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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  • You can se the entire photo gallery of the 2014 St. Cloud Area Chamber's Business Awards Luncheon here.
  • Business News Daily walks you through the pros and cons of the iOS, Android, and Windows phones.  It’s worth reading just to see the comments from those who weigh-in regarding their favorite system.
  • A solid assortment of startups are taking advantage of the consumer power of tech savvy female users.  Here are 10 startups that may want to attract both men and women, but the focus is definitely on women
  • Thoughtful leaders are truly respected. Here are six traits that make them so admired.
  • It’s not always easy for healthcare startups, which have to brave the regulatory world of the FDA.  Learning to work with the system is probably best, but not everyone is choosing that route.  Here are five ideas for getting along – or not – with the FDA.
  • The MIT Media Lab's Tangible Media Group recently unveiled inFORM, its dynamic shape display which allows you to interact with real objects by reaching through your screen.  Watch the video here.
  • Here’s another cool video.  Apple’s recent patent application for a holographic iPhone has imaginations going wild.  Fast Company tracked down a concept video by Mike Ko, who has created animations for companies such as Google, Nike, Toyota, and NASCAR.  The short clip simulates what it might look like if images left the iPhone screen and floated in the air.  You can watch it here.
  • Seniors and baby boomers make up a whopping 23.4 percent of the population. If you haven’t thought about how to reach this market, you’d better start.  This video shows how nine entrepreneurs pitch their products to Baby Boomers – in just three minutes each!
  • Americans in the 55-64 age group start new businesses at a higher rate than those in their twenties and thirties and have, every single year, from 1996 to 2013.  Research suggests that there are several ways policymakers can support this important phenomenon of older entrepreneurship. Dane Stangler, vice president, research and policy, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, addressed this topic in February 2014 before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging & the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.  Read his remarks here.

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