Growing Small Towns Blog + Podcast

Welcome to the Growing Small Towns Blog and Podcast where you can listen to the latest episodes of the Growing Small Towns show, a bi-weekly podcast dedicated to sharing the best of what’s working in small towns and receive updates about the Growing Small Towns Innovation Lab, events, and programs. Hang around long enough, your growth is guaranteed.

86 – Behind the Scenes with The Market on the Plaza

86 – Behind the Scenes with The Market on the Plaza

Today’s guests are repeat visitors! Brodie Mueller and Carly Pochop, founders of The Market on the Plaza and the Rural Revolution podcast are back to talk to Rebecca about how their first month of business went. We can all watch what gets posted on social media, but...

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Ep. 85 Climbing a Mountain

Ep. 85 Climbing a Mountain

Rebecca is flying solo today with something that’s been on her heart and mind for a long time. In February, Rebecca and her family went on a trip to Arizona for a breather, some warm weather, and a chance to connect with family. And maybe an energy vortex. You know....

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Ep. 84 Meet the Maker: Amanda Hagen

Ep. 84 Meet the Maker: Amanda Hagen

We are so excited to share our first Meet the Maker episode with you! Meet the Maker is all about highlighting small-town artists and makers who enrich our communities and make them more beautiful. This episode features Amanda Hagen, an artist that we are so excited...

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Ep. 83 How the Media Can Help Small Towns

Ep. 83 How the Media Can Help Small Towns

When our founder, Rebecca, was invited to be a guest on Studio 701, a lifestyle show featuring all things North Dakota, she knew she wanted to invite the host and producer, Amber, to be a guest on our podcast! Amber shares the story of how she created the show, how...

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Ep. 81 Running a Global Company from a Small Rural Community

Ep. 81 Running a Global Company from a Small Rural Community

When you meet today’s guest, Charissa Rubey, you’ll likely be charmed by her salt-of-the-earth friendliness and unassuming nature. But don’t let that fool you—named North Dakota’s Small Business Person of the Year in 2020, Charissa, alongside her husband, Dave—whom...

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Ep. 80 Starting a Small-Town Conference

Ep. 80 Starting a Small-Town Conference

Our local law enforcement agencies are the backbones of our small towns and unless we’re part of that world, we often don’t stop to think about the impact on these professionals dealing with people in our communities when they’re at their worst.  Today’s guest,...

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Ep. 79: Who We Are Now

Ep. 79: Who We Are Now

When she found herself out of a job in the midst of a global pandemic, Michelle Fishburne got the idea to hop in her RV and travel the country to find out how people have fared throughout 2020. Her oral history project called Who We Are Now highlights the first-hand...

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Ep. 78: Pursuing Personal Growth in a Small Town

Ep. 78: Pursuing Personal Growth in a Small Town

Our guests on today’s show are a pair we lovingly deemed “Ord, Nebraska’s power couple” but not because of their affluence and important names or titles, but because of their hearts, their mindfulness, and the way they live their lives with complete intention. ...

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Ep. 77: The Mission-Driven Small Business

Ep. 77: The Mission-Driven Small Business

When people start businesses, they usually get the most freaked out about all the decisions and details that the process entails. Finding the right suppliers and vendors, creating a marketing plan, and figuring out who to hire—these are the things we spend most of our...

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