You were not created to play small.



Emily Costopoulos (pronounced just like Uncle Jesse’s last name on Full House) is Rebecca’s guest on today’s episode. Emily is the host of the Stand to Serve podcast, owner of The Local, a co-working space in Sturgis, SD, and creative guru at

Emily shares her winding journey of being an engineer turned creative entrepreneur and how she isn’t waiting for others to bring to her small town the things that herself wants to see.

Every single one of has the power to create significant change and innovation in our small towns. Emily will inspire each of us to think bigger, lean into the discomfort, and never be afraid to try new things.

You can learn all about Emily’s creative work by visiting her website at Listen to the Stand to Serve podcast at and follow along with The Local, her Sturgis, SD, based co-working space at


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