the lost & found podcast

This podcast was created to capture the journey of entrepreneurs and small business owners who participate in our collaborative Startup programs. They come to us feeling lost - sometimes because they are overwhelmed or stuck, but usually because they have disconnected (often unknowingly) from the reason they started or took over the business in the first place. Through the workshops, we help them fall back in love with their business and find a renewed passion for their work. And they do. And that changes everything.

These are their stories.



Betsy Bonnema
Podcast Host
Startup Founder & Facilitator 
Owner of Redstar 


Inside the programs that fuel our stories

This podcast is a labor of love coming out of our Startup workshop experiences. In this special episode, Jenna Thorson interviews Betsy Bonnema to learn more about the origins of Startup and the concept for this podcast. Betsy shares her belief that small businesses in rural Minnesota are the lifeblood or our communities and the unsung heroes of today's challenging times. Through Lost & Found, we hope you enjoy hearing from these brave, passionate people as much as we did witnessing and gathering their stories.

episode #1

Kat's Hog Heaven, Waverly Cafe & The Stonehouse & Quarry

This episode was full of energy & passion. These three business owners are all in the restaurant industry and were all working through the challenges of COVID during our Startup Reinvention Workshop. Hear how they faced challenges, collaborated, and came out the other side with renewed passion, and in some cases, a whole new brand. We were missing the voice of Anne Kells of After Five Supper Club, who was also part of our workshop group! 


Donnie Schoenrock
Owner of Kat's Hog Heaven
Jackson, MN


Sarah Larson
Owner of Waverly Cafe
Waverly, MN


JoAnn Arbach
Owner of Stonehouse & Quarry
Pipestone, MN 

episode #2

Bluenose Gopher Public House, Painted Prairie Vineyard, and Forbidden Barrel Brewing Company

This episode brought together a unique group with similar business types but very different business models. One was a cooperative pub, one was a destination winery and one was a brewery. All three had just opened (or re-opened) in 2019 and were gaining some great momentum when COVID hit. Learn how they faced the marketing and business challenges of not only starting up, but working through a global pandemic, then coming out the other side with a renewed commitment to their businesses. We were missing voices from Take 16 Brewing Company who was also part of our Reinvention Workshop. 


Melissa Peterson
Chair of Bluenose Gopher Public House
Granite Falls, MN



Andy & Krista Kopperud
Owners of Painted Prairie
Currie, MN



Brent Droll
Owner of Forbidden Barrel Brewing Company
Worthington, MN 


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