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Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a podcast about business, parenting and living life intentionally. We're here every week to bring you intentional conversations on making your own path to success, challenging the status quo, and finding all the ways we're better. Recorded in Cookeville, TN, Kosta joins guests from all walks of life to bring fresh perspective and start your week with purpose. We're better together.

Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev Morgan Franklin Media

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 34 Ratings

Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a podcast about business, parenting and living life intentionally. We're here every week to bring you intentional conversations on making your own path to success, challenging the status quo, and finding all the ways we're better. Recorded in Cookeville, TN, Kosta joins guests from all walks of life to bring fresh perspective and start your week with purpose. We're better together.

    My Ancestors' Wildest Dreams with Lori Strode

    My Ancestors' Wildest Dreams with Lori Strode

    Join Kosta and his guest: Lori Jackson-Strode, Counselor, Real Estate Agent, Cookeville Theatre Company Board Member, and 'I Am My Ancestors Wildest Dream' Co-Creator, Producer and Director.

    In this episode: We're celebrating Black History Month and talking about what it's like to be black and grow up in Middle Tennessee. What racial equality looks like  today and how it's changed since Lori grew up in Cookeville during the 70's, 80's and 90's. How we create an Upper Cumberland where young people feel welcome, have professional opportunities and an engaging environment where they can grow and thrive personally.

    Find out more about I Am My Ancestors Wildest Dream and Cookeville Theatre Company:
    https://cookevilletheatreco.org/

    Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a product of Morgan Franklin Media and recorded in Cookeville, TN.

    This episode of Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is made possible by our partners at Loxx Salon and Spa.

    Find out more about Loxx Salon and Spa:
    https://loxxsalon.net/

    • 47 min
    The Dress Code with Tess Mann

    The Dress Code with Tess Mann

    Join Kosta and his guest: Tess Mann, Owner of Couture by Tess Bridal and Designer of Tess Mann Haute Couture.

    In this episode: Your achievements as a designer, and bridal stylist would take most of us a lifetime to accomplish. But I find one of the most intriguing parts of your story is that you spent an entire career in Federal Law Enforcement before pursuing fashion. How did you transition from the FBI to couture bridal designer?  In this social media era it feels like shopping and buying the dress is almost as important as wearing the dress. What sets your store apart? You have a unique perspective on business, because most of your clients will only shop with you one time. Online you’ve cultivated thousands of followers and hundreds of perfect reviews, but what’s the real secret to building a customer base and community when your customers likely will only purchase with you one time?

    Find out more about Tess Mann and Couture by Tess Bridal:
     https://couturebytessbridal.com/

    Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a product of Morgan Franklin Media and recorded in Cookeville, TN.

    This episode of Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is made possible by our partners at Aspire Barber and Beauty Academy.

    Find out more about Aspire Barber and Beauty Academy:
    https://aspirebarberandbeauty.com/

    • 50 min
    How Our Election Commission Works with Michele Honeycutt

    How Our Election Commission Works with Michele Honeycutt

    Join Kosta and his guest: Michele Honeycutt, Election Commission Administrator for Putnam County Election Commission.

    In this episode: Generally speaking, across the United States, over the past decade the accuracy and legitimacy of our elections has become a point of concern for many. As someone that sees every aspect of our elections, what’s your message to anyone questioning the outcome of an election? How does voter registration work? Can anyone with a driver’s license vote or is there more to the process? How do we know where our polling location is? What if we go to the wrong polling station? Can we still vote?

    🇺🇸 ⚠️🗳️ Important Voting and Election Dates in Putnam County:

    Presidential Preference Primary and County Primary
    Last Day to Register to Vote in this Election: Monday, February 5, 2024
    Early Voting Dates: February 14, 2024- February 27, 2024
    🗳️ Primary Election Day: Tuesday, March 5, 2024

    Federal and State - General Election
    Last Day to Register to Vote in this Election: Monday, October 7, 2024
    Early Voting Dates: October 16, 2024—October 31, 2024
    🗳️ General Election Day: Tuesday, November 5, 2024

    Find  more information about the Putnam County Election Commission:
    https://putnamcountytn.gov/election-commission

    Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a product of Morgan Franklin Media and recorded in Cookeville, TN.

    This episode of Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is made possible by our partners at Miss Sallie's Market.

    Find out more about Miss Sallie's Market:
    https://www.misssallies.com/

    • 32 min
    Staying the Course with Matt Billings

    Staying the Course with Matt Billings

    Join Kosta and his guest: Matt Billings, Economic Development and Grants Coordinator for the City of Cookeville.

    In this episode: For Millennials and Gen Z there’s been a great effort to advocate on our behalf to participate in public service, run for office and take leadership, but the problem remains that so far not many Baby Boomers and Gen X are ready to let go of these responsibilities. As a Millennial serving our community, what’s your message to older generations on making room for our next generation of local leaders? What do you wish people knew about the importance of local elections? How does it impact your job and our city? If you could give one piece of advice to all the young people listening that are trying to find their way as leader in this community, or just where they belong as a citizen of this community - what would it be?

    Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a product of Morgan Franklin Media and recorded in Cookeville, TN.

    This episode of Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is made possible by our partners at Volunteer State Community College.

    Find out more about Volunteer State Community College:
    https://www.volstate.edu/campuses/cookeville

    • 29 min
    Labor of Love with Bridgett Jones

    Labor of Love with Bridgett Jones

    Join Kosta and his guest: Bridgett Jones, Co-Founder and Owner of Mill Creek Farm.

    In this episode: How is Mill Creek Farm bringing a fresh take on agritourism and bringing our community back to the farms that started it all? You didn’t just create a destination for guests to visit cattle, you created an experience for guests to become part of the farm. Will you tell us about how you structure your tours and farm visits that make it a completely different experience from anything else in this area? Let’s talk about farming, specifically modern day farming. Even 50 years ago it wouldn’t be unique or uncommon for a neighbor or relative to have a small farm, now they’re nearly extinct. How has this changed the quality of food, agriculture and livestock we’re raising in the Upper Cumberland?

    Find out more about Bridgett Jones and Mill Creek Farm:
    https://www.millcreekfarms-tn.com/

    Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a product of Morgan Franklin Media and recorded in Cookeville, TN.

    This episode of Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is made possible by our partners at Loxx Salon and Spa.

    Find out more about Loxx Salon and Spa:
    https://loxxsalon.net

    • 20 min
    Call to Order with Kevin Maxwell

    Call to Order with Kevin Maxwell

    Join Kosta and his guest: Kevin Maxwell, Engineer, Entrepreneur and Owner of 37 Cedar Restaurant and Bar.

    In this episode: At the last Cookeville City Council Meeting on December 21, City Manager James Mills brought forth an ordinance that prohibits the sale and consumption of alcohol at public parks, on municipal grounds, streets and sidewalks. Events impacted include WCTE’s fundraiser Blues and Brews, Taste of The Town, Upper Cumberland Pride Festival and Wine on the West Side, to name a few. You spoke before the council urging them to reconsider this vote. What kind of impact do you believe measures like these will have for Cookeville and the growth of the Upper Cumberland? Cookeville is changing. Cookeville is evolving. We can either choose to embrace the change or suffer the consequences of being left behind. What’s your message to the members of our community that continue to resist change? Speaking of change, you’re working to create a space in Cookeville’s Downtown that’s never existed before, that will bring together live entertainment, food and fellowship like never before. Will you tell us about all the changes at 37 Cedar over the past six months and how it’s helping to shape the West End?

    Find out more about 37 Cedar Restaurant and Bar:
    https://www.37cedar.com/

    Watch the Cookeville City Council Meeting from December 21:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t826TlB7-dM

    Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is a product of Morgan Franklin Media and recorded in Cookeville, TN.

    This episode of Better Together with Kosta Yepifantsev is made possible by our partners at Aspire Barber and Beauty Academy.

    Find out more about Aspire Barber and Beauty Academy:
    https://aspirebarberandbeauty.com/

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

slea_123 ,

Transparent & Positive

I absolutely love this show - Kosta has such a fun-loving presence and has a knack for putting his guests at ease. With thoughtful questions and an easygoing presentation, this podcast addresses real world questions with transparency and optimism.

Shaun Scantland ,

Great show!

Great interviewer and wonderful guests! Editing and production is beyond reproach.
It’s a must listen every Monday morning.
Leaves me wanting to challenge myself to make my community better.

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