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. Read More
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.  Read More
Thailand is the United States’ 25th biggest trading partner by total value of exported goods, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Read More

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Before the infamous breach that compromised millions of personal records, before the disastrous Target Canada campaign, before the layoffs that shook the Twin Cities retail community to the core, there was the Target Pregnancy Debacle. (At least, that’s what we’re calling it.) Read More
Some business owners focus on growing their profits, while others are obsessed with sales goals. Have you ever considered making it a goal to structure your business to run without you? Read More
These comments are a counterpoint to a Perspectives we published in February’s issue of Minnesota Business. That month contained our CEO Survey. Read More
A fertile relationship is growing between anthropology and business. Marketers are finding that anthropologists gather very useful knowledge by studying consumers in their natural habitat using the ethnographic techniques of observation and interviewing. Read More
In our CEO roundtable groups, we often discuss why leaders aren’t making progress toward their goals — and this question comes up. Getting to the why of a business goal seems simple, but the distractions of sales and production and employees can bury this message. There is no point in a business if no one wants what you’re selling. Read More