Business Central Magazine
Table of Contents May/June 2012

CONTENTS      
President's Letter:   Time to Celebrate-Time to Reflect 6
Editor's Note:   Salvaged 8
Business Calendar:     16
Network Central:     20
Top Hats:     22
Cover Story:   CARS ARE COOL 34
       
UPFRONT      
News Reel:   What's happening and who's moving 10
Book Review:   Bounce:  Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success by Matthew Syed 10
Your Voice in Government:   Speaking Up Chamber members and state legislators had a chance to mingle, network, and share views on business issues at the annual St. Cloud area Eveing at the Capitol. 12
People to Know:     15
Regional Round-Up:  
Building Partnerships, Conserving Resources The City of Waite Park is working proactively to provide effective services in the new economic reality..
18
BUSINESS TOOLS      
Entrepreneurism:   Work for The Man or be The Man?  Your Choice. 24
Doing Good   St. Cloud Area Business Gives 25
TechStrategies:   Follow the Leader 26
Tech News     27
Working Well
  Not all employee wellness programs have to have a price tag. 28
Economic Central presented by Falcon Bank:     30
       
SPECIAL SECTIONS      
Smart Business
  Ameriprise Financial 42
Trailblazer   Gaslight Creative 43
Education and Training     49
       
THIS ISSUE      
Feature:   Learning to Lead  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. 44
Special Focus:   Live What You're Learning  Work-based learning programs let employers develop individuals for specific industries while practicing new skills. 48
Business Spotlight:   Bruce E. Meyer, Thrifty and Gateway Motels
54
       
       
Online Only:   Hobby-inspired Businesses
 
    Motivate Yourself
     
    Innovation Trends
     
    Time Management Secrets
 
 

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