Issues » 2015 » February

Kowalski’s leaders, from left: Mike Oase, vice president of operations; Deb Kowalski, administrative director; Mary Anne Kowalski, co-founder; Kris Kowalski Christiansen, COO; Boyd Oase, director of meat and seafood; Terri Bennis, vice president of perishables.

Why The Grocery Business Is Now Retail's Hottest Niche

Why does everyone want a seat at the low-margin grocery table?


Grocery Becomes A Hot Niche + Rebranding Faribault Woolen Mill + Battling Cyber Crooks + Uber's Marketing Mess

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Featured Stories

2015 Wonder Women

2015 Wonder Women

Six outstanding professionals who use their influence to help others.

How Faribault Woolen Mill Revived A 150-Year-Old Brand

How Faribault Woolen Mill Revived A 150-Year-Old Brand

The once struggling manufacturer has re-emerged as a high-end lifestyle choice.

Building A 21st-Century Economy

Building A 21st-Century Economy

Economic security in northeastern Minnesota grew during Tom Renier’s tenure with the Northland Foundation

Solid Outlook: Banking

Solid Outlook: Banking

Bankers see uptick in small business lending, economy shows encouraging signals for 2015.

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Lock Up Your Data

Online security is more challenging than ever, but there are smart strategies that can safeguard company data from global cyber-crooks.


Gratitude Is Good Business

Why a sign of thanks goes a long way.

Plugged In: February 2015

The best opportunities for networking.

In The Spirit

Surprise your clients with a happy hour in celebration of their favorite libation.

Top Tickets: ‘Shakespeare at the Guthrie: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth

Top Tickets: ‘The Habsburgs: Rarely Seen Masterpieces from Europe’s Greatest Dynasty’

Arts Picks: Oliver!

Arts Picks: ‘75 Gifts for 75 Years’

A Look Back At The Year Ahead

Leadership: The Foundation Of Strategy

Strategy execution will only be as good as an organization’s leadership.

Disruptor, Disrupted

How Uber went from a buzzy global darling to the disruptor everyone loves to hate.

Add ACOs As An Option On Employer Benefits Surveys

If health care costs jump, accountable care organizations may become the go-to plans.

Capitol Agenda

What are nonprofit leaders lobbying for?

Let’s Catch Up – In Florida

Maybe it’s time to take the ‘wealth migration’ discussion to where people are migrating.

MN Economic Outlook Survey: Optimism Abounds

Minnesota’s business leaders plan to hire and spend more this quarter than they have in years, but more plan to expand elsewhere as talent runs short and taxes remain a concern.

A New Kind Of For-Profit Comes To MN

A new Minnesota law allows companies to incorporate with a mission to help society.


Has bolder branding delivered for Angie’s?

The Name Game: For Local Cos., Less Means More

Mithun, Spong, Maslon simplify monikers.

Missing Anchor A Drag For Mall Of America

Substantially empty for almost three years, the old Bloomingdale’s space shows the challenges malls face as department stores founder.

Competitive Edge: Ellis Drum Shop

Specializing helps this niche retailer compete with big-box instrument stores.

Northeast Side Story: Neighborhood Thinking Big

The Nicollet Island-East Bank Neighborhood Association not only embraces density, it demands it.

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