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If you ask people what kind of qualifications they would expect from a business owner, “professional boxer” probably wouldn’t be on the list. Yet this is exactly what qualifies Dalton Outlaw to run Element Gym, the world’s first co-working and collaborative-benefit corporation gym.

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Much has changed in the way we do business since 1921, when the James J. Hill Center was founded.  Businesspeople then likely never imagined the creation of tools like the internet, email, or social media, but one thing remains constant for business success both then and now: the need for competency in real-life interpersonal communication.

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This is a guest post by Dyanne Ross-Hanson 

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A new accounting standard issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) will soon require companies to recognize leases on their balance sheets. In doing so, it could have a major impact on your banking relationship and covenants—and, in turn, impact your access to new capital.

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We cell phone owners shell out a small fortune when we purchase our devices, then use them incessantly, loading them with our texts, phone numbers and data and using them for directions, status updates and capturing images; many of us admit we even sleep with them.

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It’s a simple fact. The price a potential buyer will pay for a manufacturing business is higher when the intangible assets of the business present well. Business owners who have been proactive in managing and protecting their company’s intellectual property assets have an easier time demonstrating that those assets will continue to bear fruit after the transition.

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Photos courtesy of Nate Michielson

In today’s culture, it’s hard to ignore that one’s outward appearance has a big impact in the workplace, especially in first impressions. While many Minnesotans are privileged to own quality, professional attire, it’s a luxury not afforded to all. Minnesota-based footwear manufacturer Otabo is working to change that.

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This is a guest post from Earl H. Cohen, Attorney, Hellmuth & Johnson, PLLC

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This is a guest post from Amalia Moreno-Damgaard.

We live in a woman's world now. Female entrepreneurs and women-owned businesses are on the rise nationwide. 

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