27 episodes

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.

The Small Town Big Talk Show Rebecca Undem

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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.

    57. Blazing Trails with Sarah Calhoun

    57. Blazing Trails with Sarah Calhoun

    On the show today, Sarah Calhoun, founder of Red Ants Pants and the Red Ants Pants Foundation, which started the Red Ants Pants Musical—the Montana Office of Tourism Event of the Year as determined by the governor of Montana. She shares her passion and love for small towns, along with valuable insights for starting a business and creating a movement regardless of the size of your small town. If you love your small town and want to be inspired to create something that puts your community on the map and gets everyone involved, listen in to this episode!
     
    About Sarah Calhoun:
    Sarah Calhoun has two decades of leadership experience in both the non-profit and small business sectors, working in the outdoor education industry before founding Red Ants Pants in 2006.
    Raised on a farm in rural Connecticut, Calhoun was inspired to move to Montana by Ivan Doig’s This House of Sky. From her home in the small town of White Sulphur Springs, she has become an inspiration to entrepreneurs nationwide and is known for her dedication to supporting rural communities.
    Tired of wearing men’s work pants that didn’t fit, Calhoun designed pants that would fit, function and flatter working women. Red Ants Pants are made in the USA and that will not change. Red Ants Pants is based out of White Sulphur Springs, Montana where the storefront, distribution center, and international headquarters all reside in an historic saddle shop. Known for their grass roots marketing efforts, including ‘Tour de Pants,’ the direct sales business model is proving effective.
    To show support for the hard-working side of Montana and beyond, the Red Ants Pants Foundation was born in 2011. The Foundation supports women’s leadership, working family farms and ranches, and rural communities – the three things most important to Calhoun and the Red Ants Pants Community. That same year the Foundation launched its first program – the Red Ants Pants Music Festival. In 2011, over 6,000 fans came to celebrate rural Montana in a cow pasture. Over the years, attendees have enjoyed headliners including Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Dwight Yoakam, Wynonna Judd, and Keb’ Mo. The festival continues its success into its tenth year on July 23-26, 2020 aiming to improve upon the authentic, rich community culture the 16,000 attendees enjoyed during the 2019 festival.
    Calhoun’s grit has brought her enterprises national recognition over the years – in 2018 she was named to the Montana Business Hall of Fame and the Festival received the prestigious Event of the Year award from the Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development. In 2016, featured in The New York Times and The Huffington Post. In 2015, selected as one of only 100 businesses nationwide to participate in the Small Business Majority’s Small Business Leadership Summit in Washington, DC. In 2012, named the National Women in Business Champion for the Small Business Administration. In 2011, invited by President Obama to attend a White House forum on jobs and economic development after serving as a US Delegate to the APEC Women in Business Summit in San Francisco. Closer to home, she was honored when Governor Schweitzer named her the 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year for the State of Montana. Calhoun and her company have been featured in many national publications including Entrepreneur, National Geographic, Delta Sky, Country Woman, and Sunset.
    Calhoun has been called a “revolutionary figure in rural business today” and a “powerhouse of inspiration for women in business.”  Her dynamic style and inspiring experiences as an entrepreneur make her a highly sought after keynote speaker. She has given two TEDx talks, dozens of keynote addresses, and has been featured on national television programs such as CNBC, CNN, and Bloomberg.
    As Calhoun has risen to the top echelons of success as a rural entrepren

    • 41 min
    56. Cultivating Community with Elizabeth Shipstead

    56. Cultivating Community with Elizabeth Shipstead

    On the show today, Elizabeth Shipstead, founder of The Rural Sisterhood, shares her story of starting the blog and the eventual Facebook group. She shares about the importance of having a place to be truly vulnerable and how each of us can create a solution to the problems we face in our own lives.
    About Elizabeth Shipstead:
    Elizabeth Shipstead is the farm wife, momma, friend and founder of The Rural Sisterhood! She and her husband farm in northeast Montana. They raise wheat, peas, lentils and canola! They have a small but growing herd of black angus cows and they also have two little, sweet, and crazy farm girls! 
    Elizabeth can be found writing while flagging for her equipment-driving hubby (only while waiting safely on the next approach for him to catch up, of course) toting around a huge bag of toys, books and any other items that might keep her busy girls' attention while she runs the swather and/or combine, running into town in grubby clothes for that one necessary part, trying to stay on top of a losing battle with the weeds in her garden, and giggling, crying and empathizing with the women of The Rural Sisters' Community, who have become wonderful friends and sisters in this wild and crazy Ag life we live.
     
    In this episode, we tackle…
    Why is vulnerability so important to cultivating community?
    When we can truly let our guards down and feel safe to share the challenges and joys of our lives with other people, inevitably, we’ll hear others saying “I’ve SO been there!” or even “I’m in the midst of that right now!” Being able to honestly share of yourself is the quickest way to create deep, meaningful connections with other people and the key to getting there is feeling safe to be vulnerable.
    Listen to this episode to hear more about:
    🐮 why small towns need to remain open to new ideas (and people)
    🐮 why quality trumps quantity, even in an online business
    🐮 why we all need a place where we can be vulnerable
    🐮 how to avoid creating divisions when starting a community
    🐮 the danger of tying our identity to something external
     
    Connect with Elizabeth:
    Website: www.theruralsisterhood.com
    Social Media: www.facebook.com/theruralsisterhood
    Email: theruralsisterhood@gmail.com

    • 44 min
    55. Dealing with Unsupportive People with Rebecca Undem

    55. Dealing with Unsupportive People with Rebecca Undem

    On the show today, the show’s host, Rebecca, shares 4 ideas to help shift the way you think about the people you feel aren’t fully unsupportive of your big ideas. When you take on something new and significant you’re going to need support and these ideas will help you when you feel like the people you’re relying on to give it—even if they’re your family—either don’t get it or simply don’t believe in what you’re trying to do.
    Links Mentioned in this Episode:
    The Good Life Project Podcast website: https://www.goodlifeproject.com/podcast/
    “To Succeed at Anything, Do This” Episode: https://www.goodlifeproject.com/podcast/success-2020/

    • 23 min
    54. Celebrating Backroads with Joan Sacrison

    54. Celebrating Backroads with Joan Sacrison

    Today’s guest is Joan Sacrison, founder of the website www.travelbackroads.today where she features small town events, businesses and what she calls “clusters” to help people interested in finding those “diamonds in the rough” while they’re taking the roads less traveled.
    On the show today, Joan shares her entrepreneurial journey—which started with her selling everything under the sun as a young girl—and her philosophy that you’re never too old to learn something new. As a rural champion, Joan has a passion for celebrating all that’s to love about living and working in rural America.

    • 37 min
    53. Food + Community in Small Towns with Deanne Friders

    53. Food + Community in Small Towns with Deanne Friders

    Today’s guest is Deanne Frieders, the woman behind the blog This Farm Girl Cooks. She joins us to talk about her journey as a food blogger and how her small town of 1,400 people pulled off a community dinner.
    On the show today, Deanne shares how she turned her need to create farm-family-friendly meals into a successful blog where she offers practical tips to help busy families keep mealtimes a priority. She also shares how she successfully offered a community dinner in her small town.

    • 36 min
    52. 5 Things to Stop Doing to Gain Support and Get Stuff Done in Your Small Town with Rebecca Undem

    52. 5 Things to Stop Doing to Gain Support and Get Stuff Done in Your Small Town with Rebecca Undem

    Today’s episode marks the official one-year anniversary of the Small Town Big Talk Show! (Well, to be clear, it’s really the 52nd episode so we’ve finally shared a full year of weekly shows!) To celebrate, Rebecca is going back to her roots and she’s offering some ideas for improving your interpersonal skills that can help when you’re working with groups—committees, boards, heck, even your family.

    • 16 min

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From the beginning

I met Rebecca at a women’s event just over a year ago. I have been listening to her weekly since then. She inspires you to love big and helps you learn the intricacies of how to navigate the troubles. I have so many ideas brewing because of listening to Rebecca.

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