August-September 2014

Cover Story

Higher ground

That’s what the two winners of this year’s Upsize Growth Challenge are aiming for — an ambitious goal, and we paired them with a group of experts to help them get there. The Upsize Growth Challenge, presented by Winthrop & Weinstine, is a contest created by Upsize magazine to match two winning business owners with […] Continue reading →

Letter From the Editor

[fresh face]

Most days, Adrian Coulter is at his St. Paul store, XL Feet, by 6:30 a.m., wearing a headset, hanging with his dog, and taking calls from people all over the world who need shoes in really big sizes. He might talk to a sheriff’s office for a rush job on a pair of work boots. […] Continue reading →


Extra Protection

Are you a ‘me’ company? If so, you’ll never attain your ultimate value, says an intellectual property expert. Upsize asked four attorneys how they advise clients to protect and capitalize upon their IP assets, and they obliged with these tales and tips. Step one is putting maximum effort into building your brand. interviews by Beth […] Continue reading →

Business Builders

To tweet or not to tweet: How to manage social media

Social media have a direct impact on all aspects of employment, from recruiting and hiring through termination. This phenomenon has created a host of practical and legal issues for employers. While hard-and-fast solutions are rarely available in this evolving area, here are a few strategies for assessing and responding to the risks associated with workplace […] Continue reading →

You’ve heard the clichés, but here’s how to turn passion into a business

Choose a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life. — Confucius You’ve probably seen that quote before. It’s a staple of motivational speakers and career counselors the world over. And for good reason: It’s pretty sage advice. I’ve embraced that motto during my entire career in the fitness industry. However, […] Continue reading →

Heads up: Time for HR audit as new state workplace laws kick in

As most of us were recognizing all of the great moms in our lives, Gov. Mark Dayton was busy on Mother’s Day signing the Minnesota Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA) into law. Its supporters proudly point out the law makes Minnesota a leader in extending equal pay, additional parental leave and other benefits to mothers […] Continue reading →

When the hot lights shine on you, here’s how to ace the interview

I’ve spent time on both sides of the camera, both as a TV reporter and, for the past 20 years, as a public relations consultant, working closely with clients in Minnesota and across the country to prepare them for interviews. I’m also an author, and recently I’ve put my own advice to work as an […] Continue reading →