The Small Town Big Talk Show is the only place where you can listen in on real-life conversations about the challenges and triumphs of living in small towns.

In each episode, a guest will join host, Rebecca Undem, to offer a tactic, idea, or strategy to help you live bigger in your small town.

Expect to feel more inspired and less alone because the size of your life is not determined by your zip code.

Join the club! Connect with other people living in small towns to discuss things that were brought up in the Show. When it can be hard to “find your tribe” in a small town, you’ll find real support here. Click here to join.

Episode 41: Creating Connections in Small Towns with Chrystal Checketts

On the show today, Chrystal Checketts joins Rebecca to discuss the importance of cultivating real connection in small towns, which requires honesty and vulnerability that doesn’t naturally occur in many rural environments.

Chrystal is a “homecomer” and she shares of the beauty of being able to appreciate and honor the work-ethic and legacy of her ranching/farming family while also trying to shape the future for a more open-minded and open-hearted community. Read more…

Episode 40: Continuous Learning in Small-Town Schools with Kraig Steinhoff

On the show today, Kraig Steinhoff, Superintendent of Oakes Public Schools, shares a new and exciting approach to education that is being piloted with selected schools among the nation. Kraig and his team at OPS have a reputation for being innovative, and Kraig believes it’s partly due to their commitment to demonstrating continuous improvement as a school district.

We talk about how the future of education is changing because the future workplace our kids will eventually enter is changing. He shares how important he believes the collaboration between the school and community is as well as what he’d suggest all small-town residents do to take an active role in the success of the community’s education system. Read more…

Episode 39: Small-Town Fundraising with Patrick Kirby

On the show today, Patrick Kirby, founder of Do Good Better Consulting, shares his thoughts on how small-town organizations and nonprofit groups can take a fresh approach to fundraising. We talk about how to make a bigger impact with a simpler approach that’s person-focused and aligned with your values.

Let’s face it: we’re all looking for new ideas to raise money for all the groups we support in our communities and Patrick is just the guy to ask! Read more…

Ep. 38: Five Lessons From A Small-Town Startup with Rebecca Undem

On the show today, Rebecca shares five specific lessons she’s learned while trying to get her social-entrepreneurship startup off the ground in her hometown.

Rebecca shares the big vision for her business venture and where she’s at in the process along with five main takeaways for you to consider if you’re trying to get a big project, idea, or business off the ground in your small town. Read more…

Ep. 37: How to Bloom Where You’re Planted with Elaine Sveet

On the show today, Rebecca chats with Elaine Sveet, a pastor, wife, mom, and founder of a new online community called Chasing Abundant Life, which was created to help women connect about the daily joys and struggles of life. Read more…

Ep. 36: Small Town Marketing Ideas with Lee Schwartz

Welcome to this episode of the Small Town Big Talk Show. Today, we have Lee Schwartz, who is the founder of Small Town Labs and is passionate about helping small towns develop a marketing plan to help them be sustainable in the future. Read more…

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