Economic Gateway http://www.bentonpartnership.org Benton Economic Partnership, Inc. News RSS Feed Tue, 25 Sep 2018 13:41:34 -0700 en-us Executive Express opens transit hub in Waite Park, puts customer experience first http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=18660 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 WAITE PARK — Executive Express, a local transportation company offering travelers hassle-free rides to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, opened its new Waite Park tr... Low-Interest Loans Available to New Business Owners http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=18893 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 ... Press Bar owners: 'We're just trying to get rid of the dirty bar atmosphere' http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=18659 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 ST. CLOUD — The Press Bar in downtown St. Cloud has had the reputation of being a dirty, outdated place to grab a drink. But owners Andy and Jessie Welsh, who purchased the bar in Apri... Qualified Opportunity Funds Are Taking Shape http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=19172 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Is Minnesota Ready? The Kresge Foundation released this article last Friday providing a picture of how some of the first Qualified Opportunity Funds are taking shape. Nearly 150 letters o... Minnesota solar market surges http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=18658 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Wed, 19 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Minnesota’s solar market grew significantly in the first quarter, adding 105 megawatts of power, the fifth most among states during that time, according to data released. Minnesota has total ... Sampling the Flavors of Benton County http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=19139 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Tue, 18 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Harvest is the perfect season to check out the Hops Capital of Minnesota Beer lovers: now is the perfect time to visit Benton County. This area has fast become the Hops Capital of Minnesota, an... In a tight labor market, Minnesota employers look to an under-utilized labor pool: workers with disabilities http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=18657 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 On the main floor of the Minneapolis-based Minnesota Diversified Industries (MDI), Karen Howson is busy arranging piles of flat plastic sheets and transferring them to a nearby production li... Benton Economic Partnership Assisting with Crucial Airport Study http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=18892 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 The Benton Economic Partnership is playing a vital role in a study that could reshape the future of the St. Cloud Regional Airport, and increase its economic impact on the region. Right now, the airpo... Minnesota named third best state for summer road trips http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=18656 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Safety helps make Minnesota one of the best states in the U.S. to take a drive.  When the orange construction cones come out, Minnesotans know it’s time to hit the road. Luckily, we l... This Minnesota Startup Built a National Directory for Women-Owned Businesses http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=18655 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 MAIA launched earlier this year with a straightforward, single-minded goal: to compile a huge list of women-owned businesses and turn it into an easily-searchable online directory. By developing a ... Midwest manufacturing growth slows, but still strong http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=18654 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Mon, 10 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Minnesota, Midwest saw an increase in June, but the rate has slowed. Manufacturing growth, while still strong, slowed some in June as producers said they worried about the impact of U.S. trade tari... St. Cloud Regional Airport Convenient for Business and Vacation Travel http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=18891 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Mon, 10 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Travelers: There’s no need to drive the 75+ miles to Minneapolis to catch a flight. The St. Cloud Regional Airport is a convenient resource in your own backyard, especially if you’re plann... Everything You Need to Know About Minnesota’s Startup Incubators and Accelerators http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=18653 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Fri, 07 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Getting a startup off the ground is hard work, but incubators and accelerators are there to help. They provide early-stage companies with essential resources such as a workspace, mentorship, and often... More MN workplaces offering 'Summer Fridays' http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=18652 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Wed, 05 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 According to a recent survey more than 40 percent of employees will get out of work early or may not even have to work at all on Fridays during the summer. MINNEAPOLIS - Companies are working hard ... Smart Investment Opportunity That Will Lower Your Tax Bill http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=18890 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Mon, 03 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Looking for smart investments that will help you avoid high taxes? The option is in your own backyard. Three low-income areas of St. Cloud have been designated as “Opportunity Zones”: down... Land Your Next Job: Local Agency Will Give You The Skills http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=18449 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Mon, 27 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Job Seeker: Career Solutions is a fantastic resource right here in Benton County to help you land your next job! For example, the Dislocated Worker program is designed to assist people who were laid o... St. Cloud, Minnesota community colleges among tops in U.S. http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=18788 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Tue, 21 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Minnesota has the second-best community college system in the country, behind South Dakota, according to metrics on cost and financing, education and career outcomes analyzed by WalletHub.  St... Local Agency Will Find The Perfect Workers For Your Company http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=18448 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Mon, 20 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Benton County is an ideal location for your business because we can easily connect you to the qualified workers you need to grow your bottom line. Our Career Solutions agency will save you time and re... Jobs Bounce Back in May – After Weather-related Hiring Pause http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=18651 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Fri, 17 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Minnesota’s unemployment rate for May dropped to 3.1 percent, with the addition of 10,200 jobs.    With those gains, the state has added 29,188 jobs in the past year, a 1 percent gr... Financial Resources Available to Expand Your Business In Benton County http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=18447 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Mon, 13 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 The Benton Economic Partnership’s mission is to attract new business to the region, help existing companies flourish and create a highly trained workforce. To achieve these goals, we are proud t... Minnesota Business Firms Expect Unchanged Conditions for 2019 http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=18650 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Mon, 13 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Firms point to stability in the state’s overall economy ST. PAUL – Minnesota business services firms feel positive about the economy, with nearly 90 percent expecting sales revenue... How corporations have helped Minnesota’s startup community grow http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=18293 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Wed, 08 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 If you grew up in Minnesota, you probably know someone who works for Best Buy, Xcel Energy, UnitedHealth Group, 3M, or any number of local Fortune 500 companies. And if you don’t know anyone, th... Midwest manufacturing growth slows, but still strong http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=18292 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Mon, 06 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Minnesota, Midwest saw an increase in June, but the rate has slowed.  Manufacturing growth, while still strong, slowed some in June as producers said they worried about the impact of U.S. trad... Notable College Options In Benton County, Minnesota http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=18446 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Mon, 06 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Benton County, Minnesota is known for its commitment to education. More than 50% of the area’s workforce has an associates degree or higher. There are several fantastic options close to home for... America's Top States for Business 2018 http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=18291 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Fri, 03 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 A scorecard on state economic climate We score all 50 states on more than 60 measures of competitiveness, developed with input from a broad and diverse array of business and policy experts, officia...