Leslie Frécon is managing partner and founder of LFE Capital. As a glass-ceiling-shattering pioneer, she founded the company in 2000 after having served as senior vice president of corporate finance at General Mills (GMI), where she was both the youngest and first female executive in the company’s history. Read More
The dream of owning a business is still a big thing in Minnesota. According to the U.S. Census and state filing records, between 8,000 and 17,000 new businesses are started in Minnesota each year. Only a small percentage hire employees. Typical start-up costs: around $20,000 to $50,000. Read More
You may recognize his face from the DIY Network series Bath Crashers, but these days Studio/E member Matt Muenster is spending his time crashing the local production industry. He and his two fellow managing partners, Sarah Sundahl and Linda Elmquist, run SPOKE612, a Twin Cities-based production company that focuses on crafting memorable stories. Read More

On the Up-and-Up
Minnesota’s rank went up from 21st to 16th in the latest Kaufmann Index for startup activity in the 25 largest states. Wisconsin remains in last place on the list, which is based, among other things, on the rate of adults becoming new entrepreneurs. California leapfrogged Texas and Florida to achieve the top ranking this time around.
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Long before probiotics became a household name, Sita Dash, PhD, a New American entrepreneur, began groundbreaking work on manufacturing a robust probiotic strain in 1979. He completed his doctorate at South Dakota State University in 1973 and served as director of South Dakota’s Food and Drug Administration. Read More
Embracing the help of a SCORE business mentor offers many advantages to entrepreneurs. Whether you're in the early stages of exploring a business idea or already running an established business, a mentor can provide valuable guidance, serve as an objective sounding board for listening to and evaluating new ideas, and motivate you to be more accountable. Read More

Owners Harry and Judy Kilmer

How to avoid biting off more than you can chew. (Part 2 of the Small Business Revolution series.) Read More
This is a guest post from Amalia Moreno-Damgaard.
So many of us venture into entrepreneurship without realizing what we are getting ourselves into. If it was easy, many more people would do it. The highs and lows are similar to the sales experience and it's lonely at top of your own business. Discipline is self-imposed.
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In the summer of 2014, young entrepreneurs John Mulvahill, Sevy Gondeck and Simon Gondeck began their own web design and development company, MG Web Partners. The three young men are still in school at the University of St. Read More