entrepreneurship

Episode 147: From the Edge with Tiffany and Traci

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This week on the podcast we listen in to our latest in the “From the Edge” podcast series talking trends in entrepreneurship. This week we’re joined by Tiffany Piotrowicz, Owner of TerraLoco, and Traci Downs, Co-Owner of Café Steam and Executive Director of the Collider Foundation.

 

On the podcast today we talk about:

  • Collaborations and other emerging opportunities for local businesses, including TerraLoco’s $5 5Ks.

  • The value of getting out of your normal working environment to foster sometimes unexpected collaborations.

  • Being part of a community and the importance of personal connections to instill a sense of belonging.

  • Growing momentum in the Rochester business community, especially with the emergence of new pitch competitions and education.

  • Reframing failure.

  • The importance of not building a startup alone.

 

Links from the podcast today:

TerraLoco:

Website: https://www.runterraloco.com/

Facebook: @terralocomn

Instagram: @terralocomn

 

Café Steam:

Website: http://steam.coffee/

Facebook: @cafesteam

Twitter: @cafesteamMN

Instagram: @cafesteam

 

Collider Foundation:

Website: https://colliderfoundation.org/

Facebook: @colliderfoundation

 

Managing Wellness as an Entrepreneur: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/managing-wellness-as-an-entrepreneur-tickets-75341304871

 

Music Attribution: 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 sponsored by:

LiveAtom

Website: https://liveatom.com/

Facebook: @liveatomnow

Twitter: @LiveAtomNow

Episode 145: Cindy Clayton and Healthy Start

(From left to right) Cindy Clayton and Judy Vogelsang at Healthy Start in Byron, MN.

(From left to right) Cindy Clayton and Judy Vogelsang at Healthy Start in Byron, MN.

This week on the podcast we record on the road with Cindy Clayton, Owner and Health Coach at Healthy Start in Byron, MN. Healthy Start offers meal-replacement shakes, aloe, tea, and energy drinks. The business opened its doors on January 17th in Byron Town Square.

 

On the podcast today we talk about:

  • The market opportunity Cindy saw for a health business in Byron.

  • Cindy’s passion to help people meet their health and fitness goals.

  • Cindy’s own weight loss journey to shed seventy-seven pounds.

  • The research and decision to open Healthy Start in Byron.

  • The learning opportunity Cindy had at Healthy Impact in Faribault as a model for her business.

  • Important lessons learned, including the value of getting involved in the local business community.

  • Cindy’s favorite part of the business (meeting people) and her least favorite part of the business (the bookkeeping).

  • The value of social media marketing in spreading awareness of Healthy Start.

 

Links from the podcast today:

Healthy Start

Facebook: @HealthyStartByron

 

Music Attribution: 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 143: From the Edge with Matt and Jamie

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This week on the podcast we share the latest in our “From the Edge” series talking trends in entrepreneurship. This month we’re joined by local corporate and patent attorney Matt Smyth and Jamie Sundsbak, Community Manager of Collider Coworking.

 

On the show today we chat about:

·      The sharing economy and the sustainability of these platforms.

·      Trends toward slower and more steady business growth.

·      Changing office environments.

·      The reality of working with remote teams and how to effectively communicate when not in the same location.

·      Keys to successful work groups.

·      The importance of physical proximity for working relationships and collaboration.

 

Links from the podcast today:

Headland Law & Strategy

Website: https://www.headlandlaw.com/

 

Collider Coworking

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

Facebook: @collidercoworking

Instagram: @collider_mn

Twitter: @collider_mn

 

Music Attribution: 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: https://www.facebook.com/Alsbrook-Accounting-PC-188399485212470/

Twitter: @AlsbrookAccntg

Episode 140: Linda and Amy Lorber of Figue

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This week on the podcast we welcome the mother and daughter team of Linda and Amy Lorber! This pair owns and runs Gardenaire, a business that uses organic products to produce and sell teas, spices, syrups, shrubs, drinking chocolates, and marshmallows. The Lorbers are now expanding into a retail space to celebrate food with their latest endeavor, Figue.  

 

On the podcast today we chat about:

  • Amy’s first foray into entrepreneurship with a jam company.

  • Childhood memories of food.

  • Organic growth of Gardenaire and the challenge of finding commercial kitchen space in Rochester.

  • The goal of Figue to allow people to celebrate food through local food products and cooking classes.

  • The wealth of food knowledge housed in Rochester.

  • The canine business mascot Mr. Rusty Buckets.

  • Local resources and tools useful for growing a business in Rochester, including the SBDC and peer groups through the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation and the Rochester Farmer’s Market.

 

Links from the podcast today:

Gardenaire

Website: https://www.gardenaire.co/

Facebook: @thegardenaire

Twitter: @thegardenaire

Instagram: @thegardenaire

 

Music Attribution: 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: https://www.facebook.com/Alsbrook-Accounting-PC-188399485212470/

Twitter: @AlsbrookAccntg

Episode 138: Dustin Walker and Revision2

Photo courtesy of Revision2.

Photo courtesy of Revision2.

Today on the podcast we chat with local innovator Dustin Walker, Founder of Revision2. This solo entrepreneur has created a working prototype of a tubular, aerodynamic solar panel that can be mounted directly onto utility poles. The prototype is sixteen feet long and contains 148 solar cells.

 

On the podcast today we chat about:

·      Residential, commercial, and utility scale solar panel use in Minnesota.

·      The focus of Revision2 on clean energy, clean living, and emerging industry opportunities.

·      How becoming a parent and a challenge from his 7-year-old son launched Dustin’s journey into clean energy innovation.

·      Aim of the startup to source manufacturing and supply chain and gain traction with local utility companies.

·      Dustin’s use of the Minnesota Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for business advice and mentorship.

·      His goal to build out the team and land funding in order to obtain some purchase orders of the solar panel over the next year.

 

Links from the podcast:

Rochester Rising Communication Session, Mental Health: https://www.facebook.com/events/2437009946576323/

 

Music Attribution:

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 134: 1 Million Cups Rochester with Live.Give.Save. and Jeb Taylor Knives

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This week on the podcast we listen in to some storytelling from the June 1 Million Cups Rochester. 1 Million Cups is an event that occurs every Wednesday across the nation to caffeinate entrepreneurs. 1 Million Cups Rochester takes place the first Wednesday of every month at 9AM in the Bleu Duck Kitchen event space. This month we heard from two great entrepreneurs: Susan Langer, CEO of Live.Give.Save and Jeb Taylor, Founder of Jeb Taylor Knives. This was an amazing display of the very diverse entrepreneurship taking place in our city, so listen in to learn more!

 

Links from the podcast today:

1 Million Cups Rochester

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

Facebook: @1MCRochester

Twitter: @1MillionCupsRST

Instagram: @1millioncupsrochester

 

Live.Give.Save.

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

Facebook: @spavenow

Twitter: @livegivesave

Instagram: @spavenow

 

Jeb Taylor Knives

Website: https://jebtaylorknives.com/

Facebook: @jebtaylorknives

Instagram: @jeb_taylor_knives

 

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:

LiveAtom

Website: https://liveatom.com/

Facebook: @liveatomnow

Twitter: @LiveAtomNow

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 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 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 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 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 92: Discussing Mental Health and Entrepreneurs with Rosei and Chris, Part 2

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This week on the podcast, we wrap up the final part of our discussion talking about mental health and entrepreneurs with Rosei Skipper and Chris Lukenbill. Check back in with Episode 90 to hear the first part of this podcast.

Today on the show we talk about:

·      The stress and anxiety that results from tying your self-worth to your business.

·      Having contingency plans.

·      Why this is the prime time in Rochester to be an entrepreneur.

·      The importance of tying your identity to something outside of your business or career.

·      Methods that we can use as a community to start removing the stigma around mental health in our entrepreneurial ecosystem.

·      The negativity of a culture that glorifies working excessive hours.

·      Moments that have kept us going as entrepreneurs.

·      The idea that when you say “yes” to one opportunity, you by default say “no” to other opportunities.

·      The danger of living at the excessive extremes.

·      Thoughts on the use of technology to facilitate meditation and stress relief.

This week we also check in with SCORE Southeast Minnesota to answer the question, “Does SCORE provide loans or financial capital to small businesses?”

Episode 90: Discussing Mental Health and Entrepreneurs with Rosei and Chris, Part 1

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Today on the podcast we air the first in a two-part conversation about mental health and entrepreneurs with local innovators Rosei Skipper and Chris Lukenbill. On the show today, we talk about:

·      Our own experiences with depression, anxiety, and stress as entrepreneurs.

·      The importance of talking about our experiences with mental illness.

·      Feelings of isolation during entrepreneurship that may help to exacerbate mental health issues.

·      Methods of stress relief.

·      Expectations and managing the ups and downs associated with entrepreneurship.

·      Reasons why entrepreneurs may be more prone to develop mental illness than the general population.

·      What happens when your self-identity becomes deeply rooted to your business.

·      “Skill stacking” and how past experiences help you develop unique abilities, which are not necessarily linked to your business.

·      The fallacy of “finding your passion.”

 

“Some of the times being self-aware and understanding that part of entrepreneurship, the biggest part of entrepreneurship, is that it’s a constant roller coaster. The ups and downs are just a part of the game. That’s how it always goes. It’s usually a lot of downs and it’s a lot of downs that don’t have immediate successes following. You have to be okay with that. You have to be able to find somebody to talk to.” -Chris Lukenbill

Also on the podcast, we link up with SCORE Southeast Minnesota mentor Brian Alwin to answer the question, “Do I really need a business plan?”.

Episode 70: April Dahl and Dahl Dance

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This week on the podcast we travel out to Dahl Dance studio to speak with owner April Dahl. Dahl Dance is a professional social dance studio that teaches nineteen different dances, including swing and Argentine Tango, to adults. April and her husband Gary opened up the studio in 2005 in Rochester and have been operating the business for thirteen years. This week on the podcast, we talk about Dahl Dance’s move to their brand-new space, what it takes to successfully run a business for over a decade, and the studio’s involvement in the Rochester Dancing for the Arts program this spring.

“Just remember when you’re running a business that it’s all about the relationship.” -April Dahl

Episode 68: Winona State University + Information Technology Expert Panel, Part 2

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This week on the podcast, we listen in to the final portion of audio from a recent Information Technology (IT) Expert Panel with Winona State University Rochester and Collider Coworking. This panel event facilitated an “open and fluid” conversation about IT in Rochester, talent and educational needs in the field, and how higher education organizations like Winona State can help to fill these gaps. The podcast today is the second in this two part series from the discussion. The expert IT panel at the event included David Borrillo of CoreLogic, Nadia Wood of The Hybrids, and Chris Lukenbill of Fresh with Edge. In this final part of the discussion, the panel talked about the importance of developing a business around their IT product, lessons they learned while building a company, what they look for when hiring talent for a startup, and the reality of working with a remote team.

“It’s not just about developing a software solution. It’s also about…the business around it.” –Nadia Wood, Founder of The Hybrids

Episode 60: Talking Family Business, Buttons, and Digital Marketing with PJ Calkins

This week on the podcast we chat with Rochester resident and longtime entrepreneur PJ Calkins. PJ began his entrepreneurial career at the age of eleven, where he and his siblings manufactured and sold pin-back buttons door to door. A few years later, the family took the business online, becoming the first pin-back button company selling on the internet. On the show today we talk about PJ’s involvement with his family’s business, how digital marketing can help your company, and what the temperature of the entrepreneurial climate is like right now for young professionals.

Diverge Part 4.3: Becky Montpetit and Rochester MN Moms Blog

This week on the podcast we listen in to the full interview with Becky Montpetit, Founder of Rochester MN Moms Blog, in our Diverge series. This is the final piece of our multi-part series where we explore the stories of four Rochester entrepreneurs who left long careers to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.

“I think it’s really important to look at where your passions are and where your passions lie. Sometimes, we sit in a job or a career and we realize that we really love it and love what you’re doing, but there is that missing piece of fulfillment.” –Becky Montpetit

Photo Credit: Gina Zeidler Photography