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Minneapolis

August – September 2010

Cover Story

Entrepreneurs Series

Loren O'Brien, CEO and founder of B&F Fastener Supply in Minneapolis, is one of two winners of the Upsize Growth Challenge 2010 because of his company's ambitious growth goal: he wants to double in revenue in the next five to seven years, to $40 million. Continue reading →

Letter From the Editor

How nice

Welcome Beth Ewen, Upsize Minnesota, said the sign outside B&F Fastener Supply in St. Anthony, where I was going to interview CEO Loren O'Brien for this month's cover story.

How old-fashioned, I thought. How earnest. How nice. It's been a long time since a company has "rolled out the red carpet" for me, as O'Brien put it when I thanked him for the welcome. Continue reading →

Focus

Growth Challenge

"So it's growing into something else," says Stacy Anderson about her 10-year-old company Earth Wizards Inc., a $2-million firm that started in the blacktop business.

Describing exactly what that "something" is should be her main focus in the next few months, the Upsize Growth Challenge experts agree.

Anderson's company is one of two winners of the 2010 Upsize Growth Challenge, which experts who can help them get there, and reports on their progress. Continue reading →

Business Builders

How to rev up your exhausted top performers

How to rev up your exhausted top performers
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‘Fred, shut up!’ and other reasons to hone message

'Fred, shut up!'and other reasons to hone message Continue reading →

Do you qualify for r&d credit? How to tell

Do you qualify for r&d credit? How to tell Continue reading →

How to fight ‘dragons’ at private firms

How to fight 'dragons' at private firms Continue reading →

To lead your small business, transform yourself

To lead your small business,transform yourself Continue reading →

Franchising

How to know if your business is a franchise Continue reading →

Beware when passing firm to offspring

Beware when passing firm to offspring Continue reading →

Exporting

Protect brands overseas, even during recession Continue reading →

Angel tax credit break meant to boost small companies

'Angel' tax break meant to boost
small companies
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‘Staffing cushion’ helps firms respond to economic cycles

'Staffing cushion' helps firms respond to economic cycles Continue reading →