Earlier today at a news conference the 2016 Pathfinder Award Recipients were announced. I have had the honor to assist in a small portion of the process and each year walk away amazed and energized from the kind, brave and deliberate souls that reside across Greater Mankato. There are many, too many to ever name, honor and rise up. But today, two individuals and one business got a little spotlight for their large hearts and good deeds. Read on to learn more about each of them. Read More
We’re all are facing a talent shortage now or will be in the very near future. And we’re all looking for answers. An article published by Enterprise Minnesota focused on what innovative strategies manufacturers can undertake to address this need but frankly the solutions offered could fit into any business. It’s a worthwhile read.
2015 would be a tough year to top in terms of capital investment. There were some landmark private sector projects that brought in new businesses to our community: The Wal-Mart Distribution Center (yes we have a Wal-Mart and a Sam’s Club already but this is a bit different), the Tailwind Group projects (Profinium & Ridley), Mills Fleet Farm and new warehouses. There were expansions of existing primary sector companies such as Fed Ex, D&K Powder Coating, Spee-Dee Delivery, and Creative Company. I’m missing several more of equal importance but I don’t want to turn this blog into a rambling list. To summarize, 2015 was the convergence of many planning processes that started years ago and all came to fruition in the same calendar year.
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
We are excited to announce the 2016 schedule for our most popular and sought-after networking events, Greater Mankato Business After Hours and Business Before Hours. This year’s lineup is sure to impress and offers so much variety, we are looking forward to seeing all of you! Read More
The Legislature will gavel into session on March 8, 2016. With a budget surplus of $1.2 billion and several key policy issues like taxes and transportation unresolved following the 2015 session, next year’s legislative session promises to be very important to our community and businesses. Read More
We are excited to announce Greater Mankato Growth and our affiliate, Visit Mankato, are hiring. Want to work every day to showcase, shape, promote and support the vibrant Greater Mankato marketplace? Our family currently has four full-time opportunities available. Read More
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
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
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