Editor-in-Chief

Allison Kaplan

Allison Kaplan is editor-in-chief of Twin Cities Business.

Phone: 612-336-9299

Ali leads content ideation and development for Twin Cities Business — print, digital, and events. She joined TCB in April 2018, after eight years with sister publication Mpls.St.Paul Magazine where she was senior editor of shopping and style, and most recently served as senior deputy editor, overseeing retail and trend coverage as well as digital content. Prior to MSP Communications, she was a columnist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Her writing has also appeared in Delta Sky, Lucky, Shop Etc., and other newspapers and magazines. An authority on retail and the fashion industry, she created her Ali Shops brand and award-winning blog in 2006 (the dark ages before social media), and eventually brought her independent digital shopping guide to Mpls.St.Paul. In recent years, she’s broadened her scope to coverage of technology, entrepreneurship, development issues, and workplace culture. A frequent event emcee and moderator, she appears regularly as an on-air expert for television and radio. She also hosts the weekly radio show Shop Girls on myTalk107.1.

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Who Will Win the Salad Wars?

Who Will Win the Salad Wars?

A Crisp & Green billboard soars over 50th and France with the message “Locally Owned; Locally Loved.” As the Wayzata-based salad chain expands nationwide, the sign appears to be an innocent
Hitting Refresh

Hitting Refresh

This month, we're releasing the 335th issue of Twin Cities Business, which marks the start of our 30th year of publishing. Flipping the page on a new decade got us thinking
The Perks of an Accelerator

The Perks of an Accelerator

Participating in an accelerator program can feel a bit like going back to school—working on a business plan, planning a growth strategy, creating marketing materials, all on top of actually
How We Work Now: Self Esteem Brands

How We Work Now: Self Esteem Brands

Chuck Runyon recently upgraded the Wi-Fi at his northern Minnesota cabin. “I plan on taking full advantage of remote work,” says the co-founder and CEO of Self Esteem Brands (SEB),
What Work Looks Like This Summer

What Work Looks Like This Summer

The half-day summer Friday has long been a coveted summer work perk. Particularly in a cold weather climate like ours, where you can count how often you hit the pool
From the Expert: From Clicks to Bricks

From the Expert: From Clicks to Bricks

A career marketing strategist, Audra Robinson jumped into entrepreneurship in 2020 with the launch of Rocky Robinson, a self-care brand created to empower Black and brown girls and encourage them
Taking the Plunge

Taking the Plunge

Living in Minnesota, I’ve experienced a lot of weird weather—but nothing like the hail that dropped from the sky one day in May. I was driving on I-94 between our
Exit Strategy: Ping Yeh

Exit Strategy: Ping Yeh

Ping Yeh’s path to entrepreneurship was literally life or death. Diagnosed with an aggressive cancer in his 30s, he endured a chemotherapy cocktail so intense that doctors worried it could