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Shopping Small Should be a Big Post-Turkey Day Tradition

Posted on November 27, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Tags: small businesses

Shop Small logoLike it or not (and there's every reason to believe most Americans do like it) an all-hours marathon of shopping at big box stores, department stores and malls on Black Friday is as much of a Thanksgiving tradition as turkey, cranberries and pumpkin pie.

So, go ahead, join the scrum for the door-buster deals before they're all gone.


A Brief Look Employment Laws and Workers with Disabilities

Posted on October 29, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Tags: small businesses, workforce, unemployment

Laws You Should KnowIn the same way federal and state laws govern many other aspects of business in Minnesota, two sets of laws have something to say about employment practices when it comes to workers with disabilities.

The federal Americans with Disabilities Act (along with the companion ADA Amendments Act) and the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA) each come into play.


Common Questions About Hiring Workers with Disabilities

Posted on October 23, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Tags: small businesses, workforce

Machinist in a wheelchair works at piece of equipment
If you're an employer who's considering hiring someone with a disability, you've got questions.


The Invisibility of a Disability

Posted on October 21, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Tags: small businesses, workforce

Woman at Keyboard.pngWhat did author Charles Dickens, scientist Charles Darwin and journalist Mike Wallace have in common?

All three of these successful people had disabilities. Dickens had epilepsy. Darwin had obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). And, Wallace suffered from depression.


People with Disabilities Still an Untapped Labor Pool

Posted on October 19, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Tags: jobs, unemployment, small businesses, workforce

Elizabeth Kumar sitting in a wheelchairTwenty-five years ago President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act, the landmark civil rights legislation aimed at bulldozing physical, employment and social barriers for tens of millions of people with disabilities and guaranteeing “fair and just access to the fruits of American life.” 

“Every man, woman and child with a disability can now pass through once-closed doors into a bright new era of equality, independence and freedom,” said Bush shortly before he put his pen to the ADA, first comprehensive declaration of its kind in the world.


Ready to Export? Some Management Issues to Consider

Posted on October 13, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Tags: exports, manufacturing, small businesses

Minnesota Manufacturers Should ExportWhether you've been in manufacturing a couple days or a couple decades, you've already heard this pitch. And heard it repeatedly.

If you're not exporting to foreign markets, it's quite possible you're selling yourself and your company short. 


Southeast Region: Plastic and Rubber MFG Bounces Back

Posted on October 09, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Tags: Southeast MN, manufacturing, small businesses, jobs, workforce

Southeast Region thumbnail mapWhen people think of jobs in the manufacturing industry, they typically focus on a short list of production occupations that center on metal, assembly or welding, for instance.

But with nearly 16 percent of jobs in southeast Minnesota being in manufacturing, there's a much wider variety of promising manufacturing careers in this extraordinarily diversified region.


Twin Cities Metro Region: The Undisputed Heavyweight Champ

Posted on October 08, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Tags: Twin Cities, bioscience, manufacturing, jobs, workforce, small businesses

Twin Cities Region thumbnail mapWhile each region of the state has a strong and competitive core of manufacturing industries that provide high-paying jobs, economic growth and stability, no place has the sheer manufacturing size, muscle and punch of the Twin Cities Metropolitan area.

Overall, the seven-county Twin Cities metro region accounts for 53 percent of the state's total manufacturing employment, making it the industry's undisputed heavyweight champion.


Central Region: Going, Growing, and No Signs of Slowing

Posted on October 07, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Tags: Central MN, jobs, manufacturing, workforce, small businesses

Central Region Thumbnail Manufacturing continues to be a powerful economic engine in central Minnesota, driving profits, prosperity and job growth.

In the past year alone, manufacturers added nearly 1,300 new jobs, more than any other industry in the region, continuing a four-year growth trend that shows no signs of slowing.


Northwest Region: Transportation Equipment is on the Move

Posted on October 06, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Tags: Northwest MN, manufacturing, jobs, small businesses, economy

Northwest RegionAfter suffering major setbacks during the recession, manufacturing of transportation equipment is regaining momentum in northwest Minnesota, a region well known for deep expertise in the production of snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, boats and other vehicles.

Home to some of the industry's most recognized brands (Arctic Cat, Polaris, Lund), the region has recaptured a significant portion of statewide employment in the transportation equipment sector.


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