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By Gail Ivers // Photos by Joel Butkowski, Butkowski Digital Imaging
Pat Alexander, Cold Spring Granite Company, remembers some dark days in the 1990s.  Today the company is rebranding to Coldspring and expanding on its core competencies to ensure its future for another 115 years.

Creating Structure

By Betsey Lund, Franz Hultgren Evenson, PA // Photos by
A successful busines requires a solid foundation.

Redesign on a Dime

By Whitney Bina, St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce // Photos by
When you have a tight budget but need to redesign your office space, where do you start?  Here are a few tips to help you save money and create the office space you want.

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  • With a seemingly endless list of social media tools available for businesses, you might need help sorting out the best from the rest.  Here are eight that rise to the top.
  • You will find seven simple productivity tips and suggestions for tools to help you achieve them here.
  • Deciding whether telecommuting is right for your company requires pinpointing your company's goals, understanding what makes your workforce tick, and determining if the right tools are in place for a smooth transition. Here’s what three experts have to say on the topic.
  • Employee training can be costly, but here are a few pointers that can help you to get the most out of it and produce workers willing to go the extra mile.
  • St. Cloud ranked 30 in the 2013 Milken Institute’s Best Performing Small Cities Index, coming in #8 in relative high-tech GDP Growth.  You can review the complete report here, including  an interactive map.
  • The Cold Spring Granite Company has a long history in Central Minnesota, dating back to the arrival of Henry Alexander in 1880.  Today the company has rebranded as “Coldspring” to better represent it’s growing diversity.  You can find the company’s entire timeline here.


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