Greater Mankato Growth Blog

4 Beginning Twitter Tips for Business

4 beginning twitter tips for businessFrom 2014-2015 the number of Twitter users grew by 50 million, and it’s estimated that close to 1/5 of Internet users have Twitter accounts. The average Twitter user follows five businesses so if you’re not trying to reach your customers on Twitter you’re missing an opportunity.

Twitter is easy enough to understand, just share something 140 characters or less. You can share links, images or videos. Here are a few other tips for businesses just starting out on Twitter: Read More

Just Released: County Business Patterns

The U.S. Census Bureau has released the 2014 County Business Patterns (CBP) statistics on Thursday, April 21, 2016. CBP covers more than 7.5 million U.S. business establishments, and provides employment and payroll data at subnational levels by industry.

In the Greater Mankato area, Blue Earth and Nicollet Counties, there are 2,573 establishments (businesses).  This is 12 more than the year before.

Blue Earth ranked 12th in the State in annual payroll with $1,228,666,000.  Nicollet was 30th with $472,813,000 in annual payroll.  As a region, payroll increased by $61,333,000 or 3.74% over the last year.

When looking at it by industry sector, I compiled the following table for the Greater Mankato area: Read More

Earth Day 2016 | Taking Action

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By: Sam Ziegler | Director of Project ABE

Earth Day 2016…a time to reflect and take action on making our community a better place. As an avid outdoors-man, farmer and dad protecting our natural resources is important to me as I’m sure it is to many of you. In order to protect the environment and meet the growing global demand for food means that farmers must produce more, using fewer resources through innovation and the responsible use of technology. The good news is that Minnesota farmers have been doing just that for decades.  Read More

Opportunity in Professional Sports

This past March, I posted about the upcoming economic opportunity connecting Greater Mankato to the Super Bowl being hosted in Minneapolis in 2018. The connection of Greater Mankato to the professional sports market gained further momentum recently.

The largest issue facing businesses in our local economy is workforce challenges. This isn’t localized to our area either. Demographic shifts are impacting the national labor force as Baby Boomers age out of the workforce. These challenges take different forms depending on the industry, from training to just having enough people to staff a 2nd shift.

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Greater Mankato News Digest

News DigestWelcome to your Greater Mankato News Digest |  March 16 – April 19

The Greater Mankato News Digest consists of news  highlights and headlines of Greater Mankato Growth as well as a recap of our Member News feature that just launched in January.

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Public Affairs Summer Forums Announced

We’re excited to announce our lineup of summer events for Greater Mankato Growth’s Public Affairs Forum Series. The Forum Series is a set of 8-10 events per year that bring together compelling speakers and business leaders to discuss timely and relevant political and policy issues.

The series is open to the public. Our summer lineup is below. You can register and learn more at our Forum Series webpage: greatermankato.com/public-affairs-forum-series Read More

Statewide Business Property Tax Key Issue at Legislature

FromTheDomeWith only five weeks left in the Legislative Session, tax issues are heating up. One of the key tax issues for business this year, and the top priority for the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, is to reduce the impact of the statewide business property tax.

Greater Mankato Growth strives to keep our businesses up-to-speed on key issues at the Legislature so that they can weigh-in and be their own best advocate on issues that are of interest to them. The statewide business property tax impacts every commercial and industrial property in the state, so you’ll want to check out the information below. Be sure to make your voice heard with our regional legislators with your thoughts on this issue. Read More

Legislature Considering New Paid Leave Mandate

FromTheDomeThe Minnesota Legislature is currently considering a new statewide requirement which would impose a payroll tax on employers and employees in Minnesota to fund a new paid leave entitlement. Greater Mankato Growth strives to keep our businesses up-to-speed on key issues at the Legislature so that they can weigh-in and be their own best advocate. This paid leave issue is one that every business is going to want to take a look at. Check out our elected officials contact page so you can weigh-in with our local legislators with your thoughts.

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New Retail Business

J and J's water cooler talkJIM:  Hey, John. Just got a note from a woman wanting to know how we could get Bed, Bath & Beyond to the area. This reminds me of the other requests that we get Trader Joe’s and Costco to come to town. While there’s a lot we can offer, those kind of decisions rest with corporations themselves using metrics that – in some cases – keep us out of the hunt. Read More

Pulling back the curtain

CRAFTWe at Greater Mankato Growth (GMG) can sometimes look pretty mysterious. What does GMG do? It doesn’t hold property, make anything or have a profit stream. Just what is it anyway? Read More

Program Builds Strong Leaders, Lasting Relationships

By Shannon Gullickson, Talent Programs Director
class photo at ropesFor 33 years Greater Mankato Leadership Institute has provided the area’s only comprehensive leadership training program that provides a three-pronged curriculum model focused on personal growth, professional development and community involvement. Read More

Powerful visual shows erosion, shift of middle class

Shift of theI don’t think I’ve seen a more powerful graphic of just how much change has happened with the middle class in America than this report from the Pew Research Center and Financial Times. It also dramatically shows the income divide in this country. Read More