Category Archives: Episodes

Helping people with autism graduate, go to college and get a job – LOB 088

85% of people with autism are unemployed. But an organization on the South Coast of Massachusetts is doing something about it. The Language of Business travels to Fall River to learn about the Spectrum Empowerment Project, where young people with Autism can learn karate, develop theatre skills and participate in Youth Musical Theatre Group productions such as “Annie,” earn a college certificate from the Bristol Community College Gottschall Access Program and get a job designing and making custom t-shirts, banners and logos. Host Greg Stoller talks with co-founders Pamela Ferro and Donald Lambert about the non-profit and for-profit arms of the organization and how they can train and eventually hire people with autism.

Host Gregory Stoller

Spectrum Empowerment Project co-founders Pamela Ferro and Donald Lambert.
Photo credit: Fall River Herald News.


Whistleblowers and con men – LOB 087

In Part 2 of The Language of Business look at lying and cheating in business host Greg Stoller talks with litigation attorney Bruce Singal, legal expert on con men and whistleblowing. Then author Elaine Eisenman has insights into how to protect yourself if you’re a victim of betrayal in her new book “Betrayed  – A Survivor’s Guide.”

Host Greg Stoller

Attorney Bruce Singal

“Betrayed” author Elaine Eisenman


2019 MassChallenge Awards – LOB 086

The Language of Business went to the MassChallenge 2019 Cohort opening showcase in July. Host Greg Stoller spoke with MassChallenge Boston Managing Director Cait Reimers Brumme about the 2019 cohort competition. MassChallenge Boston awards over $1,000,000 to deserving startups.

Host Greg Stoller with Managing Director Cait Reimers Brumme

Then we chose three teams at random to hear their initial pitch. Last week we went back for the MassChallenge Boston 2019 Awards to see how they did. It turned out that we picked a winner.

A $50,000 Gold Award winner was JobGet and we did a follow up interview with CEO Tony Liu about the whole experience and plans moving forward.

JobGet CEO Tony Liu

Our sponsor is Boston University Questrom School of Business


Cannabusiness Part Two – LOB 085

A Private Equity investor decides the place to invest is in cannabis. So they open a dispensary in Rhode Island and we’ll check it out. Then we go to the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission to get the legal lowdown from the guy in the corner office.

In Part 2 of The Language of Business look at “cannabuinesss”…host Greg Stoller talks with Jeremy Bromberg, COO of CanWell LLC and Steven Hoffman, Chairman of the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission.

Host Greg Stoller

Jeremy Bromberg, COO, CanWell LLC

Steven Hoffman, Chairman, Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission


Yes we can cannabis – LOB 084

You have a license for a cannabis dispensary. What did that take? What do you do with it? How do your customers know your product is safe?

The Language of Business takes a toke on the cannabis business. The cannibusiness?? In part one of this two-part episode, Host Greg Stoller talks with Mark Zatyrka, CEO of INSA Marijuana Dispensary and Marion McNabb, CEO of C3RN Cannabis Community Care and Research Network.

Host Greg Stoller

Mark Zatyrka, CEO, INSA

Marion McNabb, CEO, Cannabis Community Care Research Network


Newfangled businesses – LOB 083

A newfangled way to help Fortune 500 companies find success: Hourly Nerd. The name didn’t work, but the idea exploded. Plus, wine that tastes great and helps save oysters. And sea turtles. And bees.

The Language of Business looks at newfangled businesses. Host Greg Stoller talks with Pat Petitti, co-founder of Catalant Technologies, business agility software that works. Also Brian Thurber, co-founder of Proud Pour, dedicated to making your happy hours more celebratory.

Pat Petitti of Catalant with Greg Stoller

Brian Thurber of Proud Pour with Greg Stoller.


Lying, cheating, stealing in business – LOB 082

Why do people lie, steal and cheat in business? Because everyone’s doing it? Because they think they can get away with it?

In part one of The Language of Business two-part look at business ethics, host Greg Stoller interviews John Llodra, former Enron employee and current Managing Partner at New Harbor Financial Group and Kabrina Krebel Chang, Business Ethics professor at Boston University Questrom School of Business.

Language of Business Host Gregory Stoller

John Llodra, former Enron employee

Kabrina Krebel Chang, BU Ethics professor


A fresh approach to solve an old problem: outsource everything – LOB 081

A fresh approach to solving an old business problem: Outsource everything you can.

This is Part One of The Language of Business look at businesses that take a new approach to solve old business problems. Host Greg Stoller talks with Steve Schultz Director of Franchise Development at Supportng Strategies and Mark Landgren, CEO of The Nexxus Group.

Host Greg Stoller

Steve Schultz, Director of Franchise Development, Supporting Strategies

Mark Landgren, CEO, The Nexxus Group


The MassChallenge 2019 Cohort – LOB 080

The MassChallenge 2019 Cohort is in high gear. The Language of Business visits MassChallenge to meet with three of the 104 teams in the competition and gets insight from the Managing Director on what a cohort is.

Host Greg Stoller talks with Dan Wexler, Executive Director of Eatwell Meal Kits; Tony Liu, Co-founder of JobGet; Eric Kanagy, CEO of SimpleSense, and Cait Brumme, the new Managing Director of MassChallenge Boston.

Our sponsor is Boston University Questrom School of Business – creating value for the world<b?.


Really know your customer – LOB 079

You’re an entrepreneur working on the plan for your new business. Make sure you know as much as you can about your customer. Are you marketing in the right places? Do you change your plans on the fly,…or trust your gut?

The Language of Business host Greg Stoller talks with three experts on starting a new business: Lisa Tanzer, Marketing Director of Life Is Good; Sarah Fay, Media Advisor to Adaptive Intelligence; Drew Hannah, CEO of RBM Technologies.

Host Greg Stoller

Lisa Tanner

Sarah Fay

Drew Hannah