Bob Negen

Bob Negen

Bob Negen founded the Mackinaw Kite Co., a chain of specialty toy and kite stores, in 1981 when he was only 23 years old. He had just graduated from college, didn’t want to get a “real job” and loved flying kites.

He spent the next twenty years learning the lessons of small business, providing an experience his customers loved and helped create, among other business accomplishments, a yo-yo craze that generated over 2 million dollars selling yo-yos and accessories.

In 1999 he founded WhizBang! Training and has dedicated himself to helping independent businesses thrive in today’s super-competitive business market.

Bob says “kites, yo-yos, plants or panty hose, it’s all retail, it’s all about giving your customers the kind of experience that makes your business memorable”.
Category: Customer Care

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Bob Negen joins Jim Blasingame to reveal why survival for Main Street retailers today requires more than just showing up, you have to deliver the relevance before customers let you deliver the stuff.
Bob Negen joins Jim Blasingame to discuss the progress of health care reform coming out of Congress this year, and to report that there isn’t any progress and won’t be any health care reform this year.
Bob Negen joins Jim Blasingame to report on the three big holiday shopping days, and why small businesses have to get people to come in the door every day.