From a full-service bike shop and a commercial real estate firm to a statewide historical society and a youth performing arts organization, Minnesota Business magazine's 2018 Community Impact Award winners and finalists are changing, saving and improving lives for Minnesotans. 

Minnesota Business magazine sat down with Scott Mikesh, president and executive director of Art Buddies, and wanted to know: How does Mikesh express his own creativity, and what does art mean to him?   

Is what you know holding your company back?

Too often when we think of health and wellness, we think of diet plans and workout regimens because that’s how society tells us we’re supposed to achieve well-being. Studio/E member Pilar Gerasimo is here to challenge that trope.

Meet Adrienne Diercks, founder and executive director of Project SUCCESS.

Anyone visiting Duluth since 2012 may have noticed some gradual changes. A series of neighborhood revitalization plans, combined with a nature-loving mayor and increased interest in real estate investment, is beginning to change the look and feel of this historic city. 

In a 2003 study published in Family Business magazine, authors Joseph H. Astrachan and Melissa Carey Shanker found that family businesses accounted for up to 64% of U.S. GDP and 62% of U.S. employment.

Past double glass doors, a swath of polished parquet floor greets visitors to a compact fourth-floor suite in U.S. Bank Plaza’s north tower, in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. The floorboards are NCAA regulation, the same type traveled up and down by America’s top collegiate basketball players in arenas across the country.

The robots are here.