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I am Northwest Arkansas

Randy Wilburn

The I am Northwest Arkansas Podcast covers the intersection of Business, Culture, Entrepreneurship, and Life in Benton and Washington County Arkansas. If you are thinking about moving here or already live here, we've got great inspiring stories, ideas, things to do, places to see, people to meet, and food to eat. Learn why we are one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas of the US.
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Art Reflections of The Black Experience with Kinya Christian in Northwest Arkansas
About this Episode:  It’s not often that we have repeat guests on the podcast, but this week's episode is an exception. Kinya Christian is an Artist and Owner of the https://www.intoviewgallery.com/ (Into + View Art Gallery). Located in Downtown Rogers, https://www.intoviewgallery.com/ (Into + View Art Gallery) is one of only a few black art galleries in Northwest Arkansas. Kinya has worked hard to create a space for underrepresented POC, women, and advanced-age artists.  When we last spoke with https://www.nwaonline.com/news/2020/feb/09/from-1619-to-now-exhibit-considers-race/ (Kinya, she was in the middle of showing the 1619 Project) at her museum and the Rogers Experimental House.  Her current exhibit, ​​Reflections of The Black Experience, an art collection curated is reflective of the African diaspora to the modern-day Black experience in America by local and regional artists. The exhibit will feature a mix of historical research, personal reflections, and creative writing discussing challenging narratives about our collective history. The exhibit begins Friday, February 4, 2022, with an opening reception at INTO+VIEW Art Gallery and Studios, located at 300 N. 2nd St., Rogers, Arkansas. The reception will feature an exclusive wine tasting of Black-owned wineries throughout the United States.  The exhibit will also be at the Rogers Experimental House, located at 121 W. Walnut St., Rogers, Arkansas, February 10, 2022, during the monthly Art on the  Bricks event.  Selections from the exhibit can also be viewed at Java Dudes Coffee Company, 718 N 2nd St., Rogers, Arkansas. All this and more on this episode of I am Northwest Arkansas.   Important Links and Mentions on the Show* Into + View Art Gallery 300 North Second St, Ste A Downtown Rogers, AR https://iamnorthwestarkansas.com/episode-53-kinya-christian-uses-art-to-reveal-why-1619-is-more-than-just-a-number/ (IANWA Episode 53 with Kinya Christian) Kinya Christian Email https://www.linkedin.com/in/kinyachristian (Kinya Christian on LinkedIn) https://www.intoviewgallery.com/ (Into + View Art Gallery) https://www.instagram.com/view_art_gallery/?hl=en (Into + View Art Gallery on Instagram) https://www.kinyachristian.com/ (Kinya Christian Website) https://www.instagram.com/kinyachristian/?hl=en (Kinya Christian on Instagram) https://artventures-nwa.org/ (Art Ventures NWA) https://www.instagram.com/theartfulsomm/?hl=en (The Artful Somm on Instagram) https://www.sdale.org/o/don-tyson-school-of-innovation (Don Tyson School of Innovation) https://www.artsk12.org/ (Arkansas Arts Academy) https://www.facebook.com/javadudescoffeecompany/ (Java Dudes) https://www.arkansaspublictheatre.org/ (Arkansas Public Theatre) https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Food-Truck/Nacho-Taters-102651818542711/ (Mike and Nachos Taters) This episode is sponsored by*: https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) -   https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank) was founded here in Northwest Arkansas in 2005. Their focus is personal and community banking. When you bank with a community bank, you’re investing in local businesses, local entrepreneurs, local charities, and the causes close to home. Signature Bank has worked hard to earn its tagline, “Community Banking at its Best.” You may ask why bank at Signature?  Because they focus on the customer instead of having a branch on every corner, this means you can have your questions answered by a real person, whether you’re reaching out to the call center or your banker’s cell phone. You can access any ATM in the country without fear of a fee.  They will refund all of those fees at the end of every month. Finally, they are constantly improving their digital offerings to ensure you can access the best financial tools from your laptop, phone, or tablet 24 hours a day. Signature Bank of Arkansas is a full-service bank offering traditional checking and savings...
3d ago
37 mins
Simply Dreaming In Northwest Arkansas - Reflections Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
About this Episode:  If he were still alive, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., would be 93 years old. Today, throughout Northwest Arkansas, we celebrate his life through various events and activities.  We thought it would be worth taking a break from our regular programming here at I am Northwest Arkansas to say “Thanks!” to Dr. King for having a Dream that we could ALL aspire to. All this and more on this episode of I am Northwest Arkansas. Important Links and Mentions on the Show* https://share.descript.com/view/DfMMXEU4tVw (Check out the Transcript) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vP4iY1TtS3s (MLK - I Have a Dream Speech - Audio) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixfwGLxRJU8 (MLK - Mountaintop Sermon - Audio) DJ DENZ The Rooster /Christmas in Las Vegas/courtesy of www.epidemicsound.com This episode is sponsored by*: https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) -   https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank) was founded here in Northwest Arkansas in 2005. Their focus is personal and community banking. When you bank with a community bank, you’re investing in local businesses, local entrepreneurs, local charities, and the causes close to home. Signature Bank has worked hard to earn its tagline, “Community Banking at its Best.” You may ask why bank at Signature?  Because they focus on the customer instead of having a branch on every corner, this means you can have your questions answered by a real person, whether you’re reaching out to the call center or your banker’s cell phone. You can access any ATM in the country without fear of a fee.  They will refund all of those fees at the end of every month. Finally, they are constantly improving their digital offerings to ensure you can access the best financial tools from your laptop, phone, or tablet 24 hours a day. Signature Bank of Arkansas is a full-service bank offering traditional checking and savings accounts, investment accounts, business and personal loans, and mortgages. Give the folks at Signature Bank a call (479-684-4700) or visit their websitehttps://www.signature.bank/ ( Signature.Bank) and let them know you heard about them on the I am Northwest Arkansas Podcast.  https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) is a Member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.   http://www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/canva (Canva) -   Are you looking for ways to build a Digital Marketing Strategy from scratch? Whether you need to design things for your family or personal brand or need a versatile design tool to help you with your social media presence. Canva can help.   Need new Business Cards? Canva has you covered.  Need to create and post Social Media images quickly? Canva has you covered. Need to create videos for Social Media and beyond? Canva has you covered. Need to create a sharp-looking resume? Canva has you covered. Need access to more than 3-Million Royalty-Free Images?  Ok, you get the point! Canva covers just about anything you need from a design perspective, and it costs pennies a day to open a Canva Pro account.    Try Canva for FREE today athttp://www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/canva ( IamNorthwestArkansas.com/canva)   Email info@iamnorthwestarkansas.com to learn more about sponsorship opportunities. *Note: some of the resources mentioned may be affiliate links. This means we get paid a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you use that link to make a purchase. Connect more with I am Northwest Arkansas: ●  https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/q5l7r0 ( Join our Email List!) ●     Email Us hello@iamnorthwestarkansas.com ●  Connect with Our Facebook Pagehttps://www.facebook.com/iamnorthwestarkansas/ ( https://www.Facebook.com/iamnorthwestarkansas/) ●     Connect with Our Twitterhttps://twitter.com/@iamnorthwestar1 ( @iamnorthwestar1) ●     Connect with Our...
Jan 17 2022
21 mins
EForAll Is Meeting The Needs Of A Diverse Group of People Who Want To Start And Grow Their Business Here In Northwest Arkansas
About this Episode:  We sat down with Rodrigo Salas and Ana Ortiz from https://eforall.org/ar/northwest-arkansas/ (Entrepreneurship For All NWA) - https://eforall.org/ (EForAll) - to talk about their new program launched recently here in Northwest Arkansas. Founded in Massachusetts, an Entrepreneur started EForAll to serve the underserved regarding business startup advice, guidance, and encouragement.   The program focuses on mentoring and developing the startup entrepreneur. EForAll will introduce you to mentors, and they will take you through Cohort training, where you will learn alongside other entrepreneurs that are just getting started. In addition, EForAll offers a pitch competition where you can develop your presentation skills and learn the best way to share your story with the world in a compelling manner.    All this and more on this episode of I am Northwest Arkansas. Important Links and Mentions on the Show*: Rodrigo Salas Email Ana Ortiz Email https://www.linkedin.com/company/entrepreneurship-for-all (EForAll on LinkedIn) https://eforall.org/ar/northwest-arkansas/ (EForAll NWA Website) https://www.instagram.com/eforallnorthwestar/ (EForAll on Instagram)   This episode is sponsored by*: https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) -   https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank) was founded here in Northwest Arkansas in 2005. Their focus is personal and community banking. When you bank with a community bank, you’re investing in local businesses, local entrepreneurs, local charities, and the causes close to home. Signature Bank has worked hard to earn its tagline, “Community Banking at its Best.” You may ask why bank at Signature?  Because they focus on the customer instead of having a branch on every corner, this means you can have your questions answered by a real person, whether you’re reaching out to the call center or your banker’s cell phone. You can access any ATM in the country without fear of a fee.  They will refund all of those fees at the end of every month. Finally, they are constantly improving their digital offerings to ensure you can access the best financial tools from your laptop, phone, or tablet 24 hours a day. Signature Bank of Arkansas is a full-service bank offering traditional checking and savings accounts, investment accounts, business and personal loans, and mortgages. Give the folks at Signature Bank a call (479-684-4700) or visit their websitehttps://www.signature.bank/ ( Signature.Bank) and let them know you heard about them on the I am Northwest Arkansas Podcast.  https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) is a Member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.   http://www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/canva (Canva) -   Are you looking for ways to build a Digital Marketing Strategy from scratch? Whether you need to design things for your family or personal brand or need a versatile design tool to help you with your social media presence. Canva can help.   Need new Business Cards? Canva has you covered.  Need to create and post Social Media images quickly? Canva has you covered. Need to create videos for Social Media and beyond? Canva has you covered. Need to create a sharp-looking resume? Canva has you covered. Need access to more than 3-Million Royalty-Free Images?  Ok, you get the point! Canva covers just about anything you need from a design perspective, and it costs pennies a day to open a Canva Pro account.    Try Canva for FREE today athttp://www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/canva ( IamNorthwestArkansas.com/canva)   Email info@iamnorthwestarkansas.com to learn more about sponsorship opportunities. *Note: some of the resources mentioned may be affiliate links. This means we get paid a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you use that link to make a purchase. Connect more with I am Northwest Arkansas: ● ...
Jan 10 2022
40 mins
Northwest Arkansas is Sweet on Markham & Fitz Chocolate
About this Episode:  We sat down with Lauren Blanco, the Co-Founder, and CEO of Markham and Fitz Chocolate in Bentonville.  Lauren shared her origin story and how she found success with making Chocolate.  Hear how time spent in war-torn parts of West Africa introduced her to the Cocoa Bean.   Learn how they developed the Markham & Fitz name - hint, they wanted a solid trademark. Discover how Lauren’s mom's baking skills influenced her.   Learn why Dark Chocolate is good for you and why Markham & Fitz uses organic ingredients simply to make their chocolate stand out in the crowded candy bar market. The higher the percentage of chocolate in a bar, the less sugar involved.   According to Lauren, the health benefits of chocolate start in bars with 70 percent or more chocolate.   You can visit their Dessert Bar and Cafe at the https://8stmarket.com/ (8th St. Market in Bentonville) to sample their goodies.  You can also order their chocolate bars and confections online for delivery on their website - https://markhamandfitz.com/ (MarkhamandFitz.com).  And, if that is not enough on Friday afternoons, you can stop by the shop and try out new chocolate offerings before they release them to the public. In addition to ordering the chocolate bars online and at the https://8stmarket.com/ (8th St. Market), you can also find https://markhamandfitz.com/ (Markham & Fitz) Chocolate Bars at https://onf.coop/ (Ozark Natural Foods), https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/ (Whole Foods), and https://www.snacklabnwa.com/ (Snack Labs). All this and more on this “SWEET” episode of I am Northwest Arkansas. Important Links and Mentions on the Show*: Connect with Lauren Blanco via Email https://markhamandfitz.com/ (Markham & Fitz Website) https://www.instagram.com/markhamandfitzchoc/?hl=en (Markham & Fitz on Instagram) https://www.facebook.com/markhamandfitzchocolate/ (Markham & Fitz on Facebook) https://www.instagram.com/p/CWZT_0Ug5Ci/ (The video we did for Markham & Fitz) https://onyxcoffeelab.com/ (Onyx Coffee Lab) Mention the Discount Code: IAMNWA10 for 10 Percent off your Chocolate purchase online at https://markhamandfitz.com/ (Markham & Fitz). This episode is sponsored by*: https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) -   https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank) was founded here in Northwest Arkansas in 2005. Their focus is personal and community banking. When you bank with a community bank, you’re investing in local businesses, local entrepreneurs, local charities, and the causes close to home. Signature Bank has worked hard to earn its tagline, “Community Banking at its Best.” You may ask why bank at Signature?  Because they focus on the customer instead of having a branch on every corner, this means you can have your questions answered by a real person, whether you’re reaching out to the call center or your banker’s cell phone. You can access any ATM in the country without fear of a fee.  They will refund all of those fees at the end of every month. Finally, they are constantly improving their digital offerings to ensure you can access the best financial tools from your laptop, phone, or tablet 24 hours a day. Signature Bank of Arkansas is a full-service bank offering traditional checking and savings accounts, investment accounts, business and personal loans, and mortgages. Give the folks at Signature Bank a call (479-684-4700) or visit their websitehttps://www.signature.bank/ ( Signature.Bank) and let them know you heard about them on the I am Northwest Arkansas Podcast.  https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) is a Member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.   http://www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/canva (Canva) -   Are you looking for ways to build a Digital Marketing Strategy from scratch? Whether you need to design things for your family...
Jan 3 2022
38 mins
2021 A Year In Review in Northwest Arkansas
About this Episode:  We sit down with two good friends of the podcast, Jerra Nalley Toms and Jeremy Tran, to talk about the year that was 2021. We experienced highs and lows this year.  And, there is also a lot to look forward to for the future. This podcast is the first time we have done a year in review episode, and we hope you enjoy it.  As we said in http://www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/151 (episode 151) last week, we have accomplished a lot with the I am Northwest Arkansas podcast in 2021, and we just want to acknowledge our fans and listeners by saying, “Thank You!” All this and more on this episode of I am Northwest Arkansas. Important Links and Mentions on the Show*: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jerranalley (Jerra Nalley Toms) https://www.linkedin.com/in/j-tran1 (Jeremy Tran - IamGastronome) https://iamnorthwestarkansas.com/special-edition-5-new-things-we-are-excited-about-in-northwest-arkansas/ (Five New Things with Jerra Nalley Toms) https://iamnorthwestarkansas.com/a-conversation-with-jeremy-tran/ (Episode 146 with Jeremy Tran and I am Gastronome) https://waltonartscenter.org/holidaze/ (Holidaze) https://www.forgefund.org/ (Forge Fund) https://www.cureate.co/ (Cureate.co) https://www.asamiteashop.com/ (ASAMI Tea) https://waltonartscenter.org/ (Walton Arts Center) https://www.theatre2.org/ (Theater Squared) https://freshgrass.com/bentonville/festival-info/ (Fresh Grass Music Festival) https://onyxcoffeelab.com/ (Onyx Coffee) Lab https://www.bitenwa.com/ (BiteNWA) https://www.linkedin.com/in/olivia-trimble-642413127 (Olivia Trimble and Sleet City Woman) https://www.jjslive.com/ (JJ’s Live) https://www.restaurantnews.com/snoop-dogg-surprises-raising-canes-customers-in-the-drive-thru-111721/ (Snoop Dog at Raising Canes) https://walton.uark.edu/ (Walton College of Business) https://www.livsndesigns.com/ (Livsn Designs) https://onf.coop/ (Ozark Natural Foods) https://www.bikenwa.org/ (BikeNWA) https://www.canoo.com/ (Canoo) https://talkbusiness.net/2021/03/alice-waltons-whole-health-institute-will-build-a-new-medical-school-in-bentonville/ (Whole Health Institute ) https://www.nwafoodbank.org/ (NWA Food Bank) https://nwacouncil.org/onward-ozarks/ (Onward Ozarks with NWA Council) https://www.kuaf.com/programs/ozarks-large (Ozarks at Large and I am Northwest Arkansas) This episode is sponsored by*: https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) -   https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank) was founded here in Northwest Arkansas in 2005. Their focus is personal and community banking. When you bank with a community bank, you’re investing in local businesses, local entrepreneurs, local charities, and the causes close to home. Signature Bank has worked hard to earn its tagline, “Community Banking at its Best.” You may ask why bank at Signature?  Because they focus on the customer instead of having a branch on every corner, this means you can have your questions answered by a real person, whether you’re reaching out to the call center or your banker’s cell phone. You can access any ATM in the country without fear of a fee.  They will refund all of those fees at the end of every month. Finally, they are constantly improving their digital offerings to ensure you can access the best financial tools from your laptop, phone, or tablet 24 hours a day. Signature Bank of Arkansas is a full-service bank offering traditional checking and savings accounts, investment accounts, business and personal loans, and mortgages. Give the folks at Signature Bank a call (479-684-4700) or visit their websitehttps://www.signature.bank/ ( Signature.Bank) and let them know you heard about them on the I am Northwest Arkansas Podcast.  https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) is a Member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.   http://www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/canva (Canva) -   Are you looking for ways to build a...
Dec 27 2021
32 mins
Giving Thanks this 2021 Holiday Season
About this Episode:  Wow, 151 Episodes! Can you believe it? This is a short episode where we share all of the things we are thankful for this holiday season. We have accomplished a lot with the I am Northwest Arkansas podcast, and we just want to acknowledge our fans and listeners by saying, “Thank You!” All this and more on this episode of I am Northwest Arkansas. Important Links and Mentions on the Show*: https://iamnorthwestarkansas.com/episode-109-skills-lab-training-is-preparing-northwest-arkansas-next-generation-for-employment-success/ (Episode 109 with Skill Labs Training) https://iamnorthwestarkansas.com/episode-121-wes-craiglow-and-the-urban-land-institute-are-helping-to-plan-the-future-of-northwest-arkansas/ (Episode 121 with Wes Craiglow and ULI) https://iamnorthwestarkansas.com/episode-122everyone-gets-a-bike-with-pedal-it-forward-nwa/ (Episode 122 with Pedal It Forward) https://player.captivate.fm/ec233b1e-e2c4-44bd-a9e0-d69207a4dc13 (Episode 139 with Daymara Baker) https://iamnorthwestarkansas.com/tag/episode-144/ (Episode 144 with Mycelium) https://iamnorthwestarkansas.com/a-conversation-with-jeremy-tran/ (Episode 146 with Jeremy Tran and I am Gastronome) https://nwacouncil.org/onward-ozarks/ (Onward Ozarks with NWA Council) https://www.nwahomepage.com/lifestyle/good-day-nwa/ (Good Day NWA) https://www.kuaf.com/programs/ozarks-large (Ozarks at Large and I am Northwest Arkansas) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptocurrency (Cryptocurrency) https://www.investopedia.com/terms/b/blockchain.asp (Blockchain) https://www.theverge.com/22310188/nft-explainer-what-is-blockchain-crypto-art-faq (NFT - Non Fungible Tokens) This episode is sponsored by*: https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) -   https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank) was founded here in Northwest Arkansas in 2005. Their focus is personal and community banking. When you bank with a community bank, you’re investing in local businesses, local entrepreneurs, local charities, and the causes close to home. Signature Bank has worked hard to earn its tagline, “Community Banking at its Best.” You may ask why bank at Signature?  Because they focus on the customer instead of having a branch on every corner, this means you can have your questions answered by a real person, whether you’re reaching out to the call center or your banker’s cell phone. You can access any ATM in the country without fear of a fee.  They will refund all of those fees at the end of every month. Finally, they are constantly improving their digital offerings to ensure you can access the best financial tools from your laptop, phone, or tablet 24 hours a day. Signature Bank of Arkansas is a full-service bank offering traditional checking and savings accounts, investment accounts, business and personal loans, and mortgages. Give the folks at Signature Bank a call (479-684-4700) or visit their websitehttps://www.signature.bank/ ( Signature.Bank) and let them know you heard about them on the I am Northwest Arkansas Podcast.  https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) is a Member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.   http://www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/canva (Canva) -   Are you looking for ways to build a Digital Marketing Strategy from scratch? Whether you need to design things for your family or personal brand or need a versatile design tool to help you with your social media presence. Canva can help.   Need new Business Cards? Canva has you covered.  Need to create and post Social Media images quickly? Canva has you covered. Need to create videos for Social Media and beyond? Canva has you covered. Need to create a sharp-looking resume? Canva has you covered. Need access to more than 3-Million Royalty-Free Images?  Ok, you get the point! Canva covers just about anything you need from a design perspective, and it costs pennies a day to open a Canva Pro...
Dec 20 2021
14 mins
Is Cureate the Next Food and Beverage Matchmaker in Northwest Arkansas?
About this Episode:  We recently sat down with Kim Bryden, founder of https://www.cureate.co/ (Cureate), to discuss her organization and the service they provide, “food and beverage supply and demand matchmaking.”  https://www.cureate.co/ (Cureate) is only seven years old, but they have built a three-legged stool of services to help these small businesses grow. https://www.cureate.co/courses-nwa (Cureate Courses) is a cohort model training program. Cureate Connect is a master supplier of local goods. Cureate Consult works with local governments and stimulates economic development for the food and beverage service space.  Cureate, in conjunction with https://www.forgefund.org/ (Forge Fund), is hosting a pitch competition in Northwest Arkansas - Springdale -  with ten members of the https://www.cureate.co/courses-nwa (Cureate Course Cohort).  The competition will net the winner $5K.  This pitch competition promises to be the first of many.  Visit https://www.cureate.co/ (Cureate.co) to learn more about Kim and the Cureate program.   All this and more on this episode of I am Northwest Arkansas. Important Links and Mentions on the Show*: http://kim@cureate.co (Kim Bryden Email) https://www.cureate.co/ (Cureate Website) https://www.instagram.com/cureateco/ (Cureate  Instagram) https://twitter.com/cureateco (Cureate  Twitter) https://www.facebook.com/cureateco (Cureate   Facebook) https://www.linkedin.com/company/cure-ate-/ (Cureate  Linkedin) https://www.instagram.com/cureateco/ (Cureate  Instagram) https://resplendenthospitality.com/ (Resplendent Hospitality) https://khanaindiangrill.com/ (Khana Grill) https://www.leverettlounge.com/ (Leverett Lounge) https://www.lovebitesandbowls.com/ (Bites and Bowls) https://tintosandtapas.com/ (Tinto’s and Tapas) https://purejoyicecream.com/ (Pure Joy) This episode is sponsored by*: https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) -   https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank) was founded here in Northwest Arkansas in 2005. Their focus is personal and community banking. When you bank with a community bank, you’re investing in local businesses, local entrepreneurs, local charities, and the causes close to home. Signature Bank has worked hard to earn its tagline, “Community Banking at its Best.” You may ask why bank at Signature?  Because they focus on the customer instead of having a branch on every corner, this means you can have your questions answered by a real person, whether you’re reaching out to the call center or your banker’s cell phone. You can access any ATM in the country without fear of a fee.  They will refund all of those fees at the end of every month. Finally, they are constantly improving their digital offerings to ensure you can access the best financial tools from your laptop, phone, or tablet 24 hours a day. Signature Bank of Arkansas is a full-service bank offering traditional checking and savings accounts, investment accounts, business and personal loans, and mortgages. Give the folks at Signature Bank a call (479-684-4700) or visit their websitehttps://www.signature.bank/ ( Signature.Bank) and let them know you heard about them on the I am Northwest Arkansas Podcast.  https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) is a Member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.   http://www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/canva (Canva) -   Are you looking for ways to build a Digital Marketing Strategy from scratch? Whether you need to design things for your family or personal brand or need a versatile design tool to help you with your social media presence. Canva can help.   Need new Business Cards? Canva has you covered.  Need to create and post Social Media images quickly? Canva has you covered. Need to create videos for Social Media and beyond? Canva has you covered. Need to create a sharp-looking...
Dec 13 2021
47 mins
Kiva Is Giving Small Business in NWA A Fighting Chance
About the Show:                          We recently sat down with Alvin Singh and Martha Londagin from https://www.startupjunkie.org/ (Startup Junkie) and https://www.kiva-nwa.org/ (Kiva NWA) to discuss small business startups and the micro-lending climate in Northwest Arkansas.  There are so many options available to anyone starting or running a small business here in Northwest Arkansas. Everything from small business coaching and consulting to strategic business advice and technical knowledge.  Unfortunately, not everyone gets access to these services.  Kiva US’ mission is to serve disadvantaged small business owners or start-ups.  Kiva NWA is doing just that right here in Northwest Arkansas.  Hear the whole Kiva story from Martha and Alvin. All this and more on this episode of I am Northwest Arkansas. Important Links and Mentions on the Show*: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marthalondagin (Martha Londagin on LinkedIn) https://www.linkedin.com/in/alvinsingh2 (Alvin Singh on LinkedIn) https://www.facebook.com/KivaNWA/?ref=page_internal (KivaNWA on Facebook) https://www.kiva-nwa.org/ (KivaNWA.org) https://www.startupjunkie.org/ (Startup Junkie) http://asbtdc.org/ (ASBTDC) https://www.forgefund.org/ (Forge Fund) https://eforall.org/ (E-For All) https://communitiesu.org/ (Communities Unlimited) https://www.waltonfamilyfoundation.org/ (The Walton Family Foundation) https://docs.google.com/document/u/0/d/16trof3LxY7eKpi7O2KL1r3W4beUvpxNaUzz8bCqONLs/edit (Martha Londagin Startup Junkie Podcast Episode with IANWA) https://grameenfoundation.org/about-us/leadership/muhammad-yunus (Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank) This episode is sponsored by*: https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) -   https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank) was founded here in Northwest Arkansas in 2005. Their focus is personal and community banking. When you bank with a community bank, you’re investing in local businesses, local entrepreneurs, local charities, and the causes close to home. Signature Bank has worked hard to earn its tagline, “Community Banking at its Best.” You may ask why bank at Signature?  Because they focus on the customer instead of having a branch on every corner, this means you can have your questions answered by a real person, whether you’re reaching out to the call center or your banker’s cell phone. You can access any ATM in the country without fear of a fee.  They will refund all of those fees at the end of every month. Finally, they are constantly improving their digital offerings to ensure you can access the best financial tools from your laptop, phone, or tablet 24 hours a day. Signature Bank of Arkansas is a full-service bank offering traditional checking and savings accounts, investment accounts, business and personal loans, and mortgages. Give the folks at Signature Bank a call (479-684-4700) or visit their websitehttps://www.signature.bank/ ( Signature.Bank) and let them know you heard about them on the I am Northwest Arkansas Podcast.  https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) is a Member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.     http://www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/canva (Canva) -   Are you looking for ways to build a Digital Marketing Strategy from scratch? Whether you need to design things for your family or personal brand or need a versatile design tool to help you with your social media presence. Canva can help.   Need new Business Cards? Canva has you covered.  Need to create and post Social Media images quickly? Canva has you covered. Need to create videos for Social Media and beyond? Canva has you covered. Need to create a sharp-looking resume? Canva has you covered. Need access to more than 3-Million Royalty-Free Images?  Ok, you get the point! Canva covers just about anything you need from
Dec 6 2021
52 mins
10,000 Reasons to Consider Moving to Northwest Arkansas
About the Show:                          We recently sat down with Jaron “Jay” Best. Jaron is a recipient of the Life Works Here initiative put on by the https://nwacouncil.org/ (NWA Council) and made possible by the philanthropic support from the https://www.waltonfamilyfoundation.org/ (Walton Family Foundation).   Jaron learned about the program from a friend while living in Boston working for https://www.keurigdrpepper.com/ (Keurig Dr. Pepper) and decided to throw his hat in the ring to see if he would be chosen.   As of February 2021, the https://findingnwa.com/incentive/ (Life Works Here program) has received more than 26,000 applications from 115 countries and 50 states.  Jaron was one of the first people chosen, and he is glad that it happened. Jaron still works for Keurig Dr. Pepper, and his family relocated from Boston back to Northwest Arkansas. Hear the whole story and learn more about this once-in-a-lifetime program and how it changes the complexion of work in Northwest Arkansas. All this and more on this episode of I am Northwest Arkansas. Important Links and Mentions on the Show*: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jaron-best-a8363226 (Jaron Best on LinkedIn) Jaron Best Email https://www.pizzeriaruby.com/ (Pizzeria Ruby) https://www.facebook.com/HavanaTropicalGrill/ (Havana Tropical Grill) https://findingnwa.com/incentive/ (Life Works Here) https://nwacouncil.org/ (NWA Council) https://www.axios.com/local/nw-arkansas (AXIOS NWA) This episode is sponsored by*: https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) -   https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank) was founded here in Northwest Arkansas in 2005. Their focus is personal and community banking. When you bank with a community bank, you’re investing in local businesses, local entrepreneurs, local charities, and the causes close to home. Signature Bank has worked hard to earn its tagline, “Community Banking at its Best.” You may ask why bank at Signature?  Because they focus on the customer instead of having a branch on every corner, this means you can have your questions answered by a real person, whether you’re reaching out to the call center or your banker’s cell phone. You can access any ATM in the country without fear of a fee.  They will refund all of those fees at the end of every month. Finally, they are constantly improving their digital offerings to ensure you can access the best financial tools from your laptop, phone, or tablet 24 hours a day. Signature Bank of Arkansas is a full-service bank offering traditional checking and savings accounts, investment accounts, business and personal loans, and mortgages. Give the folks at Signature Bank a call (479-684-4700) or visit their websitehttps://www.signature.bank/ ( Signature.Bank) and let them know you heard about them on the I am Northwest Arkansas Podcast.  https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) is a Member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.     http://www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/canva (Canva) -   Are you looking for ways to build a Digital Marketing Strategy from scratch? Whether you need to design things for your family or personal brand or need a versatile design tool to help you with your social media presence. Canva can help.   Need new Business Cards? Canva has you covered.  Need to create and post Social Media images quickly? Canva has you covered. Need to create videos for Social Media and beyond? Canva has you covered. Need to create a sharp-looking resume? Canva has you covered. Need access to more than 3-Million Royalty-Free Images?  Ok, you get the point! Canva covers just about anything you need from a design perspective, and it costs pennies a day to open a Canva Pro account.    Try Canva for FREE today athttp://www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/canva (...
Nov 29 2021
36 mins
There is so much to be Thankful for this Thanksgiving
About the Show:  There is so much to be Thankful for this Thanksgiving. We share our thoughts about this holiday and season we are in here at I am Northwest Arkansas.  We are excited about the future and are looking forward to finishing the year strong.  2022 is going to be Amazing!   We are also thankful for all of the guests that have been on the show. To date, we have released 146 episodes, and each of them is special to us. We wanted to list a few if you wanted one or two during your Thanksgiving Holiday.  Episodes mentioned: https://iamnorthwestarkansas.com/episode-39-voted-most-likely-to-be-a-chef-in-hs-jason-paul-has-created-an-heirloom-that-tastes-so-good/ (39 with Chef Jason Paul from Heirloom) https://iamnorthwestarkansas.com/episode-42-bbq-is-the-only-2ndhand-smoke-that-nate-walls-is-blowing/ (42 with  Nate Walls from 2nd Hand Smoke BBQ) https://iamnorthwestarkansas.com/episode-46-a-collection-like-no-other-a-conversation-with-charlotte-buchanan-yale-from-the-museum-of-native-american-history-in-bentonville/ (46 with the Museum of Native American History in Bentonville) https://iamnorthwestarkansas.com/explore-northwest-arkansas-with-37northexpeditions-com/ (56 with 37Northexpeditions.com) https://iamnorthwestarkansas.com/episode-63-dont-give-up-a-conversation-with-doug-allen-from-joses-bar-and-grill/ (63 with Doug Allen from Jose's Bar & Grill) https://iamnorthwestarkansas.com/episode-75-through-the-looking-glass-with-oculogx-founder-charu-thomas/ (75 with Ox Founder Charu Thomas) https://iamnorthwestarkansas.com/episode-88-andrew-gibbs-dabney-livsn-some-of-the-most-comfortable-pants-in-northwest-arkansas/ (88 with Andrew Gibbs Dabney from LIVSN) https://iamnorthwestarkansas.com/episode-91-chef-erin-rowe-knows-the-ozark-culinary-scene-better-than-anyone-else/ (91 with Chef Erin Rowe from Ozark Culinary Tours) https://iamnorthwestarkansas.com/episode-97-ozark-natural-foods-has-a-new-home-in-the-center-of-fayetteville/ (97 with Ozark Natural Foods the Coop) https://iamnorthwestarkansas.com/episode-109-skills-lab-training-is-preparing-northwest-arkansas-next-generation-for-employment-success/ (109 with Skills Lab Training in Bentonville) https://iamnorthwestarkansas.com/episode-117-amanda-childs-and-community-service-inc-are-keeping-families-strong-in-northwest-arkansas/ (117 with Amanda Childs from Community Service Inc.) That should get you to and from Grandma's house without a problem. ;-) We appreciate all of our listeners and supporters like Signature Bank, Bike NWA, and the individual listeners that keep encouraging us to press "Record!"   Happy Thanksgiving!  This episode is sponsored by*: https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) -   https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank) was founded here in Northwest Arkansas in 2005. Their focus is personal and community banking. When you bank with a community bank, you’re investing in local businesses, local entrepreneurs, local charities, and the causes close to home. Signature Bank has worked hard to earn its tagline, “Community Banking at its Best.” You may ask why bank at Signature?  Because they focus on the customer instead of having a branch on every corner, this means you can have your questions answered by a real person, whether you’re reaching out to the call center or your banker’s cell phone. You can access any ATM in the country without fear of a fee.  They will refund all of those fees at the end of every month. Finally, they are constantly improving their digital offerings to ensure you can access the best financial tools from your laptop, phone, or tablet 24 hours a day. Signature Bank of Arkansas is a full-service bank offering traditional checking and savings accounts, investment accounts, business and personal loans, and mortgages. Give the folks at Signature Bank a call (479-684-4700) or visit their...
Nov 22 2021
28 mins
A Conversation with Jeremy Tran from I am Gastronome
About the Show: On the I am Northwest Arkansas podcast, we talk about the fertile ground for entrepreneurial opportunities in NWA. Whether you like music, art, or hope to create the next Walmart, there is something for everyone willing to hustle and make things happen.  The Food scene in NWA is another place of growth and opportunity. https://www.instagram.com/iamjeremytran/ (Jeremy Tran), the Founder of https://www.instagram.com/iamgastronome/?igshid=11dxhp07yg57a&hl=en (I am Gastronome), is doing his part to advance the culinary scene. Jeremy started I am Gastronome to catalog his experience visiting the excellent local restaurants, food trucks, and events.  This love of food has become a full-time endeavor for Jeremy that has allowed him to sharpen his storytelling around food and the people that create some of the finest recipes and meals in Northwest Arkansas.  Hear all about his entrepreneurial food journey and why you should follow him on social media to stay on top of the food scene.  Your stomach will thank you!  All of this and more on this podcast episode.  Important Links and Mentions on the Show*:Jeremy Tran Email https://www.instagram.com/iamgastronome/ (I Am Gastronome on Instagram) https://www.facebook.com/IAmGastronome (I Am Gastronome on Facebook) https://www.linkedin.com/company/i-am-gastronome/ (I Am Gastronome on LinkedIn) This episode is sponsored by*: https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) -   https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank) was founded here in Northwest Arkansas in 2005. Their focus is personal and community banking. When you bank with a community bank, you’re investing in local businesses, local entrepreneurs, local charities, and the causes close to home. Signature Bank has worked hard to earn its tagline, “Community Banking at its Best.” You may ask why bank at Signature?  Because they focus on the customer instead of having a branch on every corner, this means you can have your questions answered by a real person, whether you’re reaching out to the call center or your banker’s cell phone. You can access any ATM in the country without fear of a fee.  They will refund all of those fees at the end of every month. Finally, they are constantly improving their digital offerings to ensure you can access the best financial tools from your laptop, phone, or tablet 24 hours a day. Signature Bank of Arkansas is a full-service bank offering traditional checking and savings accounts, investment accounts, business and personal loans, and mortgages. Give the folks at Signature Bank a call (479-684-4700) or visit their websitehttps://www.signature.bank/ ( Signature.Bank) and let them know you heard about them on the I am Northwest Arkansas Podcast.  https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) is a Member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.   http://www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/canva (Canva) -   Are you looking for ways to build a Digital Marketing Strategy from scratch? Whether you need to design things for your family or personal brand or need a versatile design tool to help you with your social media presence. Canva can help.   Need new Business Cards? Canva has you covered.  Need to create and post Social Media images quickly? Canva has you covered. Need to create videos for Social Media and beyond? Canva has you covered. Need to create a sharp-looking resume? Canva has you covered. Need access to more than 3-Million Royalty-Free Images?  Ok, you get the point! Canva covers just about anything you need from a design perspective, and it costs pennies a day to open a Canva Pro account.    Try Canva for FREE today athttp://www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/canva ( IamNorthwestArkansas.com/canva)   Email info@iamnorthwestarkansas.com to learn more about sponsorship opportunities. *Note: some of the resources...
Nov 15 2021
44 mins
A Conversation with Dan Robinson from Fayetteville Public Television
About the Show: We sat down with Dan Robinson, Executive Director of Fayetteville, Public TV. Dan is a long-time resident of Fayetteville that has had experience in the local music, radio, and public television scene. He has a big heart to serve the needs of our local community in any capacity at his disposal.  “Giving people the opportunity to produce content without the obstacles of cost or censorship was very exciting to me!” In 2017, following the Fayetteville Public Library model, Dan got Fayetteville Public TV to open up its resources to Benton and Washington County residents for a small annual fee of $50.  Fayetteville Public TV will not only help you use their equipment and studio to produce content, but they will also work with you to determine if you have the right equipment to do what you want to do with video.  You can take courses on content creation to help you bring your video and podcast ideas to life. Fayetteville Public TV also offers edit bays for use in 3-hour increments.  If you want to create something special via video, you need to visit Faypublic.tv to learn more about all of their services.  If you connect with Dan, let him know that you heard about him first on the I am Northwest Arkansas podcast. All of this and more on this podcast episode.  Important Links and Mentions on the Show:Dan Robinson Email http://www.faypublic.tv (Fayetteville Public TV Website) https://www.instagram.com/fptvgram/ (Fayetteville Public TV on Instagram) https://www.facebook.com/FayPublicTV (Fayetteville Public TV on Facebook) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT3Dk_ZPcoR7CeHM_Wwb3QA (Fayetteville Public TV on YouTube) This episode is sponsored by*: https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) -   https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank) was founded here in Northwest Arkansas in 2005. Their focus is personal and community banking. When you bank with a community bank, you’re investing in local businesses, local entrepreneurs, local charities, and the causes close to home. Signature Bank has worked hard to earn its tagline, “Community Banking at its Best.” You may ask why bank at Signature?  Because they focus on the customer instead of having a branch on every corner, this means you can have your questions answered by a real person, whether you’re reaching out to the call center or your banker’s cell phone. You can access any ATM in the country without fear of a fee.  They will refund all of those fees at the end of every month. Finally, they are constantly improving their digital offerings to ensure you can access the best financial tools from your laptop, phone, or tablet 24 hours a day. Signature Bank of Arkansas is a full-service bank offering traditional checking and savings accounts, investment accounts, business and personal loans, and mortgages. Give the folks at Signature Bank a call (479-684-4700) or visit their websitehttps://www.signature.bank/ ( Signature.Bank) and let them know you heard about them on the I am Northwest Arkansas Podcast.  https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) is a Member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.   http://www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/canva (Canva) -   Are you looking for ways to build a Digital Marketing Strategy from scratch? Whether you need to design things for your family or personal brand or need a versatile design tool to help you with your social media presence. Canva can help.   Need new Business Cards? Canva has you covered.  Need to create and post Social Media images quickly? Canva has you covered. Need to create videos for Social Media and beyond? Canva has you covered. Need to create a sharp-looking resume? Canva has you covered. Need access to more than 3-Million Royalty-Free Images?  Ok, you get the point! Canva covers just about anything you need from a design perspective, and it costs pennies a day to
Nov 8 2021
27 mins
Mycelium deploys Wireless Communication Networks on the Blockchain here in Northwest Arkansas
About this Episode:  Everyone is talking about https://www.nerdwallet.com/article/investing/cryptocurrency-7-things-to-know (Cryptocurrency) and the https://www.investopedia.com/terms/b/blockchain.asp (Blockchain), and there are more questions than answers when it comes to an understanding of the asset and technology and how it works.  We are taking our time to learn as much as we can about Crypto and Blockchain, how it has already impacted our lives, and what the future looks like.  We connected with the folks at https://myceliumnetworks.com/ (Mycelium Networks) who are building a robust https://oxen.io/blog/centralized-vs-decentralized-networks (decentralized network) on top of the https://www.helium.com/ (Helium) platform. Anyone can use this decentralized network for various reasons and purposes to communicate and transfer information from one individual or organization to another.   We sit down with Rishi Mittal, the founder of Mycelium Networks, to learn why they put their company stake in the ground here in Northwest Arkansas and what he hopes to accomplish with his company in our region and beyond.  Learn more abouthttps://www.iotacommunications.com/blog/types-of-iot-networks/ ( IoT networks) and how all of us can play a part in expanding this decentralized network, and how it might benefit us in the future.  We discuss https://www.forbes.com/advisor/investing/nft-non-fungible-token/ (NFT’s) as well, although we are planning a future episode to discuss the growth of Non Fungible Tokens and why you should care about them. All this and more on this episode of I am Northwest Arkansas.   Important Links and Mentions on the Show*: Richi Mittal Email Liam La Fargue Email http://myceliumnetworks.com/ (Mycelium Networks Website) https://www.instagram.com/myceliumnetworks/?hl=en (Mycelium Networks Instagram) https://twitter.com/myceliumnwa?lang=en (Mycelium Networks Twitter) https://www.facebook.com/MyceliumNetworks/ (Mycelium Networks Facebook) https://www.linkedin.com/company/myceliumnetworks/ (Mycelium Networks Linkedin)   This episode is sponsored by*: https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) -   https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank) was founded here in Northwest Arkansas in 2005. Their focus is personal and community banking. When you bank with a community bank, you’re investing in local businesses, local entrepreneurs, local charities, and the causes close to home. Signature Bank has worked hard to earn its tagline, “Community Banking at its Best.” You may ask why bank at Signature?  Because they focus on the customer instead of having a branch on every corner, this means you can have your questions answered by a real person, whether you’re reaching out to the call center or your banker’s cell phone. You can access any ATM in the country without fear of a fee.  They will refund all of those fees at the end of every month. Finally, they are constantly improving their digital offerings to ensure you can access the best financial tools from your laptop, phone, or tablet 24 hours a day. Signature Bank of Arkansas is a full-service bank offering traditional checking and savings accounts, investment accounts, business and personal loans, and mortgages. Give the folks at Signature Bank a call (479-684-4700) or visit their websitehttps://www.signature.bank/ ( Signature.Bank) and let them know you heard about them on the I am Northwest Arkansas Podcast.  https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) is a Member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.   http://www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/canva (Canva) -   Are you looking for ways to build a Digital Marketing Strategy from scratch? Whether you need to design things for your family or personal brand or need a versatile design tool to help you with your social media presence. Canva can help.   Need new Business Cards?...
Nov 1 2021
39 mins
A Conversation with Randy Wilburn
About this Episode:  Since starting this podcast back in February of 2019 I have had one great guest after another to feature. We are blessed beyond measure with this podcast. We've made new friends, uncovered great places to hang out, found some fantastic places to eat, and learned what makes Northwest Arkansas tick. Need-a hint? Easy, it is the people that make Northwest Arkansas a great place to live. Crystal Bridges, Devils Den, Beaver Lake, the Museum of Native American History, Theatre Squared, Single Parent Scholarship Fund, The Jones Center, Slaughter Pen, the University of Arkansas, Walmart, B-Unlimited, are all great! These are all FEATURES The BENEFITS are the people. And, our goal is to continue telling their stories as long you will listen. Enjoy this reflective episode, and please let us know what you think.   All this and more on this episode of I am Northwest Arkansas.   Important Links and Mentions on the Show*: Episode 127 with Ben Clark from B-Unlimited https://my.captivate.fm/www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/128 (Episode 128 with Mary Mickel from Resplendent Hospitality) https://my.captivate.fm/www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/129 (Episode 129 with Matthew Micksin from Common and Blue Crane) https://my.captivate.fm/www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/130 (Episode 130 with Jill Dabbs from Downtown Springdale) https://my.captivate.fm/www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/131 (Episode 131 with Tom Gordon from Slim Chickens) https://my.captivate.fm/www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/132 (Episode 132 with Daniel Quin from Look What I Did Podcast) https://my.captivate.fm/www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/133 (Episode 133 with Paul Gatlin from Northwest Arkansas Business Journal) https://my.captivate.fm/www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/134 (Episode 134 with Brandi Harris, Marriage and Family Therapist) https://my.captivate.fm/www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/135 (Episode 135 with Keaton Smith from Partners for Better Housing) https://my.captivate.fm/www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/136 (Episode 136 with Anthony Sumlin, Relationships are Everything) https://my.captivate.fm/www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/137 (Episode 137 with Meredith Lowry, Women-Run Program) https://my.captivate.fm/www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/138 (Episode 138 with Edwin Ortiz from Rejoicy) https://my.captivate.fm/www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/139 (Episode 139 with Daymara Baker from Rockin' Baker) https://my.captivate.fm/www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/140 (Episode 140 with Michael LaSalata from Hellion Bikes) https://my.captivate.fm/www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/141 (Episode 141 with Alex English from Fly XNA)   This episode is sponsored by*: https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) -   https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank) was founded here in Northwest Arkansas in 2005. Their focus is personal and community banking. When you bank with a community bank, you're investing in local businesses, local entrepreneurs, local charities, and the causes close to home. Signature Bank has worked hard to earn its tagline, "Community Banking at its Best." You may ask why bank at Signature?  Because they focus on the customer instead of having a branch on every corner, this means you can have your questions answered by a real person, whether you're reaching out to the call center or your banker's cell phone. You can access any ATM in the country without fear of a fee.  They will refund all of those fees at the end of every month. Finally, they are constantly improving their digital offerings to ensure you can access the best financial tools from your laptop, phone, or tablet 24 hours a day. Signature Bank of Arkansas is a full-service bank offering traditional checking and savings accounts, investment accounts, business and personal loans, and mortgages. Give the folks at Signature Bank a call (479-684-4700) or visit their websitehttps://www.signature.bank/ ( Signature.Bank) and let them know you heard about...
Oct 25 2021
34 mins
Crystal Bridges Year 10
About this Episode:  Our http://iamnorthwestarkansas.com/2 (second episode of the I am Northwest Arkansas podcast) featured one of our community’s most culturally significant anchors here in the Ozarks, https://crystalbridges.org/ (Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art). Sitting on more than 120 beautiful acres in Bentonville, Crystal Bridges has had millions of visitors over the last ten years descend on Bentonville to see a prized art collection that continues to grow and expand.  https://www.forbes.com/sites/reginacole/2019/06/19/wal-mart-money-brings-art-and-architecture-to-an-art-starved-part-of-the-country/ (The brainchild of Sam Walton’s daughter Alice Walton), https://crystalbridges.org/ (Crystal Bridges) has been an oasis of art, culture, and education in the heart of America.  November 11, 2021, will be the tenth anniversary, and we are honored to welcome them back for an update on some of the new things we can expect in the coming years with the significant expansion planned.  You don’t want to miss this episode. All this and more on this episode of I am Northwest Arkansas.   Important Links and Mentions on the Show*: https://crystalbridges.org/ (Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art  Website) https://www.instagram.com/crystalbridgesmuseum/ (Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art  Instagram) https://twitter.com/crystalbridges (Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art  Twitter) https://www.facebook.com/crystalbridgesmuseum/ (Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art  Facebook) https://www.linkedin.com/company/crystal-bridges-museum-of-american-art/ (Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art  Linkedin) https://www.youtube.com/user/CrystalBridgesMuseum (Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art  Youtube) https://www.pinterest.com/crystalbridges/ (Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art  Pinterest) https://www.pinterest.com/crystalbridges/ (Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art  Pinterest)   This episode is sponsored by*: https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) -   https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank) was founded here in Northwest Arkansas in 2005. Their focus is personal and community banking. When you bank with a community bank, you’re investing in local businesses, local entrepreneurs, local charities, and the causes close to home. Signature Bank has worked hard to earn its tagline, “Community Banking at its Best.” You may ask why bank at Signature?  Because they focus on the customer instead of having a branch on every corner, this means you can have your questions answered by a real person, whether you’re reaching out to the call center or your banker’s cell phone. You can access any ATM in the country without fear of a fee.  They will refund all of those fees at the end of every month. Finally, they are constantly improving their digital offerings to ensure you can access the best financial tools from your laptop, phone, or tablet 24 hours a day. Signature Bank of Arkansas is a full-service bank offering traditional checking and savings accounts, investment accounts, business and personal loans, and mortgages. Give the folks at Signature Bank a call (479-684-4700) or visit their websitehttps://www.signature.bank/ ( Signature.Bank) and let them know you heard about them on the I am Northwest Arkansas Podcast.  https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) is a Member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.   http://www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/canva (Canva) -   Are you looking for ways to build a Digital Marketing Strategy from scratch? Whether you need to design things for your family or personal brand or need a versatile design tool to help you with your social media presence. Canva can help.   Need new Business Cards? Canva has you covered.  Need to create and post Social Media images quickly?...
Oct 18 2021
33 mins
5  New Things NWA Food Trucks
Important Links and Mentions on the Show*: The Witching Hour Email https://www.facebook.com/witchinghourfoods/ (The Witching Hour Facebook) https://www.instagram.com/thewitchinghourfood/?hl=en (The Witching Hour Instagram)   https://www.ozarkmountainbagelco.com/ (Oz Bagel on Wheels, Fayetteville Website) Oz Bagel on Wheels, Fayetteville Email https://www.instagram.com/ozarkbagelco/ (Oz Bagel on Wheels, Fayetteville Instagram) https://www.facebook.com/ozarkbagels/ (Oz Bagel on Wheels, Fayetteville Facebook)   https://the-chefs-garage.square.site/?fbclid=IwAR1Rs4jNcSGfj4zB1_5Q6-ms0d7JmrzMWfItkB51iKH1uxAa128E2M-4jBI (The Chef’s Garage, Pea Ridge Website) https://www.instagram.com/thechefsgarage479/ (The Chef’s Garage, Pea Ridge Instagram) https://www.facebook.com/Thechefsgarage/ (The Chef’s Garage, Pea Ridge Facebook) The Chef’s Garage, Pea Ridge Email https://www.facebook.com/thenoodlemanbville/ (The Noodle Man, Bentonville Facebook) https://www.instagram.com/thenoodlemanbville/?fbclid=IwAR0zDZU-dpvTXyThVLpkXf161uQ2YvrR6WCBVuMFYFgJU6WZliQvqw5PSVU (The Noodle Man, Bentonville Instagram) The Noodle Man, Bentonville Email http://www.pinoylicious.com/ (Pinoylicious, Rogers Website) https://www.facebook.com/nwapinoylicious/ (Pinoylicious, Rogers Facebook) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzjpPFtyoU8 (Pinoylicious, Rogers Youtube) Contact Information for Jerry Nalley Toms: https://www.instagram.com/jerranalleytoms/ (Jerry Nalley Toms Instagram) https://www.linkedin.com/in/jerranalley/ (Jerry Nalley Toms LinkedIn)   This episode is sponsored by*: https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) -   https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank) was founded here in Northwest Arkansas in 2005. Their focus is personal and community banking. When you bank with a community bank, you’re investing in local businesses, local entrepreneurs, local charities, and the causes close to home. Signature Bank has worked hard to earn its tagline, “Community Banking at its Best.” You may ask why bank at Signature?  Because they focus on the customer instead of having a branch on every corner, this means you can have your questions answered by a real person, whether you’re reaching out to the call center or your banker’s cell phone. You can access any ATM in the country without fear of a fee.  They will refund all of those fees at the end of every month. Finally, they are constantly improving their digital offerings to ensure you can access the best financial tools from your laptop, phone, or tablet 24 hours a day. Signature Bank of Arkansas is a full-service bank offering traditional checking and savings accounts, investment accounts, business and personal loans, and mortgages. Give the folks at Signature Bank a call (479-684-4700) or visit their websitehttps://www.signature.bank/ ( Signature.Bank) and let them know you heard about them on the I am Northwest Arkansas Podcast.  https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) is a Member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.   http://www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/canva (Canva) -   Are you looking for ways to build a Digital Marketing Strategy from scratch? Whether you need to design things for your family or personal brand or need a versatile design tool to help you with your social media presence. Canva can help.   Need new Business Cards? Canva has you covered.  Need to create and post Social Media images quickly? Canva has you covered. Need to create videos for Social Media and beyond? Canva has you covered. Need to create a sharp-looking resume? Canva has you covered. Need access to more than 3-Million Royalty-Free Images?  Ok, you get the point! Canva covers just about anything you need from a design perspective, and it costs pennies a day to open a Canva Pro account.    Try Canva for FREE today athttp://www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/canva (...
Oct 14 2021
22 mins
Fly XNA with Alex Holder English
About this Episode: The pandemic has been delayed or postponed a lot over the last 20 months and today’s episode is no exception. We originally sat down with Alex Holder English, Public Relations and Marketing Specialist with XNA Northwest Arkansas National Airport, in February 2020. Rob Smith from the NWA Council joined us as well. We had a great conversation about the growth and trajectory of the airport and the region as a whole. We planned to release that episode but then air travel around the nation ground to a halt so we decided to delay the release of this episode.  Fast forward 20 months and we found time to sit down with Alex and discuss some of the changes to air travel and updates that have been made at the airport including the upcoming airport expansion and facelift that will make it easier to enter the terminal from the parking lot and parking garage.  If you’ve ever had a question about the airport or what airlines will be coming our way - We’re looking at you Southwest - this is the podcast episode to listen to.  Alex doesn’t disappoint. All this and more on this episode of I am Northwest Arkansas. Important Links and Mentions on the Show*: Alex English Email Rob Smith Email http://flyxna.com (Fly XNA Website) https://www.instagram.com/flyxna/ (Fly XNA Instagram) https://twitter.com/flyxna (Fly XNA Twitter) https://www.facebook.com/flyxna (Fly XNA Facebook) https://www.linkedin.com/company/northwest-arkansas-regional-airport/ (Fly XNA Linkedin)   This episode is sponsored by*: https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) -   https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank) was founded here in Northwest Arkansas in 2005. Their focus is personal and community banking. When you bank with a community bank, you’re investing in local businesses, local entrepreneurs, local charities, and the causes close to home. Signature Bank has worked hard to earn its tagline, “Community Banking at its Best.” You may ask why bank at Signature?  Because they focus on the customer instead of having a branch on every corner, this means you can have your questions answered by a real person, whether you’re reaching out to the call center or your banker’s cell phone. You can access any ATM in the country without fear of a fee.  They will refund all of those fees at the end of every month. Finally, they are constantly improving their digital offerings to ensure you can access the best financial tools from your laptop, phone, or tablet 24 hours a day. Signature Bank of Arkansas is a full-service bank offering traditional checking and savings accounts, investment accounts, business and personal loans, and mortgages. Give the folks at Signature Bank a call (479-684-4700) or visit their websitehttps://www.signature.bank/ ( Signature.Bank) and let them know you heard about them on the I am Northwest Arkansas Podcast.  https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) is a Member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.   http://www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/canva (Canva) -   Are you looking for ways to build a Digital Marketing Strategy from scratch? Whether you need to design things for your family or personal brand or need a versatile design tool to help you with your social media presence. Canva can help.   Need new Business Cards? Canva has you covered.  Need to create and post Social Media images quickly? Canva has you covered. Need to create videos for Social Media and beyond? Canva has you covered. Need to create a sharp-looking resume? Canva has you covered. Need access to more than 3-Million Royalty-Free Images?  Ok, you get the point! Canva covers just about anything you need from a design perspective, and it costs pennies a day to open a Canva Pro account.    Try Canva for FREE today athttp://www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/canva ( IamNorthwestArkansas.com/canva)   Email...
Oct 11 2021
38 mins
Hellion - A New Breed of BMX Bikes Being Built Here in Northwest Arkansas
About this Episode:    All this and more on this episode of I am Northwest Arkansas.   Important Links and Mentions on the Show*: Michael LaSalata Email http://www.hellionbikesllc.com (Hellion Bikes Website) https://www.instagram.com/hellionbikesllc/?hl=en (Hellion Bikes Instagram) https://twitter.com/bikeshellion?lang=en (Hellion Bikes Twitter) https://www.facebook.com/hellionbikellc (Hellion Bikes Facebook)   This episode is sponsored by*: https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) -   https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank) was founded here in Northwest Arkansas in 2005. Their focus is personal and community banking. When you bank with a community bank, you’re investing in local businesses, local entrepreneurs, local charities, and the causes close to home. Signature Bank has worked hard to earn its tagline, “Community Banking at its Best.” You may ask why bank at Signature?  Because they focus on the customer instead of having a branch on every corner, this means you can have your questions answered by a real person, whether you’re reaching out to the call center or your banker’s cell phone. You can access any ATM in the country without fear of a fee.  They will refund all of those fees at the end of every month. Finally, they are constantly improving their digital offerings to ensure you can access the best financial tools from your laptop, phone, or tablet 24 hours a day. Signature Bank of Arkansas is a full-service bank offering traditional checking and savings accounts, investment accounts, business and personal loans, and mortgages. Give the folks at Signature Bank a call (479-684-4700) or visit their websitehttps://www.signature.bank/ ( Signature.Bank) and let them know you heard about them on the I am Northwest Arkansas Podcast.  https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) is a Member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.   http://www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/canva (Canva) -   Are you looking for ways to build a Digital Marketing Strategy from scratch? Whether you need to design things for your family or personal brand or need a versatile design tool to help you with your social media presence. Canva can help.   Need new Business Cards? Canva has you covered.  Need to create and post Social Media images quickly? Canva has you covered. Need to create videos for Social Media and beyond? Canva has you covered. Need to create a sharp-looking resume? Canva has you covered. Need access to more than 3-Million Royalty-Free Images?  Ok, you get the point! Canva covers just about anything you need from a design perspective, and it costs pennies a day to open a Canva Pro account.    Try Canva for FREE today athttp://www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/canva ( IamNorthwestArkansas.com/canva)   Email info@iamnorthwestarkansas.com to learn more about sponsorship opportunities. *Note: some of the resources mentioned may be affiliate links. This means we get paid a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you use that link to make a purchase. Connect more with I am Northwest Arkansas: ●  https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/q5l7r0 (   Join our Email List!) ●     Email Us hello@iamnorthwestarkansas.com ●  Connect with Our Facebook Pagehttps://www.facebook.com/iamnorthwestarkansas/ ( https://www.Facebook.com/iamnorthwestarkansas/) ●     Connect with Our Twitterhttps://twitter.com/@iamnorthwestar1 ( @iamnorthwestar1) ●     Connect with Our Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/iamnorthwestarkansas ( @iamnorthwestarkansas) ●    Join The Facebook Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/iamnorthwestarkansas ( https://www.Facebook.com/groups/iamnorthwestarkansas) ●     Connect with our Fearless Hosthttps://www.linkedin.com/in/randywilburn/ ( Randy Wilburn on LinkedIn) Thank you for...
Oct 4 2021
28 mins
5 New Things We Are Excited about in Northwest Arkansas - Taquerias
Important Links and Mentions on the Show*: https://www.taqueriaguanajuatonwa.com/contact#EmailUs (Taqueria Guanajuato Email) https://www.taqueriaguanajuatonwa.com/ (Taqueria Guanajuato Website) https://www.facebook.com/TaqueriaDonGuero (Taqueria Don Guero, Springdale Facebook) Taqueria Don Guero, Springdale Email https://www.instagram.com/donguero.taqueria/?hl=en (Taqueria Don Guero, Springdale Instagram) https://www.facebook.com/rollintaco2018/ (Cacahuzintle Un Pedacito de Mexico aka Rolling Taco, Bentonville Facebook) https://www.restaurantji.com/ar/bentonville/cacahuzintle-un-pedacito-de-mexico-/ (Cacahuzintle Un Pedacito de Mexico aka Rolling Taco, Bentonville Website) https://www.instagram.com/rolling.taco/ (Cacahuzintle Un Pedacito de Mexico aka Rolling Taco, Bentonville Instagram) https://www.facebook.com/taquerialeos/ (Taqueria Leo’s, Fayetteville Facebook) https://charlystaqueria.com/ (Charly’s Taqueria, Springdale) https://www.facebook.com/Charlyspringdale/ (Charly’s Taqueria, Springdale Facebook)   Contact Information for Jerry Nalley Toms: https://www.instagram.com/jerranalleytoms/ (Jerry Nalley Toms Instagram) https://www.linkedin.com/in/jerranalley/ (Jerry Nalley Toms LinkedIn)   This episode is sponsored by*: https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) -   https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank) was founded here in Northwest Arkansas in 2005. Their focus is personal and community banking. When you bank with a community bank, you’re investing in local businesses, local entrepreneurs, local charities, and the causes close to home. Signature Bank has worked hard to earn its tagline, “Community Banking at its Best.” You may ask why bank at Signature?  Because they focus on the customer instead of having a branch on every corner, this means you can have your questions answered by a real person, whether you’re reaching out to the call center or your banker’s cell phone. You can access any ATM in the country without fear of a fee.  They will refund all of those fees at the end of every month. Finally, they are constantly improving their digital offerings to ensure you can access the best financial tools from your laptop, phone, or tablet 24 hours a day. Signature Bank of Arkansas is a full-service bank offering traditional checking and savings accounts, investment accounts, business and personal loans, and mortgages. Give the folks at Signature Bank a call (479-684-4700) or visit their websitehttps://www.signature.bank/ ( Signature.Bank) and let them know you heard about them on the I am Northwest Arkansas Podcast.  https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) is a Member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.   http://www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/canva (Canva) -   Are you looking for ways to build a Digital Marketing Strategy from scratch? Whether you need to design things for your family or personal brand or need a versatile design tool to help you with your social media presence. Canva can help.   Need new Business Cards? Canva has you covered.  Need to create and post Social Media images quickly? Canva has you covered. Need to create videos for Social Media and beyond? Canva has you covered. Need to create a sharp-looking resume? Canva has you covered. Need access to more than 3-Million Royalty-Free Images?  Ok, you get the point! Canva covers just about anything you need from a design perspective, and it costs pennies a day to open a Canva Pro account.    Try Canva for FREE today athttp://www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/canva ( IamNorthwestArkansas.com/canva)   Email info@iamnorthwestarkansas.com to learn more about sponsorship opportunities. *Note: some of the resources mentioned may be affiliate links. This means we get paid a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you use that link to make a purchase. Connect more with I am Northwest Arkansas:
Oct 1 2021
24 mins
Daymara is a Baker with Purpose
About this Episode:  We recently sat down with Daymara Baker of Rockin Baker to learn more about her transition from Corporate America to starting an Artisan Bakery in Fayetteville.   Daymara decided that she wouldn’t play around, and she attended the San Francisco Baking Institute to learn how to bake artisan bread.  And, if that wasn’t enough, Daymara apprenticed in a Cincinnati bakery to learn what it was like to work in and run a commercial bakery. Her passion and desire to be successful ran so deep that even the person running the Baking Institute in SF took her under his wing to help guide her as she got Rockin Baker off the ground.  In addition to many experts in the baking field, Daymara connected with local entrepreneurs Hannah Withers and her husband Ben Gitchel, former owners of the Little Bread Company and current owners of Leverett Lounge and Maxine’s Tap Room,  to get some advice for starting Rockin Baker based on her dream to create a positive work environment and create an opportunity for young people to work in the bakery and learn how to move forward in their careers and in life.   Daymara is on to something and has figured out a way to make great bread and build a Social Enterprise in the process.  The sourdough bread and the Jalapeño Bread are worth the price of admission. They even have a Bread Club at Rockin Baker, where you can order a couple of fresh loaves every week.        Please consider visiting Daymara and her team and tell them that the good folks at I am Northwest Arkansas sent you! All this and more on this episode of I am Northwest Arkansas. Important Links and Mentions on the Show*: Daymara Baker Email Rockin' Baker Email http://www.rockinbaker.org (Rockin' Baker Website) http://www.instagram.com/rockinbaker (Rockin' Baker Instagram) http://www.twitter.com/rockinbaker (Rockin' Baker Twitter) http://www.linkedin.com/company/rockin-baker-academy (Rockin' Baker LinkedIn) http://www.facebook.com/rockinbaker (Rockin' Baker Facebook)   This episode is sponsored by*: https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) -   https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank) was founded here in Northwest Arkansas in 2005. Their focus is personal and community banking. When you bank with a community bank, you’re investing in local businesses, local entrepreneurs, local charities, and the causes close to home. Signature Bank has worked hard to earn its tagline, “Community Banking at its Best.” You may ask why bank at Signature?  Because they focus on the customer instead of having a branch on every corner, this means you can have your questions answered by a real person, whether you’re reaching out to the call center or your banker’s cell phone. You can access any ATM in the country without fear of a fee.  They will refund all of those fees at the end of every month. Finally, they are constantly improving their digital offerings to ensure you can access the best financial tools from your laptop, phone, or tablet 24 hours a day. Signature Bank of Arkansas is a full-service bank offering traditional checking and savings accounts, investment accounts, business and personal loans, and mortgages. Give the folks at Signature Bank a call (479-684-4700) or visit their websitehttps://www.signature.bank/ ( Signature.Bank) and let them know you heard about them on the I am Northwest Arkansas Podcast.  https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) is a Member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.   http://www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/canva (Canva) -   Are you looking for ways to build a Digital Marketing Strategy from scratch? Whether you need to design things for your family or personal brand or need a versatile design tool to help you with your social media presence. Canva can help.   Need new Business Cards? Canva has you covered. ...
Sep 27 2021
32 mins

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