December 2015-January 2016

Cover Story

Center stage

Take four finalists, 13 key executives and even an improvisational hand-clapping exercise, and what do you get? Best practices for building a business, useful for any entrepreneur.   ABOUT THIS PROJECT The Upsize Business Builder Awards, presented by Winthrop & Weinstine, is an annual contest designed to recognize Minnesota entrepreneurs for driving smart, sustainable growth. […] Continue reading →

Letter From the Editor

Don’t be a Don’t

It’s a sickening feeling, and one I first experienced paging through Glamour magazine back in the day. No, I never should have worn gauchos, not to mention culottes, and I know that now. No, I never should have worn a vertical-striped red and white jumpsuit, even though (especially because?) I sewed it myself. No, I […] Continue reading →


Workshop: Avoiding the avoidable

‘Grow or die’ is an apt motto for fast-track companies, but some firms grow AND die—felled by mistakes that are all too common, but don’t have to be. Sponsored by Upsize and Club E, our latest workshop featured experts explaining how to learn from others’ missteps instead of taking them all yourself. Moderator Rick Brimacomb, […] Continue reading →

Business Builders

Leadership, Part 1

Congratulations! Your company made Inc. magazine’s 500/5000 list of fastest-growing companies. The invitation to go to the grand induction ceremony is on your desk. Your baby, Rocket Inc., is now on the map. Local papers have printed the announcement on the front page. The phone has been ringing off the hook from potential investors. Wooohoooo!!! […] Continue reading →

Employment Law

Your employees are one of your company’s most valuable assets, but they also can be one of your biggest challenges, particularly from an employment law perspective. Young and growing companies face big issues, such as increasingly burdensome employment laws, rising costs to defend employment claims, and threats to the very core of their business from […] Continue reading →