Current Issue: January 2011
In her roughly 35 years in the music business, Sue McLean has promoted hundreds of large and small concerts. But she has no trouble remembering her first show: booking jazz icon Charles Mingus at the Bronco Bar in Chanhassen. The west-suburban rock bar was a very unlikely venue for a jazz concert, and McLean was putting up her own money for the first time.
The dreary economic days of the recession may be mostly behind us, but that doesn't mean we're poised for a sunny, quick recovery. That's the consensus of numerous business leaders and economists in the state, who believe that Minnesota, much like the rest of the country, has been bouncing along the bottom in 2010, after suffering an economic freefall in 2008 and 2009.
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The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes (Maple Grove) and Woodbury Lakes are among the more forward-thinking Twin Cities shopping destinations. Dan Lowe is managing partner and one of the founding partners of the developer behind both: RED Development, LLC, which develops, leases and manages a total of 30 shopping centers nationwide.
Last September a group of about 50 Minnesota business representatives accompanied Gov. Pawlenty on his final trade mission, which included stops in China and Japan. What we found was a region brimming with opportunities.
It's not easy sticking out in a crowd, especially if you're an ad agency and the crowd is Minneapolis. But in an old firehouse in Northeast, there's an agency that's making a pretty good go of it. Preston Kelly, recently named Advertising Age's Midwest Small Agency of the Year, has been behind some of the most recognizable ad campaigns in the Twin Cities.
I'm not talking about brands that say one thing and do another. I'm not talking about brands that don't live up to their promise. I'm literally talking about brands with two faces. One face may be confident, complicated, technical, professional and/or formal.
The Council of Public Relations Firms recently came to town and assembled a group of agency owners to discuss issues affecting the PR industry. Participants shared stories with each other about the variety of ways they are positioning themselves within an industry that is experiencing significant change.
Tolstoy's comment about families is particularly true of family-owned businesses, especially when conflict produces unhappiness. Any family business will have differences unique to that business and that family, but there are some common denominators to that unhappiness.
Signed, sealed and delivered, ecoEnvelopes is taking the world of advertising by storm. The Minneapolis-based company, which is known for its reusable envelopes, has recently begun offering green-saving benefits to marketers as well.
Around the time that the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce recognized Joe Reilly as the Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year in 1999, the businessman was visiting pawn shops, borrowing money from friends, maxing out four credit cards and getting a third mortgage on his house.
In the movie In Good Company, a hard-charging, conglomerate-making CEO purchases a sports magazine with the glossy idea of creating "synergy." Somehow cell phones for toddlers, Krispity Krunch cereal and the newly acquired magazine will make more money together.
The odds of winning the lottery are 120 million to one. The odds of being inducted into the Minnesota Science and Technology Hall of Fame (msthalloffame.org) are incalculable, but certainly long. The odds of being inducted if you were born at the turn of the century, black, poor, orphaned, and left school in the sixth grade are infinitesimal.