October – November 2011

Cover Story

High bar

I See Me! Inc. is one of two winners of this year's Upsize Growth Challenge, and CEO and President Maia Haag has been working with experts and her team to reach an ambitious goal: doubling revenue to $10 million in five years. With company co-founder and husband Allan Haag, she described to Upsize what will mean the most if they get there: twice as many children will get their books' message about self-esteem. Continue reading →

Letter From the Editor

Get ‘er done

Allan Haag talks eloquently about setting a high standard for the books that I See Me! produces.

"If you send a product out to market and it isn't the best it can be the first time around, I think you're risking your reputation. I know personally I don't want a single book to go out with any imperfection in it," says Haag, who co-founded the company with his wife, Maia Haag, who is president. Continue reading →


The Upsize Growth Challenge: Track records

The Upsize Growth Challenge, presented by Winthrop & Weinstine, is a contest created by Upsize magazine to match two winning business owners with the expert advice they need to reach their goals. From nominations, judges the sponsoring companies: Brian Kensicki and Deb Cochran of Winthrop & Weinstine and Bridget Manahan of Western Bank. Upsize covers their progress in this issue, covering workshop two that convened in September, and in the June/July issue, covering workshop one. Nominations for next year's contest open in spring 2012. Continue reading →

Business Builders

Cash balance pensions can boost deductions while building savings

Many business owners are searching for ways to increase tax deductions, especially with the threat of tax rate increases, and to rebuild their battered retirement savings, after painful market losses of late. Cash balance pension plans are an excellent means of achieving both goals. Continue reading →

Bankers offer advice for borrowers in ‘Upsize Top 11’

How can business owners get the credit they need to grow their companies? It's a common complaint in this economy, since the financial crash of 2008 spawned tighter federal regulations on banks and sent more solid companies into the red.

Upsize scoured recent interviews to show how bankers are thinking about credit today, and offers the best of their advice. Continue reading →

Disasters happen; How to be ready for the next one

Not long ago our lives were flooded with news stories about the effects of the 9.0-magnitude earthquake, resulting tsunami and Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown, writes Greg Fliearman, a solutions architect at VISI in Minneapolis. Continue reading →

As dot-com expands to dot-anything, owners should prepare

As dot-com expands to dot-anything, owners should prepare.

Starting early next year, businesses and entrepreneurs will be able to apply for customized "generic top-level domain names" (gTLDs), which are the suffixes after the dot in a website address. Continue reading →