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Interview with Chip Owen, Co-owner and Brewer Innovation Brewing

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Weaver Haney interview with Chip Owen, Co-Owner and Brewer Innovation Brewing

Q. How long have you been in the brewing business?

A. We have been in business since October 2013.

Q. What prior experience have you had that helped you open this business?

A. I was a home-brewer for ten years. I also graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. I left an engineering job at Kearfott to open this business. Before that I worked at an electric heating element company in Arden. The experience helped a lot. I used my knowledge of mechanical engineering to help design and construct our brewery. I designed our system layouts, and controller for the brew system. I welded the pipes and valves. I also designed and built an automated keg washing system.

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Interview with Mark Lockwood, founder and President of LabStrong Corp.

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Interviewer: Dexter Diepholz

Interviewee: Mark Lockwood

September 12, 2014

Mark Lockwood, founder and President of LabStrong Corporation, Dubuque, IA

LabStrong Corporation designs and manufactures for the lab equipment specialty market, focusing on product development for tailored, high quality lab equipment applications. LabStrong develops concepts into functional, marketable products by listening and responding to customer’s unique performance requirements.

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Interview with Dr. Todd Creasy

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Interviewer: Elizabeth Shown

Interviewee: Dr. Todd Creasy

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Can you provide a brief explanation of the work you’ve been involved in as an entrepreneur?

I started a company in 1990 in Memphis TN, right as the time that the U.S. was going into Iraq for the Desert Storm mission. It probably wasn’t the best time to start a new venture. I began an HR Consulting firm that specialized in executive recruitment. I was involved in managerial consulting, HR consulting, and there was also a resume-building piece. My company was called ProSearch with subsidiaries: ProTemps, and ProResume.

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