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Neal St. Anthony

Columnist, reporter | Business
Phone: 612-673-7144

Neal St. Anthony has been a Star Tribune business columnist/reporter since 1984. 

St. Anthony's work has spanned corporate takeovers to financial markets, small businesses, and the emergence of women, immigrants and minorities in business. A native of Minneapolis who first joined the Star Tribune in 1981, St. Anthony holds undergraduate degrees in journalism and business, and an MBA. He also has worked for two publicly held companies, including former regional securities firm Dain Rauscher (1997-98). St. Anthony, who is married and the father of two children, has been a volunteer with the Minneapolis parks, several schools and nonprofit organizations.
Recent content from Neal St. Anthony
Chief Operating Officer Karina Zumba, left, and CEO/founder Kristen Denzer of Minneapolis-based Tierra Encantada, a Spanish-immersion day-care center

Tierra Encantada's owner has built the day care business she wanted for her kids

Kristen Denzer was touring a day-care center in Roseville for her two toddlers in 2013 when she spotted particularly unappetizing lunches."I thought if I'm going…
“More companies are looking for ways to mitigate operating expenses. Solar is a safe way to do that,” says Michael Allen, co-founder of All Energy

Minnesota's solar trade tested, but not bowed, by 2020

Michael Allen, co-founder of All Energy Solar of St. Paul, is grateful for a partly sunny 2020."All in all, it was a good year, but…
Frank Dogbe, owner of Minneapolis-based SOS Building Services, got an SBA PPP loan in the second round last year after an outcry that minority-owned a

Third round of PPP has begun, with a headstart for minority-owned businesses

Community Development Financial Institutions started processing PPP applications yesterday.
Co-founders Don Gonse and Megan Diamond of nParallel switched to building dividers, shields and kiosks to keep workers, customers and students safe.

Minnesota conference exhibit maker made COVID equipment to survive 2020

Until last March, nParallel was in the business of making booths, kiosks, stages and other equipment that brings people together at trade shows and conferences.To…
EmpowerU co-founders Abby Master, left, and Katie Dorn offer skill-building and one-on-one counseling online to help students cope and make lasting ch

Twin Cities entrepreneur develops mental health website for teens

EmpowerU has received $1 million in venture capital toward product.
Howard Root, shown with Annette Flores of Elux Marine, said electric boats can redefine the pontoon experience.

Minnesota former med-tech exec Root sells his electric-pontoon boat firm to Seattle maker

Owner Howard Root said merger needed for scale.
Howard Root and Annette Flores of Elux Marine, shown in a 2020 file photo.

Minnesota electric-pontoon boat firm Elux sold to Seattle maker

Elux made its first sales last year, but Root knew it would need a larger firm to lift sales.
Shelby Commons, a 46-unit affordable apartment building at Lyndale and Glenwood avenues, will be constucted in 2021-22 and managed by PPL and Woda Coo

Affordable-housing project near Minneapolis Farmers Market among dozens getting Minnesota funding

An employee-owned housing developer from Ohio is partnering with Project for Pride in Living (PPL), a Twin Cities nonprofit pioneer of affordable-housing and supportive services,…
CEO Tawanna Black of the Center for Economic Inclusion.PHOTO: Center for Economic Inclusion

St. Anthony: Minnesota can do better on Black economic inclusion

Tom Gegax started his business career as a Shell Oil representative on Chicago's south side in 1968.He sold fuel, tires and other products to 14…
Success Computer Consulting’s profit was down this year, owner Erik Thorsell said. “But it was right to give all the profits this year to employee

Success Computer founder found meaning in sharing success

Erik Thorsell, founder and owner of Success Computer Consulting in Golden Valley, emerged from a difficult period of struggle with addiction 16 years ago and…
Don Craighead

Don Craighead, technology entrepreneur, dies at 86

Don Craighead, a St. Paul native and engineer, was a successful technology entrepreneur who ran his own industrial-automation firm for 30 years before selling it…
Software engineer Ja’keh Clark represents Best Buy in Blacks in Technology, engaging in conferences, volunteering and mentoring students.

Diversity efforts expanding in Minnesota technology

Ja'keh Clark, a software developer at Best Buy, is a key contributor to Minnesota's emerging diversity efforts in technology.Clark, 31, has an academic background in…
Ahmed Muhumud, co-owner of Midtown Eye Care. His move into the Midtown Global Market is part of a $2.3 million recovery plan developed by the market o

Midtown Global Market, defended during riots, now plans financial survival

NDC has recovery plan in place to help businesses in the Midtown Exchange.
Ranga Chinongoza, senior manager of the Minneapolis office of EY. The accounting firm announced 12 Twin Cities businesses will join its business accel

EY launches Twin Cities minority-business support program

The accounting firm will give a dozen small businesses priority access to its services.
Vincent Vassallo  apparently owes the Small Business Administration $10,000 for what he thought was an emergency grant.

Complexities of government aid continue to emerge for small Minnesota businesses

The recession has crashed Vinny Vassallo's limo business.Vincent Limousine, founded in 2004 by Vassallo, a then-laid off factory supervisor, had a growth year in 2019…
Värde Partners co-founders George Hicks and Marcia Page. Värde invests in the distressed debt of companies buffeted by recession, restructuring or o

Minnesota-based Värde Partners founder easing out of globe-spanning firm

George Hicks plans to increase his focus on philanthropy.
Jeff Hinck, co-founder of Rally Ventures

Rally Ventures raises $250 million in fourth venture fund

The new fund is the largest yet for the firm that was an early backer of Minneapolis-based SportsEngine.
Founders Greg and Betsy Amundson of InstaTrim, a flexible, self-adhesive trim strip that can be used as a gap filler, a finish trim to tighten paint j

Minnesota contractor's idea for a caulk substitute filled new gaps

But this eight-year, hardscrabble journey is no get-rich-quick story.