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: Minnesota has better luck expanding big firms than luring them

The chances of Archer Daniels Midland Co. picking the Twin Cities for its new headquarters is barely on the plus...

Updated: October 19, 2013, - 09:34 PM

Schafer: Debt ceiling debacle leaves scars and doubts

Watching the U.S. government’s debt ceiling crisis this week has been a little like standing outside your house as you watch it burn.

Updated: October 17, 2013, - 07:26 AM

Schafer: Tech firm shifts along with the marketplace

For the co-founder of a technology company that just laid off 45 people, about a quarter of its staff, Rob...

Updated: October 12, 2013, - 04:10 PM

Schafer: Profits aren't what draws people to brewing

Anybody touring Fulton Brewing Co. the other morning would have noticed the big guy working up a sweat on the...

Updated: October 05, 2013, - 09:31 PM

Schafer: Exchanges have been tried, and worked

Champions of health insurance exchanges like the brand-new MNsure say that buying coverage will be as easy as booking travel...

Updated: October 03, 2013, - 06:40 AM

Schafer: Steinway sale may portend lessons for sale of Star Tribune

Mike Sweeney, the part-time chairman of the board at Star ­Tribune Media Holdings, had a hectic summer.In addition to his...

Updated: September 28, 2013, - 09:38 PM

Schafer: Who needs salespeople? Not this IT entrepreneur

The software company LeadPages is just getting going and hasn’t gotten around to getting an office. Co-founder and CEO Clay...

Updated: September 26, 2013, - 09:39 AM

Schafer: Affordable Care Act is already slowing cost increases

The growth in health care costs has been slowing since the act was signed into law in 2010. “There has been a huge movement, some of it stimulated by the legislation, to care value,” said Penny Wheeler, above, a physician and chief clinical officer of Allina Health.

Updated: September 21, 2013, - 11:13 PM

Schafer: Solution to 'skills gap' is investment in training

Anyone who manages a workforce with lots of welders should know the number 57.That’s the average age of a welder...

Updated: September 17, 2013, - 09:12 PM

Schafer: Fed appointment turned into ‘horse race’ spectacle

Lawrence Summers withdrew over the weekend as a potential successor to Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve, even...

Updated: September 16, 2013, - 09:47 PM

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