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One of the most frequent questions I get asked is, how did it get I started in podcasting and why?

It actually started out as an accident. I was part of a media training group, and one of the topics they taught us was podcasting.

In 2018 I joined the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce. What I learned is behind every local business is a great story.
But they were wondering how to connect their local business with their community.

In June of 2018, I launched Local First Podcast.
The podcast just has taken off from there. My mission continues to share the stories of local businesses.

I especially enjoy meeting with local business owners and interviewing them and learning their stories. It literally took off from there.

The more interviews I produced with local businesses, entrepreneurs, and community leaders, the more I uncovered.

I needed to share their stories.

Local First Podcast connects local businesses to their community.

I invite you to check out some of these stories for yourself.

Open up your favorite podcast app search for Local First Podcast then subscribe.

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    • 5.0 • 23 Ratings

One of the most frequent questions I get asked is, how did it get I started in podcasting and why?

It actually started out as an accident. I was part of a media training group, and one of the topics they taught us was podcasting.

In 2018 I joined the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce. What I learned is behind every local business is a great story.
But they were wondering how to connect their local business with their community.

In June of 2018, I launched Local First Podcast.
The podcast just has taken off from there. My mission continues to share the stories of local businesses.

I especially enjoy meeting with local business owners and interviewing them and learning their stories. It literally took off from there.

The more interviews I produced with local businesses, entrepreneurs, and community leaders, the more I uncovered.

I needed to share their stories.

Local First Podcast connects local businesses to their community.

I invite you to check out some of these stories for yourself.

Open up your favorite podcast app search for Local First Podcast then subscribe.

Check out my website at localfirstpodcast.com where you can:

Sign up for the Local First Podcast Newsletter to stay updated on upcoming episodes and events.

Connect with host Rob to become a guest.

Find out more and how to become a sponsor

Read my blog

Schedule a one-on-one

Learn more about Local First Podcast Professional Services

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    Are People Finding Your Business Online? with John Vuong

    Are People Finding Your Business Online? with John Vuong

    This is Local First Podcast's first international interview with John Vuong out of Toronto, CA. We take a deep dive into how to get your business is searched for online.
    As the owner of Local SEO Search since 2013, my mission is to equip local business owners with the right products (websites), services (SEO) and knowledge to grow and expand to position these business owners as the industry thought leaders by being honest, transparent and having a strong will to succeed in business.
    >> Contact me now: 416-888-8756
    >> Learn more and secure a free audit: https://calendly.com/seofree/audit
    (https://www.localseosearch.ca/)
     
    Local SEO Search (https://www.localseosearch.ca/) is a full-service search engine optimization (SEO) company. Founder John Vuong started in SEO near the beginning. Back in 2010, he was working with Yellow Pages and the company was offering SEO strategy.
    However, he found that the supposed experts at that time didn’t understand why some companies ranked above others. In fact, he felt that the offers were damaging his relationships with small businesses because they weren’t getting the results they paid for.
    John (https://www.localseosearch.ca/) cares a lot about the small businesses he works with, especially family businesses. That’s why he began to focus on understanding search engines, their rankings, and how companies can benefit from a variety of digital marketing platforms.
    This episode is brought to you by:
    EXACTA Corporation (https://wp2.myexactamundo.com/)
    Family Organizer Plus (https://wp2.myexactamundo.com/)
    The first app designed for the ultimate social network. The Family.
    RARE Leaders (https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZElcO6qqDMjE9MBH27DEoquYArGgCdhSCW_)
    Where leaders come to thrive and grow
    Conversation Series - Connect, Collaborate, and Contribute
    Produced by Local First Podcast Production Serives

    • 38 min
    Family Organizer Plus - It's Your Data. Own It!

    Family Organizer Plus - It's Your Data. Own It!

    Over 30 years ago, Dr. Dennis Hill (https://www.linkedin.com/in/managechange/) predicted that the only way we would make a change regarding our privacy would take a significant world event.
    After having several conversations, I would have to agree that Dr. Hill (https://www.linkedin.com/in/managechange/) was right.
    Dennis Hill profiled in 1987 Business Journal Magazine (Cover Story) (https://www.linkedin.com/in/managechange/)Published in 1987 (8/24/1987), the magazine profiled the rise of cyber-security and several of its pioneers. A computer prodigy at 14 (pre-PC era) and a computer engineering professor at 23, Dennis Hill of MSOE University, was highlighted with other computer experts in this article. Hill predicted the rise of cyber-terrorism and the lack of security investment by businesses and consumers, citing awareness and change only in response to breaches and data violation catastrophes.
    This past month /the social dilemma_ (https://www.netflix.com/title/81254224) This documentary from Jeff Orlowski explores how addiction and privacy breaches are features, not bugs, of social media platforms.
    EXACTA engineered and supports FamOrg+ (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/family-organizer-plus-it-s-your-data-own-it/coming_soon/x/23850357) promises to be a leading disruptive technology with a positive impact on the modern digitized family.
    What is Family Organizer Plus or FamOrg (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/family-organizer-plus-it-s-your-data-own-it/coming_soon/x/23850357)+?
    FamOrg+ (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/family-organizer-plus-it-s-your-data-own-it/coming_soon/x/23850357) includes a robust contact manager, private and secure "in-family" chatting, an aggregated family calendar derived from individual member calendars, and complete management of records, photos, and AV files.
    What technology makes FamOrg+ (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/family-organizer-plus-it-s-your-data-own-it/coming_soon/x/23850357) game-changing?
    FamOrg+ (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/family-organizer-plus-it-s-your-data-own-it/coming_soon/x/23850357) is an entirely new concept in the consumer software market because it leverages current and emerging technologies, including 5G security protocols and cloud-based decentralized data storage known as a blockchain. Blockchain is the same lock-tight technology underlying cryptocurrencies.
    Be one of the first to have access to the FamOrg+ (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/family-organizer-plus-it-s-your-data-own-it/coming_soon/x/23850357) hits the market. 
    By pre-registering for FamOrg+ (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/family-organizer-plus-it-s-your-data-own-it/coming_soon/x/23850357) you will have the opportunity to provide input on future development.
    About EXACTA Corp:
    Founded in 1976, EXACTA  (https://www.exactacorp.com/)has been a leader in designing, developing, and managing innovative, mission-critical software solutions for Fortune 500 companies and government agencies.
    EXACTA is A+ accredited by the Better Business Bureau and a team of 24 professionals averaging 15 years of commercial and consumer software experience, many holding advanced degrees and certifications.
    Family Organizer Plus (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/family-organizer-plus-it-s-your-data-own-it/coming_soon/x/23850357) employs technology, pioneered and proven. 
    EXACTA’s flagship product, Corporate Organizer CRM & More, a powerful business platform introduced in 2016. Designed around new-century methods, like AI, 5G, and blockchain, Corporate Organizer CRM & More integrates company-wide contacts, aggregated calendars, and blockchain-encrypted records with other ERP, CRM, and accounting systems on one knowledge relationship manager.
    This episode is brought to you by:
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    • 38 min
    Mama said It's the small victories that count! with Bonnie Edwards

    Mama said It's the small victories that count! with Bonnie Edwards

    Mama said... Do you remember when your mother gave you advice or shared her wisdom with you? Did you listen? Can you hear her voice in the back of your head?
    Bonnie shares in her interview how her mother of 7 influenced her so much that she wrote a book about it.
    Bonnie's key take-aways:
    Never give up
    Celebrate your mother
    Celebrate small victories
    How her mother influenced her
     
    Bonnie J. Edwards received her Master’s Degree in Education, Professional Development from Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
    She pursued Advanced Doctoral Studies in Adult Education at Walden University in Minneapolis, MN.
    Bonnie added two additional licenses, one in Administrator Leadership and Director of Instruction certified through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).
    Inspired by the power of raising awareness, Bonnie designed, implemented, and instructed a graduate course in Interpersonal Communication for educators to renew their licenses through McPherson College, Milwaukee Campus.
    She is recognized by her colleagues for her personable and reflective leadership style. After 14 years of teaching middle school and participating in educational community outreach, Bonnie retired in 2015.
    Bonnie is founder of B.J. Edwards Professional Development & Communication, owner and co-publisher with her husband, Cary Edwards. They are proud parents of Danny, Lisa and Mildred.
    Subscribe and share with one other person.
    Would you like to be a guest on Local First Podcast?
    Get started by going to ScheduleMyPodcast.com
    This episode is brought to you by:
    EXACTA Corporation (https://wp2.myexactamundo.com/)
    Family Organizer Plus (https://wp2.myexactamundo.com/)
    The first app designed for the ultimate social network. The Family.
    RARE Leaders (https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZElcO6qqDMjE9MBH27DEoquYArGgCdhSCW_)
    Where leaders come to thrive and grow
    Conversation Series - Connect, Collaborate, and Contribute

    • 37 min
    How to Sell BIG Ticket Items with Celia Meisel

    How to Sell BIG Ticket Items with Celia Meisel

    Hey local listeners, are you in sales? I think the answer is yes. Everyone is selling something to someone. Celia (https://celiafayemeisel.com/about-me/) and I dig deep on what it takes to sell big-ticket items.
    Celia's key takeaways:
    Fear is a source of opportunity and growth
    Storytelling vs. Just the Facts, please
    How has the selling process changed?
    Strategies - Skill - Tactics
    Connect with Celia:
    Website: Ceila Fay Meisel (https://celiafayemeisel.com/)
    LinkedIn  (https://www.linkedin.com/in/celia-faye-meisel/)
    Hi! My Name is Celia Faye MeiselIt’s my mission to guide heart-centered entrepreneurs to hit their sales goals and reach for their dreams.
    My clients come to me when they are:
    Ready to stop spinning their wheels and get on track to set and accomplish all of their sales goals.
    Betting on themselves by pursuing entrepreneurship full-time.
    Looking for a trusted sales mentor and guide to help them level-up and feel at ease with the process.
    Aware that it’s time to get support to get out of the income plateau and sales rut they’ve been in for years.
    Meet Celia:
    As a kid, I can recall the stress my mom endured when unexpected expenses came up.
    She, and many others like her, didn’t know how to generate income outside of a 9-5 job. She was a smart and savvy businesswoman who was sought out by many for guidance and answers.
    A University education helped her to gain confidence and climb the corporate ladder. There were always limitations around how far she could climb and the rate at which she could grow.
    From a young age, I demonstrated entrepreneurial qualities and a sense of intuitiveness. My parents did what they could to give me entrepreneurial experiences.
    There were parts of my personality that didn’t fit a picture of conventional living. As a result, I experienced years of emotional discomfort because I felt like I never fit in
    Deep inside, I always had a sense of knowing that gave me hope to move forward and find my own unique path.
    In my late-twenties I discovered that my entrepreneurial spirit was one of my gifts. For the first time in my life, I felt free.
    Celia Faye Meisel is a Business Strategist & Sales Trainer. As a career entrepreneur, she has enrolled over 200 clients to work with her in a group format and 1-1.
    She has supported her clients to celebrate milestones that include:
    $15K in online launch profits. Going from $0-70K (cash) in one-year of business. Five-figure months in cash and sales. Making the shift from selling low-ticket single sessions to selling transformational high-ticket packages. Blasting through upper limits for group enrollment numbers. The launches of dozens of new service-based businesses. Since the pandemic, she has provided sales team support to teams generating $1.1 Million in high-ticket program sales.
    Celia finds joy and meaning in developing & writing training content for her clients. She loves networking, meeting new people, and making heart-centered connections with fellow entrepreneurs.
    If you would like to share your story on Local First Podcast get started by going to ScheduleMyPodcast.com (https://www.localfirstpodcast.com/contact/)
    Local First Podcast is brought to you by:
    EXACTA Corp (http://exactacorp.com)
    Family Organizer Plus - Never before has there been an app designed to bring your family closer while restoring your privacy.
    Local First Podcast Production Services

    • 23 min
    Have you had #LunchwithLorry ?

    Have you had #LunchwithLorry ?

    Have you had Lunch with Lorry? If not you need to. Lorry and I have a fun conversation on how to get the most from Networking even if you are an introvert like me.
    Enjoy this episode.
    Lorry's key takeaways:
    Why have #lunchwithlorry?
    How to network as an introvert
    Why attack the world every day?
    Reinventing yourself is a life long journey
    About Lorry Rifkin:
    Lorry Rifkin, CPA has almost 40 years of general business experience. His expertise ranges from accounting, operations, sales, and marketing as an owner and employee.
    He has done extensive work in crisis situations doing business turnarounds which is like the COVID business environment we face today. Your business will need to retool Post COVID. Lorry can help you do that in a profitable manner.
    He is a generalist in approach and thought process. A critical thinker and agent of change. His personality can provide the details to build a reality that does not exist yet, staff it, write the operating procedures, and train the staff.
    Then he slowly backs out of the assignment. He tells you what you need to hear not what you want to hear.
    Connect with Lorry:
    Lorry Rifkin,CPA
    Owner Clarity Management, LLC
    Phone:  414.702.6845
    Email: lrifkin@claritymgt.com (mailto:lrifkin@claritymgt.com%22%20%5Ct%20%22_blank)
    Linked in:  linkedin.com/in/lorryrifkin (https://www.linkedin.com/in/lorryrifkin?lipi=urn:li:page:d_flagship3_profile_view_base_contact_details;oPAo7MFFScuSVajRtQqllg==&utm_source=PONG+Newsletter&utm_campaign=24bde6f8be-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2_15_2018_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2e97878273-24bde6f8be-%22%20%5Ct%20%22_blank)
    Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/lorry.rifkin/ (https://www.facebook.com/lorry.rifkin/)
    Website: https://claritymgt.com/  (https://claritymgt.com/?utm_source=PONG+Newsletter&utm_campaign=24bde6f8be-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2_15_2018_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2e97878273-24bde6f8be-%22%20%5Ct%20%22_blank%22%20%5Co%20%22www.claritymgt.com)
    This episode is brought to you by:
    EXACTA Corp
    Think Possibilities. Think EXACTA (http://EXACTACORP.COM)
    RARE Leaders (http://reareleaders.com)
    Connect - Colaborate - Contribute
     
     

    • 28 min
    Real Talk About Real Issues with Dres

    Real Talk About Real Issues with Dres

    In this episode, you are going to get real talk about real issues going on right now. It was a breath of fresh air to have an open conversation with Dres.
    Dres is a globally-inspired artist and mental health advocate.
    For over ten years, he has served his community by providing support to inner-city kids and young adults who struggle with their mental health (trauma, depression, psychosis, autism, Aspergers, ADHD etc.).
    In 2017, he launched his entertainment & lifestyle company “Urban & Arrogant".
    Through his company, he releases music, merchandise, and delivers visual content.
    His latest single "Countin' Racks" has been played on Iheart Radio Station; V100.7 FM, and Radio Milwaukee (88.9 F.M.). In 2020, Dres was awarded the Shepherd Express "Best Rap Hip-Hop Artist" award.
    Dres is scheduled to release his debut pop-rap album which will be available on all streaming platforms later on this year.
    Your feedback is always welcome.
    If you want to share your story on Local First Podcast all you need to do to get started go to ScheduleMyPodcast.com (http://ScheduleMyPodcast.com)
    This is episode is brought to you by:
    EXACTA Corp (https://wp2.myexactamundo.com/)
    EXACTA Corporate Organizer CRM&More brings order to chaos in your business by helping you Plan |Execute | Analyze and Close more business.
    RARE Leaders (http://rareleaders.com)
    Connect - Collaborate - Contribute through RARE Conversations
     

    • 28 min

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Light Therapy Entrepreneur ,

Highlighting an Emerging Industry, starting with Local First

Rob Kochanski sparks a great conversation about light therapy and how I got started (long ago) in this recently emerging industry that the science community refers to as Photobiomodulation Therapy. It was so much fun being a guest on this podcast and have the opportunity to tell my story from the beginning.

Business isn’t just about business and serving our community, it is about connecting with people, potential clients, and other businesses on a personal level.

So honored to share with the local first podcast community and I intend to bring UltraRed LightMD to every community for access to this incredible non-toxic therapeutic modality.

swgodfrey ,

Rob is putting Milwaukee first!

Rob is doing a great job of putting Milwaukee first. I was really honored to be his guest on the show! We called the episode “The Elephant in the Room” because I’m in an industry fraught with perilous landmines. We address that head-on. Never more thankful than now to have an opportunity for the right people.

jvk9 ,

Robert and Local First Are GREAT!!

Honored to be a part of this amazing show!

Robert goes above and beyond as a host and is continuously making everyone around him better!

Highly recommend this show!

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