Greater Mankato Growth Blog

Mankato’s Global Entrepreneurship Week

GE_WEEKThe Minnesota State University, Mankato College of Business Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship invites all students, faculty, staff and the entire community to an international celebration of entrepreneurship.

Greater Mankato Growth is proud to be a supporting partner for this week-long schedule of events.  These are great opportunities for emerging entrepreneurs to connect with existing business professionals.  By attending you will play a part in supporting local innovation and supporting new start-up enterprises. Read More

Notification: No Local Connection to Award for Purchase

Area businesses have been receiving email correspondence notifying them they have won an award from a website identifying itself as “northmankato.”

The email invites the business to claim their award, however, you must purchase the award for $150.

This email, award, and website are not affiliated with the City of North Mankato or Greater Mankato Growth, Inc.

Your Election Toolkit

vote buttonGreater Mankato Growth is your one-stop-shop for all the information you’ll need to exercise your right to vote in the 2018 election. On our Election Toolkit website, you’ll find online candidate profiles, candidate forum videos and details on how and where to vote on November 6. Our online candidate portal features information provided directly by the candidates themselves including biographical information and their response to a questionnaire. Elections are one of the most important and effective ways citizens can make their voices heard. By providing our members, as well as the broader community, access to the information presented in our Election Toolkit we hope to enable them to make informed voting decisions.  Read More

Watch Now: District 19B Forum

19b forumVoters in Minnesota District 19B will be asked to select a state representative this November 6. To help voters cast an informed ballot, Greater Mankato Growth in partnership with KTV, Mankato’s public access television station, held a forum with the candidates running for the seat: Representative Jack Considine (DFL) and Joe Steck (R).

You can view a recording of the forum below.

Watch Now: Mankato City Council Forum

council forumMankato voters will be asked to select City Council members in Wards 1, 3 and 5 this November 6. To help voters cast an informed ballot, Greater Mankato Growth in partnership with KTV, Mankato’s public access television station, held a forum with the candidates running for City Council: Mark Frost & Fardosa Jama (Ward 3), and Jessica Hatanpa & Tyler Meihak-True (Ward 5). Karen Foreman (Ward 1) was unable to attend. You can view a recording of the forum below.

Blue Zones Project Event

Greater Mankato serves as a comprehensive, regional medical hub with two leading medical organizations providing a wide variety of advanced services. Over the years both of these organizations have dramatically expanded their services, minimizing the need to travel for specialized medical treatment. Ease of access to affordable health care is just one of the many reasons Greater Mankato is a perfect place to call home. For this reason and more, the Greater Mankato Growth Talent Initiative feels it is critical to share important and timely information to help mobilize the community around talent attraction and retention. Read more about an upcoming event in this guest blog post by Randy Farrow, CEO of the Mankato Clinic.

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Watch Now: 1st Congressional District Forum

cd1 forumVoters in Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District will be asked to select a new U.S. Representative this November 6. To help voters cast an informed ballot, Greater Mankato Growth in partnership with the Mankato Free Press, South Central College, KSMQ and KTV held a forum with the candidates running for the seat: Dan Feehan (DFL) and Jim Hagedorn (R).

You can view a recording of the forum below.

Watch Now: District 19A Forum

19a forumVoters in Minnesota District 19A will be asked to select a new state representative this November 6. To help voters cast an informed ballot, Greater Mankato Growth in partnership with KTV, Mankato’s public access television station, held a forum with the candidates running for the seat: Jeff Brand (DFL) and Kim Spears (R).

You can view a recording of the forum below.

On Wednesday, Nov. 7th (8:30 – 10:00 am) the Mankato Chapter of One Million Cups will be celebrating its one year anniversary. This is a free event focused on promoting innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Corporate Housing Now Available for Greater Mankato Businesses

With the Greater Mankato Growth Talent Initiative and many local efforts regarding talent attraction and retention (like moremankato.com), we feel it is critical to share important and helpful information to further mobilize the community around the workforce shortage. Read more for a guest blog post submitted by Rachel Britz of VanTol Properties, LLC.

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Watch Now: Blue Earth County Commissioner Forum

bec forumBlue Earth County voters will be asked to select County Commissioners in Districts 1 & 2 this November 6. To help voters cast an informed ballot, Greater Mankato Growth in partnership with KTV, Mankato’s public access television station, held a forum with the candidates running for County Commissioner in District 1: Colleen Landkamer and Katie Boone and District 2: Vance Stuehrenberg.

You can view a recording of the forum below.

Start the Journey to Excellence: Attend a Special “Baldrige 101” Workshop November 1

The need to improve your organization’s performance has perhaps never been greater: customers expect more, competent workers are scarce, and competition is intensifying in nearly all sectors and industries.  But – with the complexity of organizations – where does one start?  How do you know on which processes to focus?  And how to do you sustain the improvement over time?

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