Aug 20

Navigating Government Agency Programs: Conference Sep 11

If you’re a MN business owner and you want to learn how to sell your products/services to the State of MN and local/regional agencies this event is for you.

Topics covered include: 

  • Doing Business with the State of Minnesota
  • Certification Panel (TG, DBE and CERT)
  • Responsible Contractor Law
  • State of MN Renovation Projects

Questions contact: 

Pre-registration is required by Monday, September 8.

To register go to:


Thursday, September 11, 2014 

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

(registration begins @ 8:30 a.m.)

Location: University of Minnesota’s UROC 

(Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center) 

2001 Plymouth Avenue North Minneapolis, MN 55411

Invited resource providers: MN PTAC; Meda; SBA; MAC; Metropolitan Council; MnDOT; WBDC-MN; City of Minneapolis; Hennepin County; City of St. Paul; Ramsey County, AWC, NAMC, NCMSDC; MN Sports Facilities Authority

Aug 18

Small Business Owners Hesitant to Take Vacation

Haven’t had a vacation in a while? Own a small business? You’re not alone! Fortune Magazine recently ran an article talking about a recent study that indidated that busines owners aren’t taking vacation…

The study, released Wednesday and conducted by the lender OnDeck, revealed that small business owners are too time-strapped to take any vacation at all, let alone a proper one. Of the small business owners who do take time off, the majority—61%—grab just five days off per year. That’s half of what the average U.S. employee takes each year, according to the study.

Adding insult to injury, when a small business owner actually takes a vacation, it’s hard for them to completely detach from day-to-day operations. According to the study, 67% of owners “check in with work at least once per day.” Just 15% completely disconnect.

They add that vacations can be helpful…

“It’s a good thing to give their mind an opportunity to rest,” Emerson said. “Vacation is important.” Gellert agreed. “[Owners must] try and find time to get a way—even if it’s just for a few days. It can actually be a good time to reflect and reset business strategy.”

Aug 13

Want to see growth? Hire more women and young people!

Fast Company Magazine recently ran an article on the women and millennials in the workplace. Here’s the quick take…

Gender and generational gaps have recently become big buzz words in the business world. According to a new study, it’s not a passing trend: Having millennials and women in leadership positions directly correlates with the success of a company.

Each comes with a unique advantage and challenge…

Millennials present a unique catch-22: Their presence in leadership positions related to the company’s growth rate. Companies with a 30% proportion of young people in higher roles saw “aggressive growth,” according to the study. When it’s more like 20%, they saw “little to low growth” rates. At the same time, they were the least engaged of all the age groups studied, and the most likely to leave within a year. …

Women in leadership, like millennials, are a sign of successful companies. Of the participating organization, those in the top 20% financially had almost twice as many women in leadership roles, as well as more high-potential women holding those roles.

It’s difficult to know which came first – do successful companies hire more youth and women or do more women and youth make companies more successful? But it makes a compelling case to hire and value then in the workplace!

Aug 11

11 Tips for Gaining Trust Online for Your Business

You want to sell product, services or just the idea of your business online? First you have to gain trust of your potential customer. Inc. Magazine recently posted 11 tips to help you gain that trust…


  1. Professional Web Design
  2. Brand Humanization Elements Such as a Comprehensive “About Us” Page
  3. Contact Information
  4. Privacy Policy
  5. Fix Broken Links
  6. Certified Seal
  7. Showcase Social Media Stats
  8. Testimonials
  9. Money-Back Guarantee
  10. Secure Checkout
  11. Frequently Updated Blog (With Great Content)

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