Jessica Gerard, owner of Flirt Boutique, left, and Megan McGuire, owner of Up Six Vintage in St. Paul.

Entrepreneurs look to keep it real at the corner of Selby and Snelling

The women who make up the majority of the 25 small businesses within a strong-arm throw of this St. Paul intersection are determined to keep the its commercial face edgy, quirky and independent.

Closure of Alorica call center in Mendota Heights seen as trend

January 18
It's among several moves by the company to cut jobs nationwide.
Venture Capital

VNN Sports raises $3.7 million in outside capital

January 16
VNN Sports, a high school sports communications software platform based in northern Minnesota, has raised a $3.7 million funding round led by NextWave capital with participation from Arsenal Ventures.
January 15
Growing Atomic Data adds Walker Art Center to client list

Growing Atomic Data adds Walker Art Center to client list

Minneapolis-based Atomic Data has signed a multi-year partnership to be the exclusive technology-services partner of The Walker Art Center. The Walker represents Atomic's largest partnership behind its contract with the Minnesota United soccer club.
January 12
Owner Wendy Puckett of Wendy’s House of Soul. She is recovering after being shot by an assailant with a pellet gun.

Community stepped up after owner's shooting forced Wendy's House of Soul to close during prime time

The Thanksgiving-Christmas holidays usually are gravy for chef Wendy Puckett, of Wendy’s House of Soul, the small bistro and caterer on W. Broadway Avenue on…
January 6
Michael Phelps will speak in April to the Medical Alley Association.

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps to talk mental health at Mpls. med-tech meeting

Mental health to take spotlight at Medical Alley Association meeting, with Phelps and Kennedy in fireside chat
Ranking Minnesota's health care, education, social service and other nonprofits.
Nonprofit 100 Who's No. 1? Our annual ranking of Minnesota's top nonprofits
updated 9 hours 42 mins. ago
The list has long been dominated by the state's large nonprofit health care sector. Forty-six of the 100 organizations on the list are in health care, and they account for 90% of the overall revenue on the list.
January 4
The future for these Minneapolis Edison High students and others is threatened by a $1 trillion federal deficit, wealth concentration among the top 5%

America should do this to advance a stronger economy for the working-to-middle class

The middle class is struggling as the top 10% get richer.
January 2

Varde Partners raises $2.5B in 13th flagship-investment fund

Minneapolis-based Varde Partners, one of the state's oldest and most active international private equity investors, has raised nearly $2.5 billion for its 13th "flagship" fund in 26 years.
December 31, 2019
The Minnesota propane industry wants the state to consider using the fuel as part of its energy-efficiency plan regarding schoolbuses.

Minnesota propane industry wades into electric school bus debate

The Minnesota Propane Association wants the administration of Gov. Tim Walz to consider liquid propane as an economical alternative to spending $4.7 million on electric-powered school buses from $47 million Minnesota gets from the national Volkswagen pollution-cheating scandal settlement.
December 28, 2019
Chef Ann Ahmed, right, owner of Lat14 and Lemon Grass Thai, displayed salads with two student workers from Roots for the Home Team/Urban Roots. The te

Twin Cities teens pitch salads for Target Field and Kowalski's

Roots for the Home Team kids learn to plant, tend and harvest, as well as make savory salads.
The annual Star Tribune 50 looks at the state's largest public companies. Combined, the companies on the list employ more than 1.2 million people.
Star Tribune 50 Our top 50 public companies – with No. 1 at $226B in revenue
updated 6 hours 19 mins. ago
Who took the top spot? See where Target, UnitedHealth, Best Buy and other massive companies landed in our 28th annual report.
December 27, 2019
Nancy Libersky

SBA Minnesota District Director Nancy Libersky retires

Nancy Libersky, a 30-year veteran and the first female Minnesota district director of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), has retired after nine years.
December 26, 2019

Commentator: Business increasing wages more critical than charity

Andrew Ross Sorkin: Real charity doesn't come with a tax deduction.
December 24, 2019
Regis sells another 133 salons

Regis sells another 133 salons

Regis, which is trying to sell all of its corporate-owned salons, has sold 133 more.
December 24, 2019

LSS to sponsor Mpls January workshop for rental-property owners

Lutheran Social Service (LSS) of Minnesota, which partners with property owners to provide housing for once-homeless families, will offer a free workshop on addressing tenant issues, featuring two veteran attorneys, on Wednesday, Jan 8 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Center for Changing Lives, 2400 Park Av. in Minneapolis..
December 24, 2019
Colliers International is buying a controlling interest of Dougherty Financial Services. CEO Mike Dougherty founded the firm 40 years ago.

Canadian firm buying controlling stake in Minneapolis' Dougherty Financial Group

Canada-based Colliers International plans to acquire an unspecified "controlling interest" in four subsidiaries of Minneapolis-based Dougherty Financial Group. The privately held firm was founded more than 40 years ago by CEO Mike Dougherty.
December 23, 2019
Jana Bonner, left, with Alliance Housing’s Barbara Jeanetta and volunteer Ted Pouliot at Minnehaha Commons on E. Lake Street.

Recently homeless in Mpls., former businesswoman grateful for studio apartment

Homelessness, particularly among those 55 and over, continues to rise in the Twin Cities and Minnesota.
Minnesota's 4 largest member-owned firms add depth, diversity to state's economy
Minnesota's 4 largest member-owned firms add depth, diversity to state's economy
updated 11 mins. ago
There are more ways for companies to have shareholders other than trading on a major stock exchange. And if you use a broadened definition, as…
December 20, 2019
Owner Dan Digre of St. Paul manufactuer MISCO.

MN Chamber has concerns about slowing job growth

Minnesota job growth has slowed as business owners struggle to find and retain workers this year, according to Grow Minnesota, the 17-year Minnesota Chamber of Commerce that helps businesses expand locally or elsewhere in Minnesota.
December 19, 2019
Katrina Anderson, CEO of Clinician Nexus

Minneapolis-based Clinician Nexus gets $1.5M investment

Minneapolis-based Clinician Nexus raises $1.5 million in venture capital>
December 18, 2019
Sun Country now has self-service kiosks.

Sun Country joins other airlines in offering self-service kiosks at MSP

Passengers can now check-in for their flights at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport using self-service kiosk machines, much like they can at most other U.S. airlines, rather than standing in long ticket counter lines.
December 17, 2019
North Loop nabs Madewell denim test store, only the 3rd in the country

North Loop nabs Madewell denim test store, only the 3rd in the country

The new store will sell women's and men's denim
December 16, 2019

Insite Software of Minneapolis sold to Episerver

Episerver of New Hampshire said it has acquired Minneapolis-based Insite Software for an unspecified amount in a private transaction.
December 15, 2019
Owner Dan Digre of St. Paul’s MISCO, an industrial speaker manufacturer, has canceled growth plans as the tariff war has cut profits nearly in half.

Farmers not only ones in Minn. angry over U.S.-China trade war

St. Paul speaker manufacturer Dan Digre, who hasn't voted for a Democrat for president for 40 years, says he has had it with President Trump's trade war.
December 11, 2019
HabitAware anti-compulsive behavior firm wins SBIR grant

HabitAware anti-compulsive behavior firm wins SBIR grant

HabitAware will design and test a novel wearable sensing system with new sensor technologies that can detect subtle movements associated with body-focused repetitive behaviors and can significantly improve detection accuracy of body-focused related behaviors.