Episode 130: Leah, Eileen, and Tyler with Canvas and Chardonnay

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Today on the show we sit down with the owners of Canvas and Chardonnay Leah Joy Bee, Eileen Bruns, and Tyler Aug. Canvas and Chardonnay, located in the heart of historic downtown Rochester, is an “art and community space where people of all ages, however you identify, are welcome.” The space offers numerous art classes, live music, yoga, a book and crystal emporium, and much more. On the podcast today we talk more about Canvas and Chardonnay, discuss how the business has grown since this trio purchased it last May, talk about plans for the future, and learn what current initiatives taking place in Rochester’s innovation community these entrepreneurs think everyone should know about.  

 

Links from the show today:

Canvas and Chardonnay

Website: https://canvasandchardonnay.com/

Facebook: @CanvasandChardonnay

Instagram: @canvasandchardonnay

 

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 127: WE Forum: Women in Leadership: Building on Your Strengths

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This week we break down a recent women’s entrepreneurial event in the community organized by Christine Beech of the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies and Heather Holmes of Rochester Economic Development Inc. (RAEDI). This panel event was focused on “Women in Leadership- Building on your Strengths.” The panel featured five amazingly powerful women in the community including: Melissa Brinkman, CEO of Custom Alarm/Custom Communications; Lisa Clarke, Executive Director of the DMC Economic Development Agency; Kathleen Harrington, President of the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce; Kim Norton, Mayor of Rochester; and Cindy Steinhauser, Director of Community Development with the City of Rochester. This was another amazing and much needed event for women entrepreneurs that touched on many topics including self-deprecation in women, tokenism, the value of mentorship, bad bosses, not asking permission, and embracing power to enact change. 

If you missed the event, of course listen in to this podcast for a recap! You can also watch the recorded Facebook live stream on the WE Forum #rochmn Facebook page.  

  

Links from the show today:

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 124: Strong Women Creating Value

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This week on the podcast we wrap up our “Strong Women Creating Value” Series for Women’s History Month, sharing the stories of four strong female leaders in the community. Each of these women was nominated for the series from their peers based on their valuable contributions to the community. Join us today as we hear the stories of Christine Beech, Executive Director of the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies; Danielle Teal, Founder of Caring Acts of Kindness Everywhere; Amanda Steele and Brittany Baker, Owners of MedCity Doulas; and Stacy Lequire, Owner of Vitality Chiropractic.

Join us on our website at for more stories about these strong women!

 

Links from the show today:

 

Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies

Website:https://www.smumn.edu/about/institutes-affiliates/kabara-institute-for-entrepreneurial-studies

Facebook: @kabarasmumn

Twitter: @kabarasmumn

 

Caring Acts of Kindness Everywhere

Facebook: @cakerochmn

 

MedCity Doulas

Website: http://www.medcitydoulas.com/

Facebook: @medcitydoulas

Twitter: @medcitydoulas

Instagram: @medcitydoulas

 

Vitality Chiropractic

Website: https://www.vitalityrochester.com/meet-our-doctors/

Facebook: @vitalitychiropracticandmassage

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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 122: From the Edge with Janessa Nickell and Tiffany Alexandria

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Photo by AJ Montpetit.

Today we listen in to our latest in the “From the Edge” podcast series where we discuss current trends taking place in the entrepreneurial community. This week on the show we welcome Janessa Nickell and Tiffany Alexandria. Janessa is a business strategy consultant turned entrepreneur with the launch of her new self-care business Sacred Circle Community. Tiffany is a former window display designer turned content creator and food blogger. Tiffany currently runs the Taiwanese food blog CHOOCHOO-ca-CHEW. Today on the show we cover of variety of topics including a return to our authentic cooking roots, the changing food and food community scene in Rochester, the importance of shopping local, diversity and inclusion, gender gaps in entrepreneurship, and the value of inspiration capital.

Join us for this engaging talk as part of Women’s History Month 2019!

 

Links from the show:

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

Sacred Circle Community

Website: https://www.sacredcirclecommunity.com/

Facebook: @sacredcircleconnect

Instagram: @sacredcirclecommunity

 

CHOOCHOO-ca-CHEW

Website: https://choochoocachew.com/

Facebook: @choochoocachew

Instagram: @choochoocachew

 

Music

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 121: 1 Million Cups Rochester with Guardian Athletics and The Bee Shed

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Today on the show we listen in to the storytelling portion of the latest 1 Million Cups Rochester. 1 Million Cups is an educational event that takes place in 180 different communities across the country. At each 1 Million Cups, two different entrepreneurs share their story and ask the community for help on a specific aspect of business development. At the March 1 Million Cups Rochester we heard from Jeff Chambers, Founder and CEO of Guardian Athletics, and Chris Schad, Cofounder of The Bee Shed. Guardian Athletics is a sports safety company. Their main product, called Kato Collar, is designed to slow down head movement after a contact hit. Guardian Athletics in currently in fundraising mode after finishing their proof of concept in the fall. The Bee Shed is a B-corporation producing and selling honey, offering pollination services, and selling bees. The business also educates the public about bees and pollination habitats, promotes the development of pollination habitats, and provides mentorship for new bee keepers.

 

Links from the show:

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

 

1 Million Cups Rochester

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

Facebook: @1MCRochester

Twitter: @1MillionCupsRST

Instagram: @1millioncupsrochester

 

Guardian Athletics

Website: https://guardianathletics.com/

Facebook: @athleticsguardian

Instagram: @guardianathletics

 

The Bee Shed

Website: https://www.thebeeshed.com/

Facebook: @TheBeeShed

Instagram: @shedthebee

 

Music

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 117: Products & Services, Who Are You Designing Them For? (Part 2) with Ahmed Makkawy

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Today on the show we listen in to part 2 of a talk from local user experience design expert Ahmed Makkawy: “Products & Services: Who Are You Designing Them For?”

 This talk is part of the Business Experts Series organized by Winona State University and Collider Coworking. On the podcast today, Ahmed wraps up this discussion talking about the importance of the whole environment in user-centered design. Lastly, he takes a brief glimpse at the designing and framing process, where you listen to capture the voice of potential users of your product or service and begin to design a product or service based on user needs.

Listen in to Episode 116 for the first part of this talk.

 

Links from the show today:

Saharafox Creative Agency

Website: http://www.saharafox.com/

Facebook: @saharafox

Twitter: @saharafox

 

Link to the survey about mental health in the entrepreneurial community: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdxH1smaPlosg31-fv5XsIxClU4sU7FaTBbcVv0_U8w5cJYJA/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

Send nominations for the “Strong Women Creating Value” series to: 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 116: Products & Services, Who Are You Designing Them For? (Part 1) with Ahmed Makkawy

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Today on the show we check in with local user experience design expert Ahmed Makkawy for the first part of his talk: Products & Services: Who Are You Designing Them For?  

This talk is part of the Business Experts Series organized by Winona State University and Collider Coworking.  

On the podcast today, Ahmed talks about his diverse user design experience, starting with his first job in Rochester as a software engineer for IBM. Since that time, Ahmed has worked with a variety of different local businesses getting experience in design for multiple target markets, including real estate and healthcare. In his talk today, Ahmed discusses how to best align and task your team to maximize your chances for success in product design and to avoid costly design errors. He talks about the value of charging your whole team to create a user-centered design. And finally, he discusses the value in getting user feedback on your product design and the utility in creating user personas.

 

Links from the show today:

Saharafox Creative Agency

Website: http://www.saharafox.com/

Facebook: @saharafox

Twitter: @saharafox

Thanks to our sponsors for making this podcast happen!

This podcast is brought to you by:

Alsbrook Accounting

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

 And

Brandhoot

Website: https://brandhoot.com

Facebook: @BrandHoot

Twitter: @BrandHoot

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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 114: From the Edge with Chris Peterson

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Today we launch a brand-new series on the Rochester Rising podcast: From the Edge. For this series we brought on a co-host, Jamie Sundsbak, Community Manager of Collider Coworking. We also welcomed Chris Peterson, CEO of PayGo, a Rochester company creating retail software, to the podcast as our first guest for this series. On the show today, we asked all the guests to bring one trend taking place in the Rochester community to the podcasting table to enable a low key, sometimes humorous, chat about the culture of our entrepreneurial ecosystem. We covered a lot in our first From the Edge podcast including the value of giving honest and open feedback to businesses, the exit of old businesses and entry of new businesses into our ecosystem, and the many developments that have already taken place this calendar year. There was also some talk about a new Sasquatch-based VR/AR ad system. You pretty much just have to listen in.

Links from the show today:

PayGo: website (https://paygopos.com/);

Facebook (@paygopos)

Twitter (@paygopos)

Instagram (@paygopos)

 

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

The Musicant Group: website: http://www.musicantgroup.com/employment.html

Twitter: @musicantgroup

Instagram: @musicantgroup

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/