May 11, 2021
May 25, 2021
June 8, 2021
BPF turns off of Porter Avenue and heads for the corner of Washington Avenue and Government Street — the heart of downtown Ocean Springs, where the local shops, art galleries, restaurants, bars and music bring the town to life. It's here that we sit down with three successful entrepreneurs — Adria Maxwell of Seaside Fitness, Chris Collier of The Office Bar & Lounge and Ken Williams of Mosaic and The Beer House — to hear their stories and perspectives on why Ocean Springs has become such a hotspot in Mississippi.
Episode 1: Douglas Carswell - New President and CEO of MCPP - Former Parliament Member and Brexit Leader
March 9, 2021
Episode 2: Douglas Carswell - New President and CEO of MCPP - Former Parliament Member and Brexit Leader
March 23, 2021
BPF continues the discussion with Douglas Carswell on America's exceptionalism, his decision to move to the U.S. and why Mississippi specifically.
January 26, 2021
February 9, 2021
BPF continues its conversation with Mississippi Justice Institute (MJI) Director Aaron Rice and client Butch Slaughter, a physical therapist who is challenging Mississippi’s regulations that are preventing him from opening his own home health agency. Listen to the backstory on Certificates of Need, the need for regulatory reform and how they stymie not only competition, but access to health care, lower costs and a higher level of service for the people of Mississippi.
October 20, 2020
November 3, 2020
September 2, 2020
July 14, 2020
July 28, 2020
April 28, 2020
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, 2020
April 14, 2020
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.
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, Mississippi
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
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 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.
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.