Connect Business Magazine

Since 1994: The Magazine for Growing Businesses in Southern Minnesota

Archive for September, 2014


Sep 2014 • Category: Off-The-Cuff

Now to the rough: The editor had an eye-opening moment after reading details on the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision allowing family-owned Hobby Lobby, under the Affordable Care Act, to opt out of having to offer insurance coverage for certain contraceptives the company believes cause abortions.

Kato Ballroom

Sep 2014 • Category: Hot Startz!

Tania Cordes grew up outside Chicago, where her father was a structural engineer and her mother a volunteer on many boards and for charities. In a telephone interview, 45-year-old Cordes said, “My mother has lots of energy and I have some of that from her, for sure.”

Barry Pallet

Sep 2014 • Category: Feature Story

In the 1980s, Richard Berry’s pallet business was a part-time venture out of his garage while he spent his days working at his full-time job. Now, 25 years later, Berry Pallets has grown large enough to warrant its own assembly building and offices. Berry oversees 36 employees and turns out 8-10,000 pallets a week, offering about 30 types of pallets to clients across the state.

Mathiowetz Construction Company

Sep 2014 • Category: Feature Story

Brian Mathiowetz is a gambler. Instead of dice, he rolls with the weather. At the time of his Connect Business Magazine interview this summer, Mathiowetz Construction Company was halfway through a three-month contract to build two roundabouts in Mankato, despite excessive rain in June.

Roger Kienholz – Crystal Valley

Sep 2014 • Category: Cover Story

He has been general manager of Crystal Valley more than fourteen years and would not have been if not for persevering through many setbacks and challenges—and skillfully turning those situations into assets.

Labor Day, Every Day

Sep 2014 • Category: Editor's Letter

In agriculture, we feature 25-year industry veteran Roger Kienholz, 57-year-old general manager of $375 million Crystal Valley, which serves customers and members in its four business segments of grain, energy, feed, and agronomy.