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BizPitch looking for inspired entrepreneurs

The Regional Center for Entrepreneurial Facilitation (RCEF) is still looking for entrepreneurs to participate in its remaining 2016 BizPitch events. BizPitch is a FREE program where entrepreneurs present their ideas in a relaxed setting to a panel of local business experts while getting objective and constructive feedback. Funded through a Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) grant, […]

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EDITOR'S BLOG: Grace Notes

Young Leaders and Entrepreneurs

College kids may have gotten a bad rap recently, in the wake of campus protests and demands for things like safe spaces and trigger warnings. Heck, the whole Millennial generation has been on the receiving end of some pretty negative news articles and opinion pieces lately, with young people called everything from “overly sensitive” to “spoiled.” […]

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CURRENT ISSUE: January 2016

Cover Story


Business Person of the Year 2016

The 1800s were a century of great discovery, exploration, resourcefulness and achievement. Millions of immigrants arrived in America, drawn by the country’s promise of equality and freedom. While some settled in established cities along the East Coast, others braved untamed wilderness as they pushed farther west into states such as Wisconsin, Indiana—and Minnesota.

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Special Section

A Look at Area Chamber Awards for Business of the Year

Taking a cue from our annual Business Person of the Year award, we thought we’d look around southern Minnesota to see what other businesses are being recognized in their communities for exemplary success and community involvement.

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If you read the news headlines, things are looking rather bleak for the next generation of workers and entrepreneurs. There’s a workforce shortage slamming businesses across the country, and workforce participation levels are historically low. Business owners lament their inability to find qualified workers, while young graduates lament their inability to find well-paying jobs. But across southern Minnesota, things are looking pretty good.

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Feature Story

Denny Dotson & Jean Bye

When it comes to Mankato metal foundry Dotson Iron Castings, the secret to its success comes from a unique mix of Minnesota-nice values, cutting-edge innovation and two extremely talented leaders: chairman Denny Dotson and CEO Jean Bye.

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Feature Story

Jill Berdan

Berdan is the Sleepy Eye Branch President of SouthPoint Federal Credit Union, but she sums her job up a little more informally: “I’m supposed to get out into the community, build relationships, and find ways to fulfill needs and to drive businesses back to SPFCU.”

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Editor’s Letter

2016 Business Person of the Year

The nominations were collected, the votes were tallied and the suspense is over: We’ve got the names of our 2016 Business Person of the Year winners…

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Hot Startz!

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

Generations Boutique

For years, 21-year-old Chelsie Salonek has dreamed of opening her own boutique. She even had a dream location picked out along Minnesota Ave in St. Peter, which she often passed during shopping trips to the Twin Cities.

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Lakes On 1st

Jumping from a two-decade career at 3M to running a restaurant may seem unusual to most people, but Mike Bode said that was always his dream.

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Calling All Paws

Jillian Cousins grew up around animals, so it’s no surprise she has managed to take those experiences and create a successful business. Cousins was raised on her grandparents’ Arabian horse farm and grew up helping prepare the horses for the show ring.

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