October 2007

Cover Story

Mundane to marvelous

Monica Nassif says she had an epiphany in the middle of a big-box retail store - in the household cleaning products aisle, of all places.

"I'll never forget it. I looked at this pallet of cleaning products," she recalls. "All of the bottles were cockeyed and tipped over. The packaging was hideous. I remember turning my head and going, "'I hate that category. I hate everything about cleaning. I hate the packaging. I hate the toxicity.'" I always thought I was going to kill my kids and my cat. Continue reading →

Letter From the Editor

brain teasers

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Back Page

Michael Coles, CEO of Caribou Coffee, on ‘renting’ your customers day by day

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Real estate guide: Real decisions

WHEN IT COMES to buying or leasing Twin Cities office, retail, warehouse or industrial space, business owners, real estate brokers and attorneys have varying opinions about what the best options are. Continue reading →

Business Builders

Vacation homes

WITH THE START OF FALL, many Minnesotans are preparing the cabin for winter, or getting ready to travel south until spring.

These second residences, vacation properties and cabins are not only a center for family interaction, but can also be a significant asset of the owners. Transferring these assets to the next generation requires careful planning - and not just for legal and financial aspects, but also for emotional and relationship complexities. Continue reading →

Remote Deposit

In recent years, management of Continue reading →

ESOP is one way to fund succession

Many of our clients ask us whe Continue reading →

Combat labor shortage with holistic approach

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The right time to sell

IF YOU ARE like most private company owners, more than half of your total net worth is tied up in the value of your company. You have built this value through years of hard work and reinvestment in the business. Continue reading →



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Peer Groups

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Start early to negotiate best real estate terms

A business plan is the buildin Continue reading →