Minnesota Minutes

Faribault Woolen Mill: Minnesota's oldest manufacturer looks forward to the next 150 years

Posted on Thu, Jul 30, 2015

Most Minnesota businesses would likely agree that each anniversary is worth celebrating – another year spent serving customers, creating innovative products and employing valued workers. But given the demands and pressures that each business faces, it's easy to watch the calendar flip by without stopping to celebrate what we've all accomplished.

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Giving a great business presentation takes practice

Posted on Mon, Jul 27, 2015

By Sara Socwell, Spoken Impact

Let’s face it, many of us were not communications majors nor did we spend much time focusing on our speaking skills as we ventured into the working world. Now more than ever, delivering a polished presentation is imperative to win over a new client, pitch to investors, or rally the team for a new initiative. Our partnership with the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce gives you the opportunity to be a speaking expert.

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Minnesota's capital equipment tax law change a boon to manufacturers

Posted on Mon, Jul 20, 2015

Minnesota business owners sounded a collective cheer July 1. Minnesota's capital equipment tax law will save many companies, especially manufacturers, time and red tape while freeing up money to reinvest in their people and equipment.

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Medical marijuana and the workplace: What you need to know

Posted on Wed, Jul 15, 2015

Effective July 1, medical marijuana is available to registered users under Minnesota’s new law. Today's post answers some of employers’ most frequently asked questions around the use of medical marijuana in the workplace. 

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Sustainability: Minnesota Chamber of Commerce practices what it preaches

Posted on Wed, Jul 1, 2015

By Mike Weitekamp

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with Cushman & Wakefield/Northmarq and Securian, is taking its sustainability programs to heart by implementing organics, single stream, and plastic film recycling programs in its St. Paul office.

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement

Posted on Mon, Jun 15, 2015

By Todd Vollmers

Many U.S. companies rely on exports and/or imports as an important part of their business. Large companies are often associated with doing business internationally. In fact, small and medium companies represent 97% of the U.S. firms engaged in international trade, even though they account for less than 30% of the total value.

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Tags: legal issues

Minnesota’s Influencers: Shelley Rose, Login, Inc.

Posted on Thu, Jun 11, 2015

What makes a good business leader?

A good business leader is willing to listen, make decisions and learn from mistakes. Leaders should seek continuous personal growth and have a strong desire for lifelong learning.

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Minnesota’s Influencers: Joe Effertz, Black Forest

Posted on Mon, Jun 1, 2015

What makes a good business leader?

Two qualities a business leader needs are vision and emotional Intelligence. Setting the vision allows your team to strive for the ultimate goal. Getting there is the tough part and that is where high emotional intelligence helps smooth the way. If a leader does not exhibit this, then it is difficult to ask the team to demonstrate it.

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Tags: Connect

Legislative countdown: Make your tax priorities known

Posted on Fri, May 8, 2015

Contact your legislators today and make your tax priorities known to ensure Minnesota companies can compete in the global economy. Governor Dayton (DFL), Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk (DFL) and House Speaker Kurt Daudt (R) must find a compromise on the FY 2016-17 budget before the Legislature adjourns May 18.

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Earth Day is every day at Andersen Corporation

Posted on Thu, May 7, 2015

Q&A with Eliza Clark, Sustainability Manager

Why do you place a premium on sustainability?

Andersen Corporation lives by our values of excellence, integrity, innovation, partnership and corporate citizenship. By nature, that places a premium on sustainability. Continually striving to improve operations by eliminating waste, optimizing efficiencies and fostering innovation is what’s best for our company, our environment and our community.

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