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Employees head to the polls on Election Day

  
  
  
Collins

On November 4, Minnesotans head to the polls. As we’ve reminded employers in the past, Minnesota’s Election Day Law gives employees the right to time off to vote. Every employee who is eligible to vote has the “right to be absent from work” to vote on the day of the election “without penalty or deduction from salary or wages because of the absence.” … Employees may be absent from work “for the time necessary to appear at the employee’s polling place, cast a ballot, and return to work.”

Make it count on Election Day

  
  
  
Elections 2014

Advancing the Minnesota business agenda at the 2015 Legislature starts on Election Day. Let’s make sure we elect legislators who understand what it takes to start and grow a successful business in Minnesota. That message was underscored in the annual findings of the Minnesota Business Barometer Survey co-sponsored by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and Himle Rapp & Company, a public affairs firm headquartered in Minneapolis.

E-Commerce changing the way business is done with China

  
  
  
TODD R. VOLLMERS

E-commerce has become an increasingly important part of doing business with China, both in terms of sourcing goods from Chinese manufacturers as well as selling to Chinese consumers. The incredible growth in online commerce in China got a lot of attention with the record-breaking $25 billion IPO of China e-commerce giant Alibaba on the NYSE in September 2014. Started by Jack Ma in his apartment in Hangzhou with $60,000 in 1999, Alibaba reported that in 2013 goods worth $248 billion were sold on its marketplaces, more than Amazon and eBay combined.

Waste Wise success story: Sappi Cloquet declares ‘war on waste

  
  
  
Sappi

The mill at Sappi Cloquet has transformed to become one of the largest producers of specialized dissolving wood pulp in North America with a capacity of approximately 360,000 tons per year. This product is in high demand around the world for a wide range of consumer products.

Social media and Internet use policy: Does my business need one?

  
  
  
Aaron Hall

When a business starts hiring employees, owners often become concerned about their employees' online activity. The concerns may include:

Minnesota manufacturing struts its stuff

  
  
  
machinists

Let’s shine the spotlight on a great statewide event happening next week, all across Minnesota:

Decisions for new business owners

  
  
  
Aaron Hall

When forming a business with multiple owners, there are a number of issues that should be addressed in the very beginning. The decisions should then be integrated into the company’s bylaws and any contract among the owners. When I am helping partners, shareholders or other owners start a business, these questions form the basis for our discussion.

Hiring Minnesota Heroes: Connecting employers with veterans

  
  
  
Hiring Minnesota Heroes

The Minnesota Chamber is pleased to announce Hiring Minnesota Heroes, our new program that encourages employers to develop and implement programs focused on hiring military veterans. We are ready to recruit employers, help them adopt veterans hiring goals, and then, most importantly, meet those goals.

When selling your business, preparation is key

  
  
  
Aaron Hall

There are number of significant factors to consider when preparing to sell your business. Preparation can begin sooner than you realize and usually there is an extended process to be completed before a business can be successfully sold. This is to be expected considering that selling a business is a significant event and a lot of hard work has gone into the business. Below are a number of issues to consider.

Bringing Minnesota environmental permitting into the 21st century

  
  
  
smith

For years, the Minnesota environmental permitting system has prompted people to ask: “Why can’t I apply for a permit like I order something from Amazon?” At the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, it was mostly a lack of the technical infrastructure needed to conduct many online transactions.

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