With a projection of 2.5 billion smartphone users in 2019, it’s becoming increasingly clear: Mobile is the way of the future. And considering that millennials and Gen Z are passionate about creating impact, it’s only fitting that someone would utilize this technology to do good.

Self-proclaimed “sisterpreneurs” Isabel and Caroline Bercaw started Da Bob Bath Fizzers as a hobby. They now employ 150 people, are sold in more than 8,000 stores nationally and make 675,000 bombs every month. Sue Hawkes interviewed them for our May/June issue.

For strategic planning, it’s always been important to talk about detours if things change enough to impact the original plan. We often refer to this shift as your Plan B. Today, this mindset is more important than ever when a single report — or tweet — can disrupt current societal views or an entire economy. 

For Chris Pulling, Roy Martin and Dr. J. David Brown, glaucoma is personal. Pulling’s grandmother went blind because of glaucoma, and Martin’s aunt had the eye disease, while Brown, an ophthalmologist, is a leading eye surgeon

MIPS E-3 Glidewear is being used in helmets to prevent concussions

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that there are 3.8 million concussions sustained every year. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, football accounts for 38% of those reported, and younger athletes are the most susceptible.

Food-safety app was created by retailers for retailers

Prepared foods are the fastest-growing segment in grocery retail, with 58% of sales in a $24 billion industry.  As the prepared-food industry grows, so does the potential for foodborne illness. The Centers for Disease Control reports that 17% of the population gets sick each year — and 3,000 people die — from foodborne diseases. 

If you’ve ever wished that you could get your laptop fixed as easily as you can request an Uber or book an Airbnb, you’re in luck. DotComGuy is on the job. 

Lift Bridge Brewing Company, Stillwater’s first craft brewery since Prohibition, today announced that it has purchased 5.5 acres of property in Stillwater to build a much larger production and distribution facility.

Megan Effertz

Activist and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai once noted, “When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” In this issue, we are lucky enough to celebrate 50 powerful voices with our (Real) Power 50 honorees.