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Last Update: Tuesday July 27, 2021

About the television series

Welcome To Small Business School

Our goal has always been to bring to our viewers the truth about what it takes to start, run and grow a business and this only comes from people who have been doing it for years.

As the longest-running television series in the world dedicated exclusively to telling the stories of successful small businesses, our weekly show on PBS stations -- with  sponsorship from some of the world's biggest companies including IBM, Verizon and Microsoft -- takes you inside hundreds of small companies so you can learn from owners who are the best in their category.

Television is a great medium, but we realized from our work creating over 40 college textbook video companions (which are used in thousands of classrooms today) for the world's largest textbook publishers, Prentice-Hall and Thomson Learning, that learning might be faster and more fun if you had access to bite-size videos right on your PC. Now you can either sign up for one of our courses or search our library's more than 2,000 clips, pulled directly from the full TV episode, to find ideas, insight and inspiration.

"What can I learn from this library?"

This is an opportunity to gain key insight from truly an elite group of people who achieved against great odds. Nobody expected them to win, yet even in the face of failure, they were tenacious. Today, each person you'll meet in these clips has been called successful by their employees, customers and vendors. Each has created jobs for more than 10 years and they are all admired by their peers and loved in their communities.

We invite you to watch, listen and learn as they share their insights.  In their own special words, they all have said, 
"If I can do it, you can, too."

For every question there is an answer...

Get busy answering key questions about your business!  Each question is part of your storyboard to produce and upload your video.  Become part of this group of business owners who are contributing their best practices about business.  The best parts of your story should be told. It's your legacy. What will people say about you and your life?  More...

1. Nobody can pay or has ever paid to be on this television show.

The sponsors have paid for everything.  And, these big businesses are among the best businesses in the world because they are all small business advocates.  They know small business is the engine of the world's economy and the largest source of social capital in local communities. 

Small business is where the first dollar is made. It is where dollars are exchanged for a product or service and that truly takes a village and their small businesses.

These sponsors include:

  • IBM (the founding sponsor and sponsors for over 40 seasons)
  • The United States Postal Service (sponsors for over 40 seasons)
  • Verizon (sponsors for over 30 seasons)
  • Microsoft (sponsors for over eight seasons)
  • and so many others who sponsored at least four seasons such as AT&T, BusinessWeek, and Travelers.

2. Longest-running TV series on PBS stations about best business practices

Every week since September 1994 on location asking questions...  every question is answered by a business owner who was recommended by many local business advocates and confirmed by their national trade association for their leadership, generosity, ethics, and courage

About the website... the first pages went up in December 1994.

Most every image goes to a video. Every video has a Q&A, TRANSCRIPT, and an EPISODE overview.  Click on the Key Question. There are often dozens of other answers! You can also search for a VIDEO (always in the header). Use six tools to find just the right video. More...

Go to the Prior Homepage...

There are always prior pages.  One of the challenges in life is to grasp the deep meaning within the pages of one's life.  Every facet of your life is recorded. What are your best faces? This website, started December 1994 shortly after the show went on air (September 5, 1994).  It is all to focus on a search for best practices in business throughout the world and to tell the stories of people reaching for a higher perfection. 

Go to a prior homepage...

Next...  please join us today.  You are invited!

You can sign up for the Growing a Business module, the Starting a Business module
(a reality check), or just the Library Access. Every video is about best practices in business.
Answer a few of the questions. You can develop your own four pages of content right here.  If you need help, nominate a business with a founder you'd enjoy as a mentor. Miracles can happen.

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