Greater Mankato Growth Blog

Becoming “More” of a Cancer Patient… AGAIN…

JZ_2017_SmallIt’s been more than 4 ½ years since I was diagnosed with kidney and prostate cancer, and two years since I last penned an open letter to our business community about my health. My cancer journey has been generously documented and shared through our local media (KEYC, The Free Press and Radio Mankato), as well as our own CaringBridge site (https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jonathanzierdt), my earlier letter/blog post and the Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund . So, if you are interested in the bulk of that history I’d invite you to visit any of those sources.

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Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Workshop

EV-chargingWith the rising interest in electric vehicles, is your business or property ready to accommodate this audience?

An event will be held on Monday June 25, 1 – 3:30 pm at The AmericInn Hotel & Conference Center (240 Stadium Rd, Mankato) to help businesses, community partners, and residents learn more about personal electric vehicles (PEVs) and their infrastructure. Read More

Browsing through the Star Tribune’s website today, I found a little nugget that I thought would be appropriate to share — after all, sharing is caring. Of the Star Tribune’s Top Workplaces of 2017, some of the firms that scored highest in talent retention shared their tips for doing so. The tips range from “Be Nice” to “FREE BEER”! Us Minnesotans should have the be nice part down, right? Read More

The Workforce Series (8): Highlighting the Hiring Burden

workforce blog seriesAs part of the Talent Initiative, Greater Mankato Growth is publishing a guest blog series highlighting the programs, tools and resources that are available in our marketplace. This series can serve as a catalog or library for businesses to address workforce issues. 

 

Highlighting the Hiring Burden

Contributed by: Grant Moody, Express Employment Professionals

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There are several unique markets for commercial real estate. In May 2018, Greater Mankato Growth conducted an analysis of office space occupancy for the City of Mankato. Read More

Greater Mankato’s economic strength comes from the diversity of industries that are present in the marketplace.  If one industry is ever down, another is usually on the way up.  When Greater Mankato Growth has looked at industry diversification in the past, we have analyzed the total wages of each industry to surmise the economic impact of each.  But, how does our industry diversification compare to other metropolitan areas across the country and what can it tell us about our economic forecast?

This blog post will focus on the Retail Sector and subsequent ones will explore other industries.

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Grow your small business with LinkedIn by using these seven proven tactics.

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Video: Watch an Entrepreneur pitch their Business in Mankato

One million cups dec 2017 Fingerprint WoodworkGreater Mankato Growth serves as a key organizer for the local chapter of One Million Cups.  Every month 50 – 80 attendees pack the Minnesota State University, Mankato Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Old Town Mankato to hear an entrepreneur’s vision. Read More

Impact of Business Closure on Wages

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The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development maintains wage information for a variety of geographies in the state. The most frequently updated and current data set is the Current Employment Statistics (CES).

Because of the size of the Mankato-North Mankato Metropolitan area (comprised of Blue Earth and Nicollet Counties), some information is redacted for confidentiality purposes. The only wage data available within the CES data set is for the Private Business industry sector.

What is seen in the data confirms what one would suspect in a tight labor market: laid-off workers are seeking the higher paying jobs…and they are finding them.

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To Feed or Not To Feed The Elephant

elephant in a roomToday’s workforce is facing rapid changes and increased competition across industries. Due to the higher pressure to perform and facing constant change, managers and employees are experiencing more conflict in the workplace than ever before.
I like to consider myself an understanding person that values the opinions and feelings of others, however, conflict has the unique ability to insert itself into every aspect of my life. Read More

Webinar for Training Program

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On February 13, at 10 am, the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry is conducting a webinar for a program already used by two Greater Mankato area employers.  The PIPELINE Program is a training program that is industry-based and employer-driven. Read More

Mankato Area Job Fair

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Over 50 employers are slated to have a presence at an upcoming Mankato area job fair on February 6th.

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