Thought Leadership

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As Minnesota's gross domestic product grows, more and more manufacturing companies are looking for guidance in how to protect themselves without impeding innovation. Late last year, Minnesota Business convened a panel of experts to address those issues. Read More
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While no product or service can be a good fit niche products have an even narrower market than most. Marketing a niche product starts with creating a marketing plan that’s in step with your business plan.  Read More
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Jordan Hopkins always dreamt of owning his own company. In June 2017, that dream became a reality when he purchased his employer of the past 13 years — Perfection Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. — with the help of a Small Business Administration loan.  Read More


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When developing cybersecurity programs, many businesses focus on protecting their infrastructure perimeters and device endpoints. But it’s also important to consider what happens when a threat bypasses perimeter defenses and targets an employee in the form of a malicious email, text, or even a voicemail. Read More
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As electronic payments have become more prevalent over the last few years, businesses have understandably focused on fighting electronic fraud. But like a game of whack-a-mole, every time you knock down one kind of fraud attempt, a new one pops up.  Read More
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This is a great time of year for an office to get out and enjoy each other’s company. Employee retreats, off-site meetings, and team building exercises can greatly improve the morale of a business. Read More
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Information and technology has not always had the same focus as new manufacturing technologies for Industrial Fabrication Services (IFS), a Minnesota manufacturing company. That is, until IFS saw that investing in IT could improve the way they served their customers, and remain a strong competitor in the custom metal fabrication market place. Read More
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Digitalization is a game changer. Across all industries, it’s shifting the way business is done — for better or for worse. However, it can be a challenge to keep up with the multitude of technological advances, from the cloud to new apps and online processes. Read More
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Embracing the help of a SCORE business mentor offers many advantages to entrepreneurs. Whether you're in the early stages of exploring a business idea or already running an established business, a mentor can provide valuable guidance, serve as an objective sounding board for listening to and evaluating new ideas, and motivate you to be more accountable. Read More