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With an SBA loan, Sota Clothing opened new headquarters in St. Louis Park
Walking into a 125-plus-year-old commercial building with low ceilings may be uninspiring to some, but for Spencer Johnson, owner and founder of Sota Clothing, he saw his future. 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


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While no product or service can be a good fit niche products have an even narrower market than most. Marketing a niche product starts with creating a marketing plan that’s in step with your business plan.  Read More
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Jordan Hopkins always dreamt of owning his own company. In June 2017, that dream became a reality when he purchased his employer of the past 13 years — Perfection Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. — with the help of a Small Business Administration loan.  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
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
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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