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Sally Smith has taken Buffalo Wild Wings from fly-by-the-seat-of-the-pants start-up to 683 restaurants and a market value of $897 million. Now, how to keep the company soaring?
Words On The Street
The founders of Element Six Media want to change the way marketing is done. Heck, they want to change the world.
“Always Be on the Lookout for Your Next Big Thing”
Steve Schussler is proof that the entrepreneur at age 35 can be seen already in the entrepreneur at 13. In his new book, It’s a Jungle In There, the founder of the Rainforest Café chain and Schussler Creative tells how his career creating themed restaurants took off—and in these excerpts, how a knack for seeing opportunity took him to extremes.
“We’ve Dug Ourselves Into a Really Big Hole”
That’s Legislative Auditor James Nobles’ take on the state’s pension system. How did it happen? And how long a ladder might taxpayers need to provide?
The Man From the Disappearing Middle
Dave Durenberger’s long campaign for moderation.
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Angling for Eyeballs
LumiData’s sales analysis software helps suppliers convince big retailers to keep carrying their products.
The Biobusiness Alliance of Minnesota has traced the growth of a “family tree” of start-ups that have Cargill connections.
Get Your Undies in a Bundle—By Subscription
As long as you’re grabbing the same CK boxer briefs or Hanes tighty-whities off the shelf every time, say Man Essentials’ cofounders, why not get them delivered instead?
Gifts That Keep On Taking
Are corporate political gifts worth making?
Itizen: “Share the Secret Lives of Things”
Itizen is part of the collaborative consumption movement.
MinnPost and MPR
MinnPost is doing an analog version of what the algorithms in e-commerce sites do: “If you liked X, then you might also like Y.”
Stacy Goes to Bollywood
Esbee’s founder lands a leading role on a business trip to India.
What's Your Story?
Storyworks Media uses video vignettes to explain—and sell—complex health care benefits and financial products to millions of consumers.
How Not to Wear "Juicy Couture"
Eat carefully; at Szechuan Spice, the soup is in the dumpling.
A Tale of the Wing
What the “boneless chicken wing” teaches about commodity prices in the restaurant business.
Thoughts from my third day on the job.
Governor Who? (Part Two)
More issues that the candidates must address: education, nullification, and collaboration.
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