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The 2017 Community Impact Awards honored businesses, social enterprise organizations, nonprofits, initiatives and individuals making a significant impact on communities in Minnesota. Read More

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With his genial grin and wrestler’s build, Alex Rodriguez is a familiar face and form at events that connect professionals of color. As he turns 23 this month, the local A-Rod, as he is sometimes called, is a power-hitter on the startup scene. Read More

Starters

This is the first time since I have become editor in chief that I actually know the people on the front cover. I worked with Angela Davis years ago at KSTP-TV, and I met Duchesne Drew when we were both on the board of the local branch of the Society of Professional Journalists. One year, the SPJ holiday party was at their house. Read More


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The trade group representing Minnesota’s manufacturing industry has its collective eye on preparing and strengthening its future workforce, and is looking to the Capitol for support. Read More

These days if you’re looking to buy a home, you’d better show up at the open house ready to write an offer, maybe above asking price. Just as it’s a buyer’s market in the residential real estate sector, there are also bidding wars going on to snag new employees with in-demand skills. Read More

Closers

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“As a busy mother of three, I found soups to be a healthy and filling snack or meal option when I was on the go,” says Nancy Fink, owner and founder of Spoon Optional. Nancy wants to change the way people think about soup. “We typically think to eat soup hot in a bowl when it’s cold outside. Read More

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In November at the Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA) gala (in which Minnesota Business magazine was a media partner) the Minneapolis nonprofit awarded its Lifetime Achievement Award to Jan Jordet. She retired at the end of the year from her position as Senior Director of Consulting Solutions. Read More

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Many people who are well read on technology and entrepreneurship are familiar with the traditional dynamics of a startup pitch to investors. Any casual fan of Shark Tank knows there is a basic set of questions to answer about the product, the market, the team and its traction. Read More

Professional Development

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Employee engagement is closely tied to nine performance outcomes, according to the Gallup organization. And yet, only 32% of U.S. employees reported being engaged at work in 2015. As a recognition awards and promotional products supplier, Crystal D viscerally understands the ways that acknowledgement can drive engagement. Read More

Professional Development

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I don’t know how Amy Ronneberg does it all. When we met years ago I was impressed then with all she juggled. She’s a force of positivity and realism — at home, at work and in the community. Amy serves as CFO of Be the Match/National Marrow Donor Program, which saves lives every day by matching bone marrow donors with patients in need. Read More

Professional Development

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Christine “Chris” Bent knows health. She has been a health executive for two decades, donning such three-letter titles as EVP, COO and SVP. So it is our community’s great fortune to have Chris at the helm of one of the state’s prominent health organizations, Allina Health. Read More

Starters

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The next time you visit the refurbished State Capitol in St. Paul, keep an eye out for the new recycling containers. There are 612 of them throughout the Capitol Complex. They were part of a $300,000 contract between the state and Lindstrom-based Facility Sourcing Direct, led by President Lynn Johnson. Read More

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I usually get the attention of my ECON 101 students when I tell them that Tina Turner was really talking about the American business model when she belted out her pop hit, “What’s love got to do with it?” The traditional supply-and-demand model of the market system, if it worked the way it was supposed to, ultimately brought the rational players of the market into the promised land of efficient Read More

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Facebook and Instagram: Tips to Tricks to Boost Your Social MarketingMarch 2, 2017 8:00 AM- 9:00 AMDuluth Area Chamber of Commerce, 5 West First St, #101, Duluth Read More

Minnesota Business magazine is excited to announce The (Real) Power 50 members of 2017. The business professionals on the list are the linchpins in their company; the connectors in their industry; the heart of the operation; the remarkable players in the Minnesota business community with a knack for getting things done. Read More

Kyle Coolbroth & Don Ball, co-founders of COCO

Forget Abracadabra or Presto-Change-o. Today’s magic word for businesses is often Google. Companies are eager to align themselves with the billion dollar Silicon Valley tech leader; often a little of its proven magic rubs off. Read More

Clark Opdahl

After I graduated from the University of Minnesota but before I went to law school, I worked in our family business in St. Paul. Read More

The next Minnesota Business Executive Forum is all about conflicts of interest – specifically, the Department of Labor’s new “ Read More
Vugo Invited to Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS) Automobili-D Program MN Cup’s 2016 High Tech Division winner, Vugo, was nominated as one of 50 startups to participate in the Automobili-D program. Read More