Lee Schafer

Columnist | Business
Phone: 612-673-4302
Lee Schafer came to the Star Tribune after 15 years as a corporate officer, consultant and investment banker in the Twin Cities. He has been a columnist for Twin Cities Business magazine and was senior editor for Corporate Report Minnesota.

Recent content from Lee Schafer

Schafer: Buffalo Wild Wings invests in 'fast casual'

Buffalo Wild Wings appears to be really interested in getting into a new segment of the restaurant business.The company made...

Updated: August 30, 2014, - 05:29 PM

Schafer: Shrinking a small firm can be the right plan

Quality Ingredients of Burnsville is just a fraction of the size it was a year ago, but there’s nothing amiss....

Updated: August 27, 2014, - 08:54 PM

Schafer: Minnesota's economy needs more than a low unemployment rate

It won’t be long before a lower unemployment rate in Minnesota could be the cause for heavy sighs.With nearly everybody...

Updated: August 23, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Schafer: Small raise for workers means a big cut for owners

The 35-cent-per-ticket fee that a cafe in Stillwater charges to make up for a minimum-wage increase erupted into a big...

Updated: August 16, 2014, - 08:21 PM

Schafer: 'Benefit' companies are hardly a new concept in Minnesota

It will soon become possible for Minnesota entrepreneurs to incorporate new ventures as “public benefit corporations,” enterprises with a clear...

Updated: August 09, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Schafer: Target, Wal-Mart face similar challenges

It took a minute last week to fully grasp that Target is actually going to be led by an executive,...

Updated: August 02, 2014, - 05:07 PM

Schafer: Minnesota loses when tech firms head west

Zach Supalla hasn’t always found it easy to explain why the high-­potential little company he founded, Spark Labs, just quit...

Updated: July 30, 2014, - 10:07 AM

Lee Schafer: For a new approach on pay, look to Switzerland

All the things that have been tried in the United States to slow the growth in executive pay haven’t accomplished...

Updated: July 26, 2014, - 08:53 PM

Schafer: High rents reflect shift in living patterns

The William apartment in the new Nic on Fifth building is what’s called an alcove, meaning it’s a bit more...

Updated: July 22, 2014, - 09:00 PM

Schafer: St. Jude stays course after rival's huge deal

If Medtronic wants to create a more broadly diversified company that rivals Johnson & Johnson’s medical device business in size, well, St. Jude executives aren’t planning to try to match it.

Updated: July 19, 2014, - 04:20 PM

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