Guest Columns

Over the summer, I was blessed with an internship at the Neighborhood Development Center (NDC) in St. Paul, where I helped document the vibrancy of NDC-supported entrepreneurs in their neighborhoods. As a college student studying business, I was inspired by how these entrepreneurs engaged in creative placemaking. Read More

Owners Harry and Judy Kilmer

How to avoid biting off more than you can chew. (Part 2 of the Small Business Revolution series.) Read More


As a provider of marketing services to millions of small businesses, Deluxe decided to celebrate our centennial in 2015 by launching the Small Business Revolution to spotlight the importance of small businesses, and to extract lessons that could benefit small business owners in Minnesota and beyond. Read More
I started my own company when I was 31. By all accounts, I was a highly energetic, successful and driven individual.
I had a five-year plan. I had monthly goals. I had contingency plans. You know what I didn’t plan for? I didn’t plan for my active and healthy 35-year-old body to be rushed to the hospital with stroke-like symptoms. Weird, I know.
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Although I’m set to retire at the end of 2016 after a career filled with joys, adversity, challenges and triumphs, I’ll never forget my first job straight out of college.
At 20 years old, I was hired as executive director of a small nonprofit in the beautiful northern Minnesota town of Northome, a community deep in Minnesota’s northern forest.
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There has been a lot of talk in this election cycle about restricting trade. There has also been a lot of talk about income inequality and the demise of the American middle class. I believe there is a strong causal relationship between these trends. Read More
Though his career has taken a few curve balls, Peter Himmelman has always been creative. The Minnesota-born songwriter, musician and singer started out by becoming a rock star, first with the group Sussman Lawrence and then with a band under his own name. From there he became a composer for film and television. Read More
Everyone is aware that low-cost food has a price, whether it’s on the environment, the local economy or our bodies. What people don’t talk about is the opportunity that each of us has to change the world when we pick foods that are real, sustain resources and treat people well. Read More
Surprise! It is not only white men investing in startup businesses these days! Women and minorities are becoming bigger factors in this investment landscape and early data indicates this will continue to change the type of business that are receiving funding. Read More