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Pathways to Rural Prosperity

Welcome to Pathways to Rural Prosperity

The Pathways to Rural Prosperity Podcast provides strategies to empower rural community success and vitality. Hosted by e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems' Don Macke, episodes will feature interviews with cutting edge rural development thought leaders and community practitioners; remarkable entrepreneurs including business, nonprofit, and government professionals; and the learnings of e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems. Connect with Don, learn more about e2, and subscribe!

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Recent Episodes

Welcome to another inspiring episode of Espresso with Entrepreneurs! How often do we get to talk about show cattle taking over a downtown business district? Today, we have the pleasure of hosting Christian Calliham, a distinguished figure from the world of agriculture and entrepreneurship. Christian, known for his founding role in the Aggieville Showdown (and a former YEC participant), joins us to share his journey, insights, and fervor for the intersections of agriculture, Aggieville, and entrepreneurship. We hope you enjoy the episode and, as always, stay inspired and keep brewing success!

In this edition of Pathways to Rural Prosperity Podcast, Don Macke with e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems hosts Ron Zeigler, President and CEO of Community Economic Development Associates or CEDA for short.  Don and Ron’s conversation focuses on CEDA’s current and emerging work with smaller rural communities in the upper Midwest.  CEDA has an innovative service model worthy of consideration and replication in other parts of rural America. Ron is a leader in the field of community economic development and this podcast will explore his journey as well.

Welcome to another episode of "Espresso with Entrepreneurs." In today's episode, we sit

down with lifelong friends and seasoned entrepreneurs, Steve Radley and Erik Pedersen.

Join us as they take us on a captivating journey through their early years in

entrepreneurship, sharing valuable lessons learned along the way…and how those

lessons have served them well in the growth and evolution of NetWork Kansas.

These two do a great job of summarizing the essential lessons learned throughout their

journey, and both add some actionable life-tips from Steve’s Dad, their Mentor and

business partner!

As always, whether you're a seasoned entrepreneur or just starting your own journey,

their stories and lessons are sure to inspire and guide you on your own entrepreneurial

path.

In this edition of Pathways to Rural Prosperity Podcast, Don Macke with e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems hosts Tom Field with the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program.  Tom and the Engler Program are hosted by the University of Nebraska’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources based in Lincoln, Nebraska.  The tag line on the front page of the program’s website is Engler – A New Type of Entrepreneurship.  Tom is a remarkable visionary and is foundational in the inspiring success of the Engler Program, which is growing a new generation of agri-entrepreneurs. The Program is supported by and named after Paul Engler, a remarkable agri-entrepreneur in his own right.

This episode of Pathways to Rural Prosperity features Patti Norris, who is the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Builder supporting all of the GRO communities. After many years working with innovative Silicon Valley ventures, for the past 10 years, Patti has been training and advising hundreds of Oregon businesses as a Business Advisor for the Small Business Development Center and inspiring the next generation of business leaders as a faculty member in the Business and Computer Science departments at Central Oregon Community College. In addition, Patti is an entrepreneur in her own right, having founded and run two businesses and two nonprofit organizations.

This episode of Pathways to Rural Prosperity features Patti Norris, who is the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Builder supporting all of the GRO communities. After many years working with innovative Silicon Valley ventures, for the past 10 years, Patti has been training and advising hundreds of Oregon businesses as a Business Advisor for the Small Business Development Center and inspiring the next generation of business leaders as a faculty member in the Business and Computer Science departments at Central Oregon Community College. In addition, Patti is an entrepreneur in her own right, having founded and run two businesses and two nonprofit organizations.