June-July 2017

Cover Story

Standing out in a crowd

When Bauhaus Brew Labs opened in 2014 in the heart of Northeast Minneapolis, the taproom and brewery industry in Northeast Minneapolis was already getting crowded. Company officials felt they knew how to brew great beer – but they also knew that alone was not going to ensure the public would stop by to enjoy it. […] Continue reading →

Letter From the Editor

Get Out

That was the somewhat joking comment made by the moderator of a recent panel featuring four local entrepreneurs in digital publishing, who had interesting advice for business owners. Stephen Regenold of Minneapolis, founder of Gearjunkie.com, was the entrepreneur in question. He was talking about the success his company is achieving since he quit doing absolutely […] Continue reading →


Catching up

The last time Upsize visited with Jennifer Smith in late 2009, she was a year into having made the decision to boldly grow her company, Burnsville-based Innovative Office Solutions Inc., during the economic downturn while other companies were making cuts and buckling down. The company, in the fall of 2008, decided to add 15 people, […] Continue reading →

Business Builders


On January 1, 2018, a new law governing limited liability companies (LLCs) in Minnesota, Chapter 322C, will take effect for LLCs formed before August 1, 2015. LLC owners should re-write their LLC documents in conjunction with this legislative change to ensure that their current business deal continues to work as they intended. The Minnesota Legislature […] Continue reading →


There are several good books available today on the topic of business execution. This is not too surprising to me given the number of business leaders I meet who lament the challenges they’re having in executing their growth strategy. It’s also inspired me to read/re-read several books on the topic of execution including: “Execution” by Larry […] Continue reading →

Employee Retention

The war for talent is heating up — especially in Minnesota. The state’s job market is tighter than it’s been in years, with job vacancies reaching levels not seen since the 1990s, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. That’s great news for job seekers — and the state’s overall economic health. […] Continue reading →


Most of us agree that a consistent plan of healthy food, exercise, and positive support from others improves a person’s overall health. Our bodies and brain perform more effectively when we consume food with quality ingredients and participate in a regimented exercise program. The moral support from others motivates us to push harder, make tweaks and […] Continue reading →


Workshop: Family business

There was the story about two brothers starting a manufacturing company together. They got along fine, but problems arose because their wives hated each other. The relationship got so bad they split the business in half and became competitors. One brother flourished, the other ended up selling. Then there was another man who started an […] Continue reading →