Greater Mankato Growth Blog

With the talent shortage that the Greater Mankato area is experiencing, more and more employers are beginning to look within “hidden talent” pools to fill their open positions. Hidden talent pools commonly consist of underserved, disadvantaged, or otherwise overlooked populations – many of which are highly capable, skilled, and loyal to the employers who are able to recruit them.

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Greater Mankato Growth’s Talent Resources Liaison seeks out and identifies resources that support the attraction, recruitment, and retention of skilled workers in hard to fill positions. Manufacturing, agriculture, health care and technology are critical industries to the Greater Mankato area, all of which are struggling to recruit and retain skilled workers. The following guest blog courtesy by Dr. Paul Dettman of South Central College highlights the PIPELINE Program.

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smahra-logoWith the Greater Mankato Growth Talent Initiative and local efforts regarding talent attraction and retention (like moremankato.com), we feel it is critical to share important and helpful information to further mobilize the community around the workforce shortage. Read more for a guest blog post submitted by the Board President of the Southern Minnesota Area Human Resources Association (SMAHRA), J.D. Qualley.

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Supporting the 2019 Big Ideas Challenge


Greater Mankato Growth is proud to announce our support of the 2019 Big Ideas Challenge at Minnesota State University, Mankato.  First, Second and Third place challenge winners will receive a 2019 Engaged Greater Mankato Growth Membership.

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On Being a Successful Business in an Everchanging World

bison.jpgThe following is a guest blog post authored by Scot Zellmer. Scot is one of the organizers that worked on behalf of adoption and recognition by the City of Mankato of Indigenous Peoples Day. His post speaks to the importance of ensuring our community adopts a “wide range of inclusive and affirming business practices” in order to attract and retain the talent we’ll need to fuel our economy. Read More

 

The following guest blog post was provided by Bob Rothenbuehler.

Bob brings over 25 years of purchasing, sales and operational experience to the table.  In addition, he has 20 years of involvement with various financial services functions. Bob identifies a variety of potential savings opportunities for prospects as well as long-term clients, and then assists them with the implementation for improved profitability and cash flow.

If you had a tax refund coming, would you tell the IRS to keep it for 39 years? Effectively, for many commercial building owners, that’s exactly what they’re doing. In fact, Growth Management Group, LLC savings research has shown that 9 out of 10 of their customers are missing opportunities and overpaying on their income tax.

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Department of Labor Proposes New Overtime Rule

DOL SealThe Department of Labor announced on Thursday a proposed rule that would make 1.1 million American workers newly eligible to receive overtime pay beginning in 2020. The following guest blog courtesy of Blethen | Berens provides a helpful overview of this proposal and how it will impact businesses.

Should you wish to discuss this issue further, please be sure to contact one of our fantastic member businesses in law or accounting with employment expertise. Read More

House Transportation Committee to Hold Hearing in Mankato

minnesota_state_capitol_3-300x225The Minnesota House Transportation Finance and Policy Committee will hold a field hearing in Mankato this coming Friday, March 8. The Committee will hear testimony on HF 538 – a bill that would provide funding to complete the expansion of Highway 14 to four lanes between Nicollet and New Ulm. This a great opportunity for residents and businesses of Southern Minnesota to make their voice heard. Below are additional details on the hearing and how to sign up to testify. Read More

As the buzz surrounding the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) begins to fade, one aspect of tax reform is just hitting its stride: Qualified Opportunity Zone Funds (QOZFs). By now, you’ve probably heard a little bit about these newly available investment vehicles and the tax perks that accompany them. But for many, the full benefit of QOZFs remains a mystery.

To help you better understand how QOZFs could benefit you, here are a few things to know provided by guest blog, Jacob Ouradnik of Abdo, Eick & Meyers, LLP.

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In 2008, the Southern Minnesota Competitiveness Project “aimed to improve the competitiveness and bolster the economic well-being of the region.”

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Last December, two former education leaders in Minnesota wrote an op-ed in the Star-Tribune calling for the state to “re-energize” efforts in innovation because the Bold North is failing to deliver “the talented workforce and innovation that are key to economic vitality and quality of life.” So I was curious. Where did we in Greater Mankato fit in?

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The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (424 North Riverfront Drive) is hosting a free event on Feb. 13 from 6-7:30 pm for entrepreneurs who want to see their business consistently run better and grow faster.

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