Economic Gateway http://www.bentonpartnership.org Benton Economic Partnership, Inc. News RSS Feed Mon, 25 Mar 2019 19:01:21 -0700 en-us Minnesota Workers Get a Raise http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20607 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Mon, 25 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 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=20606 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Fri, 22 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 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=20605 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Wed, 20 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 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=20604 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Mon, 18 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 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=20603 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Fri, 15 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Statewide unemployment rate at 3.1 percent, lowest level in more than 17 years ST. PAUL – Minnesota employers added 8,900 jobs in December 2018, with 8,700 of them coming from the privat... Updated DEED Business Guide Now Available http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20602 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Thu, 14 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 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 now available fr... Four Greater Minnesota Cities Awarded Infrastructure Grants http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20601 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Wed, 13 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 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 ... Getting more than a buzz: St. Cloud uses beer, byproducts to fuel wastewater plant http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20618 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Tue, 19 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 ST. CLOUD — Whenever you dump something down the drain, it goes to the city of St. Cloud's NEW (Nutrients, Energy and Water) Recovery Facility, where nutrients are recovered, waste... Let's Go app launching in St. Cloud helps date nights by matching activities, calendars http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20617 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Fri, 15 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 ST. CLOUD — A group of St. Cloud natives and St. Cloud State University alumni are launching an app they hope will change the way people do online dating and how couples come up with new da... Daniel finds passion in transportation http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20616 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Wed, 13 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 "I'm always known as the 'Bus Guy.' People can't remember my name, but they remember me as the 'Bus Guy.'" Click here to watch video.  ... Francis helps Central McGowan be "the 71-year-old startup" http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20615 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Mon, 11 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 "We're trying to be the 71-year-old startup. We know that our future is good if we're continually open to change and changing the organization." Click here to watch video.  ... Strand perseveres in both career and life http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20424 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Fri, 08 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800   In the roughly year-and-a-half since INDY's inception, Kayla Strand has helped more than 25 families with cancer warriors in Minnesota. Video sourced from the SC Times ... Wiger helps Central Minnesota grow, evolve http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20423 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Thu, 07 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800   "I would love to see St. Cloud and greater Minnesota continue to grow, thrive and evolve, and really be a community that others look to as an example of collaboration." Vide... "Entrepreneurial spirit" drives Wendlandt http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20422 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Wed, 06 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 "I didn't want to work in the system that was out there, so I decided to make my own system."   Video sourced from the SC TImes ... Meet the 5 Under 40 Class of 2018 http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20421 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Tue, 05 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 The annual St. Cloud Times' 5 Under 40 awards recognize leaders in local businesses who also embrace community involvement that makes a difference across generations. The award winners innovate... Christine's Cheesecakes opening brick-and-mortar retail store in Waite Park http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20420 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Mon, 04 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 WAITE PARK — Christine's Cheesecakes — long available only at select restaurants, festivals or by special order — is moving into a brick-and-mortar retai... The 5 biggest economic stories in Minnesota from 2018 http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20419 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Fri, 01 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 It was a year with highs and lows for Minnesota’s economy, marked by turnover in the state’s technical college system, trade war uncertainty, rosy economic numbers and an escalating shorta... ‘If we are not making investments in our future, we will be in trouble’: a Q&A with outgoing DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20418 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Wed, 30 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 Shawntera Hardy, the commissioner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), is one of the many Cabinet members from Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration who have not applied ... BUSINESS HONORED FOR GIVING BACK http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20198 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Tue, 22 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 (KNSI) - A St. Cloud business has received a high honor from Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity. H&S Heating and Air Conditioning has been inducted into Habitat for Humanity's Business ... 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...