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10 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Thomas Barr. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Thomas Barr, often where they are interviewed.

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10 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Thomas Barr. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Thomas Barr, often where they are interviewed.

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How You Can Support Local and Small Businesses with Thomas Barr

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More than ever before, local businesses and small business owners need your support. If you’re a business owner, I’m sure you know this by now; if you’re a consumer, you’re probably wondering what you can do to help your community and stop big chains from taking over even more of the landscape.

For the last 15 years, Thomas Barr has been helping communities answer these questions. Thomas is the executive director of Local First Arizona, an organization here in Phoenix that provides business owners with networking, education, and guidance on how to operate more efficiently.

Today, Thomas joins the podcast to talk about why the odds have always been stacked against small business owners, how the COVID-19 pandemic has made things that much tougher, and what you can do to support your favorite businesses in this precarious time.

In this podcast interview, you’ll learn:

  • Why shopping locally as opposed to with a chain store has such a big impact on your community.
  • How seemingly unrelated local businesses can innovate and collaborate to lift each other up and create new opportunities.
  • Why local businesses permanently lose customers when they underperform or fail to satisfy them.
  • How the COVID-19 pandemic and the availability of PPP loans emphasized the fact that small business and big business are constantly at odds with each other in America.
  • How Local First is building infrastructure and creating opportunities to help local businesses grow, scale, and deliver customer experiences that can compete with global retailers.

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Nov 10 2020 · 50mins
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#42: Supporting Small Businesses with Thomas Barr

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Please welcome Thomas Barr, Executive Director of Local First Arizona (@localfirstaz) to the show! Thomas is an Arizona native, speaker, philanthropist, champion for locally owned businesses and committed to building vibrancy, equity, and prosperity across the state. If you are interested in supporting small businesses during this time (whether you’re in AZ or not), you’ll find this conversation interesting, informative and inspiring. 


In this interview we cover:

  • The benefits of shopping local (and common misconceptions about it)
  • Different ways you can support small businesses
  • Obstacles small businesses face that you may not have thought about before
  • Ways that independent operators are pivoting and adapting during this unprecedented time

I would love to hear what you think of this interview — let me know on Instagram @heypreslie. Enjoy! 

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Apr 12 2020 · 44mins

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Ep. 87 Local First Executive Director Thomas Barr: How human relationships are the key to creating community change

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Local First is the largest business membership group in the United States, with over 3,600 members, and a powerful advocate for shopping local and having pride in the place you call home. Thomas, who has been with Local First for 6 years and served as ED for 18 months, shares powerful insights about the power and importance of local businesses in making our communities a home, why you shouldn't feel ashamed to shop at Target, and the secret to creating change in your life and at work. Catherine also goes on a rant about the difference between cause marketing and change engineering, so you won't want to miss that.
Oct 01 2019 · 54mins
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Thomas Barr - Team Ireland Olympic 2020 Ambassador

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In April of this year, we were so excited to announce our partnership with Team Ireland and this year Indeed will be supporting our Olympians to get the job done at Tokyo 2020!

In this episode, we interview 8-time Irish national champion, Thomas, Barr.

Listen in to find out about his background and why he's excited about this partnership.
Aug 19 2019 · 14mins
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Reinventing Local Economy, Thomas Barr, Executive Director of Local First Arizona

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“If you’re living here you have  responsibility to make this place what you want it to be.” - Thomas Barr

It's one thing to shop local, another thing to be a local business, but what's it like being an organization who's mission is reinventing how it's local economy works? Listen to Local First Arizona's Executive Director, Thomas Barr share what this big idea is and where it's going.

Local First Arizona is a nonprofit organization that celebrates independent, locally owned businesses. We support, promote and advocate for a strong local business community and raise public awareness of the economic and cultural benefits provided by strong local economies. Local businesses contribute to a sustainable economy for Arizona and build vibrant communities we're all proud to call home. 

Aug 11 2019 · 36mins
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The Party that United a City :: Olivia Miller, Gabby Puglisi, Thomas Barr, Carter Andrews

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Ole Miss is known for its college parties, which is why 4 students got the idea to throw a $140,000 bash with thousands of people in April of 2019. The result was unlike any other party to take place in Oxford, Mississippi.

May 29 2019 · 19mins
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#6 - Inside Olympic Mindset & Performance w/ Thomas Barr & Katie Warriner - The DadBodCast

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Episode #6 is an ABSOLUTE CRACKER... not one but TWO amazing guests!!! We go inside the training, nutrition and recovery strategies of Olympic 400m Hurdler, Thomas Barr and get insights into the mindset of elite level performance from Team GB Psychologist Katie Warriner! We discuss how you train both the body and mind for top level performance, and how these simple concepts can be applied to everyday life to make you a more effective athlete and human being! This episode sets the "Gold Standard" in top quality information and is proudly brought to you by the team at Optimum Nutrition. This is an episode you do not want to miss, so get on it and enjoy the next 40mins...
Mar 20 2019 · 37mins
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Episode 26 // Thomas Barr on the True Value of a Strong Local Economy

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Jan 25 2019 · 57mins
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#86 Local First Arizona with Thomas Barr

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Helping us move from awareness to action this week is Thomas Barr.  Thomas is the Executive Director of Local First Arizona.  Listen to learn about the future of Local First, the three things he’s learned over the past three years as well as the one plea he’d like to make to the world.  You can find out more about Thomas and what he’s working on at LocalFirstAZ.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

For templates of letters/emails and or talking points referenced in the show, or simply to say “hi” click here.

Jun 05 2018 · 24mins
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Sponsored by Sechler CPA PC Carolyn Sechler co-hosts and introduces Thomas Barr from Local First Arizona and Young N

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With more than 50,000 members and chapters in 42 cities, YNPN activates emerging leaders by connecting them with resources, people, and ideas.

Our nation and our communities are facing serious challenges. At the same time, technology and new thinking about networks are presenting unprecedented opportunities for social change. In order to take advantage of these opportunities and overcome these challenges, we need inspired and engaged leaders who bring energy, creativity, and new perspectives to the sector.

YNPN activates emerging leaders and helps them acquire the skills and awareness they need to be effective changemakers. With these leaders, YNPN is building a diverse and powerful social sector that can support and strengthen our communities.
Apr 05 2016 · 1hr