Connect Business Magazine

Since 1994: The Magazine for Growing Businesses in Southern Minnesota

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Julia Ketcham Corbett

May 2018 • Category: Connect TV, Cover Story

I don’t mean to scare you, but if you own or manage a small to medium size business (under 500 employees), a recent study shows you have a one in five chance of getting hit with an employment claim. The study, by business insurer Hiscox, also finds the average cost to defend employment charges is $125,000, which includes expenses such as attorney’s fees and settlement costs. If you are not prepared, these can be alarming statistics.  



The Silhouette

May 2018 • Category: Connect TV, Feature Story

The U.S. wedding industry hit the $72 billion revenue mark in 2016. Good news for the 300,000-plus wedding vendors operating in the United States. That industry’s far reaching impact could even be felt in the small southern Minnesota town of Easton. Population 199.  



Breanna Ludeman

May 2018 • Category: A Day in the Life

Breanna Ludeman knows a thing or two about seizing the moment and making the most of opportunities that come your way. She also knows the value of hard work in supporting those moments and opportunities. As a wife, a mother of two, a former Mrs. Minnesota, a registered nurse, a personal trainer and a successful business owner she feels it is her calling to help others lead a healthy lifestyle.



Long-Term Employment Connections

May 2018 • Category: Hot Startz!

Randy Long is finally bringing to light, a dream he’s been harboring for more than 25 years: owning his own business. “My work life so far has been focused on serving others in some capacity, starting with growing up in my aunt and uncle’s clothing store,” he reflects.



Awaken Reiki & Soul Healing

May 2018 • Category: Hot Startz!

Deborah Monacelli understands the biggest challenge for her new business is going to be helping others understand what it is she is offering. Everyone understands what a life coach does. Many have never heard of Reiki.



Golden Tie Tuxedos

May 2018 • Category: Hot Startz!

When Golden Tie Tuxes first opened in November 2017, owners Rich and Kathleen Detert, initially just offered tuxedo rentals. But, their focus quickly changed along with their location.