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Your Friendly Network

Friday, April 13, 2018

Why tell your friends about your hunt for a new job? One, your friends will go the extra mile to lend a helping hand. Two, when...
Job Polarization

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Minnesota has experienced significant job growth since the end of the recession, but the growth has been uneven when it comes to the wage levels...
Wage Outliers

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Men are disproportionately at the top of the wage scale in most industries. But there are a handful of industries where women are the wage...
State Gains 2,500 Jobs in January

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Unemployment rate steady at 3.3 percent ST. PAUL – Minnesota employers added 2,500 jobs in January, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department...
State Exports at $21 Billion in 2017

Monday, April 09, 2018

Sales jump 8 percent from previous year ST. PAUL – Minnesota businesses exported $21 billion worth of agricultural, mining and manufactured products in 2017, an 8 percent...
Share your housing story

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Homes for All MN is a coalition of housing and homelessness organizations working to secure more money for affordable housing and homelessness services in Minnesota....
Mainstreams: Shoe mender forges a new path

Friday, March 30, 2018

After 40 years repairing shoes, local owner beefs up retail operation by Joni Astrup Associate Editor When Bob Brust started in the shoe repair business in 1978, some...
Sportech: Investing in Employees and the Community

Monday, March 26, 2018

The United States is experiencing a “skills gap”—or shortage of skilled workers for specialized jobs. It’s a growing problem nationwide, particularly in rural areas. Some companies...
Updated DEED Business Guide Now Available

Friday, March 23, 2018

Thirty-sixth edition covers major issues faced by people who start businesses ST. PAUL – The 2018 edition of “A Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota” is...
Engineering a better community

Monday, March 19, 2018

“Engineering or technology is all about using the power of science to make life better for people, to reduce cost, to improve comfort, to improve...
A plan for growth

Monday, March 12, 2018

City planning is an often overlooked but critical aspect of every community. As a city grows, it’s important to have policies and plans in place...
The right infrastructure to grow

Monday, March 05, 2018

Elk River is one of the fastest growing business communities in Central Minnesota. In part, this is due to its auspicious location, but the city...
Ensuring affordable housing

Monday, February 26, 2018

Affordable housing is a prerequisite for success. A home offers stability and security. It’s a foundation for growth. Unfortunately, there’s a nationwide shortage of reasonably-priced housing....
A great place for workers and businesses

Monday, February 19, 2018

Sherburne County, of which Elk River is the county seat, is an attractive place to live and do business. Businesses can take advantage of the region’s...
Food trucks heat up spicy dialogue

Thursday, February 15, 2018

City addressing if and when to allow food trucks to do business in Elk River Should food trucks and trailers be permitted in Elk River? If...
Action for the environment

Monday, February 12, 2018

“Our population and our use of the finite resources of planet Earth are growing exponentially, along with our technical ability to change the environment for...
Forward Motion in 2018

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Six ways to improve your professional skills Whether you remain in the job market, hit a career slump, or are looking for a career change, making a...
Bus Drivers Needed!

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Do you know a lot about moving people between various places – including hotels and sports stadiums, in a safe and secure manner – or...
Local company creates 14 home sites in Baldwin

Monday, February 05, 2018

Acreage runs along County Road 9 in Baldwin Township Dirt has been moving along Sherburne County Road 9/293rd Avenue in Baldwin Township, which has caused some...
Elk River is a growing city

Monday, February 05, 2018

Population growth is beneficial for economic development. It not only increases the available workforce of a region, it expands its tax base. More people translates...
What’s Apprenticeship?

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

What do a pipefitter, plumber and bookbinder have in common? These three occupations are among over 100 Minnesota occupations training over 10,500 apprentices in a formal system of...
We’re On Time

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has been named one of the most punctual airports in the world by the OAG Punctuality League, which ranks on-time performance of the...
A proven leader for our school system

Monday, January 29, 2018

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” ~John Quincy Adams In March, Elk River’s...
Tapping into the 55-Plus Workforce

Monday, January 29, 2018

The struggle is on both sides: Employers looking for workers and seniors looking for meaningful employment. One solution: DEED’s Senior Community Service Employment Program – or SCSEP.  The SCSEP helps...
State Manufacturers Optimistic About 2018 Economy

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Most expect business conditions to improve or stay the same in coming year ST. PAUL – Minnesota manufacturers are upbeat about the economy, with 95 percent expecting...
Meeting the Mental Health Challenge

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Report: Shortage of menal health professionals 'critical' The shortage of counselors and other mental health professionals in Minnesota has been the subject of much debate in...
Give Experiences to Job Seekers

Monday, January 22, 2018

Solution to "a little too much" Holiday shopping for a friend or relative who is unemployed or managing a difficult work situation brings its own challenges....
Startup Successes

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Did you know: Minnesota is no. 16 in venture capital dollars Minnesota startups have found great success in Minnesota over the last few years, despite challenges...
Financing for business

Monday, January 15, 2018

Building a business is a capital-intensive process. Business expansions necessitate serious risk-taking and resources. Sherburne County is committed to advancing area businesses. It partners with Elk...
Innovation

Monday, January 15, 2018

Minnesota is a great place for innovation Minnesota is a great place for innovation – it’s embedded in our identity. Earlier this year, Minneapolis was named as one of...
Mainstreams: Landmark has turned a corner

Friday, January 12, 2018

The fruits of Keith and Debbie Johnson’s labors as owners and operators of Landmark Motel and Extended Stay are starting to pile up. People have certainly...
Resources for business

Monday, January 08, 2018

There are many challenges associated with starting or expanding a business, from finding adequate financing to attracting skilled workers. Thankfully, Minnesota has great resources for...
Partnering for growth

Monday, January 01, 2018

Growing a region’s economy is a monumental feat. It requires participation and investment from an array of entities and individuals, from public and private organizations...
Preserving historic structures

Monday, December 25, 2017

Elk River’s water tower is nearly a century old. The structure on Jackson Street near downtown was named to the National Register of Historic Places...
A mecca for manufacturing

Monday, December 18, 2017

The medical device industry has been thriving in recent years, driven in part by an increase in demand brought on by an aging population that...
Encouraging a vital local business community

Monday, December 11, 2017

The Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce is focused on energizing the local business community by promoting member businesses, advocating for business concerns, building business...
Ensuring building safety

Monday, December 04, 2017

October was fire prevention month. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, three out of five fire deaths occur because homes don’t have functioning fire alarms. Fire...
Leading the way in energy conservation

Monday, November 27, 2017

In 1997, the Minnesota Environmental Initiative chose Elk River to be held up as a leader in renewable energy products, services and technologies. Since then,...
Boosting rural economies

Monday, November 20, 2017

Rural regions in the U.S. too often rely on the success of one or two key industries for survival. But boom and bust cycles have...
Incentives for job creation

Monday, November 13, 2017

Job growth is important for every community. Increasing the proportion of quality jobs available is essential for long-term economic growth. But expanding a business requires...
Minnesota has resources for businesses

Monday, November 06, 2017

There are many good reasons to do business in Minnesota. In 2016, Forbes magazine ranked the state #5 in the nation for economic climate and...
Four Questions with Gabrielle Gerbaud

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Executive director, Minnesota Trade Office What led you to the Minnesota Trade Office (MTO)?  My experience at Polaris involved everything from sales to operations. I represented Polaris...
For clean-energy jobs, sky's the limit

Monday, October 30, 2017

As wind and solar energy have grown, they've created a tide of jobs nationwide in fields from construction to manufacturing. Renewable energy jobs, most of...
Disability and Employment Awareness Month

Thursday, October 26, 2017

October is Disability and Employment Awareness Month. It’s a great opportunity to consider what job seekers with disabilities bring to the table. Linda Jenkins worked...
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