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Best of American Entrepreneur Radio with Gus Envela Jr., Jason Wolfe, Jeff Clavier

Originally Aired on May 5, 2012

When Gustavo Envela Jr’s family escaped the political tumult of Equatorial Guinea for Salem, Oregon in 1970, it was thought that they would so so without looking back, especially as Gus became a standout track star in high school, at Stanford University, and in the Olympics, as the first ever competitor from his native land in any sport. But once he graduated from Stanford, he sought a higher purpose, returning home to run for president in order to establish the freedoms the Envela’s had enjoyed in America, and to unseat the dictatorship that had been in place. Now living in Western Pennsylvania, Gustavo joins The American Entrepreneur, Ron Morris, in studio to discuss his incredible story, his quest to restore democracy throughout the globe, and the sense of purpose that has guided him along the way. The American Entrepreneur, Ron Morris, welcomes one of the foremost tech venture capitalists in the country, Jeff Clavier of SoftTech VC, who discusses the hottest VC trends he sees in Silicon Valley, and what prospective portfolio companies need to do to prove their worth to Jeff and other VC’s of his ilk. And Ron profiles the remarkable story of Jason Wolfe, one of the pioneers in the online coupon and gift card industry. Jason discusses his upbringing as an orphaned teen in the Milton Hershey School, the accident that changed his life, and the significant success he has enjoyed as one of the first tech entrepreneurs to explore the potential of distributing coupons and gift cards via the internet.

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What Can Young Entrepreneurs Do To Boost the Economy?

Originally Aired on May 4, 2012

American Entrepreneur Radio guest host Mark Laskow talks with Scott Gerber, the President of the Young Entrepreneur Council, about the latest developments in his “Fix Young America” initiative, and his plans to propel youth entrepreneurship as a means to boost the American economy. Plus, as part of American Entrepreneur Radio’s “Marcellus: The Economic Miracle” series, Mark talks with Brian Oram of BF Environmental Consultants and David Yoxtheimer of Penn State University about the process of treating the wastewater that is produced as a byproduct of the fracking and horizontal drilling processes as they relate to the Marcellus Shale. And Mark examines the landmark agreement extension between Western Pennsylvania medical titans Highmark and UPMC, and its impact on the businesses that use them in order to provide coverage to their people.

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What Can the Bible Teach Us About Work, Business, and Economics?

Originally Aired on May 3, 2012

American Entrepreneur Radio guest host Jerry Bowyer provides exclusive interviews with business and thought leaders who cover a variety of topics.  Jerry assesses the impact that the Bible has on the economy, and our value of work, as he talks with Greg Whelchel of the Institute of Faith, Work and Economics, as well as Greg Forster of the Kern Family Foundation.  Plus, Jerry examines the world of independent publishing as he talks with freelance author Robert Bidinotto.  And, Jerry examines the role that state taxes play in the movement for tax reform as he talks with Travis Brown of the advocacy group Let Voters Decide.  Also, as part of our “Energy: Powering the Future” series, guest host Mark Laskow looks at what happens to the water that is produced during the process of energy manufacturing as he talks with Dr. Leonard Casson of the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. 

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How Has Hiring and Recruiting Changed in the Last Ten Years?

Originally Aired on April 30, 2012

Ron talks with Joe Oestreicher, the Director of U.S. Recruiting for Bayer Corporation, about some of the radical changes that the hiring and recruiting processes have undergone in the past ten years, for large and small companies around the world. Plus, Ralph Minto of the Minto Law Group checks in with advice on how to protect yourself and your company if you choose to operate your company in the cloud.

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Attention College Graduates: Here's What You Can Expect in the "Real World"

Originally Aired on April 29, 2012

With college graduations all accross the country taking place in the coming weeks, Ron, with the help of TAE Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Andrew Rossi, discuss the experiences that Andrew, a recent college graduate, faces on a daily basis in the "real world".  Plus, Ron talks with listeners about their business questions, and talks with "The International Capitalist", David Iwinski, checking in live from an international business conference at Carnegie Mellon University.

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Regis' Rules of Thumb: What You Need to Know to Market Your Tech Startup

Originally Aired on April 28, 2012

Ron talks with tech marketing icon Regis McKenna about some of the basic principles that have defined the philosophies which have guided Regis as he has helped launch Apple, Microsoft, and other tech titans. Plus,  Ron, along with his “talk buddy”, Mark Laskow of Greycourt, talk with Joe Kirby, a dairy farmer in Washington County in Pennsylvania, about some of the ridiculous limitations placed on his farming enterprise, thanks to government rule and regulations. And Ron talks with Dr. Mary McKinney, the Director of the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center, about the SBDC’s upcoming Entrepreneur Growth Conference.

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Inside Marcellus: Once the Drill is in the Ground, How Does It Get to the Shale

Originally Aired on April 27, 2012

As part of our ongoing series, “Marcellus: The Economic Miracle”, we explore the process of horizontal drilling, and examine why it is the method of choice for drilling companies looking to capitalize on the Marcellus Shale development. Plus, we talk investing with Jim Holtzman of Legend Financial Advisors, who offers some trends to watch in the second quarter of 2012, advice for those looking to fund a college education in the near future, and insight into Legend’s Second Opinion program.

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What Do You Need To Know About the American Economy?

Originally Aired on April 26, 2012

 

American Entrepreneur Radio guest host Jerry Bowyer explores some of the most prominent issues in business, leadership, and the economy, as he talks with thought leaders from around the country. Among the guests Jerry features are James Gwartney, the Director of the Gus A. Stavros Center for Economic Education, international economist Richard Rahn, and Wall Street economist David Bahnsen.

 

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What is the Ideal Exit For Your Company? A Serial Entrepreneur Sounds Off

Originally Aired on April 23, 2012

The American Entrepreneur, Ron Morris, welcomes one of the foremost tech venture capitalists in the country, Jeff Clavier of SoftTech VC, who discusses the hottest VC trends he sees in Silicon Valley, and what prospective portfolio companies need to do to prove their worth to Jeff and other VC’s of his ilk. And Ron profiles the remarkable story of Jason Wolfe, one of the pioneers in the online coupon and gift card industry. Jason discusses his upbringing as an orphaned teen in the Milton Hershey School, the accident that changed his life, and the significant success he has enjoyed as one of the first tech entrepreneurs to explore the potential of distributing coupons and gift cards via the internet.

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Helping Callers Take Their Businesses to the Next Level: Sundays on TAE

Originally Aired on April 22, 2012

The America Entrepreneur, Ron Morris, helps callers with their business issues, including the dilemma of making "the leap" into starting your own business, strategies to monetize your product or service, and whether or not you should trade precious equity for the capital you need to boost your business. 

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What Are the Biggest Challenges Facing Smaller Banks Within the Banking Industry?

Originally Aired on April 21, 2012

The American Entrepreneur, Ron Morris, talks with Chuck Leyh of Enterprise Bank about his findings as he is embarking on a tour of community banks throughout the State of Pennsylvania, and discusses the challenges facing not only his own bank, but the industry as a whole.  Plus, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald joins Ron to discuss the leadership strategies he has developed after his first 100 days in office, and his plan for business growth and development for Allegheny County going forward.  And Vivisimo Chairman Raul Valdes-Perez offers listeners a preview of his keynote presentation at the upcoming Entrepreneurs Growth Conference at Duquesne University by discussing the importance of advice in the life of an entrepreneur, while Jack Abriola of Select Financial Group lays out strategies for asset protection in the face of increased pressure from creditors looking to take advantage of a weakened credit market.

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Getting to the Gas: The Business of Fracking

Originally Aired on April 20, 2012

The American Entrepreneur, Ron Morris, examines the process and the economic impact of hydraulic fracturing (a.k.a "fracking") when it comes to extracting shale gas from the earth, as part of "Marcellus: the Economic Miracle", American Entrepreneur Radio's extended look at the Marcellus Shale, and its impact on our businesses, our economy, our environment, and our lives.  Ron talks with Geoffrey Styles of GSW Strategy Group LLC, along with Mark Laskow, as these experts discuss the technology behind fracking, the expected output, and the debate behind this essential process.  Plus, Ron talks wtih John Walsh, the owner of Bethel Bakery in suburban Pittsburgh, about the serendipitous gift he received recently when an ill-timed remark by Presidential candidate Mitt Romney regarding John's cookies lead to a near doubling of the bakery's business almost overnight.  And Raja, one of the most successful entrepreneurs-turned political hopefuls in Western Pennsylvania, checks in to discuss his current campaign for Pennsylvania's State Senate, and his response to the politcal attacks that come from his opponent, Mark Mustio.

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With Natural Gas On the Rise, How Much Energy Does Coal Have Left?

Originally Aired on April 19, 2012

As part of "Energy: Powering the Future", American Entrepreneur Radio's ongoing look at the economic factors that drive the energy industry, The American Entrepreneur, Ron Morris talks with Phil Burgess, the Founding Executive Director of the American Coal Council, about the role that coal plays in the current energy economy, and why the rumors of coal's demise may be greatly exaggerated.  Plus, Ron examines the current Supreme Court deliberation on health care, as he talks with Beth Milito, the Senior Executive Counsel of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), about what she's seeing as she's perched atop the front lines of the debate in Washington. And Ron previews the upcoming Cocktails and Cuisine benefit event for Crisis Center North, an organization devoted to supporting victims of domestic violence, as he talks with Lisa Wagner, the Director of Crisis Center North, about the group's mission. 

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Meet the Voices of American Entrepreneur Radio

Originally Aired on April 16, 2012

The International Capitalist. The Business of Health. The Mid-Week Mentor. All are staples of the American Entrepreneur Radio weekly lineup. But who are the voices behind these shows? The American Entrepreneur, Ron Morris, checks in with The International Capitalist, David Iwinski, “Business of Health” host Will Clower of Mediterranean Wellness, and “Your Mid-Week Mentor”, John Rodgers of Dale Carnegie Systems, about what they’re show is about, and why you should be listening. Also, Ron is joined by professor Richard Vedder, of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, to talk about the role college plays in a person life.