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We asked a handful of 2016 (Real) Power 50 honorees and Manufacturing Award winners to share their recent wins, near-term plans, and expectations for the future. Here’s what they had to say, lightly edited for clarity and brevity.
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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

Photo by Tate Carlson

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


Photo by Tate Carlson

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
Back in 1909, on the corner of Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue, Albert Abdallah knew he had the perfect recipe. A Lebanese native and newcomer to the country, he knew he would have to create a product with the highest quality to guarantee success. Read More
The owner and president of Vistabule, Bert Taylor, loved old-fashioned trailers, and after a friend told him to Google “teardrop trailers,” he found his calling. Taylor calls the traditional teardrop trailer “small, claustrophobic coffins.” So he set out to create one that was welcoming, the type of space people would want to live in. 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
Do you have an interesting lobby in your office? A conference room with a view? Or do you run a hardware store, a barber shop, an assembly plant or a hip ad agency?
The Minnesota Film and TV Board would like to take a look, and it might land your space on the big — or little — screen.
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