Connect Business Magazine

Since 1994: The Magazine for Growing Businesses in Southern Minnesota

CURRENT ISSUE: July 2014

Cover Story

Randy Farrow and Dr. Julie Gerndt LOCATION:

The upper management team, which includes Chief Executive Officer Randy Farrow and Chief Medical Officer and Psychiatrist Dr. Julie Gerndt, began charting about six years ago a much more bottom-up, egalitarian course involving patients and providers rather than one top-down, do-as-you’re-told. Also, The Mankato Clinic Foundation, which receives funding mostly from its owner/physicians, has caringly and quietly donated more than $1 million over the last five years to regional causes.

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Feature Story

Erbert & Gerbert’s – Mike Steindl
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A long, long time ago, back when people didn’t eat sandwiches, a thoughtful soul named Mike Steindl dreamed of owning four successful Erbert & Gerbert’s sandwich shops, in Mankato, St. Peter, Mankato (again) and North Mankato. Except back then he didn’t know where the shops would be or even what a sandwich was because he and his neighbors ate only asparagus.

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Feature Story

Melcher’s Power Vac
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Five days after surviving a heart attack, Steve Melcher greets the Connect Business Magazine reporter with a handshake and credits his survival to exercise, a healthful diet, and divine intervention. His heredity gets the blame for the two plugged arteries that caused the attack. He said, “I’m the oldest of four boys, and they all have heart issues. Some have already had surgery.”

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Editor’s Letter

Something For Everyone

From regional healthcare providers to chimney sweeps to creative sandwich names, Connect Business Magazine covers the gamut this July/August issue to offer everyone something.

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Hot Startz!

Hot Startz! features very new or reformed businesses in our reading area. Contact us to be considered.

Minnesota Wedding Shop
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From early on in life, Brittney Anderson would begin learning the essentials of later managing New Ulm Event Center and Minnesota Wedding Shop, both co-owned by Rich and Lynnette Draheim. Minnesota Wedding Shop opened in May 2014 near Hy-Vee.

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JL Computers
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John Landsteiner is only 21, and as a Fairmont native before age 18 attended two different high schools in Wisconsin, and two colleges, Presentation College and Minnesota West. He technically began his business two years ago, but didn’t have a storefront until recently.

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Align Chiropractic & Acupuncture
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Three people influenced Dr. Zephanie Skow’s interest in chiropractic. Growing up the daughter of a Fairmont veterinarian, Skow was involved with 4H and FFA, and showed poultry, beef cows, and horses.

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Off-The-Cuff

OFF-THE-CUFF

July 4, 1776, was the date leaders of a hodge-podge collection of British colonies decided to thumb their collective nose at globular King George and form a fledgling nation.

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