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More than Money is a podcast that creates a conversation community around how to use your values to engage with work and invest your wealth. The podcast is designed in a 12-episode season format. Each episode is produced around two core interview segments sharing a common theme. In this podcast, we explore the following topic areas: (1) business ethics, (2) economic justice, (3) corporate social responsibility, (4) social entrepreneurship, (5) community development, and (6) faith and values- ...
 
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SUMMARY: A growing body of research shows that employee-owned companies outperform traditional companies on a range of measures, especially during economic downturns – but is has this pattern continued through covid-19? On this episode we speak with Nancy Wiefek and Nathan Nicholson of the NCEO about two recent research projects that seek to answer…
 
In this episode, Mark Perna joins self-proclaimed speaker snob Dennis to discuss how to take your presentation to the next level. Mark delivers over 70 keynote presentations throughout the country every year. Join Mark and Dennis as they dissect a presentation and how to make your next speaking opportunity great. In addition, you will hear practica…
 
There is no substitute for experience. Yet in this episode, Dennis and Jason share some concepts they wish they had known earlier in their career. Whether you are new in the economic development profession or an industry pro, this show is for you.By Develop This! Podcast
 
As the leader of a nonprofit organization, what do you need to know about insurance lingo? In this episode, Dennis and Jason give a high level overview of some basic terms and coverages that most organizations may need to consider. Also- tune in for some key questions to ask your insurance professional. This show sponsored by Convergent Nonprofit S…
 
Do you have an industrial client who needs a building but doesn't want to manage the construction process or own the facility? Kyle Adams with RDC National can help. RDC builds industrial properties to suit and then leases them back to the end client. In this episode, Jason and Kyle talk at the Mid-America EDC Conference about all things real estat…
 
The Bloomington-Normal, Illinois area is home to Rivian Automotive's manufacturing facility. This was a massive economic development deal which anticipated 500 jobs but actually created 3,500. In addition, they have added 1 million in SF to the existing facility. Patrick Hoban serves as the President & CEO of the Bloomington-Normal Economic Develop…
 
As the Mid-America EDC Conference in Chicago a couple of months ago, Jason took several pages of notes regarding emerging trends in economic development incentives. In this episode, Dennis and Jason provide their thoughts and context around some of the emerging trends shared at the event. Mid-America Economic Development Council…
 
In this episode we speak with Jonathan Welle of Cleveland Owns and Ellen Vera of Co-op Cincy – two Ohio-based nonprofits that are working around cooperative development and community wealth building. We dig into how both Jonathan and Ellen began working on cooperative development, mission of vision of their organizations, and talk about programs an…
 
The International Economic Development Council has a new chief executive. In this episode, Dennis interviews Nathan Ohle to learn more about his background and his take on the future of IEDC. Tune in for this exclusive one-on-one with the new leader of the economic development industry. More About Nathan Ohle Connect with Nathan Ohle…
 
How do you build an economic development program that is helpful, simple to understand, and one that also has a significant impact? Brandon Marshall, who serves as the Business Development Division Director for the Wyoming Business Council joins Jason to discuss that very question. They talk building state programs, having a funnel of relevant offe…
 
Jay Garner is a name well known in the economic development and site selection business. His firm, Garner Economics, uses data to help companies and communities make better decisions and strategic action plans. In this episode, Dennis asks Jay about his new book, Economic Development is [Still] Not for Amateurs co-authored with Ross Patten. The fir…
 
Declaring that education is about to reach a crisis of epic proportions is a bold statement. In this episdoe, Dennis brings back resident expert Mark Perna to provide the context and support for such a bold statement. We’re at a major tipping point in education. According to a recent survey, 48% of teachers admitted that they had considered quittin…
 
There is something special about our United States Capitol building, and professionals in the community development space often find themselves visiting at some point. In this episode, Dennis brings on Jane Campbell, President and CEO of the United States Capitol Historical Society. The organization was chartered by Congress to educate the public o…
 
In this episode, Dennis brings on the current board chair of the International Economic Development Council, Todd Greene. Todd Greene is an Institute fellow and the executive director of WorkRise, a research-to-action network on jobs, workers, and mobility hosted by the Urban Institute. Economic developers are resilient which means they often embra…
 
Each organization and each community approaches business retention and expansion efforts in a slightly different way. In this episode, Jason is joined by Eric DeKorne, Business Rentention & Expansion Manager with the Greater Green Bay Chamber in Wisconsin. They talk outreach to companies, survey questions, knowledge transfer, and the aggregation of…
 
Owners at Work is back for season 3! In our first episode of this season we speak with Steve Storkan, Executive Director of the Employee Ownership Expansion Network (EOX) - a national nonprofit focused on establishing and supporting a network of independent nonprofit State Centers for Employee Ownership. We talk about the steady growth in number of…
 
Although Jack Gottfried, EDA Planner with the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission, is in the early stages of his career, he is not afraid of big projects. His regional organization tasked him with the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) as one of his very first projects. Tune in as Jason asks him about planning, ga…
 
In this episode, Jason interviews Nathan Schneider, CEcD, Vice President at Bismark Mandan Chamber EDC in North Dakota. They talk people attraction, the value of wide open spaces, outdoor recreation, and placemaking. In particular, Nathan draws a clear distinction between the terms 'quality of life' and 'placemaking'. This episode was recorded on s…
 
Jeff Finkle, the International Economic Development Council's leader for its entire existance, will soon be retiring from the organization. In part two of this short series, Dennis turns Jeff's attention to the future. They talk diversity and inclusion, AI, training, and bold predictions. More about the International Economic Development Council Co…
 
Jeff Finkle, the International Economic Development Council's leader for its entire existance, will soon be retiring from the organization. In this episode, Dennis asks Jeff to reflect on his career beginning with a look back at the formation of IEDC. They talk leadership, board dynamics, disaster recovery and more. You won't want to miss this show…
 
We have all heard of the Great Resignation, but what does that phrase really mean? Is it possible for employers to respond with the Great Pivot? In this episode, Dennis brings back resident workforce expert Mark Perna to discuss the year ahead and answer the question: where have all the people gone? Mark your calendar NOW for these upcoming events:…
 
In this episode, Jason interviews Garrett Anderson, Economic Development Director for the City of Woodstock, IL. Garrett is a self-proclaimed data nerd, and they talk incentives, demographics, economic development plans and recovery act funds. As we know, billions in ARPA funds will be flowing to local governments. How should communities and adjace…
 
What are the tricks to leading a professional association as a volunteer board member? In this episode, Jason interviews Karl Franzen and Agnes Masnik who both serve as the Illinois representatives on the Mid-America EDC board of directors. They discuss board dynamics, volunteer leadership, staying relevant, and so much more - recorded on site at t…
 
What is the value in attending an economic development conference? That depends on how you decide to work it. There can be far more to a conference than simply attending the sessions and taking a few notes. In this episode, Dennis and Jason share 5 great ways to maximize your time at an industry conference. This week's episode sponsored by Converge…
 
If you could simplify the tagline for your community's improvement strategy, it could be this: have more cool shit. That's the message from John Hall, President/CEO of the Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce. It doesn't have to be complicated. In this episode, Jason caught up with John at the Mid-America EDC conference. As communities, we must be…
 
SUPPORT THE SHOW: We make all episodes of Owners at Work free and never place them behind a paywall. But, they take time and money to produce. Consider making a DONATION today to help keep our work going 2022 Annual Conference - https://www.oeockent.org/resources-events/annual-ohio-employee-ownership-conference SUMMARY: In the US there are over 14 …
 
In this episode, Lenora Fisher, Director of Business Attraction at the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council joins Jason live at the Mid-America EDC conference to talk all things related to regional business attraction strategies. They talk property inventory, debate whether or not the term 'Shovel-Ready' is outdated, and discuss some unique …
 
Let's get real for just a minute. Solving workforce challenges is a bit like herding cats, isn't it? In this episode, Dennis brings back resident expert Mark Perna to offer tips and tricks to get education, business, and economic development to all speak the same language. Mark your calendar NOW for these upcoming events: EDUCATION WITH PURPOSE: CA…
 
In this episode, Jason chats with Rick Kiernan with Convergent Nonprofit Solutions about the scope and variety of fundraising campaigns that can occur in a community. As an EDO, should you be concerned about being involved in multiple fundraising efforts? If you raise money for a new community building, will that dry up dollars for economic develop…
 
In this episode, Jason interviews economic development magnate Janet Ady with Ady Advantage. Jason brought Janet on the show to talk about the upcoming Mid-America EDC conference in Chicago (along with the generous scholarship program) but the discussion quickly took a left turn when she began talking about economic development strategies that will…
 
SUPPORT THE SHOW: We make all episodes of Owners at Work free and never place them behind a paywall. But, they take time and money to produce. Consider making a DONATION today to help keep our work going SUMMARY: In this episode we take stock of employee ownership developments in Ohio and discuss how covid has impacted businesses and employee-owned…
 
In this episode, Dennis and Jason share 5 ways your organization should consider engaging in legislative advocacy. In addition, they offer 3 do's and 3 don'ts should your organization launch a new advocacy program. Don't forget to register for the Mid-America EDC Competitiveness Conference in Downtown Chicago the first week in December: https://www…
 
In this episode, Dean Dziedzic, board president of the Mid-America Economic Development Council, joins Jason to give a preview of the upcoming Competitiveness Conference held in Downtown Chicago December 1-3. This year's event boasts a new format, a variety of relevant information, the ability to connect with site selectors, and more. In addition, …
 
Can you imagine being married to an economic developer? The erratic hours, the public persona, and the mental bandwidth required by the job can take a toll on family life. In this episode, Jason encourages those in the field of economic and community development to take a moment to appreciate the support of their spouse. This week's episode sponsor…
 
In this episode, guest host Tracye McDaniel, President of TIP Strategies and former IEDC Chair, joins Dennis again to finish part two of this series on wealth inequality. Two guests from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis are back: Ray Boshara, Senior Advisor and Assistant Vice President of the Institute for Economic Equity Nishesh Chalise, Dire…
 
SUPPORT THE SHOW: We make all episodes of Owners at Work free and never place them behind a paywall. But, they take time and money to produce. Consider making a DONATION today to help keep our work going OEOC UPCOMING PROGRAMS Southwest Forum Communication Roundtables SUMMARY: In this episode we speak with Eamon Muholland, Senior Consultant at Wise…
 
In this episode, guest host Tracye McDaniel joins Dennis to interview two very special guests from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis: Ray Boshara, Senior Advisor and Assistant Vice President of the Institute for Economic Equity Nishesh Chalise, Director, Community-Based Policy and Analysis at the Institute for Economic Equity Two key topics for…
 
In this episode, Mark Perna - speaker, author, Forbes Contributor, and international expert on all things workforce is back. This time, he is here to provide some insight on Millennials and Gen Z and help us connect the dots to why they can be the solution for today's workforce crisis. Show Links: Education with Purpose: Call to Action Event Connec…
 
SUPPORT THE SHOW: We make all episodes of Owners at Work free and never place them behind a paywall. But, they take time and money to produce. Consider making a DONATION today to help keep our work going SUMMARY: Sometimes companies transition to employee ownership to help spark a transformation in workplace culture, in other cases a move to employ…
 
Words matter. The phrases you choose to speak, write, or text can have an profound impact on the receiver of those messages. In this episode, Dennis shares a recent experience where things got personal. He was the receiver of poorly-chosen words that will very likely have lasting effects on a professional relationship. Choose your words wisely, fol…
 
Jason has long been an advocate of chambers of commerce and economic development groups merging into a single organization. However, a recent impromptu conversation has posed a really good argument for keeping them separate - the ability to pay attention to the small mom and pop business. Tune in to this episode as Dennis and Jason share the merits…
 
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It's no secret that Dennis is a movie buff. Although many of us have stories fit for tv, Marvel has not yet dedicated a series to the local economic developer. So until Hollywood releases a film where the local economic developer is the hero, this eclectic list of 11 movies about founders, entrepreneurs, documentaries, and large companies will have…
 
Repurchase obligations are a major component of ESOP administration and the main way in which employee-owners benefit from owning a financial stake in the companies they worked for. Yet, these obligations are often seen as a burden, and in some cases, can lead to the freezing or termination of the ESOP plan. In this episode we speak with Josh Young…
 
Do you need to expand your creativity? In this episode, Jason explores his love/hate relationship with ideas and shares a tool he recently discovered (thanks to James Altucher) to help the brain be more creative: idea lists. Before you roll your eyes at the idea of creating a list of ideas (that's exactly what Jason used to do!) tune in to learn ab…
 
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