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Episode 132: From the Edge with AJ, Jan, and Shanna

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Today on the podcast we share our latest in the “From the Edge” podcast series where we sit down with different innovators in the community and talk about trends in entrepreneurship. This month we chat with Jan Hagenbrock, Founder of LiveAtom a business that helps small businesses grow through website development and lead generation, Shanna Lunasin, a nonprofit entrepreneur who also manages the MBA program at the University of Minnesota in Rochester, and AJ Montpetit, Founder of WRKSHOP, a healthcare marketing business. We talk about many topics on the podcast today including minimalism, over commitment, the basis of the 8-hour workday, and outcomes-based work. We had a great conversation on the show, so take some time to listen in!

 

Links from the podcast today:

LiveAtom

Website: https://liveatom.com/

Facebook: @liveatomnow

Twitter: @LiveAtomNow

 

University of Minnesota-Rochester Labovitz MBA Program

Website: https://lsbe.d.umn.edu/mba-programs/rochester-mba

Shanna’s personal website: http://www.becauselovewins.com/

 

WRKSHOP

Website: http://www.wrkshop.com/

Twitter: @wrkshp_mn

 

Odd News by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org/

Episode 131: Scott Snyder, CEO of Geneticure

Photo courtesy of Geneticure.

Photo courtesy of Geneticure.

This week on the podcast we sit down with Rochester native Scott Snyder, CEO of Geneticure. Geneticure is a precision medicine startup that works to reduce the trial and error associated with treatment of hypertension patients. The business was founded by brothers Eric and Scott Snyder four years ago. On the podcast today we talk about the growth of Geneticure from the cofounding team of four to their current twelve-member organization. We also talk about Scott’s leap from executive positions in Target to running a startup with his brother, what opportunities he’s seeing in Rochester’s entrepreneurial scene today, and much more about the reality of entrepreneurship. Geneticure was one of the first interviews I ever did over four years ago, so it was fun to sit down and catch up and learn how both organizations have grown since our first meeting.

“And it got to the point that the promise was so big with what we could do, that the risk for not doing it outweighed the risk for doing it, by a mile. There was no choice. I had to do it.”- Scott Snyder, CEO of Geneticure

 

Links from the podcast today:

Geneticure

Website: https://geneticure.com/

Facebook: @Geneticure

Twitter: @geneticure

Odd News by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org/

 

Today’s podcast is brought to you by:

Alsbrook Accounting

Website: https://www.alsbrookaccounting.com/

Facebook: Alsbrook Accounting PC

Twitter: @AlsbrookAccntg

Episode 129: Sam, AJ, and Ahmed with SkyWorks

From left to right: Sam Barsness, Ahmed Makkawy, and AJ Hawkins. Photo courtesy of SkyWorks.

From left to right: Sam Barsness, Ahmed Makkawy, and AJ Hawkins. Photo courtesy of SkyWorks.

Today on the podcast we sit down with SkyWorks team members Sam Barsness, AJ Hawkins, and Ahmed Makkawy to learn more about this emerging Rochester business. SkyWorks is a software company creating a tool to help commercial real estate brokers transact deals more efficiently and to create better agreements for their clients using automation and AI features. On the podcast today the team shares the startup story of SkyWorks, the power of putting together a strong team to bring forward an idea, and the time SkyWorks spent in the accelerator program the Austin Startup Factory in Austin, Minnesota.

 

Links from the show today:

SkyWorks

Website: https://www.skyworks.co/

Facebook: @Skyworks.co

Twitter: @SkyworksCo

Instagram: @skyworks.co

Odd News by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org/

Episode 128: From the Edge with Solomon Antoine and Zach WareJoncas

Photos courtesy of Solomon Antoine and Zach WareJoncas.

Photos courtesy of Solomon Antoine and Zach WareJoncas.

Today on the podcast we listen in to the latest in our “From the Edge” series. On “From the Edge” we invite two guests involved in Rochester’s entrepreneurial ecosystem on the show to talk about trends we’re seeing in entrepreneurship. This month we’re joined by two early stage entrepreneurs: Solomon Antoine and Zach WareJoncas. Solomon is CEO and Developer at FAVR Inc., a peer to peer platform that allows customers to request tasks at their own price. Zach is a Cofounder at LEAH Labs, a Rochester biotech startup working to bring modern healthcare to the veterinary space. And as always we’re also joined on the podcast by Jamie Sundsbak, Community Manager at Collider Coworking.

We cover multiple topics on the podcast today including:

·      mental health in entrepreneurs,

·      the importance of managing your own health as well as the health of your business,

·      a potential biotech bubble,

·      approaching startup funders and how to deal with “no”s,

·      and the attractiveness of Rochester to early stage entrepreneurs.

  

Links from the show today:

FAVR Inc.

Website: https://askfavr.com/index.html

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/askfavr/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/askfavr

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/askfavr/?hl=en

LEAH Labs

Website: https://www.leahlabs.com/

Odd News by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org/

 

Episode 126: 1 Million Cups Rochester with CEDA and Collider Foundation

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This week on the podcast we link up with audio from the latest 1 Million Cups Rochester. 1 Million Cups is an educational event for entrepreneurs that takes place in 180 different communities across the nation. At every event, two different entrepreneurs tell their story and ask the community for specific help on an issue their business is facing. At the April 1 Million Cups Rochester we heard from entrepreneurial support organizations Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA) and Collider Foundation.

 

Links from the show today:

1 Million Cups Rochester

Website: https://www.1millioncups.com/rochester

Facebook: @1MCRochester

Twitter: @1MillionCupsRST

Instagram: @1millioncupsrochester

 

Community and Economic Development Associates

Website: https://www.cedausa.com/

Facebook: @cedausa

Twitter: @CEDAUSA

Instagram: @ceda_usa

Odd News by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org/

Episode 125: Laura Elwood and Chamberlain Concierge & Lifestyle Management

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This week on the podcast we chat with local entrepreneur and Rochester native Laura Elwood, founder of Chamberlain Concierge & Lifestyle Management. Chamberlain was launched three years ago mainly as a limousine service. Since that time, the business has expanded its offerings to include a concierge menu based on client needs. On the podcast today we talk about the growth and development of Chamberlain over the last few years, lessons Laura applied to the business from her experience in hospitality and travel, and her love for solving puzzles.

 

Links from the show today:

Chamberlain Concierge & Lifestyle Management

Website: https://yourchamberlain.com/

Facebook: @YourChamberlain

Instagram: @yourchamberlain

 

Odd News by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org/

Episode 123: A Chat with Local Art Innovator Sophia Chai

Photo courtesy of Sophia Chai.

Photo courtesy of Sophia Chai.

Today on the podcast we sit down with new Rochester resident and art innovator Sophia Chai. Sophia moved to Rochester about one year ago with her husband and daughter from New York City. She originally became interested in black and white photography during high school as a way to express herself as a Korean immigrant. On the podcast today we talk about Sophia’s work in painting and photography, her transition with her family to Rochester, and how she’s found a “hub of creative energy” at Threshold Arts in the Castle Community, among many other topics. Join us in this engaging discussion with another amazing local female innovator in celebration of Women’s History Month.

 

Links from the show today:

Sophia Chai

Website: http://sophiachai.com/

Instagram: @sophiachainyc

 

Odd News by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org/

Episode 120: Kristin Pearson and Pearson Organics

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This week on the podcast we chat with local female entrepreneur Kristin Pearson of Pearson Organics. Pearson Organics is a small organic vegetable farm growing four acres of diverse vegetables for the Rochester area. The business mainly sells its produce through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. On the show today we talk with Kristin about Pearson Organics, how she originally got into farming, and how she’s been building her business over the last two years.

 

Links from the show today:

Rochester Rising’s Mental Wellness: Goal Setting and Time Management Workshop: https://www.facebook.com/events/575164749665204/

 

Pearson Organics

Website: https://www.pearsonorganicsfarm.com/

Facebook: @PearsonOrganics

Instagram: @pearson_organics

 

Thanks to our sponsors for making this podcast happen! This podcast is brought to you by:

Alsbrook Accounting

Website: https://www.alsbrookaccounting.com/

Episode 119: From the Edge with Courtney Bergey Swanson and Nathan Wiedenman

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This week we launch our second “From the Edge” show in this new podcast series! On the show today we sit down with Nathan Wiedenman and Courtney Bergey Swanson. Nathan spent time in the entrepreneurial community in Boston before moving to Rochester about one year ago and brings valuable insight to our community. Courtney is the Director of Community Engagement with Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA) and facilitates business development in rural communities in southern Minnesota. We cover a lot of ground on the show today with very diverse perspectives brought to the table. On the show we talk about the current Silicon Valley venture capital model, especially in software, focused on rapid development and exits and how this model is starting to change. We also compare growth of businesses in rural communities with mid- to large sized cities and discuss growing trends of young entrepreneurs moving back to their hometown to start a business to make their community a better place. We wrap up by taking about inclusivity barriers to the entrepreneurial community here in Rochester.

 

Links from the show today:

Rochester Rising’s Mental Wellness: Goal Setting and Time Management Workshop: https://www.facebook.com/events/575164749665204/

 

Collider Coworking

Website: https://www.collider.mn/

Facebook: @collidercoworking

Twitter: @collider_mn

Instagram: @collider_mn

 

CEDA

Website: https://www.cedausa.com/

Facebook: @cedausa

Twitter: @cedausa

Instagram: @ceda_usa

Episode 118: 1 Million Cups Rochester with GoAdvntr

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This week on the show we check in with the latest 1 Million Cups Rochester. 1 Million Cups is an educational event for entrepreneurs that takes place in 183 communities across the United States. At each event, two different entrepreneurs tell their story and ask for help from the community on a specific issue facing their business. At the latest 1 Million Cups Rochester we heard from Brian Kugel, CEO and Founder of Go Advntr. GoAdvntr is a Winona-based business that provides booking of guided adventures and helps people find and rent outdoor equipment. Join the community at the next 1 Million Cups Rochester on Wednesday March 6th at 9AM at the Bleu Duck Kitchen or link up for the livestream of the event on our Facebook page.

 

Links from the podcast: 

GoAdvntr

Website: https://www.goadvntr.com/

Facebook: @GoAdvntr

Instagram: @goadvntr

 

“Strong Women Creating Value” Series nominations: http://rochesterrising.org/main/rochester-rising-seeking-your-nominations-of-visionary-women-in-the-community-for-return-of-strong-women-creating-value-series

Sponsorship inquiries: rochesterrising@gmail.com

 

Thanks to our sponsors for making this podcast happen!

This podcast is brought to you by:

Brandhoot

Website: https://brandhoot.com

Facebook: @BrandHoot

Twitter: @BrandHoot

Episode 115: Talking Business Development with the Realty Edge Team

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Today on the podcast we chat with Dan Kingsley and Kyle Swanson, co-owners of the Realty Edge team, a residential real estate business in Rochester, Minnesota. This interview is part of our #Emerge video series. Check out the abridged version of this show, video-style, on our website! Today on the podcast we talk about Dan and Kyle’s excitement in regard to the growing brewery scene in Rochester. We also chat about their approach to brand development and brand message with Realty Edge, the value of a social network in growing a business, and how they’ve been able to implement a team-based approach with their company.

 

Links from the podcast today:

Realty Edge Website: https://www.therealtyedge.com

Facebook: @TheRealtyEdgeTeam

Twitter: @realtyedgeteam

 

Thanks to our sponsors for making this podcast possible. Today’s show is brought to you by:

Brandhoot: https://brandhoot.com

Facebook: @Brandhoot

Twitter: @Brandhoot

Episode 113: 1 Million Cups Rochester with Lake City Boat Club & Rentals and Busy Bee Meal Prep

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This week on the podcast we catch up with the latest 1 Million Cups Rochester. 1 Million Cups is an educational event for entrepreneurs that takes place the first Wednesday of every month in Rochester and in 184 different communities across the United States. This month we heard the stories of Lake City Boat Club & Rentals and Busy Bee Meal Prep.  

Lake City Boat Club & Rentals rents boats- currently two pontoons and one speed boat- out of the Lake City Marina. Boats can be rented for a half day, a full day, or through a membership. The business hopes to open up a second location this year.

Busy Bee Meal prep was launched this October to deliver frozen, fully prepped meals within a twenty-mile radius of Rochester. Busy Bee delivers three, five, or ten meal packs and utilizes local ingredients as much as possible. The Busy Bee meals are completely prepped, no chopping or measuring required, and can go directly into a crock pot.

Join the community at the next 1 Million Cups Rochester on Wednesday February 6th.

 

Links:

·      1 Million Cups Rochester

o   Website: https://www.1millioncups.com/rochester

o   Facebook: @1MCRochester

o   Instagram: @1millioncupsrochester

·      Lake City Boat Club & Rentals

o   Website: https://lakecity-boatclub.com/

·      Busy Bee Meal Prep

o   Website: https://busybeemealprep.com/

o   Facebook: @busybeemealprepllc

o   Instagram: @busybeemealprep

o   Twitter: @BusyBeeMealPrep

 

Thanks to our sponsors for making this podcast happen! This podcast is brought to you by:

o   The Musicant Group

o   Website: http://www.musicantgroup.com/employment.html

o   Twitter: @musicantgroup

o   Instagram: @musicantgroup 

Episode 112: Ritz Crafters with Danni, Michaelene, and Shelly

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Today on the podcast we sit down with three entrepreneurs and talk about handmade goods! This week we chat with Danni Trester, organizer of Ritz Crafters, and local makers Michaelene Karlen of Ballerina Botanicals Organic Skincare and Shelly Daood of Bound to be Creative. Michaelene is a professional dancer and Miss Minnesota 2018. She founded Ballerina Botanicals a few years ago with her mom after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder. Shelly always felt the need to be creative, leading this mom of three to start selling her handmade, one-of-a-kind hats, even some right off her head.

Today we had a great time recording this four-person podcast (the first that I’ve ever recorded solo!), which included the lights in the room frequently turning off as we were serenaded with dog toys in the background.  

Today on the podcast we talk about how these ladies got started with their maker-style businesses and what strategies they’ve used to grow their companies.

 We also chat about Ritz Crafters, a new-to-Rochester indie craft show coming to the city February 9th. This event will take place at the 4H Building at the Olmsted County Fair Grounds, showcasing new ideas and unique, technical crafting skill sets. Forty-five different vendors will participate in the event.

 

Links from the show today:

Ritz Crafters: https://www.ritzcrafters.com/

Facebook: @RitzCrafters

Instagram: @ritzcrafters

 

Ballerina Botanicals and Organic Skincare: https://www.ballerinabotanicals.com/

Facebook: @BallerinaBotanicals

Instagram: @Michaeleneaballerina

 

Bound to be Creative: https://boundtobecreative.com/

Facebook: @boundtobecreativeshop

Instagram: @boundtobecreative

 

Thanks to our sponsors for making this podcast happen! This podcast is brought to you by:

o   The Musicant Group

o   Website: http://www.musicantgroup.com/employment.html

o   Twitter: @musicantgroup

o   Instagram: @musicantgroup

Episode 111: Top Podcasts of 2018

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Today on the show we take a look back at some of the top podcasts of 2018!

First off, we listen in to Episode 66 from January with Garret Sorensen of Mandala Tea. Mandala Tea is a thirteen-year-old business that imports and sells Chinese and Taiwanese teas. On the show today, we listen to a portion of Episode 66 where Garret talks about the foundation of Mandala Tea, the keys to running a business for thirteen years, and how different perspectives can revitalize a company.

o   Website: https://www.mandalatea.com/

o   Twitter: Mandala_Tea

o   Instagram: @mandalatea

Next we listen in to Episode 90, recorded in July, where we had a discussion about mental health and entrepreneurs with local innovators Chris Lukenbill and Rosei Skipper. This was one of my favorite podcasts of the year, talking about a largely overlooked, and sometimes taboo, topic. On the show today, we talk about the reality of mental health issues in entrepreneurs and why founders might be more susceptible to mental illness. This was a two-part series, with a continued conversation on Episode 92. Here at Rochester Rising, we feel that mental health is such an overlooked issue in entrepreneurs that we are developing some new wellness programming for 2019. Please take a few moments to fill out this survey to help us provide what is needed in the community.

o   Twitter: @roseiskipper, @ChrisLukenbill

Then we fast-forward to August with Episode 95 talking to the owner and studio manager of Orangetheory Fitness Rochester, Mackenzie McCormack. Orangetheory Fitness is a one-hour total body workout focused on endurance, strength, and power using heartrate-based interval training. This studio just opened its doors in December in the Apache Mall. On the show today, we listen to a portion of Episode 95 where Mackenzie talks about Orangetheory Fitness, what it was like to open a franchise, and why she wanted to launch this type of business.

o   Website: https://rochester.orangetheoryfitness.com/

o   Instagram: @orangetheoryrochestermn

And finally, we check back in with Episode 104, recorded in October, where we sat down with the new president of Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc. (RAEDI) Ryan Nolander. RAEDI is a private/public partnership for economic development that serves Rochester and the surrounding four county area. Ryan began his career with RAEDI this June after spending close to thirteen years with the Albert Lea Economic Development Agency. On the show today, we hear Ryan talk about RAEDI, how the organization works with local businesses, and what initially drew him to economic development in Rochester.

o   Website: http://www.raedi.com/

o   Twitter: @RaediInfo

 

Thanks to our sponsors for making this podcast happen! This podcast is brought to you by:

Riverwalk Rochester

o   Website: https://riverwalkrochester.com/

o   Instagram: @riverwalkrochester

The Musicant Group

o   Website: http://www.musicantgroup.com/

o   Twitter: @musicantgroup

o   Instagram: @musicantgroup

Alsbrook Accounting

o   Website: https://www.alsbrookaccounting.com/

Episode 109: How to Maintain Customer Relationships and when to Cut Ties

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Today on the podcast we sit down with local entrepreneur, licensed realtor, and real estate investor Zoey Jantsan to discuss customer relationships and how to recognize when it’s time to cut ties. On the show today, we talk about:

 

o   How Zoey manages her customer relationships, especially with the long-term clients she sees in real estate.

o   How she turns leads into clients.

o   Zoey’s methods to keep in touch with clients including texting, emailing, and calling, which she finds a natural fit. She also does “old school stuff” like sending handwritten notes to clients.

o   How to recognize when a point is reached in a customer relationship when it’s clear both parties needs are not being met.

o   We talk about how Zoey tried to acquire “any and every” client in the beginning phase of her business.

o   She explained how, later on, she learned to perform a risk assessment of her time to decide if what she could give would meet a particular customer’s needs.

o   The value of prioritizing what you do in your business and how this also affects your personal life.

o   How to personally move on and pick yourself up after a “failed” customer relationship.

o   We talk about the value in setting expectations early on in the customer relationship.

o   Zoey chatted about past experiences that helped her understand what processes and procedures she needed to have in place in her business to establish better expectations with her clients.

 

You can find out more about Zoey on the web at www.CharlieAndZoey.com, on Facebook @CharlieandZoey, and on Instagram @charlieandzoey_realtors.

Episode 108: GEW and the Founding Story of Sonex Health

Sonex Health founding member Dr. Darryl Barnes.

Sonex Health founding member Dr. Darryl Barnes.

This week on the podcast we take one final peek back at this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week and recap one of the best kept tales of Rochester, the founding story of Sonex Health. Sonex Health was launched in 2014 by local physicians Darryl Barnes and Jay Smith alongside business operations expert Aaron Keenan. The company was founded to improve patient outcomes, enhance the patient experience, and increase practice efficiencies, especially in the field of ultrasound guided surgery. Sonex Health addresses compression neuropathies, with specific focus on carpal tunnel syndrome. Their solution, the SX-One MicroKnife with Meerkat Technology, allows physicians to treat carpal tunnel patients in their office, with local anesthetic and 5-millimeter incision in a “walk in, walk out” procedure. This allows patients to recover in 3-6 days instead of the normal 2-6 weeks seen in the current gold standard surgical carpal tunnel practice.  Sonex Health has raised $1.87M in seed funding and $2.5M in a convertible debt round. They are now looking to raise Series A funding to commercialize their product.

Founder Darryl Barnes said the Sonex team was one of the biggest reasons for the success of the company.  He explained, “I think if there’s anything I would say if you’re going to do this is to really partner with people who have a passion for what they do and are able to share the vision.”

Episode 105: Jamie Sundsbak and Collider Coworking

Photo courtesy of Collider Coworking.

Photo courtesy of Collider Coworking.

Today on the show we sit down with Jamie Sundsbak, Community Manager of Collider Coworking. Collider Coworking is an open coworking space in downtown Rochester, launched on August 15, 2016. Collider was originally envisioned as a space for entrepreneurs to work and connect. But since its opening, the coworking space has become home to many freelancers and remote workers, shifting Collider’s mission to helping these people connect with the Rochester community at large to keep this talent in the city. On the podcast today, we talk a bit about the challenge of launching a coworking space in a city like Rochester, where the concept was new. Since its launch, Collider has primarily grown by word of mouth and by just getting people through the doors to see the space. Collider was born out of Jamie’s mission to create a more robust entrepreneurial community for Rochester. The coworking space has a warehouse feel and includes its own hand-drawn Sasquatch. The business aims to promote creativity, social interactions, and work just getting done in Rochester’s entrepreneurial and innovation sectors. As the year ends, Collider is working on two new initiatives. The first is a nonprofit arm of the business to open up the business to additional funding sources and to support the organization’s work to create an inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem. Collider will launch an additional location soon, called Collider 424. This space is located in a disused building on the Mayo Clinic campus and will primarily be private offices.

Episode 104: Ryan Nolander and RAEDI

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This week on the podcast with sit down and chat with Ryan Nolander, President of Rochester Area Economic Development Inc, or RAEDI. RAEDI is a private/public partnership for economic development that serves Rochester and the surrounding four county area including Olmsted, Dodge, Fillmore, and Wabasha Counties. Ryan began his career with RAEDI this June after spending close to thirteen years with the Albert Lea Economic Development Agency. On the podcast today, we talk about:

·      How RAEDI assists local businesses and performs economic development in the region.

·      RAEDI’s focus on entrepreneurial development with the Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator, the Economic Development Fund (EDF) and the Southeast Minnesota Capital Fund.

·      Progress with the EDF over the past years, including the lending of $1.8M (all approved by Rochester City Council) for fifteen different projects. These loans have allowed the recipient businesses to go on to raise $72M in funds and to create one hundred jobs.

·      Progress with the Southeast Minnesota Capital fund, which closed at $2M in June with fifty-six total investors and has invested $500,000 thus far across five different projects.

·      Ryan’s time performing economic development in Albert Lea and how that differs from activity currently taking place in Rochester.

·      What attracted Ryan to the Rochester area.

·      Ryan’s view on entrepreneurial activity taking place in this city.

Episode 103: Janessa Nickell and Sacred Circle

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Today on the podcast we sit down with local entrepreneur Janessa Nickell and learn about her brand-new business Sacred Circle. Sacred Circle is a space for people to learn, connect, grow, and understand more about themselves through introspection and reflection. Today on the podcast we talk about:

 

·       The energy that Janessa sees in Rochester’s entrepreneurial community right now.

·       The need for authenticity and being able to form deeper connections with ourselves and with others.

·       The initial classes and programming offered by Sacred Circle.

·       What the transition from a long-term career to full-time entrepreneurship with Sacred Circle has been like.

·       Janessa’s personal mission with Sacred Circle, which was born to reduce major burnout in her own life and has resulted in a significant shift in her mind set over the past year.

 

“I’m encouraged to look around and see how people are willing to take risks and are willing to try something different and build something unique.” -Janessa Nickell, founder of Sacred Circle

Episode 102: Thaddeus Medical Systems and Extreme Sandbox

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This week on the podcast we listen in to some audio from the latest 1 Million Cups Rochester. 1 Million Cups is an educational program for entrepreneurs that takes place in 180 different communities across the United States. At the most recent 1 Million Cups Rochester, we heard from Rochester based biotech business Thaddeus Medical Systems and Minnesota based company Extreme Sandbox.

·      Thaddeus Medical Systems is making a smart packaging solution for temperature sensitive products.

o   $35B is wasted in the cold supply chain each year through temperature excursions and lost packages.

o   Currently, only passive tech exists, like gel packs and Styrofoam, to protect temperature sensitive products during shipment.

o   Thaddeus Medical Systems is addressing this problem through their active, reusable, battery powered solution that includes real-time tracking of packages, temperature history profiles, and package content descriptions to increase transparency in the cold supply chain process.

·      Extreme Sandbox is a heavy adventure equipment company that allows adults to play on construction equipment for fun.

o   Extreme Sandbox was launched in 2012 and pitched on the show Shark Tank in 2016.

o   The business has three locations, two in the Twin Cities area and one in northern Texas.

o   Extreme Sandbox utilizes three primary revenue streams: individuals, corporate team building events, and student experiential learning excursions.

Join us at the next 1 Million Cups Rochester on Wednesday November 7th (during Global Entrepreneurship Week) at 9AM in the Bleu Duck Kitchen event space as we hear from local business Busy Baby LLC.