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NEXT GEN

By Gail Ivers // Photos by Joel Butkowski, Butkowski Digital Imaging
Drawing on their roots, Midwest Machinery's second generation is putting people first while embracing a contemporary growth strategy.

Feature: Untapped Resource

By Mary MacDonell Belisle // Photos by
If you haven't considered employing persons with physical, mental, or developmental challenges, it's time to reconsider.

Entrepreneurism: Make a Profit and Make a Difference

By Julie L. Fisk and Peter B. Postma // Photos by
Recent creation of the Public Benefit Corporation gives Minnesota entrepreneurs a new choice.

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  • There are several steps you can take to minimize the risks involved in recruitment.  You can find three of them here.
  • Before dumping your business landline, remember that saving a few dollars is often costly.  Here are some things to consider before you cut the cord.
  • There are seven major sections to a business plan, according to Entrepreneur online, and each one is a complex document.  If you’re ready to dig in, you can learn the details and find additional resources here.
  • Thinking about starting a business blog?  Here are ten things to keep in mind so your blog works for you, rather than against you.
  • LinkedIn’s new business model may help sales professionals and recruiters be more successful.
    View a demo or sign up for a free trial of Sales Navigator here:
     http://business.linkedin.com/sales-solutions/prospecting-tool.html/
    View a chart of costs and features here (You need to be signed in to LinkedIn):
  • What makes St. Cloud, Minnesota, the land of opportunity?  We are near average on residential racial segregation. We invest in social capital, which means we believe our community benefits from social contact and networking to promote productivity. We have low high school dropout rates and low numbers of single parent households compared to the national average. Children growing up in the St. Cloud area have a 12.7 percent chance of moving from the bottom quintile to the top quintile, which is one of the best percentages in the nation.
     
    You can find income data here.

    For an article on income mobility by Dr. Raj Chetty, economics professor, Harvard University, follow this link.
  • Get Past the Label

    If you haven’t considered employing persons with physical, mental, or developmental challenges, it’s time to reconsider. Hiring workers with disabilities may be easier––and far more satisfying––than you ever imagined.  Following are sources and information that can help you get started.
     
    “Frequently Asked Questions,” U.S. Department of Labor
    “Fact Sheet,” Minnesota State Council on Disability
    “Tax Benefits for Businesses Who Have Employees with Disabilities,” Internal Revenue Service

    Catholic Charities, Independence Center, Inc., Independent Lifestyles, Inc.,
    Opportunity Matters, Inc., Opportunity Services, Rise, Inc. - Central Minnesota Works, True Friends, WACOSA

  • Moving people and commerce where they want and need to go is critical to Minnesota’s prosperity.  Despite enthusiasm surrounding trains and other transportation alternatives, the reality is Minnesota’s businesses and workers use roads and bridges to make the economy run.
     
    You can find the complete report on transportation, prepared by the Center of the American Experiment, here.

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