August 16, 2020
K.B. and Katie Brown own Wolfpack Promotionals on W. Broadway in Minneapolis. The business is still recovering from the riots earlier this year.

Minnesota and private partners need to support rebuilding inner-city commercial corridors

Many shops have shuttered indefinitely amid the one-two punch of COVID-19 and riot damage. But not enough has happened to get things going.
August 10, 2020
A Tactile Medical patient used the pneumatic compression device Flexitouch Plus to treat his lymphedema at home, saving money and a trip to a clinic.

Tactile Medical was one of Minnesota's top-performing stocks over the past few years, until coronavirus

Several analysts expect Tactile Medical to get back on track once the imminent challenges of the pandemic are surmounted.
August 9, 2020
VenueScreen's Zarir Erani and Rick Barron demonstrated a system that scans the temperature of employees as they enter Boston Scientific in Minnetonka.

VenueScreen, started by an event planner, is helping businesses navigate the return to work

Lea and Rick Barron, owners of Barron Event Planning & Management, a firm that has worked with many businesses in the Twin Cities, realized in…
August 1, 2020
Salina Julin, 27, found what she considers a career position as a warehouse supervisor at Graco through Volt Workforce Solutions and the nonprofit Tra

Trades Hub helps young workers find Minnesota manufacturing jobs, scholarships

The electronic platform links young people, particularly women and minorities, to industrial and manufacturing employers, plus more.
July 28, 2020
Stakeholders rallied after Henry Bromelkamp, center, was felled by a traumatic brain injury in 2019. They made sure his business and philanthropic wor

How a Twin Cities software company recovered after its founder's accident

The outlook has gone from calamitous to hopeful for Henry Bromelkamp and his company.
July 20, 2020
U.S. Bancorp alleges that Michael Cole, former head of its wealth-management business, took USB data with him when he moved to Cresset.

Former U.S. Bank executive's run as CEO with a competitor ends

The ship-jumping and resulting litigation drew widespread interest in the wealth-management trade.
July 20, 2020
CEO Anne Behrendt said Doran Cos. is using a $1 million forgivable “paycheck protection” loan. Behrendt, left, stood with CFO Ryan Johnson and fou

Twin Cities software firm, after first turning down PPP, decided it needs the boost after all

You can't blame a struggling business, even one with reserves, for tapping cheap funds to help survive.
July 14, 2020
Downtown Council CEO Steve Cramer, seen in 2017 with Mayor Betsy Hodges and Council Member Jacob Frey, says the city’s desirability is now diminishe

Minneapolis business groups warn against 'dismantling' police, press for reforms

Downtown Council and others support a strong police department as well as a "continuum of safety strategies."
July 12, 2020
Baheru Haile worked at the former Sheraton Midtown Hotel but was let go, along with all the other employees, in March. He’s looking for work.

Twin Cities hotel workers and owners uncomfortable with uncertain future

Hotels can only wait for guests to return as restrictions ease.
July 5, 2020
Security officer Ken Reese Jr., left, led the defense of the Midtown Global Market from vandals and looters. With him is market director Earlsworth �

A humble defender of Allina-Midtown market inspires hope on E. Lake Street

As the Global Market was attacked by looters, guards, volunteers rose to fight for what had been built.
July 3, 2020
Best Care owner-operator Andre Best with personal care attendant Mesuda Hudug, picking up manual and personal protective equipment before she goes to

COVID-19 crisis crimps funding for home-health aides in Minnesota

Advocates also say some of the smaller, weaker agencies will fail this year, compounding the worker shortage.
June 6, 2020
Michael Graham, general manager in the Twin Cities, in the yet-to-be-remodeled Capsule operations center on N. Washington Avenue in Minneapolis.

Capsule, a digital pharmacy, brings same-day delivery to Minneapolis

In seeking to be the paramount online disrupter in the emerging digital-pharmacy industry, Capsule has received notice for raising about $250 million in capital over several years, including $200 million last fall.
May 23, 2020
Clifton Place Manager Layee Sanoe (left), Senior Manager Tony Hunter and 180 Degrees Program Director Richard Coffee at Clifton Place, which provides

180 Degrees battled COVID-19 on top of tough mission to assist ex-offenders

The organization anticipates there is more hard work ahead to continue providing services while the pandemic threat remains.
May 16, 2020
CEO Lee Wallace and Peace Coffee had acquired a new $375,000 roaster just in time to handle a surge in sales as consumers rushed to stores to stock up

Peace Coffee brews a strategy to navigate difficult times

Consumers rushed to stores to buy coffee and food after the coronavirus forced most of them to work and study from home.
May 10, 2020
Nyreshia Davis, housekeeping manager, left, and Lindsey Lundgren, night front desk manager, in the lobby of the InterContinental Hotel at Minneapolis-

Women are the front line of the beleaguered hospitality industry

For many, focusing on work today helps them abate worry about the future.
May 9, 2020
CEO Jim Wolford of Atomic Data and CEO Louis King of Summit Academy, shown with some recent Summit graduates.

Some Minnesota tech companies are still hiring, for now

The tech sector in Minnesota is still growing, even with the effects of the coronavirus.
May 2, 2020
Downtown Improvement Zone "ambassadors" Frank Holmes (left) and Dave Hallenberger on Nicollet Mall.

'Ambassadors' ready downtown for gradual return of workers with long list of projects

Downtown Improvement District ambassadors have focused on projects from deep cleaning bus stops, tree grates and sidewalks to greening tasks.
April 25, 2020
Ann Walker and LaTanya Becton browsed fruits at the Patnode Produce stall on Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis in May 2018.

Virus puts a chill on Twin Cities area farmers markets

Growers who feed the region's farmers markets are concerned.
April 18, 2020
Operations manager Kellie Kronberg and President Mindy Martell at the Clothier Design Source factory in St. Paul.

These small Minnesota companies are filling big pandemic needs

The coronavirus outbreak created new opportunities for some companies, including small ones in the Twin Cities.
April 5, 2020
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

Twin Cities hardware stores 'in survival mode' to retain workers, serve customers

Hardware stores are "essential" businesses amid a commercial shutdown. But the stores are not teeming with shoppers.
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