12 episodes

If you’re frustrated with how to grow your community and its businesses, the Building A Vibrant Community podcast will help. Fans of the podcast are thrilled to see Mississippi State University’s James Barnes and co-hosts Rachael Carter and Lauren Colby-Nickels tackle community development problems in a fun and practical way. They explain how communities and businesses can grow beyond their geographic borders by learning from other communities and businesses, and much more. Status quo is the enemy of community development and the best way to grow your community is to learn from others. Get your community and business growing again with practical advice from this podcast!

Building a Vibrant Community Dr. James Barnes, Dr. Rachael Carter, LC Nickels, Mississippi State Extension

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If you’re frustrated with how to grow your community and its businesses, the Building A Vibrant Community podcast will help. Fans of the podcast are thrilled to see Mississippi State University’s James Barnes and co-hosts Rachael Carter and Lauren Colby-Nickels tackle community development problems in a fun and practical way. They explain how communities and businesses can grow beyond their geographic borders by learning from other communities and businesses, and much more. Status quo is the enemy of community development and the best way to grow your community is to learn from others. Get your community and business growing again with practical advice from this podcast!

    How To Create A Farm-to-Table Food Event in Your Community

    How To Create A Farm-to-Table Food Event in Your Community

    Dr. Rachael Carter, Extension Instructor, Center for Government and Community Development
    Mississippi State University Extension

    It’s a popular thing to see farm-to-table events held by restaurants, chambers of commerce, main street organizations and others to promote local food production and sales, but how do you organize such an event? How do you make it successful? In this episode, Dr. Carter explains step-by-step how you can work with partners in your community to host a farm-to-table event to promote your local foods industry. You can also learn more at:  http://extension.msstate.edu/publications/creating-farm-table-event.

    • 12 min
    Promoting Community Engagement and Development Using Food Festivals

    Promoting Community Engagement and Development Using Food Festivals

    Dr. Richard C. Lacy, Extension Professor & Regional Extension Coordinator
    Department of Agricultural Economics, Mississippi State University Extension

    Food festivals are popular events to bring people together in a community to promote the production and sale of local foods. In this episode, Dr. Lacy shares how one food event in the Mississippi Delta has been bringing people and community together around a very special food for more than 40 years. Dr. Lacy explains how the community has continued to keep this food festival going and growing for more than four decades.

    • 17 min
    5 Ways to Market Your Local Food Business with Facebook

    5 Ways to Market Your Local Food Business with Facebook

    Andy Collins, Instructor, Extension Center for Technology Outreach
    Mississippi State University Extension

    Have you wondered how to harness the power of Facebook to grow your business? Andy Collins helps businesses answer this question all the time as he’s a content expert in social media marketing. In this episode, Andy Collins shares 5 ways a food business entrepreneur can harness the power of Facebook to grow their business. You can learn more at: http://extension.msstate.edu/publications/5-ways-grow-your-local-foods-business-facebook.

    • 24 min
    How You Can Avoid Financial Mistakes So Your Food Business Grows

    How You Can Avoid Financial Mistakes So Your Food Business Grows

    Hamp Beatty, Extension Associate III, Center for Government and Community Development
    Mississippi State University Extension

    There’s nothing worse than having a great company only to make financial mistakes and cause it to tank. Hamp Beatty is a financial whiz and joins the podcast to share his insights on how food businesses can avoid several financial mistakes as they launch and grow. You don’t want to miss his powerful tips for financial success.

    • 27 min
    How To Use Instagram To Launch Your Food Business

    How To Use Instagram To Launch Your Food Business

    Lauren Colby-Nickels, Extension Instructor, Extension Center for Technology Outreach
    Mississippi State University Extension

    Everyone knows the importance of using social media to grow a business, yet many people struggle to get started. Lauren Colby-Nickels is an expert in helping businesses launch using Instagram. She provides practical insights to help any business have a successful launch to connect with customers and sell products or services.

    • 18 min
    How To Find the Right Customers to Grow Your Local Food Business Brand

    How To Find the Right Customers to Grow Your Local Food Business Brand

    Dr. Rachael Carter, Extension Instructor, Center for Government and Community Development
    Mississippi State University Extension

    A huge problem for food businesses is finding new customers through marketing and branding products online. Rachael Carter has worked with hundreds of companies helping them to improve their branding. In this episode, you’ll learn some of the critical things you can do to connect with customers who are most likely to buy your food products. Learn more at http://extension.msstate.edu/farming/agri-tourism/growing-your-brand.

    • 16 min

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