Small Business Success Stories 2014

Photography by Travis Anderson

Ten Minnesota ventures led by people who’ve pursued adventure as well as careers.

December 19, 2014

Below, you’ll read about some of Minnesota’s most fascinating businesses. They’re not big businesses; but their leaders have big hearts, and in many cases, they’ve faced big challenges. Those challenges vary, but typically they involve building a market for a new product or service. The leaders of these businesses have demonstrated vision, perseverance, creativity and nimbleness—not to mention a willingness, even an eagerness, to take risks.

And even for small businesses, sometimes the risks are big ones. All of these companies have endured, and thrived. Some are quite new; others have been in business for a decade or more. Many of their leaders can point to philanthropic activities that have helped build communities, even as they’ve built their businesses. And all can offer ideas and inspiration for all businesses, whatever their size.

Way Better Snacks

The newly relocated company is setting out to devour the natural snacks category.

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Anderson Cos.

Construction and development veterans join forces to create a new, fast-growing firm.

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Arc's Value Village Thrift Stores & Donation Centers

This charity-based operation has grown by thinking like a for-profit retailer.

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Energy Management Collaborative

With a focus on lighting, it has become an energy-saving powerhouse for companies of all sizes.

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Grandma's Bakery

John Lupo’s business couldn’t live on doughnuts alone—so he transformed it into a thriving wholesale and retail bakery.

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JNBA Financial Advisors

A ground-breaking firm racks up awards and develops a new generation of financial acumen.

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Lubrication Technologies Inc.

Though its ranks and revenue have swelled, Lube-Tech still aims for that family touch.

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Minimizer

The company’s plastic fenders for heavy-duty trucks are poised to rule the roads.

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Oppidan Investment Co.

The real estate development firm has succeeded with a down-to-earth approach.

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Rock On Cos.

This trucking company ships more than construction material—it also builds community.

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Small Business Success Stories: 2014 Finalists

Twin Cities Business recognizes these Minnesota companies for their notable achievements as finalists in the 2014 Small Business Success Stories program.

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Small Business Success Stories Awards Dinner

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Loews Minneapolis Hotel 601 First Ave. N. Minneapolis

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

To register, visit tcbmag.com/SBSS14
For more information,
contact Caitlin French
at 612-336-9288
or cfrench@tcbmag.com




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