Table of Contents March/April 2012

CONTENTS      
President's Letter:   Are We There Yet? 6
Editor's Note:   Office Work 8
Business Calendar:     14
Network Central:     18
Top Hats:     20
Cover Story:   Home Work 32
       
UPFRONT      
News Reel:   What's happening and who's moving 10
Book Review:   The 3rd Alternative Solving Life's Most Difficult Problems,      
by Stephen R. Covey
10
Your Voice in Government:   Just a Shell Game? In 2011 the Legislature replaced the Market Value Homestead Credit program with a Homestead Market Value Exclusion. So what changed? 12
People to Know:     15
The Trouble with Business:  
Profit Killer  The cost of employee turnover isn't just time and training.  There are also hard costs that can hurt your bottom line.
16
BUSINESS TOOLS      
Entrepreneurism:   Building Investor Confidence  Spend the time, effort and money to communicate realistic financial statements clearly and convincingly.  It can be the key to successfully finding an investor. 22
TechStrategies:   Talent.me  This new professional networking app on Facebook helps professionals leverage their friend network to advance their careers and showcase their skills.. 24
Tech News     25
Going Green     26
Economic Central presented by Falcon Bank:     28
THIS ISSUE      
Feature:   Changing Faces  Ignoring one out of every 10 potential customers is not a good recipe for business success. 38
Special Focus:   Preparing Your Business for Sale 42
Business Spotlight:   Beth Huber, The Quick Fix Massage Shop 46
       
SPECIAL SECTION      
Commercial Construction, Real Estate and Leasing     43
       
Online Only:   Maximizing Twitter  
    Six Key Trends for Innovation      
    Creating a Business Plan      
    Great Business Ideas to Start Today  
 

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  • With a seemingly endless list of social media tools available for businesses, you might need help sorting out the best from the rest.  Here are eight that rise to the top.
  • You will find seven simple productivity tips and suggestions for tools to help you achieve them here.
  • Deciding whether telecommuting is right for your company requires pinpointing your company's goals, understanding what makes your workforce tick, and determining if the right tools are in place for a smooth transition. Here’s what three experts have to say on the topic.
  • Employee training can be costly, but here are a few pointers that can help you to get the most out of it and produce workers willing to go the extra mile.
  • St. Cloud ranked 30 in the 2013 Milken Institute’s Best Performing Small Cities Index, coming in #8 in relative high-tech GDP Growth.  You can review the complete report here, including  an interactive map.
  • The Cold Spring Granite Company has a long history in Central Minnesota, dating back to the arrival of Henry Alexander in 1880.  Today the company has rebranded as “Coldspring” to better represent it’s growing diversity.  You can find the company’s entire timeline here.

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