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In every episode, host Chris Straigis talks with a visionary who is making big strides to reshape the landscape of their community, their industry or even the world. It’s about business owners, community leaders and movers-and-shakers realizing their dreams, in spite of limited resources and significant barriers – with a little creativity and a whole lot of grit. You’ll hear about where they got their “big idea”, how they keep pushing in the face of adversity, and even how they’ve failed along the way.


Scrappy: ShelterBox
Four words written on a piece of paper: “shelter, warm, comfort, dignity.” This is where ShelterBox began. Tom Henderson, the original founder of ShelterBox, turned with his idea to his... Listen Scrappy: ShelterBox
28:16 6/16/22
Scrappy: Embrace Autism
Marie Haas has worked with, and touched the hearts of, some of the most vulnerable citizens in our society – kids with autism and their families. She began and grew... Listen Scrappy: Embrace Autism
32:50 11/29/21
Scrappy: Ruh Global Impact
In the mid- 1980’s, Debra Ruh was nurturing a successful career in the banking industry and looking forward to starting a family. But in 1987, her path took an unexpected... Listen Scrappy: Ruh Global Impact
34:13 7/23/20
Scrappy: Everyday Masks
Staci Tinkelman and Becky Pyles realized early in the Covid-19 pandemic that masks were going to become a critical need – not just for front-line medical staff, but for the... Listen Scrappy: Everyday Masks
12:53 6/18/20
Scrappy: Federico’s Pizza
Michael Morin and his brother Bryan were beginning to gear up for a new year at their family-owned pizza shop in New Jersey. Then, out of the blue, Covid-19 changed... Listen Scrappy: Federico’s Pizza
14:40 5/26/20
Scrappy Episode 10: ICAN
Henry Salinas was called to service throughout his life – helping to tend farms with his parents as a boy, joining the Army as a young man and raising a... Listen Scrappy Episode 10: ICAN
40:02 1/23/20
Scrappy Episode 9: Feed the Barrel
Hani White’s mother and grandmother made sure that cooking was a family event as she grew up near Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. For them, cooking was a shared... Listen Scrappy Episode 9: Feed the Barrel
31:21 1/14/20
Scrappy Episode 8: SunFarmer
As a young boy growing up in Nepal, Avishek Malla dreamed of being a famous athlete, a cricket champion. His career ended after college, though, and he took on a... Listen Scrappy Episode 8: SunFarmer
24:44 12/20/19
Scrappy Episode 7: Jennifer Lynn Robinson
Jennifer’s journey is quintessentially American. It’s a story of a daughter of hard-working, immigrant parents who came to this country and strove to make good in the land of opportunity... Listen Scrappy Episode 7: Jennifer Lynn Robinson
22:18 12/12/19
Scrappy Episode 6: Plastic Bank
Growing up on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, the beach was David Katz’s playground; and his father, a merchant marine and craftsman, would take the young David on adventures... Listen Scrappy Episode 6: Plastic Bank
26:25 12/5/19