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Create Bridges: Small Business - Big Rural Impact

Create Bridges AR

Direct from owners, business leaders, industry partners, workforce and community developers, let's explore first hand the joys and pains of operating a small business in rural Arkansas and together CREATE BRIDGES to a stronger economy.CREATE BRIDGES = Celebrating REtail, Accommodations, Tourism, and Entertainment by Building Rural Innovations and Developing Growth Economiesuaex.uada.edu/createbridges

Episode 28: Total Eclipse of the Sun
Oct 28 2021
Episode 28: Total Eclipse of the Sun
In 2017, Casper was on the centerline of the 2017 Eclipse, where 21,000 people descended for spectacular viewing of the eclipse that could be viewed over one-third of the state. In 2024, two-thirds of Arkansas will have the chance to be host to Eclipse viewers as both CREATE BRIDGES regions will be on or within miles of the centerline. What does this mean to our rural communities?On this episode of Small Business, Big Rural Impact, Hazelle Whited takes the podcast over Zoom to Caper, Wyoming, to visit with Brook Kaufman to recap her recent visit to CREATE BRIDGES communities where she presented the “All too real truths about preparing your community for an eclipse.” In this light and casual conversation, Brook reiterates how the 2024 Great American Eclipse can be the once-in-a-lifetime tourism event for many rural Arkansas communities and shares Casper’s experiences leading up to and after the eclipse. Hazelle, in-turn, shares with Brook the immediate impact and follow-up for additional meetings her presentation sparked among communities considering a regional coordinated effort similar to the structure of the 2017 Wyoming Eclipse Festival. Come join us on this episode of CREATE BRIDGES, Small Business Big Rural Impact. Brook Kaufman is the Brook is the CEO of Visit Casper, where she leads the charge to grow the local visitor economy and serves as a member of the Natrona County Commission. While she works on a variety of events year-round, one of the most memorable was the Wyoming Eclipse Festival in 2017. Through Brook's leadership, her community embraced the total solar eclipse, garnered significant media coverage, increased destination awareness and welcomed tens of thousands of travelers from around the world. The Eclipse data Brook mentions in this podcast can be found at BRIDGES in Arkansas – Celebrating REtail, Accommodations, Tourism and Entertainment by Building Rural Innovations and Developing Growth StrategiesRegions: Ozark Foothills (Fulton, Izard, Sharp counties) and 3Cs (Sevier, Little River, and Howard counties)More information on CREATE BRIDGES can be found at
Episode 23: Calico Rock Museum & Visitor's Center
Jul 30 2021
Episode 23: Calico Rock Museum & Visitor's Center
Today’s Guest features Gloriaann Sanders, Executive Director of the Calico Rock Museum and Visitor’s Center, who also serves on the CREATE BRIDGES Regional Steering Committee. The Museum and Visitor’s Center includes several programs such as the Calico Rock Artisans Cooperative, the Tomlinson Art and Science Center, the History Center, Arkansas Main Street of Calico Rock, and The Marketplace Antique Store. When the Center opened in 2007, it had 500 guests annually. Now, it boats 1,000 – 2,000 guests a month. Gloriaann shares how the Museum and Visitor’s center has been an anchor for Main Street development, increased tax revenue for the city and Izard County, and has been catalyst for businesses moving back downtown. The community is now working towards launching an entertainment district that will feature more outdoor activities, dining, and events. Gloriaann said that people don’t accidently end up in Calico Rock, that’s why the community is focused on becoming a destination with activities for the whole family. If your community is interested in downtown revitalization, creating an entertainment district, or improving quality of life, this episode will open your eyes to new ideas and how to act on them.   Keywords: museum, visitors center, calico rock, izard county, create bridges, main street, tourism, entertainment, art, artists, community    calicorockmuseum@gmail.com  105 Main St. Calico Rock, AR 72519 870-297-6100 Additional Resources The Marketplace - Explore Calico -  Calico Rock Main Street -