Entrepreneurship on the RISE

RISE Collaborative

Entrepreneurship on the RISE, hosted by RISE Collaborative, tells the story of change-makers to advance the knowledge for rural ecosystem building. In each episode of this limited series, co-hosts Lauren Mathena and Jacob Dolence speak with industry leaders in Southern Virginia and across the country to hear how they are building up their local communities. Learn more at https://sovarise.com/

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Sheri McGuire on The Ever-Evolving Nature of Rural Ecosystem Building
Aug 30 2022
Sheri McGuire on The Ever-Evolving Nature of Rural Ecosystem Building
You can't control an entrepreneurial ecosystem. It has its own form, its own life. It's the magic that happens when certain things and people come together. On episode 10 of the  Entrepreneurship on the RISE podcast, one of those people, Longwood Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Executive Director Sheri McGuire, joins us to talk about the ever-evolving nature of rural ecosystem building and how a strong ecosystem benefits not only entrepreneurs and business-owners, but entire communities as well.RISE Collaborative is striving to create a more inclusive and vibrant regional economy in which makers, entrepreneurs, innovators, and service providers interact organically and collaboratively. Our mission is to enhance equity and access to entrepreneurship and innovation for people who have been underserved based on geographic location (anyone who lives, works, or owns a business in Southern Virginia) and for people who have been underrepresented based on race, gender, religion, or other factors.In this episode of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast, Jacob and Lauren, joined by their guest Sheri McGuire, share the parallels between entrepreneurial ecosystem building and Sheri’s interest in music and baking. They also discuss the importance of in-person connection and relationship-building, and how the future of ecosystem building hinges on the ability to leverage both in-person and virtual relationships. Some of the talking points we go over in this episode include:How the pandemic allowed them to serve more small businesses through virtual training.Navigating the different needs based on the location of the business since there’s such a large geography in Southern Virginia Linking and leveraging assets as one of the key skills in strategic doing.How the shift on outcomes has evolved over the years.Some ways that work in bringing awareness to the support available to small businesses.The right mix of ingredients that are needed for connections that will make an impact in rural communities.Advice for other ecosystem builders and how to use your personality to bring your unique power to the table. Ways in which organizations like SBDC can help close the gap in racial injustice by offering support and a seat for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC).Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, take a screenshot of the episode to post in your stories and tag us!  And don’t forget to follow, rate and review the podcast and tell me your key takeaways!Learn more about RISE Collaborative at  CONNECT WITH SHERI MCGUIRE:SBDC LongwoodLinkedInLINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Startup Champions Strategic Doing by Edward Morrison Big Magic by Elizabeth GilbertThe Daily StoicStartup Community by Brad FeldWaking Up White by Debby Irving
Sheri McGuire on The Ever-Evolving Nature of Rural Ecosystem Building
Aug 30 2022
Sheri McGuire on The Ever-Evolving Nature of Rural Ecosystem Building
You can't control an entrepreneurial ecosystem. It has its own form, its own life. It's the magic that happens when certain things and people come together. On episode 10 of the  Entrepreneurship on the RISE podcast, one of those people, Longwood Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Executive Director Sheri McGuire, joins us to talk about the ever-evolving nature of rural ecosystem building and how a strong ecosystem benefits not only entrepreneurs and business-owners, but entire communities as well.RISE Collaborative is striving to create a more inclusive and vibrant regional economy in which makers, entrepreneurs, innovators, and service providers interact organically and collaboratively. Our mission is to enhance equity and access to entrepreneurship and innovation for people who have been underserved based on geographic location (anyone who lives, works, or owns a business in Southern Virginia) and for people who have been underrepresented based on race, gender, religion, or other factors.In this episode of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast, Jacob and Lauren, joined by their guest Sheri McGuire, share the parallels between entrepreneurial ecosystem building and Sheri’s interest in music and baking. They also discuss the importance of in-person connection and relationship-building, and how the future of ecosystem building hinges on the ability to leverage both in-person and virtual relationships. Some of the talking points we go over in this episode include:How the pandemic allowed them to serve more small businesses through virtual training.Navigating the different needs based on the location of the business since there’s such a large geography in Southern Virginia Linking and leveraging assets as one of the key skills in strategic doing.How the shift on outcomes has evolved over the years.Some ways that work in bringing awareness to the support available to small businesses.The right mix of ingredients that are needed for connections that will make an impact in rural communities.Advice for other ecosystem builders and how to use your personality to bring your unique power to the table. Ways in which organizations like SBDC can help close the gap in racial injustice by offering support and a seat for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC).Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, take a screenshot of the episode to post in your stories and tag us!  And don’t forget to follow, rate and review the podcast and tell me your key takeaways!Learn more about RISE Collaborative at  CONNECT WITH SHERI MCGUIRE:SBDC LongwoodLinkedInLINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Startup Champions Strategic Doing by Edward Morrison Big Magic by Elizabeth GilbertThe Daily StoicStartup Community by Brad FeldWaking Up White by Debby Irving
Baylie Evans on Generating Investment in Rural Entrepreneurs
Aug 23 2022
Baylie Evans on Generating Investment in Rural Entrepreneurs
What every ecosystem needs is a connector that builds this vast network of open doors for more and more people to access different people and resources they were never able to before. This week, episode 9 of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast is about building networking loops! RISE Collaborative is striving to create a more inclusive and vibrant regional economy in which makers, entrepreneurs, innovators, and service providers interact organically and collaboratively. Our mission is to enhance equity and access to entrepreneurship and innovation for people who have been under served based on geographic location (anyone who lives, works, or owns a business in Southern Virginia) and for people who have been underrepresented based on race, gender, religion, or other factors. We are doing this by creating regionally-relevant incubator services and accelerator programs that can be accessed at many locations across our service area.In this episode of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast, Jacob and Lauren, joined by their guest Baylie Evans are sharing the importance of creating programs that connect people together for the greater good and how thinking outside of the box can drive recruitment numbers for programs in rural communities. Some of the talking points we go over in this episode include:How Baylie uses the networking opportunities she has had throughout her career to continue to connect people in her current role.Using solution-driven marketing to peak interest in programs for entrepreneurs. Thinking out of the box and recruiting individuals who may have never considered themselves an entrepreneur or someone with a startup. How the gBETA program helps businesses grow in ways they never thought possible. Emerging opportunities for business in rural America, specifically Wyoming. Connectivity is key to building a community of entrepreneurial success. Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, take a screenshot of the episode to post in your stories and tag us!  And don’t forget to follow, rate and review the podcast and tell me your key takeaways!Learn more about RISE Collaborative at  CONNECT WITH GENER8TOR AND GBETA:Genert8orgBETALINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: The Lean StartupVenture DealsMade to StickJoe Kirgues on Supporting the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs
Warren Reid on Present, Community-Centered Leadership
Aug 16 2022
Warren Reid on Present, Community-Centered Leadership
Not everyone has the privilege to travel the world, so it is even more important for the ones that can to bring some of that knowledge and perspective back to their small towns for the greater benefit. This week, episode 8 of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast is about present, community-centered leadership! CO.STARTERS Generator is a modular self-paced program that helps middle school, high school, and college students explore their passions through generating, testing, and launching ideas for businesses and social ventures. With the ability to participate individually or with a classroom or community group, CO.STARTERS Generator is a great way to inspire youth with the vision, enthusiasm, and tenacity needed to move from idea to action. In this episode of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast, Jacob and Lauren, joined by their guest Warren Reid are sharing the ways in which Warren’s life growing up in an entrepreneurship family has lead him to become a natural leader himself and the importance of being yourself and following your own path to success. Some of the talking points we go over in this episode include:How traveling the world has influenced his role as a community leader. What it means to be a present leader and how that impacts the relationships you have with the people you serve.  Warren’s vision for what the future of Farmville and surrounding counties could look like if they came together to support one another. Preparing our future leaders to be true to themselves, stand up for themselves, and follow their dreams without walking in someone else’s shadow. Advice for entrepreneurs that isn’t taught in school and how the education system can improve to better prepare our future entrepreneurs. Be the best person you can be. You don’t have to follow a strict path in order to succeed because as long as you stay true to yourself, you can make it happen without following the grain.  Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, take a screenshot of the episode to post in your stories and tag us!  And don’t forget to follow, rate and review the podcast and tell me your key takeaways!Learn more about RISE Collaborative at  CONNECT WITH WARREN REID:WebsiteFacebookLinkedInTwitterLINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Tabitha Brown
Tad Deriso on Getting Connected within your Region
Aug 9 2022
Tad Deriso on Getting Connected within your Region
Connectivity is a key consideration when it comes to bringing new people, businesses, and job markets to the region and MBC works to do just that. That’s why episode 7 of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast is about how MBC is allowing our region to get connected!CO.STARTERS Generator is a modular self-paced program that helps middle school, high school, and college students explore their passions through generating, testing, and launching ideas for businesses and social ventures. With the ability to participate individually or with a classroom or community group, CO.STARTERS Generator is a great way to inspire youth with the vision, enthusiasm, and tenacity needed to move from idea to action. In this episode of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast, Jacob and Lauren, joined by their guest Tad Deriso are sharing what you can expect to see from MBC in the near future and how learning from your mistakes not only allows you to grow as a person, but allows you to better provide for the communities you serve. Some of the talking points we go over in this episode include:The ways in which Tad’s role and the ecosystem has shifted during his time working with MBC. How connectivity creates a pathway to bring jobs to the area. What we cam expect to see in terms of universal broadband over the next 2-5 years. What digital equity means for a community and how to get involved. How MBC and Microsoft are coming together through the SOVA Innovation Hub to better serve the people in the region. The skills and mindsets we should be instilling in our students to prepare them for the job market. Learning to accept your mistakes in order to learn and grow from them. Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, take a screenshot of the episode to post in your stories and tag us!  And don’t forget to follow, rate and review the podcast and tell me your key takeaways!Learn more about RISE Collaborative at  CONNECT WITH TAD DERISO:Linkedin LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:Reprogramming the American Dream by Kevin Scott
Bret Carpenter on Bridging the Resource Gaps in Rural Communities
Aug 2 2022
Bret Carpenter on Bridging the Resource Gaps in Rural Communities
Rural communities are so often left behind, but if we work to bridge the resource gap and empower these communities to work together for the common good, we can change the region as a whole. This week, episode 6 of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast is about bridging the resource gap in rural communities!CO.STARTERS Generator is a modular self-paced program that helps middle school, high school, and college students explore their passions through generating, testing, and launching ideas for businesses and social ventures. With the ability to participate individually or with a classroom or community group, CO.STARTERS Generator is a great way to inspire youth with the vision, enthusiasm, and tenacity needed to move from idea to action. In this episode of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast, Jacob and Lauren, joined by their guest Bret Carpenter are sharing the importance of providing the resources needed to help smaller communities survive and prosper in the digital world and creating a pipeline for entrepreneurship by bringing the right resources into our schools. Some of the talking points we go over in this episode include:The commonalities between small home businesses and larger, more established companies (hint: they have more in common than you might think.)How Mighty Networks brings smaller communities to share resources and grow together. The importance of having an online presence for rural businesses and how the pandemic has encouraged this pivot more now than ever. Co. Starters and Idea Buddy are two valuable resources to promote growth in these communities by forging a path forward. Helpful resources for expanding technological literacy for both students and businesses. How Mentor Match helps students build entrepreneurial skills and teaches them there is more than one path than going into corporate America. By working together, rural communities can band together and create cyclical resources that feedback into the region. Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, take a screenshot of the episode to post in your stories and tag me!  And don’t forget to follow, rate and review the podcast and tell me your key takeaways!Learn more about RISE Collaborative at  CONNECT WITH BRET CARPENTER:Reinventing RuralLINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Co. StartersIdeaBuddy AirtableGrow with Google Programs Google Digital GarageGCF Learn Free Entrepreneurship in the Wild by Felipe G. MassaStart With Why by Simon SinekMorning Brew
Michael Scales on A Lifetime of Ecosystem Building
Jul 26 2022
Michael Scales on A Lifetime of Ecosystem Building
One of the most important considerations in economic development is securing those opportunities for generational wealth and development. Today’s guest is a perfect example of someone that not only has an impressive lifetime of economic development himself but helps others do the same. This week, episode 5 of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast is about a lifetime of ecosystem building. In this episode of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast, Jacob and Lauren, joined by their guest Michael Scales are sharing the value in being able to predict and plan for the challenges small businesses may face and continuing a legacy with a life dedicated to giving back. Some of the talking points we go over in this episode include:How Michael teaches critical thinking to be able to predict when it is time to make a pivot in business. How the industrial DNA engrained in Henry and Patrick county in southern Virginia impacts what we can expect to see in the future. The impact that the economy and technical advances have on generational wealth. How profit sharing leads to higher employee retention through job satisfaction.  The unique challenges that small businesses face when it comes to getting off the ground and scaling. Every company, no matter how big or small, is an integral part in working together to build the community as a whole. Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, take a screenshot of the episode to post in your stories and tag me!  And don’t forget to follow, rate and review the podcast and tell me your key takeaways!Learn more about RISE Collaborative at  CONNECT WITH MICHAEL SCALES:Longwood Small Business Development CenterLINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Download Longwood Small Business Development Center’s Book The Entrepreneur’s Business Planning Guide Books and Crannies
Joe Kirgues on Supporting the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs
Jul 19 2022
Joe Kirgues on Supporting the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs
When you create a pipeline for the next generation of entrepreneurs to get the resources and support they need, you are able to make an immense impact on building and growing the community as a whole. This week, episode 4 of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast is about supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs!In this episode of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast, Jacob and Lauren, joined by their guest Joe Kirgues, are sharing the importance of providing opportunities to people who would not otherwise have them due to race, place, or gender and using this mentoring system to pass the torch of entrepreneurship to empower the next generation of leaders. Providing opportunities to race, place, and gender How entrepreneurs in rural towns are being supported by giving access to basic business concepts and resources.The need for current leaders and entrepreneurs to guide the next generation in the ever-changing economy. The process of growing an ecosystem from scratch and the important metrics to look out for. The leadership philosophy that led Gener8tor to be ranked one of the most innovative companies to work for.  How Gener8tor is working with SOVA to bring jobs to the rural economy and fill these jobs with eligible talent. We are looking at a lot of changes and challenges in the post-COVID environment so it is more important now than ever to support this new age of entrepreneurs to build and retain the job market in our communities. Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, take a screenshot of the episode to post in your stories and tag me!  And don’t forget to follow, rate and review the podcast and tell me your key takeaways!Learn more about RISE Collaborative at  CONNECT WITH JOE KIRGUES AND SUPPORT GENER8OR:Gener8tor WebsiteLinkedInTwitter @JKirguesLINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Shoe Dog by Phil KnightPaul Graham Brad Smith, president of Microsoft
Startup Colorado on Working Together to Support Emerging Communities
Jul 12 2022
Startup Colorado on Working Together to Support Emerging Communities
When you foster relationships between entrepreneurs across different communities, the benefits span to everyone across the region and create a snowball effect for change. This week, episode 3 of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast is about working together to support emerging communities. In this episode of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast, Jacob and Lauren, joined by their guests Taylor and Margaret from Startup Colorado share the importance of communities working together to benefit their region as a whole and providing these entrepreneurs the resources and opportunities to do so. Some of the talking points we go over in this episode include:How Startup Colorado works to identify emerging communities within their region and their role in fostering these communities. Tips for entrepreneurs to go out, pitch themselves, and share their own story. How they managed to pull active individuals into their online network and how they continue to track impact. A look into their network for capital education and resources. How their relationships with local schools allow them to introduce entrepreneurship to students at a young age. Where Startup Colorado started and the next chapter in their journey. Together we can go farther, faster. Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, take a screenshot of the episode to post in your stories and tag me!  And don’t forget to follow, rate and review the podcast and tell me your key takeaways!Learn more about RISE Collaborative at  CONNECT WITH STARTUP COLORADO:WebsiteLINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: TractionThe Hard Thing About Hard Things The FixerDo More FasterThe Startup Community Wayand more...
Kristin Slice on Inclusivity and Accessibility in Entrepreneurship
Jul 12 2022
Kristin Slice on Inclusivity and Accessibility in Entrepreneurship
It is so important for every type of entrepreneur to have a seat at the table because there is strength in experiences from all walks of life and that strength is going to be what keeps other entrepreneurs motivated to move ideas forward. This week, episode 2 of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast is about generating inclusivity and accessibility in entrepreneurship!In this episode of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast, Jacob and Lauren, joined by their guest, Kristin Slice are sharing the importance of moving the conversation around entrepreneurship forward and creating a pipeline to support entrepreneurs within our communities. Some of the talking points we go over in this episode include:How do we define entrepreneurship, why it is so important for entrepreneurship to be inclusive, and how we can wipe away the power dynamics we have held onto to create these inclusive opportunities. Using “catalyst drivers” to identify, empower, and give a platform to create innovative and quality programs for the benefit of the communities they serve. Kristin’s advice for adapting and pivoting to a virtual environment. The ways Kristin’s program leverages students to exemplify the entrepreneurial culture and journey early on in hopes of building the future of entrepreneurship from the ground up. The importance of fostering a culture of leadership that promotes creative freedom to solve issues and promote economic growth in a new way. In order to help entrepreneurs, you need to add to the conversation, not just take part in it.  Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, take a screenshot of the episode to post in your stories and tag me!  And don’t forget to follow, rate and review the podcast and tell me your key takeaways!Learn more about RISE Collaborative at  CONNECT WITH KRISTIN SLICE:Email: kristin.slice@asu.eduJ. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Complexity Podcast by the Santa Fe Institute
Natalie Hodge on Representation of Small-Town Stories
Jul 12 2022
Natalie Hodge on Representation of Small-Town Stories
When you think of television and film, your brain automatically connects to the big stories coming out of LA, but it’s the small-town stories that are the ones that hold so much value in their telling. This week, episode 1 of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast is about the representation of small-town stories!In this episode of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast, Jacob and Lauren, joined by their guest Natalie Hodge are sharing the importance of shedding light on the underrepresented stories in our communities and the power behind one person’s dream to create a snowball effect of impact. Some of the talking points we go over in this episode include:Natalie’s life growing up as the daughter of an entrepreneur and how the lessons she learned as a child translated into her career as an adult.Uncovering your passions through experimentation and being open to new opportunities. Pivoting and having the tenacity to succeed no matter the obstacle. The importance of representation and telling the stories of underrepresented communities on the big screen. How every experience and pivot in Natalie’s life led to her owning her own media company helping others share their stories. Thank you for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, take a screenshot of the episode to post in your stories and tag me!  And don’t forget to follow, rate and review the podcast and tell me your key takeaways!Learn more about RISE Collaborative at  CONNECT WITH NATALIE HODGE:Rudy’s Girl MediaInstagram Hometown HustleWatch Sell & Stolen CrownsThe Biggest BUT in the World BookFrom Unemployed to Unstoppable BookLINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale CarnegieFollow Hasan Davis on IG