Connect Business Magazine

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Archive for July, 2008

The “Green” Column

Jul 2008 • Category: Publisher's Column

This is my first “green” column. Before sitting down to write, I took a couple tranquilizers to slow my respiration which will lower my output of carbon dioxide and thereby reduce my carbon footprint. I mounted the treadle mechanism from an old sewing machine under my desk, cut a hole in the desktop and ran a discarded fan belt up to a recycled generator that is now powering my computer.



Dave Neiman

Jul 2008 • Category: Cover Story

Disarmingly gracious and soft-spoken, Dave Neiman of Arrow Ace Hardware since 1985 has shepherded—purposefully under the media radar—the astounding transformation of a solitary St. Peter hardware store into a vibrant, money-making, ten-store group effectively competing against big-box stores.



National Recognition Products

Jul 2008 • Category: Feature Story

From brides to businesses, Taylor Corporation has been providing communication products, technologies and services to customers over the last 33 years. Important to Taylor Corporation’s business portfolio is National Recognition Products, a company known for its state-of-the-art class ring designs, industry-leading graduation announcement designs and a selection of those tassels that adorn graduation caps.



Enterprise Minnesota, Uniquely Yours, Studio 34 Fitness

Jul 2008 • Category: Hot Startz!

Mankato: Enterprise Minnesota – Enterprise Minnesota (formerly Minnesota Technology) opened a Mankato office in February 2008 staffed by 44-year-old Greg Thomas.

Sleepy Eye: Uniquely Yours – Diane Mullins came to Sleepy Eye looking for love, and the town hasn’t disappointed her.

Sleepy Eye: Studio 34 Fitness – Most people in Sleepy Eye know of 47-year-old Brent Mielke as “The Zoo Man.” Over the last 20 years, he has performed live in front of more than five million people in the U.S. and Canada,



Collecting Connect

Jul 2008 • Category: Off-The-Cuff

Welcome to another edition of Connect Business Magazine. Hope you greatly enjoyed last issue—you must have, at least somewhat, or you wouldn’t be back. So buckle your seatbelt, set off some July 4 fireworks, and away we go………



W.W. Smith Inn Bed & Breakfast

Jul 2008 • Category: Feature Story

Apparently, wealthy banker Williams Watkins Smith of Sleepy Eye had an unquenchable thirst for beveled leaded glass, meticulous red oak woodwork, exquisite stained glass, and serpentine wrap-around porches. He must have, because he swaddled himself in the Queen Anne-style finery.