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.
Clay Coyote and Compass Occasions
We got to know these two businesses through a Startup Reinvention program in the fall of 2020. At that time, they were experiencing a second wave of COVID shutdowns with uncertainty swirling everywhere. In true entrepreneurial fashion, both businesses had bravely made significant changes to their businesses in the midst of the pandemic. Clay Coyote had relocated and opened their new gallery in downtown Hutchinson, while Compass Occasions had remodeled and opened a new event space just a few blocks away. Listen to our conversation to hear how these dedicated business owners managed through those challenges and came out the other side with more resilience and clarity.
Owner of Clay Coyote
Gallery & Pottery
Kayla Alexander & Valerie Mackenthun
Owners of Compass Occasions
Children of the Promise and Dream Technical Academy
At a recent Startup Bootcamp, we did a deep dive into the stories of two organizations in Willmar that are making a big impact on the lives of others. In this episode, we'll hear from Jamie Groen, Executive Director of Children of the Promise. His organization raises money in the U.S. to support programming in Haiti that strengthens families and keeps kids from being orphaned or abandoned. He is joined by Tammie Knick, a licensed social worker and co-founder of Dream Technical Academy, a public charter school in Willmar, MN. Her school provides kids in our area who aren't getting what they need from a traditional school setting a place to belong and thrive. Hear how these two organizations helped each other get clear and re-energized around telling their stories.
Children of the Promise
Willmar, MN & Haiti
Social Worker & Co-founder
Dream Technical Academy
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.
Chair of Bluenose Gopher Public House
Granite Falls, MN
Andy & Krista Kopperud
Owners of Painted Prairie
Owner of Forbidden Barrel Brewing Company
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!
Owner of Kat's Hog Heaven
Owner of Waverly Cafe
Owner of Stonehouse & Quarry
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.