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: Amazon's spending spree spells dilemma for Target

It was something of a feat of business management for Amazon.com to actually lose money in a quarter on $20.58...

Updated: November 01, 2014, - 09:02 PM

Schafer: Mayo Clinic surgeon, scientist team up as entrepreneurs

Rakesh Suri and Jordan Miller are the kind of entrepreneurs who are easy to cheer for.Suri is a heart surgeon...

Updated: October 30, 2014, - 12:49 AM

Schafer: Buying back stock can be a company's best option

The management of IBM had very few friends last week, with the company’s stock falling sharply and writers from the...

Updated: October 25, 2014, - 11:40 PM

Schafer: Suffering is a good sign for rental developers

It’s not a healthy apartment market until somebody is in some financial pain.This might not be the textbook definition in...

Updated: October 22, 2014, - 08:38 PM

Schafer: Health care providers readying for a wave of nurse retirees

These days, even the renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester is scrambling to fill holes in its nursing staff as baby...

Updated: October 18, 2014, - 09:53 PM

Schafer: Alfalfa sprout lawsuit put Jimmy John's in a pickle

You may have missed an announcement of a proposed class-action settlement that ran this week in the Star Tribune.It means...

Updated: October 17, 2014, - 11:30 PM

Schafer: Wells Fargo missed mark after worker requested $10,000 raises for all

Wells Fargo is in the business of helping people manage their money to live better lives. What a blown opportunity when an employee made national news by asking for a raise.

Updated: October 15, 2014, - 12:26 PM

Schafer: Those with most cash keep it for themselves

An interactive map created by the Chronicle of Philanthropy allows users to drill into American charitable giving data down to...

Updated: October 11, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Schafer: Breaking down Medtronic's tax move

One of the ironies of this season of tax inversions is that the big Minnesota company that seems hellbent on...

Updated: October 09, 2014, - 08:06 PM

Schafer: Corporate power is no match for pro football

The business community fumbled its opportunity this fall to make its support of the National Football League about anything other...

Updated: October 04, 2014, - 04:38 PM

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