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This television documentary series featured interviews with people who have successfully transformed their long-term passion into a successful business. Episodes aired on Marin County Comcast Cable Channel 26 and are also available for viewing online (including as an iTunes podcast).

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

Season 5

  • Show 5.1: Tripp Carpenter: Woodworker
  • Show 5.2: Giving Back – People who “give back” to their community as part of their business model (Guests: Bruce Burtch & Jimmy Dillon)
  • Show 5.3: The Kids – Businesses that improve the richness of children’s lives (Guests: Scott von Eschen & Christopher Melville)
  • Show 5.4: Single-Mindedness – Business owners that achieved odds-defying success through their single-mindedness (Guests: Dan Chan and Noah & Logan Miller)
  • Show 5.5: Inspired By Nature – Business owners whose companies are inspired by nature (Guests: Jay Harman & Bruce Hammond)

Season 6

  • Show 6.1: Startup FinancingBusiness owners whose companies were launched with well planned financing (Guests: Karen Behnke & Shahram Bijan)
  • Show 6.2: SynergyPeople who created businesses as a “synergy” of their individual talents (Guests: Three Stone Hearth & 3 For All)
  • Show 6.3: Skipping College – People who decided to skip college and instead learn business skills by trial-and-error, rather than by formal instruction (Guests: Jon Gillespie-Brown and Neal Gottlieb)
  • Show 6.4: The Family Business – People whose businesses are a family tradition (Guests: Loren Poncia and Tripp Carpenter)
  • Show 6.5: Feeding The Community – People whose businesses help feed the local community (Guests: Andrew Brait and Carola Detrick)
  • Show 6.6: The Music Biz – People whose musical success enhances the lives of everyone that hear it (Guests: Kenny White and Marco d’Ambrosio)
  • Show 6.7: Find, Grow, & Magnify (Part 1) – People who help others to find, grow, and magnify their passionate businesses (Guests: Nancy Anderson, Sonoma Mountain Business Cluster, and John Hagel III)

Season 7

  • Show 7.1: Find, Grow, & Magnify (Part 2) – People who help others to find, grow, and magnify their passionate businesses (Guests: Nancy Anderson, Sonoma Mountain Business Cluster, and John Hagel III)
  • Show 7.2: The Inventors – People who earn a living licensing new products and technologies to corporations. (Guests: Howard Arneson and Joe Grand)

Season 8

  • Show 8.1: Puppetry & Clowning – How performing with marionettes or as clowns can lead to a successful business (Guests: Fratello Marionettes and Jeff Raz)
  • Show 8.2: 11 Cartoonists – 11 people who make a living drawing cartoons were interviewed at the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center Sketch-a-Thon (Guests: Brent Anderson, Alexis Fajardo, Brian Fies, Shaenon K. Garrity, Debbie Huey, Greg Knight, Paul Madonna, Thien Pham, Lark Pien, Dan Piraro, and Frank Roberson).
  • Show 8.3: San Francisco Fleet Week Part 1 – The people involved in making San Francisco’s Fleet Week 2010 (Guests: USS Makin Island [Lieutenant Commander Joel Stewart, Lieutenant Junior Grade Lauryn Dempsey, Electrician’s Mate First Class Arnel Senatin, Air Traffic Controller First Class Corey McRath, and  Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Walker Lawrence], Tim Weber, George Silverman, and Gordon Bowman-Jones).
  • Show 8.4: San Francisco Fleet Week Part 2 – The people involved in making San Francisco’s Fleet Week 2010 (Guests: Stephen Teatro, Joe Sobczak, Donna Flynn and Blue Angels [Major Brendan Burks and Crew Chief Vincent Dunhill-Cooper]).

Season 9

  • Show 9.1: Create a Business With Passion Part 1 – Inspiring the students and alumni of Dominican University (San Rafael, CA) to create a business with passion (Presenters: Jay Hamilton-Roth and Holly Stiel)
  • Show 9.2: Create a Business With Passion Part 2 – Inspiring the students and alumni of Dominican University (San Rafael, CA) to create a business with passion (Presenters: Bruce Burtch, Neal Gottlieb, and Holly Stiel)
  • Show 9.3: The Making Of The Pacific Sun – How does a local free weekly newspaper continue to thrive for almost 50 years? (Guests: Gina Channell-Allen, Jason Walsh, and Beth Allen)
  • Show 9.4: Fun & Games People who make a living infusing more fun & games into people’s lives. (Guests: Dan Zelinsky and Michael McGinnis)
  • Show 9.5: Anachronisms – People whose old-fashioned businesses would seem to have no place in our modern culture. (Guests: Andrew Hoyem and Art Rogers)
  • Show 9.6: Sand & Sky – People who make a living doing things that seems like child’s play (Guests: Kirk Rademaker and John Collins)

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About The Host

Jay Hamilton-RothJay Hamilton-Roth founded Many Good Ideas to help small businesses brainstorm, design, and implement effective marketing strategies that connect their business with their passions. He consults with companies in a wide range of industries and publishes a free monthly marketing tips newsletter (Creative Business Ideas). He is available for public speaking.


Press Releases

November 27, 2009: 2 Videographers Rewarded For Honoring 2 Local Marin Legends

May 26, 2009: Fairfax Twin Brothers Featured in Business With Passion

February 19, 2009: Stories of Successful Businesses Owned by Passionate Bay Area People