2016 Minnesota Family Business Award Finalists

Twin Cities Business and its sponsor partners recognize these successful Minnesota family businesses and the values they perpetuate.
2016 Minnesota Family Business Award Finalists

Biffs Inc.

Inception: 1986
Headquarters: Shakopee
Family members in the business: 3
Employees: 60

After 10 years working for Minneapolis-based Satellite Industries, Michael Pauling launched his own portable-sanitation company which serves the special events and construction industries, among others. Last year, Pauling transferred the business to his children, Derek and Heather Pauling. Derek and Heather Pauling also have continued to grow Biffs—revenues have increased 47 percent over the past five years. The second generation has continued the family tradition of innovation. Biffs has developed a proprietary cleaning and disinfecting system it's now selling as a standalone product.

Diversified Brokerage Services Inc.

Inception: 1969
Headquarters: St. Louis Park
Family members in the business: 3
Employees: 59

Diversified Brokerage Services is a general brokerage agency specializing in life insurance. It’s now run by siblings George Van Dusen IV and Victoria Van Dusen-Roos. Their father, George Van Dusen III, founded the company to provide a distinctive service: a wholesale insurance brokerage representing multiple carriers. The idea was to provide a single outlet for insurance agents to add to the products provided by their primary carriers. The company now serves all 50 states, and also provides extensive offerings in long-term care insurance, disability income insurance and fixed annuities.

EduCare by Mirabelle Management

Inception: 2007
Headquarters: Plymouth
Family members in the business: 8
Employees: 11
plus 30 independent contractors

EduCare is a training program for long-term care providers, including home care, assisted living, memory care, adult day care and nursing homes. EduCare now serves more than 1,000 organizations, 90 percent in Minnesota. Co-founders Jennifer Anderson and Linda Isaacson (Jennifer Anderson’s mother) saw an opportunity to provide consistent, comprehensive training for care providers. This training is designed to help employees clearly understand duties and regulations while giving them tools to succeed, thus helping lower turnover.

Lloyd’s Construction Services Inc.

Inception: 1983
Headquarters: Savage
Family members in the business: 6
Employees: 85

Lloyd’s Construction Services provides waste hauling and related clean-up to the construction industry, both commercial and residential. It is now being run by the founding family’s second generation—several third-generation members also work for the company. (In addition, Lloyd’s offers excavation and demolition services.) It is now an $18 million business; revenues have grown nearly 45 percent over the past five years. The company contributed work to the Minnesota State Capitol restoration.

Minneapolis Glass Co.

Inception: 1937
Headquarters: Plymouth
Family members in the business: 5
Employees: 80

Minneapolis Glass specializes in architectural glass and glazing for the residential, commercial and fabrication/distribution markets. Products include shower doors, partitions, table tops and retail storefronts; it also provides customized items to the medical device industry. In the past four years, the company has posted a 50 percent increase in sales and has doubled its manufacturing capacity. Minneapolis Glass provides ongoing training to its employees, encouraging them to build skills and help develop innovative product and production ideas.