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The Roost Boutique Hotel

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Episode 1: Mississippi's Hotspot of Ocean Springs — The Roost Boutique Hotel

May 11, 2021

BPF travels to the lively, unique and cultured community of Ocean Springs, Mississippi known for its arts and festivals.  Ocean Springs is a hotspot that BPF highlights in this episode with over 200 independent shops, galleries, restaurants and nightlife.  The community captivates visitors with its southern, small town charm and its walkability down streets lined with an oak tree canopy.  In this episode, BPF sits down with the owners of The Roost Boutique Hotel, Ted and Roxy Condrey to hear their success story and how they fell in love with Ocean Springs and made it their permanent home.

Ocean Springs Podcast Ep 2

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Episode 2: Mississippi's Hotspot of Ocean Springs — The Roost Boutique Hotel

May 25, 2021

BPF continues the conversation with Ted and Roxy Condrey of The Roost Boutique Hotel.  In this episode we discuss the community feel of Ocean Springs and how Ted and Roxy balance keeping that charming small town feel with the growth of their properties.  We also dive into the highlights throughout the year in Ocean Springs with its art shows and other annual festivals — all under the street-lined oak canopy in the downtown area.

Entrepreneur Trio

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Episode 3: Mississippi's Hotspot of Ocean Springs — Entrepreneur Trio

 

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.

Douglas Carswell of MCPP

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Episode 1: Douglas Carswell - New President and CEO of MCPP - Former Parliament Member and Brexit Leader

March 9, 2021

BPF has a fascinating conversation with Douglas Carswell on his extraordinary life journey and accomplishments.  Listen in as he compels us Americans to cherish and protect what we have — it's like nothing else in the world.

Episode 2 Douglas Carswell

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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.

Butch Slaughter Podcast

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Episode 1: A Huge Roadblock in Trying To Start a Small Business in the Healthcare Industry

January 26, 2021

BPF sits down with Mississippi Justice Institute (MJI) Director Aaron Rice and client Butch Slaughter, a practicing physical therapist in the Metro Jackson area.  Butch hopes to start a home health agency (HHA), offering services to patients in their own home.  However, Mississippi's current regulations prevent him from doing just that.  Listen to Butch's story and how MJI hopes to help him cut through the red tape.

MJI and Butch Slaughter Episode 2

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Episode2: A Huge Roadblock in Trying To Start a Small Business in the Healthcare Industry

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.

Historic Greenwood

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Small Town Economies and Newspapers: How they can survive and thrive.

October 20, 2020

Tim Kalich, Editor and Publisher of the Greenwood Commonwealth Newspaper and Kelley Williams, Chairman of Bigger Pie Forum sit down to discuss the small town community of Greenwood and the role of the newspaper and the revitalization of downtown spurred on largely by Viking Range, a great home town success story.

Greenwood Podcast Episode 2

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Small Town Economies and Newspapers: How they can survive and thrive.

November 3, 2020

BPF continues the conversation with Tim Kalich of the Greenwood Commonwealth and Kelley Williams of Bigger Pie Forum on the high points of the small town community of Greenwood, Mississippi.

V-J Day 1945

BPF Tribute Podcast:  75th Anniversary of V-J Day

September 2, 2020

Listen in to BPF's tribute podcast with Dr. Harold Caver, a WW II veteran, on the 75th anniversary of V-J Day (Victory Over Japan Day) when Japan surrendered in WW II on September 2, 1945.

Steve Azar Podcast Episode 1

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Episode 1: Music and Cultural Ambassador of Mississippi — Steve Azar

July 14, 2020

Come listen to Steve Azar tell us about his musical career and the Mississippi Delta.  It will surely make you want to take a road trip through the Delta and "vaca" local this summer.

Steve Azar Episode 2

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Episode 2: Music and Cultural Ambassador of Mississippi — Steve Azar

July 28, 2020

In this episode, Steve tells us how his career challenges and struggles led him to make a turn and come home to his Mississippi Delta roots.

Steve Azar Episode 3

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Episode 3: Music and Cultural Ambassador of Mississippi — Steve Azar

August 11, 2020

Join BPF as we listen to Steve Azar tell us his favorites spots for a Mississippi Delta road trip this summer.

BPF Podcast with Jeff Good Episode 1

Episode 1: Restaurateur Jeff Good and Mangia Bene Restaurant Management Group

April 28, 2020

BPF 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.

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Episode 2: Restaurateur Jeff Good and Mangia Bene Restaurant Management Group

May 12, 2020

BPF 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.

The Refill Cafe

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.

DAB Hand Sanitizer

Episode 1: DAB Hand Sanitizer - Technology That Acts Like A Glove

April 7, 2020

Bigger 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.

Dr. Bondurant of DAB Episode 2

Episode 2: DAB Hand Sanitizer - Challenges of Entering the Marketplace

April 14, 2020

BPF continues its important and well-timed conversation with Dr. Sidney Bondurant to discuss the challenges DAB has faced breaking into the marketplace.

BPF Podcast Mississippi's Real Loss Donna Harris

Episode 1: Mississippi's Real Loss — Donna Harris's Weight Loss Program

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.

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Episode 2: Mississippi's Real Loss — Donna Harris's Weight Loss Program

March 31, 2020

BPF continues its conversation with Aaron Rice of MJI and weight loss program entrepreneur Donna Harris.

Aaron Rice of MJI

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.

Entrepreneur Eyebrow Threader Dipa Bhattarai

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.

JCC Episode 1

Episode 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.

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Episode 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 3

Episode 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.

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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.

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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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