lost & found podcast

This podcast was created to capture the journey of entrepreneurs and small business owners who participate in our collaborative 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
Un/Academy Founder & Facilitator 
Owner of Redstar 

episode #11

Rejuvenate Salon & Spa

We've had the pleasure of working with Toni Koch through both of our programs - Bootcamp and Reinvention. She is a changemaker and a visionary in her industry. Toni is not only dedicated to serving clients in her community, she has built her business around mentoring and nurturing new cosmetology graduates just coming out of school and finding their way. She wants to help women become the best version of themselves. Hear how Toni is following her north star by creating a different kind of culture in her small business. 

Toni Koch
Rejuvenate Salon & Spa
New London, MN


episode #10

Tamara Kojić

Recently, our Startup team held a 2-day planning workshop facilitated by long-time friend and marketing consultant, Tamara Kojić. She came all the way from her native city of Belgrade, Serbia to be with us and while she was here, we recorded this podcast episode. Tamara is an experienced and highly-skilled community builder and has spent the last several years leading co-working spaces and other organizations in building environments and programs that cater to our ever-growing remote workforce. We asked Tamara to bring her more-global perspective to this topic and help us understand the trends around the changing workplace and rise in remote work.

Tamara Kojić
Community-building & Marketing Consultant
Belgrade, Serbia


episode #9

Sam's Outdoor & Falls Boutique

Nick Mcgillivray and his Dad own Sam's Outdoor & More in St. Joseph, MN. The business started as an E-bay store before they took a huge gamble by opening a brick in mortar location during the pandemic. Melissa Syring started Falls Boutique over 7 years ago in Granite Falls, MN. It was a thriving retail location when the pandemic put her business in a tailspin with shutdowns and staffing challenges. Listen to learn how these two brave entrepreneurs made it to the other side of COVID with a new understanding of their customers, their businesses and their vision for the future.


Nick Mcgillivray
Co-owner of Sam's Outdoor & More
St. Joseph, MN



Melissa Syring
Owner of Falls Boutique
Granite Falls, MN


episode #8

K. Madsen Consulting

Kim Madsen believes connections transform our lives and sometimes even saves them. Kim is a Bootcamp alumni that started as a consultant and has grown her business to include speaking and coaching. Kim also created the area's premier annual women's conference called CultivateHer. Join us to hear more about Kim's journey to entrepreneurship, the "why" that drives her work, and the impact she is making on the universe. Check out her website


Kim Madsen
Owner of K. Madsen Consulting
Willmar, MN


episode #7

Crow River Comprehensive Hitting

Darryl Robinson’s professional baseball career started when he was selected in the 2nd round of the major league draft by the Kansas City Royals. He played for the Royals from 1986-1993 and split time in the minor league systems with the Boston Red Sox (1995) and the Chicago Cubs (1998). After retiring and living in the metro, Darryl and his wife, Beth, were ready for a change. Listen in to hear how this couple took the leap of faith to leave their city life behind and pursue a love of coaching, community and baseball in Lester Prairie, MN.  They believe everyone should feel safe expressing themselves through sport. Check out their website and Facebook page


Darryl & Beth Robinson
Owners of Crow River Comprehensive Hitting
Lester Prairie, MN


episode #6

Korppi Coffee & Bakeshop

For these young entrepreneurs, bringing together Laura's talent for baking with Kayla's passion for great coffee created the perfect formula for success. They believe that enjoying good food and coffee transcends time and cultures to bring people together, which is what they want to foster in their new space. When Kayla and Laura  came to Bootcamp they were just weeks away from opening doors, which means they were in the thick of the details and challenges that no one tells you about when starting a business. Reconnecting with their "why" gave them a renewed excitement and vision for building their unique brand. Check out their website and Facebook page


Laura Wolfram & Kayla Adams
Owners of Korppi Coffee & Bakeshop
Sartell, MN


episode #5

Metal Trade Solutions

Tobias Flood and Mark Eiden are "just a couple young guys that love cutting, grinding and welding metal" according to their Facebook page! They are actually savvy business partners who are changing the culture of their industry because they believe "creativity belongs in manufacturing."  We got to know them at a 2019 Bootcamp and have watched their business grow and evolve in exciting ways. Learn how these young, ambitious entrepreneurs have made it this far and are planning for continued growth.


Tobias Flood & Mark Eiden
Owners of Metal Trade Solutions
Metal Working Job Shop
Winsted, MN


episode #4

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. 


Morgan Baum
Owner of Clay Coyote
Gallery & Pottery
Hutchinson, MN



Kayla Alexander & Valerie Mackenthun
Owners of Compass Occasions
Hutchinson, MN


episode #3

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.


Jamie Groen
Executive Director
Children of the Promise
Willmar, MN & Haiti



Tammie Knick
Social Worker & Co-founder
Dream Technical Academy
Willmar, 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 


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 


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.

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