Our goal with this podcast is to share the stories of businesses and individuals on the MinnWest Campus. The businesses range from multi-generational agriculture organizations to cutting-edge technology companies.
Conference Planning w/ Sara Stark Michelich
Today's episode is all about our upcoming Partners in Ag Innovation Conference happening on MinnWest campus on July 26th! After a few years of virtual conferencing, we are excited to be able to be back in person and continue incorporating a virtual conference streaming option.
The conference is co-hosted by MinnWest Technology Campus and The Kandiyohi County & City of Willmar Economic Development Commission (EDC) on an annual basis to bring the Ag and Animal Science community together regionally in Willmar, MN. This year’s event will focus on cultivating new opportunities, connecting communities, engaging the next generation, and promoting sustainable practices.
Joanna chats with our AMAZING conference planner Sara to break down everything you need to know about the event. Listen in and get then get yourself registered for this great local learning + networking opportunity!
Business Development + Childcare w/ Scott Marquardt from SWIF
We are thrilled to have Scott Marquardt, Senior Vice President of the Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF) joining us on today's episode. Scott has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to economic development in rural MN. He manages the foundation’s business finance, entrepreneurship, child care, career pathways, Employer Resource Network, and general economic development programs and initiatives, in addition to having roles with farmland management and as staff liaison to the Investment Committee. We get into all of it - in a very approachable manner - on today's episode!
Workforce + State of the Labor Market w/ Luke Greiner from MN DEED
On this episode, we sit down and chat with Luke Greiner the Regional Labor Market Analysis for MN DEED (Department of Employment + Economic Development). Luke has a pretty cool way of taking complex and what could maybe be considered boring things (statistics), and making them fun. We could have spent way more time picking his brain on the current status of the labor market. From pandemic side effects, to childcare and Gen Z workers, we got into plenty of great discussion!
Tyler w/ PROCORE
On this episode, we sit down and chat with Tyler Dick - Director of Customer Support at PROCORE Technology. PROCORE has been with us here on campus for many years, starting in just a single private office to now occupying their own 3-story cottage out of which over 100 customer support team members work out of daily. It's been a fun journey to watch as they've grown into an incredibly successful nationwide business. MinnWest is proud to be home to their only MN location!
We thought it would be fun to share the story of how that came to be and learn more about the inner workings of the company through our conversation with Tyler. We hope you enjoy!
Developing Community w/ Aaron & Sarah of the EDC
On this episode, we sit down with the dynamic duo of our local Economic Development Commission — Aaron Backman & Sarah Swedburg. Aaron has been the Executive Director of the Kandiyohi County & City of Willmar EDC for the last 5 years. Sarah recently became the Business Development Manager after working for the City of Willmar as a planner for the last few years. Both have an incredible passion for developing and supporting local businesses of all types - AND for making our county an even better place to live, work and play.
We were happy to find some time to dive a little bit deeper into the work of the EDC and help spread the word about the wide variety of things they’ve been busy with over the last atypical year!
How did the MinnWest Campus start??? w/ Ken Warner, WLACC Exec. Dir.
Joanna and Ken Warner, President of your Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, sit down to relive the story of how the MinnWest Campus started...when it almost didn't. You're not going to want to miss this one.
I think if people, specificities young people, were exposed to more of these stories they would understand how amazingly entrepreneurial our community is. Love this. ❤️