April-May 2017

Cover Story

Knowing the niche

Luke Carlson never thought he’d be running a fitness company. His education was in kinesiology and exercise science and, at 23, he was an assistant trainer for the Minnesota Vikings. But when a friend recommended it, he embraced the idea of starting a strength training boutique club that adhered not to the whims of the […] Continue reading →

Letter From the Editor

Planting Seeds

When Dr. Rajiv Tandon was growing up in India, his father was a civil servant and every three years he would move the family from one place to another. Each time they moved to a new government bungalow in a new town, the first thing his father would do is plant papaya trees. “One day […] Continue reading →

Business Builders

Data Analytics

Most small- to mid-size companies spend 10 to 15 percent of their annual budget on marketing and advertising.  They invest in upgrading their websites, creating content, sending out emails, organizing events and sending out flyers or postcards. But while significant efforts are spent on executing these marketing initiatives, little is done to track and measure […] Continue reading →

gig economy

Why would a lecturer at Massachusetts’ prestigious Babson College tell her MBA students, “Stop looking for a job?” This sounds like odd advice to elite graduate students garnering credentials to pursue executive careers in the upper reaches of corporate America. But Diane Mulcahy literally wrote the book on an emerging phenomenon known as the gig […] Continue reading →

Office Space

A key ingredient in building a healthy business is developing and implementing a detailed strategy for your office requirements. Executives at the most successful corporations spend months on these plans, because their vision for their company depends on it. While it takes a lot of time and energy to develop a successful office real estate […] Continue reading →


It’s a source of pride for many Minnesotans to live in a state home to nearly 20 of the nation’s Fortune 500 companies (UnitedHealth Group, Target, Best Buy and 3M, to name a few). For others, those big companies aren’t just a source of pride — they’re a source of income. As these large and […] Continue reading →


Workshop: Getting out

  Nothing lasts forever. At some point, every owner will have to or want to sell their business. Are you ready? Do you have the right team in place to maximize your return? Upsize and Club E brought together a half-dozen experts to share their advice.   Edited by Andrew Tellijohn   Rick Brimacomb, moderator, […] Continue reading →