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.
Construction and development veterans join forces to create a new, fast-growing firm.
This charity-based operation has grown by thinking like a for-profit retailer.
With a focus on lighting, it has become an energy-saving powerhouse for companies of all sizes.
John Lupo’s business couldn’t live on doughnuts alone—so he transformed it into a thriving wholesale and retail bakery.
A ground-breaking firm racks up awards and develops a new generation of financial acumen.
Though its ranks and revenue have swelled, Lube-Tech still aims for that family touch.
The company’s plastic fenders for heavy-duty trucks are poised to rule the roads.
The real estate development firm has succeeded with a down-to-earth approach.
This trucking company ships more than construction material—it also builds community.
Twin Cities Business recognizes these Minnesota companies for their notable achievements as finalists in the 2014 Small Business Success Stories program.
The newly relocated company is setting out to devour the natural snacks category.