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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  • The Taxpayer Advocate Service of the IRS has developed several tools for individuals and employers to assist in estimating their Affordable Care Act related credits and payments. For instance, The Small Business Health Care Tax Credit Estimator can help you determine if you might be eligible for the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit and how much credit you might receive.  Learn more here.
  • Some of the most common errors include failure to create a contract, not establishing clear payment terms, and neglecting to follow-up with customers who don’t pay on time.  Find the other nine here.
  • Doing too much, doing too little, and wanting it for free are some of the biggest mistakes small businesses make when it comes to social media marketing.  Read about other mistakes and how to avoid them here.
  • Some simple precautions can go a long way toward protecting your business from hackers.  Here are five simple tips that will help keep your data safe.
  • Minnesota claimed the top spot in the CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, ninth annual list of America’s Top States for Business. Minnesota, which took sixth place last year, came out on top, scoring 1,584 out of 2,500 points.  The rankings for all 50 states are available here.
  • We celebrated 15 years in business at an open house with the Chamber of Commerce.  Jim McAlister, Tell-A-Vision Productions, put together a video for us.  Among the stars are associate publisher Wendy Hendricks, Hendricks Marketing.  You can watch the video here.
  • On November 3, 2015, the St. Cloud Area School District is asking voters to decide on a proposed Bond Referendum.  Take time to educate yourself before you cast your ballot.  You can find referendum information, including the tax impact for individual homeowners and businesses here.

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