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Inside Track

A look at what’s behind today's Minnesota business headlines.

Veteran-owned cybersecurity startup firm raises $1.1 million

Protocol 46 of St. Paul is led by executives with military-intelligence and IT backgrounds.

Retraining program begins for workers at closing-later-on Electrolux plant

The unusually long wind-down of the Electrolux factory in St. Cloud has given state and workforce officials a chance to retrain its employees for new jobs.

Pohlads made investment manager Beth Lilly an offer she couldn't refuse

Beth Lilly

Beth Lilly, a veteran investment analyst and portfolio manager, from Wall Street to St. Paul, has been hired as chief investment officer for the money-management arm of Pohlad Companies.

Ad spotlight: Real'Za Pizza is "Unbelievably Natural"

Ad spotlight: Real'Za Pizza is "Unbelievably Natural"

Advertising agency Solve humorously showcases frozen pizza ingredients.

Minnesota seeks more small-technology business grant applications

Andamio Games is one of too-few Minnesota fledgling science-and-tech companies that has applied for federal funding.

Thor headquarters and business accelerator launches Friday in North Minneapolis

The $36 million headquarters and business center of nearly 100,000 square feet, plus a parking ramp, is part of an unprecedented $100 million-plus development at Plymouth and Penn Avenue N.

Carlson School launching a new health care/data analytics conference

The Medical Industry Leadership Institute at the Carlson School of Management is hosting a conference in October, its the second new health/technology conference to play off regional strengths this fall.

Clean energy businesses/advocates make the case for more green

Clean energy advocates want Minnesota to accelerate leadership in the growing conservation and renewable-energy sector.

Another health plan targets the grocery cart

The headquarters of UCare in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis-based UCare is joining the trend of health insurers that provide coupons for healthy choices at the supermarket.

Ahead of new iPhone launch, Piper Jaffray raises price target on Apple

Ahead of new iPhone launch, Piper Jaffray raises price target on Apple

Apple shares are up nearly 40 percent since the launch of the last iPhone. Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson isn't predicting another big jump like that, but he says iPhone sales are likely to be better than other analysts are predicting.

Mayo Clinic signs on as a founding partner of new health/technology conference

The Mayo Clinic has signed on as a founding partner of the inaugural MANOVA Global Summit.

U.S. Steel and United Steelworkers continue labor talks

Labor negotiations continue at U.S. Steel and ArcelorMittal, which have more than 2,000 union workers in Minnesota

One more affordable house rising in North Minneapolis

Developer Dominion signs on with Habitat to build a house in the Jordan neighborhood, as Habitat's CEO calls for more affordable housing.

Honeywell to maintain a Twin Cities presence after spin off of two businesses

Honeywell will maintain a Twin Cities presence after it spins off two businesses into separate firms later this year.

Tax revenue grows in first year of Sunday sales

The Minnesota Department of Revenue has reported an uptick in alcohol tax revenue collected during its last fiscal year.

3M wraps its Maplewood HQ building in colorful film -- and a message

"Curiosity is just the beginning," is the written message on 3M's headquarters tower in Maplewood.

3M wraps 12-story headquarters building in colorful films in a nod to creativity.

Sleep Number to share their sleep data and products to help youth

Sleep Number executives rang the Opening Bell at Nasdaq on Monday and announced a new program to share their sleep data and products to help kids learn about better sleep.

MEDA recognized as best (again) by U.S. Commerce Department

Meda, the growing counseler and financier to minority-owned businesses, has been recognized as the best business-support organization for the third year in a row.

Not everything at the Minnesota State Fair is about consumption.

Tech Dump will be back at the fair's "Eco Experience" exhibit to collect old cellular phones and more.

Minority small businesses expanding nationally

African American-owned small businesses are fast expanding around the country; owners say the main obstacle is access to capital.