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What does it take to build a business? Change an industry? Lead with purpose? Twin Cities Business sits down with entrepreneurs and leaders who make business work in Minnesota—and beyond. Learn the stories behind some beloved brands, and the ones you’ll want to know next. Discover how they got started and gain insights to apply to your own ventures. Available on iTunes, Google PlaySpotify, Stitcher, Player.FM and SoundCloud. Subscribe now and you’ll be first to know when a new episode launches.

Brandon Sampson - Limb Lab Co-Founder


Air Date: September 18, 2019

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After 15 years of working as a prosthetist, Brandon Sampson embraced his inner entrepreneur and set out to create a new kind of artificial limb company focused on function over form. Limb Lab now has four locations in Minnesota and Wisconsin. “I just love getting up and going to work," Sampson says. "Every day there’s a chance I might be able to create something that never existed before.”
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Maia Haag - I See Me! Co-Founder and President


Air Date: September 11, 2019

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Minneapolis-based I See Me! is the largest publisher of personalized books in the U.S. With more than 50 titles and many other personalized products, I See Me! has sold millions of books. Maia Haag walks us through building a brand—before social media—at the intersection of publishing, technology and e-commerce.
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Benjamin VandenWymelenberg - Woodchuck USA Founder + Chairman


Air Date: September 4, 2019

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Wiping out on Rollerblades and cracking his iPhone prompted Benjamin VandenWymelenberg to make his first phone case out of wood scraps. That was the beginning of Woodchuck USA. In a matter of months, the Minneapolis-manufacturer was selling through Best Buy and Target. Woodchuck counts Google, US Bank, and Ecolab, and Aveda among its custom clients, and plants a tree for every item sold, which has resulted in millions of trees planted on six continents. 
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Claire Powell - J.W. Hulme CEO


Air Date: August 28, 2019

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Claire Powell didn't start J.W. Hulme; she was brought in to resuscitate the century-old St. Paul-based leather goods brand and found herself in the difficult position of having to change the business model. She talks about how to pivot while staying true to a brand, and the challenge of leading through turmoil.
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Joe Keeley - College Nannies, Sitters + Tutors Founder


Air Date: August 21, 2019

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Joe Keeley turned a summer babysitting gig into the nation's largest employer of nannies, sitters and tutors. He describes the process of discovering his inner entrepreneur, offers advice for other founders, and talks about what's next, now that he has sold and stepped away from the company he started while he was a student at the University of St. Thomas.
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Sona Mehring - CaringBridge Founder


Air Date: August 14, 2019

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It started with a simple website designed to help friends share news about their premature baby. The power of that instant connection—at a time before Facebook—prompted Sona Mehring to build CaringBridge, a free social network that makes it easy for people to communicate with loved ones during a health crisis. From the newborn intensive care unit at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics in St. Paul, CaringBridge has grown into a global nonprofit with users in 235 countries. 
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Kate Arends - Wit & Delight Founder and Creative Director


Air Date: August 7, 2019

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Kate Arends’ eye for design and instinct for connection helped her build an audience of more than 3.3 million for Wit & Delight, her blog turned social media platform. How to leverage that devoted following and capitalize on the opportunities that come with being a lifestyle brand continues to a work in progress.
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Clarence Bethea - Upsie Founder and CEO


Air Date: July 31, 2019

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Clarence Bethea does not fit the typical venture capitalist’s profile of a promising founder. He grew up in a broken home, got into trouble with the law, dropped out of college. But when he started working in a group home with vulnerable adults, something clicked.
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Kristin Shane - Fly Feet Running Founder and CEO


Air Date: July 24, 2019

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Kristin Shane is the founder of Fly Feet Running, a group fitness workout with two successful studios and national aspirations. Shane was part of team that led Target's disastrous expansion into Canada. She talks about how that failure set her up for success as an entrepreneur, the challenges of scaling a business, and the leadership lessons she's learned along the way.
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Rhoda Olsen - Vice Chair of the Board, Great Clips


Air Date: July 17, 2019

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Rhoda Olsen didn’t grow up thinking she’d one day run a $1.5 billion company. She didn’t have any female role models in business. But she found the way to lead with heart, and data, and in the process, she helped Great Clips become the world's largest salon brand.
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Michael Fanuele - Talk Like Music Founder and CEO


Air Date: July 10, 2019

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Michael Fanuele is a brand strategist who has worked at JWT, Havas, Fallon, and most recently served as chief creative officer at General Mills where he tried to inspire a big food company to be a good food company. Currently, he’s the founder and CEO of Talk Like Music, a consultancy that helps people, places, and brands become more inspiring. His new book is called Stop Making Sense: The Art of Inspiring Anybody.
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Dave Kapell - Magnetic Poetry Founder and CEO


Air Date: July 3, 2019

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Dave Kapell founded Magnetic Poetry, a first-of-its-kind novelty item that brought poetry into the kitchens and onto the refrigerators of millions of people around the world in the mid-‘90s. An accidental entrepreneur, he came up with the idea of putting words on magnets while writing song lyrics, and when friends wanted magnetic poetry kits of their own, he turned it into a business. “I went viral before there was going viral,” he says. 
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Ann Kim - Young Joni, Pizzeria Lola Founder and Executive Chef


Air Date: May 29, 2019

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Ann Kim is the James Beard Award-winning owner and executive chef of Young Joni, Pizzeria Lola and Hello Pizza in Minneapolis. A Korean immigrant influenced by her mother's dishes, she didn't follow a traditional path to the restaurant industry, which she believes has worked in her favor as she continues to create unique restaurant concepts.
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Liz Giorgi - Soona and Mighteor Founder and CEO


Air Date: May 22, 2019

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Liz Giorgi founded Mighteor, one of the first video production companies focused on creating content for the Internet. Now, the Emmy award winner is launching a second business called Soona—a same-day photo and video production studio. “We can completely change the game for how content is made; make it accessible to any brand at any time.”
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Andrew Dayton - Constellation Fund CEO


Air Date: May 15, 2019

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How do you define success when your family names are Dayton and Rockefeller? Andrew Dayton, co-founder of North Corp. retail and hospitality group, talks about the concern over growing inequities in Minnesota that led him to create Constellation Fund, a grand making organization that takes a data-driven approach to the fight against poverty.
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Jacquie Berglund - Finnegans Brew Co. Co-Founder and CEO


Air Date: May 8, 2019

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Jacquie Berglund is co-founder and CEO of Finnegans Brew Co., the first beer company in the world to donate 100 percent of profits to charity. Finnegans turns beer into food by purchasing produce from local farmers and donating it to food banks in every state where the beer is sold.
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Erin Newkirk - Local Crate Chief Marketing Officer and Serial Entrepreneur


Air Date: May 1, 2019

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Erin Newkirk is an award-winning innovator, tech entrepreneur, brand builder, and champion of problem solvers. After working her way up the ranks to senior marketing manager at General Mills, she left to start Red Stamp, a modern correspondence company, which she built into a mobile app that made it possible to send personalized cards and invitations on your phone with a couple of clicks.
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Zachary Quinn - Love Your Melon Co-Founder and President


Air Date: April 24, 2019

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His story has become legendary at the University of St. Thomas—and beyond. Zachary Quinn was a sophomore when he enrolled in an entrepreneurship class. There, he met Brian Keller, and together, they turned an assignment to create a business into Love Your Melon, the $40 million hat company that donates half its profits to fighting pediatric cancer.
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Megan and Mike Tamte - Evereve Co-Founders & Co-CEOs


Air Date: April 17, 2019

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Megan Tamte was a new mom who wanted help putting together outfits. A bad experience at a northern California boutique sparked the idea for Evereve, now a national women's specialty retail chain with 85 stores, a fast-growing e-commerce business and a subscription service called Trendsend.
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John Puckett - Caribou Coffee co-founder; Punch Pizza co-owner


Air Date: April 9, 2019

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John Puckett and his wife Kim had a case of “the Mondays” that struck almost as soon as they landed corporate jobs after business school. “Life is too short to spend Sunday night dreading going in to work on Monday,” That conviction led to the creation of Caribou Coffee.
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By All Means Preview


Air Date: March 3, 2019

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Minnesota is full of untold stories, and Twin Cities Business Editor-in-Chief Allison Kaplan wants to share their insights and hard-learned lessons. By All Means launches in April and will be available on iTunes Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music, Soundcloud, and at TCBMag.com.
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