AmericInn Hotel and Conference Center – Mankato, MN

Many businesses have come and gone on Stadium Road, but the AmericInn Hotel and Conference Center has managed to thrive for 21 years at its campus location in Mankato. Over the years, the hotel has grown and changed several times. In 1999, twenty rooms were added, and in 2008 a Conference & Event Center was created, along with four extended-stay suites with kitchenettes. Most recently, the AmericInn underwent a million dollar renovation. General Manager Ashley Sprenger is thrilled with the upgrades, and appreciates the positive feedback from guests and the local community. “It’s a lot more modern than the typical AmericInn that has the lodge feel to it.”

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Jon Jamieson – Owner, JP Fitness in Mankato

Out of college at the University of Minnesota, Pemberton native Jon Jamieson had not only a passion for personal training, but a passion to establish his own brand in the field and break the mold of what a gym could be in a city like Mankato. He took a few years to develop his skills and learn about the business end of the industry as an assistant manager at a Lifetime Fitness in the Twin Cities.

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Pat Hentges

In the game of football, linebackers are often regarded as a key position in defense. Linebackers are known to be versatile, either providing hard hits on running plays or providing an additional layer of pass protection, whichever the situation calls for. Linebackers are required to use their judgment on every snap, to quickly determine their role after “reading” the offensive play. Why the sports primer in a business magazine? Because linebacker is a position that Mankato City Manager Pat Hentges knows well.

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Toppers and Trailers Plus

Toppers and Trailers Plus has expanded and opened a new location in Le Sueur. With a soft opening in January, the Le Sueur location officially held its grand opening in April. “In Mankato, we do not have great street traffic by our location but in Le Sueur, there are so many people that drive by the store daily. This location allows people to see all of the trailers we have on display,” says Ella Andreasen.

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Julia Ketcham Corbett

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.  

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Breanna Ludeman

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.

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