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: Piper's stock guru says bull market is here to stay

The stock market has already zoomed to record highs this year, but Craig Johnson is out this week with a...

Updated: September 09, 2014, - 11:24 PM

Schafer: General Mills aims to think like a smaller company

The company’s idea of innovation is changing, and increasingly focuses on reinventing the process itself to create more new products in less time.

Updated: September 06, 2014, - 06:13 PM

Schafer: Medtronic had no choice but to cover the excise tax

Columnist Lee Schafer says the question surrounding Medtronic's handling of executives' excise taxes in the Covidien deal was how, not whether, to do it.

Updated: September 04, 2014, - 08:43 AM

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

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