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Nov 27th


SBA salutes entrepreneur Richard Copeland

SBA salutes entrepreneur Richard CopelandRichard Copeland, Owner & Chairman of THOR Construction, Inc., based in Minneapolis, has been named the Minnesota Entrepreneurial Success of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Better Business Bureau tips for consumers: Tips on carpet cleaning

When contacting a carpet cleaning company, it's always important to ask questions about the price of the service and specifically what is included in the price for that service. Many of the complaints the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) receives against carpet cleaners involve situations where a company advertises they will clean two rooms for a given price and then the final bill is much higher than the advertised price.

Somewhere between fishing and dating

Somewhere between fishing and dating lies that other great American pastime: looking for work. According to the numbers, more Americans are looking for work this month than have in a long time. Spring is in the air and new jobs are out there, waiting to be found. If only it weren't so frustrating.

Power at your fingertips

Power at your fingertipsDid you know that tens of thousands of new products are introduced to consumer markets around the world every year?

Will a new logo raise money?

Will a new logo raise money? Will it attract a new donors and volunteers? Can it transform your nonprofit's relationship to the community? Maybe. The answer depends on the amount of work completed prior to bringing on a graphic designer. Let us start at the end: if you invest in a logo instead of asking hard organizational questions your logo may not deliver what you want it to. There really are no shortcuts to raising money.

Doing it right matters - Ethics and values in small and mid-size companies

Creating and sustaining ethical standards is critical to the long-term success of any business, whether a small start-up or a long-established company. Ron James, President and CEO of the Center for Ethical Business Cultures offers an overview on ethical culture in small and mid-sized companies in a Business Educations breakfast being presented by Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce and St Paul chamber of Commerce.

Sandwich generation eligible for tax relief for supporting parents

More than 1 in 3 baby boomers is actively helping support a parent and 1 in 4 is supporting their adult children. Members of the "sandwich generation" – those supporting their parents and their own children – may be able to claim the up to $3,800 qualifying relative exemption for supporting their parents and adult children.
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