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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  • There are several steps you can take to minimize the risks involved in recruitment.  You can find three of them here.
  • Before dumping your business landline, remember that saving a few dollars is often costly.  Here are some things to consider before you cut the cord.
  • There are seven major sections to a business plan, according to Entrepreneur online, and each one is a complex document.  If you’re ready to dig in, you can learn the details and find additional resources here.
  • Thinking about starting a business blog?  Here are ten things to keep in mind so your blog works for you, rather than against you.
  • LinkedIn’s new business model may help sales professionals and recruiters be more successful.
    View a demo or sign up for a free trial of Sales Navigator here:
     http://business.linkedin.com/sales-solutions/prospecting-tool.html/
    View a chart of costs and features here (You need to be signed in to LinkedIn):
  • What makes St. Cloud, Minnesota, the land of opportunity?  We are near average on residential racial segregation. We invest in social capital, which means we believe our community benefits from social contact and networking to promote productivity. We have low high school dropout rates and low numbers of single parent households compared to the national average. Children growing up in the St. Cloud area have a 12.7 percent chance of moving from the bottom quintile to the top quintile, which is one of the best percentages in the nation.
     
    You can find income data here.

    For an article on income mobility by Dr. Raj Chetty, economics professor, Harvard University, follow this link.
  • Get Past the Label

    If you haven’t considered employing persons with physical, mental, or developmental challenges, it’s time to reconsider. Hiring workers with disabilities may be easier––and far more satisfying––than you ever imagined.  Following are sources and information that can help you get started.
     
    “Frequently Asked Questions,” U.S. Department of Labor
    “Fact Sheet,” Minnesota State Council on Disability
    “Tax Benefits for Businesses Who Have Employees with Disabilities,” Internal Revenue Service

    Catholic Charities, Independence Center, Inc., Independent Lifestyles, Inc.,
    Opportunity Matters, Inc., Opportunity Services, Rise, Inc. - Central Minnesota Works, True Friends, WACOSA

  • Moving people and commerce where they want and need to go is critical to Minnesota’s prosperity.  Despite enthusiasm surrounding trains and other transportation alternatives, the reality is Minnesota’s businesses and workers use roads and bridges to make the economy run.
     
    You can find the complete report on transportation, prepared by the Center of the American Experiment, here.

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