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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 33 Anything Is Possible With Allison Orlovsky

Enjoy this episode Meet Allsion Allison Orlovsky is a coach and owner of For the Love of You Coaching, LLC. She is in the business of helping people who are stuck or at a cross…

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Ep 32 Get a Strong Seat Belt Because It’s Going to Be a Fun Ride

Enjoy this episode For more than 35 years, Dennis Hill, PhD has been a change agent and solutions architect, serving on more than 20 boards in business, industry, and education, including EXACTA Corporation, a forty-three-year-old business…

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Ep 31 Keep It Simple No Matter How Smart You Are

Enjoy this episode Meet Mark: Joined GE’s Healthcare Financial Services business, became CFO in 2014.  He led the organization through a host of changes over the past 4 years.  New tax laws, lease accounting changes,…

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Ep 30 It takes guts to be an entrepreneur w/ Sarah Bauer

Enjoy this episode Meet Sarah Bauer Sarah is a card processing specialist with Heartland Payment Systems.  She specializes in working with business owners that want to understand the true cost of taking electronic payments, being…

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Ep 029 The Dark Web with Gjeret Stein

Enjoy this episode Meet the Gate Keeper of the Dark Web Gjeret Stein Starting in IT back in 1994, working for a Digital VAR (Value added reseller) as the Tech Support for their spin-off, WCF…

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Ep 028 Making Computers Behave with Toomas Mitt

Enjoy this episode Meet Toomas Mitt, Toomas Mitt Owner: TBG Networks LLC A lifelong technology cheerleader, at the age of 11, Toomas was the youngest amateur radio operator in the US.  In high school, he…

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Ep 027 Do not delay the conversation when your loved one gets to a point of needing extra assistance with Dave Ciccantelli

Enjoy this episode Let’s meet Dave Ciccantelli, Dave is proud to be the owner of Wisconsin’s first Assisted Living Locators franchise.  After 30+ successful years as a software engineer in the challenging IT world, Dave…

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Ep 026 How Food Is Connected To Mental Illness With Dr. Tummala

Enjoy this episode Meet Dr. Tummala MEET THE DOCTOR A Pioneer in the Field of Integrative Psychiatry “We now know that mental illness can be a result of many different physiological imbalances, such as nutritional…

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Ep 025 Perseverance and Persistence

Enjoy this episode Jackson & Host Rob have a discussion on the importance of being Persistence. It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer. Albert Einstein I will persist…

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Ep 024 The LinkedIn Lady Sue Gresham

Enjoy this episode Meet Sue Gresham, “The LinkedIn Lady” is your LinkedIn Coach & Trainer.  As a Certified Social Media Strategist and the founder of Innovative Client Solutions,  she has been teaching professionals how to…

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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