Small Business Owners and all your advocates -
One of our
goals is to identify 400,000 small business owners who are commited to lifelong
learning and who are actively working to those ends by supporting and
participating within their local public television.
In our letter
to all our viewers and
visitors, we said that the mission of this television show and that
of the public television stations in the USA have much in common. It is very
different from commercial television. Our television shows are uniquely
dedicated to empowering people through continuing education. Small Business
School (and Small Business 2000 from
1995-2001, and Small Business Today from 1994 - 1995) continues
to focus on the topic of work; and we search for the best examples among those
people who, in creating work and wealth, make our world a better
We can all
answer the questions, "What is work? What is good work? And, what is
value?" We can share with other people how we discovered our gifts and
talents how these became meaningful work. Education by example with a touch of
inspiration is the heart of empowerment.
our goal is to give away SmallBusinessSchool to each of the local stations and
their Chamber of Commerce and to help empower their own local productions of up
to 26 local episodes per year. There are 179 PBS-member public television
stations around the USA. If all of them we to produce 26 local episodes per
year, there could be as many as 4500 local episode per year out of which the
production managers from each station could readily select the best 26 to be
aired nationally and globally.
A possible future. Eventually
production costs will drop low enough that it becomes possible for every
station to produce a daily show. Although it sounds like too big of a stretch,
just think where we have all come in the past ten years. If each station had a daily show, there could be over
70,000 businesses a year profiled in the USA alone. Crazy? Maybe
Why can't we
capture the best of the human spirit people who follow their dreams
and create value, people who give back to their community, people who
are "... today's pioneers and quiet heroes." Let's follow these people as they
forge into unknown places. Let us see how they bring out the best within their
employees, suppliers, resellers and customers.
This site is
prepared to host a listing and a link for 4M good small businesses and an
study guide and
transcript for as
many as 400,000 great small businesses. With the abundance of bandwidth and
storage, even a streaming
video clip from each local public television station can be hosted as
The key financial formula. If just within those 179 PBS-member public television stations, there were 4M small businesses that became members
and 400,000 of them became members of their Producers' Club, there would be plenty
of money for these productions. Plus, there will be plenty of local sponsors.
one of our goals is to get every station to do short introductions to
outstanding small business owners within their community who join their
Producers' Club. Tell a quick story about why you joined and why you support
your local station. You see it all the time on public television. If there were
enough of us doing it, they could end up airing no less than one-a-day! What a
gift it would be if every station were to open at least a little profile of one
of their small business owners every day.
alternative to Tony Soprano that would be! We finally recognize the good (and
not the bad and the ugly like commercial television)!
1. If you
appreciate what we are trying to do with Small Business School, please
join us in thanking your local public television station. At least be sure your
membership is current.
are not a member of your local PBS-member station, please join today!
Public television needs small business owners like you! We are asking all our
viewers to thank your station, become a member, and get involved with quality
2. If you are
a small business owner and you're doing well, become a member of your local
station's Producer's Club (usually $1000/year).
We need to
support our Three Sopranos that create harmonies not those HBO Sopranos
who thrash values and make a mockery of small business. In lifting up
exploitation as an artform, cleverly shaping every second, HBO -- and so much
of commercial television and our cinema -- encourages the bad, confuses the
weak and the marginal, and weakens the strong.
Our viewers and web
visitors often respond -- and
we welcome your notes. Some have told us they
quit jobs and started a business because the success of others inspired them.
Others have told us how they've adopted some of the working principles used by
business owners within episodes of the show. Some turned their businesses
around. Other told of how their businesses took off! Our Master
Class teachers have all reached a place in their life where they want
to share their insights and experiences. In part it is their legacy. In part,
they truly want to help make our little world a better place.
abiding thanks for everything that you do
to make our world a better
founder and Executive Producer
1. Invite Somebody to Watch the Show with
a business that you love. There are over 6 billion of us on this tiny
planet Earth. We are all learning each other's name. And, whether we like it or
not, we are a family. There are many among us who have chosen a life of hate,
greed, exploitation, and self-aggrandizement; we can help these people. But
first, we need examples, great role models for each other and all our
children. Then, we can extend a hand and try to pull some of these people out
of their abyss; they'll need those role models to see that life can be good on
paths that lead to higher perfections.
Again, by working together, we can identify good businesses and from that list have no less than 4 million
business owners join their local public television station. We can change
the face of television.
Weekly Viewers who are Small Business
all listed and linked within a Small Business Index of Learning
Companies: All of us should be members of our public television
stations. We will change the nature of television so it is about teaching the
children during their hours and teaching us from best practices how to live,
learn, work, and perhaps even sleep! These links open the door to begin getting
listed on this site. You can then opt to answer questions and so much
3. 400,000: Build out pages within this
website that become the transcript for an episode about you, your business, and
your mission. Nobody can pay, and nobody has ever paid, to be on this
television show. Our sponsors pay for everything. They only ask that the
business owners selected be among the most ethical and generous that we can
find (our sponsors want to lift up good role models, too).