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.

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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Ep. 76: Alpacas, Fiber Arts, and an Old Schoolhouse

Ep. 76: Alpacas, Fiber Arts, and an Old Schoolhouse

Imagine the owner of a fiber mill partnering with a needle felting sculpture artist. Now try to picture that duo finding, buying, and renovating a 100 year-old building in a rural North Dakota town of about 60 people to house a future facility where people can stay,...

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Ep. 75 Rewriting the Rural Narrative

Ep. 75 Rewriting the Rural Narrative

As a research educator with the University of Minnesota Extension’s Center for Community Vitality, today’s guest, Ben Winchester digs into the research data that helps us better understand the truth behind the idea that “rural America is dying”. Not only has he found...

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Ep. 74 How to Be Hopeful Going into 2021

Ep. 74 How to Be Hopeful Going into 2021

Our host, Rebecca is flying solo for this episode, and she’s talking about hope and the new year. 2020 was hard, friends, there’s just no denying it. But this isn’t about looking back on a hard year, it’s about looking forward to what’s coming and some ways that you...

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