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Roadmap to Success: The Secret 15 Unique Companies Discovered

Chris Dardos Versique

Over the past few months I’ve had the opportunity to take part in a very rewarding networking and career development program called the Leadership Minnesota Series. This program, sponsored by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, invites 35 participants annually to travel around the state for a deeper look at the industries and companies that drive Minnesota’s economy.

Connecting employers and veterans at Military Hiring Fair

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Join employers and veteran job-seekers at the Military Hiring Fair. It’s a premier opportunity to network and connect with talented individuals who are ready to transition into the civilian workforce. Mark your calendars and register for the event on February 12 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Trademark case close to home: Blue Door vs. Bluzy’s Roadside Bar

Aaron Hall

The Blaine restaurant, Bluzy’s Roadside Bar, recently reached settlement with Rich Pour Enterprises, LLC, owner of The Blue Door Pub, to change its name to “The Roadside.”

Minnesota Transportation: Let’s get real in the debate!

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The Minnesota Chamber agrees with Gov. Mark Dayton  that we must get serious about the transportation debate at the Legislature. We support finding new ways to ensure sustained and strategic investment in roads, bridges and transit.
But we first must ask: What are our needs? What will the various levels of investment ‘buy’ us?

What are the real numbers?

Company co-founder disputes and how to avoid them


Co-founder disputes are not uncommon. Founders often start companies on a shoestring and they fail to establish a solid legal foundation. They do not establish the proper legal framework of who owns what part of the particular company, including intellectual property, before forging full steam ahead.

Governor’s budget uses surplus for more spending, no business tax relief


Governor Mark Dayton released his budget on January 27 as Minnesota enjoys some of its best economic times in recent years. The projected surplus of more than $1 billion for the two-year budget beginning July 1, 2015 – and growing to $3 billion for Fiscal Years 2018-19 – provides a great opportunity to strengthen Minnesota’s business climate by reducing some of our uncompetitive business taxes.

Celebrate high ethical standards in business


At a time when national polls remind us that trust in business is low, how do you know if a business is ethical? A sign on the door? Code of conduct posted on the wall? Words like “integrity” in ads or the values statement? These are hints, but how do we really know? As employees, consumers, suppliers or even investors, most of us anchor our perceptions about the ethics of a business in the way we are treated as we interact with the enterprise and its people.

Trade secrets – why they matter to your business


In the world of electronic sharing and e-mails providing data at lightning speed, the issue of trade secrets has become an increasing concern for all businesses. Minnesota adopted the Uniform Trade Secrets Act in 1980.

Environmental sustainability is smart business

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More companies are becoming environmentally sustainable, generating profit for shareholders while also protecting the natural environment. Why? Corporate leaders are realizing business practices that “green” the planet also add “green” to the bottom lines. 

Does a contract have to be written to be enforceable?


Although specific situations require a contract to be written to be enforceable under the “statute of frauds,” in general, a contract does not have to be in writing to be enforceable.
An oral contract is considered legally equal and is as equally binding upon both parties. The more important aspect of contract is what the terms are.

To be a legal contract there must be three parts:

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