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.

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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!

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.

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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.

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Get Organized for Year-End Tax Reviews

The following is a guest blog post submitted by Eide Bailly LLP. The topic covered in the post is how to prepare for year-end tax reviews, great for business owners and individuals alike.

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What You Should Know About Employing Student Workers

The following is a guest blog post submitted by South Central Service Cooperative.

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Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Board Applications Now Open for 2020-2023

Greater Mankato Growth, Inc.; Visit Mankato, LLC; City Center Partnership, LLC; and GreenSeam, LLC are seeking applications for 2020-2023 terms on all four boards.
Click here for board position descriptions and expectations and for applications. The application deadline is Dec. 20 at 5 pm.

MN Leading Upper Midwest Population Growth

The largest economic growth hurdle for the next ten years will be availability of workforce. Historically, Minnesota has had one of the highest labor force participation rates in the country.

To capitalize on this, the size of the population needs to continue to grow.

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A Glance at the Major Ransomware Attacks that hit Healthcare Sector in 2019

The following article was submitted by Sean Dahlman from Greater Mankato Growth member business, Pantheon Computers. It is about cyber security and how it relates specifically to the healthcare sector.
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