| There are between 23-to-27
million small business owners in the USA.
Wouldn't you think at least 20% are good citizens
and generous within their community? In our polling and research since 1994, it
seems to hold true. That is about the size of a core stabilizing factor in each
community. Most are members of their local Chamber of Commerce; most are
members of their National Trade Association; and many are members of their
local public television station.
All of them and their employees could
be viewers of this weekly show.
The Goal: No less than
who are Small Business Owners,
all listed and linked within a Small Business
Index of Learning Companies¹:
1. We will learn from each other
about best practices in business and life.
2. We will be proactive in
engaging the world. We'll sell and export goodness.
3. We will join our
local public television station. Let's learn. Let's educate.
Dear viewers of the show and visitors of this web site -
Thank you for
watching the show and/or for visiting this website!
selects businesses through local Chambers of Commerce, local small business
advocates (like the Economic Development Commissions, Better Business Bureau,
SBA-SBDC-SCORE¹, ), and the local public television stations. Nobody
can pay, or has every paid, to be on this show. Our sponsors pay for
BusinessSchool² (and Small Business
2000, 1995-2001, and Small Business Today, 1994-1995) focuses
on the topic of work; and we are constantly in search of the best practices
among those people who, in creating work and wealth, make our world a better
others about the show. Here is an alternative to mindless television. Also,
with so many choices, we all need to support and encourage the good businesses
within our community. We can lift the ethics-morality-goodness bar within our
cities and towns and by doing so, we lift the bar for our entire
of this show has an overview, transcript, and case study guide so we all can
learn what makes a good business. Our mission, and the mission of our nation's
public television stations, have much in common and it is very different from
commercial television. Our television shows are uniquely dedicated to
empowering people through continuing education.
We ask and
find answers to the questions, "What is work? What is good work? And, what
is value?" It is a close-up on how people discover their special gifts and
how they convert these gifts into meaningful work. It is education by example
and inspiration and that is the heart of empowerment.
programs on public television, we go around the USA and around the world to
capture the best of the human spirit people who follow their dreams. Our
unique focus is on those people who start and grow a business. These people are
value creators. They are often the prime movers of social capital in their
communities. In the opening of every show, we say they are "...today's pioneers
and quiet heroes." They forge into unknown places. They "...create jobs, create
wealth, and make our world a better place." These people bring out the best
within their employees, suppliers, resellers and customers.
Our goal is
to have at least 4 million viewers per week. To reach that group, we first
focus on the small business owners in the USA (especially the 25-27 million who
file business tax returns and then an estimated 15 million who report their
business income, often from weekends and evenings, as personal income). We then
focus on small business employees which represents half the workforce. Then we
focus on the customers of small business -- the rest of the population! We are
also increasingly focusing on the estimated 400 million small business owners
around the world (based on a 1:15 ratio).
appreciate what we are trying to do with SmallBusinessSchool, please
join us in thanking your local public television station. At least be sure your
membership is current. If you are a small business owner and you're doing well,
we encourage you to become part of a select group of
The #1 export of the
USA is our movies, games, and television
We need to be exporting the genius of the USA and not the stuff
that pulls us down to the lowest common denominator. We should be exporting
entrepreneurial education and, at the very least, our Three Sopranos who
create musical harmonies not HBO's Sopranos who thrash values and make a
mockery of small business. By lifting up exploitive behavior as an art form,
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.
If you 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 TV.
and web visitors often
we are glad to hear from you. Some have told
us they quit jobs and started a business because the success of others inspired
them. We have received hundreds of comments like, "Keep it coming!"
All of us
here at Small Business School thank you for your letters of support.
Each week we lift up a special business owner as our Master Class
teacher. Following their examples, we can all help improve the fabric and
quality of our communities and the world! Thank you.
thanks for everything that you do
to make our world a better place,
PS. You may
have seen the series on other than a broadcast from your local PBS-member
station. Most cable stations rebroadcast the local station's signal. Even Dish
Network and DirecTV rebroadcast PBS-member station's signals. But, these
broadcast times are not part of our
database search, so
you will have to check your local listings. This show airs on
many public television
stations throughout the USA and on the Voice of America around the
is one of our basic
statements. Also: Mission &
1. The show is going
local, state-by-state and country-by-country:
There are over 6
billion of us on this little planet. Why can't we dream of transforming a bad
medium, television, into a powerful educational tool about creativity and best
practices? Why can't we compete and win the viewers?
I think we can.
Yet, I am an eternal optimist and perhaps still bit naive even at 59 years
With the web, we have the technology and tools today to collapse
space and time. We are all learning each other's name. Whether we like it or
not, we are now a global family. Granted, there are many among us who have
chosen a life of hate, greed, victimization, and self-aggrandizement. There are
also many television shows that glamorize it.
I still think we can
compete. We've started by finding creative types and great role models. We've
done a fair job over the years, but working together, we can do better. We can
do episodes about goodness, integrity, and ethics and make it every bit as
dramatic and seductive as the worst of the stuff that airs on television today.
We can reawaken the creative spirit in people. And as we do, we can extend a
hand and try to pull some of theose negative types out of their abyss; they
need those role models to see that life can be good on paths that lead to
We are seeking to list as many good businesses as
possible and from that list have no less than 4 million business owners who
have joined their local public television station. We can change the face of
Weekly Viewers who are Small Business Owners,
just in the USA,
all listed and linked within a Small Business Index of
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
3. United States Small Business
Administration: Many, many episodes of the show originated the SBA's
Small Business Week and the winners of each state's Small Business
Person of the Year award.