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Think Like an Entrepreneur - Become a Sparkplug

Think Like an Entrepreneur - Become a Sparkplug

By Frank Spillers
Rural Community Solutions Podcast is about building sparkplugs that will build an entrepreneurial economy. Learn from experts the resources and methods as we Design Family-Friendly, Youth-Centered Places that attract home-based businesses, solopreneurs, and teleworkers to your community.
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Is Your Community Food Secure? Do All of Your Community Citizens Have Access to Food?
Community food security is a condition in which all community residents obtain a safe, culturally acceptable, nutritionally adequate diet through a sustainable food system that maximizes community self-reliance and social justice.   Dr. Ardyth M. H. Gillespie, PhD served for 32 years on the faculty of the Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University Community Nutrition Program. She has bridged academic research, extension, and practice through her work in family food decision making, community collaboration and engagement, and nutrition communication.    Through Collaborative Engaged Research – partnering with community food system stakeholders, change leaders, and scholars – she has focused on the complex relationships and dynamics of change in both food systems and food and eating practices. She seeks to create generative environments that foster innovative leadership for promoting more sustainable food systems that (1) foster improved health and well-being and (2) build family and community capacity for nourishing and nurturing children and their families across generations.
35:13
January 18, 2021
What You Eat is Food for Your Brain
Healthy people create healthy communities. When you address the health of people in your community, you address budget issues, volunteering issues, economic issues, and all other community issues. The brain/gut connection is a rural development connection.    People's body and brain are one sophisticated interlocking system. There is no real separation between your brain and your body. What you do to your body, you do to your brain. Heal your body and you heal your brain.   The way to do that is to eliminate what is sending your key systems out of balance and provide your body (and brain) with what it needs to thrive once again.   What steps can your community take to help the health of your citizens?
29:50
January 15, 2021
Healthy People Make Healthy Communities
"Our individual health is linked inextricably to every segment, every aspect of our community life. How well each of us cares for our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health is brought to light throughout the community in our schools, government, life expectancy, healthcare costs, safety and crime, social justice and equity, finances, if we vote, our motivation to volunteer, happiness, and more. If we want a healthy community, we start with the person we see in the mirror."   Rural Health Information Hub  Thomas G. Bognanno, president and CEO of Creating Healthier Communities  Healthy People 2020, an initiative of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.   Centers for Disease Control  Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine  World Health Organization  University of Nevada Lincy Institute
25:32
January 13, 2021
"Local People Supporting Local Foods" A story from Riverton, Wyoming
We talk with Eric Carr, P.E.  Eric is currently the community development director for the City of Riverton, Wyoming; where he handles planning, zoning, economic development and construction/building related items for the city.   In 2018 a group of local Riverton and Fremont County residents got together and created the Local Food Hub with a mission of “Local People Supporting Local Foods”.  As part of their efforts, a membership CO-OP was created and a certified kitchen was established where members could prepare their wares and have the ability to sell them.  Two farmers markets were also established as part of the local foods movement and have been increasing in sales each season since their inception.     In conjunction with the local food(s) movement, the local community college has also been an integral player.  CWC has established a meat sciences program, as well as a butcher program in an effort to better instruct those wishing to enter the work force in meat and meat production.  CWC has purchased a mobile slaughter unit, as well as a mobile processing unit which can be driven to specific locations throughout Fremont County where animals can be processed on-site.
37:07
January 12, 2021
What Makes a Healthy Community
We are going to start a new series on What Makes a Healthy Community.    It all starts with you as an individual.    All of it affects   Engagement  Collaboration  Education  Wealth Health Crime  Success  Failure  Relationships  Trust  Depression  Beliefs  and much more.    Follow us as we start our journey into Healthy Communities.
23:09
January 11, 2021
Fixing America's Democracy is a Local Action
Inserting Deliberate Dialogue into the realm of power politics will improve community challenges faced by American democracy today.    We are heartsick, appalled, and disgusted at the attack on democracy taking place around this country. The president’s actions and words at his D.C. rally Wednesday incited a mob action that is not reflective of our country.    Many small businesses in Rural America are hurting due to the lack of leadership during the COVID crisis and this president continues to lie and spread false information about the election that directs efforts, focus, and resources away from small business and community economic recovery.   As a business whose mission is to build civility, we demand that all our elected leaders provide the environment and take actions for a peaceful transition of power that is the cornerstone of our system of democracy.
10:34
January 8, 2021
NE Colorado - How is it doing?
We talk with Cathy about the recovery of NE Colorado. Cathy Shull is the Principle of SAGE STRATEGIES: Strategic Planning; One Time Project management; Non Profit Management; facilitation; visioning and business coaching focusing on small business, nonprofits and local governments in rural areas.   DISCOVER NORTHEAST COLORADO: Showing the activities, treasures, people and landscape of Northeast Colorado through a mobile event guide to attract new visitors to the area.   GOAL: Supporting my rural roots and helping to build the economies in my own backyard  SPECIALTY: Working with small business, local government and non profits in rural areas of Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and Kansas    
32:36
January 7, 2021
Who Lives in the Midwest?
You need to know who is living in your community.  Population characteristics create culture and culture creates the future of your community.    Tapestry segmentation provides an accurate, detailed description of America's neighborhoods—U.S. residential areas are divided into 67 distinctive segments based on their socioeconomic and demographic composition—then further classifies the segments into LifeMode and Urbanization Groups.   Each year, population and household counts by Tapestry segment are updated. While most geographic areas retain their original Tapestry Segment assignment, select areas may be assigned a new market segment when research uncovers new or significant local growth.
24:44
January 6, 2021
Do You Know Who Lives in Your Community?
How do you know what to do if you don't know who lives in your community?    Today we continue our conversation on the characteristics of who lives in Rural America's communities.    Tapestry is the beginning point of know why you need to do what you need to do.
23:39
January 5, 2021
Rural America Can Not Afford to Go Back to Normal
SHOW LESS    If Rural America goes back to normal, rural communities will be in the shape they were.    Not being normal and building upon the opportunities is the only way that a community will have the strategic advantage to grow population and reduce poverty.    Know what was normal and make sure that you do not make the same decisions that will keep you there.    Warning - Some of your leadership will want you to return to normal since that is where their power is stored.
29:57
January 4, 2021
Think Like an Entrepreneur to Get a Better 2021!
What are you going to do differently in 2021? You will not create different outcomes until you create different Inputs.    This is a time that traditionally, individuals will pledge to do different, be different, to get different results so their life will be different.    The steps you take today will determine your reality tomorrow.    The words for success in 2021 are:   Why, Intend, Commit, Responsibility, Be Hungry, Share with others.   When you define your steps as words, you take the steps as actions.    Your belief is more important than what other people think.
28:48
December 31, 2020
Community Unity in a Region = A Strong Workforce and Economy
Community Builders Institute is an interactive economic development process designed to create unity, education and awareness of people and businesses between:   communities       businesses      schools      organizations      individuals    When you build trusting relationships, shift attitudes, create jobs, increase momentum, entrepreneurial spirit gets going! CBI is flexible, FUN, can take place in a large business, community, county/multiple counties.
30:27
December 30, 2020
As a Leader, Do You Actively Listen or Just Wait to Talk?
Rural America deserves to be heard! Are you listening to Positions or Interests?   Most people think of deliberation as something juries do after hearing all the evidence. Just as juries do, each of us makes decisions that affect the lives of our families, our co-workers, and those with whom we share this planet. We weigh carefully the costs and consequences of buying a house or starting a new project at work and we usually discuss those decisions with others who will be affected. Don’t community issues deserve the same consideration?   Deliberative dialogue is more than casual discussion. It is not a gripe session. It is different from town hall meetings, community input sessions, forums, public hearings, facilitation or debate.    The goal of public deliberation is thoughtful conversation, where sound decisions are made together about what action is best for the public as a whole, because the experts are those who live in the community.  Deliberation is based on our individual values – those things we hold dear that bring us to hold the positions we do on a wide range of subjects.
30:47
December 29, 2020
Committed Community and Leadership in 2021
In 2021,  How you respond and answer these questions are more important than ever. This will determine your future.   What is leadership? How should your community be committed to community prosperity. What does it take.   These questions will be answered through the Five Institutes to Build Community Prosperity. Prosperity is more than projects. You get progress only through people.    Community prosperity is a commitment to attracting and building people.
34:22
December 28, 2020
Merry Christmas from Kim and Frank at Rural Community Solutions
A value that we hold dear at Rural Community Solutions, is our belief in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.    Kim and Frank would like to leave you with a very special Christmas Card this year.    May your Christmas be filled with great memories of loved ones past and present. 2020 has been a challenging year for most and we pray and believe that 2021 will be a year of promise and great breakthroughs.   Merry Christmas to you and to yours. May your candle shine bright and your warmth extend to others.    Kim and Frank Spillers,  Rural Community Solutions
07:35
December 24, 2020
The Other Side of Change! Attract the People That You Want.
Why do some people resist change and but they complain about the present? It is because they do not see clearly the results of the change.  Join us today as we talk about The Other Side of Change with Julie Bartkus to Attract, Hire and Retain a Motivated Team So You Can Grow and Be Free!    Learn to D. R. I. V. E. to attract the right people you need when you need them.    Without a specific process in place to attract the right people from the start - you’ll be stuck in a repeating pattern of hiring the same types of people over and over again. It doesn’t matter where you’re placing your Help Wanted Ads. If the energy behind those ads is an energy of fear and desperation, you’ll get results that leave you feeling the same. Shift your results and raise the bar on the type of candidates you attract.
42:07
December 23, 2020
COVID and the Tourism Industry - What is Ahead?
Travel and tourism is one of the most significant industries worldwide, and a leading sector in North America. Dean Runyan Associates has worked for over 25 years to assist with market research, planning and economic analysis for travel, tourism, recreation and education projects. Our emphasis is on facilities and destinations that seek economic or market information for planning, marketing, policy, evaluation and/or design. Projects range from single facility or event to states and the nation.   Our guest today ar Leon Alisi and Dan Mishell.  Leon Aliski has served as senior project manager for an uncountable number of DRA studies. He specializes in regional economic analysis and has particular experience with input/output and other advanced economic analysis methodologies.   Dan Mishell is our Client Relations Manager, helping us develop the most current and useful research products and facilitating relationships with our clients nationwide. In his previous role as research director of Visit California Dan oversaw the research, analysis and evaluation of data related to the California travel industry. His research department monitored industry trends, conducted qualitative and quantitative research, and measure program effectiveness for the organization’s brand advertising and digital marketing efforts.
28:35
December 22, 2020
Community Prosperity in 2021 - Your Next Steps - Interview with Don Macke
2020!! What a year! What have we learned as communities and what should your next steps be moving forward into 2021 for Community Prosperity?    Don Macke with e2, Entrepreneurial Ecosystems helps us move from where you are to where you need to go in order to build Resiliency into your community in 2021.    Fostering entrepreneurship is foundational to all economic development today. For most communities, and particularly those in rural areas, entrepreneurship offers the greatest opportunity for strengthening local economies by building stronger and rooted business communities. Entrepreneurship contributes to community competitiveness, more diversified economies, higher value economies and increased economic resiliency.   Don is Vice President of e2, Entrepreneurial Ecosystems.
30:17
December 21, 2020
Who Does Your Community Include?
A community is defined by so many different ways. It can be your town, business, school, region, church, and even an organization that you belong.    No matter what community you are experiencing at any moment, there are certain steps that you need to take to keep your community a comm-unity.   Start here and then give me a call.
26:23
December 18, 2020
How Did Your Community Get the Culture it Has?
What is your community culture and how did it get that way?    If you do not understand your culture and how it became the way it is, you can not grow. Rural America needs a culture of prosperity.    Rural America's paradigm needs to change but in order to change, you need to understand why it is continuing to be the way it is.    The future will only change if you start to address and then to change the culture.
25:01
December 17, 2020
Communifier - What in the heck is that?
SHOW LESSWhat does "Community," "Unify," and "Paradigm" all have in to do with community prosperity?  Have you ever heard of a Communifier.   After today you will!!!   Your community is the way it is because of the way people think it is.    I have been called the "Zig Ziglar" of rural development by a Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper editor. Want to know why?
29:04
December 16, 2020
Rural Development Councils - Coordination of Rural Resources that Make Sense.
Rural America is vital to the heart and soul of this nation. Many rural residents and rural states have felt left out of the nation’s prosperity, sometimes as “flyover” places, sometimes with neglected infrastructure needs, and sometimes forgotten in our increasingly urbanized culture. Reducing economic disparity between rural and urban areas is key to reducing political polarization, increasing unity and boosting national prosperity. Rural Development Councils are a great example of rural resource coordination. It makes so much sense, previous government administrations got rid of them. But some have survived.   What are Rural Development Councils? Today we find out.    Paul Costello has served as the Executive Director of the Vermont Council on Rural Development ( https://www.vtrural.org/home ) since 2000.   VCRD runs an annual Rural Summit and conducts “Community Visits” that help rural communities build priorities, set action plans, and build connections to resources.    It also provides customized facilitation on rural development policy at the local, regional and state level, including more than a dozen major rural policy council efforts, and has built significant programs to advance the digital economy.     Today VCRD leads the Vermont Climate Economy Initiative and the Vermont Community Leadership Network.
33:07
December 15, 2020
Vision Before Policy! The answer for Rural America
Do you work with Rural America? Are you suggesting policy changes to address Rural America's issues?    What if your policies were successful?    Why do you think they are needed?    If you don't know where you are going, anywhere will be where you get.    If you did what you wanted to have happen, what would it look like? Rural Policy can not be made haphazard. We need an intentional effort to create the Rural America that we want.    Policy without vision is just something that will keep an organization busy. But policy that is created after a vision is made, will change the Rural World.    Vision before Policy.
20:43
December 14, 2020
Time to Restart - Renew - Build Resiliency in Rural America
The building of Rural America is a little like the evolution of animals: You either learn how to transition to the changing environment or you die. Rural communities that are not constantly improving and becoming more competitive won't survive.   Rural communities need to renew who they are and why they still exist. Just like when the community was created more than 150 years ago, your community must look to the future to who your community wants to attract.    Attracting people not businesses, is how rural America is going to restart coming out of the COVID-19 crises. Describing who you want to live in your community is now the new strategic planning process that your community needs to go through.    The time to start is now! What are you waiting for?
24:58
December 11, 2020
Community Engagement - the process of civil conversation to develop good policy.
Do you often hear stories of angry, frustrated citizens who feel they have little power to influence important decisions affecting their lives?  Politicians and media pundits often reassure themselves by characterizing that frustration as apathy instead of looking deeper at the desire of regular people to express their views on public issues but who believe they do not have the venue to do so.   Deliberative conversations provide a safe, nonpartisan space for citizens to struggle with challenging issues facing their communities. These conversations are based on the idea that in a democracy, citizens have a responsibility to get together to talk through their common concerns, to weigh possible alternative actions to address these problems and eventually contact officeholders and others about the desired direction for public action.   Making choices about how to deal with public issues is necessary because people see issues from their own unique perspective and favor different approaches, where the options for action may conflict. Any strategy to public action will have consequences that should be anticipated. Consequences will have a range of concerns that pull people in different directions, individually and collectively. Community works best when people work through these conflicts and deal with the trade-offs until they have a shared sense of direction for moving ahead and some idea of what fellow citizens are willing to do to solve the problem.   Public deliberation. Moving citizens to common ground often requires a positive catalyst: public deliberation. Public deliberation is a means by which citizens make tough choices about basic purpose and directions for their communities and their country – a way of reasoning and talking together. It is polite civility.
28:08
December 10, 2020
Stop treating Rural America as Second-Hand. Redesign in a Rural-Forward Manner
We continue our conversation on the importance of a redesign of Rural America.   With 23% of the population living in rural America, it is important that we create policies that support rural communities.  Throwing money at a community has not been a good and effective way to build rural America.    It is time to redesign how we look at rural from a policy level. We should not be afraid of new thinking or even supporting unpopular thinking. Many creative, new products and processes have emerged from a crises.  How can your community leverage the events of COVID to make real change?   How can our government leverage the events of COVID to make real change?    It is time to think different.
24:31
December 9, 2020
What is Rural?
Research from the Brookings Institution: Reimagining rural policy: Organizing federal assistance to maximize rural prosperity.   A recovery from COVID-19 that strengthens America’s economic resilience and prosperity, reduces its social vulnerabilities, and addresses longstanding racial and social inequities will require policies that enable more diverse places—as well as people—to thrive. This must include rural areas.   Rural America boasts a rich diversity of identity, employment, culture, and   experiences. People of color comprise 21 percent of the rural population; rural areas have higher self-employment rates than urban counterparts; and rural assets will be central to modernization and transition underway in several of the nation’s key industries. Yet rural people and places also face unique vulnerabilities: Their recovery from the 2008 recession was incomplete before COVID-19 hit, and they lag other areas on indicators of poverty, health, and education.
25:31
December 8, 2020
Policy - Why Does it Matter for Rural America?
Rural is being ignored by policy makers. Fewer, larger farms are not contributing to population growth, nor is alternative energy, such as ethanol and wind. Wages are not equal to those in the metro areas.  Should rural communities give up? How can counties reverse the downward spiral?  Ask these questions at home. At your board of supervisors/city council/economic development team/school board meetings. At the coffee shop. Ask them to people who do not participate in anything.   Are you talking about population decline? More importantly, what are you doing about it? About poverty rates?   Is your county still doing economic development the same way as it has for the last 100 years?  Is the county getting the results you want?  Are you constantly looking for new people to engage and participate?
22:41
December 7, 2020
How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Go! Laying The Foundation for a More Prosperous Community!
In America, every community is responsible for its own development and prosperity. Our Community Prosperity Institute provides an impactful resource for community foundations and their partners. What You Will Learn: Our objectives for the Community Prosperity Institute are as follows: Discovery. Frank and Kimberlee Spillers will share e2’s nationally field-tested Community Prosperity Framework. This development framework can be customized by communities to vision, develop, and implement impactful community economic development investments leading to greater community success, vibrancy, and prosperity. Team Visioning. Our intensive institute will provide an efficient and effective opportunity to fine-tune your prosperity vision and agenda. Your team will have opportunities to work on your “game plan,” and tap the expertise of Frank, Kim, and their team. This Institute will help begin the process of identifying its strategic niche roles in supporting your communities. By the end of the Institute, you will have a development roadmap that can be refined with stakeholders, and used to guide action planning for moving forward. Additionally, as part of roadmap development, your team(s) can explore and fine-tune the foundation’s possible role within this overall development initiative. Start your Prosperity now!!
27:33
December 4, 2020
How do you Know Where You Are? Analyzing the Data Into Themes.
Rural Community Solutions use systems that address the critical underlying environment of a community and its residences. The relationships that a community creates, sets the foundation for community growth and wealth creation. Our systems address areas of a community that are sometimes swept under the rug. Cultural foundations that have been developing for as long as a community has been in existence.     Behind every process is data. Our Development Opportunity Profile brings together a range of secondary data so that you understand the regional context and the population, employment, and income trends for your communities. We also identify the primary drivers of your communities’ economic success, so you’ll be in a better position to focus in on your communities’ genuine development opportunities.
32:39
December 3, 2020
How Can Your Community Leverage the Events of COVID to Make Real Community Change.
You do not want to return to normal. You want real change in the direction that you move.    You will have interests and positions when it comes to restarting your community your community coming out of COVID.   Interests are the needs, concerns, and values that motivate each person. They represent why a person wants something, and they get at underlying issues – the problem behind the problem.    Positions are the actions a person will take to meet their needs. A position represents the outcome a person wants.    How will you talk through those issues to move into rebuilding mode?
28:10
December 2, 2020
Community Prosperity Institute - Quantitative and Qualitative Data
Community Prosperity rests on individual development that enhances community capacity.  Through our Successful Community Engagement, three primary areas of community growth and engagement are impacted through Collaborative Leadership:    People - Demographic Renewal Every community must renew itself demographically to survive, let alone thrive.    Place - Quality of Life Placemaking Every community must optimize placemaking to offer competitive quality of life amenities.    Economy - Opportunity & Diversity Every community must create economic opportunities for their residents that enable them to make a living and pursue their dreams.   When people truly live in healthy relationships, their personal environment will change, impacting family, neighborhood, and community perceptions one person at a time.
29:21
December 1, 2020
The Community Prosperity Institute
In America, every community is responsible for its own development and prosperity. Our Community Prosperity Institute provides an impactful resource for community foundations and their partners.   What You Will Learn:   Discovery.  Our team will share their nationally field-tested Community Prosperity Institute.  This development framework can be customized by communities to vision, develop and implement impactful community economic development investments leading to greater community success, vibrancy and prosperity.   Team Visioning.  This intensive two-day institute will provide your county an efficient and effective opportunity to fine-tune your prosperity vision and agenda.  Your team will have opportunities to work on your “game plan,” network with other teams and tap the expertise of the e2 team.  Community Foundations.  This Institute will help your Community Foundation to begin the process of identifying its strategic niche roles in supporting your communities.   Roadmap Development.  By the end of the Institute, you will have a development roadmap that can be taken home, refined with other stakeholders and used to guide action planning for moving forward.  Additionally, as part of roadmap development, your team(s) can explore and fine tune the foundation’s possible role within this overall development initiative.   Community Prosperity rests on individual development that enhances community capacity. Through our Successful Community Engagement, three primary areas of community growth and engagement are impacted through Collaborative Leadership:   People - Demographic Renewal Every community must renew itself demographically to survive, let alone thrive.    Place - Quality of Life Placemaking Every community must optimize placemaking to offer competitive quality of life amenities.    Economy - Opportunity & Diversity Every community must create economic opportunities for their residents that enable them to make a living and pursue their dreams.    When people truly live in healthy relationships, their personal environment will change, impacting family, neighborhood, and community perceptions one person at a time.  This is crucial for successful community development, where people feel they belong and can contribute to their community and its economy.
31:15
November 30, 2020
Not Sure What to Give? Give the Gift of Giving.
Civility is an action. Building civility is getting along. Designing Family-Friendly, Youth-Centered places that attracts people is the goal.    Give the gift of giving always.
16:42
November 27, 2020
Writing a Living Eulogy
When you go to a funeral, there is often a chance for people to stand up and tell how much the deceased person meant to them or what they did. It is a story about how wonderful a person they were when they were alive.  The sad part of that is the person will likely never have heard all of the wonderful things that were said about them.   Wouldn’t it mean more if all of the good that you wanted to tell about that person were told to them while living? Try it. Stop right now and think of someone still alive, someone that if you were asked, you would write a eulogy about them.    Now write it for someone that has done you wrong. Maybe and ex, or a former boss, or a parent that abandoned you.     The ART of getting along begins with you.
33:41
November 26, 2020
Expressing Gratitude the Right Way
The Pillar is Collaboration.   The Step is Appreciation.   The Action is expressing Gratitude.    When we express gratitude for another person or for the blessings in our lives, we need to be specific.   Gratitude is a warm feeling of thankfulness towards the world, or towards specific individuals. The person who feels gratitude is thankful for what they have, and does not constantly seek more.  Gratitude is an important action. In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. People feel and express gratitude in multiple ways.   The benefits of practicing gratitude are nearly endless. People who regularly practice gratitude by taking time to notice and reflect upon the things they're thankful for experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, sleep better, express more compassion and kindness, and even have stronger immune systems.
33:42
November 24, 2020
Appreciation - Leadership - Collaboration. Why you need to be all.
Collaborative Leadership is Behavior in Action. it is leadership focused on appreciating the individual gifts and talents of people and creating opportunities for them to work together across functional and organizational boundaries toward a collaborative vision.
27:22
November 23, 2020
It is Critical that We Create a Collaborative Vision for Rural America
A collaborative vision is a picture of the future you wish to create. It organizes people and resources to common actions that leads to prosperity for rural America. It is time to organize to the more than 60 million people that live in rural America to create a vision that will help them build a prosperous community and future.
23:25
November 20, 2020
Communication - the difference between understanding and conflict!
We talk with Mindset coach, inspirational speaker and best-selling author, Kelly Mishell, who empowers heart-centered entrepreneurs to break free of self-limitation, rediscover their inner spark of greatness, and achieve the Clarity, Confidence and Courage to become the successful leaders they desire to be.     Through her powerful teaching & transformational coaching programs, Kelly inspires others to believe in the power within and that all things are possible when you embrace your truth.    In addition to being the owner & founder of Kelly Mishell Coaching, Kelly is an expert instructor for Inspired Living University. She is frequent guest on the “Awakening to a New World” online series as well as a variety of podcasts and radio shows. Kelly is a contributor to Aspire Magazine and a contributing author to the international bestseller, SHINE! Stories to Inspire You to Dream Big, Fear Less and Blaze Your Own Trail.
34:55
November 19, 2020
The ACT of Engagement is all about Listening to Understand
What do your five senses have to do with who you are? How do you discover why another person thinks the way they think and acts the way they act?  There is an ART to getting along with others and getting along leads to civility. Listening is a skill that you need to develop.  So we ask, "Do you actively listen or do you just wait to talk?"
27:54
November 18, 2020
Happiness is a Choice, So is Being a CRAP Magnet
Are you choosing to be happy? It is a one of the most important trait of being an entrepreneur. Happiness is a daily choice but to be happy you need to look at five things that you may need to eliminate.
31:17
November 17, 2020
Judgment - Labels - Beliefs - Acceptance
Where do your thoughts come from? How do they create judgments? When you hear a word, what do you think of first? Do you really accept others as they are? Come and join us as we discover your world and why it is the way it is.
26:26
November 16, 2020
Today is World Kindness Day 2020 - Is Kindness Your Brand?
The world seems to be crying out in pain. Pandemic is killing thousands of people daily, political differences are facing off and digging in, social media posts are mean and nasty.  But there is hope. There are people out in the world that are making a difference through being kind. Are you one of them. Take time to be Kind today. Get in the habit of being kind. Make it a priority. Make it your brand.
27:10
November 13, 2020
A Sense of Well-Being Leads to Building Civility
Why does a person live where they live? Why do they join the organization they join? A person's sense of well-being is defined by their values!! Security, Choice, and their Quality of Life perception creates the environment where you find civility.   Upholding another person's values is the process to attract people to your community, business, organization, and family.
30:42
November 12, 2020
Habits are Like a Warm Bed on a Cold Day
What are your habits? Do they promote civility?   Habits are like a warm bed, easy to get into, hard to get out of.  The words that you habitually use create an environment that either invites people in or repels them to stay out. Your community and organization create your environment by the words that you say, the thoughts you have, and the actions you take.  If you are not growing by your habits, you are dying by your habits.
32:16
November 11, 2020
Spread Your Brand All Over the Place!
Joal McAlister of McAlister Marketing and American Solutions for Business. With over 25 years of business to business marketing experience, McAlister Marketing offers a combination of skills and experience to drive revenue and grow business.  Experience gained from marketing roles at companies both large (including 3M) and small, as well as sizes in between, you will receive the benefit of best practices, and proven processes.  Recognized as a talented marketing resource, Joal’s strengths will positively impact your business from both a strategic and tactical perspective.  More and more, Main Street customers are shopping online, for a wide variety of reasons. To diversify and be present for the global community, do your area businesses have a digital presence as well as a physical store? Businesses who sell online have higher visibility, can potentially better-survive a global event of this pandemic’s magnitude, and increase sales in a “normal” environment.   HOST (Hometown Online Solutions Team) is available to help businesses develop their online presence to complement their physical location. We have selected experts to work with your businesses to launch into digital transformation. We’ve developed a learning platform, structured training programs, and a team of highly-trained professionals dedicated to help your businesses manage their day-to-day operations and grow through the adoption of digital tools and technology.
33:53
November 10, 2020
Is Civility Dead? Building Civility with Four Simple Words
The words might be simple, but the actions seem to be difficult. Rudeness is running rampant in our society these days. When will we put "being social" back into social media? Everywhere we look, there seems to be conflict and hostility.  In a county that encourages thick skins and speaking one's mind, is civility even possible?  We look at the four pillars to building civility in communities. What will it take and are you up for the task?
26:03
November 9, 2020
You Really Need to be More Social
Why should your main street business and your community be on social media? The answer is clear.    We talk with Janet Orcutt. Janet is the owner of S.O.A.R. Marketing, a Social Medial Management Company. S.O.A.R. Marketing is a locally owned and family run business with roots in the rural communty.    More and more, Main Street customers are shopping online, for a wide variety of reasons. To diversify and be present for the global community, do your area businesses have a digital presence as well as a physical store? Businesses who sell online have higher visibility, can potentially better-survive a global event of this pandemic’s magnitude, and increase sales in a “normal” environment.    HOST (Hometown Online Solutions Team) is available to help businesses develop their online presence to complement their physical location. We have selected experts to work with your businesses to launch into digital transformation. We’ve developed a learning platform, structured training programs, and a team of highly-trained professionals dedicated to help your businesses manage their day-to-day operations and grow through the adoption of digital tools and technology.
36:57
November 5, 2020
Words Matter as you Build Your Digital Front Door
What words you use to describe who you are and what you do is important. Do you use words that will help you grow and flourish by your written content for websites and online marketing?   Gloria Russell from Russell Resources is an expert in creating strategic written content for digital marketing and websites that will resonate with the customer you wish to attract through your digital front door!!    More and more, Main Street customers are shopping online, for a wide variety of reasons. To diversify and be present for the global community, do your area businesses have a digital presence as well as a physical store? Businesses who sell online have higher visibility, can potentially better-survive a global event of this pandemic’s magnitude, and increase sales in a “normal” environment.    HOST (Hometown Online Solutions Team) is available to help businesses develop their online presence to complement their physical location. We have selected experts to work with your businesses to launch into digital transformation. We’ve developed a learning platform, structured training programs, and a team of highly-trained professionals dedicated to help your businesses manage their day-to-day operations and grow through the adoption of digital tools and technology. Contact Gloria at - https://www.russellresourcesllc.com/
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November 3, 2020
Does Your Main Street Business Have a Digital Presence?
Introducing HOST - Hometown Online Solutions Team -   Does your business have an online sales component?  More than 63% of main street businesses answered NO to a survey conducted by Main Street America.   Today - Blaine Stephens with Schooley Mitchell - a cost reduction expert who works with small business owner across North America to increase profits by reducing expenses.    More and more, Main Street customers are shopping online, for a wide variety of reasons. To diversify and be present for the global community, do your area businesses have a digital presence as well as a physical store? Businesses who sell online have higher visibility, can potentially better-survive a global event of this pandemic’s magnitude, and increase sales in a “normal” environment.    HOST (Hometown Online Solutions Team) is available to help businesses develop their online presence to complement their physical location. We have selected experts to work with your businesses to launch into digital transformation. We’ve developed a learning platform, structured training programs, and a team of highly-trained professionals dedicated to help your businesses manage their day-to-day operations and grow through the adoption of digital tools and technology.   Article - https://www.schooleymitchell.com/blog/engaging-customers-during-a-pandemic/
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November 2, 2020
Steps to Become a People Attractor!
How do you attract people to your community or your business? You have to create an environment that they want to be a part of. People will not support your community's or your company's dreams and vision until they know that you support theirs first.
28:16
October 30, 2020
The New Workforce and How to Attract Them
Is your business and community to capitalize upon the new workforce? There are new rules to operate under to attract the right people. Are you following them? What workers want and what the world of work wants need to match. Come and join the conversation.
31:35
October 29, 2020
Jared Arnett - Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR)
Join our Interview of Jared Arnett, entrepreneur, and Founding Executive Director of SOAR. Started in 2013, SOAR was started by former Kentucky Governor Steve Besherr and Congressman Hal Rogers. SOAR's mission is to expand job creation, enhance regional opportunity, innovation, and identity, improve the quality of life, and support al those working to achieve these goals in Appalachian Kentucky.
33:47
October 28, 2020
A Strategic Thinking Approach to Building Rural America
The problem with popular thinking is that you get the same results. What steps should your community take to become family-friendly, youth-centered that attracts people? Think Like an Entrepreneur and Become a Sparkplug for your community. Want to watch the video broadcast?    https://youtu.be/MuPmnQlpVPE 
31:44
October 27, 2020
Transition to a Changing Environment or Parish
The building of rural America is a little like the evolution of animals: You either learn how to transition to the changing environment or you die. Rural communities that are not constantly improving and becoming more competitive won't survive.  Rural communities need to rebuild who they are and why they still exist. Just like when the community was created more than 150 years ago, your community must look to the future to who your community wants to attract.   Attracting people not businesses, is how rural America is going to rebuild coming out of the COVID-19 crises. Describing who you want to live in your community is now the new strategic planning process that your community needs to go through.
32:20
October 26, 2020
Getting the Organization You Need - The Entrepreneurial Board
Every board of directors should get together to look at the big picture of the organization and strategically plan every year as new perspectives, thinking, and insight will surface.   Boards of Directors are those who advise and determine the direction of an organization - most non-profit organizations have one. In fact, many for-profit corporations also have a board of directors. Ideally, a core group of committed individuals with diverse backgrounds and opinions, the most effective boards should gather every month and determine the direction that best-benefits the entire organization. All non-profits and boards look for people who know how to develop and build relationships, something you do every day in every aspect of your life. Family. Work. Volunteering. With yourself. These relationships strongly influence your successes, failures, and happiness
31:49
October 23, 2020
Getting Your Perfect Board Member
Join us as we talk with Carley Bruning Executive Director, Thayer County Economic Development Alliance. Carley gives excellent steps to inviting board members that will be a perfect fit for your organization, business, and government.
29:00
October 22, 2020
Vision - Create a compelling vision to get you to where you want to be.
Vision - What is it and why do you need it? Communities need to know where they are going. Entrepreneurs need to know where they are going. Both need to know how to get to where the other wants to go. Confused? Watch this episode and get a clear picture of the future you wish to create. www.ruralcommunitysolutions.com
28:41
October 22, 2020
VISION - The Act or Power of Anticipation
VISION - The Act or Power of Anticipation that which will come to be when done intentionally. What will you look like when you  emerge from the COVID crises? Learn the Power of Vision!!  www.ruralcommunitysolutions.com
28:06
October 22, 2020
Retreats for the Entrepreneur Thinking Board
What is a retreat? There are many definitions but the one that we will focus on is creating a place of refuge, seclusion, or privacy. A place to make long-term directional steps to get an entrepreneurial board moving toward the future. During entrepreneurial board retreats, you can struggle with decisions, look at decisions, and have dissension among the ranks. But when you come out of your board meeting – any of them - you should have a Condition of Consensus.
31:36
October 21, 2020
Entrepreneurial Thinking Board of Directors Develops a Culture with Purpose
If you want people to get on board with your organization, business, or community and you want your to grow, you need to develop a culture with purpose. Create an entrepreneurial  board of directors.  #leadership #collaborativeleadership #culture #sparkplugs #entepreneurship
31:16
October 20, 2020
An Entrepreneurial Thinking Board has Certain Skills - Make sure your board has them.
Having the right Board of Directors can make or break an organization, city, county, and even a business. Creating the right board that Thinks Like an Entrepreneur will build an environment around creativity, passion, and perseverance to grow your economy.  #boardofdirectors #leadership #sparkplug #organizationalmanagment
28:24
October 19, 2020
Practice Being an Unpopular Thinker - Think Like an Entrepreneur
We all have "thinks" in our lives that are overdue for change - Ideas and processes that were great and revolutionary when new but need to be changed now. The time is now to increase your ability to feel uncomfortable. Time to take your mind where it doesn't ordinarily go and try to appreciate being unpopular.
22:01
October 16, 2020
A Community Foundation's Role - Think Like an Entrepreneur, become a Sparkplug
Join us as we talk with Douglas L. Inman, Executive Director of the Portland Community Foundation in Portland, Indiana on the process of a Community Foundation becoming a  Sparkplug .    Founded in 1951, The Portland Foundation is the second oldest community foundation in Indiana. It was created to enhance the quality of life for the people of Jay County, Indiana, now and for generations to come, by building community endowment, effecting significant impact through grantmaking and providing leadership on key community issues.   http://www.portlandfoundation.org/
33:01
October 15, 2020
Entrepreneurs Need to Practice Unpopular Thinking
Think like an entrepreneur - Popular thinking has often proved to be wrong and limiting. Questioning it isn't necessary hard, once you cultivate the habit. Challenging popular thinking requires a willingness to be unpopular and go outside of the norm. But when you do, you will see very different, and most likely, economically beneficial results.
31:13
October 15, 2020
Popular Thinking gets you Average Results. Change the Way you Think about Thinking.
When you think like an entrepreneur, you don't think like a popular thinker. Entrepreneurs are not popular thinkers. They take different paths. If you think like everyone else, you get what everyone gets.
25:45
October 14, 2020
Engagement - Separate interests from positions
Do you listen or do you just wait to talk? Join us as we talk with Bruce Feustel, former Senior Fellow with the National Conference of State Legislatures. He organized/ taught at committee chair and new legislator training seminars, produced CDs on “How to be an Effective Legislator,” as well as provide staff support the NCSL's Legislative Effectiveness Committee.
39:52
October 13, 2020
Building a Creative Thinking Environment for Businesses, Communities and Organizations.
What does it take to create a creative thinking community? Can you teach a community how to think? Thinking like an entrepreneur requires a creative thinking environment. How does a community create one? Join us to find out.
29:08
October 13, 2020
Do You Have a Willingness to be Wrong?
Have you ever been wrong? Were you willing to admit you were wrong? What did you think of others that say you are wrong? They are ignorant; they are idiots; they are evil! Think Like an Entrepreneur - Become a Sparkplug for your community.
24:21
October 12, 2020
Eight Actions to Take for Success
Sparkplugs and entrepreneurs take specific actions to get the results that they want. Success is a result of the right consistent actions. Learn what eight actions sparkplugs should take when generating that spark to move toward successful results.
28:50
October 8, 2020
Think Like an Entrepreneur - What Questions Should a Sparkplug Ask?
A belief is just a thought you keep thinking. So why do you believe what you believe? Why do you believe what you believe about the community that you live in most. Why do you believe - you were taught what to believe! So what are you going to do about your belief? Think Like an Entrepreneur.
30:08
October 7, 2020
Introducing - Think Like an Entrepreneur - Become a Sparkplug training
A community who does not want to face its' challenges, shall always face challenges. There is a way to think to grow your community. Think Like an Entrepreneur is an innovative way to look at your community leadership. Do you believe in self-improvement? If it works for one, it will work for many. That is how an entrepreneur thinks. Find a solution and build upon it for success.
25:55
October 6, 2020
What do Workers Want? Who are They? How do You Attract them?
Gen Z and Millennials! Does what a worker want match with what the world of work wants and does that match with what your community offers? If you do not have what people are looking for, you do not attract the person that you want. It is that simple. Matching what a worker want to your community and businesses environment is a very important step in building your economy.
30:47
October 5, 2020
Building Engagement and Civility in State Legislatures
Join us as we talk with Bruce Feustel, former Senior Fellow with the National Conference of State Legislatures. He organized/ taught at committee chair and new legislator training seminars, produced CDs on “How to be an Effective Legislator,” as well as provide staff support the NCSL's Legislative Effectiveness Committee.  #civility  #legilatures #electedofficials #elections #engagement 
39:52
October 1, 2020
Community Investment in Quality Early Care and Education for an Engaged Workforce!
Happy workers are productive workers, especially when we feel our kids are safe in the care of a trusted individual or center. When employees feel their family is supported by their workplace, engagement, loyalty and satisfaction rise. Businesses and communities with employer-assisted childcare implement a cost-effective way to control labor costs, enhance worker productivity, and engage their workforce. It is a critical infrastructure for attracting families to your community. For more information: contact frank@ghorizons.com  Watch the episode in YouTube - https://youtu.be/OmyhDthx_TY 
32:22
October 1, 2020
There is no such thing as a Brain Drain!!! Engage Your Youth
Stop talking about a "Brain Drain" problem. How do you engage your youth? Learn about Coaching in the Classroom as we help student and the community create a better workforce. Join us all week as we layout for you step-by-step processes. Use at school or at home. #coachingintheclassroom #homeschoollife #education #culture #economic development #leadership #sparkplugleadership
32:44
October 1, 2020
Growing Entrepreneurial Ecosystems - Supporting Rural Community Entrepreneurial Economy with Don Macke
What is an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem and why is it important for rural communities to have one? We continue our conversation with Don Macke on what learning he has with building ecosystems in his more than 40 years of economic development. Don Macke, VP Entrepreneurial Ecosystems
33:03
September 30, 2020
Engaging Your Youth - Making the Case
Rural Community Solutions talks with Craig Schroeder about survey results from across the country on how your youth view you town. Stemming the outflow of young people from America’s countryside has been a topic of great concern to rural leaders for decades. Many recognize that ultimately the renewal and vitality of rural America relies on attracting more young adults and families to rural communities. An examination of over 40,000 rural middle school through high school students’ perspectives on their hometowns and their futures, gathered from across the United States, suggests that young people themselves may provide tangible answers.  In short, many youth would prefer to stay or return to their hometowns, especially if there are viable career opportunities available. Strong ties to family and growing up in rural America are powerful draws, and many youth believe that their home communities would be a great place to raise their own families. For more information: frank@ghorizons.com
34:52
September 30, 2020
Working with Your Community's Entrepreneurs - Interview with Don Macke
Do you work with entrepreneurs?  We wrap-up Entrepreneurship month with our interview with Don Macke with Entrepreneurial Ecosystems;  How Communities Can Support Entrepreneurs.  For more, contact frank@ghorizons.com www.ruralcommunitysolutions.com   Thought Papers Sharable Resources  Likely Entrepreneurial Development Opportunities  https://drive.google.com/file/d/125xIOSEJKtAUmY1_H2YRm10g2iwOAby7/view?usp=sharing  Growth-Oriented Entrepreneurs:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ClkpIdzn8u5T5CisbURrTSG41kvpTe-g/view?usp=sharing   www.energiziongentrepreneurs.org
35:52
September 24, 2020
Interview Day with Don Macke - Why Entrepreneurship, Making the Case for Entrepreneurship
We talk with Don today about "Why Entrepreneurship?" Making the case for entrepreneurial development in rural America's communities. Shifting from business attraction to community-centered entrepreneurship. What are the benefits of entrepreneurship led development?      Shareable Resources  Two Thought Papers:  Community-Centered Economic Development, https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Jy7twZ35mnov869MwG4bKl1Glb4gMStD/view?usp=sharing    Why Entrepreneurship?  Making the Case for Entrepreneurship!  https://drive.google.com/file/d/14axcCyadwnQC2GI3fjaNcui9wgXaSeNI/view?usp=sharing  https://www.energizingentrepreneurs.org/
38:35
September 24, 2020
Interview Day with Matthew Hoagland - Author - "Think Small, A Millennial's Guide to Building a Meaningful Life in Rural America."
Join us for our interview with Matthew Hoagland, author of Think Small, a Millennial's Guide to Building a Meaningful Life in Rural America. A conversation about what Millennials are looking for in a rural community.
35:27
September 21, 2020
Interview Day with Don Macke - Post-Pandemic Development Opportunities
Don Macke is a team member of Rural Community Solutions and leads e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems (formerly the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship), a new initiative with NetWork Kansas to build sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystems across North America. Don helps communities and regions throughout North America grow entrepreneur-focused economic development strategies and ecosystems.
37:39
September 18, 2020
Introducing Rural Community Solutions
Your community was formed by an entreprenure. A vision of the future - A vision of a community - A vision of a growing economy with families.  Rural Community Solutions Podcast is about rural communities for rural communities. Learn from experts the resources and methods as we Design Family-Friendly, Youth-Centered Places that attract home-based businesses, solopreneurs, and teleworkers to your community.
03:58
September 18, 2020