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.
This architectural millwork company has carved out its niche—and doubled in size in the past seven years.
A trade show exhibit designer reinvents itself as a creator of retail environments for major brands.
Building a matchmaking machine for employers and IT freelancers.
Twin Cities Business recognizes these 10 Minnesota companies for notable achievements as finalists in 2015’s Small Business Success Stories.
A Minnesota trucking company keeps gas stations and road crews moving.
An ‘accidental broker’ carves out a multimillion-dollar
real estate niche.
Recessions are just another opportunity for this building technology installer to grow.
This innovative company made pontoon boats luxurious—no small feat.
Born on the Iron Range, this retail chain has grown by skillful adaptation.
A new owner adds some extra toughness to a supplier of inventory data-collection devices.
A thriving player in television channels its perseverance and strong stomach.