2015 Small Business Success Stories

SBSS

Ten modest-sized Minnesota companies making a big impact.

by Betsy Sundquist, Dan Heilman, Fran Howard, Gene Rebeck, Ingrid Case, Lucy Vilankulu, Phil Bolsta, and Suzy Frisch

December 30, 2015

Successful small businesses are the connective tissue of our economy. On the following pages, you’ll read about 10 strong and successful Minnesota companies. Their hallmarks are nimbleness, creativity, perseverance—and a willingness to take calculated risks. They manage their resources during the good times, acquiring companies when opportunity presents itself, even reinventing business models when required. They are flexible and can shift with the evolving needs of customers and are invested in the well-being of their employees and communities. Their stories offer ideas and inspiration for all businesses, whatever their size.

—Gene Rebeck, editor

Aaron Carlson

Aaron Carlson Corp.

This architectural millwork company has carved out its niche—and doubled in size in the past seven years.

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Chandler

Chandler Inc.

A trade show exhibit designer reinvents itself as a creator of retail environments for major brands.

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Field Nation

Field Nation

Building a matchmaking machine for employers and IT freelancers.

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Kane Transport

Kane Transport Inc.

A Minnesota trucking company keeps gas stations and road crews moving.

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Lakes Area Realty

Lakes Area Realty

An ‘accidental broker’ carves out a multimillion-dollar real estate niche.

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Low Voltage Contractors

Low Voltage Contractors

Recessions are just another opportunity for this building technology installer to grow.

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Premier Marine

Premier Marine

This innovative company made pontoon boats luxurious—no small feat.

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Schneiderman's

Schneiderman’s Furniture

Born on the Iron Range, this retail chain has grown by skillful adaptation.

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Supply Chain Services

Supply Chain Services

A new owner adds some extra toughness to a supplier of inventory data-collection devices.

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Tremendous

Tremendous! Entertainment Inc.

A thriving player in television channels its perseverance and strong stomach.

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Finalists

Twin Cities Business recognizes these 10 Minnesota companies for notable achievements as finalists in 2015’s Small Business Success Stories.

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Small Business Success Stories Awards Dinner

Thursday, January 14
5:30 – 9 p.m.

Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
1300 Nicollet Mall

$100 per ticket
$800 per table of eight
$1,700 for a corporate
sponsored table

To register, visit
tcbmag.com/SBSS15
For more information,
contact Caitlin French
at 612.336.9288 or
cfrench@tcbmag.com


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