Welcome to Rochester Rising.

Rochester Rising amplifies the stories of Rochester entrepreneurs through original, insightful articles, podcasts, and video content.

Rochester Rising symbolizes the emergence of Rochester's entrepreneurs and innovative small businesses and the contributions this sector with make to Rochester's economy as the city of Rochester, Minnesota evolves and moves forward. 


Amanda Leightner

As a Pittsburgh native, Amanda has called Rochester home on and off for the last nine years.  She enjoys running, and can be found on the trails of Rochester with her Catahoula Leopard Dog, Merrie. Amanda has an unhealthy attachment to Sour Patch Kids and most other types of candy. She believes in growing Rochester's small business and entrepreneurial community in a grassroots manner and looks forward to the role that Rochester Rising can play in this process.