- Associated Press - Monday, October 24, 2016

ENID, Okla. (AP) - Dean Henderson frequently traveled from city to city, spending 10 months of the year on the road. The good, the bad and the indifferent: He’s experienced it all, from great restaurants to delayed flights.

Making travel easier for business professionals, Henderson created BizWarriorz and BizWarriorz.com for such “road warriors.”

BizWarriorz is a free service allowing users to earn cash rewards when booking travel through the website on its Expedia travel widget, according to Enid News & Eagle (https://bit.ly/2egT7et ). Users may also read reviews and interact with other business professionals offering a one-stop resource.

Henderson said for about the past 30 years, he’s lived on the road for about 10 months of the year. He considers himself a “road warrior” - someone who “feels like they are battling the road,” Henderson said.

“I might accept an assignment in Dubuque, Iowa, and I’d have never been there,” he said. “I thought it would be nice if I could get in contact with some other business traveler in the area or with someone who has been there before.”

After some trial and error, Henderson trademarked the name “BizWarriorz.”

Henderson decided he needed video for the website and met McClellan.

“We got to talking, we had mutual interests and it fit,” Henderson said. “He can bring ideas to the table I can’t. He’s already brought creative ideas I’m very happy with. My career as a business consultant meant two plus two equaled four. For Jared (McClellan) his answer to two plus two is a set of possibilities.”

Henderson, the managing partner, assembled a team. The team includes Enid resident Jared McClellan as the marketing and creative director and two information technology specialists located in Norman and Tulsa, and the company has intentions of growing.

“If I was on the road more than 100 days per year, I’d like to have a connection to others in my league of people,” he said, describing the site as the Facebook or Yelp of the business world. “We’re looking for those places that are must-sees for business people who have limited time in one location.”

How is the website different from other services, like Yelp and Facebook? McClellan said the website has an area - “Tribe Talk” - where users post reviews of restaurants, hotels and other amenities they use during business trips.

“The way a professional business person travels is different than other travelers,” McClellan said. “They look for different things and they have more limited time than others.”

Henderson said you can see the difference the most in TSA lines.

“A professional traveler has all their things ready to go - belt off, shoes off, electronics out and they are ready,” he said.

The broad-based end goal of the business is to form a professional association of frequent business travelers known as The American Association of BizWarriorz, Henderson said.

As the business grows, Henderson said so will BizWarriorz products offered, partnerships and experience.

“There are tens of millions of individuals doing what I did (traveling 10 months out of the year,)” he said. “Most of them book their travel themselves and they do it through a variety of portals. This provides a one-stop shop that is free, no membership fee required, and you can get Expedia rewards, hotel rewards and BizWarriorz rewards.”

The website is fully functional and users can sign-up for the services offered, but it is still undergoing a beta stage to work out some final kinks. McClellan said the website should be 100 percent functional and bug-free by November.

“Our biggest point is making sure the user experience is a positive and fluid one,” he said. “Reliability is important to get something done and once there is that, it opens opportunities for better connections and creativity for our tribe of BizWarriorz.”


Information from: Enid News & Eagle, https://www.enidnews.com

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