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19
Minneapolis

December 2010 – January 2011

Cover Story

Nothing fancy

"I'm looking at a cornfield right now. I can look out both windows and see cornfields," says Jeff Taxdahl, president of Thread Logic Inc., when reached by phone. The nine-year-old, $1.2-million company sells apparel with embroidered logos to businesses nationwide from rented space in Scott County, near Jordan. Continue reading →

Letter From the Editor

so simple

Jeff Taxdahl didn't want to hire a salesperson. That simple wish is at the root of his company's transformation, starting two years after it was founded, to an all-Internet model.

He runs Thread Logic Inc., which sells shirts and other apparel with custom-embroidered logos to business customers. Most such companies are hyper-local, he says, selling to customers down the street or around the metro, and expanding by adding salespeople to reach ever larger regions. Continue reading →

Focus

Upsize Business Builder Award finalists

The Upsize Business Builder Awards, presented by Winthrop & Weinstine, is an annual contest to recognize the best business-building ideas among Minnesota-based companies with fewer than 100 employees. This fall four finalists, one in each of four categories, were nominations for the impact of their best practice on company performance, and the value of the best practice in helping other business owners. Continue reading →

Business Builders

Health care tax credit can help small companies

Health care tax credit can help small companies Continue reading →

With recovery in sight, what to do next?

With recovery in sight, what to do next? Continue reading →

To retain best leaders, tap their cohorts

To retain best leaders, tap their cohorts Continue reading →

How to drive business growth?

How to drive growth? Enlist your employees Continue reading →

Know rules before claiming home office deduction

Know rules before claiming home office deduction Continue reading →

How to foster ‘SISU’, and more management tips

How to foster 'SISU', and more management tips Continue reading →

Q&A reveals lessons learned the hard way

Q&A reveals lessons learned the hard way Continue reading →

Want to build your contacts? Volunteer

Want to build your contacts? Volunteer Continue reading →

Consider research to boost customer retention, innovation

Consider research to boost customer retention, innovation Continue reading →