Female Entrepreneurship

Diverge Part 3.2: Jackie and Ryan Steiner and UNRAVELED Escape Room

This week we listen in to the latest story in our Diverge series, where we explore the journeys of four Rochester entrepreneurs who left long careers to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. Today we listen in to the full interview with Ryan and Jackie Steiner, owners of UNRAVELED Escape Room.

“You surround yourself with people who tell you you can’t do it, and pretty soon you think you can’t do it. …Luckily we’re strong enough individuals.” –Ryan Steiner

Diverge Part 2.2: Rosei Skipper with Rosei Skipper Yoga and Wellness

Photo credit: M Brandt Photography

Our podcast this week features the latest installment in our Diverge series, where we tell the stories of four entrepreneurs who took significant risk to change career paths. On the show today, we speak with local entrepreneur Rosei Skipper. Rosei is a trained medical doctor who completed a five-year residency program at Mayo Clinic in Adult and Child Psychiatry. Now, she teaches yoga and barre classes around town and holds individual and group yoga and meditation classes through her business, Rosei Skipper Yoga and Wellness. On the podcast today, we listen in to Rosei’s full interview, where she talks about her career divergence from psychiatrist to yoga, wellness, and social media guru. 

“The first step for me was actually to practice the thing. You don’t have to make any big change in your life to just start moving in a new direction.” –Rosei Skipper

Episode 50: Brittany Fenley and Platinum Studios

This week on the podcast we sit down with local entrepreneur Brittany Fenley of Platinum Studios Dance and Pageantry. Platinum Studios is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit that offers full scholarship opportunities to children in Rochester and the surrounding community. The studio focuses on children between the ages of three and seventeen and teaches ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, and cheer. They also offer a dance competition program and natural pageantry experience.

“Don’t be afraid to ask for help because there are people out there who want to help you. If someone says no, move on to the next one.” –Brittany Fenley Owner of Platinum Studios

Episode 44: The Story Behind the Digital Solutions Company The Hybrids

This week on the podcast we hear from local digital solutions company The Hybrids. Software developers Nadia and Trent Wood launched the startup in late 2014 to provide web application development, website design, and solution design services. Their first product, Community Care Connections, is a data management system that connects people with healthcare educational programs.

Episode 40: Ali McDowell and AM Fitness

This week on the podcast we talk with Ali McDowell, a young female entrepreneur bringing her in-home and online personal training service, AM Fitness, to Rochester. AM Fitness offers a range of in-home services including rehabilitation, pre- and postnatal fitness, sports performance, fat loss, and nutritional guidance. Online services incorporate individualized weekly workouts and nutritional programming. Listen in today as we talk about the ins and outs of launching a new business in Rochester and the direction that Ali sees fitness headed in the future.

“The thing with entrepreneurship is, my biggest takeaways are risk. Take big risks and be really patient and realize that things are not going to happen overnight.” –Ali McDowell, Owner of AM Fitness

Episode 37: Sarah Pacchetti and FireFly

This week on the podcast we talk with local business owner Sarah Pacchetti. Sarah is the owner of FireFly, a unique barre fitness boutique in the heart of downtown Rochester that merges an urban vibe with a Midwestern welcoming atmosphere. FireFly is a BarreAmped certified studio and was the first Pound certified venue in Minnesota.

“I would say that you definitely have to be stubborn. There’s so many times when you’re starting a business that you just want to give up. …So you just have to have that stubbornness to see it through and know that it just takes time.” -Sarah Pacchetti (on starting a small business).

Photo courtesy of FireFly.

Episode 36: Spring Membership Drive and Favorite Rochester Entrepreneurial Quotes

This week on the podcast we talk about our spring sustaining membership drive, which will move Rochester Rising one step closer to becoming a stable part of the city’s entrepreneurial community. Listen in to learn about the drive and how you can become a champion of Rochester’s homegrown innovators. We also share some of our favorite quotes from Rochester’s entrepreneurs that we’ve collected over the past ten months of Rochester Rising.

Episode 30: The Rochester Startup Part Nine-Tinua

This week on the podcast, we continue with part nine of “The Rochester Startup” series. This week we speak with Tinua, a tenant of Collider Coworking. Tinua is an emerging startup converting gift cards into the currency of charitable giving, starting a movement of doing good one gift card at a time. Today we chat with Founder Tori Utley, a licensed chemical dependency counselor and founder of several nonprofits, about Tinua’s growth and her journey as a new, fulltime entrepreneur.

“[Tinua] really for me fells like the excitement of both worlds: the heart of the nonprofit sector but the fun and strategy of technology,” she explained.

She advised potential entrepreneurs that “there’s no qualification to be the right person or not. And because of that, you are the right person to pursue [your idea]. And so I think if you’re passionate about making a difference. …If you think that there’s a way to do something better or bring something to market that hasn’t been done before, just do it, because you never know what the outcome could be.”

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Episode 27: Tinua and Twisted Barrel Wood Fired Pizza

This week, we listen in on some audio from the very first 1 Million Cups Rochester. We had two Rochester entrepreneurs speak at this event: Tori Utley of Tinua and Derrick Chapman of Twisted Barrel Wood Fired Pizza.

  • Tinua is developing a digital platform and mobile application to transform unused funds on gift cards into tools they believe can save lives.
  • Twisted Barrel Wood Fired Pizza is Rochester’s hottest food truck, cooking pizzas between 900-1000 degrees.

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