Greater Mankato Growth Blog

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These events bring together compelling speakers and business leaders to discuss timely and relevant political and policy issues. Read More

Uncovering the Job Gap

Facing my last semester as a senior (second year) in college I was facing thee question, what next? Time for reality, a full-time “grown-up” job was hopefully coming my way very, very soon. But how was I going to find it? For an anthropology major I maybe should have dissected the career opportunities and employment potential a little further, but none-the-less I was determined to land a job as, get this – an archeologist.

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Unemployment Insurance Tax Refund Headed Your Way

FromTheDomeAs a result of the state’s unemployment insurance system collecting more than it needs to remain solvent, a bill was signed into law this year that will provide payroll tax relief of $258 million in the unemployment insurance system. Most employers will receive a credit on their 2016 unemployment insurance premium totaling approximately 40 percent. Notices are being mailed from the Department of Employment and Economic Development and will be arriving soon. Read More

Moving from Cancer Survivor to Cancer Patient…TEMPORARILY

(Warning: Transformation Ahead)

JZ standing 2016While not likely new to any of you, I’ve been a multiple cancer survivor for more than two and a half years. During that time, I have been blessed to have phenomenal, integrated and patient centric health care from the Mankato Clinic, Mayo Clinic Health System and Mayo Clinic. From original diagnosis to the multitude of surgeries, both targeted at the cancer to complications, the physicians and medical staff across these three facilities and operations have demonstrated why the Livability in our community is so enticing. Read More

Eight Ways to Get Noticed on Social Media Today

8 Ways to Get Noticed on Social MediaThere’s a lot of noise on the social media channels and getting noticed can seem a task akin to pushing a large boulder up an icy slope in gale-force winds blowing down off of the mountain. But it’s not as hard as you think. Here are several tips to help you get your business noticed today. Read More

Redesign and Launch of greatermankatoevents.com

So what should we do today?  Who has live music tonight?  Where can we take the kids to get them out of the house?

The website greatermankatoevents.com is being relaunched thanks to a community partnership and technical expertise from VoyageurWeb. The brand new site is going live next Monday, June 27. Read More

Wealth Generation in Greater Mankato

From 2010-2014, the Mankato-North Mankato MSA has the highest growth rate of Per Capita Personal Income among all Minnesota-based MSAs. This growth rate can represent a generation of wealth among the businesses and households within the marketplace.

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The Partner Posse

Young confident super businessman in mask and cape at nightYou know what sets our community apart, at least from an economic development standpoint? Partnership. When a new business comes to town to inquire about locating here, the right people make themselves available to share what it’s like doing business in Greater Mankato. Our cities, utilities, educational partners, resource providers, and most importantly our businesses work together to tell a consistent message: “You can be successful here.” Read More

Project ABE is seeking stories on how your business is involved in agriculture. If you are in manufacturing, technology, professional services, education or any industry that has a role touching part of the agriculture umbrella, we want to hear from you. Read More

New Minnesota ADA Law: What Businesses Need to Know

FromTheDomeBusinesses in our area over the past two years have been targeted with abusive lawsuits alleging accessibility violations. To help businesses prevent these lawsuits, Greater Mankato Growth provided resources like self audits to promote compliance with the law. We also partnered with the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce to enact new legislation this session that will provide some new protections for businesses.

Thanks to Kevin Velasquez, an attorney with Blethen, Gage & Krause in Mankato, for authoring the following guest column providing details on the new law. You may also want to contact an attorney specializing in business law for further advice and counsel. You can find a list of our Greater Mankato law firms here. Read More

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