Aug-Sept 2017

Cover Story

Getting Creative

When Casa de Corazón needed some new teachers to supplement the staff at its growing Spanish-immersion child care and preschool program, the company fought against more than just a tight labor market. It not only needed to find people qualified as licensed lead teachers, but they also must speak Spanish. So, Casa de Corazón petitioned […] Continue reading →

Letter From the Editor


In a long career of editing and writing and, with Upsize, even co-founding a business publication, I have gotten a lot of feedback from readers. I enjoy every comment, which I keep in a special “hate mail/fan mail.” But I had never received a comment like this, from the CEO of a franchise company, who […] Continue reading →


Catching Up

When Darlene Miller appeared in Upsize back in 2009, Burnsville-based precision parts manufacturer Permac Industries Inc. was struggling. Most of her clients were suffering through the downturn, some having lost as much as 50 percent to 75 percent of sales. But Miller, president and CEO, was boldly optimistic. “We’re in survival mode, but we ARE […] Continue reading →

Business Builders


So, it’s time to find a professional adviser. Whether it’s an accountant, attorney, insurance broker, or wealth adviser, how do you choose? Choosing or replacing an adviser can be a daunting task. How do you determine the criteria you’ll use to judge them? A lot of people head to the internet where they find a […] Continue reading →


This article provides background on the benefits of trademark registration and a discussion of the implications of the Court’s ruling.  U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Matal v. Tam, 582 U.S. _____ (2017), which held that the disparagement clause contained in Federal trademark law constitutes an infringement of the First Amendment, removed significant prohibitions on registering […] Continue reading →


There are a number of factors that determine the success or failure of a business venture. Accounting ranks near the top in importance. Accounting is the language for business. If you learn it like a language, you’ll be better able to understand what your business is saying. If you can’t understand the finances of your […] Continue reading →


Itching to expand

When this year’s Growth Challenge winners, Brian Anderson and Greg Hennes, came face-to-face in the offices of Minneapolis-based Winthrop & Weinstine in early August, they bantered as if they had known each other for a lifetime. Turns out they had. Anderson and Hennes were neighbors growing up in Owatonna, MN. Both are now business owners […] Continue reading →