Your community needs you. In today’s episode, we talk with Mayor Chuck Bennet about why it is important to get involved in the city and straightforward steps you can take to get started. We also discuss a few initiatives spearheaded by the city council, which are helping keep our citizen’s housed and with housing options…

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Opening your first restaurant is challenging. There are the challenges you anticipate, and then there are the challenges that will blindside you and make you wonder why you quit your job to start a business. Riley Vannoy moved to Salem with a group of friends to open their first restaurant and brewery. Noble Wave has…

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If you are from Salem, you’ve been to The Yard or seen your friends posting about it on Instagram. We had a blast talking to Shannon about her transition from Dutch Bros franchise owner to restraint entrepreneur. Shannon, thanks for helping make Salem Awesome! Be sure to post a screenshot listening to this episode and…

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Salem is one of the most beautiful cities in Oregon. I enjoy the lively rivers, scenic parks, easy-listening creeks, and most importantly, let’s not forget about the Oregon State Fair. The city has a diverse-multi-culture community that is quite measurable and mind-boggling. Where else can you eat American food, Mexican food, Asian food, Chinese food,…

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Salem is Awesome. Dean Sanderson talks about a few of the lessons he learned coaching high school basketball at McKay, where over 80% of the students qualify for free lunch.  Although Salem is a small town, it is incredibly divided economically.  This divide presented many challenges throughout his tenure but was also something that made…

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Salem is Awesome. Our guest this week is the incredible Wade Brooks. So…who is he? Wade Brooks is CEO of Livbar and has over 25 years of management experience. He was also an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurial Practice at Willamette University’s Graduate School of Management for eight years. A 25-minute podcast episode is only scratching…

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