreneur Episode #1,326 originally aired on September 8, 2011

You’ve heard of Bill Gates, a titan in the personal computer industry whose influence on business transcends the mere PC realm.  But have you heard of Gary Kildall?  The man behind the landmark CP/M operating system and founder of Digital Research Inc. was one of the first in the computer industry to see the potential of the computer as something that was accessible to the masses.  Then came the fateful day in 1980, when negotiations between Digital Research and IBM, which sought to license the CP/M technology for its new personal computer, fell apart, and IBM sought out Microsoft the next day for the deal that would put Bill Gates on the map.  Many have since pinned the breakdown between IBM and Digital Research Inc on Gary Killdall’s mysterious actions that day, behavior that would define his career, up until his untimely passing in 1994.  To get to the bottom of what REALLY happened that day, and how the course of history for the computer industry had changed forever, The American Entrepreneur, Ron Morris, talks with Paul Freiberger, author of “Fire in the Valley”, hailed by many as the definitive look at the early days of the personal computer industry.

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The Battle for the Soul of American Business: Ron Goes One-on-One With Former GM Vice Chairman

The American Entrepreneur Episode #1,317 originally aired on August 26, 2011

When it comes to the American automobile industry, few, if any, can match the longevity, infamy, and bravado of Bob Lutz.  From unveiling the first Jeep Grand Cherokee by driving it through a plate glass window to dismissing Ford’s survival without a government bailout as “dumb luck,” Lutz has been hailed by many as a throwback to a brasher, bolder era, when the U.S. was king of the road when it came to the global auto industry.  It’s an attitude that Lutz wears proudly on his sleeve today, and he talks with The American Entrepreneur Ron Morris about his time as an integral part of each of the “Big Three,” his outlook for the future of the American automobile, and his theory that the American auto industry needs more Bob Lutz’s.

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Helping the Oil and Gas Industry Find Their Way When it Comes to Marcellus Shale: Jessica Wright
As part of the “Marcellus Shale: Energizing Pennsylvania’s Future” series on American Entrepreneur Radio, Ron Morris profiles business owners who are capitalizing on the emergence of the Marcellus Shale.  Ron talks with Jessica Wright, the President of True Mapping Inc., about her company, which provides maps as well as geologic information to drillers and other Marcellus workers in order to maximize the efficiency of their efforts.

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How Financial Success Could Ruin Your Kids: Jayne Pearl

The American Entrepreneur Episode #1,292 originally aired on July 14, 2011

For any business owner or entrepreneur, the climb to financial independence is a long, hard one, filled with personal and professional turmoil along the way.  And the better off you are, the longer and harder that climb most likely was.  But once you’ve made it, and you and your family are “set for life”.  But that question lingers in the back of your head:  “How do I ensure that my kids will be as hungry to succeed as I was?”  It’s a question facing many high net worth families, and it’s a question that author Jayne Pearl has tackled in her new book, “Kids, Wealth, and Consequences: Ensuring a Responsible Financial Future for the Next Generation”. Jayne talks to “The American Entrepreneur” Ron Morris about this phenomenon, and what these families can do right now to ensure that their kids are NOT, in fact, “set for life”.

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What Leading Wall Street Indicators Mean For Your Portfolio: Lou Stanasolovich

The American Entrepreneur Episode #1,288 originally aired on July 8, 2011

Every day, we’re bombarded with headlines and stories about the tumultuous American economy, and for many of us, it’s enough to make our heads spin.  Lou Stanasolovich of Legend Financial Advisors has his finger on the pulse of the market, and he talks with “The American Entrepreneur” Ron Morris about the forces that are currently driving market activity, and where he thinks the places will be for you to store your money in both the short and the long terms.

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Hi-Tech Pretzels: How The Penn State Center Helped A Local Pretzel Maker Stand Out From the Crowd

The American Entrepreneur Episode #1,287 originally aired on July 7, 2011

“The American Entrepreneur” Ron Morris talks with Deno DeCiantis of the Penn State Center, the business support organization that brings the resources and research capabilities of Penn State University to Western Pennsylvania.  Joining Deno are George Augustine, owner of Snaffles Pretzels and Dr. Larry Grunden, PennTAP Senior Food Industry Technical Specialist.  They discuss the ways in which PennTAP assisted George with various aspects of his business, including product development guidance, business plan and label development advice.

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You’ve Got a Business Problem? Buddy Hobart’s Team of Consultants Could Have the Answer

The American Entrepreneur Episode #1,282 originally aired on July 1, 2011

Picture this scenario:  You own a business that, despite your best efforts, was hammered by the recession, and you were forced to downsize your staff to cut costs. Now, you’re getting back on your feet, and you have some major initiatives in place that will move your company forward, only you lack experienced personnel to make those initiatives happen, and you lack the resources to bring in the experienced personnel on a full-time basis.  Enter Buddy Hobart.  During his time as President of Solutions 21, Buddy has noticed a dramatic rise in an experienced, talented labor pool that was forced into unemployment by the recession.  With his new venture, Ex3 Matters, Buddy is working with these people to train them to become independent consultants who provide value to companies in need of experienced personnel in critical positions, but that lack the capital to bring these people on full-time.  Buddy joins “The American Entrepreneur” Ron Morris to discuss the Ex3 Matters venture, and the invaluable role that an independent consultant can play in a growing company.

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What’s Keeping Europe Together? Jerry Bowyer Says Some Big Cracks Are Forming in the Eurozone

The American Entrepreneur Episode #1,281 originally aired on June 30, 2011

With many European nations suffering through massive individual economic crises centered around the crumbling Euro, economist Jerry Bowyer asks one fundamental question:  What’s keeping Europe together?  The political and socioeconomic forces that brought Europe together are no longer in play,  The prevalent group dynamic trends point to a society that works better in small groups, rather than as a conglomerate entity.  The militaries keeping European nations safe from each other and outside forces have, for the most part, disarmed.  Jerry talks with “The American Entrepreneur” Ron Morris about the current state of European society, and just how long he thinks it will be before Europe falls apart for good.

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Your Business is Being Robbed and You Don’t Even Know it. The Business of Corporate Security

The American Entrepreneur Episode #1,280 originally aired on June 29, 2011

As the American economy digs its way out of the recession, the stark reality for businesses remains, as crime is still at an all time high for business.  From identity and insurance frauds to outright theft, businesses are on heightened alert against these crimes, and are struggling to stay a step ahead.  John Lee is an entrepreneur who has noticed these trends throughout his career in law enforcement, and as Founder and President of International Investigative Solutions, he is in a position to do something about it.  John talks with “The American Entrepreneur” Ron Morris about the most prevalent forms of crime a business owner may face within a company, and the steps he or she should take to prevent this crime.

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Keeping the Beat Alive: Drum Pioneer Remo Belli

The American Entrepreneur Episode #1,253 originally aired on May 23, 2011

Remo Belli’s career started during World War II, when the domestic depletion in manpower enabled him to launch his career as a professional drummer at age 16. It continued in 1957, as Remo launched his Hollywood drum store, making the backbeat of the rock’n’roll explosion more accessible to everyone. And it continues to this day, as the 83-year old entrepreneur remains on the cutting edge of drumhead technology, supplying the skins and the parts for drummers the world over. Remo talks with “The American Entrepreneur” Ron Morris about how the simple love of drumming spurred an iconic brand in the music industry. Also on the Show: Will Water Be the Root of the Next Energy Crisis? with Radisav Vidic Water and energy - it’s a co-dependency that some experts fear may be headed for disaster. Energy is needed to make water, just as water is required to create energy. But what will happen as the energy needs of the United States continue to rise and the water supply starts to decline? What mechanisms are in place to make sure that energy and water are being used as efficiently as possible? Radisav Vidic is a professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, and he talks with “The American Entrepreneur” Ron Morris about the intersection between water and energy, and what it means for business.

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From Shoe Shine Boy to the Boardroom of Boston Market: George Naddaff

The American Entrepreneur Episode #1,218 originally aired on May 12, 2011

“Problems are the opportunities for solutions!”  That is the mantra by which George Naddaff has lived his entrepreneurial career. It’s a career that spanned from working odd jobs as a pre-teen, to having to explain to his parents the idea of “commission”, to enjoying a lengthy career as a master franchiser for Kentucky Fried Chicken, to starting a new chicken restaurant called “Boston Chicken” (now Boston Market), to his current health-food restaurant chain, UFood.  George discusses his story, and how salesmanship runs through his veins, with “The American Entrepreneur” Ron Morris.