When Don Kveton founded Village Bank in 1993, he did so with a vision of approaching banking differently — with approaching customers differently. He recalled an incident when he was young and a “man in a suit” threatened his father, a farmer, with foreclosure after decades of droughts wrecked havoc on the family farm.

As we prepare to launch Season 2, we wanted to take a look back at Season 1 and say thank you to all of our guests, N401 Studios and our crew that helped make our first season a success. In case you missed an episode, here's a recap and links to the podcasts. Enjoy. 

Advanced Imaging Solutions (AIS) of Minnetonka became the first company globally to deliver a new Konica Minolta AccurioWide 160 Wide Format Printer when it supplied one to Allegra Marketing · Print · Mail – St. Paul.

Ian Levitt

Studio Americana is tucked away in the old KQRS studio location in Golden Valley.

Andrew Zimmern is Minnesota’s own influencer, innovator and renegade

Think of Andrew Zimmern as your personal dining docent. Through his show Bizarre Foods, we’ve vicariously (thankfully) sampled grasshoppers in Phuket, bear in St. Petersburg and tarantulas in Cambodia. A native New Yorker, he made Minnesota his home nearly three decades ago, and we couldn’t be happier to call him one of our own. 

Innovator, influencer or renegade?

Innovators, influencers and renegades — oh my! Minnesota businesses are bursting at the seams with them. And the best thing is no industry can contain them — from health care to construction to law and retail, our state is brimming with brilliance. Don’t believe us? Read on.

Coworking spaces are, strictly by definition, membership-based workspaces where freelancers, remote workers and other independent professionals work together in a shared setting. But for those who utilize these spaces, they are so much more.

Nevers crafts one-of-a-kind conference tables

Tucked away in Maple Grove is a small business that’s making a large visual impact in companies across the country. Launched out of a garage in 1976, Nevers Industries produces complex custom conference tables. Nevers’ tables are designed to fit specific needs.

GlideWear fabric is a game-changer for children with rare skin disease

Minnesota-based Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc. is launching a clothing line specifically designed for children with epidermolysis bullosa (EB), a painful, rare disease where any amount of friction causes the skin to blister and slough off.