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Connecting local businesses and their communities.
Local First Podcast where you can listen to interviews of local businesses,
authors and entrepreneurs.
Behind every local business is a story to share. Stream the Dream.

Latest Episodes

Ep 023 Sharing Her Passion of Helping Mothers & Their Newborns Dr. Knapp

Enjoy this episode Meet Dr. Nicole Knapp Freedom. That’s what my job is about. Letting you do the things you want to do in the way you want to do them. Whether that’s washing your classic car, playing on…

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Ep 022 Automating Technology so You Can Do What You Love too Do – Melissa Blair

Enjoy this episode   Let’s meet Melissa, Melissa is all about helping small businesses achieve efficiency and time by blending technology with marketing Melissa Blair is a serial entrepreneur and a product of 2 entrepreneurial…

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Ep 021 Artery Ink Using Art to Encourage you to Eat Healthier & Take Care of Your Body

Enjoy this episode Let’s meet Mara & Gloria, Our names are Mara & Gloria, and together we make Artery Ink! Through our artwork and various products, we want to encourage you to eat healthier, take…

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Ep 020 4 Things you Need to Make Your Business Shine Online

Enjoy this episode Meet Kelly Andrew: President & Chief Executive Officer, Filament Communication   Kelly E. Andrew grew up on a farm in Wisconsin, before moving to her current hometown: Milwaukee. In 2013, after a…

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Ep 019 Positively Jackson Bubolz

Enjoy this episode Local First Podcast Show Partner Jackson Bubolz Key Take Aways Inspiring others How to manage your attitude You have to sacrifice something to get what you want Rule of 3 to 1…

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Ep 018 From Auto Mechanic to Photographer at Koss Headphones

Enjoy this episode Meet Martin: Martin tells his story how he puts in the work to go from Auto Mechanic to Photographer at Koss headphones. Koss and Martin provided Local First Podcast with two wireless…

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Ep 017 Rachel LaMantia Using Numbers to Save Small Businesses Time

Enjoy this episode Meet Rachel, Rachel was born and raised a Wisconsin girl. She’s always loved math and developed a passion for small business when she and her dad opened a franchise in 2010. Her…

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Ep 016 James Hamer bring peace understanding and a sense of security to financial aspects

Enjoy this episode Meet James Hamer Background and Philosophy I acquired my first license in the financial industry in 1988. My academic background is in the sciences and secondary education. Combining my 30 years of…

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Ep 015 LLS September Update and Events

Enjoy this episode Scenic Shore 150 Bike Ride – raised $1.55 million and counting   We have a new office location: 6737 W. Washington St. Suite 2100 Milwaukee, WI 53214 September 2018 Events Blood Cancer…

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Ep 014 Your Financial Plan Starts Today Ben Uphoff

Enjoy this episode Meet Ben Ben joined the Vantage Financial team after moving to the Milwaukee area. His connection to Wisconsin began in undergraduate school when he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Later,…

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iTunes Reviews

Rob is putting Milwaukee first!

04/17/2020
Rob is doing a great job of putting Milwaukee first. I was really honored to be his guest on the show! We called the episode “The Elephant in the Room” because I’m in an industry fraught with perilous landmines. We address that head-on. Never more thankful than now to have an opportunity for the right people.

by swgodfrey from United States

Robert and Local First Are GREAT!!

03/10/2020
Honored to be a part of this amazing show! Robert goes above and beyond as a host and is continuously making everyone around him better! Highly recommend this show!

by jvk9 from United States

Wonderful Experience

03/06/2019
I absolutely loved being on Local First Podcast. Rob has a knack for putting people at ease that a format such as this may be out of their comfort zone. He asks great questions and has a humor about him that draws the guest and listener in alike. His passion for podcasting and highlighting local business and their owners shines thru.

by DenaliRG from United States

Wonderful Experience

03/06/2019
I absolutely loved being on Local First Podcast. Rob has a knack for putting people at ease that a format such as this may be out of their comfort zone. He asks great questions and has a humor about him that draws the guest and listener in alike. His passion for podcasting and highlighting local business and their owners shines thru.

by DenaliRG from United States

Customer Loyalty Architect

02/08/2019
I truly enjoyed being on the show. Rob has a way of putting his guests at ease. Our conversation flowed naturally. I could talk with Rob for hours.

by FollowUpCoach from United States

Have you ever thought “I’d like to do a podcast….”, and then set that thought aside because you’re thinking  “I wouldn’t know where to start”. I have the answer to that PLACE TO START. Reach out to Rob Kochanski at Local First Podcast. In addition to making it incredibly easy, Rob makes it FUN, and he makes you completely relaxed. It is just having a conversation with him on whatever the topic may be….the guy is a genius when it comes to asking the right questions to pull the information out of you.  I was lucky enough to do a podcast with Rob and we were laughing and smiling the entire time--- and, a snippet of that podcast resides on the home page of our website, talking about who we are and the culture of our organization.  We have also used that clip on Facebook and on LinkedIn to grow awareness of our organization.  So, again, I say --- if you are thinking “how do I go about doing a podcast”, you NEED to reach out to Rob!

Carol White, IOM – President/CEO of Brookfield Chamber of Commerce

"This podcast is a fantastic resource to learn more about local businesses and I highly, highly recommend it!

Maria Ferrusquia
Milwaukee, WI

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About me and my podcast

Anytime I travel I find myself going into the neighborhoods searching for local places to eat, to shop. It's the only way to go. I'm not one that goes to big chain stores or dining.

If this sounds like you, you are going to enjoy Local First