Category Archives: Minnesota

Strength & Vibrancy of Twin Cities

There was a display at the Cargill room in the Downtown Minneapolis Library a few years ago, celebrating the sesquicentennial (150 years) of Minnesota. It contained displays showcasing Minnesota’s inventions over the years. They included an extensive array: Medical (pacemakers, etc.. work by Bakken and many others), Computer, Food (wheat varieties created by Borlaug, credited with saving  the lives of millions; zillions of apples and much more at the University of Minnesota). Also random things like the Tilt-a-Whirl, Roller Blades, and Spam (which has, again, saved the lives of millions probably).

The University of Minnesota, one of the original Land-Grant institutions, has been doing everything possible to improve life for Minnesotans – and Everyone – since the 1850’s. I graduated with a degree in Accounting from there. I don’t know if you can tell. Anyway, even with the University’s various campuses and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system,  we have a wealth of smaller Universities and Colleges as well. Truly something for every interest and life path.

We have much more diversity here than others imagine. Minnesota schools  are helping kids learn English in addition to their own languages – 200 different languages are spoken in their homes. Our four main languages in Minneapolis are English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong. We are a vibrant community of cultures, ethnicities, neighborhoods  and communities.

We have a thriving arts community, more theater per person than almost anywhere else, storytelling, dance, live music and much more.

Politically, there’s just no end. But let me just stress our high voter turnout, and leave it at that. Except to also mention politics at its best – the Center for Victims of Torture, based in Minneapolis, doing everything possible to heal the human spirit.

That is one nonprofit of hundreds in Minnesota – part of a thriving nonprofit community that seeks to ensure the vitality and well-being of its citizens and address today’s challenges in coordination with government entities, foundations, benefactors and volunteers; in a way that is transparent and accountable.

We have a thriving technology arena with innovation and real-world application, new breakthroughs and efforts to bring technology’s benefits to as many as possible.

Our Minnesota State Fair is perhaps a good place to stop. For many on the coasts (the reason this post exists, see here and here), the State Fair justifies your belief systems about Minnesota. And, as I’ve said before, there’s a certain level of inevitability about all this which I accept.

Despite that, I’ll just say this: the State Fair is like life.

You have huge numbers of people, all of whom are doing what they want to do for their own reasons. Some have brought to the Fair the best of their years’ efforts – animals, artworks, recipes, large vegetables, seed art. Some have brought information and arguing points to try and change others minds and spark action. Some have brought items to sell, and/or money to buy. Many are artists and performers, there to incite joy, laughter and dancing. Many-many are present to take it all in and have a wonderful time.

There is a little bit of almost everything, and a zillion choices at every turn. You can – as in life – decide what experience you want to have, and then set about to have that experience. Things may go a different way, and you can adapt. There may be streets filled to the brim with unwashed masses – and alternate routes. Long lines at these times, shorter lines earlier/later. Coupons and deals to utilize. Extensive work and volunteer opportunites. Too much heat, rain, cold and blah days, disappointment, social goings-on with drama and heart break, families (in matching t-shirts sometimes) with best intentions, crying babies and their huge baby carriages always in the way, people moving about with assistive technology, people physically adjusting themselves to all those around them constantly, people who’ve been coming to the fair for decades, people who only recently landed in Minnesota and are still just their bearings, breaking technology and the newest in kitchen convenience. It’s all there, it’s all in the Twin Cities, it’s all the same in slightly different ways everywhere.

We are completely engaged in what we’re doing here. You are welcome to join us. It’s ok if you want to keep doing what you’re doing where you are. But we’re going to keep doing what we’re doing our own selves, in any case. Namaste.

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Rankings – Twin Cities

List of high rankings recently for Twin Cities

(Note, given our inherent modesty, it’s excruciating to pull this all together, but in moments like these the struggle is part of the reward).

Two of America’s Top 12 Cities – BusinessWeek

Bike City – # 1 (Bicycling Magazine)

Bike-Friendly City – #2 – CNN

Best City Park System  – Trust for Public Land

Top Best Cities for Young Adults: # 10 (Forbes Real Estate)

#1 City our size for National Night Out participation

Travel & Leisure: High rankings for multiple aspects including intelligence and summer

Dog Friendly Cities # 10 – Estately

Forbes #23 best place for business and career

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Site-Member Profile: Nauen Mobile Accounting

Year Established: 1993

Business Name: Nauen Mobile Accounting

Owner: Lindsay Nauen, M.B.A. (Carlson School of Management), accounting concentration.

Product/Service: A full range of accounting and bookkeeping services for small businesses and nonprofits.

Services include:

Weekly or Biweekly activities including data entry of bank deposits and other entries, running payables checks, payroll and invoicing customers.

Month-End activities including bank and loan reconciliations, financial report preparation, budget and cash flow updating, supplemental reports and journal entries as needed.

Year-End activities including 1099 and 1096 production/distribution as well as the same for W-2’s and and W-3 form. Assistance/preparation of reports required by your CPA. Year-end journal entries and closing procedures as necessary.

Management advisory and Consulting services including projections, budgeting, cash flow reports.

Additional services: Quickbooks, Peachtree & MYOB support (plus others), assistance for your CPA in producing your tax returns and other government reporting, and other business services as needed.

Unique Features/Competitive Advantage: Nauen Mobile is so named because services are provided at *your* location, so you retain control and access to your records, and can easily discuss with the Nauen staff your business questions and financials at your convenience. Also Nauen has a range of staff to exactly meet the needs of your business, at the most optimal rate for you given your business requirements.

Organizational Mission: To provide customized accounting and business services to small businesses and nonprofits who wish to outsource those services.

Organizational Vision: To be accountable to our community, clients, our firm and to each other. To form long-term relationships with our clients. To provide customized services, including on-site work when needed.

Organizational Values: Integrity, Confidentiality, Long-Term relationships, Flexibility, Provide customized solutions, Reasonable prices.

Contact Information:
Website: http://www.nauenmobile.com/
Phone: 651/696-8913.
Address: 241 S. Cleveland Ave., A3; St. Paul, MN 55105.
Email: lindsay@nauenmobile.com

Organizational Development: Visit our recently launched website, created by long-time client: NADA advertising!

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Site-Member Profile: E & L Bindery!

Business Name: E & L Bindery

Year Established: 1960

Business Owner: Jeff Dahlin

Product/Service: Custom Hardcover Bookbinding services Unique Features/Competitive Advantage: Serving the niche market of binding and book restoration for individuals, schools, companies & organizations. Print runs for 1 copy to 200 copies.

Examples: Limited Editions binding: Family histories, poetry collections… Professional Journals and Thesis binding: Also includes dissertations, honors projects… Periodicals binding (Newspaper, Bulletin, Newsletter file volumes): Bind those stacks of back issues into protective hardcover volumes for easy storage and reference. Book restorations and repairs,Custom binders, portfolios, and boxes.

Contact Information:
Phone: 651/251-2255
Email: jeff@elbindery.com
Website: http://www.elbindery.com/

Other Community Activities: Jeff Dahlin, owner of E & L Bindery, also participates in the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. At Windrose Mil as “Master LooseLeaf,” Jeff demonstrates the art of bookbinding alongside other specialized artisans who demonstrated paper making, printing and calligraphy. Jeff/Master LooseLeaf has been honored by the King as a Master Artisan over the years.

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Cheers for Seward Co-op: Small Business Success Story!

Chosen by Twin Cities Business to be featured as a success story, Seward continues to delight the community!

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Local Bookstores – alive and thriving!

Our local paper highlighted today the strengths and sustainability of our local bookstore in this great article!

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