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4 Podcasts for Arkansas Entrepreneurs

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If you’re an Arkansas entrepreneur trying to get your startup off the ground, you live and breathe business. Podcasts can be a great way to get inspiration and knowledge on the go. Read on for some shows to tune in for, from podcasts about the local business environment to those discussing big names and national issues.

How I Built This with Guy Raz

You’ll likely find this NPR podcast on a lot of lists, for good reason. Host Guy Raz (he also created TED Radio Hour) spends over half an hour with most of his guests, and you’ll know most of their names, or at least their brands. Past highlights have been interviews with Ben & Jerry’s founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield and Southwest Airlines’ Herb Kelleher. Heads of small companies will love the “How You Built That” segment at the end of each episode, which showcases successful work that is more startup-sized. Subscribe:

The Startup Junkies Podcast

With 133 episodes and counting, local outfit Startup Junkie Consulting has created a solid archive of startup stories. Recently, they spoke with Al Bell of Al Bell Presents about transforming Bentonville’s music scene, and Jeff Standridge of Conductor (a public-private partnership between the University of Central Arkansas and Startup Junkie) about how – and why – he handles it all. The entrepreneurs behind Simkins Brothers’ Sweets appeared on episode 130, and Sam M. Walton College of Business Dean Matt Waller has shared his know-how with listeners. Find it here:

The Shrimp Tank – Arkansas

Episodes of The Shrimp Tank podcast come from all over, but you might be most interested in the ones that have more Arkansas focus. You’re in luck: Rich Jensen and David Sims of BRS Consulting talk with CEOs and entrepreneurs to share insights about business. Don’t miss a recent episode with Gina Radke, CEO of Gallery Support Innovations. Find the episodes here:

Corner Office from Marketplace

Talk radio listeners with an economic bent will be familiar with Marketplace, a radio program from American Public Media. Host Kai Ryssdal goes in-depth with some of his guests in the Corner Office from Marketplace. The podcast takes sound bites from the regular program, and expands them into longer interviews. Spencer Rascoff, CEO of Zillow, and Nigel Travis, CEO of Dunkin’ Donuts, have both been recent guests. Listen here:

What resources do you recommend for Arkansas entrepreneurs? Let us know in the comments.

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