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
 
 

News & Events


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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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