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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  • The 33rd edition of the popular Getting Started in Business guide features expanded sections on business entity choice, changes in employment law and unemployment regulation, financing and taxation. Developed by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.  You can download it here.
  • Getting noticed by your target audience is getting more and more difficult.  Here are five tips to help you stay ahead of the competition.
  • Success on YouTube depends on what you want to accomplish.  These key questions will help you develop your video strategy.
  • Business-to-business lead generation requires marketers to guide prospects through the process of identifying, understanding and addressing their problems, writes John Jantsch. See what he has to say about proper lead generation – or lead guiding – here.
  • Mycestro is the next generation of 3D Mouse. It is slim, easy to use, fits on your finger, and allows you to control your computer with simple hand gestures.  See the Mycestro in action here.
  • The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has developed a pilot program that provides up to $25,000 to help small businesses pay for technical assistance and services from public higher education institutions and nonprofit entities.  You can find application materials and other details about the program here.
  • A Sustainable Future
    From urban planning to consumerism, sustainable business practices touch every part of our lives…and impact your bottom line.
     
    Sustainability objectives have become part of many organizational strategic goals. Global companies are making news as they work to reduce their energy footprints.  But they aren't alone.  There are many companies and organizations in the St. Cloud area that are taking “going green” to heart.
     
    Following are the sources By mary macdonell Belisle used in this story that appeared in the March 2015 issue of Business Central Magazine.
     
    1. McKinsey Global Survey, < http://www.sustainablebrands.com/digital_learning/research/mckinsey-global-survey-business-sustainability >
    2. St. Cloud’s 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, < http://www.ci.stcloud.mn.us/275/Annual-Financial-Reports-CAFR >
    3. “Electrolux awarded EU sustainable energy award,” Feb. 2, 2007 < http://group.electrolux.com/en/electrolux-awarded-eu-sustainable-energy-award-1638/ >
    4. “Electrolux named 2011 EnergyStar® Product Manufacturer of the Year,”  < http://newsroom.electrolux.com/us/2011/03/15/electrolux-named-2011-energy-star%C2%AE-product-manufacturer-partner-of-the-year/ >
    5. “Electrolux ranked Household Durables Industry Leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index,”   < http://group.electrolux.com/en/topic/dow-jones-sustainability-world-index/ >
    6. 2013 Annual Report <  http://annualreports.electrolux.com/2013/en/Sustainability/CEOStatement.html
    7. College of Saint Benedict Sustainability Master Plan 2012, < http://www.csbsju.edu/Documents/CSB%20Sustainability/MasterPlanJune12.pdf >
    8. “Giving old stuff new life at CSB,” by Ann Wessel, St. Cloud Times < http://www.sctimes.com/story/news/local/2014/05/16/giving-old-stuff-new-life-csb/9202719/ >
    9. “CSB eliminates sale, purchase of plastic water bottles on campus,” < http://www.csbsju.edu/news/water-bottle-policy >
    10. East Side Glass, Innovative Power Systems website < http://ips-solar.com/installations/show/east-side-glass/ >

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