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 on the verge of going public.
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.
Professional Development w/ Kristi DeGree + Bethany Wallace of Life Science Innovations
On today's episode, Joanna + Liz sit down to chat with two professional development team leaders at Life Science Innovations - Kristi DeGree + Bethany Wallace. Both have been working within the human resources/development space for many years - which is why we consider them subject matter experts!
When it comes to developing + positively impacting people AND teams within your organization, there really is never enough work to be done. Doing so takes intentionality and a lot of effort on all sides. It's a critical component of employee retention and overall company culture. So, it's always fun to discuss what kinds of things can be done for companies across all industries.
The Ladies of LSI
This one is for the ladies! Just kidding, it's for everyone... BUT the episode does feature three AWESOME women - Katie Steinhaus, Beth Womsek + Linda Lovold - from Life Science Innovations. We had a blast chatting with them, digging into their unique career journeys and uncovering some of the important things they've learned along the way. Enjoy!
Eric w/ the Mid-Minnesota Development Commission
On this episode, we got to sit down and chat with Eric Day - Executive Director of the Mid-Minnesota Development Commission. The MMDC is our newest campus tenant, so we figured this was a fun way to welcome them, learn more about the work they do and help share their story!
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. ❤️