Come June 1, angel investor, entrepreneur and radio show host Mark Haney will be moving his business broadcast, “Entrepreneurs Unlimited,” up the dial to iHeart’s Talk 650 KSTE from CBS Sports 1140 KHTK.
But that’s not the only deal that the Loomis resident has been working on lately. Haney, the founder of Haney Business Ventures, is partnering with three local business associates to launch business service companies in the public relations, marketing and accounting fields.
“I’ve become a lot more exposed in the Sacramento region to seeing businesses fail or struggle,” Haney told me, “and I keep thinking: ‘How can I help them?’ I’m only one person, so I created my team to outsource Haney Biz help. I call it ‘Haney Biz going hands-on.’”
Medo Eldin, the former communications director at the California Municipal Utilities Association, will be leading HaneyBiz Brands, the marketing venture. Regular readers of this column will recall that Eldin is an entrepreneur himself, developing the My Team Sphere mobile and web platform to allow youth sports teams to communicate pictures, videos and messages within a private social network.
Caroline Gaines, the director of PR at Rocklin-based Haney Business Ventures, will be outsourcing her skills as part of HaneyBiz Brands, and Nick Sullivan, Haney’s controller, will be offering up his skills through HaneyBiz Accounting.
Haney, a graduate of Oakmont High School, gained his business acumen in the School of Hard Knocks, working with his brother Paul Haney to transform their father’s television sales shop into a chain of 12 video stores and then pivot into the security business as video sales waned with the advent of Netflix and other services.
He and his brother sold their security business, and Haney went out on his own. Now 53, he has invested in construction, residential real estate, security and tech industry companies. His Rocklin-based Surveillance Systems Inc., in which he partners with his brother-in-law Todd Flowers, will likely gross $40 million this year, Haney said.
Haney has described himself as an “investorpreneur.” He has co-hosted his radio show with his son Marcus Haney, who received the Purple Heart for his service in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Afghanistan War. Haney buys his broadcast time and then sells sponsorships to offset his costs.
“Talk 650 is more business-oriented,” said Haney of the station that is also home to tech guru Kim Komando and money management adviser Dave Ramsey. “I love the people over at CBS. I think they’re fantastic, but…650 has more business listeners. It’s formatted that way.”
With the move to Talk 650 KSTE, the show will get a new name and tagline: “The HaneyBiz Project: Igniting the Entrepreneurial Revolution.” The show has covered such topics as business strategy, gratitude, purpose, vision and more with Sacramento-area business leaders. The show will air at the same time: 9 a.m. Saturdays.