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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  • Assuming your data will not be hacked, stolen, or burnt to a crisp in a fire, which solution—cloud storage or an external hard drive—is more cost effective, byte for byte?  You can find PCWorld’s review of the various storage options here.
  • Delivering an engaging sales experience has a significant impact on customer loyalty.  Here are three steps you can take to improve customer loyalty.
  • The best leaders know how to delegate well, especially in growing companies that require their full attention.  Here are six steps you can take to maximize your delegation talent.
  • The success or failure of a presentation is determined by what happens in the 24 to 36 hours before the event.  Here are five tips you can use during that critical window to ensure that your presentation is the best it can be.
  • Today’s headlines are filled with stories of unethical and unscrupulous business dealings.  Consumers need your company to stand for something important and demand to be treated in a fair and consistent manner. YFS Magazine shares 100 core values from 15 winning companies here.
  • The Graduate Employment Outcomes tool shows how many recent Minnesota graduates found Minnesota jobs one and two years after graduation. It also shows the median wages earned and the top industries where graduates found jobs. You can search by year, location, award type, institution type, and instructional program. Check it out here.
  • Stearns County Human Services recently received a grant from the Minnesota Department of Health to implement the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) in Stearns County.  The county is looking for businesses or organizations that are interested in participating in the initiative with creative ideas and programs.  You can find the list of acceptable SHIP program areas here, or visit www.StearnsCountyMN.gov
  • The Minnesota Trade Office provides training and expertise to help businesses of all sizes export successfully.  If you’d like to expand your business - think globally!  You can find the list of training opportunities available from the Minnesota Trade Office here.

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