Mendocino Works!

A public affairs program about entrepreneurship produced by KZYX and West Company in collaboration with Mendocino Community College Broadcast on alternate Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

 Mendocino Works is an hour long public affairs radio program, produced by KZYX and West Company in collaboration with Mendocino Community College, that brings together voices of the entrepreneur, the business leader, the investor, the community activist, and the government administrator. Through a hosted question-and-answer discussion format, Mendocino Works will discuss trends, strategies and personal stories in the development of sustainable enterprises that contribute to the economic livelihood of Mendocino County. 

Mendocino Works aims to inform listeners about the economic development opportunities and challenges facing Mendocino County and its 90,000 residents. The program hopes to to inspire rural and urban entrepreneurship and community engagement, and demonstrate how local innovations can provide empowering links to regional, state, national and global economies, touching all socioeconomic and ethnic communities. 

Episodes will be topical in nature, featuring interviews with guests who are rich with experience and insight into topics such as: Surprising Ways the Digital Economy can Transform Rural Business, Retirees Energizing Mendocino’s Economic Revival, Community Finance and Crowd funding, Technology Innovations in Rural Communities, How the Entrepreneurial Mindset can Empower Ordinary People to Accomplish Extraordinary Things, Cannabis in Transformation.

Willits Chamber of Commerce

Competing in the age of Amazon and being creative in a dynamic retail landscape is no easy task when you are digging out of a sales slump or struggling with minimum wage increases and workforce shortages. Can independent local retailers do a better job giving online giants and the big boxes a run for their money? What does the future of retail hold for our small town stores?

Adventist Health Ukiah Valley

On Wednesday April 4, KZYX Mendocino Works interviewed Dr Noemi "Mimi" Doohan, who as Director of Adventist Health's Family Medicine Residency Program is leading Mendocino County’s drive to establish a local residency program to train family practice doctors, and Mary Anne Landis, who heads Family Medicine Education for Mendocino County, a nonprofit that is raising funds for the doctor training program.

Jeffrey Parker

On the eve of International Women’s Day, KZYX Mendocino Works turned its focus to the topic of women and leadership, and observations about today's landscape for women in business enterprise and in politics. Guests were Mary O’Connor, a North Bay business development expert and award-winning business coach, and Rachel Binah, an Environmental and Community Activist. Hear the hourlong interview here.

Solar Living Institute

Rebuilding from the October wildfires? Are you sure you are building the very best possible house? Hundreds of fire survivor families are now facing important decisions -- and opportunities -- as they meet with architects and contractors about replacement homes. On Wednesday 21 February at 7 p.m., KZYX Mendocino Works welcomed Adam Goldberg of the Solar Living Institute for a conversation about resilient, sustainable and innovative rebuilding. We explored strategies for building homes that are far more resilient and fire-retardant, while taking advantage of a huge range of sustainability options that can make a home far more energy efficient -- even energy neutral -- at prices comparable to conventional construction.

ResolutionCare Indiegogo campaign

Here in largely rural Mendocino, is it possible to grow old with grace and dignity in one's own home, especially for those with chronic illnesses? An innovative organization in Humboldt county thinks it has the answer, and it's bringing the model to Mendocino County. On Wednesday 7 February, KZYX Mendocino Works interviewed Dr Michael Fratkin, founder and president of ResolutionCare, a community-based in-home palliative care organization, and Lynn Dress-Meadows, who is working with Dr Fratkin to build the Mendocino Care Network. Click the link to hear the entire interview.

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