Small-Business Success Stories 2010

Nine tales of small businesses and the traits that have made them successful.

by Patricia Kelly

August 1, 2010

What makes these companies small-business successes? It’s not just one element. Though we’ve associated the following tales of entrepreneurial endeavor with a particular overarching characteristic, most successful small businesses embody several of these traits. Still, the mix for each company is distinctive. And that distinctiveness is key to why these companies have succeeded.

Twin Cities Business has put a spotlight on smaller local enterprises since 2002. Each year, it has worked in collaboration with Associated Bank, the sponsor of Small-Business Success Stories. The magazine also welcomes Deluxe Corporation as a sponsor of the annual Small-Business Success Stories event, which will be held in January. The winners were chosen from a group of successful small companies nominated by readers of Twin Cities Business. All of the stories were inspiring. But the editors believe that the following stories are worthy of special consideration—and celebration.

Click the links below to read about each winner.

DV International


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Incisive Surgical


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Innovative Companies

Hard Work

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Mackin Educational Resources

Adapting to the Market

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Exploiting Opportunity

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Minnesota Elevator, Inc.

Bouncing Back

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Owl Bookkeeping And CFO Services


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Seward Co-op Grocery And Deli

Building Community

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The George F. Cook Construction Company


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