December 2014-January 2015

Cover Story

Top teams: Renters Warehouse plus four finalists share smart growth tactics

From nominations, Upsize selected five finalists: Avionte, Imagine IT, Renters Warehouse, TitleSmart and VirtualOffiCenters. Their CEOs presented their stories in a private session in November, after which judges named Kevin Ortner of Renters Warehouse the Upsize Business Builder of the Year. Upsize is proud to present all five impressive entrepreneurs in these pages, in hopes […] Continue reading →

Letter From the Editor

Editor’s Note Keeping it fresh

Goff, one of the most gracious entrepreneurs in the Twin Cities, has for years hosted a monthly luncheon to gather women together to hear her message: They’ve got to get their financial house in order, because many of them will one day be single if they aren’t already. The luncheons serve a business purpose, of […] Continue reading →


Upsize Primer: Building a solid foundation-Brick by brick

She and four other experts from disparate fields shared tips to help any business owner get off on the right foot, and Upsize offers edited excerpts from the discussion as a handy guide. Rick Brimacomb, moderator, Brimacomb & Associates: What is the smartest move you’ve seen a business make, in its early stages? Terri Krivosha, […] Continue reading →

Business Builders

Mergers & Acquisitions – Perfection required for sale of your firm? Absolutely not

This might involve hiring a key manager, or finishing a major internal initiative. We certainly maintain there is a minimum threshold of company preparedness needed for a company to be in a position to be brought to market. However, we also know that companies can be successfully marketed even if there are some significant gaps […] Continue reading →

Fraud Protection – When it comes to fraud, a strong defense may be best offense

Companies both large and small strategize constantly on ways to grow their business, reflecting on the company’s pricing model, their footprint in the marketplace and their sales volume with existing customers. All of these are undeniably crucial for strong business growth. But what if we took a step back and approached the growth concept from […] Continue reading →

Estate planning – For business owners, smart estate planning requires extra steps

Estate planning for the business owner needs to account for both the family and the business. For a small-business owner, an estate plan should include not only the basic elements of estate planning, but also provide for the future of their business. Let’s cover some estate planning basics. First, a power of attorney allows someone […] Continue reading →