Lee Schafer | Star Tribune
Columnist | Business

Lee Schafer came to the Star Tribune after 15 years as a corporate officer, consultant and investment banker in the Twin Cities. He has been a columnist for Twin Cities Business magazine and was senior editor for Corporate Report Minnesota.


Bloomington firm Stevens Foster invests locally, and keeps the bar high

Lots of people see the good that can come of spending money at a shop owned and staffed by people from the neighborhood.A financial advisory…


Schafer: Would the Twin Cities be a better Amazon partner than Seattle?

Minneapolis residents found out this month that seven of their City Council candidates and two people who are running for mayor can imagine a city…


Schafer: Trading case tied to former Life Time exec hits investing neophytes

It's a cautionary tale, if proven in court, about how quick profits can easily tempt unsophisticated people to break the law.


Schafer: Mayo Clinic is invested in Rochester, but there's more work to be done

Company towns got their bad reputation when the big employers veer from not just bossing people around to taking advantage of them.


Schafer: In sizing up bids for businesses, you can't forget Minnesota starts better off

Compared with Iowa and Wisconsin, in Minnesota we enjoy higher household incomes and are more likely to have a job, have college degrees and be covered by health insurance.


Schafer: Perception of the Twin Cities technology market doesn't meet reality

Entrepreneur Chip Pearson has been trying to get the word out that our region’s startup technology sector is a lot bigger — and has created…


Schafer: Target's wage hike not invoked for theatrics

Some local employers can't imagine how Target gets attention for starting people at $11 per hour. It's far too late in this tight labor market for $11 an hour to be news.


Schafer: Could Amazon steal the Twin Cities' top talent if it expands here?

Complaining about competing against Amazon for workers would make Best Buy and Target look like whiners. But it's clearly an issue.


Oct. 5 event aims to help investors be better stewards of assets

Fred Martin, the founder and lead portfolio manager for Disciplined Growth Investors of Minneapolis, is also the founder and host of an event he hopes will recur annually called Objective Measure.


Schafer: Best Buy CEO tells investors it's all about the customer experience

Keeping the customers coming back seems pretty fundamental, but in traditional retailing it's easy to get distracted by the store.