THE RURAL ENTREPRENEUR'S GOLD PODCAST & BLOGAMAZING RURAL ENTREPRENEUR STORIES
Do you live in or have a love for rural life and a good rural entrepreneurial success story? If you do, you’re in the right place. Right here you’ll hear stories of the rural entrepreneur’s gold. There is so much awesome happening for ruralpreneurs everywhere. We’re sharing stories from people living in towns of 250 people, some who don’t live in a town at all, and some who live in “larger” small towns. If you’re someone who likes to cheer for the little guy, you’re going to love these impressive stories. My name is Krysti Mikkonen and I invite you to join me each week to hear inspiring stories of people finding their rural gold.
Jill Blashack Strahan used to put together gift baskets and sold them in her Minnesota town as a rural entrepreneur. It grew but wasn’t working as she’d like so she closed the doors. A very successful invite to host a booth at a local event selling some of her basket’s spices, mixes, and sauces led to the creation of Tastefully Simple.
As an 11 year-old with a sewing machine she got in kindergarten, Jordan Phillips raised $6000 in one month to help find a cure after her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. She continues to sell her signature product today as an 18-year old senior in high school. She even had them for sale in over 2000 Walmart Stores. She’s raised over $120,000.
Greg Franklin had no idea that scrolling on Facebook one day onto a picture of a cheesecake would change his life. That picture and accompanying recipe stirred in him the idea to make a cheesecake and 100s of 1000s more cheesecakes. He certainly never expected he would one day own a bakery.
Mitch Reed stands out as leader for his book Cardboard Confessionals. He took an amazing class project and the impact and the power of asking questions in the book Cardboard Confessionals. It changed the lives of many who participated, and it could change yours. The first question asked in the project was, What’s one thing you want to do before you die?
Dot Henke shares her tenacity and drive after becoming an accidental entrepreneur with her pretzel business. You are going to hear a story of a business start-up that was anything but planned. See some businesses just happen when you least expect it, at any age, and at any time in your life.
Holly Hoffman, a cast member of season 21 in Nicaragua shares her CBS Survivor story of life during and after the show that is entertaining, inspiring, motivating, and encouraging. Enjoy the rollercoaster ride of emotions as she shares her story and how she was changed forever in so many unexpected ways.