77 episodes

The Localist is a conversation with local makers and independent entrepreneurs. Local business advocate Carrie Rollwagen invites mom-and-pops, freelancers, side hustlers and start up founders to talk staffing, funding, hiring, inspiring — and everything in between.

The Localist with Carrie Rollwage‪n‬ Carrie Rollwagen

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 5.0 • 20 Ratings

The Localist is a conversation with local makers and independent entrepreneurs. Local business advocate Carrie Rollwagen invites mom-and-pops, freelancers, side hustlers and start up founders to talk staffing, funding, hiring, inspiring — and everything in between.

    Stress and Small Business: Free Pandemic Resources from Alabama Apart Together

    Stress and Small Business: Free Pandemic Resources from Alabama Apart Together

    This week, The Localist is diving into the mental health aspects of living through a pandemic as a business owner with Vivian Smith Carter, LMFT. Vivian works with Alabama Apart Together, a completely free resource that provides community pandemic support. Vivian gives tips on how to cope with stress, and discusses the importance of connection and how we can reach out to people even in different stages of life.

    • 51 min
    Be a Better Customer: How to Treat the Essential Workers Who Serve Us in the Pandemic

    Be a Better Customer: How to Treat the Essential Workers Who Serve Us in the Pandemic

    Courtenay Rollwagen is back on The Localist this week to talk about supporting essential workers during the pandemic. Courtenay and Carrie give great tips on how to be a better customer, including best practices for ordering food, what to pay attention to while out and about, and what to do when you see a customer behaving poorly. They wrap up with a few golden rules: tip well, have a sense of humor, and be kind!

    • 45 min
    Why Small Shops Are Good for Our Neighborhoods with Curtis Bridges

    Why Small Shops Are Good for Our Neighborhoods with Curtis Bridges

    This week on The Localist, Curtis Bridges, principal planner for the city of Charlotte, NC, and president of the Belmont Community Association, joins Carrie to dive into city planning. Curt and Carrie start off with how small businesses contribute to building communities and invigorating neighborhoods.Curt breaks down the difference between HOAs, neighborhood associations, and everything in between, and how to find (or create) an association for your neighborhood.

    • 53 min
    Lobbying Lawmakers and Drinking in the Streets with Golden Age Wine

    Lobbying Lawmakers and Drinking in the Streets with Golden Age Wine

    This week on The Localist, Brandon Loper and Trent Stewart, co-owners of Golden Age Wine in Mountain Brook, AL, tell us how they jumped on an opportunity before they opened their doors, and how they continually reinvented their business model when the pandemic hit. The pair also had to navigate website upgrades, antiquated state liquor laws, and lobbying City Council to make changes in the community.

    • 53 min
    Five Star Fans: The Importance of Writing Online Reviews for Businesses We Love

    Five Star Fans: The Importance of Writing Online Reviews for Businesses We Love

    This week on the Localist, Carrie is joined by friend and fellow entrepreneur Kelly Cummings. They dive into Kelly’s newest project, @TheDailyDoBetter, and decide to create Localist Love Letters to encourage positive Google Reviews for local businesses. They give listeners a head start on Localist Love Letters and give excellent tips for what to consider when leaving a review, tell us why reviews are so important to local businesses, and detail their own personal strategies for reviews. 

    • 38 min
    Time Flies When You're Buying Local: Here's to 10 Years with the Localist

    Time Flies When You're Buying Local: Here's to 10 Years with the Localist

    The creation of the new @ThinkLocalist Instagram account (go give it a follow!) inspired Carrie to look back at how The Localist got started, how it’s evolved, and where it’s going. Carrie examines how success is measured, how we all seem to struggle with imposter syndrome, and what’s kept her going these past 10 years. We wrap up with some habit changes, letting go of perfectionism, and goals for The Localist. 

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

Fun for a dollar ,

Great Podcast!

I just happened upon this podcast and It is really good. It gives really great tips and I especially liked the newest podcast about maintaining company culture in the current work from home environment.

ChelseaR83 ,

A Gem!

I just discovered this podcast and let me tell you, I’m glad I did! The conversations are natural and easy going but you can also tell that Carrie has put a lot of thought and care in her questions. And I love that she’s also in Alabama!

SarahCook323 ,

A Must-Listen for Those Who Love Local!

So excited to listen to Carrie's new podcast! Whether you're a small business owner, freelancer or just looking to get inspired — Carrie offers a wealth of information from the many skills she's picked up throughout her diverse careers. I can't wait to hear who she brings on The Localist!

Top Podcasts In Entrepreneurship

Listeners Also Subscribed To