Small Business Saturday in the Twin Cities: Shop small, shop local!

Ready or not, the holiday season is here, with the trifecta of big shopping days Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday kicking off this weekend. Sure, Small Business Saturday may not create the frenzy as the other two, but for many, that’s part of the day’s charm. Aimed at boosting sales for local independent shops, the day gives smaller mom-and-pop stores a chance to shine and garner focused community support.


Heads up Twin Cities, Plaid is the new Black Friday

(Photo by Sabrina Kennelly) Kathleen O'Hehir-Johnson makes truffles at her small candy store Just Truffles on Grand Avenue in St. Paul.

You can hear from the songs on the radio, the ads in the newspaper, and the commercials on TV that the holiday season has begun. This week Cyber Monday and Black Friday will have consumers opening up their wallets to grab the perfect present for their loved ones.


Same-sex marriage could increase Minnesota's annual economy by $38 M

(Photo by Heidi Garrido) A couple kisses after being married by former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak at city hall on Aug. 1, 2013.

Since same-sex marriage became legal in Minnesota, Heidi Garrido has shot for more than a dozen same-sex weddings. The St. Paul photographer said she’s already seen a major increase in her profits since the state legalized same-sex marriage last summer.


Commodity markets flip-flop on consumers, rural Minnesotans

For several years running, livestock producers struggled with production costs as everything from droughts in cattle country to high feed costs in dairy, pork and poultry areas made producing profits a big challenge for farmers and ranchers.


Educating future nurses as a ticket out of poverty

FHCA Founder, Rachelle Simmons and her class gather around a patient during a hospital tour.

Sometimes, an airplane ride can change your life. Rachelle Simmons was college visiting in Baltimore with her son, and mentally noted something unique.


OPINION | The question for jobs and markets: "For whom?"

Minnesota and the Twin Cities metro area have been dished a steady diet of good, healthy news about job numbers and unemployment this spring. What we don’t know yet is whether statistics will pay the grocery bill.


A paradigm shift in defining "competitiveness"

Some high-profile journalists in the business press and mainstream media are talking about economic competitiveness in a way that suggests a paradigm shift may be underway.


COMMUNITY VOICES | Homegrown talent has designs on a prosperous North Minneapolis

Jamil Ford, president of Mobilize Design and Architecture at his desk. An artist's rendering of The Commons @ Penn Avenue is displayed on the screen

Jamil Ford lives and works in North Minneapolis.


Enough work? Supply, demand and the roots of income inequality

Income inequality is certainly the rallying issue for many progressives these days. Paul Krugman goes as far as to call it the one issue, the only important one. “Inequality is, indeed, the defining challenge of our time. Will we do anything to meet that challenge?” he asked last December.


Facing income inequality, let's raise the minimum wage

It’s easy to get lured into the illusion that you have a limitless amount of choice as a consumer, or that somehow, one person buying free trade or organic food or buying from local businesses inst

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