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Betsy Bonnema, is the creator and facilitator of collaborative marketing workshops built for small businesses in rural communities. In these workshops, people start out feeling lost and Betsy has one goal...to 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.

Lost & Found: Small Business Stories from the Rural Midwest Betsy Bonnema

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Betsy Bonnema, is the creator and facilitator of collaborative marketing workshops built for small businesses in rural communities. In these workshops, people start out feeling lost and Betsy has one goal...to 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 Gallery & Pottery and Compass Occasions

    Clay Coyote Gallery & Pottery 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. 

    • 58 min
    Dream Technical Academy and Children of the Promise

    Dream Technical Academy and Children of the Promise

    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.

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

    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 of Startup Reinvention with a renewed commitment to their businesses.

    • 47 min
    Stonehouse & Quarry, The Waverly Cafe, and Hog Heaven Roast House

    Stonehouse & Quarry, The Waverly Cafe, and Hog Heaven Roast House

    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. 

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Intro: Inside the programs that fuel "Lost & Found" stories

    Intro: Inside the programs that fuel "Lost & Found" 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 the Lost & Found podcast.

    • 12 min

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