October-November 2015

Cover Story

Shot in the arm

HealthSource Solutions provides wellness services to corporate clients, but it was the company’s own health that needed attention a year ago. Strapped for cash and with morale in the dumps, CEO Mary Kruse bought out her business partner, tapped her retirement savings to make payroll, and learned the business side of her business. The result? […] Continue reading →

Letter From the Editor


Like you, I’m bombarded with offers supposedly designed to reward my loyalty to various businesses, yet I was thinking recently how most of those programs actually turn me off.  The last thing I want is another code to punch in or email to clutter up my jam-packed inbox. My current pet peeves: Panera Bread and […] Continue reading →


Workshop:Upsize Growth Challenge

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 select two winners based on the ambition of the growth goal and the quality of the work already completed to […] Continue reading →

Business Builders

LEADERSHIP: What philosophers say about the science of true leadership.

7,000 kids a day drop out of school in the United States, 13 percent of those remaining are in special ed, and more and more mainstream students are on medication. There are more jails than colleges, and 30 percent of college students report days being too depressed to function effectively. Rates of cancer, heart disease, […] Continue reading →

MANAGEMENT: Solve the biggest profit-killer in a growing business

In a new business, the owner wears all three hats. I’ve never met an owner who excelled at all three at the same time.   Entrepreneurs are often creative people who can produce and deliver a great product or service (operations).   Sometimes they are really good at selling because they believe in the value […] Continue reading →

SOCIAL MEDIA: Beware of diluting your brand, one post at a time

It’s a force for guardians of company and product reputations to reckon with, including employers, marketing departments and public relations firms. It seems as though society is being overrun by attention-starved folks who are clamoring for their hashtag or tweet in the sun. Aside from the affront to propriety, the impact that rogue personal social […] Continue reading →

TECHNOLOGY: Mobile-friendly sites are a must in today’s smartphone world

 Better make sure your website is mobile-enabled or your best laid plans might just go out the window—perhaps along with your entire business.  Think I’m exaggerating? An estimated 60 percent of all web traffic now occurs over a mobile device and that number is expected to keep heading north. Beyond the implications for building mobile-friendly […] Continue reading →