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Fulton Beer took the traditional route of funding

Entrepreneurs have never had more financing options. A slew of alternative fundraising choices, such as crowdfunding and startup contests promising generous cash prizes, now complement traditional options like bank loans and friends-and-family financing. Minnesota Business spoke with two business owners who went two different routes for their perspectives.

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Industry Watch

Velaasa is on track to alter the course of the specialty-sport shoes market

Lynden Reder was hitting rock bottom when he visited his father’s grave for the first time. He had been spending countless insomniac nights worrying. The father of two young children had just taken a tremendous risk by pouring everything he had into Velaasa, his track-and-field and Olympic-performance shoe business. 

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Gen Z: In the game

A few years back, millennial panic was all the rage. Today, it’s Generation Z — also known as Gen Edge — that’s ruffling oldsters’ feathers.

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Editor's Note

Editor's Note: Summer is in full swing

An ode to summer, from Minnesota Business' magazine executive editor, Megan Effertz.

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After 32 years of working with some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment, Lou Raiola, founder and president of Force Multiply, is ready to share what his company does. For the past three decades, he’s been working behind the scenes to bring together celebrities and nonprofits.

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With state unemployment levels at their lowest in years, finding a quality candidate harder than ever. Here's how employment experts are doubling down their efforts to find promising prospects.

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Made in Minnesota

With melting film incentives, can Minnesota attract the big-budget productions it did in the ‘90s?

When it comes to competing as a film location against other states, Minnesota seems to be a not-ready-for-prime-time player. We now often lose opportunities to places such as Georgia, Louisiana and Canada.

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PwC introduces new benefit

PwC is adding two additional weeks to its paid parental leave, allowing employees to slowly transition back to work.

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Technology helps improve balance and walking speed

Eden Prairie–based medical-startup RxFunction Inc., a wearable technology company, is preparing for FDA registration and market launch — as well as another round of clinical trials — of its product, walkasins, the first wearable sensory prosthesis (WSP).

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