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These 2 Founders Share Their Inspirational Business Journeys on StartupNation Radio

On today’s episode of StartupNation Radio, Jeff interviews two entrepreneurs with Michigan-based businesses: Ali Rose VanOverbeke of Genusee and Zach Berg of Mongers’ Provisions.


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First up is VanOverbeke, the founder of Genusee, an eyewear company that launched in 2018 out of Flint, Michigan, that creates its products from recycled, single-use plastic water bottles.

During the interview, VanOverbeke discusses:

  • How the idea for Genusee formed
  • Genusee’s overall goals
  • Why Genusee shoots to hire low-income, previously incarcerated and other often overlooked individuals
  • Why she believes business can be a vehicle for social change
  • How Genusee transformed from a side hustle to a full-fledged company

For more information, visit Genusee’s official website, and follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.



Next up, Jeff chats with Berg, the founder, co-owner and head cheese monger at Mongers’ Provisions, a company founded in 2017 with locations in Detroit and Ferndale, Michigan, that specialize in cut-to-order cheese, craft chocolate and charcuterie. In its Detroit store, it also carries beer and wine and makes grilled cheese sandwiches.

During the segment, Berg talks about:

  • How the business adapted to the challenges of the pandemic
  • How passion and storytelling drive the business and where those ideals came from
  • The secrets to how the business connects with its customers
  • How he went from an aspiring chef to a retailer
  • How the brick-and-mortar business expanded to include an e-commerce site

For more information, visit Mongers’ Provisions’ official website, and follow on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.


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