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Shopping Small Should be a Big Post-Turkey Day Tradition

Posted on November 27, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Tags: small businesses

Shop Small logoLike it or not (and there's every reason to believe most Americans do like it) an all-hours marathon of shopping at big box stores, department stores and malls on Black Friday is as much of a Thanksgiving tradition as turkey, cranberries and pumpkin pie.

So, go ahead, join the scrum for the door-buster deals before they're all gone.


A Brief Look Employment Laws and Workers with Disabilities

Posted on October 29, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Tags: small businesses, workforce, unemployment

Laws You Should KnowIn the same way federal and state laws govern many other aspects of business in Minnesota, two sets of laws have something to say about employment practices when it comes to workers with disabilities.

The federal Americans with Disabilities Act (along with the companion ADA Amendments Act) and the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA) each come into play.


Common Questions About Hiring Workers with Disabilities

Posted on October 23, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Tags: small businesses, workforce

Machinist in a wheelchair works at piece of equipment
If you're an employer who's considering hiring someone with a disability, you've got questions.


The Invisibility of a Disability

Posted on October 21, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Tags: small businesses, workforce

Woman at Keyboard.pngWhat did author Charles Dickens, scientist Charles Darwin and journalist Mike Wallace have in common?

All three of these successful people had disabilities. Dickens had epilepsy. Darwin had obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). And, Wallace suffered from depression.


People with Disabilities Still an Untapped Labor Pool

Posted on October 19, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Tags: jobs, unemployment, small businesses, workforce

Elizabeth Kumar sitting in a wheelchairTwenty-five years ago President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act, the landmark civil rights legislation aimed at bulldozing physical, employment and social barriers for tens of millions of people with disabilities and guaranteeing “fair and just access to the fruits of American life.” 

“Every man, woman and child with a disability can now pass through once-closed doors into a bright new era of equality, independence and freedom,” said Bush shortly before he put his pen to the ADA, first comprehensive declaration of its kind in the world.


Ready to Export? Some Management Issues to Consider

Posted on October 13, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Tags: exports, manufacturing, small businesses

Minnesota Manufacturers Should ExportWhether you've been in manufacturing a couple days or a couple decades, you've already heard this pitch. And heard it repeatedly.

If you're not exporting to foreign markets, it's quite possible you're selling yourself and your company short. 


Southwest Region: Food Manufacturing Brings Lots to the Table

Posted on October 12, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Tags: Southwest MN, economy, manufacturing, jobs, workforce

Southwest MN iconTo get an idea of just what an economic staple food manufacturing is in southwest Minnesota, chew on this:

While the regional economy declined 3.8 percent during the recession from 2007 to 2010, food manufacturing actually gained 466 net new jobs, an increase of 4.7 percent.

How's that for tasty?


Southeast Region: Plastic and Rubber MFG Bounces Back

Posted on October 09, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Tags: Southeast MN, manufacturing, small businesses, jobs, workforce

Stylized map of Southeast MNWhen people think of jobs in the manufacturing industry, they typically focus on a short list of production occupations that center on metal, assembly or welding, for instance.

But with nearly 16 percent of jobs in southeast Minnesota being in manufacturing, there's a much wider variety of promising manufacturing careers in this extraordinarily diversified region.


Twin Cities Metro Region: The Undisputed Heavyweight Champ

Posted on October 08, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Tags: Twin Cities, bioscience, manufacturing, jobs, workforce, small businesses

Stylized map of Twin CitiesWhile each region of the state has a strong and competitive core of manufacturing industries that provide high-paying jobs, economic growth and stability, no place has the sheer manufacturing size, muscle and punch of the Twin Cities Metropolitan area.

Overall, the seven-county Twin Cities metro region accounts for 53 percent of the state's total manufacturing employment, making it the industry's undisputed heavyweight champion.


Central Region: Going, Growing, and No Signs of Slowing

Posted on October 07, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Tags: Central MN, jobs, manufacturing, workforce, small businesses

Stylized map of Central MNManufacturing continues to be a powerful economic engine in central Minnesota, driving profits, prosperity and job growth.

In the past year alone, manufacturers added nearly 1,300 new jobs, more than any other industry in the region, continuing a four-year growth trend that shows no signs of slowing.


Northwest Region: Transportation Equipment is on the Move

Posted on October 06, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Tags: Northwest MN, manufacturing, jobs, small businesses, economy

Stylized map of Northwest MNAfter suffering major setbacks during the recession, manufacturing of transportation equipment is regaining momentum in northwest Minnesota, a region well known for deep expertise in the production of snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, boats and other vehicles.

Home to some of the industry's most recognized brands (Arctic Cat, Polaris, Lund), the region has recaptured a significant portion of statewide employment in the transportation equipment sector.


Northeast Region: Making Machines That Make Things

Posted on October 05, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Tags: Northeast MN, manufacturing, economy, small businesses, workforce

Stylized map of Northeast MNThe moment northeast Minnesota's vast timber stands come into view, no one is surprised to learn that paper is king of the region's manufacturing industries.

But there's genuine amazement that the rustic Northwoods are also home to a cluster of manufacturers that build highly sophisticated machines used in a wide variety of other manufacturing processes and operations.


The Make-Up of Minnesota's Manufacturing Industries

Posted on October 02, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Tags: economy, manufacturing, jobs, workforce, small businesses

Stylized map of MNSometimes, nothing tells a story like numbers.

And if you really want to understand just how important manufacturing is to the general prosperity of Minnesota individuals, households, businesses (even state and local government, for that matter), you've got to start with the numbers.


Delivering the Goods on Minnesota Manufacturers

Posted on October 01, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Tags: manufacturing, small businesses, economy, jobs, workforce

Manufacturing WeekToday marks the beginning of Minnesota Manufacturing Week, our annual opportunity to focus on the tremendous impact that manufacturing of all kinds has on the economic vitality of every region of the state.

So, for the rest of this week and all of next week we'll take a daily, up-close look at manufacturing for the state as a whole and for each of six key regions.


Startups on Display

Posted on August 25, 2015 at 12:00 PM
Tags: small businesses

Post-it note that reads Startup WeekYou’ve found something you’re passionate about and stayed tremendously interested in it. We say, way to go!

So to recognize Twin Cities Startup Week, DEED invites every hacker, maker, artist and entrepreneur fueling the economic vitality of Minnesota to an open house from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Wed., Sept. 9 in the First National Bank Building, 332 Minnesota Street, St. Paul.


From Breakthroughs to Businesses

Posted on June 19, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Tags: manufacturing, bioscience, small businesses

skyline.jpgCan there be any doubt about Minnesota’s ability to turn big ideas into big commercial successes and world-class industries?

The fact that some of the world’s most recognized companies – including many in biotech fields – are headquartered or have major operations in Minnesota says a lot. 


Collaboration Triggers Biotech Success

Posted on June 18, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Tags: bioscience, manufacturing, small businesses

Collaboration.jpgA rare atmosphere of collaboration exists among scientists, researchers, engineers, academia, industry and government in Minnesota's biotech sector.

And that willingness (desire, really) to work together is one of the things that draws bioscience companies here and makes them so successful. 


Research Drives Minnesota's Biotech Innovation

Posted on June 17, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Tags: bioscience, small businesses, manufacturing

Researcher.jpgResearch lies at the heart of most every biotech breakthrough.

And for more than 150 years, dedicated scientists, researchers, engineers and physicians at the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic have driven bio-science advancements in Minnesota.


Minnesota's Inventive Genius on Display

Posted on June 16, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Tags: bioscience, manufacturing

Medtronic device.pngMinnesota practically gave birth to the world's medical device industry, and the state remains at the forefront of discovery in many life science and biotech sectors today.

That kind of success is so rare that it will be recognized later this summer as part of an exhibit at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.


Spotlight on Minnesota's Bioscience Sector

Posted on June 15, 2015 at 3:45 PM
Tags: bioscience, small businesses, manufacturing

Neurons.jpgExecutives from Minnesota biotech companies, key research institutions and a whole lot of industry movers-and-shakers are converging on Philadelphia this week for the BIO 2015 International Trade Show.

What better time to take an up-close look at one of the state's largest and most fascinating industries?


How to Tell If Things Are Working - Or Not

Posted on May 08, 2015 at 11:31 AM
Tags: small businesses, social media

Social Media Speech Bubbles.jpgSmall business owners endlessly debate whether or not a social media presence provides any real return for all of the time, money and brain power it saps from an organization.

Is it really working? That's all they really want to know. And by working, of course, they mean is it making money?


Right Tool, Right Message, Right-On

Posted on May 07, 2015 at 3:52 PM
Tags: small businesses, social media

Social Media Icons.jpgA luminary of the electronic age named Marshall McLuhan coined the phrase "the medium is the message" to suggest that the tools we use to deliver content are as important - or more important - than the content itself.

Why? Because the tools can greatly affect how we receive and understand the message.


Figuring Out the Social Media Puzzle

Posted on May 06, 2015 at 10:15 AM
Tags: social media, small businesses

Social Media Rubik's Cube.jpgRemember the Rubik's Cube, that migraine headache disguised as a toy? 

The object of that maddening little puzzle is simple enough. Twist, turn, adjust, readjust until you've aligned each of six separate colors on its own side of the cube. How hard could it be, right?


Zeroing in on Your Social Media Audience

Posted on May 05, 2015 at 4:53 PM
Tags: small businesses

Segment and Targeting.jpgYou’re a small business owner on the horns of a very common dilemma. With all of the powerful social-media tools at your disposal, you wonder what you should be telling the world about your company.

That’s your first mistake.


Social Media for Small Businesses: Where Do You Start?

Posted on May 04, 2015 at 1:20 PM

confusion.jpgMarketing your small business was so much simpler and easier before social media showed up and threw a wrench into the whole works.

You bought some TV, radio or print ads. You forked over for a direct mail campaign once in a while. Maybe a billboard, depending on your budget.




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