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.

The fast-growing Mendo Lake Food Hub, launched as a non-profit startup with support from North Coast Opportunities, is rapidly changing the way fresh produce is delivered in Mendocino and Lake counties -- and finding new markets in Sonoma county and further south.

Heather Gurewitz

Undercapitalization is one of the warning signs of small business failure. Where can small businesses go to access the capital they need to thrive in today’s economy?

On Wednesday 16 May at 7 pm, Mendocino Works will discuss small business capital needs and opportunities with Heather Gurewitz, the recently appointed executive director of the Economic Development and Financial Corporation, or EDFC. Heather will discuss a variety of opportunities available to small business in Mendocino County and what they need to do to get the dollars they need to grow their business.

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.

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