Economic Gateway http://www.bentonpartnership.org Benton Economic Partnership, Inc. News RSS Feed Mon, 21 Jan 2019 11:47:16 -0800 en-us CareerOneStop Team wins multiple awards in Innovation for its CareerBot http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20316 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Mon, 21 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 The CareerBot chatbot debuted in late April to help users find what they’re looking for on CareerOneStop.org. The CareerOneStop.org team at the Minnesota Department of Employment an... Wellness at work takes root http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20196 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Fri, 18 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 The seeds of a Worksite Wellness Consortium were planted in 2017, and they’re taking root as meetings continue, a website gets enhanced, and businesses network over a like-minded initiative. ... Magazine Highlights Minnesota as a Top Spot for Business http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20315 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Fri, 18 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 The new edition of Minnesota: Thriving in the North spells out the benefits of doing business here. It highlights the state’s inviting business climate, innovative atmosphere and world... Enjoy making things? Find a future as a machinist http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20195 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Thu, 17 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 AVON — When Dave Petron started working at Columbia Gear in Avon more than a quarter-century ago, he was immediately drawn to the job because the final product was something he could a... You can order a drink at the Flat Iron again, but it's not a beer http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20194 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 It's been 25 years since you could belly up to the bar and order a drink at the Flat Iron in downtown St. Cloud. Today you'll see customers chatting around the bar, but it's not beer ... New Privacy and Data Security Guide Published for 2019 http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20314 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 Annual guide developed in cooperation with Gray Plant Mooty ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has partnered with Minneapolis law firm Gray Plant... IoT Gives Minnesota Companies a ‘Smart’ Way to Do Business http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20193 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Tue, 15 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 Minnesota companies are on the front lines of the IoT revolution A University of Minnesota spinout company is working to develop an artificial liver that could dramatically reduce the number of pat... How to make sense of the NFL’s fanciful Super Bowl economic impact numbers http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20192 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Mon, 14 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 You may have heard there’s a Big Game coming to Minneapolis.  You may have heard a lot of things. Some of what you’ve heard about the Super Bowl, to be played Feb. 4 at U.S. Ban... 2018’s Most & Least Educated States in America http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20191 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Fri, 11 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 For a growing number of Americans, a good education is the ticket to a better future. College opens doors to more career opportunities, higher earnings and new social connections, among othe... How Minnesota Uses Its Resources to Drive and Thrive Entrepreneurship http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20190 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Thu, 10 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 A network of resources, wealth of talent, access to capital fuel entrepreneurial growth Minnesota offers a full menu of resources that drive entrepreneurship — from access to a wide network o... Female Entrepreneurs Are the Next Wave of Business Success http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20189 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Wed, 09 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 Last week, I wrote an article which talked about U.S entrepreneurship being at a 40-year low. Research suggests that there are are some seeds of growth and the latest studies have highlighted tha... How Minnesota’s manufacturing executives feel about the year ahead http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20188 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Tue, 08 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 Manufacturing executives in Minnesota are optimistic about their revenue prospects in 2018, but they’re also concerned about a workforce shortage that remains a major hurdle for industries acros... Minnesota Workers Get a Raise http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20187 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Mon, 07 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 While Minnesota’s labor market has been getting tighter for several years, one expected outcome of that trend has been late to emerge – wage growth.  But a story by Dave Senf in th... Updated for 2018: Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota in ‘Minnesota Blue’ http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20186 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Fri, 04 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 The 2018 edition of “A Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota” is now available from DEED’s Small Business Assistance Office.  This popular guide – now in its 36th&n... Innovative Career Services Available at Minnesota WorkForce Centers http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20185 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Thu, 03 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 Minnesota WorkForce Centers continue to improve services for career seekers across the state. While the WorkForce Centers are known for workshops on job search, the MinnesotaWorks.net job bo... Unemployment Reaches Historic Low; Business Survival Rate Tops in the Nation http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20184 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Wed, 02 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 In November, the Minnesota unemployment rate fell to 3.1 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.1 percent.  The state lost 4,000 jobs in November. Over the past year, Minnesota gained 34,56... Minnesota Gains 8,900 Jobs in December http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20183 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Tue, 01 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 Statewide unemployment rate at 3.1 percent, lowest level in more than 17 years ST. PAUL – Minnesota employers added 8,900 jobs in December, with 8,700 of them coming from the private sec... Updated DEED Business Guide Now Available http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20182 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Sun, 30 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 ST. PAUL – The 2018 edition of “A Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota” is now available from the Small Business Assistance Office at the Minnesota Department of Employment... Four Greater Minnesota Cities Awarded Infrastructure Grants http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20181 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Fri, 28 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Funding will support economic development in Royalton, Brooten, Marshall and Luverne ST. PAUL – Grants totaling $5.24 million were approved by the Minnesota Department of Employment and ... East St. Cloud Ready For a Transformation http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=19984 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Mon, 24 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 There’s a new push to recreate the historical magic of east St. Cloud. Redevelopment projects such as plans for new shops and restaurants have been underway for the last couple of years. And lea... THRIVING LOCAL: HANDYMAN’S HARDWARE TAKES OVER EAST ST. CLOUD http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20131 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Tue, 18 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800     Starting out in the family company in 1976, Doug Severson is now the owner of Handyman's Hardware in St. Cloud. "The business was started by my parent... Pinnacle Climate Technologies announces new headquarters http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20132 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Tue, 18 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Pinnacle Climate Technologies, Inc. is moving into a new corporate facility at 1660 13th Avenue NE in Sauk Rapids. The move will accommodate rapid company growth and expand Pinnacle's sp... Proud Partnership with the Initiative Foundation http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=19983 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Mon, 17 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 The Benton Economic Partnership is proud to work with the Initiative Foundation. It’s an organization committed to strengthening the economy in central Minnesota. Part of this mission involves p... Join a local Chamber of Commerce and Have a Voice in Key Decisions http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=19982 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Mon, 10 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 The Benton Economic Partnership is a strong advocate of business owners working together to promote economic prosperity in their hometowns. Becoming a member of your local Chamber of Commerce is a fan... St. Cloud Workforce Center Providing Lucrative Opportunities for Job Seekers and Businesses http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=19981 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Mon, 03 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Looking for a job and unsure where to start? Or are you a business owner in need of the perfect candidate? The St. Cloud Workforce Center is ready to help with those needs. Services for job seekers in...