Connect Business Magazine

Since 1994: The Magazine for Growing Businesses in Southern Minnesota

Archive for March, 2015

Getting to know you

Mar 2015 • Category: Grace Notes

In January, I replaced Dan Vance as editor of Connect Business Magazine. Jumping into this new job threw a lot onto my plate, and it was quite a learning curve as I worked on the March issue. Now that it’s out and I have time to reflect, I realize that in my zeal to put […]



Brian Tohal

Mar 2015 • Category: Cover Story

Brian Tohal has a lot on his plate. As coordinator for the New Ulm Economic Development Corporation, he’s in charge of bringing new business to the city while cultivating the businesses that are already there.



The cost of free education

Mar 2015 • Category: Grace Notes

Let me tell you two stories about two vehicles that end in two very different ways. The first takes place my sophomore year of college. As I prepared to go back to school, my parents informed me that they were going to let me take their 2002 Buick Park Avenue to campus with me.



Creative Coop

Mar 2015 • Category: Hot Startz!

When Rob Lawson decided to start his own business, he discovered that one of the trickiest parts was finding affordable office space.



The Value of Relationships

Mar 2015 • Category: Editor's Letter

A lot of factors go into running a successful business: business smarts, organization, the ability to look ahead and prepare for future trends. But beyond the nuts and bolts of every success story, there’s one common denominator: relationships.



Northern Energy Homes

Mar 2015 • Category: Hot Startz!

Melissa Orthun and her brother Michael Stenzel know something about houses. Their grandfather, Walter, and his brother, Charlie, were prominent home builders in the Mankato area from the 1960s to 1980s…