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Aaron Rice of MJIEpisode 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.

Entrepreneur Eyebrow Threader Dipa BhattaraiEpisode 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.

JCC Episode 1Episode 1: The Junior Cadet Corps - A Closer Look At This Very Successful Program

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.

JCC Episode 2Episode 2: The Junior Cadet Corps - A Closer Look At This Very Successful Program

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.

JCC Episode 3Episode 3: The Junior Cadet Corps - A Closer Look At This Very Successful Program

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.

 

Nature's Gourmet Farm

Episode 1: Craft Economy and Farm-to-Table — Nature's Gourmet Farm

June 18, 2019

From Farm-to-Table by way of Petal, Mississippi

Bigger 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.

Nature's Gourmet Farm Episode 2

Episode 2: Craft Economy and Farm-to-Table — Nature's Gourmet Farm

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.

 

 

 

Nature's Gourmet Farm Episode 3

Episode 3: Craft Economy and Farm-to-Table — Nature's Gourmet Farm

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.

 

Ben Simmsons Episode 4

Episode 4: Craft Economy and Farm-to-Table — Nature's Gourmet Farm

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.

 

 

Andy Gipson Episode 5

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.

Ag Commissioner Andy Gipson and Ben Simmons of Nature's Gourmet Farm

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.

Chef David Raines of The Flora Butcher

Episode 1: Craft Economy and Farm-to-Table — The Flora Butcher's lowdown on Wagyu beef

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

The Flora Butcher

Episode 2: Craft Economy and Farm-to-Table — The Flora Butcher's lowdown on Wagyu beef

April 16, 2019

BPF continues its conversation with Chef David Raines.

Lucas Simmons

Episode 1: Starting a Craft Brewery — Hold my beer and watch this!

March 5, 2019

Talking beer and breweries with Lucky Town Founder and President of the Mississippi Brewers Guild — Lucas Simmons.

Lucas Simmons 2

Episode 2: Continuation of Starting a Craft Brewery — Hold my beer and watch this!

Coming March 19, 2019

BPF continues its conversation with Lucas Simmons.

Lazy Magnolia Episode 1

Episode 1: A Risky Venture

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.

Lazy Magnolia

Episode 2: The Hurdles of Entrepreneurship

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.

LM Episode 3

Episode 3: Distribution Battles

February 5, 2019

BPF continues talking with Mark Henderson of Lazy Magnolia Brewery on managing a start-up business in a highly regulated industry.

Lazy Magnolia Episode 4

Episode 4: Entrepreneurial Lessons Learned

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.

Cathead Distillery

The Craft Economy and its Entrepreneurs Episode 1

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.

Cathead Founders Austin Evans and Richard Patrick

The Craft Economy and its Entrepreneurs Episode 2

December 4, 2018

How does Cathead take on highly-capitalized, well-entrenched mega-brand competitors?

Cathead Distillery with Ashby Foote of BPF

The Craft Economy and its Entrepreneurs Episode 3

December 18, 2018

What are the challenges and lessons of a craft start-up in Mississippi?

JROTC Episode 1

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.

JROTC Episode 2

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.

JROTC Episode 3

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.

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