The Community Development Institute (CDI) with Shelby Fiegel Episode 21

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This podcast episode features Shelby Fiegel, Director of the Community Development Institute (CDI) at the University of Central Arkansas. The Jesup Group focuses on entrepreneurship, community development, and growing digital economies in rural southwest Missouri. While most of our podcasts feature entrepreneurs, this episode is focused on how CDI is creating stronger, more vibrant communities…

Finding Bliss in Persistence and Entrepreneurship

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  This podcast episode features Megan Escalante. Megan owns Pineapple Bliss, a growing specialty desert shop in Joplin, Missouri and a new location in Springdale, Arkansas. On this podcast episode, Megan discusses her journey as a serial entrepreneur. She discusses how she learned and became more resilient business owner at each juncture and setback. The…

A Truly Local Episode on Creating Vibrant Rural Communities- Episode 17

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  This month’s episode features John Newby, who writes a weekly syndicated column titled “Building Main Street, Not Wall Street” and community development approach he calls “Truly Local,” as well as Sarah James, a repeat guest who is a local entrepreneur and community activist in Granby, Missouri.  These two guests are passionate about the possibilities…