Signing Off

This week, I’ll say goodbye to Prairie Business. In the year and a half I’ve been here, we have updated our website, launched an additional annual magazine, won third place for Best Magazine published by a daily newspaper in the Minnesota Newspaper Association awards, redesigned and completely rebranded. It’s going to be difficult to leave. Putting…
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Taxes: Favorable Figures And A Smallish Pile Of Paperwork

For some of us, it’s tax time. For some of us, tax time was in February, right when our W-2s were available and we could file immediately for optimal refund timing before a vacation to Mexico. Or something… But if it’s tax time for you, I’m sending good vibes for favorable figures and a smallish…
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Tomorrow, We Party

The banner is ready, rolled up and leaning against my desk. The food is ordered, including delectable cheesecakes for dessert. The name tags are printed and ready to identify the special guests. The musicians are booked and bringing their A game. And everyone gets a free drink ticket. The 40 Under 40 / Top 25…
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Salute To Startups

In speaking with two veterans of the business world this week, discussion settled on the work that goes into starting a business. Specifically, we talked about a complex spreadsheet that outlines projected cash flows and expenses — both one-time and continuous — to estimate potential profits. As I’ve said before, math isn’t a strength of…
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The Whole Universe In Aberdeen, SD

On a trip to New York City about a year ago, my best friend and I took in the Dark Universe exhibit at the Museum of Natural History. The exhibit has its own home — a dome-shaped auditorium with loungers, allowing visitors to recline and watch as the universe zooms all around them. It was so…
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