Ellen Rohr – Short Bio

Ellen Rohr headshot

Ellen Rohr – The Plumber’s Wife turned Business Makeover Expert®

Once upon a time, Ellen got involved in her husband’s company after his partner died unexpectedly. Boy was she humbled! It seemed like lots of money was moving through the company, but at the end of the month there was never any money left. Thankfully, Ellen found terrific mentors, savvy contractors who taught her how to keep score in business, how to put a simple business plan together and how to make money.

Ellen started Bare Bones Biz, a venture capital and consulting company in 1995 to help folks of all ages turn their big ideas into successful businesses. Ellen is also a successful franchisor, helping launch a plumbing franchise to 47 locations and $40 million in sales in under 2 years.  Now, she is the president of Zoom Drain and Sewer, LLC, a new franchise company launching in Summer 2014.   She is a columnist for Huffington Post, PHC News, and a contributor to many business journals and trade magazines.  She provides “in the trenches” insight that business owners can relate to.

Ellen is also the author of four business basics books:  Where Did the Money Go?, How Much Should I Charge?, The Bare Bones Biz Plan and The Weekend Biz Plan.

Connect with Ellen on Facebook, Twitter and Google+

To Schedule Ellen for a Media Appearance call: 417-753-1111 or email media@barebonesbiz.com

As Seen In…


NYTimes Nightly News

Video Samples

Sizzle Reel

Connecting With Your Community – Wells Fargo Works Project

5 Ugly Mistakes to Avoid When Calling a Plumber

Do-It-Yourself Fixes on Good Day Austin

Plumbing Tips from Ellen Rohr

How To Start A Business As A Stay-At-Home Mom

Ellen Rohr Media - Fox CT

Making Money for Stay at Home Moms

Money Smart Tips

Tax Tips for Financial Freedom


Help Your Kids Make Their Own Money – Denver CW2


Live Well – Financially Fit


Suddenly Single on “Better Kansas City”

Financial Fitness on “Great Day St. Louis”

Where Did the Money Go? on “Great Day Houston”

How Much Should I Charge? on “Great Day St. Louis”

Wells Fargo Works Project – Increasing Outreach

THE voice for the Green Movement, Röck & Röhr at ASHRAE

Wells Fargo Works Project – Connecting with your Community

More VideosWant more Ellen? See more videos on YouTube.

Story Ideas

  • How to Go From Unemployed to Self Employed in a Weekend and Start Making Money on Monday.
  • How to Start Your Own Business and Have Your Boss Bankroll It.
  • How to Be a Profitable Stay-At-Home Mom – 5 Ways to Make It Happen.
  • How to Figure Out if Your Big Idea is a Money Maker…or Debt Creator.
  • Is the Family Business Destroying Your Family?
  • The Weekend Biz Plan – Turn a Big Idea Into a Profitable Business by Monday.
  • How to Avoid the Top 5 Mistakes Business Owners Make.
  • 6 Simple Steps to Develop a Profitable Business Plan.
  • How to Fire Your Husband Without Getting Divorced.
  • From Inmate to Entrepreneur – How a Convicted Felon Grew a Successful, Legitimate Business.
  • Suddenly Single: Financial Survival Tips from the Shark Tank
  • The Financial Fast: 5 Training Tips for Getting Fiscally Fit
  • How to Raise Your Prices and Get Your Employees to Buy Em’
  • Quit Looking for a Job
  • Be the Star of your Own Reality TV Show: 5 Tips to Fire Up Your Business from Restaurant Impossible, Undercover Boss and the Shark Tank
  • How to Get out of Debt, Grow your Savings and Live Like Celebrities!   Financial Makeovers for Fun Loving Families.

Press Kit

Ellen Rohr Short Bio: Word Short Bio

Ellen Rohr Long Bio Word Long Bio

Hi-Res Headshot Photo: JPGEllen

Hi-Res Bare Bones Biz Logo: JPGLogo

Controversy Questions: WordWord doc PDFPDF

Sample Interview Questions WordWord doc PDFPDF

Radio Testimonials: WordWord doc PDFPDF

Print Media

Ellen Rohr and Randy Mackenzie

Read about my work with Randy Mackenzie and the Davis Correctional Facility



PHC News

Springfield Business Journal

Plumbing and Mechanical



“We have interviewed many great guests on Happy Hour and I have to tell you Ellen Rohr is not only a personal favorite of mine, but is the only guest to garner a "That was the best show so far!" from two regular listeners.

Whether your audience is business owners, prospects or 9 to 5'ers, Ellen delivers priceless information with killer energy. You can just feel the love in her words."

Keryl Pesce

Author, Happy Bitch & Co-Host of Happy Hour

Ellen Rohr is a prepared and entertaining guest, who delivers every time! Ellen is amazing at making an otherwise boring subject fun and exciting. We can’t wait to have her back!

Tiffany Rubio-Maxian

Live Well Network

Ellen Rohr is a dream guest! She’s an interview dynamo with timely pitches that are well thought out. Ellen also gives a clear segment hook along with talking points, which makes content promotion a snap. On camera, Ellen is conversational and energetic. She provides great visual elements that make her entertaining as well as informative. The first question the staff had after Ellen’s first appearance, “When can we have her back?” A TV-savvy expert like Ellen who does local programming doesn’t come along too often. Book her. She’ll deliver every time.

Erin Cansler

Better Kansas City

“We love having Ellen on The Big Biz Show! Sully and Russ T Nailz are mile-a-minute hosts and Ellen can keep up. We look for savvy business experts who are also fun and entertaining. Ellen fits the bill and her irreverent business advice is spot on. She has become a regular on our show.”

Maureen Barnes

The Big Biz Show

The Moneywise Guys radio show is hosted by three guys who discuss money and business while making it entertaining and humorous. It is always a challenge to get the guest experts to add to the show in a lively way when so many experts in this area are relatively subdued. The topic of business can be a challenge to discuss on the radio because it can be very dry. We recently had Ellen Rohr on the Moneywise Guys radio program. We were thrilled with her energy and the knowledge she brought on the topic of business. She took what could have been a dry topic and made it exciting and interesting. After the interview, we immediately booked her to come back on the show. She is not just a lively interview but she brings with her a great wealth of substance, along with the unique ability to share this knowledge in an entertaining and effective way.

Paul Anderson

The Moneywise Guys on KERN Radio 1180 Bakersfield, CA

Ellen is absolutely a delightful, high energy, exciting and fun guest to work with. She brings business knowledge and enthusiasm to the table to help business owners make money by creating a business plan in a weekend.

Bob Daniel

Let’s Talk Business New Mexico

Ellen’s passion, energy and enthusiasm is contagious. (And addicting.) Working with her encourages and brings out your personal best. She’s a delight to know and work with; the perfect combination of friend and mentor.

Tom Carter

Ozarks Public Television

Radio Samples

Ellen on CNN Money for Lunch on BlogTalkRadio

Controlling your own economy on KMOX radio, St. Louis, MO

Ellen on Moneywise on KERN radio, Bakersfield, CA

Sample Interview with Jack Stack, author of The Great Game of Business

Sample from The Small Business Advocate with Jim Blasingame

Radio Topic Ideas

“How to take your great idea and turn it into a profitable business in one weekend.”

“How to fire your boss and make money with your big business idea.”

“Embrace the idea of a creating a business of your own.”

For media inquiries, please contact:

Ellen Rohr or Michelle Teter