Bending brewing boundaries
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by Andrew Tellijohn
1M ago
Since Matt Schwandt visited with Upsize in 2017 for a story on standing out in a crowded market, the local craft brewing industry has only gotten more so.  Bauhaus Brew Labs, he said at the time, stood out partially because it focused its product line on longer-to-develop lager beers rather than ales that had been popular with the craft crowd, and also because of a focus on flashy branding and social media messaging. Social and branding remain important. The product line still includes lagers, but it has evolved significantly, both due to the professional need to keep innovating and the p ..read more
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When you try sometimes …
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by Andrew Tellijohn
1M ago
As the name suggests, Owatonna-based Kamp Automation looks for customers with a process they’d like to automate. It could be a small, inconvenient, tiny part that people can’t assemble. It could be a high-volume product so needed that the customer can’t find enough labor to produce it in the necessary quantities. “We’ll work anywhere from medical device companies to the seed industry for corn and soybeans,” says Kent Patterson, co-founder, president and CEO. “We just jump all over wherever there is custom automation.” The company started in his garage. Patterson and his partners built a machin ..read more
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Employers: The future is flexible and fractional
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by Stacey Stratton
1M ago
What was once thought of as a ‘traditional’ job with the employee full-time and on-site is not as common as it once was. The accelerated change in the workforce over the past few years has driven both flexibility in the workforce and the rise of fractional employees.   Employers who are willing to be open and adaptable are the ones who win — and retain — the best talent.   Let’s start with flexibility. Employee turnover can negatively and significantly affect an organization’s operations and long-term success due to its financial impact. Recruiting and then onboarding new employees a ..read more
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Taking risks when you’re scared
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by Nancy Lyons
1M ago
Risks are a necessary part of business, yet most of us find them hard to take. We hem and haw, try to collect endless data to substantiate our decisions or just put off decisions altogether. Neither our fear of risks nor the need to take them will likely go away anytime soon, so perhaps the best path forward is learning to take risks even when you’re scared.  As a small business owner myself, I’ve made tough calls. I’ve had to jump into new ventures with some unknowns and I’ve had to cut some opportunities short that seemed right but turned out not to be best. I’ve had to fire clients and ..read more
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Subpoena survival skills
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by Jeffrey Klobucar
1M ago
The arrival of a subpoena is an unwelcome intrusion. From navigating the delicate balance between legal obligations and protecting proprietary or confidential information to understanding the implications on reputation and stakeholder trust, companies face multifaceted decisions when responding to subpoenas. Here, we explore the various approaches, considerations and best practices that enable companies to effectively navigate subpoenas. Initial assessment of a subpoena Subpoenas seek documents (duces tecum) and/or testimony. A subpoena for testimony is directed to an individual or a corporate ..read more
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Supporting your working caregivers
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by Alaina Melena
1M ago
According to the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers, one in five full-time employees — more than 26 million people in the U.S. — cares for a loved one while continuing to work full-time. Even more startling, a 2023 AARP survey reported that more than half of workers between the ages of 40 and 49 self-identify as caregivers, spending an average of 20 hours a week caring for aging parents, children or both.   The number of people older than 65 is rapidly growing, as are the numbers of people who are chronically ill or disabled. Caregiving responsibilities are increasingly impacting wo ..read more
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Safety net strategies: Fortifying small business resilience with backup
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by Todd Thorsen
1M ago
Tell me the truth: if you lost your computer tomorrow, how much damage would that do to your small business? For many small and midsize businesses (SMBs), the whole world of their work is housed on a laptop.  If you’re confused why this is a problem, take a minute to consider just how impactful the loss of this data would be to your small business: one spilled cup of coffee, one inopportune drop of your laptop, one lost or stolen device or one incorrectly handled phishing scheme — that’s all it takes to wipe out the entire history of your business.  Imagine that all your notes, invoi ..read more
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A Bar of Their Own founder on ignoring the experts 
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by Beth Ewen
1M ago
On day 31 at her new bar that shows only women’s sports on all its TVs, owner Jillian Hiscock assessed a gonzo opening punctuated by women’s March Madness and Iowa superstar Caitlin Clark.  “We survived. That’s what it was like,” she said with a laugh, detailing lines down the block to patronize the first sports bar of its kind in Minnesota and one of only a handful around the world, so far. Formerly in higher ed and not-for-profits, Hiscock began working full-time on A Bar of Their Own last July, pouncing when the former Tracy’s Saloon closed on East Franklin Avenue and raising $140,000 ..read more
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Still popping
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by Andrew Tellijohn
3M ago
Angie and Dan Bastian started Angie’s Kettle Corn in 2001 out of the garage of their Mankato, Minnesota house with little more than a desire to work together and build up college funds for their three children. By the time they sold what became Boomchickapop in 2017, they had filled the funds of not just their own kids, but those of many other families who invested along the way. “We didn’t have any money, but what we did have was a zero percent-interest credit card solicitation for $10,000,” Angie Bastian said at a 2015 WomenVenture event attended by Upsize Founding Editor Beth Ewen. They use ..read more
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Sweet marketing music
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by Andrew Tellijohn
3M ago
Tanner Montague came to town from Seattle having never owned his own music venue before. He’s a musician himself, so he has a pretty good sense of good music, but he also wandered into a crowded music scene filled with concert venues large and small. But the owner of Green Room thinks he found a void in the market. It’s lacking, he says, in places serving between 200 and 500 people, a sweet spot he thinks could be a draw for both some national acts not quite big enough yet for arena gigs and local acts looking for a launching pad. “I felt that size would do well in the city to offer more optio ..read more
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