Bigger Pie Forum – Promoting market-driven economic growth for a bigger and brighter Mississippi.
April 28, 2020BPF talks with Jeff Good on his start in the restaurant business here in Jackson, MS with partner Chef Dan Blumenthal. Jeff talks about upscale dining, farm-to-table, the Jackson market and how they’re still making it happen through the highs and lows.
Episode 2: Restaurateur Jeff Good and Mangia Bene Restaurant Management Group
May 12, 2020BPF continues its conversation with Jeff Good to talk about 3rd party delivery services, customer service and how Mangia Bene continues to grow its business, as well as diversify.
Episode 3: Restaurateur Jeff Good and Mangia Bene Restaurant Management Group
May 25, 2020
BPF continues its dialogue with Jeff Good as he discusses teaming up with Jackson area leaders to form a workforce development café called the Refill Café. The young adult staff is enrolled in a 10-week work training program to help develop skills needed for entering the workforce.
April 7, 2020Bigger Pie Forum has a timely conversation with the folks at DAB Hand Sanitizer. This MS company discusses its sanitizing technology that keeps on working for hours, acting as a protective glove. You can visit their website at dab protects.com.
April 14, 2020BPF continues its important and well-timed conversation with Dr. Sidney Bondurant to discuss the challenges DAB has faced breaking into the marketplace.
March 17, 2020
BPF’s new podcast series is with Aaron Rice of The Mississippi Justice Institute and Donna Harris, a weight loss program entrepreneur. The Mississippi State Board of Health has shut down Ms. Harris’s program claiming giving weight loss advice is unlawful in the state of Mississippi. Listen in to hear about Ms. Harris’s case through The Mississippi Justice Institute.
March 31, 2020
BPF continues its conversation with Aaron Rice of MJI and weight loss program entrepreneur Donna Harris.
Episode 1: Eyebrow Threading in Mississippi — Regulatory Burdens by the Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology
October 22, 2019
BPF’s new podcast series is with Aaron Rice of The Mississippi Justice Institute and Dipa Bhattarai, an eyebrow threading entrepreneur. The Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology has shut down Ms. Bhattarai’s two store locations stating that eyebrow threaders are required to have an esthetician’s license to practice eyebrow threading in the state of Mississippi. This would require Ms. Bhattarai to spend hundreds of hours learning cosmetology methods that threaders do not use or need. Listen in to hear Ms. Bhattarai’s case through The Mississippi Justice Institute.
Episode 2: Eyebrow Threading in Mississippi — Regulatory Burdens by the Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology
November 5, 2019
BPF continues its conversation with Aaron Rice of MJI and eyebrow threading entrepreneur Dipa Bhattarai. In this episode we discuss the major mismatch between the minor risks and the amount of training hours required to accomplish the common sense sanitation measures for public health and how surrounding states have handled the same issue.
September 10, 2019
BPF is starting a new podcast series on the Junior Cadet Corps (JCC) program with Chief Petty Officer Ernest Terry and Sergeant First Class Renthane Smith. The JCC is a middle school program designed to inspire these young people to set a course for success. This program gives students a sense of self-reliance and motivation to complete their education, establish jobs and careers and to be successful, productive citizens. We hope you enjoy listening to the discussion on this very successful program that deserves a closer look.
September 24, 2019
BPF continues its conversation with Officer Terry and Sergeant Smith on the Junior Cadet Corps (JCC) program. In this episode, we discuss the program’s goals and plans to mentor its cadets in navigating middle school and entering high school with valuable life skills and abilities to problem solve and resolve conflict.
October 8, 2019
In this last episode, Officer Terry and Sergeant Smith discuss the JCC Program’s curriculum based on citizenship, leadership and character development — a proven recipe for inspiring middle school students giving them confidence and motivation in education, careers and their lives. Indeed, this is a very successful program and deserves a closer look, especially by school administrators seeking success for their students.
June 18, 2019
From Farm-to-Table by way of Petal, MississippiBigger Pie visits with Ben Simmons on his family farm — Nature’s Gourmet Farm. Their mission is one of stewardship and health with a passion for producing real farm food — Mississippi raised 100% grass fed to finish beef, pastured pork, chicken and eggs without hormones, antibiotics, chemicals or GMO products.
July 2, 2019
BPF continues its conversation with Ben Simmons to talk about their customer base and why Nature’s Gourmet Farm checks all of their boxes for real farm food — clean eating and Mississippi raised.
July 16, 2019
BPF is continuing its discussion with Ben Simmons of Nature’s Gourmet Farm — producers of Mississippi raised 100% grass fed to finish beef, pastured pork, chicken and eggs without hormones, antibiotics, chemicals or GMO products. In this episode, BPF talks with Ben on the challenges and regulatory issues he faces as a small farmer.
July 30, 2019
BPF concludes its discussion with Ben Simmons of Nature’s Gourmet Farm — producers of Mississippi raised 100% grass fed to finish beef, pastured pork, chicken and eggs without hormones, antibiotics, chemicals or GMO products. In this episode, BPF extends its talks with Ben on Mississippi regulatory issues and how Ben accomplishes his mission and passion of producing real farm food.
Episode 5: Craft Economy and Farm-to-Table — MS Ag Commissioner Andy Gipson Talks About Mississippi’s Small Farmers
August 13, 2019
Mississippi’s new Agriculture Commissioner, Andy Gipson, sits down with BPF to discuss Mississippi’s small farmers and the Genuine Mississippi Program. (GenuineMS.com) — Now more than ever people want to know where their food comes from and know they’re buying fresh healthy food for their families. They want to support Mississippi’s local farmers and buying local has become a huge deal. Mississippians are willing to pay a premium to be able to buy local and support their local communities and farmers. The Genuine Mississippi Program provides a list of members who produce fresh locally sourced foods.
Episode 6: Craft Economy and Farm-to-Table — MS Ag Commissioner Andy Gipson Talks About Mississippi’s Small Farmers
August 27, 2019
BPF continues its conversation with Mississippi’s Agricultural Commissioner – Andy Gipson to discuss the support of our local farmers. Now more than ever people want to know where their food comes from and know they’re buying fresh healthy food for their families. They want to support Mississippi’s local farmers and buying local has become a huge deal. Mississippians are willing to pay a premium to be able to buy local and support their local communities and farmers. The Genuine Mississippi Program (GenuineMS.com) provides a list of members who produce fresh locally sourced foods.
April 3, 2019
Talking farm-to-table and what it takes to make it happen here in Mississippi with The Flora Butcher owner — Chef David Raines
April 16, 2019
BPF continues its conversation with Chef David Raines.
March 5, 2019
Talking beer and breweries with Lucky Town Founder and President of the Mississippi Brewers Guild — Lucas Simmons.
Coming March 19, 2019
BPF continues its conversation with Lucas Simmons.
January 8, 2019
BPF is expanding our discussion on the growing impact of the craft economy. In this series, we sat down with Mark Henderson of Lazy Magnolia Brewery – Mississippi’s oldest brewery, even though it’s only been in business since 2005.
January 22, 2019
BPF continues talking with Mark Henderson of Lazy Magnolia Brewery on the hurdles he’s faced as an entrepreneur and how his entrepreneurial spirit demands his commitment.
February 5, 2019
BPF continues talking with Mark Henderson of Lazy Magnolia Brewery on managing a start-up business in a highly regulated industry.
February 19, 2019
BPF continues the craft discussion with tips for creating a more vibrant craft industry through the lessons learned by Mark Henderson of Lazy Magnolia Brewery.
November 20, 2018
An innovative feature of the 21st century has been the emergence of the craft economy which is reinventing industries that have been around for centuries. To learn more about it, we visited with Cathead Distillery.
December 4, 2018
How does Cathead take on highly-capitalized, well-entrenched mega-brand competitors?
December 18, 2018
What are the challenges and lessons of a craft start-up in Mississippi?
July 15, 2018
JROTC – A Program That Works.
JROTC is an upside surprise for inner city schools. JROTC produces exceptional results by providing mentorship, experience and exposure to students. JROTC’s curriculum focuses on leadership skills and character development.
July 15, 2018
JROTC Instructors Bring Passion and Patience
The instructors are the big difference makers to the JROTC program. JROTC instructors’ main goal is to help students finish high school and gaining acceptance into a four year college or university. They accomplish this by instilling life skills – motivating the students to become better citizens.
July 15, 2018
JROTC Students – Shaping Tomorrow’s Leaders
Exposures and experiences for JROTC students are life changing. JROTC students are prepared for a life of leadership. These students reflect on their personal experiences with JROTC and how the program helped prepare them for their chosen careers.