It’s been nearly a year since I took over the helm of Minnesota Business magazine as executive editor. As I reflect back over the past 12 months, I’m very proud of the work our team has done. Our writers have engagingly showcased the innovations and innovators across the state.
Our digital media team has expanded those conversations beyond print and on to social media. Our events team has produced sold-out programs each and every time that have generated a palpable energy that has connected people and ideas. And our art and production teams have consistently created beautifully designed magazines that masterfully capture the essence of each issue. No matter the channel, we’ve had the privilege to feature Minnesota companies and the people who make them great.
Business has always been my passion, so I feel fortunate that I’ve had the opportunity to hold this role, which has allowed me to meet Minnesota’s most inspirational business people every week. I’ve loved listening to them explain why they started their companies, how they’ve faced obstacles and their hopes for the future. I’m lucky that I’ve been able to share their stories with you and hopefully they’ve inspired you in work and in life.
This issue is probably one of my favorites. We set out to find some of our state’s most compelling influencers, innovators and renegades. And boy did we find them. From our cover feature on Andrew Zimmern to our interview with connector Sarah Edwards and our profiles on people we think you should definitely know, we share inspirational stories of Minnesotans who are tackling challenges, taking chances and thinking differently. And because we are restricted by word count in the publishing world, we asked some of them to share more on my podcast, The Business Gist, so be sure to give that a listen as well.
But when we look back over the last few decades of Minnesota Business magazine, these inspiring stories aren’t new, just different. Minnesota has a rich pool of talented leaders doing cutting-edge work. We never run out of stories, only pages to print them on. As we brought this issue
to a close we found ourselves running out of pages. Although, we’d love to share every story of every Minnesota company and business leader, the time has come for us to say, “Stop the presses!” This will be our last issue we produce.
We’ve had a great run, but all good things must come to an end. We will never be able to express our gratitude to our publisher and all of the staff, writers, columnists and editorial and advisory boards who have helped create Minnesota Business over the years or say thank you enough to our advertisers, sponsors and partners who’ve made it all possible.
Most of all, thank you for being part of this journey with us. Keep doing what you do to make Minnesota one of the greatest places in which to work and live.
Megan Effertz & the Minnesota Business team