A special Black Friday edition of Business Unconventional will spotlight two of Denver’s leading independent retailers, Tattered Coverand Kazoo & Company.
Business Unconventional, a one-hour locally produced business newsmagazine, airs each Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m. on 710 KNUS-AMradio in Denver. The program, hosted by David Biondo and Dean Rotbart, is also streamed worldwide over the Internet at www.710KNUS.com.
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Black Friday marks the official kickoff of the Christmas shopping season for area retailers. Between now and the end of the year, many Denver-area merchants – especially those whose product lines are oriented toward children or gift-giving, will generate as much as 50% of their annual sales.
On its Sunday morning, November 20th edition, Business Unconventional hosts Biondo and Rotbart discuss how retailers can maximize their sales during this all-important fourth-quarter selling-season.
Their guests include:
- Diana Nelson, owner of Kazoo & Company, the leading independent toy store in Colorado and a nationwide leader in merchandizing fun, durable, educational toys and games.
- Cathy Langer, head book buyer for Denver’s beloved independent bookstore chain, Tattered Cover, which offers a wide selection of holiday gift items.
Nelson, who has owned Kazoo & Company since 1998, reveals her formula for successfully competing – actually thriving– against the major box-store retailers, such as Target and Walmart.
- [Hear It Now: Audio clip of Diana Nelson explaining why customers prefer Kazoo & Company over the impersonal box-store retailers.]
Langer, who first joined the staff of Tattered Cover in 1977, will be a regular contributor to Business Unconventional, discussing Colorado authors, books of local interest, and the marketplace for regional writers.
On this week’s program, Langer joins Rotbart in studio to interview legendary Colorado concert promoter Barry Fey, who has a new book, Backstage Past, that he’ll be discussing on Tuesday evening, November 22, at Tattered Cover’s historic LoDo store. [For details on how you can obtain free tickets, click here.]
- [Hear It Now: Audio clip of Cathy Langer commenting on the nationwide appeal of Barry Fey’s new book, Backstage Past.]
Also featured on the Black Friday edition of Business Unconventional is RyanMcFarland, inventor of the Strider PREbike, a no-pedal balance bike aimed at toddlers – and one of this year’s most in-demand Christmas gifts for children.
McFarland, a one-time student at Colorado State University, and his company, Strider Sports International, rely on a network of quality, service-oriented bike shops, independent retailers and home-based dealers to distribute Strider’s growing line of popular bikes.
- [Hear It Now: Audio clip of Ryan McFarland explaining what inner-drive compels a successful inventor, such as he, to see a product from the prototype stage to full production and distribution.]
In the metro Denver area, TikeBikers.com, an authorized Strider PREbikes distributor, offers special pricing and free next day delivery on all purchases. Phone: 888-Win-Tike (946-8543) for special Black Friday deals and delivery details.
Each week, Business Unconventional listeners also hear from one or more regular contributors who bring special expertise designed to help business owners, entrepreneurs and inventors. These experts include:
Rich Carr– President and CEO of Seattle-based Carr Knowledge, an innovative, interactive marketing and advertising agency with numerous Colorado area-clients, including all Max Muscle locations; Gateaux Pastries; CB& Potts; and Digi-Data Vault Services.
Bruce DeBoskey– Founder of The DeBoskey Group, a Denver-based philanthropic advisory firm and nonprofit consultancy. DeBoskey helps families, businesses and foundations organize, strategize and maximize the impact of their philanthropic initiatives.
Jeffrey Eisenberg – Author and pioneering Internet marketing strategist. His corporate clients have included HP, NBC Universal, GE, WebEx, Overstock and Dell. Eisenberg, a much-in-demand conference speaker, is the co-inventor of Persuasion Architecture®, a proven method to generate more engagements, leads, subscriptions, and sales.
Frank Farrar– professional illustrator and graphics artist and owner of Colorado’s The Farrar Side. Farrar is B. Unconventional’s in-studio caricaturist, drawing each of the program’s guests from his unique – comical – perspective.
Homer Hudson Hillis, Jr. – Originally a ‘garage entrepreneur,’ Hillis is a veteran serial business developer who has a knack for spotting opportunity where most others don’t. Based in Abilene, Texas, Hillis is the owner of HHH Enterprises, a multi-faceted business with customers throughout the United States and overseas.
Ellen Rohr – President of Bare Bones Biz and an expert in simplifying business planning and operations. She previously served as president of Benjamin Franklin, The Punctual Plumber, a home service franchise company that grew from zero to $40 million in sales in less than two years. Based in Missouri, Rohr is the author of four business basics books.
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Co-host Biondo, president of Signal Butte Financial Corp., is a Colorado Springs-area wealth strategist. He advises business owners and entrepreneurs on methods to maximize their cash flow and financial security, as well as ways to fund their personal and business dreams. Biondo’s financing approach does not include risking money in stocks or real estate. He has been in practice 27 years.
Rotbart is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated veteran financial journalist, who also owns and operates multiple business ventures, including NewsBios.com, a 24-year-old global news media profiling and research service. He is a national columnist for lodeplus.com, writing about influential journalists and other members of the media. Rotbart also consults business owners and entrepreneurs on proven methods to generate greater visibility with the media and customers.