In its latest trip to the national spotlight, Duluth was both commended and disparaged by Rolling Stone, a magazine named after a song by a native of the city. Yet, Duluth has much more to offer than what was mentioned in recent coverage.
The Duluth-Superior port goes beyond boats to gain new business: a year-round container service for regional customers.
Businesses hire customers to fill short-term gaps and save labor costs, but it can be challenging to effectively manage employees and freelancers who have different statuses and legal standing.
President Trump’s campaign focused on disrupting the status quo. Now attorneys say it’s unclear how far Trump will go to overhaul immigration, labor and environmental laws that affect Minnesota businesses.
A distinctive group of businesses is revitalizing and reinventing Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.
Essentia Health CEO David Herman is going beyond the traditional doctor-patient relationship and bringing healthy habits to the grassroots level.
Employers are struggling to find new employees who possess hard and soft skills, so Minnesota colleges are adapting their academic programs to fill the void.
Emily Larson is blazing her own economic development trail as Duluth’s mayor, while building on the city’s strengths.
Public relations and marketing practices have blended. Now, businesses looking for a communications agency must be clear about their needs to find a good match.
Businesses already are using AI to reach customers. The work is about algorithms, not automatons.
New cut-and-sew businesses are sprouting up on the North Shore, inspired by the craft mentality and sturdy outdoors ethos.
After a double-digit drop in tonnage at the Duluth-Superior Port in 2015, the port’s leaders envision a growth strategy based on its Great Lakes location.
Small and midsize Minnesota companies are finding growth opportunities outside of the United States, but they need to take steps to avoid a world of hurt.
The goals of opening a company clinic: Lowering healthcare costs, attracting new employees.
Duluth’s Glensheen mansion nearly doubled its visitor count in recent years. After shifting its marketing strategy, it is reaching new audiences.
It’s a competitive market for proven business leadership. But when it comes to attracting talent, smaller firms can play and win.
The Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce will gather local health care industry leaders to discuss the downtown expansion.
The focus needs to expand beyonds individual health, health executives argue.
The awards recognize citizen contributions to community health.
The deal with Allied National will help launch Benovate’s technology across a broader geographical market.
SmartCare could be a new model for high-deductible patients.
Employers and employees could benefit from reduced costs and HRA credits.
The clinic has been located at the Hub Shopping Center for the past two decades.
Topics addressed will include dietary and cultural issues that have affected Native American health outcomes.
A Duluth-based IT firm reinvented itself to provide critical access solutions.
The region’s leaders want to attract entrepreneurs and young people. But some big challenges—including housing—remain.
Marketing automation helps businesses get closer to their customers.
Minnesota’s northeastern-most county is having a strong run. Can this cool area stay hot?
Minnesota colleges are updating and expanding their science, technology, engineering and math programs to meet business needs in a 21st century economy.
The Blandin Foundation funds efforts to build the rural economy and strengthen the social fabric of small communities.
Social media and the nonstop news cycle have changed the public relations game. And that’s changing how all businesses communicate.
Other businesses can learn about cybersecurity from the health care and financial services industries.
With the end of his term in sight, Duluth Mayor Don Ness looks back on a city that’s become more entrepreneurial.
The economy may not be roaring back, but it’s improving. So how should your business plan its financial moves?
Manufacturers north of the Twin Cities are seeking to build a new-generation workforce.
A rail-improvement project in Duluth is evidence of major changes in the global economy.
We challenge any other state to come up with a list of extraordinary innovations as impressive as Minnesota’s.
Northwestern Minnesota’s manufacturing strength builds on the region's agriculture base.
Mine shutdowns in 2015 will alter traffic flow at the Port of Duluth-Superior, but the Port Authority sees growth options.
If you’re starting a business or expanding your company, franchising is an appealing option. But it’s not for everybody.
Dairy Queen has reinvented itself by leveraging its heritage. Now the 75-year-old franchisor is out to become the world’s best-performing fast-food chain.
How severely will the worldwide steel glut affect the Iron Range?
Companies are discovering how new options can strengthen and modernize their business models.
A quiet publicly traded Duluth company is shaking up its business model with partnerships in the aviation and automobile industries.
Economic security in northeastern Minnesota grew during Tom Renier’s tenure with the Northland Foundation
Online security is more challenging than ever, but there are smart strategies that can safeguard company data from global cyber-crooks.
The U of M seeks funding for a new initiative to change how Minnesota mines.
In contrast to other parts of the country, Northland regional airports are offering good travel options.
Duluth International, with a new $78 million terminal, is more than a regional airport for business travelers.
Heavy manufacturing makes a comeback on the Iron Range.
If it can unlock the potential from its timber, the Iron Range could become a center for biochemical production.
For rural areas, faster Internet service is a necessity. More communities soon could be connected.
The Port of Duluth-Superior saw increased tonnage last year. But the real story might be its industrial base.
The news on the Iron Range is mostly good—but what’s up with Essar Steel?
Duluth-based clothing retailer Maurices grew during the recession, and it has big plans going forward. How did it get so right-sized?
And it’s more vigorous than outsiders might think.
Minnesota’s winter tourism industry isn’t as simple as a good snowfall. Look at Lutsen Mountains.
The Natural Resources Research Institute is helping revive timber companies, along with other traditional extractive industries.
Will solar energy production shine a light on the Iron Range?
By following the signs.
Northwestern Minnesota has low unemployment and booming companies hungry for workers. What is its secret?
Can entrepreneurship take firm root in the tough soil of northeastern Minnesota?
The Hamm’s brewery complex is finally attracting tenants.
Taconite, timber, and tourism remain the Northland’s economic bases. But they need to be alloyed with entrepreneurship.
It’s too early for most of us to form a rock-solid opinion on nonferrous mining. Too much remains unclear.
Here are some of the bigger Duluth development projects.
Duluth's higher education institutions are a big part of the workforce effort.
Some sites are or could soon be available.
Major Duluth firms are hiring to keep up with demand.
Involta chose Duluth for one of its facilities.
Duluth's aviation sector continues to grow.
Essentia Health and St. Luke's are leading Duluth employers.
A look at several Duluth businesspeople.
A group of small Minnesota resorts takes an unorthodox approach to competition.
Northern Minnesota is a main highway for transporting crude oil. Does the state benefit?
Lee Hutton, a former Golden Gopher football letterman, represented Kris Humphries in the player’s divorce proceedings.
International Falls hopes to diversify its economy by emphasizing the “international.”
Former McKnight Foundation boss Rip Rapson says that Detroit has by no means been totaled.
New and expanding iron mining and processing facilities are popping up all over the Range. But is there demand?
Not just an engine of Midwestern heavy manufacturing, the Duluth-Superior port is a gateway to global markets.
Private equity firms in the middle market had a generally busy 2012. And they have the money for more deals.
Designs on your genes.
Four stories of Duluth businesses show how Duluth has scraped off the rust of recession.
Ten years post-Twinsville, a Target Field ballpark village may finally be rising.
Or how an indie bookstore resembles a good neighborhood bar.
Lessons learned at the state’s most influential journalistic startup.
Navigate Forward guides later-career executives toward their future. Its North Star: Define your brand.
Rêve Consulting blends “technical acumen and heart” in their strategic consulting practice.
The late Minnesota modernist architect is back—as a furniture designer
Prepare to be surprised.
Branding and design agency Franke+Fiorella rebrand businesses—including its own—for multi-channel communications.
How much should we trust the monthly unemployment reports?
Start-up law firm Friedman Iverson specializes in legal work for "creative entrepreneurs."
Engineering firm Primordial Soup draws from an extensive kitchen of collaborators to whip up medical devices.
With CD sales softening, music production house Noiseland Industries found a surprising new revenue source.
How local printer Studio on Fire ended up chronicled by a German art-book publisher.
Start-up Knowmad creates customized, off-the-beaten-path journeys through South America.
Upstart Founding Fathers positions itself as an "All-American" beer.
Minneapolis’s Taiga Records produces avant-garde music in an old-school format.
Minneapolis design agency, Knock, wins an international design award for its shoebox.
A brand of premium licorice hopes to hit it out of the park with its Minnesota Twins–based ad campaign.
Red Wing is using online video to convey “brand authenticity.”
In its new ad campaign, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics pulls back the gauziness.
How Malt-O-Meal’s new all-natural cereal brand “kicked some shelf”—with only its packaging design as a marketing campaign.
Minnesota wants to be more innovative. Let’s be careful what we wish for.
The future of health care is—health.
CloudProfile creates online social hubs for small businesses to help them manage their online presence.
Fulton Beer is the Twin Cities' newest craft brewer.
For businesses selling to other businesses, Web sites are no longer an afterthought—they've become central to the selling process.
Engineering is one of the Northland’s biggest growth sectors.