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Small Talk with Communities Unlimited

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Don Becker

Small Talk Episode 20

Unlock the secrets of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and how they revolutionize community asset management with our special guest, Don Becker from Communities Unlimited. This episode reveals the crucial role GIS can play in everything from emergency services to water system efficiency. Don sheds light on the 'light bulb' moments communities experience, as they see their operations transform with GIS implementation. It's not just about mapping; it's about creating a future where communities thrive through technology

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Small Talk Episode 19

Join us as we take an intimate look into the world of Amanda Phillips, the resilient owner of Tamp & Grind, who bravely stepped into entrepreneurship following her husband's untimely passing. We embark on this rich journey together, navigating the exhilarating highs and the unexpected challenges Amanda faced. From fixing an old espresso machine to the thrill of securing a loan for a much-needed upgrade, we uncover the diverse skill set required to run a thriving café.

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Small Talk Episode 18

Are you ready to gain an understanding of the innovative strategies transforming rural communities? In today's episode, we sit down with Jerry Kenney, Program Officer at the TLL Temple Foundation. He gives us a comprehensive look at the foundation's mission for rural capacity-building, regional capacity-building, and community development.

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Michael Rivera

Small Talk Episode 17

Ever wonder how small-dollar loans can transform underserved communities and uplift the lives residents? Join us for an inspiring conversation with Michael Rivera, a loan officer for the Nuestra Casa program, who illuminates how this lending initiative is making a significant difference in South Texas Colonias. We uncover the realities of life in these communities, from limited internet access to homes not up to code, and how Nuestra Casa is empowering residents to better their living conditions.

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Small Talk Episode 16

Did you know that water is not just a means of sustenance, but also holds immense cultural and spiritual significance for the Cherokee Nation? Join us for a captivating conversation with Billy Hix, the Senior Director of the Office of Environmental Health and Engineering with the Cherokee Nation, as we journey through the vital world of water and wastewater management in the Cherokee Nation.

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Isaac Traylor owner 3-i Pressure Washing and Detail

Small Talk Episode 15

What if you were told your dreams were out of reach? Would you let the world crumble your aspirations or would you rise above the adversity? Get ready to be inspired Isaac Traylor, owner of 3-i Pressure Washing and Detail, as he shares his remarkable journey from homelessness and addiction to becoming a successful entrepreneur.

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Small Talk Episode 14

Join us as we pull up a chair with Brenda Williams, Healthy Foods Coordinator at Communities Unlimited. Get ready to unpack the pressing issue of food insecurity in rural communities, and the unique challenges faced by those living off the beaten path. We dive into how Brenda is championing for better access to fresh, nutritious produce from small-scale growers.

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Small Talk Episode 13

Ever wondered how to leverage your business to build personal wealth? Join Maria Barrero, the brains behind Spaces2Love, a firm devoted to creating spaces that enhance lifestyle and well-being and Dale Rutherford, Senior Management Consultant on the Entrepreneurship Team, who will enlighten us about the eWealth program and its role in assisting entrepreneurs like Maria.

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National Water Quality Month Podcast

Small Talk Episode 12

What does it take to ensure clean water for everyone? We crack open this big question with our special guests from Communities Unlimited's Environmental Team, Gaylene Riley and Karen Conrad.  Gaylene is the Oklahoma Sate Coordinator and Karen is our Area Director for Central States. They both have years of experience in water/wastewater and share their knowledge with us in the episode.

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Small Talk Episode 11

August is National Water Quality Month. Have you ever stopped to wonder about the unsung heroes behind your tap water? Passionate champions committed to the water and wastewater industry. Join us as we shed light on the importance of water operators in small communities, the array of skills they need, and their impact on the community's health and safety.

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Small Talk Episode 10

Ever wondered how water systems in rural communities work, or more importantly, who makes it work? Stride into the world of Tammy McKeon, Lucas Guinne, and Bradley Pittman, from the Oklahoma Environmental team at Communities Unlimited, where they unravel their work on water and wastewater projects.

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Rhett Douglas

Small Talk Episode 9

In this episode of Small Talk the Communities Unlimited podcast, we chat with Rhett Douglas about what it's like to work with the Entrepreneurship team and how they help small business owners achieve their dreams.

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Small Talk Episode 8

Are you ready to unlock the secrets of small business success? Join us for an exciting conversation with Rhett Douglas, a senior management consultant at Communities Unlimited's Entrepreneurship Team.

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Carolyn Rudgley
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Small Talk with Communities Unlimited Episode 7

In Episode 7 we sit down with Carolyn Rudgely from Your Personal Chef, LLC and Rhett Douglas, Senior Management Consultant in Memphis, TN to learn about her experience working with Communities Unlimited's Entrepreneurship Team and the MemShop Program.

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Small Talk With Communities Unlimited Episode 6

Episode 3 of our three-part series about housing with Audra Butler leads us into what Communities Unlimited is building with housing initiatives and what the future looks like.

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Small Talk with Communities Unlimited Episode 5

CU Area Director of Housing Audra Butler joins us again to talk about funding opportunities in rural communities.  How-To's, Pitfalls to avoid, common mistakes, and more...

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Small Talk with Communities Unlimited Episode 4

Communities Unlimited Area Director of Housing, Audra Butler, joins us to talk about the uniqueness that is rural housing.

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Catherine Krantz
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Small Talk with Communities Unlimited Episode 3

In Episode 3 of our broadband series, Area Director of Broadband Catherine Krantz discusses Broadband funding by giving some historical perspective, planning ideas for communities, and discussing what's in the future.

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Small Talk with Communities Unlimited Episode 2

Catherine Krantz, Area Director of Broadband at Communities Unlimited, joins us again to speak to rural communities about preparing for broadband and what you need to know. Also, swiss cheese.

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Small Talk with Communities Unlimited Episode 1

In episode 1, of a 3-episode series, we talk with Catherine Krantz.  Catherine is the Area Director of Broadband at CU and, coming from a rural area herself, has a unique and passionate view on the role of broadband in rural environments.

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