Nov. 26 marked the first edition of what is now a regular Saturday feature on KRDO Newsradio 105.5 FM and 1240 AM — The Business Hour.
The brainchild of local entrepreneur Ted Robertson, the show features news, stories and information from local business organizations — and includes the Colorado Springs Business Journal, Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado and Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center. Each group will take a Saturday 1 p.m. slot to bring the latest information from its sector of the business community.
“The foundational concept for The Business Hour originates with a business-themed radio show called Saturday Business Magazine that I was privileged to co-host with Robin Roberts, president of Pikes Peak National Bank,” Robertson said. “The show ran for about two years on KRDO Newsradio until Robin and I put the program in hiatus about two years ago, a result of increased demands on our time in our respective professions.”
The idea never completely left Robertson’s mind — and when he joined KRDO’s staff eight months ago, he wanted to create a similar program.
“I drafted a concept closely modeled after Saturday Business Magazine in construct, but expanded on the idea to include direct participation of the premier business service and support organizations in the region,” he said.
Other business groups also have a role: the National Cybersecurity Center, Pikes Peak Workforce Center and pikespeaksmallbiz.com.
“The Business Hour also provides a place where community and business leaders, policy-makers, economic influencers, even site selection committees from other cities, can keep their finger on the pulse of — and engage with — the region’s business community,” he said. “The Business Hour wants our city to stand out as the most business-friendly city it can be.”
The Business Journal plans to go beyond the local headlines and interview small businesses, CEOs and local leaders to highlight the business community’s successes and discuss issues that affect free enterprise. We’ll provide local solutions to small business problems, new ideas to help startups be successful and introduce the next generation of business leaders. Our segment airs the fourth Saturday of every month, starting in December.
But why is the Business Journal involved?
“We do this because we believe in our local business community,” says Jenifer Furda, CSBJ publisher. “We love all of our business partners that are involved; we believe in their missions. And we really want to be a resource to — and for — our business community. We want to do our part to help the business community thrive.”
Robertson will host the program, along with Roberts.
“Ultimately, in bringing together the organizations and enterprises established to serve and support business, The Business Hour seeks to promote economic vitality in the Pikes Peak region,” he said.
“We’d like to help move the economic needle in the region by providing support, encouragement and access to resources to those in our community who are already in business, who want to grow and expand, or who wish to be in business.”
In addition to in-depth programming from the partners, each broadcast will feature a weekly employers’ update from the Pikes Peak Workforce Center, a small business question from pikespeaksmallbiz.com, a cyber brief from the National Cybersecurity Center and a weekly fraud alert from the BBB.
And who should tune in?
“First and foremost, The Business Hour is built to inform, support and encourage the business community in the Pikes Peak region,” Robertson said. “That includes all members of the business community, all sizes of businesses in all stages of development.”
To be completely successful, the Business Hour needs the local business community.
“We encourage businesses to tell us their stories of success, overcoming challenges and more,” he said.
“In our favorite example to date, we heard from a business owner who has a very compelling story to tell about starting from the docks of a tiny fishing village and growing into a highly successful seafood distributorship within two years. We look eagerly forward to spotlighting that small business and others in-studio, and we’ll showcase the region’s legacy businesses as well.”
Connect with the program through its Facebook page at facebook.com/krdothebusinesshour, or visit pikespeaksmallbiz.com/thebusinesshour.