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Business Forward with Matt George

Business Forward is the region’s only locally produced business program. It will features one-on-one interviews and panel discussions about issues confronting every business in Central Illinois, from mentoring and minority-owned business strategies to local business success stories and creating a winning business plan. The half-hour, weekly interview program is hosted by small business owner, local nonprofit CEO and author, Matt George.

Business Forward is all about business, but it’s not just for business leaders,” said WTVP’s CEO and President, Lesley Matuszak. “What happens with business happens to all of us, so the show is meant to drive the entire region forward. The regional business community has been asking for a program like this for some time. We’re responding with a format that we believe will drive local growth and profitability. We’re anxious to hear feedback from our viewers and members throughout Central Illinois.”

Where to Watch

  • WTVP-HD 47/1: Thursday at 5:30 PM & Sundays at 11:30 AM
  • WTVP-WR 47.3: Saturdays at 9:00 PM
  • WTVP-RM 47.5: Mondays at 6:30 PM & 11:30 PM
  • Online: thru the PBS Video App on various televisions, streaming devices, mobile devices and at

Premiere Episode - September 17, 2020

Guests: Kevin Harrington, Shark Tank & Doug Oberhelman, Former CEO of Caterpillar

Join us for the Premiere Episode.

Business Forward will debut September 17, 2020 5:30 p.m. on WTVP-HD (47.1). The premiere program on business mentoring will feature former Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman and Kevin Harrington, an original “shark” on the TV show Shark Tank and creator of the infomercial.