The Value of Relationships

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.

The March issue of Connect Business Magazine showcases three professionals who understand and cherish the value of relationships.

First, there’s our cover story on Brian Tohal, coordinator for the New Ulm Economic Development Corporation. He has spent nearly the last 20 years building relationships in every area of his work, from local businesses to neighboring cities. In order for New Ulm to thrive, he knows the people within it and around it need to thrive, too.

Then there’s Tim Schwanke of Schwanke Engines, an engine-manufacturer in Springfield who maintains relationships with customers around the world. He’s so successful at it that his business has 12 international distributors and does about 20 percent of its sales internationally.

And finally, there’s Jeff Traxler, owner of Traxler’s Hunting Preserve in Le Center. He credits his success to his team of employees, including family members, and stresses that he wouldn’t have lasted this long without the strong relationships sustaining his business.

We hope you enjoy this issue’s selections.


An veritas, an nihil,
Grace Webb

Grace Webb

Grace Webb

A former Editor of Connect Business Magazine

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    March 2, 2015 at 11:12 am
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    Congrats on your first issue being editor, Grace!

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