Insight News

Feb 11th


Starting a business? Know what you need to know

Starting a business? Know what you need to knowFor fun, education and breakfast, once a month a group of twenty or so hopeful souls meets to discuss their plans to start new businesses. The conversations are fascinating and I am alternately awed and perplexed by the amount of time and money people put into getting things started in Minnesota. Their exchanges cover ideas useful to anyone launching a new venture.

Hats off to the job fair!

For those who left last week's job fair with a new position, congratulations! For those who did not, my friends who represent companies across the Twin Cities have asked me to pass along some tips that will help you work your way through the next job fair more successfully.

FUNdraising Good Times: Mission, vision and plan

FUNdraising Good Times: Mission, vision and planSuccessful fundraising begins long before a fundraising plan is ever created. It starts with your organization's vision and mission. These two items are at the core of non-profit operations. It is the vision and mission that drive your strategic direction and goals. And it is the strategic direction that influences fundraising and the use of funds.

Cub Foods: Fueling social and economic well-being

Cub Foods: Fueling social and economic well-beingWest Broadway Cub Foods' involvement in the North Minneapolis community cannot be overstated. Since filling the vacancy left by Target in 2005, Cub Foods has been not only a grocery store run for and by the people it serves, but has also been instrumental in the community's social and economic wellbeing. Over 80 percent of its 120 person workforce hail from the Northside, creating a vibrant and communal workforce that is beneficial to both patrons and employees.

DEED names Cynthia L. Bauerly as new Deputy Commissioner of Workforce Development

DEED names Cynthia L. Bauerly as new Deputy Commissioner of Workforce DevelopmentThe Department of Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben announced the appointment of Cynthia L. Bauerly as Deputy Commissioner of Workforce Development. Bauerly returns to Minnesota after serving in key leadership and management roles in Washington, D.C., most recently as a Commissioner of the Federal Election Commission and serving as Chair of the agency in 2011.

BBB advises extreme caution, fake tech support calls can leave you in the lurch

The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) is noting an uptick in reports of the "Tech Support" scam. Consumers have contacted the BBB in recent days reporting phone calls from people identifying themselves as computer technicians and telling potential victims they're calling because they've noted issues with their home – or business – computers. The BBB is urging people not to be fooled by these calls, as they are not legitimate and are designed to either solicit credit card numbers or gain remote access to computers, which could lead to personal or financial information being compromised.

Laid off? Let go? Canned? Negotiate your way out the door

If that headline does not apply to you, keep reading. Someday, it might. Many people who are escorted out of cubicles or off of manufacturing floors have been warned. Others say they never saw it coming. Either way, when your number comes up, make sure you leave with the grace of someone who could be rehired someday and the finesse of someone who knows how to capitalize on a tough situation. In other words, when your boss says you're done, you are just getting started.
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