Tina Rexing was forced to close down her new T-Rex Cookie shop in Ridgedale Center, but is determined to keep her promising business going in the viru

T-Rex Cookie founder retains resiliency in face of coronavirus

Tina Rexing's company had to shutter its two-week-old mall location and lay off new workers, among other steps to adjust to the changing economy.

Eden Prairie engineering firm EVS chased the sun to a bright future in solar energy

March 15
“I believe in our core values of humility, respect and integrity,” said EVS founder Dennis Kim, right, with his son and current CEO Andy Kim. Abou
The fast-growing civil-engineering firm nearly failed during the building slowdown of the 2007-09 Great Recession but now grows its business in several states, including Minnesota.

University of Minnesota technology startups have raised $1.15B in capital

March 16
Rick Huebsch heads the U’s tech commercialization efforts.
The turn started about 12 years ago, amid harsh criticism that the University of Wisconsin was doing a demonstrably better job.
April 3
Mark Welna, right, shown in a 2019 file photo with his mother Pat Welna and customer Rolando Diaz of Marna’s restaurant, at the Welna Hardware store

Inside Track: Veteran Twin Cities hardware owners retain workers, adapt to customers

Mark Welna of Welna Hardware in south Minneapolis and Robbinsdale has no problem staying in shape these days."I got 16,000 steps in at work yesterday,"…
April 2
A federal regulator this month fined a former U.S. Bancorp executive in connection with the bank’s lax money laundering-prevention practices.

Regulators going after wayward bankers

It's further evidence that federal regulators are increasingly targeting culprits on executive row.
March 7
Patrick Donohue and Nick Ehret of Hill Capital Corp. devised an “equity based note” that doesn’t demand majority control.

Patience a virtue for Minnesota's Hill Capital Corp. as it launches $10 million fund

The Hill Capital crew has taken an organic approach by hosting "Empire Builders" open events and participating in as many as 200 other networking meetings and programs.
March 1
Carpenter Alica Whitmore, left, who took control of her personal finances in 2011 thanks to Prepare + Prosper, is seen with P+P Executive Director Tra

Prepare + Prosper prepares low-income folks prepare for an enriched future

Prepare + Prosper, with a small budget of $2.3 million funded largely by foundation, business and individual donors, has a significant impact.
February 29
Alonzo Nelson, a Tech Dump electronic repair technician.

'Fair repair' movement gaining ground with Minnesota legislators

"Fair repair" legislation is under consideration in Minnesota to force manufacturers to share their repair manuals and parts with independent repair shops.
February 23
Patrick Leder, a one-time IT professional, is the founder of Leder Games, a St. Paul-based board game company that has raised capital and is generatin

The IT refugee from St. Paul has become a board-game industry luminary

A roll of the dice pays off big for a St. Paul board game creator.
February 22
Suleyman Osman, shown here with his supervisor Katrena Proffitt, was one of the 300-plus high school students placed in internships by Genesys Works.

Google pledges $1M to five Minnesota nonprofit firms

Google this week pledged $1 million to five Minnesota social enterprises. The five are winners of the Google.org Impact Challenge Minnesota competition launched last fall,…
The Louriston Dairy near Murdock, built and operated by Riverview LLP, is home to 9,500 cows, 40 times more than the average American dairy. The compa
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February 16
Summit Academy of Minneapolis provides free training that is supported by growing relationships with private employers such as Atomic Data. Jim Wolfor

Minority employment surges among Twin Cities employers

Partnerships are providing jobs for students and workers for businesses. Employment of people of color in the seven-county metropolitan area rose 50% between 2010 and 2018.
February 16
Kyla Sharp, an assembler of electronic control panels, sees her job as a career at growing Design Ready Controls in Brooklyn Park.

Technical and artistic, this worker embodies the Twin Cities factory worker of the future

Single mom finds herself building a career after training program.
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Finding a job in the 2020s requires some technology know-how – and also face-to-face communications skills.
February 15
Gov. Tim Walz, at a 2019 Minnesota Chamber of Commerce event, has shown a willingness to compromise on some spending issues with business lobbies.

Minnesota business getting more comfortable with Gov. Tim Walz

Some Republican legislators gulped when the DFL Gov. Tim Walz proposed a $2 billion capital-spending bill focused on fixing roads, bridges and renovating frayed-edge public…
February 10
Justin Butler's small business, Duck Donuts, was spared thanks to a Washington County court ruling against a subcontractor that was not paid in 2019 b

Twin Cities small business wins one against subcontractor in wake of Thor Construction collapse

Owner begins effort to change Minnesota law.
February 8
A Minnesota Commercial Railway train headed along the 6.5-mile spurl line from White Bear Lake to a Hugo industrial park.

Small rail operators looking for $91 million in Minnesota help over several years

The economic ripple created by a $1.5 million state investment a few years ago in a freight-rail spur line south of White Bear Lake, has…
January 31
Howard Root and Annette Flores of Elux Marine of Mayer, Minn., are ramping up their heir electric-powered pontoon boat compay, Elux Marine of Mayer, M

Former Minnesota med-tech executive hitting gas on his electric pontoon venture

Howard Root plans to double sales of his Elux Marine's Breeze and Stealth pontoons this year, he said recently at the Minneapolis Boat Show.
January 27
Great Clips stylist Zariyah Chude cut the hair of Bill Betzler of Brooklyn Center on Thursday. “They give me good service,” said Betzler, a 15-yea

On the cutting edge: Great Clips grows as competitors trim staff

Privately owned Great Clips continues to grow while its competitors have seen harder times
January 25
Bare Honey CEO Dustin Vanasse works with solar-energy developers on rural land to plant native plants and maintain hives.

'Solar honey' emerging as a win-win for clean-energy proponents, Minn. beekeepers

Pollinator-based products, from lip balm to honey-infused beer, is a fast-growing trend, Minnesota ag officials say.
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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 23
Boutique hotel opens in former Summit Avenue mansion in St. Paul

Boutique hotel opens in former Summit Avenue mansion in St. Paul

A mansion that was converted into a boutique hotel in St. Paul's Cathedral Hill and a newly built hotel in the North Loop of Minneapolis have recently opened.
January 22

Minnesota hemp industry joins ag officials in protesting hemp rules

The Minnesota hemp industry has joined the state agriculture department in protesting proposed federal rules they say would be a huge step backward for the emerging rural industry.
January 19
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.
January 18
Closure of Alorica call center in Mendota Heights seen as trend

Closure of Alorica call center in Mendota Heights seen as trend

It's among several moves by the company to cut jobs nationwide.
January 16

VNN Sports raises $3.7 million in outside capital

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.