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Break free from dull presentations

  
  
  
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By Jan Moser
Spoken Impact

The best presentations are seldom accomplished when PowerPoint has center stage because PowerPoint is about bullets and points – not about you or your message. We need to take PowerPoint out of the limelight and starting lighting up our audience with communication that makes an impact.


Project Green Fleet - shining example of Minnesota business leadership

  
  
  
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Minnesota business leadership is at the forefront once again with the announcement by the Environmental Initiative that the entire Minnesota school bus fleet has been retrofitted with pollution control equipment. Project Green Fleet was crafted in 2005 by a coalition of businesses, environmental groups, government agencies and citizens. Key to its start was the leadership of the Minnesota Chamber.

Minnesota increases minimum wage for employees

  
  
  
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By Steven Cerny, Business Attorney
Thompson Hall Santi Cerny & Dooley, a business law firm in Minneapolis

The 2014 Legislature increased the state’s minimum wage for employees. The last increase was in 2005. The new law, effective Aug.1, 2014, gradually increases the minimum wage each year. By 2016, the minimum wage will be $9.50 per hour for large employers and $7.75 per hour for small employers. Starting in 2018, the law will automatically increase the minimum wage to account for inflation, unless the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry determines otherwise.


Scrubs Camps address Minnesota workforce challenges

  
  
  
Scrub camp

Two years ago, the Minnesota Chamber partnered with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and the state’s Department of Employment and Economic Development to dig into the workforce challenges faced by many of the state’s industries. For the healthcare-focused sessions alone, more than 280 individuals attended the meetings.

Digi-Key Corporation explodes on the global scene

  
  
  
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Digi-Key Corporation, experiencing success in the domestic market, initially explored the international marketplace by expanding into Canada in 1995. Today, Digi-Key ships to more than 170 countries worldwide. Its remarkable success in distributing electronic components was fostered by stellar customer service and broad product offerings. A Q&A with President Mark Larson at company headquarters in Thief River Falls provides valuable takeaways for other companies seeking a global presence.


Why Minnesota businesses need to go global – and how

  
  
  
Ingrid Christensen

Going global isn’t like finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It takes hard work and dedication, just like every aspect of business. But grabbing a piece of that pie is more attainable than ever. Consider the fact that Minnesota businesses exported more than $20.7 billion in 2013 – and here’s why:

Voice of business: Start the conversation for 2015

  
  
  
VotingRecord 2014

The Minnesota Chamber, as the state’s premier voice of business, annually provides a legislative voting record to track the issues that Minnesota businesses have identified as priorities or concerns.

Canada: Minnesota’s energy partner

  
  
  
Canada Trade

Canada and the United States have worked to achieved one of the most successful and mutually beneficial bilateral relationships in the world. Our mutual efforts to deliver clean energy will be among the topics discussed at presentations by Canada’s Ambassador to the United States, Gary Doer, on June 25-26 in Minnesota.

Minnesota Chamber – advocating for your priorities

  
  
  
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The Minnesota Chamber had another full session advocating for your priorities. The 2014 Legislature is history, and its impacts may be long lasting. The results for your priorities were mixed.

Healthy workforce key to productive workforce

  
  
  
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By Mark Daly
Anytime Fitness

The statistics are startling, especially for companies concerned with maintaining a healthy workforce: 63% of Minnesotans are overweight or obese. Over the last 20 years, obesity rates in Minnesota have more than doubled. Each year, Minnesota pays more than $1.3 billion for obesity-related medical costs. In an effort to reverse these disturbing trends, Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed 2014 “The Year of Worksite Wellness” in Minnesota.


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