Dayton Declares It “Small Business Day” In Minnesota
Governor Mark Dayton declared September 30 as “Small Business Day” in Minnesota, coinciding with the premiere of movie that features several local businesses.
The movie, produced by Shoreview-based Deluxe Corp., follows some of the 100 small businesses throughout the country the company is following as part of its “Small Business Revolution,” which is a celebration of sorts for the company’s 100th anniversary. Deluxe, founded in 1915, started as a check printer, but has since evolved into a design, development and marketing firm for small companies.
“Small businesses are the backbone of Minnesota’s economy,” Dayton said in a statement. “Our small businesses provide high quality services and products, support strong communities and provide jobs and opportunity for people across Minnesota. I’m proud to celebrate their contributions and successes.”
The film includes the stories of small business and how it was critical to lifting the United States out of the recession—without a bailout—and also brings in experts from the consulting field, the Small Business Administration, the SCORE Foundation and a lecturer from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Businesses featured as part of the Small Business Revolution from Minnesota include:
- Tiny Diner – Minneapolis diner run by James Beard-winning chef Kim Bartmann
- The Shed – Minneapolis fitness studio focused on group classes
- St. Croix Chocolate Company – Chocolatier based in Stillwater
- Laura Hlavac Design – St. Paul design company
- Urban Junket – Minneapolis accessories firm that focuses on “upcycling” and sustainable products
- Bogart’s Doughnut Co – Doughnut shopped based in Minneapolis
- Willie Willette Works – Minneapolis woodwork company
- MaxBat – Wood baseball bat company based in Brooten
The movie focuses in particular on Kim Bartmann, the James Beard-winning chef of Tiny Diner (and Bryant Lake Bowl, Pat’s Tap, etc). The documentary has been getting considerable promotion on television, with splashy ads featuring Robert Herjavec of Shark Tank. Herjavec will also make a special appearance at the premiere.
The entire film can be viewed online here.