Business Central Magazine - Feature Story Archives

2019

JULY/AUGUST 2019

COMING TOGETHER  By Jeanine Nistler      

Some things change - leadership, programs, street names. But after 150 years, the Chamber's fundamental role of bringing people together for a healthy business environment remains as strong as ever. Read entire story.


MAY/JUNE 2019

BALANCING ACT  By Margaret Wethington Arnold      

Successful career women are learning to create their own definition of "having it all". 
Read entire story.


MARCH/APRIL 2019

TOOLS OF SCHMOOZE  By Barb Umberger      

Are your networking efforts limited to meeting people at an annual conference? Attending a social hour before an industry event and coming home with a few business cards? You can’t beat in-person conversations, but professionals have many more options today to make and maintain connections. Read entire story.


JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019

JOBS, JOBS, JOBS  By Jeanine Nistler      

Companies are creating careers that attract and keep employees. Read entire story.

2018
 

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018

Net Customers  By Jeanine Nistler      

The business that beefs up its web and social media presence is winning the customer race in the digital arenaRead entire story.

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018

GIVING SCIENCE WINGS  By Mary MacDonell Belisle      
STEM education may be critical for economic growth, but more and more studies show that the arts foster the creativity needed to give science its wings. Read entire story.

JULY/AUGUST 2018

THE LITTLE TOWN THAT CAN  By Mary MacDonell Belisle      
From an award-winning school district to downtown redevelopment, Sauk Rapids is showing what can be done when a community comes together and builds for the future.   Read entire story.


MAY/JUNE 2018

TEACHER, TRAINER, TUTOR, GUIDE  By Margaret Wethington Arnold      
Wouldn’t starting out in a career be easier if someone could help guide you along the way?  Enter…the mentorRead entire story.

MARCH/APRIL 2018

SISTERS       By Teresa Bohnen
While visiting our sister city, Saint-Cloud, France, smiles and laughter were our common language.

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018

Welcome to the 2018 Central Minnesota Farm Show      
Welcome to the 2018 Central Minnesota Farm Show. Read entire story


2017

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017

IT'S CALLED NETWORKING       By Mary MacDonell Belisle
Charm and good looks only go so far.  Successful relationships take effort. 


SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017

TAPPED OUT?    By Mary MacDonell Belisle
Area manufacturers are optimistic about their futures, with a caveat: they need to find more effective ways to attract quality people in this seller’s market of low unemployment.


JULY/AUGUST 2017

WORKFORCE WORRIES       By Mary MacDonell Belisle
Businesses need to implement best practices now as they face massive retirements and a shrinking employee pool.

MAY/JUNE 2017

ENTERPRISING WOMEN       By Kelly Radi
Women-owned businesses are growing at a faster rate than the national average, both in terms of employees and revenues.

MARCH/APRIL 2017

INNOVATION NATION       By Heidi L. Everett, PhD
Not taking risks is risky business.

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2017

THE SECRET SAUCE       By Bruce Miles
To engage your employees, create an engaging workplace.

2016
 

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER

LOYALISTS        By Kelly Radi
Don't confuse satisfaction with loyalty. Satisfied customers leave. Loyal ones don't.


SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER

HACKED!        By John Pepper
We used to think of hacking as distant and vaguely juvenile. Not anymore. Read entire story.


JULY/AUGUST

WOMEN MEAN BUSINESS        By Whitney Bina
Who can argue with a whopping trillion+ in receipts?  Read entire story.
 

MAY/JUNE

DATA MINING        By Heidi L. Everett
Incorporating traditional and new media into the marketing mix may be the most effective way to keep your message in front of customers. Read entire story.

 

MARCH/APRIL

TWO HEADS ARE BETTER THAN ONE        By Tracy A. Knofla
Collaboration will be the key to your business success in the workplace of the future.                  Read entire story.


JANUARY/FEBRUARY

REDEFINING MEDIA        By Heidi L. Everett
Incorporating traditional and new media into the marketing mix may be the most effective way to keep your message in front of customers. Read entire story.
 
WORKFORCE WORRIES        By Whitney Bina
Local business leaders are optimistic about 2016, but concerned about a growing shortage of employees.  Read entire story.


2015

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER

THE BUSINESS CASE FOR WELLBEING.        By Mary MacDonell Belisle
Worksite wellness activities can raise employee morale and customer satisfaction. 


SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER

THE GREAT COVER UP.        By Heidi L. Everett
When opportunity, pressure, and ability collide, any business can be subject to fraud.  If you think your business is too small for someone to commit fraud, think again.


JULY/AUGUST

THE POWER OF HER.        By Mary MacDonell Belisle
“She-conomy.” “Digital diva.” “Female factor.” “Fem-vertising.”  These terms refer to the sizeable, and growing, impact of women’s buying power. If businesses haven’t befriended the female shopper and tuned their marketing efforts accordingly, they’re missing an opportunity. 


MAY/JUNE

BEST AND BRIGHTEST.        By Tracy Knofla
Certain employees deliver extraordinary value to your business.  Be sure you're meeting their needs or they'll find another company that will.  Read entire story.


MARCH/APRIL

A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE.        By Mary Macdonell Belisle
From urban planning to consumerism, sustainable business practices touch every part of our lives…and impact your bottom line.  Read entire story.


JANUARY/FEBRUARY

CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC.        By Whitney Bina
Local business leaders share their forecasts for 2015.  Read entire story.


2014

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER

TrendWatching.        By Mary MacDonell Belisle
Companies must become trend watchers in order to improve business and delight customers.  Read entire story.


SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER

Untapped Resource.        By Mary MacDonell Belisle
If you haven't considered employing persons with physical, mental, or developmental challenges, it's time to reconsider.  Read entire story.


JULY/AUGUST

Growth Trajectory.        By Whitney Bina
Women-owned businesses have been making headlines for 25 years.  Today their employment and revenue growth outpaces the rest of the economy. Read entire story.


MAY/JUNE

Substantial Liabiliity.        By Tracy Knafla
Make no mistake:  A lack of creativity and innovation in your business will negatively impact your bottom line. Read entire story.


MARCH/APRIL

Passion.        By Gail Ivers
Entrepreneurs the world over are passionate about their craft.

Read entire story.
 

Westward - Ho!.        By Lawrence Schumacher
St. Cloud area businesses are feeling the ripples of an economic earthquake that is transforming life west of Bismarck. Read entire story.


JANUARY/FEBRUARY

Vision.        By Melinda Sanders
Good things happen when community stakeholders come together over shared priorities.

Read entire story.

2013

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER

Futurecast.        By Lawrence Schumacher
Nobody can predict the future, but following trends in your industry can improve your business options.
Read entire story.


SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER

High Tech. High Touch!         By Tracy Knofla
Customer service in the digital age presents a whole new set of service demands.  Read entire story.


JULY/AUGUST

Wellness In. Stressed Out. Your Choice.         By Mary MacDonell Belisle
Reducing stress in the workplace is management's responsibility, but everyone is responsible for workplace climate.   Read entire story.


MAY/JUNE

Reach for the Stars         By Tracy Knafla
When setting your goals, reach for the stars...but use a step ladder!   Read entire story.


MARCH/APRIL

Boom Town Downtown         By Mary Macdonell Belisle
St. Cloud is experiencing a rebirth that's fast transforming it into an important economic hub for the region.   Read entire story.


JANUARY/FEBRUARY

Sustainable Future         By Mary Macdonell Belisle
From farmer’s markets to your neighborhood grocery, sustainable farming is creating a new agricultural niche.   Read entire story.



2012

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER

Unbounded         By Lawrence Schumacher
IWhether it’s heavy-duty grinders delivered in cargo ships, small parts sent in boxes, or software transmitted via the Internet, St. Cloud-area businesses are finding a growing market for their goods and services overseas.  Read entire story.


SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER

Risky Business         By Lawrence Schumacher
In today's economy any business can be a risky one.  Knowing your industry and finding creative solutions to control costs can mean the difference between success and failure. 
Read entire story.

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER

 

Economy Central:  Earnings Growth          By Mary E. Edwards, PhD
How fast is the growth in St. Cloud's earnings after the financial meltdown of 2008?  This is economics so, of course, it depends.  Compared to the United States overall, and to the State of Minnesota, some industries in Central Minnesota are doing very well, thank you.  For others, not so much.  You can find out who's doing well and who isn't here. 
Read entire story.

JULY/AUGUST
Couponing          By Mary Macdonell Belisle
Are coupons just another way to discount your products...or are they the new age of advertising?.   Read entire story.

MAY/JUNE
Learning to Lead        By Lawrence Schumacher
Despite our efforts to turn leadership into a science, it’s still a process of trial-and-error that rewards those willing to learn from their mistakes.   Read entire story.
 
MARCH/APRIL
Changing Faces        By Lawrence Schumacher
Ignoring one out of every 10 potential customers is not a good recipe for business success
Read entire story.

JANUARY/FEBRUARY
Disaster Recovery.  What's Your Plan?        By Lawrence Schumacher

Companies should plan ahead to avoid the potentially crippling impact of unexpected events
Read entire story.


2011

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER
Followership        By Dawn Zimmerman
With a little effort - and patience - businesses can engage and gain customers through social media.  Read entire story.

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER
River City        By Lawrence Schumacher

The St. Cloud area’s most over-looked natural resource – the Mississippi River – could be a key to boosting the area’s economyRead entire story.

JULY/AUGUST
Change is Good        By Tracy Knofla

Supervisors have an important role to play in helping employees successfully deal with change.
Read entire story.

Senior Living       
The senior audience has seen it all. They’ve been listening to advertisements on the radio and watching them on TV for decades. They are more mature about their decision making than teenagers, so they are a harder sell. When marketing to seniors, here are a few things to keep in mind.   Read entire story.

MAY/JUNE
Meaningful Management        B
y Mary MacDonnell Belisle
Wise new managers navigate around these nine mistakes.   Read entire story.

MARCH/APRIL
Ensuring Student Achievement        By Jill Copeland

Student success is broadly impacted by partnering with faith communities, youth agencies and parents.  Read entire story.

JANUARY/FEBRUARY
Wooing and WInning        By Mary MacDonnell Belisle
Area cities work to make themselves attractive to businesses looking to expand or relocate in Central MinnesotaRead entire story


2010

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER
Good for Business        By Murdoch Johnson
Central Minn. companies say Chamber membership is good for businessRead entire story.

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER
NO FEATURE STORY AVAILABLE

 
JULY/AUGUST
Tradition        By Dawn Zimmerman

Women and men traditionally flock to certain occupations. However, a gender shift in the labor force over the next five years likely will change the makeup of nontraditional careers. Read entire story.

Data Crunching        By Mary MacDonnell Belisle
Using reliable data can help shape good decision-makingRead entire story.

MAY/JUNE
10 Search Engine Optimization Tips        By C. David Gammel

Search engine optimization (SEO) is about improving the position of your web content in natural search results. Natural indicates the results that show up in the main search results list from the search engine’s index rather than the paid advertising that usually accompanies it around the edges. High placement in the natural search results is highly desirable because you get the traffic without having to pay for advertising on that specific search   Read entire story.

MARCH/APRIL
Helping Out        By King Banaian

St. Cloud State University professor King Banaian takes his academic and educational skills to an international marketRead entire story.

JANUARY/FEBRUARY
We're Number 1!        By Dawn Zimmerman
Agriculture remains a critical economic driver in Stearns County.  Read entire story.


2009

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER
Managing Debt        By Jerry Silberman
Five ways to manage your business debt and spare yourself undue stressRead entire story.

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER
Driven to Distraction        By Jill LaBorde

When does more become less? When you’re going too fast for your mind to keep up
Read entire story.

JULY/AUGUST
Defining Success        By Mary MacDonnell Belisle
Women business owners lag behind the men when it comes to growing a business. Do women fear risk? Or do they simply define success differently than men?  Read entire story.

MAY/JUNE
Sold!        By Barb Umberger

If you’re thinking about buying a business, here are a few things you should know and do before you sign on the dotted line  Read entire story.

MARCH/APRIL
My Other Job        By Jill LaBorde
Volunteering is a well-known way to strengthen your network and make connections … as long as you maintain a positive balance.  Read entire story.

JANUARY/FEBRUARY
The St. Cloud Stretch        By Jill LaBorde
Call it what you will – Division Street, Highway 23, County Road 75 – traffic on St. Cloud’s main drag provides businesses with critical visibility.  
Read entire story.


2008

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER
Understanding Assessments        By Mary E. Edwards
Economic impact assessments exist for almost everything, but knowing when to trust the information isn’t always easy. Here is a short lesson to help you separate fact from fiction. 
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SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER
Displaced        By Dawn Zimmerman

Downsized…right-sized…let go. Whatever you call it, it’s still unemployment and surviving the transition takes tenacity, patience, and very often, help.  Read entire story.

Surviving After Losing A Job!  The KARE 11 Extra Story
What did the story Report?   Read entire story.

JULY/AUGUST
Balancing Act        By Mary MacDonnell Belisle
With 78 million Baby Boomers retiring within the next 10 years,companies need to begin building family-friendly workplaces today in order to attract and retain employees.  Read entire story.

MAY/JUNE
Getting Started        By Dawn Zimmerman

Taking the first step to becoming an entrepreneur does not require an MBA or even a bachelor’s degree, but passion is a prerequisite  Read entire story.
 
MARCH/APRIL
JOBZ        By Dawn Zimmerman

In Central Minnesota, the state’s JOBZ program has helped fuel economic activity in the region, facilitating 11 business expansions and the addition of nearly 600 new jobs. Read entire story.

JANUARY/FEBRUARY
Still A Player        By Dawn Zimmerman

The strength of agriculture in Stearns County continues to drive the area’s economy.
Read entire story.

2007

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER
Let's Communicate!        By Mary MacDonell Belisle
Twenty-somethings require tech-ier communication techniques and basic training from employers.
Read entire story.

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER
Disaster!        By Diane Hageman

You never know when a disaster, natural or otherwise, will strike your company. Having a plan in place today will make recovery easier tomorrow.  Read entire story.

JULY/AUGUST
NO FEATURE STORY AVAILABLE

MAY/JUNE
Engaging Employees        By Christine Hierlmaier Nelson

Business owners and managers are constantly seeking new ideas to motivate employees and increase retention. Read entire story.
 
MARCH/APRIL
A Regional Approach        By Diane Hageman

Ground-breaking on a new public library is the first sign of the local option sales tax at work. 
Read entire story.

JANUARY/FEBRUARY
Strategic Planning Made Waaaaaaay Easier - The Chainsaw Planning Model       
By Bruce Miles

One of the worst strategic planning sessions I ever participated in occurred with a group of 22 managers from 8 a.m. to noon. In the time it took us to decide on a vision statement, I figured that it cost the organization about $1,100 a word. In addition, the vision statement proved worthless and we never looked at it againRead entire story.
 
2006

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER
Talk To Me!        By Diane Hageman
Communication is key to motivating – and keeping – employees.  Read entire story.

2006 Central Minnesota Voters' Guide       
Welcome to the 2006 Central Minnesota Voters Guide. This is Business Central’s first effort to provide our readers with information about candidates running for state and federal office who will represent Central Minnesota.  Read entire story.


SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER
Guanxi        By Gail Ivers

Whether you’re looking for suppliers, buyers, vendors, or employees, developing relationships is essential for entering the expanding Chinese market. Read entire story.

JULY/AUGUST
Dig In and Do        By Diane Hageman

How will you recognize Central Minnesota’s next generation of community leaders? They’ll be the ones who step up and say “Yes!”  Read entire story.

MAY/JUNE
To Build or Not to Build        By Matt Riley

Consultants argue about need for further study of convention center expansion and stadium financing.  Read entire story.
 
MARCH/APRIL
Not a Sleeper Job        By Diane Hageman

The night shift gives employers opportunity and employees flexibility. Read entire story.

JANUARY/FEBRUARY
Food, Fuel and Foreign Trade        By Christine Hierlmaier Nelson

Like many industries, agribusiness is influenced by global competition, but new products and methods are opening doors for today’s optimistic entrepreneurs   Read entire story.




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