Current Issue: January 2015
Companies large and small are realizing how powerful data analysis can be
The luxury-pet-hotel business came to life thanks in part to knowledge gained at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management
On Jan. 26 in Edina, Dale Carnegie Training holds its three-day “Sales Advantage” course. It’s based on the time-tested techniques developed by Dale Carnegie, author of How to Win Friends and Influence People, first published in 1936 and still one of the most influential business books of all time.
Looking to get more precise about precision agriculture? On Jan. 19-20, the 4th Precision Agriculture Action Summit in Jamestown, North Dakota, focuses on not only the technological aspects of precision agriculture, but also on the methodology behind it. Session topics include production ag robots, crop data management, and managing imagery from unmanned aircraft systems.
On Jan. 16, the University of St. Thomas’s Opus College of Business in Minneapolis hosts “Making Values and Ethics Come Alive,” a roundtable by the college’s Center for Ethical Business Cultures.
Manufacturing medical devices is one thing. Making prototypes of them is another. 3D printing can be particularly helpful with the latter. On Jan.
Knowledge of finance is helpful when running a business, but many entrepreneurs don’t speak the language. With that in mind, the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management offers “Finance for Non-Financial Managers,” an executive education program.
From Jan. 30 to Feb. 1, the American Institute of Architects Minnesota hosts its 29th Search for Shelter Design Charrette at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
During his 30-year career as a retailer of motorcycles, snowmobiles, and ATVs, one of Tim Swenson’s hobbies was touring manufacturing plants to find out how things were built. “I never dreamed I’d be in the manufacturing business someday,” he says. But Swenson’s curiosity and the knowledge he acquired along the way would eventually serve him — and others — well.
Many fast-growing companies need more room to grow into. But few are as hungry for space as Blu Dot, which designs and manufactures modern furniture for homes and offices around the world. Founded in 1997, the company will move from its current warehouse in Rogers, Minnesota, to a newer, bigger site in nearby Ostego this spring.
$2.5 billion. That’s the amount in scholarship funds Scholarship Management Services (SMS) has distributed to more than 1.3 million students around the world on behalf of its clients since its inception in 1976.
Later this year, entrepreneur Gloria Freeman will fulfill a dream when she opens Olu’s Center, a multi-generational daycare center in north Minneapolis. Getting the loans needed to finance it required two years worth of networking, negotiations, and paperwork — and plenty of moving parts.
Health care innovation center TreeHouse Health is aptly named: Situated on the fringes of Loring Park in Minneapolis, its expansive second-floor office features floor-to-ceiling windows looking out upon treetops.
Walking into an Adogo pet hotel, with its clean lines and custom-designed suites, feels a bit lik
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“Every startup today is a data company, or they soon will be if they don’t realize it yet,” says Graeme Thickins. A technology marketing consultant, Thickins is also board member of MinneAnalytics, a nonprofit meetup group for big data in the Twin Cities that hosts jam-packed gatherings.
For many years, the only thing clear about the definition of “social enterprise” was that it was unclear.
Every day, companies lose money and productivity due to lost time from injured employees.
Clunky cash registers are fading into memory. Today’s savvy retailer is more likely to plunk down for sleek, portable cash drawers with integrated wireless transaction systems, such as the NetPRO cash drawers made in Fridley by APG Cash Drawer.
Trends in the snowshoe market show a migration from traditional wood frames to aluminum and plastic models. Debates on old versus new notwithstanding, Minneapolis-based Country Ways is for the most part sticking to what’s worked since its inception in the 1970s: the wooden variety.