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Neal St. Anthony

Columnist, reporter | Business
phone: 612-673-7144
Neal St. Anthony has been a business columnist and reporter for the Star Tribune for 30 years. He also has worked in financial communications for two publicly held companies.
Recent content from Neal St. Anthony
Minneapolis business Wood From the Hood helps misfit trees find new life

Minneapolis business Wood From the Hood helps misfit trees find new life

About 15 years ago, Cindy Siewert and her husband Rick were faced with removing an ash tree from their Minneapolis yard. The roots were growing…
Growing manufacturers are trying to interest more high school students in careers

Growing manufacturers are trying to interest more high school students in careers

Hundreds of the nearly 8,000 Minnesota manufacturers opened their doors this month to high school students thinking about careers making things.
SBA administrator visits Twin Cities, lauds growth of women in business

SBA administrator visits Twin Cities, lauds growth of women in business

Linda McMahon noted that in recent years women have started most new businesses.
Mpls. company's business: Selling gifts, planting trees

Mpls. company's business: Selling gifts, planting trees

Woodchuck, which expects to double sales to $10 million next year, was conceived in 2012 by a University of Minnesota architecture graduate.
One sure way to beat death taxes is to give away the millions

One sure way to beat death taxes is to give away the millions

Ward Brehm has a plan to beat estate taxes at death. No elaborate trusts or legal diversions. Brehm, 66, former owner of an insurance business,…
MicroOptx takes top spot in annual MN Cup business sweepstakes

MicroOptx takes top spot in annual MN Cup business sweepstakes

The Maple Grove company earns the top prize in this year's Minnesota Cup competition.
Boomchicka cha-ching? $250M sale price is indicator of hot acquisitions market

Boomchicka cha-ching? $250M sale price is indicator of hot acquisitions market

Angie's Artisan Treats, maker of Minnesota-bred Boomchickapop popcorn, is proof of the popping-hot deal market.
Mpls. Fed workshop to look at financial stresses on low-wage, middle-income workers

Mpls. Fed workshop to look at financial stresses on low-wage, middle-income workers

Neel Kashkari, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, and others at the Federal Reserve increasingly are looking at the effect of racial and economic disparities on individuals and the economy.
Corporate gardening leads to healthier communities and more engaged employees

Corporate gardening leads to healthier communities and more engaged employees

Between fostering better peer relationships to stocking local food shelves, Blue Cross and Blue Shield is one of about 20 Twin Cities businesses reaping benefits of a corporate garden.
Commercial real estate dealmaker Russ Nelson will retire at year's end

Commercial real estate dealmaker Russ Nelson will retire at year's end

His 35-year career included finding office space for the area's top companies.
Minneapolis North High grad Harold Brown, class of '42, worked his business plan

Minneapolis North High grad Harold Brown, class of '42, worked his business plan

Harold Brown credits his success partly to his parents, who told their two sons that they would study hard and finish high school and college.
Growth of green energy sector surges in Minnesota

Growth of green energy sector surges in Minnesota

Minnesota's fast-growing clean-energy economy, rooted in wind, solar, conservation, technology and even software, is a change for a state that historically imported its energy.
Berman-led Black Ridge Oil affiliate trying to raise acquisition capital

Berman-led Black Ridge Oil affiliate trying to raise acquisition capital

A related corporation would have 21 months to hunt for an energy-related acquisition.
Settlement may be in works in partner fallout at Pine River Capital

Settlement may be in works in partner fallout at Pine River Capital

Steve Kuhn and founder Brian Taylor's relationship had soured by 2015 over performance, compensation and ownership issues, according to a federal court fight that has played out over the past two years. Now, lawyers in the case have informed the presiding judge that a settlement could be in the works.
Inner-city steak joint's closing won't slow Phillips neighborhood comeback

Inner-city steak joint's closing won't slow Phillips neighborhood comeback

The plan is to renovate Best Steak & Gyros at Chicago and Franklin avenues into an East African eatery.

Digi-Key plans to add 1,000 jobs over decade as part of Thief River Falls expansion

Thief River Falls company says the massive project will add "at least" 1,000 new jobs in a decade.
A Belgian-style brewery started by musicians makes beer and art in north Mpls.

A Belgian-style brewery started by musicians makes beer and art in north Mpls.

On Boom Island, it was founded by two now-married former professional musicians who met in China in 2000 at a French horn symposium. Say what?
IntriCon is enjoying a stock surge amid big hopes for hearing product

IntriCon is enjoying a stock surge amid big hopes for hearing product

The stock of little-known IntriCon, maker of lower-cost hearing aids and other tiny medical devices, surged by nearly 30 percent in value last week amid…
Hamline Methodist Dining Hall had record year at the State Fair

Hamline Methodist Dining Hall had record year at the State Fair

It's almost as amazing that the dining hall, which first opened in 1897, is still around in the ever-changing fair food scene.
St. Anthony: White-collar crime often escapes the big headlines

St. Anthony: White-collar crime often escapes the big headlines

The TV news shows and headlines are full of stories about violent crimes and terrorism, real and alleged. There’s also financial terrorism. White-collar crime is…
A job after prison: Advocates make the case for an under-used workforce

A job after prison: Advocates make the case for an under-used workforce

The formerly incarcerated represent an untapped national workforce of millions.
Woodworker Manny Moreno reflects growing diverse nature of E. Franklin Avenue

Woodworker Manny Moreno reflects growing diverse nature of E. Franklin Avenue

Once on the skids west of Hiawatha Avenue, Franklin is growing more small businesses that reflect the colorful many-cultures area.
Fast-growing Code42 software could be a public company within a couple years

Fast-growing Code42 software could be a public company within a couple years

CEO Joe Payne, the veteran marketer and technologist who has led fast-growing Code42 for two years, shared the company’s strategy shift last week. Double down…
Slowing corporate-deal market still commands premium prices

Slowing corporate-deal market still commands premium prices

In state and nationally, marquee deals are few and far between, but M&A targets still command premium prices.
Minnesota State Fair's green movement adds up in many ways

Minnesota State Fair's green movement adds up in many ways

The fair's management and dozens of vendors increasingly are providing opportunities to recycle, compost and reuse. The rate of consumer participation is rising at double the growth of garbage.
Mpls.-based Code42 exiting consumer market to focus on other clients

Mpls.-based Code42 exiting consumer market to focus on other clients

Consumer business accounts for about 10 percent of total revenue, which the Minneapolis data security firm expects to top $100 million in revenue this year.

UnitedHealth Group's new CEO will get a raise in September

Executive Compensation Revamped pay revealed at UnitedHealth The management succession plan announced at UnitedHealth Group on Wednesday also comes with corresponding changes in compensation to…
Faced with big loss, Verna Price practices what she preaches

Faced with big loss, Verna Price practices what she preaches

"I gained, by refusing to give up and doing something positive," the Twin Cities author, consultant and speaker said.
Employee ownership is secret sauce at rapidly growing Burns & McDonnell

Employee ownership is secret sauce at rapidly growing Burns & McDonnell

Gene Sieve, a native of Adrian in southwestern Minnesota and an engineering graduate of South Dakota State University, spent his first decade in business working…
Former Ecolab tower in St.Paul gets a major makeover

Former Ecolab tower in St.Paul gets a major makeover

For St. Paul, the redevelopment of one of its tallest buildings is viewed as a way to spearhead growth downtown.
St. Paul taking steps to grow its businesses in the downtown area

St. Paul taking steps to grow its businesses in the downtown area

Vibrant as it has been for 50 years, downtown St. Paul still has a problem and an opportunity: There's not enough business.
Sunday Conversation: Merchants CEO Greg Evans talks about need for regulatory changes

Sunday Conversation: Merchants CEO Greg Evans talks about need for regulatory changes

Winona-based Merchants Financial Group has seen its business- and consumer-loan portfolio profitably grow by more than 10 percent annually since 2012. CEO Greg Evans, a…
Compatible Technology gets key grant to promote use of automated thresher in West Africa

Compatible Technology gets key grant to promote use of automated thresher in West Africa

Two subsistence farmers in Senegal in West Africa, Dibor and Sophie, and dozens of others, are improving their product, their productivity and the economy of…
Rêve Academy trains next generation of workers in north Minneapolis

Rêve Academy trains next generation of workers in north Minneapolis

The couple behind a consulting firm have bankrolled a north Minneapolis academy to help students gain business, technology and design skills, and it's taken off.
Ralph Colby, minister, entrepreneur and nonprofit exec, dies at 85

Ralph Colby, minister, entrepreneur and nonprofit exec, dies at 85

Ralph Colby, son of a laborer from Quincy, Mass., moved to Minnesota as a young Congregational minister in the 1960s. He went on to success…
Amazon growth is real, but Bezos gets heat while Foxconn plans gets cheers

Amazon growth is real, but Bezos gets heat while Foxconn plans gets cheers

The Minneapolis-based Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), which champions independent small businesses, has been bashing Amazon lately — as has President Donald Trump. Very strange…
Junior Achievement of Upper Midwest to move headquarters to refurbished St. Paul site in Midway

Junior Achievement of Upper Midwest to move headquarters to refurbished St. Paul site in Midway

The organization will spend about $17 million on the move.
Innovative IrriGreen looks for a strategic partner to help it conserve as it waters lawns

Innovative IrriGreen looks for a strategic partner to help it conserve as it waters lawns

CEO Gary Klinefelter of Edina-based IrriGreen has won innovation and green-tech technology awards and earned patents for the water-saving software built into his IrriGreen Genius…
Alzheimer's is very often a workplace issue

Alzheimer's is very often a workplace issue

Sally Mainquist, a veteran accountant and small business owner, recently learned through an informal employee survey that seven of her 39 workers have a parent…
Having an owner who listens to his employees pays off big for Eagan skin-care business

Having an owner who listens to his employees pays off big for Eagan skin-care business

Bell Labs, with fewer than 100 employees only three years ago, started to focus increasingly on the lucrative natural-ingredient market for skin care.
Minnesota venture capital take in first half nearly topped last year's entire funding

Minnesota venture capital take in first half nearly topped last year's entire funding

Minnesota companies, thanks partly to a huge take by digital-health firm Bright Health, took in $291.2 million in venture capital from 14 transactions during the first half of 2017.
Low-key Leisure Hotels & Resorts revives tired lodging brands

Low-key Leisure Hotels & Resorts revives tired lodging brands

  Steve Olson has built an eclectic hotel-and-resort management outfit over three decades. “I was a busboy,” said Olson, 61, from a fishing boat near…
Tactile Medical Systems' surging success is 12 years in the making

Tactile Medical Systems' surging success is 12 years in the making

The stock topped $30 per share at one point last week, a market value of $500 million.
Eden Prairie-based Arcserve buys Silicon Valley cloud company

Eden Prairie-based Arcserve buys Silicon Valley cloud company

The data-security firm in Eden Prairie boosts cloud offerings with deal.
Strong first half for stocks, though Minnesota index lagged

Strong first half for stocks, though Minnesota index lagged

State companies were paced by smaller players like Tactile Systems, Graco.

SBA small business technology seed fund to visit Minnesota

A U.S. Small Business Administration seed fund that has helped a few national technology giants, as well as dozens of Minnesota companies get traction in…
Restaurant owners say Mpls. at the beginning of minimum wage odyssey

Restaurant owners say Mpls. at the beginning of minimum wage odyssey

The progressive owners of downtown's popular Hell's Kitchen restaurant have an interesting case study.
Jim Paulsen moves from Wells Capital to the Leuthold Group

Jim Paulsen moves from Wells Capital to the Leuthold Group

He said he looks forward to working for a smaller shop after a 20-year career with the asset management group of Wells Fargo.
Sunday conversation with Mouli Vaidyanathan of solar firm Mouli Engineering

Sunday conversation with Mouli Vaidyanathan of solar firm Mouli Engineering

Electrical engineer Mouli Vaidyanathan is getting national traction with his SolarPod modular solar panels. His company, Mouli Engineering, has installed systems in 33 states. Vaidyanathan…
Nearly 30 years later, Dunwoody College's diversity program hitting its stride

Nearly 30 years later, Dunwoody College's diversity program hitting its stride

Hundreds of minority and female Dunwoody graduates have gone on to good technical careers since the launching of a career program in 1988 that sought to diversify the mostly white male ranks of Dunwoody students.
Dale Klein's Parallel Technologies becoming the company he envisioned

Dale Klein's Parallel Technologies becoming the company he envisioned

Veteran software technologist Dale Klein concedes that the last 12 years at his Parallel Technologies, particularly during the Great Recession years, were not all fun…
Former Northwest Airlines executive Brent Baskfield was leader in media, customer relations

Former Northwest Airlines executive Brent Baskfield was leader in media, customer relations

Brent Baskfield, an executive who served Northwest Airlines under three chief executives, died on June 18 at the age of 74.A son, Tyler Baskfield, said…
Business heats up for Burnsville-based building control firm 75F

Business heats up for Burnsville-based building control firm 75F

75F is one fairly hot small business based in often-chilly Minnesota.Founder Deepinder Singh, a software engineer by training, started brainstorming 75F a decade ago after…
St. Paul-based Genesys Works provides business with diverse, disadvantaged interns

St. Paul-based Genesys Works provides business with diverse, disadvantaged interns

It's proving a great addition to the growing group of effective mentoring and internship efforts targeting disadvantaged kids.
Cosmetics maker Bell Labs expands again in Eagan, adding 50 jobs

Cosmetics maker Bell Labs expands again in Eagan, adding 50 jobs

The company's growth is spurred by demand for natural and organic skin-care products.
Tyson Gay running with heavy heart after daughter's death in shooting

Tyson Gay running with heavy heart after daughter's death in shooting

Tyson Gay, at 35, is still sprinting, but his daughter's death is a tragedy that torments him daily.
Joyce and Todd Brenny built a trucking company they would want to work for

Joyce and Todd Brenny built a trucking company they would want to work for

Joyce and Todd Brenny wanted their namesake company to be employee-centric.
Minn. business owner juggling two jobs: "I sleep from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m."

Minn. business owner juggling two jobs: "I sleep from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m."

Bob Carlson, founder of Roseville-based Our Vision Recycling, is the rare CEO who works an additional 40 hours five nights a week at a second job.
Helping the rich get richer is key to U.S. Bancorp growth plan

Helping the rich get richer is key to U.S. Bancorp growth plan

U.S. Bancorp is doubling down on its very profitable wealth management business.
Business and owners won a few from the 2017 Minnesota Legislature

Business and owners won a few from the 2017 Minnesota Legislature

There is plenty for business and other interests to like and dislike in a $46 billion, two-year budget that touches every Minnesotan.
Former Fabcon CEO plans to duplicate big-company success with small Glass Art Design

Former Fabcon CEO plans to duplicate big-company success with small Glass Art Design

A year ago, Mike LeJeune ran a Twin Cities manufacturer with 1,000 employees pushing sales of $300 million. Today, LeJeune owns 18-employee Glass Art Design, a glass designer and fabricator on the north edge of the Warehouse District. He hopes to make it to $5 million in sales within a couple of years.
An immigrant-owned eatery on reviving Chicago Avenue cooks again

An immigrant-owned eatery on reviving Chicago Avenue cooks again

The grill almost went cold last weekend at Best Steak & Gyros House. Cambodian war refugees Sophal Nhep and his wife, Tevy, lost their lease…
Groups hope $25M fund will preserve lower-priced rentals in Twin Cities

Groups hope $25M fund will preserve lower-priced rentals in Twin Cities

The pool of money, to be announced Tuesday, is expected to acquire up to 1,000 units of rental housing and make them available at discounted rents for up to 15 years.
Neal St. Anthony: Family-owned Rosenthal Interiors took a chance on hip

Neal St. Anthony: Family-owned Rosenthal Interiors took a chance on hip

Owner Rosie Lebewitz will celebrate a "grand opening" of what she's renamed Rosenthal Interiors next month. The first opening was by her great grandparents in…
CEO Kashkari has Minneapolis Fed reaching deep into the community

CEO Kashkari has Minneapolis Fed reaching deep into the community

Neel Kashkari, president of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank has not tread softly in his first 16 months on the job Kashkari, who was hired…
MCCD, other growing nonprofit lender-advisers stimulate many tiny businesses

MCCD, other growing nonprofit lender-advisers stimulate many tiny businesses

Nonprofit lender-advisers are helping small businesses get their feet underneath them.

Medical device giant Philips buys St. Paul-based RespirTech, maker of vests to assist breathing

The St. Paul company makes vests to help patients clear their lungs.
CheckNGN brings Twin Cities millennials together with auto shops

CheckNGN brings Twin Cities millennials together with auto shops

CheckNGN app is the first in Minnesota aiming to connect drivers in the Twin Cities with independent mechanics
Sun Country's performance contracted in 2016

Sun Country's performance contracted in 2016

Minnesota-based Sun Country competes in a U.S. industry dominated by the Goliath likes of Delta, United and American.
Contract manufacturer MDI expands in northern Minnesota

Contract manufacturer MDI expands in northern Minnesota

The firm will spend $9 million at three locations, including a new plant in Hibbing.
Minnesota employers getting creative in the hunt for good workers in good economy

Minnesota employers getting creative in the hunt for good workers in good economy

The No. 1 lament of Minnesota employers has seemingly moved from taxes to finding trainable workers. It sure beats the Great Recession layoffs and losses…
Minnesota nonprofit helps build women's hospital in Afghanistan

Minnesota nonprofit helps build women's hospital in Afghanistan

The Bayat-Matter hospital, to be built in Kabul near two universities, boasts operating rooms and a maternity ward and provides needed medical services, particularly treatment for fistulas, a complication of childbirth that especially occurs in teen mothers.
Industry-community IT-training programs help fill industry demand for well-paid workers

Industry-community IT-training programs help fill industry demand for well-paid workers

Ahmed Mohamed is one of hundreds of reasons the fledgling Minneapolis-St. Paul TechHire initiative is having success training nontraditional adults with technology aptitudes who usually…
Mpls. health care company unfazed by changes to industry

Mpls. health care company unfazed by changes to industry

Ability is a low-profile, Minneapolis-based software company of 600-plus employees that electronically links health care providers, from a solo doctor's office to multilocation hospital systems, to payers, such as commercial insurers and Medicare.

Former investment adviser sentenced to 72 months

A former Twin Cities investment adviser has been sentenced to 72 months in prison for stealing from clients.Bradley T. Smegal, 63, who moved to the…
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