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S3: Sheri Lozano of Link2Lift #99
Aug 21, 2018 • 40 min
Sheri Lozano of Link2Lift We had some fun jumping over to the west coast to talk with Sheri Lozano of Link2Lift. Sheri discusses her innovative and collaborative idea to use unused spaces for lifting others. For the full transcript click below Websites…
S3: Kate Hayes EchoingGreen- Board Health #98
Jul 24, 2018 • 39 min
Kate Hayes EchoingGreen- Board Health Back for another conversation this time with a very inspiring woman, Kate Hayes of Echoing Green. Kate discusses her incredibly interesting journey and love for health human interactions and support. She is a current…
S3: Genusee #97
Jul 11, 2018 • 31 min
Genusee Wow, what a really great episode on a social enterprise called Genusee. Creatively designing eyewear out of recycled single-use plastic water bottles out of Flint, Michigan. Many of you may have heard some tough stories coming out of Flint.…
S3: Plum Health DPC with Dr. Paul Thomas #96
Apr 3, 2018 • 27 min
Dr. Paul Thomas with Plum Health DPC We’re back with another episode here on social enterprise. We have a doctor on this show who has been making a big impact in Detroit. It is Dr. Paul Thomas of Plum Health Care DPC. He has a dream of changing the notion…
S3: PalmEraMia #95
Feb 11, 2018 • 33 min
PalmEraMia Thanks for tuning in for this great episode on a social enterprise out of Miami! Our guest is Andres Restrepo, one of the founders of PalmEraMia, which is a fashion design company for athletic wear. Through their product sales, they support…
S3: Kathleen Kelly Janus – Stanford, Book #93
Jan 24, 2018 • 38 min
Kathleen Kelly Janus Back for another episode of the Bonfires of Social Enterprise. Kathleen Kelly Janus is our guest discussing her new book, Social Startup Success, How the Best Nonprofits Launch, Scale Up and Make a Difference. Kathleen is an…
S3: Our Common Future Conference – Oct. 27, 2017 – PART TWO #92
Jan 3, 2018 • 39 min
Our Common Future Conference – Oct. 27, 2017 Part Two Our Common Future conference was held in Detroit, Michigan at the end of October 2017. We have a Part One and a Part Two to give you the top ten. We will interview several guest speakers that help…
S3: Our Common Future Conference – Oct. 27, 2017 – PART ONE #91
Jan 3, 2018 • 41 min
Our Common Future Conference – Oct. 27, 2017 Part One Our Common Future conference was held in Detroit, Michigan at the end of October 2017. We have a Part One and a Part Two to give you the top ten. We will interview several guest speakers that help…
S3: Because of a Case #90
Dec 18, 2017 • 43 min
Because of a Case Hear from Jamie and Sean Strasberger talking about their business, Because of a Case. Because of a Case is a mobile phone case design company contributing to our favorite special causes. And, of course, we have a great song at the end by…
S3: Douglas Bitonti Stewart #89
Dec 14, 2017 • 48 min
Douglas Bitonti Stewart Today we head over to the Impact Investing Inglenook to chat with Douglas Bitonti Stewart about his recent article titled ‘Impact Investing and the Development Professional: Learning to Ride the Wave’. You can find this published…
S3: DIME Detroit #88
Dec 7, 2017 • 39 min
DIME Detroit Time for another episode of the bonfires of social enterprise. Hear from the founders who took a chance, traded London for Detroit and began to engage with the young music talent of Detroit and then Denver. As usual, stay to the end and enjoy…
S3: Stephen of Charity Charge #87
Oct 26, 2017 • 39 min
Stephen of Charity Charge Welcome back to another episode of The Bonfires of Social Enterprise. My name is Romy and I’m your host and guide here. This time, we hear from Stephen Garten, the founder and CEO of Charity Charge in Austin Texas. Stephen…
S3: Detroit Mushroom Factory: Deana Wojcik & Chris Carrier #86
Oct 17, 2017 • 43 min
Detroit Mushroom Factory with Deana & Chris Hello out there in listener land, this is Romy bringing you another episode of the Bonfires of Social Enterprise. This episode is all about mushrooms! Did you know there are all different types of mushrooms that…
S3: Detroit S.O.A.R. – Sisters On A Roll, Mobile Cafe’ #85
Oct 6, 2017 • 45 min
Detroit S.O.A.R. – Sisters On A Roll, Mobile Cafe’ Hey there, I am back with another guest from the great city of Detroit. This is Romy, and I have the pleasure of introducing you to Chef Bee and Jasmine of social enterprise Detroit S.O.A.R! They have an…
S3: Latrice McClendon of Impact Community Health #84
Sep 28, 2017 • 26 min
Latrice McClendon of Impact Community Health Thanks for tuning in to the Bonfires of Social Enterprise. This is Romy, and I have a friend of mine on the episode today. Latrice McClendon is quite an entrepreneur and just an all around amazing person. On…
S3: Bogobrush: Heather and John McDougall #83
Sep 20, 2017 • 38 min
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,…
S3: Hamilton Perkins Bags and Recycled Plastic #82
Sep 11, 2017 • 38 min
Hamilton Perkins Hamilton and his team are working with Thread International to make bags and other accessories from some of the recycled plastics in Haiti. He has very interesting story. Be sure to stay tuned for a great Detroit artist group called The…
S3: Mile High Expansion in Denver Manufacturing Workshop – Episode #81
Jul 24, 2017 • 39 min
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…
S3: Job Creation & Impact Investing with Don Lee #80
Jul 12, 2017 • 32 min
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…
S3: Nique Love Rhodes #79
Jul 6, 2017 • 39 min
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…
S3: Basil and Investing at Artesian Farms #78
Jun 29, 2017 • 34 min
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…
S3: Pingree Manufacturing of Detroit #77
Jun 21, 2017 • 28 min
Pingree Manufacturing of Detroit It is all about veterans on this episode! We hear from Jarret Alan Schlaff 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…
S3: Jay Rayford of Social Sushi #76
Jun 14, 2017 • 33 min
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…
S3: Motown Rising Jacob de Golish #75
Jun 7, 2017 • 31 min
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…
S3: Keep Up with the ‘Jones’s with Jonezie- Episode #74
May 30, 2017 • 40 min
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…
S3: Hip Co-Working Spaces of Bamboo Detroit- Episode #73
May 26, 2017 • 27 min
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…
S3: Detroit Horse Power Rides Empowerment – Episode #72
May 16, 2017 • 37 min
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…
S3: Up-Cycling Fire Hoses with Kresse- Episode #71
May 10, 2017 • 44 min
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…
S3: City Girls Farm: Let the Goat Scaping Begin! Episode #70
May 2, 2017 • 33 min
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…
S3: Bags to Butterflies of Detroit – Episode #69
Apr 26, 2017 • 22 min
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…
S3: Khali Sweeney of the Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program- Episode #68
Apr 17, 2017 • 21 min
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…
S3: Overflow Coffee Bar of Chicago – Episode #67
Apr 10, 2017 • 49 min
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…
S3: Impact Crushin’ – Top Six Countdown #66
Feb 14, 2017 • 13 min
Season 3: Top Six Impact Crushin’ BEhaviors Welcome to Season Three of the Bonfires of Social Enterprise! This is Romy, and I am the host of today’s episode that we are calling ‘Impact Crush!’ We are doing a Top 6 countdown on behaviors we are crushin’…
S2: Henry Le of Imagtor in Vietnam #65
Dec 15, 2016 • 18 min
Romy interviews Henry Le, co-founder of Imagtor, a professional photo editing service in Vietnam that is employing people with disabilities. At the end of the episode, listen for another great new song by Detroit artist, Grace Elizabeth Lee!
S2: Life Remodeled, Chris Lambert #64
Dec 1, 2016 • 31 min
Romy interviews Chris Lambert of Life Remodeled in Detroit - incredible passion, boldness, humility, and steadfastness all rolled into one mission. Hear about the incredible neighborhood transformations. Also meet Grace Elizabeth Lee as the featured…
S2: Ivan Gonzalez in Humboldt Park, Chicago #63
Nov 3, 2016 • 36 min
Ivan Gonzalez of Humboldt Park, Chicago - Social Enterprise Coach, Mentor, and Cross-Sector Facilitator Romy interviews Ivan and learns about how his faith anchors and propels him to engage sectors and cultures for the common good.
S2: Playground Detroit with Paulina Petkoski #62
Oct 20, 2016 • 36 min
We have two sides of what we do, IRL and URL. The first part, IRL, is In Real Life, we work with people, and we produce events, we connect people to people, and we like to promote the creative economy. Promoting the arts and culture scene here through…
S2: Lisa Johanon of Central Detroit Christian #61
Oct 6, 2016 • 32 min
Listen and Learn from the great Lisa Johanon, for 22 years she has led Central Detroit Christian to large-scale community change by building social enterprises, baking pies, and loving others.
S2: Scott Tallenger of Left-Handed Branded and the Detroit Mula #60
Sep 23, 2016 • 26 min
Scott Tallenger of Left-handed Branded and the Detroit Mula! Romy and Scott discuss his inspired left-handed functional design, how he loves Detroit and loves to manufacture locally!
S2: Amy Kaherl of Detroit Soup #59
Aug 25, 2016 • 44 min
Romy interviews Amy Kaherl of the now famous Detroit Soup! Amy shares about how she started Detroit Soup, some of the barriers to success and grand plans for the people of Detroit. Amy is a visionary catalyst and passionate about people. Great song at the…
S2: Ginny Fischbach of Impact100 on Impact Investing Inglenook #58
Jul 28, 2016 • 28 min
Romy interviews the founder of Impact 100 Oakland County (Michigan), Ginny Fischbach. What happens when 100 women put $1000 each together for a community good?
S2: Noam Kimelman of Fresh Corner Cafe#57
Jul 21, 2016 • 30 min
Romy interviews Noam Kimelman on his venture Fresh Corner Cafe in Detroit. They also discuss his non-profit partner, Detroit Food Labs, and the motivation of the youth in the city of Detroit! Noam is a very intelligent and engaging guest. Great Detroit…
S2: Chelsea Koglmeier of O.R.O. – Jessica Robinson of Bonfires on the Move! #56
Jun 30, 2016 • 34 min
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…
S2: Impact Investing Inglenook with Tom Doescher #55
Jun 23, 2016 • 43 min
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…
S2: Kari Hughes of Buy The Change in Detroit #54
Jun 16, 2016 • 24 min
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…
S2: Vostel of Berlin #53
Jun 9, 2016 • 16 min
Romy interviews Hanna Lutz of social enterprise Vostel in Berlin. Vostel is an online platform matching volunteers with Berlin organizations. Hear about how they found a way to engage tourists, refugees, and everyday talented people to help their city.…
S2: Mailbag! #52
May 19, 2016 • 11 min
Time for the Mailbag! Romy answers three great listener questions followed by a light-hearted full song by Tim Schumack of Detroit.
S2: Scott Francisco & Jessica Robinson, Green Garages #51
May 13, 2016 • 28 min
In this episode, Jessica and Scott Francisco, Director of Pilot Projects, discover a mutual fascination with the unloved city parking garage and explore what a current design for today’s urban neighborhood might look like. Pilot Projects’ Green Hub…
S2: Southwest Solutions of Detroit#50
May 5, 2016 • 40 min
Romy interviews John Van Kamp of Southwest Solutions. John has been the leader and visionary of Southwest Solutions since 1973 and has successfully established a village of partners to address mental health issues. The incredible collaboration and…
S2: Better Life Bags#49
Apr 21, 2016 • 35 min
Romy interviews Rebecca Smith with Better Life Bags in Hamtramck of Detroit. Hear the incredible story of how she launched a business of making custom handbags hand-sewn by local women who had previously had cultural barriers to employment. Rebecca shares…
S2: Detroit Horse Power#48
Apr 7, 2016 • 35 min
Former Olympic equestrian and founder, David Silver, shares his brave and compassionate vision to make change for the Detroit youth and residents with his social enterprise, Detroit Horse Power.
S2: Eastern Market in Detroit#47
Mar 31, 2016 • 40 min
Eastern Market Corporation in Detroit interviewed by Romy on location! Learn about one of the oldest open-air farm markets in the United States and discover the grand plans for the expansion of food entrepreneurialism from start to scale! Romy speaks with…
S2: Assemble Sound of Detroit Artist Collaboration#46
Mar 24, 2016 • 35 min
Listen in as Romy interviews Garret Koehler about newly launched Assemble Sound in Detroit. Garret and his founder team share how they began to catalog music and how they created a central collaboration space in an old abandoned church.
S2: Jessica Robinson Intro: Bonfires on the Move#45
Mar 11, 2016 • 30 min
Bonfires on the Move! Technology solving mobility issues! Meet the new host of Bonfires on the Move, Jessica Robinson. Jessica and Romy discuss her new segment and the types of guests she will be interviewing. As technology is used to solve mobility…
S2: Hopeful Harvest with Chris Nemeth serving Detroit Food Manufacturing#44
Mar 10, 2016 • 41 min
Learn how Chris Nemeth has launched a food manufacturing social enterprise in partnership with Forgotten Harvest to help food entrepreneurs all over the Detroit and broader Michigan area. His organization grew so fast that he encountered unusual barriers…
S2: Mile High Workshop in Denver, Colorado#43
Mar 3, 2016 • 27 min
Romy interviews Andy Magel and Jeremy Katz of the Mile High Workshop manufacturer for social enterprise operations.
S2: Veronika Scott of The Empowerment Plan Detroit #42
Feb 25, 2016 • 40 min
Veronika Scott Veronika Scott of The Empowerment Plan shares her missional journey of discovering her passion for creating employment for the homeless. She courageously dives into human dignity issues and leads the way for many social entrepreneurs. Get…
S2 – Announcement #41
Feb 16, 2016 • 6 min
Season Two Announcement for the Bonfires of Social Enterprise Podcast! Listen in and hear about the upcoming changes and guests for Season Two. Lots of fun!
Season 1: Robert Egger + LA Kitchen#40
Sep 25, 2015
For The Love of Social Enterprises! Bonfires Got a Boost from Robert Egger The Bonfires of Social Enterprise concludes its series of stories inspired by Romy’s recent trip to Los Angeles, and her visit with attorney Cecily Jackson-Zapata, of the…
Season 1: A Visit to LA’s Downtown Women’s Center#39
Sep 17, 2015
Bonfires LA-Downtown Women’s Center Made by DWC – A Few Steps off Skid Row The Bonfires of Social Enterprise continues its series of stories inspired by Romy’s recent visit to LA, and her visit with attorney Cecily Jackson-Zapata, of the Sustainable Law…
Season 1: Urbane + Gallant, Bonfires, L.A.#38
Sep 12, 2015
Combating Human Trafficking Through Jobs at Urbane + Gallant Bonfires of Social Enterprise podcaster Romy Gingras and Cecily Jackson-Zapata, Of Counsel with Sustainable Law Group, P.C. and Secretary of the Board of Directors of Social Enterprise Alliance,…
Season 1: Downtown Youth Boxing Gym Detroit#37
Sep 9, 2015
Detroit’s Place For Champion Kids The Downtown Youth Boxing Gym On this episode of The Bonfires of Social Enterprise with Romy Gingras, of Gingras Global we visit the Downtown Youth Boxing Gym in Detroit, Michigan. Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program…
Season 1: Marion Janner United Kingdom#36
Sep 4, 2015
Founder of Star Wards and Wardepedia The Bonfires of Social Enterprise talked to the North London based, one-woman dynamo, behind the social enterprise called Star Wards. Marion Janner and Bonfires-lady Romy Gingras, talk about how mental healthcare…
Season 1: Owen & Abbey#35
Sep 2, 2015
Creating Tables and Accessories from Reclaimed Lumber from Detroit and other Michigan Cities Kimberly Watts shared her story that takes the phrase, “If you want something done right, do it yourself,” to a whole new level. She explains how she added table…
Season 1: Catherine Johnson#34
Aug 27, 2015
Catherine Johnson, Assistant Director of the University of Michigan Center for Social Impact Catherine Johnson came home to Michigan, from Portland, Oregon, to take an important job. She’s the assistant director of the University of Michigan’s Center for…
Season 1: Buckets of Rain Detroit#33
Aug 22, 2015
This episode of the Bonfires of Social Enterprise emphasises the social. Listen how faith-based and big corporations are helping Buckets of Rain feed shelters.
Season 1: Give Lyrics#32
Aug 18, 2015
Detroit music scene pro, April Woodard is the winner of this summer’s Detroit StartUp Weekend contest. That’s where she met Romy Gingras, of the Bonfires of Social Enterprise podcast. Romy and April talk about her award winning idea, called “Give Lyrics.”
Season 1: Pivot Point#31
Aug 12, 2015
Upcycling People and Things Romy Gingras, the host of The Bonfires of Social Enterprise podcast, visited Tim Adams, in Midland, Michigan. Midland is the home of a new program of the 1016 Recovery Network, called Pivot Point. Adams is 1016’s director of…
Season 1: Garage Bands – Field Notes#30
Aug 7, 2015
Field Notes and Tips – A Series of Special Lessons from The Bonfires of Social Enterprise This is another of an occasional podcast by the Bonfires of Social Enterprise, and Romy Gingras of Gingras Global, that’s filed under Field Notes and Tips. In this…
Season 1: Bonfires-Los Angeles, A Preview#29
Aug 5, 2015
A Short Podcast to Preview Upcoming Episodes Recorded in L.A. This is a short podcast from The Bonfires of Social Enterprise, a preview of upcoming episodes about Romy Gingras’ visit to Los Angeles. Romy discusses the inspiring social entrepreneurs whom…
Season 1: Cecily Jackson-Zapata#28
Jul 28, 2015
Two Sustainable Business Consultants Rapping About Social Enterprise Los Angeles Attorney Cecily Jackson-Zapata Joins Romy Gingras on Bonfires In This Episode of The Bonfires of Social Enterprise Romy Gingras and Los Angeles based attorney Cecily…
Season 1: Play-Place for Autistic Children#27
Jul 25, 2015
Sterling Heights, Michigan Non-Profit Brings Community Together The Bonfires of Social Enterprise visited the non-profit social enterprise The Play-Place for Autistic Children. Host Romy Gingras talked with Shell Jones, who is President and CEO of this…
Season 1: Elvis & Kresse, London#26
Jul 21, 2015
Elvis & Kresse Make Beautiful Things Out of Discarded Fire Hoses The Bonfires of Social Enterprise with Romy Gingras talks with Kresse Wesling, who, with her love, Elvis (James) Henrit own Elvis & Kresse. Kresse says she upcycles instead of recycles. She…
Season 1: Detroit Ento#25
Jul 16, 2015
Don’t Step on That Bug! They’re Making Food & Medicine Out of Them! Detroit Ento is a a research and development firm that is doing research on all the things humankind can do with bugs, from crickets to meely worms to maggots, and more. Really. It’s…
Season 1: Bamboo Detroit#24
Jul 13, 2015
Exploring a Collaborative Workspace In Downtown Detroit The Bonfires of Social Enterprise visits with Bamboo Detroit,a business incubator site in a historic Detroit building. Romy talks about why this place has a more “homey” feel to it than other…
Season 1: SPLT Rideshare#23
Jul 8, 2015
Romy Gingras, host of the Bonfires of Social Enterprise, introduces us to the team behind a brand new app,SPLT Rideshare. Splitting Fares. She met them through an organization called Techstars Mobility, which is mentorship driven business incubator, with…
Season 1: Field Notes- Taking The Bait#22
Jul 2, 2015
“The Bait of the New Grape,” is part of a series of “Field Notes and Tips”, presented by The Bonfires of Social Enterprise. Romy talks about entrepreneuers taking the bait of wanting to do more to help their customers or clients. But, unforunately, they…
Season 1: City Girls Soap#21
Jun 19, 2015
Goat farming in Pontiac. It’s about making products with that milk, using the goats to eat the overgrowth of a previously vacant lot to restore the landscape to it’s native messa-plain state. But more importantly, it’s about building a social enterprise…
Season 1: Field Notes & Tips – Natural Data#20
Jun 12, 2015
This is the first of a series of “Field Notes & Tips,” from Romy Gingras, of Gingras Global Group, and the host of The Bonfires of Social Enterprise podcast. In this episode Romy takes the stress out of gathering data that some impact investors and…
Season 1: Kicks 4 Kids Foundation#19
Jun 3, 2015
How A Teacher Provides Athletic Shoes for Children The Kicks for Kids Foundation Romy visits her friend Chekeita Jones in Pontiac, Michigan. Ms. Jones is a teacher and talks about what inspired her to create the Kicks 4 Kids Foundation, which gives brand…
Season 1: Lips & Hips#18
Jun 1, 2015
From “Sista Suppers,” to business skills training, Romy Gingras talks about what inspired Lips & Hips founder, Yodit Mesfin Johnson, to roll up her sleeves and, “create a space where girls and women could dream, plan and do what they are supposed to do.…
Season 1: Karen Buscemi-Detroit Fashion#17
May 29, 2015
Romy Gingras’ Bonfires Podcast features Karen Buscemi, who is working to create Detroit’s first ever Garment District.
Season 1: Build Institute-Detroit#16
May 14, 2015
Training The Next Gen of Detroit’s Business Owners The Build Institute of Detroit is the focus of this episode of the Bonfires of Social Enterprise. Host Romy Gingras, of Gingras Global, talks about programs, that over 450 business owners have taken, at…
Season 1: Welding Artisan Center Part 2#15
May 11, 2015
Romy and WAC’s Gary Hendrickson discuss the challenges of acquiring graffiti filled surplus property from the City of Detroit, and the extensive training the Welding Artisan Center gives to it’s students.
Season 1: Andrew Goldberg: Bonfires Need Attorneys#14
May 1, 2015 • 20 min
Detroit attorney Andrew J. Goldberg and Romy Gingras, host of the Bonfires of Social Enterprise talk about the traits of some investors in Detroit.
Season 1: Impact3 Investment Co Talks With Romy in Detroit#13
Apr 30, 2015
Romy Gingras talks with Impact3 investment about utilitizing it’s groups’ time, treasure and talent to blend a philantrhopic heart with an investment mentality to grow social enterprises.
Season 1: Social-Sushi-Detroit#12
Apr 28, 2015
Romy Gingras talks with Jay Rayford about Social-Sushi, a pop-up caterer that brought a taste for sushi to Detroit’s up and comers who are working to rebuild neighborhoods and communities in Detroit.
Season 1: His Hands Auto Care#11
Apr 17, 2015
Romy Gingras visits this unique garage in Midland, Michigan that is one of the ministries of the Messiah Church. She talks about the social impact of discounted auto service, and finding affordable vehicles for low-income community members. Romy surprises…
Season 1: Nate Griswold-Inhabitect#10
Mar 30, 2015
Traverse City based Nate Griswold, owner of Inhabitect builds green roofs.Romy Gingras visited with Nate in a re-purposed Traverse City landmark to learn more social enterprise aspects of his small business. Social Enterprise is the most rapidly growing…
Season 1: Gold Cash Gold Restaurant in Detroit#9
Mar 25, 2015
community investing, renovation of a famous pawn shop into a great restaurant
Season 1: Vehicle City Tacos – Part 2#8
Mar 16, 2015
In part two of Romy’s talk with Vehicle City Tacos she finds out what gourmet dishes are being dispensed out of the food truck, in Flint, Michigan. VCT is owned by Flint enthusiasts who are getting people outdoors, away from their bar stools and TV sets…
Season 1: Welding Artisan Center of Detroit #7
Mar 6, 2015
Welding Artisan Center Interview with Gary Hendrickson An introduction to the social enterprise by co-founder Gary Hendrickson. Businessman Gary Hendrickson and partner, Don Martin, decided to open up a welding training certification center in Detroit to…
Season 1: Vehicle City Tacos – Part 1#6
Mar 2, 2015
Vehicle City Tacos – Part 1 An introduction to the social enterprise and interview with the founder about his hip and energetic food truck renovating the community of Flint, Michigan. Dan discusses the origin of the idea and business model. This is part…
Season 1: Bonfires of Social Enterprise Intro: Romy Gingras#5
Feb 28, 2015
Bonfires of Social Enterprise Intro: Romy Gingras Storytelling by Romy Gingras about the Social Enterprise activity in Detroit and broader Michigan. Romy Gingras, Managing Partner, of Gingras Global, LLC and Gingras Global Groups, L3C has been in the…
Season 1- Amy Peterson of Rebel Nell, L3C Detroit #1
Feb 28, 2015
Interview with Amy Peterson of Rebel Nell, L3C An introduction to the social enterprise making jewelry from the fallen graffiti of Detroit and employing women from the homeless shelter. Learn how Amy began her business along with her grand plans to help…
Season 1- Jeff Adams of Artesian Farms of Detroit #4
Feb 28, 2015
Interview with Jeff Adams of Artesian Farms of Detroit An introduction to the social enterprise by farmer founder, Jeff Adams. The interview explores the rationale of the hydroponics business and the social impact of hiring within the local neighborhood…
Season 1: Josh York of York Project, LLC#3
Feb 28, 2015
Interview with founder Josh York of York Project, LLC An introduction to the social enterprise and interview with the MSU junior on his hat making business and heart for the homeless. Josh explains his humble beginnings and growth plans to hire the…
Season 1- Christian Birky of Lazlo, LLC Detroit #2
Feb 28, 2015
Interview with Founder Christian Birky of Lazlo, LLC An introduction to the social enterprise and interview with the founder, designer, model, and Princeton grad, Christian Birky. Hear the story about the making of a high end men’s T-shirt and how he…