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 47: Shifting Mindsets in Small Towns with Joe Bartmann

Today’s guest is Joe Bartmann, President of Dakota Resources, an organization that helps rural communities help themselves through innovative processes, tools, training, and research. He joins the show to chat about how small towns can begin shifting their mindsets to embrace creativity, innovation, and the belief that everyone should love the town they live in. Read more…

Episode 46: Mental Health in Small Towns with Tiffaney Holm

On the show today, Tiffaney bravely shares her story of losing her dad to suicide and how she’s grown from and used that experience to guide herself through her own journey as an adult living with a mental health diagnosis. She offers ideas to help all of us feel better equipped to talk about and support each other if dealing with mental health concerns. Read more…

Episode 45: Freelancing in a Small Town with Wendy Royston

On the show today, Wendy Royston will inspire anyone who has a marketable skill of any kind to explore the various ways it could be leveraged into freelance work, regardless of the size of the town where you live. Wendy loves the freedom her work offers to balance her responsibilities of being a mom to her five daughters plus the important choices she’s modeling for her kids as she pursues her passion in a non-traditional way. Read more…

Episode 44: Big Impact in a Small Town with Aubrey Mathis

Today’s guest is Aubrey Mathis, newly published author of the book “Confessions of a Small-Town Florist” and founder of the new non-profit organization Save The Teacher, which exists to bridge funding gaps for rural, small-town teachers and school districts. 

On the show today, Aubrey Mathis shares why she believes small-town people are better able to make a big impact than what we’d typically believe.

As a small-town girl who just “went for it” with both her book and the dream of the non-profit she had on her heart, she wants to encourage all of us that live in rural places to lean into what makes them wonderful and think about what it might mean to change the narrative about who small-town people are.

Episode 43: Digital Marketing in Small Towns with Molly Knuth

On the show today, Molly Knuth—or Iowa Rebecca as you’ll hear she now calls herself—joins Rebecca to chat about her journey of becoming a social media marketing expert that supports small-town entrepreneurs and small business owners to better connect with their customers.

Molly shares a wealth of information about how to start doing social media marketing, even if you’re scared or you believe you just don’t have the time to devote to doing it well. She makes a case for why all digital marketing (website and social media) is here to stay and what local businesses are missing out on if they don’t have a web presence. Read more…

Episode 42: Love the One You’re With with Rebecca Undem

On the show today, Rebecca gives you a peek behind the scenes of a recent workshop she provided for Dakota Resources—see all the contact info below—in which she offered several strategies for investing in the people and businesses that already exist in your small town. 

The best way to attract new people and businesses is through the evangelists who are so happy to live and work here that they tell everyone they know. The best advertising has always been happy, fulfilled customers.

These strategies can also be applied to existing customers if you’re an entrepreneur, as well. We spend an awful lot of time contemplating how to get “new”: new people, new customers, new residents, new businesses. Rebecca simply encourages us to ask what would happen if we poured all that time and attention back into the ones who are already here? Read more...

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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