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Thor Cos. headquarters move expected to be catalyst for near-North Side economy

North Minneapolis business people Marcus Owens, Tara Watson and Roger Cummings, outside Watson's chiropractic, home-health and Anytime Fitness enterprises on W. Broadway Avenue, just east of Penn Avenue. Photo: Neal.St.Anthony@startribune.com

Marijuana brands can trademark almost anything, except marijuana

Hal Lewis is national sales director for Cannabis Sativa Inc., which offers Hi-brand cannabis balm and other products.

Strategy a way to sidestep federal law, which rejects registering the product.

Small businesses hope to see Obama-backed rules scrapped

Vince Pappas, owner of Stone Steel Corp., said he spends about 10 hours a week studying the regulations with which his company must comply.

Some rules over past eight years have been seen by small business as costly, cumbersome and unnecessary.

When expanding to new markets, best to bet on direct sales

Harvey Mackay: Do not give up on pursuing your dreams

If you think you're networking too much, analyze the results

Scott Brown of Zipnosis talks about the appeal of health care technology


Thor Cos. headquarters move expected to be catalyst for near-North Side economy
Neal St. Anthony

North Minneapolis business owner Tara Watson was pleased to learn last week about Thor Cos. moving its headquarters from the suburbs to a new building…

Ken Abdo's entertainment team joins Fox Rothschild
Inside Track

Philadelphia-based law firm Fox Rothschild, which entered the Twin Cities market last year by absorbing Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly, has hired Ken Abdo, the Twin Cities premiere entertainment lawyer and four other attorneys who composed the entertainment-and-IP practice at Lommen Abdo.


Mergers and acquisitions involving Minnesota companies

Target AcquirerDate Location Location Description1/5 Riverland Communications Hiawatha Broadband Hiawatha Broadband Communications has acquired the Inc. - Wireless Internet Communications Inc. wireless internet options of…


Business people

Moving upMedica, Minnetonka, named Paul Crowley vice president and general manager, commercial markets. Crowley joined the company in 2013 as vice president and general manager,…


Small business calendar

Small businessMONDAYBUSINESS PLANNING: Learn how to create a road map for your business. stpaul.score.org. 9 a.m.-noon. $50. Olsen Thielen & Co., 2675 Long Lake…


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.…


Business calendar

BusinessMONDAYNETWORKING LUNCHEON: WomenVenture Executive Director Elaine Wyatt will speak for the Encourage Her Network event. encouragehernetwork.com. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $35-$65. Hyatt Regency Bloomington, 3200…


Banker Paul Grangaard found calling at Allen Edmonds making shoes

Paul Grangaard spent 25 years in commercial banking, investment banking and at private equity firm Goldner Hawn Johnson & Morrison. He left in 2008 to…


Turn your ordinary watch into a smartwatch

CT Band $170-200 Turn your ordinary watch into a smart one If you want a smartwatch but just can’t part with your analog watch, take…


Strong earnings report sends Skyworks stock up 13 percent

Sky’s the limit: Skyworks Solutions jumped 13 percent to $88.67 Friday after the semiconductor products maker reported better-than-anticipated quarterly results and touted sales growth beyond…


Recent bankruptcy filings in Minneapolis and St. Paul

ST. PAUL Maciej Paint Corp., doing business as Industrial Painting Specialists Inc., 5858 N. 152nd St., Hugo, Minn.; filed Jan. 13, 17-30094; Chap. 11; no…


North Loop becoming the place to be for retail

Innovative, independent retail sites hope to be the right fit for a surging neighborhood