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CTV names new executive director

Monday, August 20, 2018

CTV North Suburbs, the nonprofit community media center that, among other things, records and broadcasts city council meetings for many area cities, has a new executive director. Dana Healy took over as head of the Roseville-based organization July 16, coming from eight years in a similar position in Danvers, Massachusetts, a city of 27,000 people about an hour north of Boston. “Everybody’s so nice — that ‘Minnesota Nice’ is a real thing,” said Healy, a brand new resident of Shoreview, who has a total of 18 years of community media experience. Continue to full article
Minnesota solar market surges

Friday, August 17, 2018

Minnesota’s solar market grew significantly in the first quarter, adding 105 megawatts of power, the fifth most among states during that time, according to data released. Minnesota has total of 849.5 megawatts of solar production, enough power for 116,670 homes, according to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), a trade group. A megawatt is one million watts, and by comparison Xcel Energy’s largest coal-fired and nuclear power plants in Minnesota each have a capacity of over 600 megawatts (though they can operate continuously). Minnesota now ranks 14th among states for total solar power, considerably higher than a couple of years ago....
In a tight labor market, Minnesota employers look to an under-utilized labor pool: workers with disabilities

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

On the main floor of the Minneapolis-based Minnesota Diversified Industries (MDI), Karen Howson is busy arranging piles of flat plastic sheets and transferring them to a nearby production line. From there, her co-workers fold the sheets and then carefully place them under sonic welding machines to form corrugated plastic mail trays that will eventually go to the United States Postal Service. In July, Howson will celebrate her second anniversary as a full-time production line worker at MDI, which designs and manufactures plastic totes, trays, boxes and other products for big and small companies, including Amazon, Caribou Coffee, Best Buy and 3M. Continue to full article
Minnesota named third best state for summer road trips

Monday, August 13, 2018

Safety helps make Minnesota one of the best states in the U.S. to take a drive. When the orange construction cones come out, Minnesotans know it’s time to hit the road. Luckily, we live in a state that’s prime for exploring in the summer, making us one of the best in the nation for taking a good ‘ol fashioned road trip. A recent report by WalletHub found that Minnesota is the third-best state for summer road trips. Continue to full article
This Minnesota Startup Built a National Directory for Women-Owned Businesses

Friday, August 10, 2018

MAIA launched earlier this year with a straightforward, single-minded goal: to compile a huge list of women-owned businesses and turn it into an easily-searchable online directory. By developing a platform that made it easy to find women-owned businesses, MAIA founders Kateri Ruiz and Angel Rowell hope to make it easy for consumers to find and support female entrepreneurs across the country. Eden Prairie-based MAIA officially launched in late April, and now has more than 700,000 businesses from across the country listed on its site. But this is just the beginning, Ruiz and Rowell told Minne Inno. There are around 11.5 million women-owned businesses in the United...
Midwest manufacturing growth slows, but still strong

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Minnesota, Midwest saw an increase in June, but the rate has slowed.  Manufacturing growth, while still strong, slowed some in June as producers said they worried about the impact of U.S. trade tariffs and global trade wars. The monthly Mid-America Business Conditions Index, produced by Creighton University, tracks factory conditions in Minnesota and eight other central states. Results for June showed the growth index at 61.8, down from an unusually robust 67.3 in May but still far above the neutral growth 50. Minnesota's index fell to 58.8 from 64.2 in May, putting it seventh among the nine states surveyed. Continue to full article
Everything You Need to Know About Minnesota’s Startup Incubators and Accelerators

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Getting a startup off the ground is hard work, but incubators and accelerators are there to help. They provide early-stage companies with essential resources such as a workspace, mentorship, and often times funding to give them a fighting chance. More and more startups are popping up in the Twin Cities, and right along with them are more accelerators and incubators to help them find success. Accelerators and incubators are similar, but not interchangeable. While incubators offer ongoing support, coaching and connections – operating like a co-working space with benefits – accelerators tend to be structured programs for a certain length of...
More MN workplaces offering 'Summer Fridays'

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

According to a recent survey more than 40 percent of employees will get out of work early or may not even have to work at all on Fridays during the summer. MINNEAPOLIS - Companies are working hard to find innovative ways to keep employees happy and it’s not always money. In fact, a recent study found more than 40% of companies offer some sort of flex Friday or Summer Friday hours. Jealous? Yeah, we are too. We stopped by a few Minnesota companies to see how it works and if it’s really as glorious as it sounds. At executive staffing firm Versique, Summer Fridays are...
Jobs Bounce Back in May – After Weather-related Hiring Pause

Monday, August 06, 2018

Minnesota’s unemployment rate for May dropped to 3.1 percent, with the addition of 10,200 jobs.    With those gains, the state has added 29,188 jobs in the past year, a 1 percent growth rate. Sector details: Manufacturing gained 1,400 jobs in May. Minnesota’s over-the-month growth rate in manufacturing of 0.4% in May was again higher than the US average of 0.1%. Given revised April and preliminary May job numbers, 2018 bodes well for manufacturing. The past four months registered the longest streak of over-the-month gains since December 2014. Job gains were concentrated in Durable Goods manufacturing which gained 1,200 (+0.6%) over-the-month jobs, while Non-Durable...
Minnesota Business Firms Expect Unchanged Conditions for 2019

Friday, August 03, 2018

Firms point to stability in the state’s overall economy ST. PAUL – Minnesota business services firms feel positive about the economy, with nearly 90 percent expecting sales revenue to increase or remain stable next year, according to a joint survey released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Business services firms are less optimistic, however, that productivity and employment levels will grow or remain stable in 2019. Sixty-eight percent expect their supply of workers to remain stable. That’s down from 77 percent last year. Only 7 percent of respondents anticipate labor availability...

Roseville, MN: The Center of it All!

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