Greater Mankato Growth Blog

Top 7 Questions to Ask Yourself to set up a Successful Exit Plan

The following is a guest blog post submitted by Greater Mankato Growth member, Eide Bailly. The blog post is about creating an exit plan for business owners and how they should best prepare themselves.

Are you part of a Greater Mankato member business and have an interest in writing a guest blog for us? Send 500-800 words to media@greatermankato.com or reach out to Greater Mankato Growth with further questions.

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Mankato Career Expo 2020

Career Expo Event Logo stating "Career Expo: A Community of Opportunities"

The Career Expo, a 10th grade career exploration event, is being hosted at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 from 8:00am – 3:00pm in the Grand Hall. Over 1,500 students are expected to attend. This is an excellent opportunity for your company to describe the opportunities available in this region to the next generation of workers. For the Career Expo, we are looking for companies that can manage a highly interactive booth. Companies interested in volunteering to exhibit (this is a unique Career Expo in that companies are being asked only to volunteer their time, not to pay for registration, and all volunteers will receive a free lunch) can do so by following this link or by contacting Gwenn Wolters at gwolters@mnscsc.org.  Please sign up or email Gwenn by Wednesday, February 26, 2020.  Most exhibitors give away small prizes (pens/pencils) or candies to encourage student engagement, and exhibitors are asked to bring a marker to mark student BINGO cards, which are designed to increase student interaction.

A student wearing a welding facemask that functions as a virtual reality training simulator while holding a training arc welder.
An area student testing a virtual reality welding simulator.

In addition to volunteer exhibitors, there will be a game show for students at the Career Expo. Companies are being asked for a small donation of giveaways that can be used for the game show. Examples of giveaways include water bottles, stress balls, t-shirts, pens, frisbees, etc. Companies do not need to provide a giveaway in order to participate as an exhibitor.

The Career Expo will also feature My Story, an opportunity to share your career story and respond to student questions. If you are interested in volunteering as a Storyteller or in receiving more information about My Story, you can email Alison Troldahl at atrold1@isd77.org.

Schools that will be attending the event include: Mankato East High School, Mankato West High School, United South Central, Maple River, Central/Central Freedom High School, Lake Crystal Welcome Memorial, St. Peter Public Schools, Tri City United, St. Clair, Nicollet, JWP, and Madelia.

Sponsors include: Rasmussen College, Minnesota State University – Mankato, Crystal Valley Cooperative, South Central Perkins Consortium, Bolton & Menk, and South Central Workforce Council.

Greater Mankato Growth Co-hosting Town Hall Conversation with Pres. Kashkari and Justice Page

What: A public town hall event with Pres. Kashkari and Justice Page, we are also hoping some community leaders will share their priorities

When: 6:00–7:30 pm, February 19, 2020

Where: City of Mankato Council Chambers, Mankato Place Mall: 10 Civic Center Plaza

Co-hosts: Greater Mankato Growth and Mankato Diversity Council

Retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page and Neel Kashkari, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, will lead a community conversation about Minnesota’s achievement gaps and their proposal to amend Minnesota’s constitution to address the gaps. Page and Kashkari’s proposal would make quality public education the state’s highest priority. They will provide an overview of their proposal and take questions from attendees. 

This event is free to attend, register here!

Announcing GMG’s 2020 Policy Priorities

FromTheDomeThe Minnesota Legislature gavels into session next week Tuesday. As always, Greater Mankato Growth will keep our members up to speed on key issues and provide the information you’ll need to be an advocate for your business. Be sure to stay tuned to this blog in the coming months as we post updates on key issues businesses should keep an eye on.

GMG’s board of directors has also approved a set of policy priorities that GMG will monitor and advocate on in the coming legislative session. The policy priorities were derived from a thorough vetting process, including surveying of members, consideration and discussion by the organization’s Public Affairs Steering Committee, and ultimately, approval by the Board. These priorities represent a series of policy issues (federal, state & local) that are of interest to our members and our regional marketplace.

Key issues that GMG will advocate on this year are Highway 14 expansion and support of enhancements at Caswell Park, including a new regional field house. In addition to our own organization’s priorities, GMG partners with organizations that help magnify our voice in advocating for key priorities. GMG is an affiliate member of the following organizations. Read More

The following is a guest blog post submitted by Greater Mankato Growth member, Lori Creighton of Homestead Media, LLC. The blog post is about how employee testimonials can help with the recruitment process.

Are you part of a Greater Mankato member business and have an interest in writing a guest blog for us? Send 500-800 words to media@greatermankato.com or reach out to Greater Mankato Growth with further questions.

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New Year, New W-4

w4With the new year, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has rolled out a new W-4 form, the document employers use to determine how much to withhold from an employees paycheck for taxes. This is the first big update to the form in three decades.

Since employers may have questions about this new form, the Southern Minnesota Area Human Resource Association is inviting Greater Mankato Growth members to join them for a networking lunch on February 4, 2020. Brad Boettcher, Partner with CliftonLarsonAllen will be providing a presentation on the new form. Additional details on the event are below. Read More

The following is a guest blog post submitted by Greater Mankato Growth member, Julie Fredrickson of J. Fre Consulting, LLC. The blog post is about the importance of digital relationships with your customers.

Are you part of a Greater Mankato member business and have an interest in writing a guest blog for us? Send 500-800 words to media@greatermankato.com or reach out to Greater Mankato Growth with further questions.

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Winter Storms & Your Business

The following is a guest blog post submitted by Greater Mankato Growth member, SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna. The blog post is about being prepared for winter storms and how it’s relevant for your business.

Are you part of a Greater Mankato member business and have an interest in writing a guest blog for us? Send 500-800 words to media@greatermankato.com or reach out to Greater Mankato Growth with further questions.

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The City of Mankato is offering new tools for business owners to reinvest or expand their facilities. The best part? You could be eligible for a forgivable loan.

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Input Needed from Shift-Work Businesses

The following is a guest blog post submitted by Greater Mankato Growth member, Regional Transportation Coordinating Council (RTCC). The blog post is about planning reliable transportation for workers.

Are you part of a Greater Mankato member business and have an interest in writing a guest blog for us? Send 500-800 words to media@greatermankato.com or reach out to Greater Mankato Growth with further questions.

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Minnesota Tax Reform: What You Need to Know

2018_Forum SeriesThis year the Minnesota Legislature passed and Governor Walz signed into law a significant rewrite of Minnesota’s tax code to bring the state into conformity with the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. This new law will have significant impacts on both individuals and businesses going forward for the 2019 tax filing season, as well as retroactively as the law may require amendments to 2018 tax returns. To ensure that our members have all the information they need on what this new law will mean for them, Greater Mankato Growth is partnering with Abdo, Eick & Meyers; CliftonLarsonAllen; and Eide Bailly to host a free forum on Minnesota Tax Reform on December 10. Our panel of tax experts will review the federal and new state tax laws and how it will impact businesses as well as discuss what you need to know about retroactive tax filings for 2018. You can register and get more information here: https://gmg.greatermankato.com/events/Minnesota-Tax-Reform-What-You-Need-to-Know-1117/details

A Thanks-GIVING Workout

The following is a guest blog post submitted by Greater Mankato Growth member, Profile by Sanford. The blog post is about giving back to the community this Thanksgiving.

Are you part of a Greater Mankato member business and have an interest in writing a guest blog for us? Send 500-800 words to media@greatermankato.com or reach out to Greater Mankato Growth with further questions.

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