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  • The 2016 edition of “A Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota” is now available from the MN-DEED office of Small Business Assistance. The free guide provides a concise summary of the major issues faced by anyone starting a business in Minnesota.  You can download the guide here.
  • A number of lenders and other parties have endorsed a "Small Business Borrowers' Bill of Rights." The document contains six items, according to Forbes, including the right to transparent terms and the right to be treated fairly by brokers.  Learn more here.
  • The first step to eliminating a bad habit is recognizing it.  The Harvard Business Review offers three easy steps to stopping your bad habits.  The steps might be easy, but follow-through is another matter.  Learn more here.
  • The process and strategies for successful online advertising efforts have become incredibly sophisticated, especially with the growing demand for mobile options.  Here are five key principles to help you develop a campaign that converts.
  • For most architects, moss and lichen growing up the side of a structure is a bad sign. But at BiotA lab, based in University College London's Bartlett School of Architecture, they’re taking a new approach to building green.  Instead of developing surfaces resistant to moss and lichen, the BiotA lab wants to build facades that are "bioreceptive." Read more here.
  • Most businesses generate some type of hazardous waste.  Disposing of it properly is not just responsible, it’s the law.
    The University of Minnesota’s Technical Assistance Program (MN TAP) helps Minnesota businesses develop and implement industry-tailored solutions that prevent pollution at the source, maximize efficient use of resources, and reduce energy use and costs.  Learn more here.
  • Two Heads Are Better Than One
    Collaboration will be the key to your business success in the workplace of the future.
    Don’t get too attached to your corner office or cubicle. The workplace of the future has no room for barriers between people.  How quickly you can tap into the expertise and energy of your stakeholders, including employees, vendors, and customers, to solve a problem or brainstorm new initiatives, will determine how quickly your business will triumph.
     
    The following sources were used in this story, which appears in the March-April 2016 issue of Business Central Magazine.
    1. The New Collaboration: enabling innovation, changing the workplace by IBM:            https://www-935.ibm.com/services/us/cio/pdf/new-collaboration-white-paper.pdf
    2. The 12 Habits of Highly Collaborative Organizations, Jacob Morgan July 30, 2013 www.Forbes.com
    3. IT’s Role in Supporting Workplace Collaboration, Kris van Riper, John Taylor, May 21, 2015 fcw.com
    4. 7 Insights for collaboration in the Workplace, Dr. Carol Kinsey Goman www.reliableplant.com
    The 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop, and Keep Tomorrow's Employees Today, Jeanne C. Meister, Karie Willyerd, Harper Collins 2010
  • The Ultimate Office Experience
    Effective workplace environments help employees balance focus and collaboration.
    When you invest in improvements to the physical office space your efforts should pay off in employee acquisition and retention.
     
    The following sources were used in this story, which appears in the March-April 2016 issue of Business Central Magazine.
    1. Dilbert® by Scott Adams, April 8, 1995 < http://dilbert.com/search_results?terms=Small+Cubicle >
    2. Gensler, “2013 U.S. Workplace Survey / Key Findings,” Retrieved from URL < http://www.gensler.com/uploads/document/337/file/2013_US_Workplace_Survey_07_15_2013.pdf >
    3. Morgan, Jacob, May 27, 2015, Forbes Magazine, “Why the Future of Work is All About the Employee Experience,” Retrieved from URL
    < http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacobmorgan/2015/05/27/why-the-future-of-work-is-all-about-the-employee-experience/ >
  • Most Minnesota manufacturers expect business conditions to remain stable or improve in 2016, according to the Minnesota Manufacturing Business Conditions Survey. Read the entire report here.

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