Sam Sicard - president of First National Bank

April 11, 2018

In this episode, Miles talks with Sam T. Sicard, president of First National Bank of Fort Smith, about many different things that are underway in our community. The discussion begins with Sam discussing his family legacy and the history of First National Bank.  As the conversation develops, we discuss:

1) Two downtown Fort Smith focused organizations and their efforts; the CBID, a public organization, and 646, a private organization.

2) Quality of life projects and the public-private partnerships that helped to make them possible such as the new hybrid bicycle / skate park being developed on the riverfront and the Fort Smith Railroad trail which will connect Creekmore Park to Tilles park, to Martin Luther King park, and ultimately into the Gregg Smith Riverfront Trail.  Also, why explain why these efforts are important for Fort Smith’s future to be successful.

3) The upcoming primary elections on May 22nd, 2018 will feature the proposed millage increase that will go towards supporting the Fort Smith Public School system and what those improvements entail.  We break down exactly how the proposed millage increase will affect the citizens of Fort Smith financially.  This conversation begins around the 27:00 minute mark.

4) The variety of ways people can get involved in all of the exciting things taking place in our area, including options for those have a hard time finding the time to get involved.

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Bill Hanna, president Hanna Oil and Gas

March 27, 2018

In this episode, Miles talks with Bill Hanna about the history of the third generation family business, Hanna Oil & Gas, and how it was started and how it has grown into the success that it is now.  Bill is well known for his support of many regional trails projects, but behind the scenes he is deeply engrained in multiple other facets of community service.

Bill talks about how his experience as an immigrant when living in Canada inspired him and helped shape his desire to serve his community. We discuss the importance of the private business sector and private citizens supporting their community and the necessary role that they need to play if they want to make their community a better place to live, work, and play.

Bill sets a great example for how we should all strive to not just dream, but to work towards a better future for our community. 

**We are aware that there is some unfortunate background noise at times during the conversation, but do not let it distract you from this great conversation!**

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Fort Smith Arkansas Mayor Sanders

March 27, 2018

In this episode, Miles talks with sitting Fort Smith Mayor, Sandy Sanders.  Mayor Sanders talks about his life's path that lead him to his current role as Mayor, including the reasons that lead him to run.  We discuss a lot of things going on throughout the city, including:

1) The EPA mandate and how that affects the city of Fort Smith and it's plans for future growth and what the City of Fort Smith is working on to resolve that hindrance.

2) The upcoming proposed millage that will benefit the Fort Smith Public Schools systems.

3) The City of Fort Smith's role in recruiting and enticing new business to our area and how they partner with the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

4) Our style of Administrative City Government.

5) Mayor Sanders explains his endorsement of 2019 mayoral candidate George McGill.

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Sam Sicard, president First National Bank

March 27, 2018

In this episode, Miles talks with Sam T. Sicard, president of First National Bank of Fort Smith, about many different things that are underway in our community. The discussion begins with Sam discussing his family legacy and the history of First National Bank.  As the conversation develops, we discuss:

1) Two downtown Fort Smith focused organizations and their efforts; the CBID, a public organization, and 646, a private organization.

2) Quality of life projects and the public-private partnerships that helped to make them possible such as the new hybrid bicycle / skate park being developed on the riverfront and the Fort Smith Railroad trail which will connect Creekmore Park to Tilles park, to Martin Luther King park, and ultimately into the Gregg Smith Riverfront Trail.  Also, why explain why these efforts are important for Fort Smith’s future to be successful.

3) The upcoming primary elections on May 22nd, 2018 will feature the proposed millage increase that will go towards supporting the Fort Smith Public School system and what those improvements entail.  We break down exactly how the proposed millage increase will affect the citizens of Fort Smith financially.

4) The variety of ways people can get involved in all of the exciting things taking place in our area, including options for those have a hard time finding the time to get involved.

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Dr. Ashok Subramanian UAFS

February 24, 2018

In this episode, Miles talks with Ashok about the current condition surrounding innovation and entrepreneurship in the greater Fort Smith region.

Dr. Subramanian was hired as dean at UA - Fort Smith following ten years of academic leadership – three as a dean at BVU and seven as chair of the Information Systems Department at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Dr. Subramanian earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Bombay in India. He received his master’s and doctorate degrees in business administration from the University of Houston.

 

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Winrock International

February 24, 2018

In this episode, Miles talks with the team from Winrock International about rural community development, the Innovate Arkansas program, the value that apprenticeship programs offer both employers and the workforce, and much more. 

Winrock International is a recognized leader in U.S. and international development with a focus on social, agricultural and environmental issues. Inspired by its namesake Winthrop Rockefeller, Winrock combines scientific and technical expertise with entrepreneurial innovation to deliver market-based solutions that improve lives around the world. Winrock’s mission is to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity and sustain natural resources across the globe.

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StartUp Junkie Consulting

February 24, 2018

In this episode, Miles and Michael discuss the importance of creating a strong, supportive ecosystem to nurture the growth and development of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Through united efforts, the Startup Junkie team is improving lives through innovation and entrepreneurship. Startup Junkie Consulting marked its beginnings in 2008 and formally organized as an LLC in 2011 by offering consulting services at no-cost to entrepreneurs. In order to expand the reach, impact, and depth of services, Startup Junkie Foundation was born in 2015. As two companies sharing the same purpose, mission, vision, and values, the team is jointly building entrepreneurial ecosystems in Northwest Arkansas through providing no-cost, one-on-one consulting; events, workshops, and programs; and access to capital and talent. Extending outside of the Ozarks region, Startup Junkie Consulting is also boosting emerging entrepreneurial communities spanning from Canada to South America.  

Visit their website to view their upcoming events!

 

 

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Ronda Hawkins ASBTDC

February 24, 2018

In this episode, Miles and Ronda Hawkins, business consultant with the Arkansas Small Business & Technology Development Center, discuss everything you need to know about starting a new small business.

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center is a university-based economic development program that assists entrepreneurs, both new and seasoned. They help with every aspect of business creation, management, financing and consulting, and operation.

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Olan James with Western Arkansas Workforce Services

December 30, 2017

In this episode, Miles and Olan James the first One Stop manager in Western Arkansas discuss workforce development services available in our region.

The One Stop gets its name from housing multiple resources under one roof. The goal is to be able to provide unemployed and underemployed job seekers with access to any of the assitance and/or resources that they may require to develop their careers to the next level.

The Arkansas Workforce Center (AWC) is your one-stop shop for workforce services, providing a comprehensive range of no-cost employment and training services for employers and job seekers. The Arkansas Workforce Center can assist employers in finding and hiring skilled workers and assist those who are seeking employment.

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Stephanie Stipins with Fort Smith Home Builder Association

December 30, 2017

In this episode, Miles and Stephanie discuss the growing skills gap in the construcion industry and how the Fort Smith Home Builders Association decided to do something about it in our region.

Learn about the occupations that are in demand in our region and what employers are hiring for as well as where you can go to get the training and skillsets that will make you a great candidate for those employers.

The Greater Fort Smith Association of Home Builders is a professional organization that promotes quality housing for our community. The Association strive to increase public awareness of the products and services members provide and advocate industry standards.

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