Stephen Bastien has been an entrepreneur since 1978 when he created his first product, Bastien’s New England Coffee Flavored Syrup. Since then he has created numerous products and services from simply an idea, turning them into businesses that have always been profitable.
From helping to design and market the Lok-A-Kote in 1981 to founding Collec Temp services two years later, Stephen’s ventures are diverse. His most successful business has been in the niche market of business publishing. He created Bastien Financial Publications in 1985 under the corporate charter, S.R. Bastien Co. Inc. dba Creditor's Edge. The company now publishes the Internet’s oldest daily business news service under the U.S. Business Journal and www.businessnewsshorts.com monikers. With very little additional production costs, he has created four spin-off publications from Creditor's Edge: Companies On the Move, The Retailer/Supplier Watch, Business Bankruptcy News Report, and the Weekly Summary of Financially-Challenged Companies.
The money his various companies have generated over the years has allowed him to produce and host an alternative health radio program, Crossroads, which has assisted thousands. He has also created a Christmas program (The Santa Claus Program), which gives underprivileged children hope and encouragement.
A prominent author, Stephen has written two books, Born to Be and Yes, One Person Can Make a Difference. He also conducts workshops based on these books that help people discover the ideal business or occupation for them. Additionally, he developed and taught a course on “Becoming an Entrepreneur” for Northwestern University’s graduate, undergraduate, and adult education programs.
The freedom that entrepreneurship has given Stephen has allowed him to pursue his passion as an actor and playwright as well as a musician and film maker. He is currently working on a one-man show centered around a song he wrote for his mother. It’s a touching play about the sacrifices mothers make and how seldom those sacrifices are appreciated.