Economics

Maintaining efficiency in tight labor markets
Low unemployment paired with economic growth has made hiring a challenge for almost everyone . John P. Phalen offers insights and solutions to overcome common problems that employers face in today's job market. Read More
Are SBA loans right for you?
Get advice from the experts in this issue's Ask the Editor column. Read More
The nastiest presidential campaign in memory is drawing to a close. On the off chance that any truly undecided voters want to base their decisions on the actual policies put forth by Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, we’ve put together a quick overview on their positions regarding retirement programs, taxes and general economic policy. Read More


This week, Gustavus Adolphus College brought in heavy academic firepower for its 52nd annual Nobel Conference.  This year’s theme: “In Search of Economic Balance.” Read More

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If a rising tide lifts all boats, expect the metro area to feel the swell of international visitors —and their money — in the coming weeks with the arrival of the Ryder Cup. Read More

Earlier this month, Greater MSP released its second annual Regional Indicators Dashboard, a comprehensive look at how the Twin Cities metro stacks up against comparable U.S. regions.
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Across the country, in small towns and city neighborhoods, workers are on ladders, stringing lights and hanging holiday decorations. The giant wreaths or fixtures shaped like snowflakes that are suspended from streetlights help create that festive feel of “the most wonderful time of the year,” as the song says. Read More
How might we be faring as a nation, if in response to the 2008 financial crisis our government had bailed out the people instead of the banks? That’s what happened in ancient Mesopotamia, the land that is now Iraq. States periodically ordered all non-commercial debts annulled. Read More

Andy Kocemba, president of Calhoun Companies

Wall Street may have the jitters over the market’s recent downturn, but a check of the nation’s small businesses owners shows plenty of confidence in the economy from Main Street. Read More