Small Business

Meet Adrienne Diercks, founder and executive director of Project SUCCESS. Read More
Health experts agree: Drinking plenty of water is good for you. Coffee, not so much. But a glass of water in the morning — or when you start to drag midday — doesn’t have the same energy punch as a cup of Joe or a can of soda. Until now, that is. Read More
Approximately 20 years ago, on the way to Hamline University's library, Freweini Sium felt so unsafe in the neighborhood that she took a bus on the short stretch on University Avenue. Today, however, she walks the neighborhood without hesitation, because today, Sium owns the block.  Read More


If you own or operate a​ Minnesota Corporation or Limited Liability Company, there are a couple of issues you must address by year end. Read More
This month, the interviewer becomes the interviewee. In the two years or so that Sue Hawkes has written this column, she has interviewed a number of inspiring and knowledgeable women. She distilled this knowledge into a new book, Chasing Perfection — Shatter the Illusion; Minimize Self-Doubt & Maximize Success.
MNBIZ: Why did you write this book?
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As an infant, Alicia Overby’s son Finn could never seem to get comfortable. When Overby brought Finn to a chiropractor’s office, he was diagnosed with subluxation (spinal discomfort), a slight misalignment of the vertebrae, which was believed to be caused by strain during labor. Read More
While on a Boundary Waters canoe trip in 1986, Granite Gear founders Jeff Knight and Dan Cruikshank were inspired to create a tougher, more durable portage pack. They “felt that the quality of portage and backpacks at the time weren’t at their standard,” says spokesperson, Shelly Smith. Read More
Sometimes you do everything right and still get the short end of the stick. About 12 years ago, Mary M. Kosir’s husband Michael was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. That’s not the kind you get because of bad habits — lack of exercise or poor diet. It’s the kind that manifests regardless of lifestyle. Read More
Araya Jensen is devoted to making kitchen and home products that are both functional and colorful. “For me, function comes first,” Jensen says, “and of course, I love creating and mixing new colors.” Read More