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By Gail Ivers // Photos by Joel Butkowski, Butkowski Digital Imaging
Since 1997 Royal Tire has been following an aggressive growth strategy.  Yet this home-grown company prides itself on maintaining the same family feel it has cultivated for over 60 years.

TechStrategies: Proven Ability

By Dawn Zimmerman, The Write Advantage // Photos by
Facebook remains the top social media player for businesses of all sizes and types.

Feature: Growth Trajectory

By Whitney Bina, St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce // Photos by
Women-owned businesses have been making headlines for 25 years.  Today their employment and revenue growth outpaces the rest of the economy.

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  • You can se the entire photo gallery of the 2014 St. Cloud Area Chamber's Business Awards Luncheon here.
  • Business News Daily walks you through the pros and cons of the iOS, Android, and Windows phones.  It’s worth reading just to see the comments from those who weigh-in regarding their favorite system.
  • A solid assortment of startups are taking advantage of the consumer power of tech savvy female users.  Here are 10 startups that may want to attract both men and women, but the focus is definitely on women
  • Thoughtful leaders are truly respected. Here are six traits that make them so admired.
  • It’s not always easy for healthcare startups, which have to brave the regulatory world of the FDA.  Learning to work with the system is probably best, but not everyone is choosing that route.  Here are five ideas for getting along – or not – with the FDA.
  • The MIT Media Lab's Tangible Media Group recently unveiled inFORM, its dynamic shape display which allows you to interact with real objects by reaching through your screen.  Watch the video here.
  • Here’s another cool video.  Apple’s recent patent application for a holographic iPhone has imaginations going wild.  Fast Company tracked down a concept video by Mike Ko, who has created animations for companies such as Google, Nike, Toyota, and NASCAR.  The short clip simulates what it might look like if images left the iPhone screen and floated in the air.  You can watch it here.
  • Seniors and baby boomers make up a whopping 23.4 percent of the population. If you haven’t thought about how to reach this market, you’d better start.  This video shows how nine entrepreneurs pitch their products to Baby Boomers – in just three minutes each!
  • Americans in the 55-64 age group start new businesses at a higher rate than those in their twenties and thirties and have, every single year, from 1996 to 2013.  Research suggests that there are several ways policymakers can support this important phenomenon of older entrepreneurship. Dane Stangler, vice president, research and policy, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, addressed this topic in February 2014 before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging & the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.  Read his remarks here.

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