Greater Mankato Growth Blog

Congress Experiences Christmas Miracle: Passes Major Legislation to End the Year

U.S. Capitol Building, Washington D.C.

U.S. Capitol Building, Washington D.C.

Congress is ending 2015 by passing a flurry of legislation that will have substantial impacts on businesses and individuals alike. Included is the first long-term transportation bill in a decade, a major education reform bill, a tax bill that extends numerous tax breaks, and a spending bill that will fund the government over the next year. Here are key highlights: Read More

Matters of Freight

How can we leverage our defining strengths as a state to ensure we can meet tomorrow’s freight and logistics challenges?  Hear about this and be a part of the conversation by attending the 18th Annual Freight and Logistics Symposium, on Friday, December 4th.  This breakfast meeting that will include a variety of presentations and panels from 8 a.m. to noon.  Decision makers from any business involved in logistics and transportation should consider attending. Read More

Exporting Resources…trust me, you’re an exporter

Do you work somewhere? Does that place make something? By chance, do those things make their way to Canada? You’re an exporter.

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Top 10 Signs You’re a Greater Mankato Young Professional

Who doesn’t like a Top Ten list?  Some of the ranking below may be up for debate, and there may even be other signs that you’re a part of Greater Mankato Growth’s Young Professional (YP) program…but one thing is for sure:  there is a lot of upside to joining the YPs.

So here they are, your Top 10 signs you’re a Greater Mankato Young Professional: Read More

Employers Can Get State Money for Interns

Internships are a great way for companies to cultivate new talent, provide opportunities for recruitment, and reduce the cost of doing business. The State of Minnesota offers programs that provide funds to businesses so they can hire interns. The two primary programs are the Scitechsperience Internship Program and the Greater Minnesota Internship Tax Credit. Read More

What’s your Greater Mankato story?

When you think of your home, what comes to mind? Your house, neighborhood, family and friends? What about your experiences or your place of employment? Chances are what makes your home is more than just a building.

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Grant for Training Employees

Greater Mankato Growth’s (GMG) business development team connects businesses to resources.  You can find many useful tools under the “Business” tab on greatermankato.com.  In addition to the Financing and Incentives page, GMG is periodically notified of new programs that may be of interest. Read More

Travel Brings Insight and Ideas to Greater Mankato

Upcoming ICLV Columbia TripThis weekend a delegation of 80 business and community leaders from Greater Mankato will be traveling to Columbia, Missouri as part of the fourth InterCity Leadership Visit. While there the group, made up of individuals from the private, community based, nonprofit and public sectors, will study innovative ideas and best practices that may be adapted to the Greater Mankato region.

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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

ADA SeminarGreater Mankato Growth is proud to partner with the Department of Social Work at Minnesota State University, Mankato for a special viewing of the live Twin Cities Public Television airing of The ADA at 25: Minnesota Moving Forward on Wednesday, October 28 as part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Read More

Blue Earth County Sales Tax

As you may have seen in news reports here and here, Blue Earth County Commissioners are considering passing a new .5% sales tax to fund transportation projects in the county. Now is the time for businesses and the community to weigh in with their thoughts on this proposed tax. Below you’ll find neutral information about the tax and why it is being considered along with various options for how you can weigh in with Commissioners on this issue. Read More

Employers: Get State Money for Job Training

Are you a new or existing businesses in Greater Minnesota? Will you be adding at least three new jobs? Do you need to provide training to those new employees? If so, then you’ll want to consider applying for a state grant from the new Job Training Incentive Program administered by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The program provides grants of up to $100,000 that eligible businesses can use to train workers in new jobs.

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Inside C.A.B. Construction

C.A.B. Construction is another success story in our community.  I got to meet with the owner and General Manager Karla Hansen, along with Team Steve:  Steve Duncan (Business Development) and Steve Brunson (Production Manager).  Read More