Small Business

Sometimes you do everything right and still get the short end of the stick. About 12 years ago, Mary M. Kosir’s husband Michael was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. That’s not the kind you get because of bad habits — lack of exercise or poor diet. It’s the kind that manifests regardless of lifestyle. Read More
Araya Jensen is devoted to making kitchen and home products that are both functional and colorful. “For me, function comes first,” Jensen says, “and of course, I love creating and mixing new colors.” Read More
It all started in 1870, when French-Canadian Camille Poirier came to Minnesota and started a leather goods store selling shoes, canoe packs, and other leather and canvas goods. He filed a patent for the Original Duluth Pack in 1882, and the echoes of this design are still present today. Read More


For some designers, less is more. The exact opposite is true of Mode-sty, a fashion company that sells women’s clothing with a focus on modesty — high necklines, low hemlines and sleeves — rare in mainstream modern styles. Read More
If you want to start a successful business, go back to what you know. If you’re Mike Nelson, that means making the move from history teacher to marshmallow entrepreneur. The idea for North Mallow, a Minneapolis-based gourmet marshmallow business, was born from experience. Read More

Photo by Celisia Stanton Photography

After receiving a mainstream beauty box in the mail, Jasmine Harris found that she couldn’t use all of the products included. As a woman of color, traditional beauty marketers largely ignored her. Read More

Photo courtesy of Cravin' Pie

Krista Craven and Christina Rogan found a direct path to the hearts (and stomachs) of thousands: old-fashioned homemade pie. From classics like Apple Crumb to innovations like Brownie Batter or Coconut Macaroon, the two-woman team of Cravin’ Pie is showing Minnesotans that pie isn’t just for Thanksgiving. Read More
Logan Ketterling is a business owner, a craftsman and most of all, a storyteller. And he’s accomplished all of this at age twenty. Read More
The founders of Tanzenwald Brewing Company have their roots in marine biology, dance, and theater—not what you’d typically expect of a brewing company. But in co-founder Jenaveve Pittman’s words, Tanzenwald’s business story “kind of starts with a love story.” Read More