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Collaborations Key To Helping Our Business Communities

Nov 2017 • Category: Special Reports

In this issue, I would like to highlight a trio of collaborations from throughout our region. These three stories highlight the importance of different groups coming together to solve a common problem and along the way enriching our communities.



Tom Peterson – The Creative Company

Sep 2017 • Category: Cover Story

In 1932, the United States was in the throes of the Great Depression. Unemployment hit 24%. Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected President of the United States. Al Capone was convicted for Income Tax evasion. Indeed, these are historical events that would shape the future of our country. Events that would go down in the history books. And chances are, some of those books would be published in Mankato, Minnesota. By one of the last remaining independent publishing companies in the United States, The Creative Company.



F/X Fusion & Graif Clothing

Sep 2017 • Category: Feature Story

Neck ties are how Randy Appel made his mark in the apparel world. Family ties, though, make up the fabric of his being. “I do all of this for the family,” reflects Appel, as he looks around at the rows and rows of ties, shirts and sweaters that will soon be shipped out to destinations all around the world from his 12,000sf distribution center in North Mankato. Appel owns F/X Fusion, an international apparel designer, manufacturer and distributor.



Connect The Grey

Sep 2017 • Category: Hot Startz!, Uncategorized

“We strive to draw from art, science, business, and community to help businesses navigate complex issues,” says Hanson. “Our services currently focus on talent, culture, and story: finding and training the people who help you succeed.”



South Creek HR

Sep 2017 • Category: Hot Startz!

Crystal Hanson is a patient woman. While she always entertained the idea of owning her own firm, she spent more than a decade honing her skills in various corporate human resources roles before making that leap.



Schell’s Starkeller Brewery

Sep 2017 • Category: Hot Startz!

It’s been a labor of love for Jace Marti. Many years ago he so enjoyed the taste of “sour beers” he knew he wanted to try it himself. So he began quietly laboring away, making sure to do it right.