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Bonfires of Social Enterprise with Romy Kochan

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Storytelling by Romy Kochan about the Social Enterprise activity in Detroit and broader Michigan. Romy Kochan, Managing Partner, of Gingras Global Inc. and Gingras Global Groups, L3C has been in the financial industry since 1988 and has a passion for efficient, profitable, social enterprises and the impact investors who support them. Listen in on the interesting interviews with some of the burgeoning social entrepreneurs. During many of the interviews Romy takes the time to highlight a concept or note from the field specific to social enterprise. Learn about all of the different elements of a social enterprise and connect to the front lines in this great show.




S3: Bogobrush: Heather and John McDougall #83

Bogobrush: Heather and John McDougall Hey there! This is Romy here for another episode of the Bonfires of Social Enterprise! On this episode, we are going to hear from a creative brother and sister team making toothbrushes for some good causes. Fun! And, of course, at the end, we have a great song from a Detroit artist….always one of my favorite parts of the episode. For the full transcript - click below Website for Bogo Brush More Links Jump over to the website...

Duration: 00:38:15

S3: Hamilton Perkins Bags and Recycled Plastic #82

Hamilton Perkins For the full transcript - click below Websites for Hamilton Perkins More Links Jump over to the website for the podcast at Give us a question to the mailbag! Find...

Duration: 00:38:07

S3: Mile High Expansion in Denver Manufacturing Workshop – Episode #81

Mile High Workshop What's going on in Denver social enterprise manufacturing these days?! Romy catches up with Andy Magel of the Mile High Workshop manufacturer in Denver, Colorado. Great song the end! For Full Transcript MILE HIGH WORKSHOP WEBSITE More Links Jump over to the website for the podcast at Give us a question to the mailbag! Find us on Facebook and Twitter @bonfirespodcast Find more about Gingras Global at and Facebook of...

Duration: 00:39:32

S3: Job Creation & Impact Investing with Don Lee #80

Job Creation & Impact Investing with Don Lee Today, we are moving to the Impact Investing Inglenook to talk to Don Lee. Don has been quite a visionary around social enterprise local investing and has begun to change the way many people are investing in the Detroit area. His has passionate rationale and incredible enthusiasm – It is quite contagious actually. We have a very special surprise artist at the end of this episode for your listening pleasure so stay tuned! Full Transcript - click...

Duration: 00:32:14

S3: Nique Love Rhodes #79

Nique Love Rhodes We have a social entrepreneur of a different kind, she is a rapper! You will have an opportunity to learn how the social and business sides come together for impact with Nique Love Rhodes! We featured her once before on one of the other episodes, Bags to Butterflies, I think. You will have to check it out. And, since she is an artist herself, we will get to hear TWO songs today, one of which is an exclusive debut before her album even releases! For the full transcript of...

Duration: 00:39:02

S3: Basil and Investing at Artesian Farms #78

Jeff Adams of Artesian Farms On this episode, Romy catches back up with Jeff Adams of Artesian Farms in Detroit. She interviewed him in Season 1, and his hydroponics facility has changed immensely. Jeff has had a lot of investor engagement. He has taken on program-related investments, loans, and direct equity. It has been an interesting journey. Great song by Astray at the end. Full Transcript Websites for Artesian Farms

Duration: 00:34:02

S3: Pingree Manufacturing of Detroit #77

Pingree Manufacturing of Detroit It is all about veterans on this episode! We hear from Jarret Alan Sheff who is the founder and the main visionary over at Pingree. He shares how the whole idea began and, even, how the name came to be near the end. You won’t want to miss it! Stay tuned until the end when we share another great Detroit artist with you. For the full transcript - Click below More Links Jump over to the website for the podcast at Give us a...

Duration: 00:28:46

S3: Jay Rayford of Social Sushi #76

Jay Rayford of Social Sushi Jay Rayford of Social Sushi catches us up on all of the changes in his social enterprise. He and his bigger team of four have been the champions of proving out your product through pop-ups! You will hear how they really built a large following before even opening their restaurant. And, after our interview, Social Sushi went on to win $150,000 toward their restaurant because the community was so inspired! And, as usual, we have a great song and Detroit artist for...

Duration: 00:33:15

S3: Motown Rising Jacob de Golish #75

Motown Rising with Jacob de Golish! This episode has a lot to do with building, construction, restoration and the skilled trades. Jacob walks us through a large part of his journey, how he arrived in Detroit from Los Angeles and how he was inspired to hire men from the neighborhood for the transformation of homes. We had a chance to visit some of the Airbnb’s and man; you have to come and visit at stay at some of the places whenever you get the chance! More Before and After Photos of the...

Duration: 00:31:14

S3: Keep Up with the ‘Jones’s with Jonezie- Episode #74

Check out the creative solution to community renting of personal items with the guys from Jonezie of Ferndale, Michigan Check out what these guys have come up with to help keep up with the 'Jones' by building a community rental program for all of our stuff! What do you want to rent for the summer!!! For the full transcript, click the button below: JONEZIE WEBSITE More Links Jump over to the website for the podcast at Give us a question to the mailbag!...

Duration: 00:40:33

S3: Hip Co-Working Spaces of Bamboo Detroit- Episode #73

Bamboo Detroit Update with Amanda Lewan Romy catches up with co-founder, Amanda Lewan to hear about the most recent expansion of one of Detroit's hottest hippest co-working spaces. Listen in to some of the secrets of the success including the special nature of the diversity in members and programming. Full Transcript More Links Jump over to the website for the podcast at Give us a question to the mailbag! Find us on Facebook and Twitter @bonfirespodcast...

Duration: 00:27:36

S3: Detroit Horse Power Rides Empowerment – Episode #72

Detroit Horse Power lifts, heals, and empowers! David Silver shares an update on all of their expansion in the hearts and minds of the Detroit Youth! Community partners make his organization strong and talent-rich. Great song by a Detroit artist! Kids and horses are a great match. Full Transcript Detroit Horse Power Website More Links Jump over to the website for the podcast at Give us a question to the mailbag! Find us on Facebook and Twitter...

Duration: 00:37:23

S3: Up-Cycling Fire Hoses with Kresse- Episode #71

Kresse Wesling updates us on up-cycling used fire hoses and discarded leather for luxury use! Romy catches up with Kresse Wesling. Kresse shares intimate insights on thoughtful expansion and overcoming those times when other's minimize your work. Great new product line and authentic conversations on social enterprise. Song included by Detroit artist at end. Fun Fuel by Reece Robertson in Traverse City, Michigan For the Full Transcript Website for Elvis & Kresse More Links Jump over to the...

Duration: 00:44:32

S3: City Girls Farm: Let the Goat Scaping Begin! Episode #70

City Girls Soap becomes a Farm: Let the Goat Scaping begin! Amy McIntire joins Romy for an update on the goat farm. Amy shares how the business has evolved from just making soaps and lotions to conservation 'scaping'. Join in to learn how she is putting 'Kids on the Bus' in this great catch up. Great music from another Detroit artist at the end. For the full transcript, click here City Girls Farm Website City Girls Farm Facebook Page More Links Jump over to the website for the podcast at...

Duration: 00:33:17

S3: Bags to Butterflies of Detroit – Episode #69

Michelle Smart of Bags to Butterflies in Detroit! Romy interviews Michelle Smart, founder and creator of Bags to Butterflies. Learn how Michelle is empowering women returning from the prison systems to be all that they can be. Transformation and incredible business ideas are moving this social enterprise into possibility. Don't miss the great Detroit artist and their new song at the end of the episode! For the Full Transcript - Click Here Bags To Butterflies Website More Links Jump over to...

Duration: 00:22:25

S3: Khali Sweeney of the Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program- Episode #68

Khali Sweeney of the Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program in Detroit Listen in to the powerful testimony of a great leader, his overcoming a poor education and his will to push for experiences for the kids in the neighborhoods of Detroit. Hear why Khali has adopted the phrase 'books before boxing.' This is an incredible story of a true change maker. Introduction Transcript Romy: Welcome back to the Bonfires of Social Enterprise. This is Romy, and we have a real treat for you. We are joined by...

Duration: 00:21:48

S3: Overflow Coffee Bar of Chicago – Episode #67

Overflow Coffee Bar - Brandon & Amanda Neely - Chicago Season 3 kicks of with a great social enterprise out of Chicago's South Loop. Get to know owners Amanda and Brandon Neely and listen how they overcame fears, built community, and decided that free is no good! As they sourced ethical coffee, they built a business and even took on a PRI! Romy: Welcome everyone to our official kick-off of Season three! This is Romy, and I want to thank you for hanging in there with us while we worked to...

Duration: 00:49:32

Season 2: Chelsea Koglmeier of O.R.O. – Jessica Robinson of Bonfires on the Move! #56

Chelsea Koglmeier, founder of Bikes ORO, joins us on this episode for a conversation about bicycles as a vehicle for social change. Her own product is a bicycle that’s thoughtfully designed with inspired simplicity and beautiful utility to make riding simple and fun. By partnering with World Bicycle Relief, she has also built a social mission into the core of the company, proving that bikes can be engines of social and economic change for people globally, enabling kids to get to school,...

Duration: 00:34:28

Season 2: Impact Investing Inglenook with Tom Doescher #55

Romy catches Impact Investor, Tom Doescher , for an interesting conversation on how he thinks about laser outcomes of creating and keeping jobs, the opportunity for impact in Flint and why advisor support is so critical in impact investing. Tom leaves the conversation with great advice for people transitioning from traditional careers to supporting impact investing as a second stage career. Listen for the great artist, Eryn Allen Kane, and her song, Sunday, to close the episode. The post...

Duration: 00:43:36

Season 2: Kari Hughes of Buy The Change in Detroit

Romy Kochan interviews Kari Hughes of Buy The Change in Detroit, Michigan. Listen and learn about what inspired Kari to begin making a market for women entrepreneurs around the world. Kari discusses why she wanted to become a B Corporation and remain a for-profit company. She discusses the importance of acknowledging your successes over your gaps. Kari is a woman on a mission to help make markets for inspiring women and mothers who are overcoming around the globe. A for-profit example of...

Duration: 00:24:02

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