Serial Entrepreneurs Reveal Their Formula for Startup Success

Scott Litman and Dan Mallin are the sages of the local tech startup world.

Minnesota Bankers Define Terms for Growth in 2019

Despite concerns over trade and weakness in the agriculture sector, Minnesota bankers expect to see the state’s economy continue to grow this year.

Toro Acquires Charles Machine Works, Maker of Ditch Witch, in $700M Cash Deal

The deal, ranking among Toro’s largest, adds new brands to its portfolio and deepens its stake in the underground construction market.

Former Ashby Farmers Grain Elevator Manager Pleads Guilty to 15-Year, $5.3M Scheme

The charges were brought against Jerome Robert Hennessey after an investigation found he’d committed mail fraud and tax evasion while working at the Ashby Farmers Co-Operative Elevator Company.

AT&T’s Industry-First 5G Network Coming to Twin Cities This Year

The phone company’s new 5G network and hot spot offering features data speeds of 200-300 megabits per second. Tech companies are especially expected to benefit, as 5G rolls out in Minneapolis, Chicago, and other select cities in 2019.

How Popular is Amy Klobuchar in Minnesota’s Trump Country?

Part of Klobuchar’s case to win the Democratic nomination for president is her ability to appeal to Trump voters. How strong is that ability?

Target Retains Crown as Top Employer in Minneapolis

An annual report by the Minneapolis Downtown Council revealed that amid a population hike, top employers in the city relatively consistent, though some glaring changes from 2017 did occur.

McGough Underway on 402-Unit Apartment Project Near Mall of America

The Fenley is the latest project at the Bloomington Central Station site.

Office Envy: Lola Red PR

The public relations agency's new HQ is a shining star in the Warehouse District—literally.

Minnesota’s Solar Workforce Has More Than Doubled Since 2015

A survey conducted by nonprofit organization The Solar Foundation found Minnesota’s solar job total has increased from 1,995 in 2015 to 4,602 in 2018, making it 15th in the nation for solar workforce size.

No Excuses: Survey Finds Employees Actually Get More Done During Holidays

End-of-year deadlines fuel productivity. But once out of the office, 60 percent of local workers don’t check in.

Nothing But Hemp Builds Metro CBD Retail Business

The concept opened in Maplewood Mall in November and a south Minneapolis store is set to open next week.

After Christmas, It's Time to Shop

What to buy now, and what to wait on until January, plus the biggest post-Christmas sales.

Book Review: "Everything is Negotiable"

This is a great book for the college-bound or for a new grad. Women who are returning to the workforce will get a lot out of it, as will those for whom indecision is the default mode.

3M Acquiring Tech Business Arm of M*Modal

The Minnesota-based manufacturing giant will retain M*Modal’s 750 technology-focused employees. By adding the technologies of healthcare products and service provider M*Modal to its inventory, 3M expands its health information systems business.

Minnesota’s Record 2.8 Percent Unemployment Rate Holds Steady Through November

The latest DEED report states Minnesota’s jobless rate held firm even as employers shed 800 jobs in November.

Edina Investment Firm Buys Time for Soap Factory to Save Its Building

O’Brien-Stanley Partners purchased $1.2 million of the Soap Factory’s debt to RJM Construction, boosting the nonprofit’s hopes of reclaiming the building through fundraising within six months.

Caribou Coffee Founder John Puckett Gifts 580-Acre Wildlife Area to South Dakota

The habitat is now open to the public for hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreation.

Designing Conversations

If you dread networking, take this advice on how to make conversations more memorable and meaningful. It can work for your brand, too.

‘Fulfilling in Every Way’: Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey on His First Year in Office

On a recent afternoon, Frey looked back at the highlights and challenges of his first year in the new gig, what he is prioritizing in 2019 — and what his life is now like outside City Hall.

Cirrus Aircraft CEO, Co-Founder Dale Klapmeier Stepping Down Next Year

More than 30 years after founding the company with his brother, and a decade after becoming its sole leader, Klapmeier will transition into a senior advisory role.

Cryptocurrency Data Bank Nomics Raises $3M in Series A Funding Round

Local tech entrepreneur and company CEO Clay Collins plans to use the new capital to expand the field of data from cryptocurrency exchanges that Nomics collects, as well as hire up to three new employees in the next year.

Pay-to-Reserve Parking Spot App MyPark Thriving at Mall of America One Year Later

Thousands of Mall of America shoppers are paying to park close to an entrance and in some cases booking their spot six months in advance.

Best Buy Introduces Child Care Employee Benefit to Help Parents in a Pinch

In response to staff feedback, Best Buy teamed up with to offer 10 days of child care to all employees for only a $10 daily co-pay. Other new employee benefits include paid caregiver leave, mental health resources and paid leave for part-time staff.

Dairy Farmers of America Acquiring Maplewood Manufacturing Facility from Agropur

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the facility’s roughly 200 employees will maintain their positions.

Minneapolis Meal Kit Co. Local Crate Launches Partnerships with Kowalski’s, Food52

Kowalski’s added Local Crate to its Dinner Pre-Paired meal kit lineup in 11 stores, and California-based chef and home enthusiast community Food52 will see Food52-inspired Local Crate dishes hit stores in the Midwest and California.

Minnesota’s First Indoor Skydiving Venue Opening This Week at Ridgedale Mall

For visitors of almost all ages, the Texas-based company iFly offers a realistic skydiving experience with 150 mile-per-hour wind tunnels, plus skydiving instruction, flight-themed STEM education programs, and more.

Minnesota’s Budget Surplus Forecast Comes with Warning: Tight Labor Market Only Going to Get Worse

The tight labor market caused by retiring baby boomers is an immediate problem, and its pinch on growing businesses is only going to get worse.

What’s on My Desk: Nate Garvis, Co-Founder of Studio/E

Toys on the desk of this leadership expert say as much about you as they do about him, but the Grateful Dead souvenirs are all Garvis.

Renovation Woes Force Sale of The Soap Factory

RJM Construction is forcing a sheriff’s sale on the arts center’s Minneapolis headquarters after incurring extraneous expenses from a top-to-bottom renovation it was hired to complete.

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