Category: Business

Agriculture
Five Reasons Agribusinesses Succeed in Greater Mankato

These five reasons agribusinesses succeed in Greater Mankato make this South Central Minnesota community a regional powerhouse in the agriculture industry. Our region continues to make a name for itself in the global landscape through technological innovation, infrastructure investment, local and regional connectivity, a well-trained

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Advocacy
State Seeks Input on Rulemaking for PMFL

As you know the state passed Paid Family and Medical Leave (PMFL) into law in 2023. That program will not go into effect until 2026. As part of that law, the legislature granted the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) rulemaking authority to help

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Member Guest Blog
Slowing Down to Go Faster: Reimagining Business Growth Strategies

A version of this article first appeared on EideBailly.com. Gartner categorizes technology investment into run, grow, and transform segments, with over 87% of IT spend on ‘run’ and ‘grow’ and less than 13% on ‘transform.’ Technology addresses challenges like competitive pressure, hiring, retention, and value-chain

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Advocacy
Legislature Adjourns to Conclude Historic Session

The end of the 2023-24 session was extraordinary and acrimonious, capping two years of single party control of state government; record budget surpluses and spending; a sweeping, progressive policy agenda; and unfortunately, a more partisan state Capitol than many of us have witnessed or experienced.

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Advocacy
New Overtime Regulation is Wrong Rulemaking at Wrong Time

This piece was originally posted by the US Chamber of Commerce. In the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) latest effort to mimic those Servpro ads about making it “like it never ever happened,” the agency has now issued a new overtime regulation to undo the previous

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Advocacy
Required Automatic Braking in New Vehicles Coming

This story originally appeared on NPR.org DETROIT — In the not-too-distant future, automatic emergency braking will have to come standard on all new passenger vehicles in the United States, a requirement that the government says will save hundreds of lives and prevent thousands of injuries

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Advocacy
FTC Bans Noncompetes – US Chamber to Sue

The US Chamber will file a lawsuit Wednesday against the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) after the agency voted to ban employer noncompete agreements. The FTC’s action sets a dangerous precedent for government micromanagement and will harm employees, employers, and the economy. Why it matters: The

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Advocacy
Unleaded 88 Waiver Approved for Summer 2024

Story originally published by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association. Today, the Biden administration approved an emergency waiver allowing for Unleaded 88 sales in summer 2024. Unleaded 88, which is also known as E15 in a nod to its 15% ethanol concentration, is a lower-cost, cleaner-burning

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Advocacy
Permitting Reform — My View: Permit Reform Bill a Good Start

Story originally published in The Mankato Free Press. It’s good to see a strong effort to reform Minnesota’s regulatory environment in St. Paul. When business, industry, labor unions, farmers, and environmental groups come together to improve the permitting process, it deserves to be celebrated. That

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Business Development
Massive Expansion Coming at Walmart Distribution Center

Story originally published in The Mankato Free Press. MANKATO — Walmart’s already mammoth distribution center is going to grow nearly one-and-a-half times in size in a construction project about to get underway on Mankato’s east side. An expansion topping 600,000 square feet will add nonrefrigerated

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