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Going digital: Device makers chase fast-growing, data-driven market

POPS! mobile system is smartphone-connected glucose sensor for diabetics.

Companies big and small are looking to carve out a chunk of the hot sector.

Bottom line: Volunteerism is great for business

This week is National Volunteer Week. Besides being the right thing to do, getting employees to volunteer is also good for a company’s bottom line. And more companies are offering paid time off as a benefit because of all the real dividends it pays.

When small stores go out of business, owners ask: Now what?

Reilly Starr, right, founder and president of Dapper Dame, started a dry-cleaning business after closing a brick-and-mortar athletic wear store in Manhattan.

Capsized by rising costs and sluggish demand, some look for a new formula to answer: What's next?

McDonald's, fast-food chains find antibiotic-free beef, pork hard to deliver

A shareholder proposal calls for a phase-out, but process is complicated.

Brands that pick targets wisely can connect on social media

The importance of praise

Stephen Wilbers: Use writing to predict the past and remember the future


Wabash National injects new life into Little Falls' shuttered boat factory
Neal St. Anthony

An Indiana company plans to employ 70 workers by 2019 making interiors for trailers

Schafer: Twin Cities experts focus on keeping the customer satisfied
Lee Schafer

Minneapolis marketing consultant Dan Wallace thinks the Twin Cities might have a top "cluster" of thought leadership in managing a better customer experience. He makes a good point.


Business people

Moving upAlerus named David Norris group president and director of sales and service. Norris joined the company in 2007 and most recently was Alerus' president…


Six months and no offers could mean job search needs a break

Q: I'm discouraged. I was laid off about six months ago along with a lot of others in my company. To make it worse, other…


Jobs calendar

JobsMONDAYJOB SEARCH ASSISTANCE: Help from Goodwill-Easter Seals representatives with your job search, filling out applications or writing ­résumés or cover letters. 2-4 p.m. Free.…


Small business calendar

Small BusinessTUESDAYLEGALCORPS CONSULTATION: Legal advice from volunteer attorneys. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Mpls. 612-543-8000.SCORE CONSULTATION: Bring your…


Business calendar

BusinessTUESDAYJOBS SUMMIT LUNCHEON: A fundraiser and information about HIRED's workforce development mission. Advance registration required. tinyurl.com/hiredsummit. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Golden Valley Golf and…


Schafer: Twin Cities experts focus on keeping the customer satisfied

Minneapolis marketing consultant Dan Wallace thinks the Twin Cities might have a top "cluster" of thought leadership in managing a better customer experience. He makes a good point.


Elizabeth Lilly opens her own investment shop in St. Paul

Investment manager Elizabeth "Beth" Lilly has never been shy about making a call.


Review: Galaxy S8 gives Samsung a shot at reputation rehabilitation

SAMSUNG GALAXY S8 $720 New smartphone a chance for redemption The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are Samsung’s newest phones, and it is a critical…


Business bookshelf: 'The Spider Network' a surprisingly Hollywood-like explanation of financial scandal

The Spider Network   David Enrich, Custom House, 508 pages, $29.99. Of all the financial schemes and crises of the past decade, it may seem…


As the recalls pile up at Polaris, trouble gets deeper and deeper

Polaris' position as an icon of Midwestern manufacturing know-how has suffered with 12 rounds of recall notices affecting 338,800 vehicles.