The Business Opportunities to Success Summit is hosted by RPI in Troy, NY and features over 60 CEO or executive level speakers who have taken their companies/organizations from start-up to success. Each leader is given five minutes to share lessons learned along the way. This year’s BOSS takes place Wednesday, November 12th.

Our very own Alan Chartock is one of the featured CEOs and he joins us in studio now along with creator of the event, James Spencer, Director of the Rensselaer Tech Park.

  Rich Honen discusses how we look differently at political leaders versus business leaders. And imagines Joe as president.

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Do you want to start your own business? Have you ever tried? We’re talking about entrepreneurship today with special guest Craig Bero, a successful, seasoned entrepreneur and owner of the Pleasant & Main Café and General Store in Housatonic, Massachusetts.

Vacant downtown Albany office buildings may soon be welcoming new tenants.

  Emily Arnold McCully will be reading from her new biography, Ida M. Tarbell: The Woman Who Challenged Big Business – and Won!, at the Chatham Bookstore on Sunday from 2-4.

Born in 1857, Tarbell was one of America’s first investigative journalists, “a fascinating and complex person: quirky, opinionated, reserved, adventurous, independent – a woman proving herself in a man’s world.

Emily Arnold McCully received the Caldecott Medal for Mirette on the High Wire. The illustrator of more than 40 books for young readers, she has a lifelong interest in history and feminist issues and she joins us this morning.

 We welcome Rich Honen - with Phillips Lytle LLP, where he is the partner in charge of the Albany office.


  Ben & Jerry’s has always been committed to an insanely ambitious three-part mission: making the world’s best ice cream, supporting progressive causes, and sharing the company’s success with all stakeholders: employees, suppliers, distributors, customers, cows, everybody. But it hasn’t been easy.

Journalist Brad Edmondson tells the story in his new book: Ice Cream Social: The Struggle for the Soul of Ben & Jerry's. He interviewed dozens of key figures, particularly Jeff Furman, who helped Ben and Jerry write their first business plan in 1978 and became chairman of the board in 2010.

Brad Edmondson will sign copies of the book during Art on Lark in Downtown Albany, NY on June 7th.

  In Kendra Smith-Howard’s new book, Pure and Modern Milk, she tells the history of a nearly universal consumer product, and sheds light on America's food industry. Today, she notes, milk reaches supermarkets in an entirely different state than it had at its creation.

She examines the cultural, political, and social context, discussing the attempts to reform the production and distribution of this once-perilous product in the Progressive Era, the history of butter between the world wars, dairy waste at mid-century, and the postwar landscape of mass production.


    We like to imagine that medicine is based on evidence and the results of fair testing and clinical trials. In reality, those tests and trials are often profoundly flawed. We like to imagine that doctors who write prescriptions for everything from antidepressants to cancer drugs to heart medication are familiar with the research literature about a drug, when in reality much of the research is hidden from them by drug companies.

With Ben Goldacre’s characteristic flair and a forensic attention to detail, Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients reveals a shockingly broken system and calls for regulation. This is the pharmaceutical industry as it has never been seen before.


  In his new book, A More Beautiful Question, journalist and innovation expert Warren Berger shows that one of the most powerful forces for igniting change in business and in our daily lives is a simple, under-appreciated tool—one that has been available to us since childhood.

He says - Questioning—deeply, imaginatively, “beautifully”—can help us identify and solve problems, come up with game-changing ideas, and pursue fresh opportunities. So why are we often reluctant to ask “Why?”