Greater Mankato Growth Blog

Participate in the Minnesota Caucus on February 6

caucusThe November 6 general election is still eight months away, but candidates have already been on the trail for months: meeting activists, scoring endorsements and raising money.

They’re preparing for a pivotal 2018 cycle in Minnesota, an election that will include both U.S. Senate seats, an open governor’s race, three other constitutional offices, eight congressional seats, and the entire 134-seat Minnesota House of Representatives. With so much at stake, it will be a hard-fought, high-dollar election, and the first major step is just around the corner: Precinct caucuses on February 6.

The precinct caucuses on February 6 are your chance to have a say in setting your party’s platform, select delegates who may eventually go on to the party’s endorsing conventions, and cast your preferential ballot for which candidate for governor you feel your party should support.

Read on for a Q&A about how the precinct caucuses work and how you can participate. Read More

Incentives for an Untapped Labor Pool

The Greater Mankato area is sitting at an unemployment rate of 2.5% as of December 2017.  Employers are looking for creative ways to grow their companies through new workforce recruitment tactics.  With unemployment, this low, innovative ideas need to be explored. Read More

Recently, a business development effort in the Greater Mankato area was written up by Downtown Development Center.

Downtown Development Center is a 50+-year-old organization focused on serving as a clearinghouse on practical strategies and tactics for revitalizing the hearts of cities.

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The Workforce Series (7): Tax Credit for Employers

workforce blog seriesAs part of the Greater Mankato Growth Talent Initiative, GMG 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. 

 

Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)

Written by: Connie Hines, Workforce Development Specialist, MN DEED

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Tax Bill – Impact on Businesses

tax cuts and jobs actThe new tax bill significantly changes the tax code for businesses. The following guest blog courtesy of Eide Bailly provides a helpful overview of what the new tax bill means for businesses and considerations they should be making.

This information will also be covered in greater detail at our upcoming free event – Tax Reform Planning Strategies – Unlocking the Mysteries of the New Tax Bill. You can get more information and register for this event here.

Should you wish to discuss tax reform and its impact on you or your business, please be sure to contact one of our fantastic member businesses with tax expertise. Read More

Tax Bill – Highlights for Individuals

tax cuts and jobs actThe new tax bill significantly changes the tax code for individuals. The following guest blog courtesy of Abdo, Eick & Meyers provides a helpful overview of what the new tax bill means for individual filers.

This information will also be covered in greater detail at our upcoming free event – Tax Reform Planning Strategies – Unlocking the Mysteries of the New Tax Bill. You can get more information and register for this event here.

Should you wish to discuss tax reform and its impact on you or your business, please be sure to contact one of our fantastic member businesses with tax expertise. Read More

Boarding 3Now Available: County-Wide Public Transportation for Blue Earth, Nicollet & Le Sueur County

By Paige Schuette, Marketing Specialist, VINE

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Bang For Your Membership Buck

PA LogoGreater Mankato Growth works hard to ensure that your membership investment creates value for your business. One of the way’s we do that is through our public affairs advocacy on key policy issues. In addition to pursuing our own advocacy agenda, GMG partners with the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce to support state-level policies that benefit the business community – and 2017 was a very successful year at the legislature.

From a reduction in the statewide property tax to a reduction in unemployment insurance taxes, every business will see savings from these legislative initiatives. In all, advocacy efforts advanced by the MN Chamber and supported by GMG generated nearly $4 billion in estimated business savings. Check out the infographic below for more details.  Read More

Tax Bill Event (Free!)

Forum-Series-Logo_SMIn December, President Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This is the most significant federal tax legislation passed in more than three decades and will have sweeping impacts on every type of taxpayer.

PrintTo ensure that both individuals and businesses fully understand the implications of the new tax bill, Greater Mankato Growth in partnership with CliftonLarsonAllen are hosting a free event Tax Reform Planning Strategies – Unlocking the Mysteries of the New Tax Bill.

Wednesday, January 31
2:30 – 4:30pm (with reception following)
Verizon Center, Grand Hall Room 245

REGISTER HERE (Free Event) Read More

Highway 22 Corridor Study Open House

hwy 22

An open house to gather input on the future of Highway 22 from Mapleton to St. Peter is being hosted by the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Mankato Area Transportation Planning Organization on Thursday, January 18 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the MnDOT Headquarters, 2151 Bassett Drive, Mankato. Read More

Tax Bill Q&A for Agriculture

tax cuts and jobs actThe newly passed tax bill has numerous implications that businesses from all sectors need to understand and prepare for. Agriculture is no exception. The following guest blog courtesy of CliftonLarsonAllen provides a helpful Q&A on what the new tax bill means for farmers.

Should you wish to discuss tax reform and its impact on you or your business, please be sure to contact one of our fantastic member businesses with tax expertise. Read More

Tax Bill Summary Slides

eide baillyGreater Mankato Growth held a Public Affairs Issues Forum last month titled Federal Tax Reform – What it Means for You and Your Business featuring a presentation delivered by top tax experts from Eide Bailly’s National Tax Office. We’re pleased to present the slides from that forum. They contain a comprehensive summary of the key tax implications for both individuals and businesses and are well-worth taking a look at. You can view the slides at this link: Tax Reform Presentation Slides