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: What makes a region an incubator of prosperity?

A major new study of income mobility nationwide asks, “Where is the land of opportunity?”One great answer is the area...

Updated: January 28, 2014, - 09:41 PM

Schafer: Punch Pizza is happy with slow, steady growth

A land rush is starting in fast-casual pizza, and the two owners of Punch Pizza have already come up with...

Updated: January 25, 2014, - 04:22 PM

Schafer: Medtronic’s $1B fumble could chill risk-taking

The recent collapse of Medtronic’s clinical trial for a blood pressure treatment device marks another watershed as the era of...

Updated: January 23, 2014, - 08:56 PM

Schafer: Target's layoffs reflect need to cut costs

The timing of Wednesday’s layoffs at Target Corp. had more to do with the accounting calendar than with anything connected...

Updated: January 22, 2014, - 07:51 PM

Schafer: Target's response was too slow, too cautious

Among the things still unknown about the loss of customer data at Target, one of the most puzzling is Target’s...

Updated: January 19, 2014, - 06:35 AM

Schafer: Food firms scramble to embrace latest fads

In the packaged food industry, there are no fads, only opportunities.Devotees of a particular diet may recoil to see the...

Updated: January 13, 2014, - 09:57 PM

Schafer: Why handouts are a bad way for state to help companies

Not every company adding high-skill jobs gets any attention from Gov. Mark Dayton.In December, the governor helped announce Price Mechanical’s...

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

Schafer: Sometimes, a little anger can push a new business

Maybe nothing fuels entrepreneurship quite like anger.Mark Lazarchic sure doesn’t bother masking the fact that anger is driving him. “I...

Updated: January 04, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Schafer: Personal finance need not be complicated

The most notable personal finance writing of 2013 wasn’t in a book by a Wall Street celebrity; it was a...

Updated: December 28, 2013, - 02:00 PM

Schafer: Transition for the Nerdery complicated by history

Selecting a new president was more than a simple business decision -- because of the memory of the last executive who held that job.

Updated: December 21, 2013, - 05:20 PM

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