Small Business

Maple Grove apparel company, Hands & Feet, is working to end childhood hunger
One in six children in Minnesota is hungry. Nationally, the number totals 13 million. Childhood hunger is a dilemma of such gravitas that sometimes it can feel like we can’t make a difference. But Studio/E member Eric Elwer has hopes as big as the dilemma itself. Read More
Fulton Beer took the traditional route of funding
Entrepreneurs have never had more financing options. A slew of alternative fundraising choices, such as crowdfunding and startup contests promising generous cash prizes, now complement traditional options like bank loans and friends-and-family financing. Minnesota Business spoke with two business owners who went two different routes for their perspectives. Read More
As small business owners, your voice matters. According to the Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy research, in Minnesota, there are more than 500,000 small businesses, representing 99.5% of all MN business and 47.9% of all employees. Therefore, finding ways to make small business successful is important locally and nationally. Read More


This week is National Small Business week. As part of the celebration, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Minnesota District Office will be recognizing 12 small businesses across the state. Read More
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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